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ISIS Unleashes String Of Suicide Attacks In Yemen

Vocativ | Posted 10.06.2015 | World

The Islamic State's "Aden Province" claimed responsibility for a string of lethal assaults on Saudi-led coalition troops and the Yemeni government in the port city of Aden.

Do Lebanon's "Future" Media Have a Future?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 10.03.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's a rough ride for one of Lebanon's media firms whose employees threatened strike action this week to protest 6-8 months of back pay, no viable alternative, and no light at the end of the tunnel.

Saudi Diplomat Accused Of Raping, Abusing Maids

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 09.10.2015 | World

A Saudi Arabian diplomat living in India is being accused of sexually assaulting and torturing two maids.   "The last four months were a curse f...

Reflecting Before We Evaluate: Measuring Women's Development in the Gulf

Sarah Elzeini | Posted 08.05.2015 | World
Sarah Elzeini

The Gulf region, indeed, holds some of the most conservative laws in the world in comparison, and it is essential for them to transition out of this -- however, the reality is, very few places on earth have come so far and so fast, as the Arabian Peninsula in the 21st century.

Can Today's Arab World Give Us Another Omar al-Sharif?

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 07.15.2015 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

The Arabs are running out of their most valuable resource; and no, I don't mean oil. I am actually referring to a much more precious, truly irreplaceable resource: good, talented and internationally-experienced human capital.

New Wikileaks Cables Claim To Reveal Secrets Of Saudi Diplomacy

AP | RAPHAEL SATTER and MAGGIE MICHAEL | Posted 06.20.2015 | World

ISTANBUL (AP) — At the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, diplomats talked about airing the grievances of disenchanted local youth using Facebook and Twitter....

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

Joseph Braude | Posted 06.15.2015 | 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.

Saudi Arabia's Executions Have Skyrocketed In Number This Year

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 05.28.2015 | World

Saudi Arabia's implementation of the death penalty has skyrocketed this year, and rights groups are worried about the surge of capital punishment unde...

#AMF2015 Tackles Politics, Religion, Ethics, Innovation

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.16.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Toss some hot political issues, mix in religious extremism, factor some ethical considerations and blend in innovation to produce the most sought-after ticket in Arab media events.

Decisive Storm Has Deeply Impacted Nuclear Negotiations With Iran

Raghida Dergham | Posted 06.02.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

It is necessary for the decision to intervene militarily with a ground operation in Yemen to be coupled with a plan with a political tack and a development tack with clear features and objectives for the sake of Yemen.

Decisive Storm Responds to Iranian Encroachment on the Borders of Saudi Arabia

Raghida Dergham | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

Are the military strikes by Gulf countries led by Saudi Arabia, with the participation of Egypt and Pakistan, part of a strategy to halt Iranian encroachment in the Arab countries, or is it just a Yemeni episode imposed by necessity?

Saudi Arabia Leads Air Strikes Against Yemen's Houthi Rebels

Reuters | Khaled Abdallah and Sami Aboudi | Posted 05.26.2015 | World

SANAA/ADEN, Yemen, March 26 (Reuters) - Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi left his refuge in Aden for Saudi Arabia on Thursday as Houthi rebels...

Egypt Joints the Military Effort against ISIS

Raghida Dergham | Posted 04.22.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

Egypt entered officially and practically the war on ISIS through the Libyan gateway this week, after Jordan stepped up its military operations against...

Mr. President, Release the 28 Pages

Michael Smerconish | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Michael Smerconish

Zacarias Moussaoui has just upped the ante on the White House to release 28 top-secret pages from a congressional report pertinent to a possible Saudi role in the events of 9/11.

Saudi Prince's News Channel Suspended After Airing Interview With Opposition Activist

AP | By REEM KHALIFA and ADAM SCHRECK | Posted 04.04.2015 | Media

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — A new pan-Arab news channel backed by a billionaire Saudi prince was suspended from broadcasting from its home in Bahrain on ...

The Relationship With Saudi Arabia Is the Starting Point for U.S. Long-term Interests

Raghida Dergham | Posted 04.01.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

There are many reasons behind the scramble by the United States, both at the level of the executive branch and the legislative branch, to affirm to Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz that Washington is determined to maintain and develop the historical relationship between the two countries.

Potential UK Club Acquisition Could Help Qatar Polish Its Image

James Dorsey | Posted 02.19.2015 | World
James Dorsey

A Qatari acquisition of Tottenham would no doubt at least temporarily refocus some of the negative reporting on the country. But it could also revive assertions that wealthy Gulf countries are seeking to launder their reputations through soccer acquisition.

History of Islam and Western Civilization in Short Batches

Martin Shapiro | Posted 02.01.2015 | Religion
Martin Shapiro

The book is A Short History of the Arab Peoples by Sir John Glubb, copyright 1969. This short volume of 300 pages is an executive summary of a four volume more detailed work by this author on the subject.

Obama Should Go to Tehran

Peter Van Buren | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

President Obama left out the most important word of all in his speech outlining a strategy for Iraq: Iran. For if Iran is the 500 pound gorilla in the room with Iraq, it is the 800 pound monster in the Middle East.

The Regional Decision Between Washington, Riyadh, and Moderate Tehran

Raghida Dergham | Posted 11.05.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

Until recently, U.S.-Saudi relations were at their worst. Today, things differ radically, as Washington returned to regional decision-making on the basis of the bilateral relationship with Riyadh and the moderates in Tehran. Something new is coming to the Middle East that might not be a bad thing, if the leaders concerned make good decisions.

Islamic State: Ideological Challenge to Saudi Arabia

James Dorsey | Posted 11.03.2014 | World
James Dorsey

If the threat to Israel and Jordan is primarily security, to Saudi Arabia it is also ideological, with IS tracing its roots to the philosophy of the 18th-century warrior-jurist Mohammed Ibn Abdul Wahhab and other Islamic sources on which the kingdom was built, and constituting a reference point that Salafists cannot ignore.

Saudi Prince's Convoy Robbed In Paris

Reuters | Posted 10.18.2014 | World

PARIS, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Armed gunmen ambushed a Saudi prince's convoy on the outskirts of Paris on Sunday evening, making off with a large amount ...

The Weak Argument for a Saudi-Israeli Bedfellowship

Mohammed Khalid Alyahya | Posted 09.28.2014 | World
Mohammed Khalid Alyahya

It is ludicrous to refer to just any interaction between Saudis and Israelis as an "alliance" between the two states and painfully erroneous to suggest that Israel's onslaught on Gaza came with Saudi acceptance, let alone support.

Saraya Abdeen: TV Serial Vexes Egyptians, Historians

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 09.15.2014 | Entertainment
Magda Abu-Fadil

Barely halfway through its month-long run, the TV serial Saraya Abdeen had already ruffled Egyptian feathers, irked historians, and upset the surviving son of Egypt's ousted King Farouk whose forebears occupied the palace after which the show is named.

For Iran's Supreme Leader, No Nuclear Deal Is Better Than a Good Nuclear Deal

Daniel Nisman | Posted 08.12.2014 | World
Daniel Nisman

As they head home from a rare round of bi-lateral talks with Iran in Geneva, it would serve American negotiators well to understand that the muscle behind the Iranian regime simply can't afford to let Rouhani resolve this crisis.