Politics & Society

Why Trump’s Claim that He “Doesn’t Want War” with Iran is Both Disingenuous and Irrelevant

Much emphasis is placed on what Trump really wants, which in reality is a new Iran deal with his name on it. But he is prepared to go to war for it, largely driven by the media which goads him on.

Saudi Arabia and UAE Fuel Conflict in Libya to End Protests in Algeria

Just days after his return from Riyadh, Libyan Commander Khalifa Haftar advanced from his base in eastern Libya to seize control of western Libya. At the same time, the unrest in neighboring Algeria continues as the UAE supports army chief Gaid Salah. Why are Saudi Arabia and the UAE worried about the protests in Algeria and what are their interests in Libya?

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Egypt has allegedly withdrawn from the U.S.-led Middle East Strategic Alliance.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

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?

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.
Iran and the Saudi Nuclear and Missile Programs

Iran and the Saudi Nuclear and Missile Programs

Iran views Saudi Arabia’s budding nuclear and missile programs as an emerging strategic threat to be faced by constructing corresponding capabilities of its own—once they reach a critical stage of development.
Why Donald Trump is Really Keeping US Troops in Syria

Why Donald Trump is Really Keeping US Troops in Syria

Trump’s main reason for keeping U.S. forces in Syria is not about Iran. It’s about stopping Iraqi oil from getting to Damascus.
Women at the Forefront of Sudan’s Revolution

Women at the Forefront of Sudan’s Revolution

Sudan is going through a period of transformation, and women are at the forefront of the movement for change. Leading with empowering songs, Alaa Salah represents the strength and energy of the Sudanese women who have been driving the movement forward.