Analysis

African Union Holds Human Rights Summit in Egypt Amid Criticism

African Union Holds Human Rights Summit in Egypt Amid Criticism

International organizations protested Egypt as the venue for the African Union’s human rights summit as Cairo continues its campaign of gross human rights violations against its citizens.
The Saudi-led Red Sea Alliance Aims to Isolate Iran and Protect Israel

The Saudi-led Red Sea Alliance Aims to Isolate Iran and Protect Israel

In a growing international power struggle over regional influence in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia appears to be consolidating its control of the Red Sea by establishing a security alliance as part of a strategy to protect Israel and contain Iran.
Algeria Clings to Petroleum-Based Economy, Reluctantly Embraces Renewable Energy

Algeria Clings to Petroleum-Based Economy, Reluctantly Embraces Renewable Energy

Declining oil and gas production since the mid-2000s and globally low oil prices since 2014 have punched a big hole in Algeria’s economy. Continuing to pin its hopes on a recovery of oil prices, the North African nation is propping up its massive hydrocarbon industry by tapping into the country’s promising renewable energy potential.
The West’s Double Standards on Repatriating Former ISIS-Member Citizens and their Families

The West’s Double Standards on Repatriating Former ISIS-Member Citizens and their Families

Despite the UN’s insistence that governments develop a plan for the return of thousands of children born to their ISIS-member nationals who are now living in dire conditions in refugee camps in war-torn Syria, only a few Western countries have accepted the return of these minors.
Syrian Reconstruction and Sino-Lebanese Ties

Syrian Reconstruction and Sino-Lebanese Ties

Lebanon hopes to profit from the reconstruction in Syria and the country that it’s most seeking to work with in the process is China. Yet what remains to be seen is how willing the Chinese are to accept high-level risks when it comes to making large-scale investments in Syria that could benefit Lebanon.
Mass Executions in Saudi Arabia What Is MbS After

Mass Executions in Saudi Arabia: What Is MbS After?

Having survived the Khashoggi scandal with seeming impunity, MbS’ recent mass executions and an actual crucifixion in Saudi Arabia during the Easter holidays indicates his resolve to consolidate political authority at home and ride the U.S.-led anti-Iran wave in the region.
Egypt Reportedly Withdraws from Arab NATO

Egypt Reportedly Withdraws from Arab NATO

Egypt has allegedly withdrawn from the U.S.-led Middle East Strategic Alliance. While Cairo’s recent move remains unofficial, it could have ramifications for the future development of the security bloc.
Netanyahu’s Re-Election Kills Prospects for Palestinian Statehood

Netanyahu’s Re-Election Kills Prospects for Palestinian Statehood

Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election and promises to enforce Israeli sovereignty in the West Bank push hopes for a Palestinian state even further into the remote future.
Did Saudi Arabia Help Saudi Hit-and-Run Offender Flee Justice in the US

Did Saudi Arabia Help Saudi Hit-and-Run Offender Flee Justice in the US?

U.S. officials suspect their Saudi counterparts of illegally preventing Abdulrahman Sameer Noorah, along with several other Saudi nationals, from prosecution in the U.S. justice system by spiriting him out of the country. If true, this is yet another reason for the U.S. to disavow its special relationship with Saudi Arabia.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation Gives its “Blessing” to China for Violating the Rights of its Muslims

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation Gives its “Blessing” to China for Violating the Rights of it...

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation shocked the international community at its March meeting when it publicly praised China for its treatment of its Turkic Muslim minority.