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Muslim, Christian, Jewish Leaders Unite At Saudi Conference To Condemn Islamic State

Reuters | Posted 11.19.2014 | Religion

VIENNA, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Senior Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders condemned violence by jihadi militants such as Islamic State (IS) at a Saudi-...

The Real Danger to Israel's Security Is Netanyahu

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 11.04.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

One need not look far and wide to discern Netanyahu's disingenuousness and misguided policies that have only undermined Israel's future security. He uses his political skills to deceive and mislead in order to "protect himself from political defeat" while disregarding what is best for the future of the state.

A King's Warning and a Reminder

Bernard B. Kerik | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Bernard B. Kerik

As Americans watch the events of James Foley's beheading, the growth of the ISIS army, and the implosion of the Middle-East and Arab Region unfold before their eyes on their television screen or computer, the importance or urgency of fighting this war is diminished by distance.

A Field Guide to the Islamic State (ISIS/ISOL)

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 10.28.2014 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

In early August, ISIS forces attacked the Lebanese Syrian refugee border town of Arsal, provoking a major fire-fight with the Lebanese Army. Apparently, one of ISIS's major military commanders -- Imad Ahmad Jomaa -- had been apprehended inside the refugee camp (holding hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees) likely on a recruiting mission to create a fifth column of ISIS operatives inside Lebanon.

Saudi Contrition Fighting Terrorism: Much Too Little, Much Too Late

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 10.18.2014 | Politics
Raymond J. Learsy

Has Washington continued be lulled into silence by the millions of Saudi contributions to myriad Beltway think tanks and their lobbying influence, or for those fund strapped 'American Presidential Libraries' who have been the recipients of millions of Saudi largesse?

Pope's Visit: A Resounding Success

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Daoud Kuttab

At all levels, the visit of Pope Francis to Jordan and Palestine was a huge success. For about 26 hours, everything was implemented as planned. And the few unplanned moments worked out quite well, leaving indelible memories and images.

Saudi Arabia Versus Iran

S. Azmat Hassan | Posted 07.16.2014 | World
S. Azmat Hassan

The media has recently reported an overture by Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal to his Iranian counterpart Jawad Zarif to visit Riyadh.

Obama Plans To Visit Middle East Ally In March

AP | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans a trip to Middle East ally Saudi Arabia next month amid tension in the region. The White House annou...

Kerry: Saudi King Backs Israeli-Palestinian Push

Reuters | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics

By Arshad Mohammed RIYADH, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Saudi King Abdullah offered his "enthusiastic support" to U.S. efforts to resolve the ...

Obama Discusses Iran Deal With Saudi Arabia's King

AP | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has briefed Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah (ab-DUHL'-uh) on the interim agreement regarding Iran's nuclear pr...

When Frenemies Get Angry with America: Tell the Saudi Royals to Pound Sand

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Doug Bandow

Secretary of State John Kerry has attempted to pacify the angry royals. Instead, the Obama administration should tell America's foreign "friends" that Washington acts in the interests of the American people, not corrupt dictators.

Kerry Meets With Saudi King To Defuse Tensions

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The United States and Saudi Arabia promised each other and the region Monday that they would con...

Saudi Women Struggle On The Path To Equal Rights

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 10.25.2013 | World

Saudi women reformers plan to flout a ban on driving Saturday. Here is a look at some of the milestones and roadblocks for women's rights in the ultra...

Saudi Women Drivers: Threat to State Religion and Politics

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 12.15.2013 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

For many women who want the driving ban lifted, the issue is a push toward wider reforms, supported by an increasing number of men. However, there are underlying religious and political potholes.

Driving Change in Saudi Arabia

Saleem H. Ali | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Saleem H. Ali

While sanctions against Saudi Arabia are impossible to fathom due to the country's oil power, individual acts of protest must continue and rise.

Pope Francis & King Abdullah II: Dialogue Is The 'Only Option'

Religion News Service | Alessandro Speciale | Posted 08.29.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis and Jordan’s King Abdullah II reaffirmed that dialogue is the “only option” to end the conflict in Syria, just a...

Can Oman and Iran's 'Special' Relationship Last?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.05.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

While Oman continues to use its leverage to thwart a military confrontation in the Arabian Gulf, officials in Muscat have accepted that their influence is naturally limited, and they have taken actions to prepare for a scenario in which the Strait of Hormuz is closed.

Saudi Arabia's Dark Role in the Syria Conflict

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.07.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

While the Saudis are delighted to see Iran's top ally facing a potentially existential threat, Riyadh would be wise to recognize that Iran's loss might not necessarily advance the Saudis' longer term interests in the Middle East.

U.S. Troops Could Push Jordan Deeper Into Syria Conflict

Agence France Presse | Ahmad Khatib | Posted 06.18.2013 | World

Jordan is being dragged into Syria's conflict as more and more US troops head to Amman, analysts say, amid a warning by Syrian President Bashar al-Ass...

As Israelis Mourn, Jordanians Glorify

Alan Dershowitz | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
Alan Dershowitz

How long this situation will last is anyone's guess. But the possibility that before long Israel may have a neighbor to the east who is not as peaceful as the current Jordanian government, must be seriously considered.

Jordan's King: Hosting Syria Refugees Costs $550 Million A Year

AP | JAMAL HALABY | Posted 05.20.2013 | World

AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan is struggling under the burden of a half-million refugees from the Syrian civil war – a conflict that King Abdullah...

U.S. Officials Set Low Bar For Obama's Mideast Trip

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 05.20.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- On his second trip to the Middle East as U.S. commander in chief, President Barack Obama this week will confront a political and strateg...

Standing up for Saudi Arabia's 'Prostitutes'

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 05.04.2013 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

Last Sunday, history was made in Saudi Arabia when the recently sworn-in Shura Council, the country's consultative assembly, held its first session with 30 women appointees participating for the first time.

Execs Blame CIA, Get Felony Charges Dropped

AP | MICHAEL BIESECKER | Posted 04.24.2013 | Business

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The federal prosecution of five former employees of the private security firm Blackwater has crumbled after the defendants said they ...

The Middle East's Friendliest Place?

John Nicholson | Posted 04.24.2013 | Travel
John Nicholson

Jordan's capital, Amman, balances more modern elements that add a cosmopolitan flair to the natural beauty of this traditional kingdom.