Tag: Saudi Arabia

Crossing Lines: Dress Codes and Gender Non-Conformity in the Middle East

[ 0 ] February 9, 2016 |

by BRIAN WHITAKER for AL-BAB (BLOG) on FEBRUARY 8, 2016: While there is much debate about the rights of women in the Middle East and the rights of gay and lesbian people have also begun to attract some attention, consideration of transgender rights is long overdue. In a region where gender segregation is widespread and […]

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Tahrir 5 Years Later: The Hurdles to Democratization & Arab Youth Revolts

Tahrir 5 Years Later: The Hurdles to Democratization & Arab Youth Revolts

[ 0 ] January 25, 2016 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on JANUARY 25, 2016: A frequently met-with Western political and often journalistic narrative of the 2011 youth revolts in the Arab world is that idealistic young people came out into the streets and managed to overthrow four dictators, but then the essential Arab nature (violent, fanatical, tribal and sectarian) […]

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No Happy New Year for Yemen (by Daniel Varisco)

No Happy New Year for Yemen (by Daniel Varisco)

[ 0 ] January 10, 2016 |

by DANIEL MARTIN VARISCO for MENA TIDNINGEN on JANUARY 1, 2016:  It is now ten months since a Saudi-led coalition began a daily bombardment of Yemen, its poor neighbor to the south. Literally thousands of air raids have been conducted, thousands of civilians have been killed, tens of thousands wounded and it seems as though […]

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Ten Ways on How Not To Think About the Iran/Saudi Conflict (by Omid Safi)

Ten Ways on How Not To Think About the Iran/Saudi Conflict (by Omid Safi)

[ 0 ] January 7, 2016 |

by OMID SAFI for ON BEING on JANUARY 7, 2016:  EXCERPT: There are many political scientists and public policy pundits that you can turn to for grasping the geopolitics of the situation. You can listen to Vali Nasr, dean of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, with NPR’s Renee Montaigne, and on PRI’s The […]

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Top 7 Middle East Foreign Policy Challenges in 2016 (by Juan Cole)

Top 7 Middle East Foreign Policy Challenges in 2016 (by Juan Cole)

[ 0 ] January 4, 2016 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on JANUARY 1, 2016:  My own feeling is that the US engagement with the Middle East is likely to remain so intense only for another two decades or so. As fossil fuels are replaced with renewables, the outsized role that the oil Gulf plays in world affairs will decline. […]

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Rami Khouri: 2015’s Dark Legacy in the Middle East (in Cairo Review)

Rami Khouri: 2015’s Dark Legacy in the Middle East (in Cairo Review)

[ 0 ] January 4, 2016 |

The dark, sick heart of 2015 is the narrowing space across the entire Middle East for citizens to express themselves freely on issues that matter to them and their families. by RAMI KHOURI for CAIRO REVIEW on JANUARY 2, 2016:  I have always been dubious about looking back at the past year and coming up […]

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The Ten Most Important Developments in Syria in 2015

The Ten Most Important Developments in Syria in 2015

[ 0 ] January 4, 2016 |

by ARON LUND for SYRIA COMMENT on JANUARY 3, 2016:  I wrote a post for Syria Comment last year listing the top events of 2014 and what to look for in 2015. So here’s another one—a very long one, in fact. It has been compiled in bits and pieces over a few weeks but was […]

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Perspectives on the Iran-Saudi Crisis (a compilation)

[ 0 ] January 4, 2016 |

Above: October 7, 2011 Speech of Sheikh Al Nimr due to which he was arrested and executed  (embedded on ISLAMiCommentary by ISLAMiCommentary editor)  compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JANUARY 4, 2016: The Iran-Saudi Crisis “Most Dangerous for Decades” (Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, BBC News, January 4, 2016): Tensions have spiraled following the execution of Saudi […]

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LISTEN: Joshua Landis & Al Kresta Talk History of Middle East Christian-Muslim Relations (via Ave Maria Radio)

LISTEN: Joshua Landis & Al Kresta Talk History of Middle East Christian-Muslim Relations (via Ave Maria Radio)

[ 0 ] December 22, 2015 |

via AVE MARIA RADIO on DECEMBER 15, 2015:  Al Kresta, CEO of Ave Maria Radio,  interviews Joshua Landis, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies on the state of Christian-Muslim relations. Kresta recently attended the Under Caesar’s Sword conference in Rome, an […]

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Syria’s Opposition Conferences: Results and Expectations

Syria’s Opposition Conferences: Results and Expectations

[ 0 ] December 14, 2015 |

by ARON LUND for CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE on DECEMBER 11, 2015:  Now they’re all done—three conferences for three sets of self-proclaimed representatives of the Syrian opposition. One in Damascus, one in Syrian Kurdistan, and one in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. For a thorough background, have a look at Wednesday’s post on Syria […]

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