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The Transitioning Saudi Leadership

Toni Johnson | Posted 01.04.2012 | World
Toni Johnson

Some analysts say the succession of Nayef, less than a decade younger than the reigning eighty-seven-year-old King Abdullah and much more conservative, could be the harbinger of insecurity

Saudi Arabia At A Dangerous Crossroads?

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 11.03.2011 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

The future of the Saudi rulers, who represent the most prestigious institution of power in the Muslim lands, is unpredictable. The "unity" of the opposed King and new Crown Prince could turn into open conflict.

The Case of Sheikh Al-Atar and a Call for Unity At Hajj

Amin G. Aaser | Posted 12.31.2011 | Religion
Amin G. Aaser

Hajj is a vital experience for all Muslims, irrespective of gender, nationality, or sect; however, it is evident that this message of unity and tolerance is yet to be internalized.

Saudi Women Drivers

Jeff Danziger | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


#Tal3mrak: A Hashtag Challenges Saudi Arabian King

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 10.31.2011 | World
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

Saudi Arabia will sooner or later have to confront what seems to be a shift in popular dissent, if not in the streets, then online.

Amnesty International: Saudi Terror Bill Could Muzzle Dissidents

AP | Posted 09.21.2011 | World

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Amnesty International warned on Friday that a draft anti-terrorism law being considered by Saudi Arabia would allo...

An Analysis Of The Delta-Saudi Controversy

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 08.27.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

While the title of my post was misleading and inaccurate, I still believe that Delta is making a mistake by becoming a partner with an airline run by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Saudi 'Suffragettes' Stifled by Religion and Politics

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 08.22.2011 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

The seemingly innocuous problem of women's right to drive presents a dilemma for the Saudi monarchy and a threat capable of rocking its theological foundations.

Clinton Backs 'Brave' Saudi Women Driver Protest

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 08.21.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday lent her support to "brave" women in Saudi Arabia who are protesting the Islam...

TIME Talks With A Saudi Woman Behind The Wheel

TIME | Aryn Baker | Posted 08.17.2011 | World

Maha al Qatani settles herself in the driver's seat, adjusts her headscarf, and with a quick prayer turns the key in the ignition. “I'm not nervous,...

Saudi Women Begin Challenge To Driving Ban

AP | BRIAN MURPHY | Posted 08.17.2011 | World

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A Saudi woman defiantly drove through the nation's capital Friday while others brazenly cruised by police patrols ...

Saudi Woman's Driving Campaign Replicated By Activists (VIDEO)

Posted 07.25.2011 | World

Though efforts have been made to erase a Saudi woman's call for civil disobedience in the wake of her Monday arrest for driving, her supporters are ho...

Saudi Woman Re-Arrested For Driving

AP | MAGGIE MICHAEL | Posted 07.23.2011 | World

CAIRO — A Saudi woman was arrested for a second time for driving her car in what women's activists said Monday was a move by the rulers of the u...

Hunger Strike Declared by Bahrain Human Rights Activist

Leah McElrath | Posted 06.12.2011 | World
Leah McElrath

Zainab al-Khawaja is grateful she and her family had some warning about her father's coming arrest by government security forces in Bahrain. She's gra...

Saudi Police Reportedly Open Fire At Protest

AP | by SARAH EL DEEB | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

CAIRO — Saudi police opened fire Thursday to disperse a protest in the section where minority Shiites live, leaving at least one man injured, as...

The Day After in Saudi Arabia

Taufiq Rahim | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Taufiq Rahim

King Abdullah has a tremendous legacy that is often clouded by very real concerns of human rights abuses and the widespread luxury that the ruling family enjoys. Now, Saudi must prepare for what comes next.

An Empty Seat for All of Us

Jay Marose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jay Marose

As the on-going debate in DC continues about how much debt to sell off and rising concern about the role of China in our economic future, last week th...

A Fatwa That Takes Us Back to the Days of "Girl Burying"

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

A newly released religious edict prohibits women from working on cash registers in supermarkets in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi girl withdraws petition to divorce 80-year-old

Meedan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The girl at the center of a child marriage dispute in Saudi Arabia has unexpectedly withdrawn her petition for divorce. The 12-year-old told the cour...

Saudi Girl, 12, Drops Plan To Divorce 80-Year-Old Cousin

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A 12-year-old Saudi girl has unexpectedly dropped her application to divorce her 80-year-old second cousin, despite intervention from human rights gro...

Controlled experiment

The National Newspaper | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In a bustling harbour just north of Jeddah one recent morning, a white 27-metre diving yacht was nosing its way slowly toward the open Red Sea. It was...

Saudi Arabia Lashes Teenagers After Rare Riots

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Saudi Arabia flogged a group of 20 teenagers following rare riots on the country's national day in which shops and restaurants were looted, Reuters re...

Saudi Women's Empowerment Can Be Found at the Bank, so Enough with that Oppression Business

Sabria Jawhar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sabria Jawhar

Saudi businesswomen carry tremendous influence in the Kingdom despite the disadvantages they face.

Noura al-Faiz: First Saudi Female Cabinet Member Bad On Women's Rights?

Guardian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The appointment of Saudi Arabia's first female cabinet minister was seen as a big step for a country where a strict interpretation of Islam bars women...

"Menahi": Saudi Movie Screened In Riyadh First Time In 30 Years

AP | DONNA ABU-NASR | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — For the first time in three decades, Saudis in the nation's capital did something that most Westerners take for granted _...