Crown Prince’s ‘impressive reforms’ lauded

:: Reforms undertaken and spearheaded by Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, have not only won plaudits worldwide but are being highlighted by the US media. Writing More »

Erdogan to Trump: Turkey ready to take over Syria’s Manbij

:: Turkey is ready to take over security in Syria’s Manbij, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told US President Donald Trump in a telephone call on Sunday, the Turkish presidency said in a More »

Organization of Islamic Cooperation chief slams terrorist attacks in Africa

:: The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has condemned attacks that caused the deaths of at least 37 people in intercommunal clashes in central Mali on Tuesday. Dr. Yousef More »

King Salman approves steps to improve health care in KSA

:: King Salman on Monday approved a number of decisions taken by the Saudi Health Council including the establishment of the National Center for Evidence-based Health Practice to improve health care services More »

Turkey warns France ‘no benefit’ in protecting Kurd militia

:: France will not gain in any way by retaining forces to protect Kurdish militias in Syria, Turkey’s foreign minister said on Tuesday, after Paris announced it would maintain a presence despite More »

 

Category Archives: Columns

Too much democracy may damage your health

Eyad Abu Shakra

By : Eyad Abu Shakra :: A few decades ago, one widespread quote in the Arab world was that it was facing the danger of “partitioning what has already been partitioned.” Those days, several Arab capitals were run by leaders

The Kurdish referendum portends ethnic conflict

Talmiz Ahmad

By : Talmiz Ahmad :: On Sept. 25, Iraqi Kurds voted overwhelmingly to secede from Iraq and set up an independent state. The referendum had been announced in July by Masoud Barzani, president of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). Over

Caught between fires, will Barzani press ahead

Sinem Cengiz

By : Sinem Cengiz :: Despite warnings, intimidation and calls, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Masoud Barzani carried out the independence referendum on Sept. 25. This was the last thing the already conflict-torn Middle East needed. Now, while there is

Erdogan: Kurds don’t know how to rule

Mashari Althaydi

By : Mashari Althaydi :: Iraqi Kurds, led by Masoud Barzani, have insisted on going through with the independence referendum which seeks to establish a separate Kurdish state. A state, which according to Barzani, is full of freedom, responsibility and

Much more than just allowing women to drive

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman Al-Rashed :: These are happy and historic days in Saudi Arabia. Unexpected positive changes prevail after an overwhelming feeling of despair. For decades, every obstacle that was removed witnessed a social and political battle, from education to

Resist the steamroller of illiberal liberalism

Zaid M. Belbagi

By : Zaid M. Belbagi :: The most illiberal feature of liberals can be their attitude to those who do not share their views. Between 40 percent and 50 percent of people in the US and UK identify themselves as

British people’s frustrations lie with their government

Anthony Harris

By : Anthony Harris :: Britain may have lost its way when it gave up its empire 60-70 years ago, but it seemed to have found a role in Europe in the 1970s. Now Britain is very unsure of itself

A 1988 massacre and the truth about ‘moderate’ Rouhani

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

By : Dr. Majid Rafizadeh :: Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani is making a tactical shift once again. This time he is appeasing the hard-liners publicly and revealing the actual agenda of his administration after achieving the Supreme Leader’s economic objectives.

Another milestone on Saudi women’s road to empowerment

Maha Akeel

By : Maha Akeel :: The royal decree to allow women to drive in Saudi Arabia is a historic decision that has been long in the waiting. Sept. 26, 2017, will be remembered as the day Saudi women’s right to

Women driving: A huge leap forward for Saudi Arabia

Faisal J. Abbas

By : Faisal J. Abbas :: The royal decree to finally allow women to drive in Saudi Arabia will definitely be remembered as a landmark, positive moment in the Kingdom’s history. This courageous decision will single-handedly end what was regarded

Saudi Airlines lives up to its pledge

Tariq A. Al-Maeena

By : Tariq A. Al-Maeena :: At the World Airline Awards held at the Paris Air Show on June 20, Skytrax announced the world’s Top 100 Airlines in 2017, as voted by airline customers around the world. The awards, described

Why the UAE celebrates Saudi national day

Abdullah bin Bijad Al-Otaibi

By : Abdullah bin Bijad al-Otaibi :: The UAE joined Saudi Arabia in celebrating the 87th Saudi national day this year. It has done so for years amid a celebratory atmosphere that includes official and popular events. The UAE celebrates

Abbas, Netanyahu and the annual UN dialogue of the deaf

Yossi Mekelberg

By : Yossi Mekelberg :: For various and rather different reasons, the annual addresses to the UN General Assembly by the Israeli and Palestinian leaders have become torture to listen to. The hall is usually full of delegates from around

Confronting North Korea and Iran

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman al-Rashed :: The weak Iranian nuclear deal, which the former American administration agreed upon, is partially responsible for North Korea’s surge in developing its nuclear program. Iran was rewarded with a sum of $150 billion as per

What happens when Qatar stops funding terror

Abdel Latif el-Menawy

By : Abdellatif El-Menawy :: There has been a marked decline in the activities of terrorist organizations on several fronts in recent months. Legitimate forces have begun to advance in some countries experiencing conflicts, terrorist operations and civil war, such

50 years on, stereotypes of Arab world still linger

Chris Doyle

By : Chris Doyle :: Fifty years ago, an opinion poll found that 98 percent of the British population knew little or nothing about the Arab world. This was a prime concern for the newly created Council for Arab-British Understanding

The Arab world: A perspective from Britain

Stephan Shakespeare

By : Stephan Shakespeare :: The Arab world is a mystery to most Britons, and only a minority want to find out more about it. When they consider military intervention in the region, they judge it by its likelihood of

We must wake up from our oil dream and face reality

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman Al-Rashed :: For a country such as Saudi Arabia, surrounded by sea, it is natural to consider entering the maritime services and industries field. The Kingdom has about 2,600 km of very long beaches, from Ras Al-Khafji

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