Another Saudi woman tries to run away from her family AGAIN. Dina Ali, a 24-year-old Saudi woman tried to flee from her family, seeking asylum in Australia. But she wasn’t able to reach her goal. At the international airport of Manila in the Philippines, Dina’s passport and official papers were confiscated by airport officials, while she was changing flights to catch another to Australia. While she wasn’t allowed to continue her trip, officials at the airport declared that this procedure was based on Saudi authorities’ request to capture the fugitive lady.
I am quite used to people smirking into their sleeves when they hear that I’ve just written a book called The Islamic Enlightenment. The really helpful wags say they expect something along the lines of The Wit and Wisdom of Spiro Agnew, which was billed as a collection of all the memorable aphorisms of the former US vice-president, and contained only blank pages. So, the Islamic Enlightenment — good for a laugh. But we’re all familiar with the serious argument that lies behind the jests; that Islam has not been through an Enlightenment, a Reformation, or any of the other rites of…
Hakim Khatib April 28, 2017 American missiles attacking Assad's military, chemical attack in Syria, civilians in Syria, compulsory military service in Syria, decreasing Assad's power, extremist jihadist groups, foreign figthers supporting Assad, militant groups in Syria, need of protection for people in Syria, Political Solution in Syria, positive results due to American airstrike, sectarian fighters, US airstrike against Syria
That the United States launched 59 missiles targeting an Assad military base in Syria after the chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun remains a chance for eradicating militants’ sphere of influence across Syria. In other words, decreasing Assad’s power on the ground increases an onset for a serious political solution for the Syrian conflict.
Neville Teller April 25, 2017 discontent in Egypt, Egypt Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's economic difficulties, Egypt's economy, Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak, financial assistance for Egypt, financial reforms in Egypt, military coup against Morsi in Egypt, revolutions in Egypt, Sisi government, Sisi's popularity has declined, US-Egypt relationship
Egypt’s government, under the leadership of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, is firmly wedged between a rock and a hard place – on the one hand the danger of economic collapse; on the other simmering popular discontent, which could descend into open revolt, at the steps being taken to relieve the problem.
Neville Teller April 18, 2017 close relations between Britain and Saudi Arabia, EU and Saudi Arabia, fall in oil prices, modernizing Saudi Arabia, Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud, oil extraction worldwide, Saudi Arabia still a young nation, Saudi Vision 2030, Saudis low oil price policy, the rise of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, tranformation
The kingdom of Saudi Arabia is such an established feature of today’s Middle East that it comes as something of a surprise to realize that it is less than a hundred years old. It was only in 1932 that Abdul Aziz ibn Saud, after a 30-year political and military struggle against local warlords and the Ottoman Empire, named the area that he had conquered “Saudi Arabia”, and proclaimed himself its first king.
Neville Teller April 10, 2017 AKP, AKP referendum campaign, change to presidential republic, dictator Erdogan, Fetullah Gulen, President Erdogan, state of emergency, supreme power, Turkey, Turkey's Referendum
Since mid-July 2016 Turks have been living in a state of emergency, subject to the sweeping powers permitted the president and his ministers in this situation. Triggered by the coup attempt on 20 July, in which 240 soldiers, police and civilians were killed trying to stop rogue troops who had commandeered fighter jets and tanks to bomb parliament, the state of emergency was extended on 19 January 2017 for a further three months.
Every Passover, Jews retell the story about the Hebrews’ flight from slavery in Egypt and their miraculous escape across the Red Sea, giving birth to the nation of Israel. The colorful story has also been retold by Hollywood time and again, shaping the modern generation’s understanding of the Israelite bondage in Egypt. But if ancient Egypt had slaves from the region known today as Israel, were they really “Israelites”? There is no direct evidence that people worshipping Yahweh sojourned in ancient Egypt, let alone during the time the Exodus is believed to have happened. There is indirect evidence that at…
James M. Dorsey April 26, 2017 battle about nuclear energy and military between Saudi Arabia, China and Iran, China and Saudi Arabia nuclear cooperation agreement, destabilizing the Middle East, influence of United States on Iran, nuclear agreement Iran, nuclear arms race in Middle East, re-imposing US sanctions against Iran, Saudi Arabia and its nuclear weapons, Saudi-Iranian dispute, Trump and Iran, Trump's poker game in the Middle East, US-Saudi Arabia relationship
Forced to acknowledge that Iran is complying with the nuclear agreement it concluded two years ago with the world’s major powers, US President Donald J. Trump appears to be groping for ways to provoke Iran to back out of the deal. If successful, Mr. Trump could spark a nuclear arms race in the Middle East at a time that a Chinese agreement to build a drone manufacturing plant in Saudi Arabia could initiate a similar drone race that threatens to take hostilities in the region to a whole new, more dangerous level.