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Potential UK Club Acquisition Could Help Qatar Polish Its Image

James Dorsey | Posted 12.21.2014 | 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 12.03.2014 | 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.

Social Media, Sedition, Sectarianism and Sisi Grip #AMF14

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.31.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

"Saudi cleric says chatting online is haram" (religiously banned in Islam). According to Saudi daily al-Eqitisadiya, Sheikh Abdullah al-Mutlaq, a mem...

Obama's Visit to Riyadh: Semi-Accord Over Iran and Divergence Over Syria

Raghida Dergham | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Raghida Dergham

One of the most difficult issues lies in the intersection of the American-Saudi relationship with the American-Iranian relationship, as Barack Obama desires it to be.

Saudi Women Renew Fight For Right To Drive

AP | By AYA BATRAWY | Posted 05.27.2014 | World

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In the six months since Saudi activists renewed calls to defy the kingdom's ban on female drivers, small numbers ...

The Strategies Required from the Arab and Gulf Summits

Raghida Dergham | Posted 05.20.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

On the eve of the GCC summit in Kuwait last year, Saudi-Omani differences came out into the open, with the Iranian issue being the main reason for the dispute.

Will Iran's Covert War Continue?

Daniel Nisman | Posted 02.07.2014 | World
Daniel Nisman

Amidst the flurry of debate over Iran's trustworthiness and willingness to transform itself into a responsible regional power, the destabilizing presence of the Quds Force cannot be ignored.

A New American-Israeli-Russian-Iranian Intersection

Raghida Dergham | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

It is no passing matter for Russia's Defense Minister and Foreign Minister to embark on a visit to Egypt that has been described as "historical", in o...

From Iran in 1953 to Egypt in 2013 -- Why Should the World Have to Pay for U.S. Empire?

Chris Ernesto | Posted 10.20.2013 | World
Chris Ernesto

The U.S. has the power to help calm the situation by stopping military aid and by sincerely condemning violence against Egyptian protesters. But many are lobbying Washington to turn a blind eye to what is happening in strategically important Egypt.

JPMorgan Exits Physical Commodity Trading

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 09.28.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Quite dramatically, being the biggest bull in the China shop, JPMorgan Chase made the striking announcement this past week that it would quit trading in physical commodities.

This Women's Ventures Fund Is Helping the Islamic Fashion Industry Grow

Romanna Bint-Abubaker | Posted 08.11.2013 | Small Business
Romanna Bint-Abubaker

The billion dollar Muslim fashion industry today may be one of the most talked about subjects but what commercial activity is really happening?

Bassem Youssef Brings Down House at 12th Arab Media Forum

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.19.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Strutting onto the stage at this week's Arab Media Forum (AMF) to a burst of applause and cheers, Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef had a captive audie...

Lebanese Journalists Trained to Cover/Uncover Corruption

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.21.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's a very ambitious plan that will require a gargantuan effort on journalists' part given the stakes involved, as members of parliament and ministers are not obliged to divest themselves of business interests.

Egypt and Iran: An Elusive Axis

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 04.21.2013 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

After three decades of frosty relations, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made a historic visit to Cairo on February 5, 2012, making him the only post-revolutionary Iranian leader to set foot in the Arab heartland.

Innocence of Muslims - A Case For Civil Society

Tam Hussein | Posted 11.24.2012 | Media
Tam Hussein

Freedom of consciousness is needed before democracy can ever flourish. Some critics believe that Arab media is one of the places where this can occur. Unfortunately, Arab media in its present state cannot be the agora of debate.

It Wasn't Just a Movie -- U.S. Ambassador to Libya Killed

Peter Van Buren | Posted 11.12.2012 | World
Peter Van Buren

It is not about a movie. The anti-Islam movie was just today's trigger in Libya, was just the most recent spark to a smoldering flame.

Saudi Fundraising Campaign Raises $72.3 Million For Syria

AFP | Posted 07.30.2012 | Impact

A five-day Saudi fundraising campaign to support the people in Syria has raised more than $72.33 million, the kingdom's Interior Minister Prince Ahmed...

The Geneva Talks: The Russians Sponsoring a Political Solution in Syria?

Raghida Dergham | Posted 08.29.2012 | World
Raghida Dergham

Tomorrow, in the presence of the foreign ministers of the five permanent members of the Security Council, in addition to Turkey, Iraq, Kuwait and Qatar, as well as the Secretary-Generals of both the United Nations and the League of Arab States, a serious race will start in Geneva.