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Saudi women’s fitness centre shut over ‘indecent’ video

AFP | Saudi sports authorities shut down a female fitness centre in Riyadh Friday over a contentious promotional video that appeared to show a woman...

Trump to host UAE Crown Prince, calls for Gulf unity

AFP | The White House said Friday that President Donald Trump would host the United Arab Emirates' Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahayan, but...

Trump, the businessman, embarrasses Prince Muhammad Bin Salman

News Analysis | The US formally approved an arms deal worth $1 billion with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on March 22, 2018 during the...

There’s no difference between men and women: Crown Prince Salman

News Desk | Saudi Arabia's crown prince Muhammad Bin Salman in his latest interview to CBS's news program ‘60 minutes' remarked that he considers women...

New Axis of Evil?

News Analysis | In widely publicized comments, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia included Turkey, Iran and radical religious groups in his new definition of...

Saudi women to start own business without male permission

AFP | Women in Saudi Arabia can now open their own businesses without the consent of a husband or male relative, as the kingdom pushes...

Saudi Arabia surrenders great mosque in Brussels

James M Dorsey | Saudi Arabia, in an indication that it is serious about shaving off the sharp edges of its Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism, has...

Is the Saudi Crown Prince really promoting moderate Islam?

James M. Dorsey | Plans to open a Salafi missionary centre in the Yemeni province of Al Mahrah on the border with Oman and Saudi Arabia raise...

How Pakistan & Saudi Arabia had defeated Soviet Occupation of Afghanistan

News Desk | GVS: In our part of the world you are still remembered as the person who headed Saudi Intelligence for 24 long years....

Everything points to an imminent Collapse of Saudi Monarchy

Junaid Jhandad | Christopher Davidson aptly pointed out, in his treatise “After the Sheikhs: The Coming Collapse of the Gulf Monarchies”, the root causes due...

Why Prince Al-Waleed is refusing to kow tow to Mohammad bin...

James M Dorsey | Incarcerated for almost two months in a gilded cage in Riyadh’s luxurious Ritz Carlton Hotel, Saudi billionaire businessman Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal appears...

Iran’s soft power masterstroke against Saudi Arabia

Andrew Korybko | Iranian President Rouhani pulled off a soft power masterstroke when he publicly gave Saudi Arabia two clear conditions for the resumption of...

Saudi Crown Prince’s sale of the century stutters

Reuters | Saudi Arabia's $300-billion privatisation programme was billed as the sale of the century when Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman unveiled his plan to...

Only in Saudi: Jihadists go to ‘5-star’ rehab centre

AFP | With its indoor swimming pool, sun-splashed patios and liveried staff, the Saudi complex has the trappings of a five-star resort, but it...

Is the “flag bearer” of Islam losing its influence over the...

 James M. Dorsey | By declaring the Qatar-based International Union of Islamic Scholars (ILUM) a terrorist organization, Saudi Arabia is confronting some of the world’s...

‘Raging Bull’ about to take over Saudi Arabia

News Analysis | On Thursday morning, an unconfirmed story published in the Daily Mail has stated that sources close to the royal family have revealed...

Saudi-Iranian proxy war heats up

James M. Dorsey | Shot dead this week on a street in The Hague, Ahmad Mola Nissi may have died the violent life he lived, but his...

Saudi Arabia Blockades Millions After Houthis Launch Missiles

Andrew Korybko | Saudi Arabia is blockading Yemen in response to the Houthis’ weekend missile strike in Riyadh. The Yemeni rebels teamed up with former President...

India and Saudi Arabia: Two countries going in unexpected directions

Adam Garrie | In spite of its painful birth as a free and independent state, India quickly became a model for what many considered to be...

Why the Saudi Princes should have foreseen the corruption crackdown?

James M. Dorsey | Kuwaiti billionaire Maan al-Sanea should have seen it coming after Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman vowed to root out corruption....

Five things about Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince | Mohammed bin Salman

BBC NEWS | Watch five things you don't know about Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman   Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has consolidated...

‘Coup de Grace’ of the Old System in Saudi Arabia

Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg | While the courts of justice were functioning in Saudi Arabia, the crackdown in the name of corruption, in the absence...

Unprecedented power grab could come to haunt Mohammed bin Salman

James M. Dorsey | Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has won the first round of what could prove to be an unprecedented power grab...

Saudi Anti-corruption move affects investors negatively

News Analysis | Investors hope the sweeping anti-graft probe ensnaring some of Saudi Arabia's top politicians and businessmen is a sign of reform but those...

Will ultra-conservatives accept the change in Saudi politics?

James M. Dorsey | Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s recent disavowal of the kingdom’s founding religious ideology had a master’s voice quality to it. His words...

Vision 2030 vs Saudi ultra-conservatives

James M. Dorsey | Saudi Arabia’s lifting of a ban on women’s driving raises a host of questions that transcend the issue of women’s rights...

Saudi King to visit Moscow: Expects Russia’s help to bring the...

M K Bhadrakumar | The forthcoming visit by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz to Russia (October 4-7) carries great symbolism. Such poignancy is for several reasons –...

Saudi women & Vision 2030: A test of Prince Salman’s reforms

James M Dorsey | Saudi Arabia's 85th birthday could prove to be historic -- one that could put to the test opposition to Crown Prince...

The Gulf crisis: Fighting it out down and dirty

James M. Dorsey | In the three-month old Gulf crisis, nothing is too expensive or too down and dirty when it comes to buying influence,...

Riyadh slams Doha, suspends talks after signs of breakthrough

News Analysis | Saudi Arabia has cut off talks with Qatar on Saturday accusing the tiny Gulf country of "distorting facts" regarding the telephonic conversation...

Surge of Saudi nationalism hurts US interests

M K Bhadrakumar | Reading tea leaves in Saudi politics is hazardous. That makes Moscow’s jubilation over the appointment of Mohammed bin Salman as the...

UAE ambassador’s hacked mails: Was Qatar crisis a hoax?

James M. Dorsey | The hacked email account of Yousef al-Otaiba, the influential United Arab Emirates ambassador in Washington, has provided unprecedented insight into the...

Mohammed bin Salman becomes the new Crown Prince: Expected divisions in...

Stephen Kalin and William Maclean | Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was elevated to Crown Prince on Wednesday, replacing his cousin in...

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