Saudi Arabia intercepts Houthi missiles heading toward Mecca, Jeddah

Saudi Arabia intercepts Houthi missiles heading toward Mecca, Jeddah

:: Saudi Arabia’s air forces on Monday intercepted two Houthi ballistic missiles over Taif, one heading for Mecca and the other for Jeddah, according to eyewitnesses. The Kingdom’s air defense forces were More »

Trump: If Iran wants to fight then that will be its official end

Trump: If Iran wants to fight then that will be its official end

:: US President Donald Trump threatened Iran in a tweet on Sunday, raising concerns about a potential US-Iran conflict at a time when tensions between Washington and Tehran have risen. “If Iran More »

Saudi Arabia’s Al-Jubeir: ‘We don’t want war but we will defend ourselves’

Saudi Arabia’s Al-Jubeir: ‘We don’t want war but we will defend ourselves’

:: Saudi Arabia is doing its best to avoid war in the region but stands ready to respond with “all strength and determination” to defend itself from any threat, the Kingdom’s top More »

King Salman convenes summit of Gulf and Arab states

King Salman convenes summit of Gulf and Arab states

:: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has called for the convening of two summits of Gulf and Arab states to be held on May 30 in Makkah. The meeting will be held in More »

Investment, security to top agenda during Saudi Crown Prince India visit

Investment, security to top agenda during Saudi Crown Prince India visit

:: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is set to arrive in India on Tuesday as part of his Asian tour, which kick started in Pakistan and will end in China at More »


Category Archives: Columns

Iraq’s minorities set up for catastrophe

Baria Alamuddin

By : Baria Alamuddin :: My plans to visit Iraqi Kurdistan this week were thwarted by uncertainty over the Kurdish independence referendum. Western diplomats I spoke to were feverishly preparing for various disaster scenarios, including closing of the airspace, evacuation

Iran should learn from Saudi Arabia on peaceful co-existence

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

By : Dr. Majid Rafizadeh :: The ruling clerics of Iran project themselves to be the leaders of not only the Shiite communities, but also of the whole Muslim world. The official Persian website of Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali

Road to peace in the old conflict

Harun Yahya

By : Harun Yahya :: When Bernard Lewis put forward his thesis titled “Balkanisations of the Middle East” in 1992, he predicted that a trend that had shaped the world in the 20th Century would also be highly influential in

Trump at the UN: Launching serious negotiations

Raghida Dergham

By : Raghida Dergham :: Between the American din and the Russian quietude, world leaders participating in the UN General Assembly session were struck first by the threat made by President Donald Trump of “totally destroying North Korea” if its

The UN is supposed to resolve discord, not encourage it

Yossi Mekelberg

By : Yossi Mekelberg :: For many years every spring, together with a colleague of mine, I have taken a group of some of our finest students to participate in a Model UN conference in New York. This is the

Partisans and deception of the naive

Ahmad al-Farraj

By : Dr Ahmad al-Farraj :: All cards have now been put on the table. According to the esteemed Saudi Presidency of the State Security, a cell that works for a foreign country has been uncovered. Citizens breathed a sigh

Political, business leaders form united front at Bloomberg forum

Fahad Nazer

By : Fahad Nazer :: The name Bloomberg has become synonymous with the worlds of finance and business. The company relishes its brand so much that its Twitter handle is simply @business. And as expected, there was no shortage of

Political fault lines running beneath the Middle East

Sinem Cengiz

By : Sinem Cengiz :: The “earthquake” metaphor is particularly applicable in explaining current Middle East crises. They are like earthquakes that are reshaping the political landscape. Today, many political fault lines run beneath the region. After the aftershocks, the

The Kurdish referendum imbroglio

Amir Taheri

By : Amir Taheri :: What is the first thing you should do when you have dug yourself into a hole? Stop digging, obviously. Those involved in the imbroglio over the so-called independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan, due to be

Why Arabs’ relationship with the US is complicated

Mohammed Nosseir

By : Mohammed Nosseir :: “It’s complicated” is probably the best definition of the relationship between the US and the Arab world. Most Arab governments have a solid and evolving relationship with America, yet the country is often extremely unpopular

Teaching 50 million pupils by video

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman Al-Rashed :: It is no surprise that the best students in science and maths come from the fastest-developing countries, such as South Korea, Singapore and Japan. Nor is it a secret that there is a relationship between

The Middle East’s costly wrong bets

Eyad Abu Shakra

By : Eyad Abu Shakra :: As uncertainty engulfs a bleeding Middle East, besieged by regional and global powers each pursuing their own agenda, dormant ambitions and sensitivities are waking up and finding the current situation suitable to express themselves.

Failure of the Arab project

Fahad Suleiman Shoqiran

By : Fahad Shoqiran :: The big fuss about establishing an independent Kurdish state in Iraq reflects the threats against the concept of the state in the region. Many countries are under the threat of divisions, including Iraq and Syria.

The story of the Saudi-UAE ‘invasion’ of Qatar

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman al-Rashed :: A news agency reported that the White House said American President Donald Trump succeeded in preventing a Saudi-UAE military attack against Qatar. It was barely an hour before Trump issued a statement denying the report.

Humanitarian catastrophe in Myanmar

Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi

By : Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi :: The United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres voiced concern over the happenings in the Muslim-dominated northwestern Rakhine state (formerly Arakan) in Myanmar. According to the news agency reports, the UN chief expressed deep anguish

Why the Iranian nuclear deal should not be canceled

Maria Dubovikova

By : Maria Dubovikova :: Debate over the cancelation or reconsideration of Iran’s nuclear deal is gathering momentum, and Iran is enjoying successes on the geopolitical front, making its adversaries nervous and concerned. Iran is a “threshold”country, one step from

The moral case for Kurdish independence

Sharif Nashashibi

By : Sharif Nashashibi :: My change of stance on Kurdish self-determination occurred about 15 years ago as something of an epiphany. Discussing Iraq prior to the 2003 invasion with a cousin whose politics I respected, one of the points

Iran’s nuclear deal must be fully enforced or scrapped

Oubai Shahbandar

By : Oubai Shahbandar :: US President Donald Trump on Tuesday succinctly captured the essence of the global danger posed by the Iran nuclear deal, when he told the UN General Assembly that the agreement was “one sided” and an

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