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Former Saudi Ambassador to the United States Turki Al Faisal Al-Saud speaks during the 27th annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers conference on 31 October, 2018 [Alex Wong/Getty Images]

Secret Israel-Saudi Relations Date Back As Far As 25 Years

The ex-Saudi Intelligence Chief Turki Al-Faisal this weekend revealed that secret relations between Israel and a number of Gulf states date back as far as 25 years. According to Qatari newspaper Al-Arab, Al-Faisal was interviewed by Israeli journalist Barak Ravid, who claims to have conducted interviews with 20 prominent Gulf officials with knowledge of secret relations with Israel. However, many of these people refused to speak to the camera, Israel’s Channel 13 reported.

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Islamic State – the Worldwide Caliphate that never was

In September 1934, at a major Nazi party rally in Nuremberg, Adolf Hitler declared that the Nazi revolution was complete, supreme power was his, and “in the next thousand years there will be no other revolution in Germany”.  Thus began the much trumpeted Thousand-Year Reich.  At its zenith Germany had conquered and occupied up to 40 percent of Europe.  By May 1945 the Nazi regime had been comprehensively defeated.  It had lasted eleven years.

LEVANT & MESOPOTAMIA

"We Are All ISIS," propaganda from Islamic State.

New Pro-Islamic State Magazine: An Ideological Threat

The Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, persists to propagate its ideas to the Indonesian and Malay speaking communities through its supporters in the new Hanifiyah Media magazine. Apart from spreading its ideas on religion and politics, the latest pro-IS propaganda also serves as a riposte to current counter-ideological initiatives.

NORTH AFRICA

The Next Wave Of Change In The Arab World

The Next Wave of Change in the Arab World

Within the geopolitical framework of North Africa, Algeria and Sudan are undergoing profound and irreversible change. The images of hundreds of thousands of people walking the streets of major cities and being met with limited violence is making possible the environment in which the next chapter in these countries’ respective stories is one of moving forward. This is not Arab Spring II because the drivers of change in each country are different. The timing of the upheavals is only due to temporal issues related to each country’s immediate history and the surrounding geopolitical environment, which is moving quickly from one…
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TURKEY & IRAN

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Harsh Turkish Condemnation of Xinjiang Cracks Muslim Wall of Silence

A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr In perhaps the most significant condemnation to date of China’s brutal crackdown on Turkic Muslims in its north-western province of Xinjiang. Turkey’s foreign ministry demanded this weekend that Chinese authorities respect human rights of the Uighurs and close what it termed “concentration camps” in which up to one million people are believed to be imprisoned.

INTERCULTRAL

This female truck driver broke stereotypes and made waves in Egyptian media in 2017.

Feminism and the Egyptian Culture

The question of Egyptian culture’s compatibility with feminism has been one highly debated in recent years. In this discourse, Arab women become entrapped in the confines of both the Western feminist lens which neglects them, and Arabs who oppose Western influence. The history of Egyptian feminism is both rich, and complex in that it is intertwined with Islam, nationalism, and post-colonialism. The reason for this is that national consciousness, which emerged in reaction to Western colonialism in the 18th century, developed simultaneously with feminist consciousness.

ATHEISTS AND MINORITIES

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The Yazidis – A Case for Justice, Retribution and Help

Towards the end of February 2019, coalition troops engaged in the assault on Islamic State’s last stronghold – Baghuz on the banks of the Euphrates in eastern Syria – made a gruesome discovery.  Dumped in dustbins they found the heads of 50 Yazidi women who had been forced to act as sex slaves to the jihadists.   Bloodthirsty and utterly inhumane to the last, they had decapitated the women before fleeing.

ORIENT-OCCIDENT RELATIONS

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Turkish-Chinese Spat Puts Central Asian Leaders on the Spot

A Turkish-Chinese spat as a result of Turkish criticism of China’s crackdown on Turkic Muslims in its strategic but troubled north-western province of Xinjiang complicates efforts by Kazakhstan and other Central Asian states to at best deal quietly behind closed doors with the plight of their citizens and ethnic kin in the People’s Republic.

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