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What to Do About Saudi Arabia

Joseph Braude | Posted 09.11.2016 | World
Joseph Braude

American policymakers share a concern that the Saudi government, Saudi charities, and wealthy Saudi individuals continue to promote extremism around t...

The Arabs and President 'Two-Face' Obama: What Went Wrong?

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 03.29.2016 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

Given the unexpected criticism Obama directed towards almost all of his country's historic allies, it was no surprise that his remarks were received by a mixture of astonishment and severe disappointment.

The U.S. And Saudi Arabia: A 21st-Century Partnership

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 09.11.2016 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

Saudi Arabia and other U.S. Gulf allies are concerned that Iran, despite crippling economic sanctions, has been engaged in aggressively funding, plotting and backing terrorist groups across the region.

The Writings of Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 07.05.2016 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

In 2012, Raif Badawi, a blogger in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) who is now 31, was arrested in his native land and charged with offenses ranging from parental disobedience to cyber-crime and apostasy from Islam.

A Campaign in Saudi Arabia Challenges Young People to Rethink Their Biases

Joseph Braude | Posted 06.13.2016 | World
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Joseph Braude

A three-minute video, posted by a Saudi government-backed organization to YouTube on June 4, has garnered 150,000 views in 48 hours and sparked a discussion in the kingdom about how to stem sectarian conflict.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Saudi King Salman May Visit Washington After All

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, whose absence at the Obama administration's just-concluded summit with Sunni Arab leaders pro...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Saudi Succession Raises Questions For ISIS Fight

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As power in Saudi Arabia shifted to a new monarch, King Salman, the Obama administration's praise of both Salman and his predecessor sto...

Reflections on the Late King Abdullah From His Daughter Princess Adela

Rahilla Zafar | Posted 03.25.2015 | World
Rahilla Zafar

Much of the progress for women's rights in Saudi society has been unknown to those outside of the Kingdom. In a rare interview, Al-Saud sheds light on societal shifts and new laws that have directly impacted women's opportunities in the workplace.

For the Saudis, Sorrow, for the World, Not So Much

Pranay Gupte | Posted 03.25.2015 | World
Pranay Gupte

He wasn't a monarch who could have accelerated Saudi Arabia's drive toward modernity. He wasn't a monarch who ensured gender parity, thereby excluding a demographic majority of his people from contributing to the national welfare. He wasn't, in the end, a monarch who brought peace and security to a region rife with historical angst and animosities.

A Saudi Palace Coup

David Hearst | Posted 03.25.2015 | World
David Hearst

King Abdullah's writ lasted all of 12 hours. Within that period the Sudairis, a rich and politically powerful clan within the House of Saud, which had been weakened by the late king, burst back into prominence. They produced a palace coup in all but name.

Middle East Turmoil

Connie Lawn | Posted 03.24.2015 | DC
Connie Lawn

There is always turmoil in the Mid East but at this time three major developments have broken at the same time.

Saudi King Abdullah Admitted To Hospital

Reuters | Posted 03.01.2015 | World

DUBAI, Dec 31 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's elderly King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz was admitted to a hospital in Riyadh on Wednesday for medical tests, st...

The Saudi King Who Fought the Wrong Wars

David Hearst | Posted 01.31.2015 | World
David Hearst

A Saudi Arabia that has failed to open up its political system, that has failed to improve the lot of its people, which has fought the wrong wars, and that has poured all its energies in trying to crush the only real antidote to Takfiri Islam, and that harbors thousands of willing carriers of the black flags of the IS, is vulnerable indeed.

Israel's No-State Outcome

Clayton Swisher | Posted 09.09.2014 | World
Clayton Swisher

Just as most combat outposts are either abandoned following a war or overrun in conflict, given present circumstances I believe the same fate awaits what is today called the Israeli state.

A Saudi Psychologist on Jihadism, Clerical Elite and Education Reform

Joseph Braude | Posted 06.20.2014 | World
Joseph Braude

Clinical psychologist Abdullah al-Garni serves a niche clientele: recovering jihadists. He heads the mental health division at the Mohammed bin Naif Center for Counseling and Advice.

WATCH: 1,345-Pound Man Gets Help From King

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 08.20.2013 | World

Khalid Bin Mohsen Shaeri, a 1,345-pound man who had been unable to leave his bedroom for years, got the royal treatment on Monday. Saudi Arabia's K...

Victimizing Reformers Unveils Saudi and Western Hypocrisy

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 10.19.2013 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Western governments claiming the moral high ground could speak up for Saudi women reformers and their defenders, and strive to endorse lasting women's rights legislation based on civil society principles

Saudi Women Edge Toward Equal Rights Reform

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

The Arab Spring uprisings have pushed back reforms of gender discriminatory laws in the region. It would be ironic if the course of women's rights in one of the most repressive Muslim countries flowed against this trend.

Saudi Arabia's Execution Fixation: A Blight on Mankind

William J. Furney | Posted 06.03.2013 | World
William J. Furney

For a country that bases its laws and culture on the fundamental word of God, whom it believes gave it life, it is surely an extraordinary irony that it then plays the role of God in taking life away.

Saudi Interfaith Center Opens In Vienna To Questions And Hopes

Reuters | Tom Heneghan | Posted 11.24.2012 | Religion

(Reuters) - The road to reform in Saudi Arabia is long and winding. In the rigidly restricted field of religion, the path is so circuitous that part o...

Saudi Women Take The Wheel

Sasha von Oldershausen | Posted 06.18.2012 | World

It’s a Saudi sit-in. Except these women aren’t occupying King Abdullah Street... they’re sitting in their cars. Women all over Saudi Arabia a...

The Price of Oil: Saudi Hypocrisy, Our Gullibility

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.29.2012 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

One is compelled to pull out that old chestnut, "There he goes again." The personage of a Saudi oil spokesman entertaining us to one of his seminal dissertations, expounding on Saudi Arabia's concerns for the well being of all mankind.

Saudi Arabia Builds Stadium to Accommodate Women

James Dorsey | Posted 04.01.2012 | World
James Dorsey

Saudi Arabia is building its first stadium especially designed to allow women who are currently barred from attending soccer matches because of the kingdom's strict public gender segregation to watch games.

King Abdullah, Why Isn't the OPEC Cabal Responding?

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 03.27.2012 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Your Highness, just in case you have not been doing Your sums consider the following: where natural gas and crude oil were traditionally priced in tandem almost step by step, with the vast new supplies of natural gas here, that relationship has now changed dramatically.

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