Tag: Saudi Arabia

LISTEN: Ireland Tops ‘Islamicity’ Index

[ 0 ] June 19, 2014 |

via BBC RADIO on JUNE 4, 2014:  The Islamicity Index ranks countries on how well they adhere to the Koran – so it may be a surprise that the top three are Ireland, Denmark and Luxembourg. Not a single majority Muslim country made the top 25 – Saudi Arabia was 91st. So what’s the reasoning? […]

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Expert Voices: Understanding The ISIS Offensive in Iraq

Expert Voices: Understanding The ISIS Offensive in Iraq

[ 0 ] June 18, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary from JUNE 12-23, 2014:  Here is a compilation of expert voices/analysis on Iraq politics, security, and the ISIS offensive : Iraq on the Brink (by Emile Nakhleh, LobeLog, June 23, 2014) EXCERPT: The United States, in cooperation with Iran, the Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Sunni tribal leaders, and […]

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WATCH: Saudi Princesses Sahar and Jawaher Make a New Appeal for Help, Via YouTube

[ 0 ] June 5, 2014 |

Saudi Princesses Sahar and Jawaher Speak Out Against the Crimes of the King & His Sons FREETHE4/SAUDI PRINCESSES SAHAR AND JAWAHER (via YOUTUBE) on JUNE 4, 2014:  The King of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah, his Sons Mitab, Minister of the Saudi National Guard and AbdulAziz, Deputy Foreign Minister, are committing a crime in front of the […]

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World Bank Head Praises Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Jordan

[ 0 ] June 4, 2014 |

via AL ARABIYA on JUNE 1, 2014:  World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim, in a special (videotaped) interview with Al Arabiya’s Washington, DC bureau chief Hisham Melhem, discussed the objective of his planned visit to several Arab states, ways the Bank can help ease the Syrian refugee crisis and methods of increasing participation of […]

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Kecia Ali: Who’s Sharia is it?

Kecia Ali: Who’s Sharia is it?

[ 0 ] May 27, 2014 |

by KECIA ALI for FEMINISM AND RELIGION (BLOG) on MAY 27, 2014:  It has been a lousy month for Islamic law. First, there was the kidnapping and sale of Nigerian girls by Boko Haram, which claimed religious acceptability for their acts. As Muslim theologian Jerusha Lamptey opined, this is not my sharia. Then, the Sultan of Brunei’s horrific […]

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The Haram Operations of Boko Haram

The Haram Operations of Boko Haram

[ 0 ] May 23, 2014 |

by MOHSEN KADIVAR for ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 23, 2014:  Boko Haram or the Congregation of the People of Tradition for Proselytism and Jihad (Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad) and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) are two sides of one coin. Both of them have been accused of widespread human rights violations, including murder, kidnapping, and […]

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China’s New Silk Road Strategy

China’s New Silk Road Strategy

[ 0 ] May 22, 2014 |

by HAIYUN MA and I-WEI JENNIFER CHANG for MIDDLE EAST RESEARCH AND INFORMATION PROJECT (MERIP) SPRING 2014 ISSUE: In the current issue of Middle East Report, we write about the strategic logic of China’s increasing investment in teaching Middle Eastern languages, particularly Arabic, Persian and Turkish. A key goal of the push for Middle Eastern […]

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China’s Strategic Middle Eastern Languages

China’s Strategic Middle Eastern Languages

[ 0 ] May 21, 2014 |

by HAIYUN MA and I-WEI JENNIFER CHANG for MIDDLE EAST RESEARCH AND INFORMATION PROJECT (MERIP) SPRING 2014 ISSUE:  Though the People’s Republic of China has extensive commercial ties in the Middle East, its three strategic partners in the region are Saudi Arabia, Iran and Turkey. It is not surprising, therefore, that the major Middle Eastern […]

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Rami Khouri: Arabs Engage!

Rami Khouri: Arabs Engage!

[ 0 ] May 15, 2014 |

by RAMI KHOURI for THE CAIRO REVIEW OF GLOBAL AFFAIRS on MAY 14, 2014:  In 2011, the Arab world was in the early months of popular revolutions, uprisings, and various kinds of enhanced citizen activism that had clearly ushered in a historic era of national transformation across the region. There were no obvious indications then […]

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Saudi Arabia Extends an Invitation to Iran

Saudi Arabia Extends an Invitation to Iran

[ 0 ] May 14, 2014 |

via STRATFOR on MAY 13, 2014:  (Summary) A Saudi minister’s purported invitation to have his Iranian counterpart visit Saudi Arabia could be a sign that Riyadh is acknowledging the need to talk directly with its longtime archival. While the two countries see each other as their main competitor for influence in the region and are […]

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