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No Saudi Surprises In 9-11 Commission's '28 Pages'

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 07.20.2016 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

On July 15, the U.S. Congress released the appendix, redacted since 2002, to the governmental inquiry regarding American intelligence failures in the period leading to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Saudi Arabia Needs the U.S. More Than the U.S. Needs Saudi Arabia

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.17.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Despite expressing doubts about America's relationship with Saudi Arabia, President Barack Obama recently flew to Riyadh. Yet again he sought to "reassure" the Saudi royals about U.S. support. In fact, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia raises the question: What are allies for? If the president wants to leave his mark on American foreign policy, he should put distance between America and its most counterproductive partners. Riyadh would be a good place to start. After all, he rightly criticized the Kingdom as among the many "free riders" on U.S. security guarantees. Washington and Saudi Arabia should move to a more normal relationship. There no longer need be the pretense of intimate political friendship.

Obama's Saudi Problem Overshadows His Gulf Arab and Western European Summits (and the Next Administration)

William Bradley | Posted 04.28.2016 | Politics
William Bradley

Indeed, the Saudis, long touted by some would-be realists as just the sort of implacable autocrats the Middle East needs for long-term stability, have themselves been furiously stirring the pot in recent months and years.

WATCH: Fareed Zakaria, Reza Aslan Discuss Saudi's Terrorism Influence

The WorldPost | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 04.25.2016 | World

On April 25, Fareed Zakaria will present a special CNN program titled “Why They Hate Us," a follow-up to his post-9/11 Newsweek story that explored ...

The Saudi Obama Snub: A Positive Sign

Daniel Williams | Posted 04.22.2016 | World
Daniel Williams

Saudi Arabia's king declined to meet President Obama when he arrived at the airport in Riyadh, capital of the oil kingdom. That's good.

Saudi Arabia Can't Hide From the Truth

Terry Strada | Posted 03.21.2016 | Politics
Terry Strada

Saudi Arabia's pathetic effort to convince the American public that it is a force for tolerance and stability in the world continued in a laughable op-ed published on this site just over a week ago.

Saudi Arabia's Future: Will Al Saud's Partnership with Wahhabism Hold?

James Dorsey | Posted 02.26.2016 | World
James Dorsey

Saudi Arabia may be heading into a perfect storm of economic problems, social challenges and foreign policy crises. Tumbling commodity and energy pric...

Don't Fear (All) Salafi Muslims

Matthew D. Taylor | Posted 01.22.2016 | Religion
Matthew D. Taylor

I've got some good news for you, General Public: You don't need to be afraid of your Salafi neighbors. Sure, ISIS is scary (that's their goal), and al Qaeda is violent and intently inhumane, but we don't need to paint all Salafis with that broad jihadi brush.

Saudi Arabia Is More Dangerous as a Frenemy than Iran is as an Adversary

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Riyadh, America's nominal ally, has demonstrated that it is the more reckless of the two states, by executing an important Shia cleric and severing diplomatic relations with Iran.

Saudi Arabia's Shrewd Gamble

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.14.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

The government of Saudi Arabia has been roundly criticized for its brazen attempt to retain oil market share while driving the price of oil into the ground, its beheading of the Shi'ia cleric Nimr al-Nimr, and its war in Yemen.

Despite Saudi Women's Historical Vote, Saudi Arabia Still Opposed to Democracy

David Oualaalou | Posted 12.31.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

True, more than 80 percent of Saudi women showed up at the polls on Dec. 12. But anyone assuming the kingdom is at long last liberating its women is deceived.

Saudi Arabia's Anti-Terror 'Coalition' Is a House of Cards

Daniel Wagner | Posted 12.28.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Given the conflicting interests and lack of military experience on the part of the coalition's members, there is ample reason to conclude that this alliance lacks substance.

Muslim Scholars and Autocrats (Part I)

Usaama al-Azami | Posted 12.28.2015 | World
Usaama al-Azami

Earlier this month, I wrote a long overdue post about the minority of prominent Muslim scholars who have been systematically co-opted as the religious face of autocracy since the beginning of the Arab Revolutions.

How Not to Disown 'Islamist' Terrorism

Usaama al-Azami | Posted 12.17.2015 | Religion
Usaama al-Azami

While ISIS' pedigree may owe more to Wahhabism than to other historic forms of Sunnism, Muslim scholars need to own up to the fact that their own so-called traditional representatives and institutions are complicit in the extreme repression and mass murder that has contributed to the meteoric rise of ISIS.

It's Time for Washington to Get Out of Bed With the Wahhabists Saudis

Sharon Premoli | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics
Sharon Premoli

Terrorism will never be defeated if it continues to be supported by Wahhabists who speak with forked tongue and who share absolutely nothing in common with us. They and their American enablers are the problem.

America's Response to Mass Shootings Is Always Insufficient

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 12.04.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

It is time for the world's governments, Muslim as well as non-Muslim, to examine the problems within Islam soberly and seriously, and to move beyond symbolic gestures, whether psychological or military.

The New Paris Horror and the Putin Trap

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 11.19.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Russia shields Al-Assad, and although claiming to bomb ISIS, Moscow's jets have targeted moderate opponents of the Al-Assad regime. Acceptance of Putin's strategy is being pressed to other members of the worldwide anti-ISIS coalition.

Does Islam Scare You? If So, Here's Why

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 09.16.2015 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

Does Islam scare you? Does it feel like an aggressive religion is trying to take over the world, subjugate women, persecute the LGBT community, and cut off your hand if you're caught stealing? Well, you've got good reason to be scared -- but not of Islam.

Wahhabism, Saudi Arabia, and Their Gift to Yale

Omer Aziz | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics
Omer Aziz

The first thing you need to know about Saudi Arabia is that it is not a country but a financial and religious empire with a million poisonous tentacles stretching across both the West and the Muslim world.

The Crimes at Palmyra

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 09.03.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

The world, and especially moderate, traditional, spiritual, conventional and even conservative -- but few radical -- Muslims have watched in dismay as the spurious "Islamic State" (ISIS) has undertaken the systematic destruction of the pre-Islamic monuments at Palmyra in Syria.

What the Arab World Can Learn from Oman

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 09.03.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Whereas some political and religious leaders in a number of Arab states have played off sectarian hatred to urge their countries' youth to fight in Iraq and Syria, such rhetoric has virtually no appeal among Omanis who are not indoctrinated with the intolerant teachings of Wahhabism.

Robert Conquest, Stalinism, and the Soviet Muslims

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 08.11.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

On August 3, the Anglo-American poet and historian Robert Conquest died in California at 98. According to The Daily Telegraph in London, Conquest's father Roger was an American from Virginia, while his mother Rosamund was English, and Robert was born in the West Midlands of England.

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.

Pilgrimage to the Land of Salafism

Sepideh Saeedi | Posted 06.29.2016 | World
Sepideh Saeedi

Bilateral relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have been fraught with hostility, tension and confrontation. I recently had a first hand experience of this situation throughout my pilgrimage trip to Saudi Arabia.

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.