Saudi Arabia

A "Wadjda" for Kosovo

Gatestone Institute 22 April 2014
By Visar Duriqi

Saudi Arabia, a male-dominated country, is changing slowly. One example of its cautious new openness is the 2012 movie Wadjda, Saudi Arabia's first feature film, by its first female director, Haifaa Al-Mansour.


Behind Qatar's bet on the Muslim Brotherhood

Christian Science Monitor 22 April 2014
By Christa Case Bryant

The Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamic political organization that has been defanged in almost every area where it was once a key player, has driven a deep rift between the Gulf's


Tony Blair Faith Foundation 'linked to the Muslim Brotherhood'

Daily Mail 14 April 2014
By Wills Robinson

Tony Blair's religious charity has links to an Islamic extremist group being investigated by MI5 and MI6, it has been alleged. It has been claimed that two Muslim leaders, who have


Five Democrats and their Middle East donors

Money Jihad 9 April 2014

Opponents of George W. Bush like pointing out his family’s links to Saudi Arabia. Fair enough, but let’s not lose sight of the high-profile Democrats who have benefited from multi-million


Etihad-Alitalia due diligence 'almost done' says Italian CEO

ANSA 7 April 2014

A deal between struggling Italian carrier Alitalia and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways appears closer as due diligence is almost complete, the company said Thursday.


Indonesian 'blood money' saves maid from Saudi execution

Yahoo!7 5 April 2014

Jakarta - Indonesia has agreed to pay $1.9 million to stop the impending execution of an Indonesian maid on death row in Saudi Arabia for murder, a minister said


The Saudi-Turkey cold war for Sunni hegemony

Al Monitor 3 April 2014
By Abdulmajeed al-Buluwi

The current “cold war” in the Middle East has taken two forms. It involves the Shiite-Sunni war being fought in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and the Gulf, as well as a parallel Sunni-Sunni conflict


Saudi Arabia Puts Atheists in the "Terrorist" Category

Answering Muslims 3 April 2014
By David Wood

The Qur'an lays out strict penalties for anyone who commits the vague crime of "making mischief" in the land: Qur'an 5:33—The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and


The Saudi Connection

Rutland Herald 3 April 2014

While Washington’s eyes are trained on the political, military and humane complexities surrounding Ukraine and Syria, President Obama faces another foreign affairs challenge, the growing


Thirteen years after 9/11, Saudi Arabia's school textbooks still teach bigotry

Global Post 3 April 2014
By Michael Goldfarb

In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, and under much official pressure, Saudi's promised to edit religious hate speech out of school textbooks. A dozen years later, many of the old books


Qatar "UAE's 8th emirate", says Dubai security chief

Arabian Business 3 April 2014
By Beatrice Thomas

A top Dubai security official has sparked outrage on social media after reportedly claiming on his Twitter account that Qatar was the “UAE’s eighth emirate”. General Dahi Khalfan, who


Rome mayor secures Saudi art restoration funds

ANSA 2 April 2014

Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino has secured a long-term deal with the Saudi monarchy to fund restoration projects in the cash-strapped Italian capital, the mayor's office said Monday


Saudi Arabia declares atheists terrorists under new laws targeting citizens who 'call for secular thought in any form'

Daily Mail 2 April 2014
By Simon Tomlinson

Saudi Arabia has officially identified atheists as terrorists in sweeping new laws that threaten up to 20 years in prison for almost any criticism of the government or Islam


Obama Tells Saudi Arabia That US Values Riyadh

AINA 1 April 2014
By Ramazan Khalidov and Lee Jay Walker

If you want to visit a nation state that supports apartheid law to the absolute, then welcome to Saudi Arabia. Yes, in the land of Saudi Arabia not one single Buddhist temple, Christian


Sudan: Qatar's Emir Visiting Sudan On Wednesday

All Africa 1 April 2014

Khartoum — The emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani will travel to Sudan on Wednesday in a one-day visit, it was announced here today.


Arabs No Longer Take Obama Administration Seriously

Gatestone Institute 31 March 2014
By Khaled Abu Toameh

The extension of the peace talks means only one thing: that Abbas will be able to use the new time given to him to try to extract further concessions from the U.S. and Israel, while all the time


Saudi's Real-Life Witch Hunt

The Daily Beast 31 March 2014
By Michael Schulson

Indonesian guest workers are on trial in Saudi Arabia for “witchcraft.” But the charges are cover for cultural misunderstandings, sexual assaults, and withheld wages.


Canada: Saudi Muslim on student visa tries to honor kill daughter for marrying non-Muslim

Creeping Sharia 25 March 2014

A 56-year-old man from Saudi Arabia has been charged with assault and uttering threats to kill his daughter after she married a non-Muslim man from Newfoundland. Khalaf


Saudi book fair removes 10,000 copies of 'blasphemous' titles

Arabian Business 21 March 2014

Saudi authorities have reportedly banned 10,000 copies of 420 books because they were deemed threatening to the conservative kingdom. The works included publications by the late


Saudi Action Puts Muslim Brotherhood In Kuwait On Spot

The Al-Monitor news portal has posted an article by journalist Elizabeth Dickson titled “Saudi action puts Muslim Brotherhood in Kuwait on spot “ which looks at the implications

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