France’s expanding security presence and interests throughout the Middle East are growing more significant in key theaters, which is bringing Paris front and center in core regional questions. The question is whether Paris can succeed against other powers vying for influence in the region.
Saudi Arabia has a bold 2030 vision that relies on the employment of more Saudis and fewer foreigners. Yet its well documented, abusive labor sponsorship system persists, effectively keeping foreign workers at the mercy of their Saudi sponsors and preventing expansion of the foreign workforce that will be needed to meet the Vision 2030 goals.
On this year’s International Women’s Day, eight years into the Syrian revolution, the country’s women journalists defy gender-based violence and criticism and continue, courageously, to report on Syrian life and the cruelty of the Assad regime.
The case of Amal Fathy, a civil rights activist sentenced to two years in prison for calling on the government to prevent the sexual harassment of women, epitomizes the attack on free expression across the Middle East.
Absher, an app created by the Saudi interior ministry, has been downloaded more than one million times on Android devices. While some praise its usefulness in providing passport and other services to Saudi citizens, others say it further deepens "gender apartheid" in the already repressive kingdom.
Journalist John Cantlie has often been feared dead since his capture in 2012. But now the U.K. Security Minister has confirmed that reports originating from a former jihadist, that John Cantlie is still alive, may hold water.
Although Jordan has made positive strides towards ending gender-based violence, most notably by abolishing Article 308 (a legal provision that exempted rapists from punishment if they married their victims), Jordanian women are still left particularly vulnerable to abuse, least of which is other women’s denial of the problem.
For decades, Somalia has ...
The current and worsening erosion of freedom of the press worldwide represents an unprecedented threat to democracy.
Since the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Arab World has known endless cycles of death and destruction. It has also suffered sickening terror in the hands of Islamic extremists.
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