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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...

Islamabad and Riyadh partnering for peace and stability

News Analysis | On Monday, Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that Pakistan fully endorses and supports Saudi Arabia in its policies in the...

Crown Prince going after corrupt family members displays Saudi Hypocrisy

James M. Dorsey | Leave aside for a moment questions of due process. Analysis of  Saudi Arabia’s three largest corporate failures explains why Crown Prince...

Saudi Crown Prince calls Iranian leader “Hitler” of Middle East

News Analysis | At a time when the Middle East is in the middle of a severe rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran, Saudi Arabia's...

Who will be targeted by new Saudi led coalition?

News Analysis | Amidst festering crises in the Middle East, the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) will formally be launched on Sunday when the...

Saudi Arabia raises temperature against Iran

 AFP | Saudi Arabia warned Sunday that it would not stand idly by in the face of Iranian "aggression", as Bahrain said the Iran-backed Hezbollah...

Saudi Arabia recalls ambassador from Germany over Lebanon comments

Reuters | Saudi Arabia has summoned its ambassador in Germany home for consultations over comments allegedly made by German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel during a...

Qatar claims Saudi involvement in Lebanon similar to Gulf Crisis

AFP | Qatar's foreign minister on Friday compared Saudi Arabia's political maneuvers in Lebanon to its boycott of his country and accused Riyadh of a...

Will Lebanon pay the price of Saudi Intervention?

James M Dorsey | The proof will be in the pudding when Prime Minister Saad Hariri returns home in the coming days to a country...

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...

Lebanon to be sanctioned by other Arab states claims Hariri

Reuters | Saad al-Hariri warned on Sunday Lebanon was at risk of Gulf Arab sanctions because of the Shi'ite group Hezbollah's regional meddling and said...

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...

Macron travels to Saudi Arabia as controversy over Harriri heats up

Reuters | French President Emmanuel Macron held hastily scheduled talks in Riyadh on Thursday with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman amid rising tensions between Saudi Arabia...

‘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...

Lebanon: A new theater opens for Iran and Saudi Arabia?

Syed Ali Zia Jaffery | Amidst simmering crises in the Middle East, Lebanon finds itself in the thick of things as Saudi Arabia on Monday...

Riyadh-Tehran rivalry in Yemen: Where is it heading?

News Analysis | Saudi Arabia has berated and blamed Iran for the missile attack by Houthi rebels in the Saudi capital, Riyadh on Saturday, terming...

Will US succeed in creating rifts between Iran & Iraq?

M K Bhadrakumar| The US project to create a rift between Iraq and Iran backfired just a couple of days of its launch from Riyadh...

The crackdown in Saudi Arabia: anti-corruption drive or ruthless power politics?

News Analysis | 11 Saudi princes, ministers and former government officials were arrested and detained hours after King Salman ordered the formation of the anti-corruption...

Saudi Arabia intercepts missile near Riyadh

Saudi Arabia says its air defense forces have intercepted a ballistic missile over Riyadh, fired from neighboring Yemen. State media said it was brought down...

The war in Yemen takes its toll: Houthis hurl missile in...

News Analysis | Yemeni Houthi rebels have taken responsibility for firing a missile near the airport of Saudi Arabia's capital, Riyadh on Saturday. The Long-range...

Why Saudi Arabia allowed women into sports stadiums?

James M. Dorsey | Saudi Arabia’s decision to allow women to attend sporting events in three of the country’s stadiums raises as many questions as it provides...

US demands Europeans to restrict business with Iran

News Analysis | US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, shocked the European companies by demanding that European allies should support latest US ban on Iran's...

Tillerson’s Islamabad visit: Still miles to travel

News Analysis | The US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson will discuss ways to enhance cooperation against terrorism and economic ties with Pakistani officials when...

Western media’s propaganda war against Syria: Part of the “plan”?

Hussain Akram | The year 2011 saw the beginning of what Western media immediately described as a revolution against a 'mad dictator inflicting suffering upon...

Russia: The new master of Middle East

M K Bhadrakumar | The remark Wednesday by the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and Presidential envoy for the Middle East Mikhail Bogdanov offering Moscow’s mediation for a...

Arab Spring finally comes to Saudi Arabia: Cinemas will be opened?

News Analysis | The Saudi Gazette has reported that the Kingdom will soon be opening cinema and theatres before the end of this year. Former Minister...

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 –...

Is Kurdistan a US-Israeli conspiracy to balkanize Middle East?

M K Bhadrakumar | The result of the Kurdish independence referendum in northern Iraq will be known in the next 48 hours or so, but no surprises...

Green light to women in Saudi Arabia: Is this the victory...

News Analysis | The King of Saudi Arabia has issued a decree allowing women to drive. The order – issued by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud –...

Why Riyadh is so interested in joining CPEC?

News Analysis | Riyadh will soon invest in the Gwadar Port and become part of the mega-project, the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). This was...

The Iran deal is living dangerously despite sanctions relief

News Analysis | Despite growing concerns and speculations over the future of the Iran nuclear deal, the Trump Administration extended waivers on a set of sanctions...

Rohingya Plight: Feeding Instability across Muslim World & jeopardizing China’s One...

James M. Dorsey | The plight of Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya minority is becoming the Muslim world’s latest rallying call emulating the emotional appeal of the...

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...

The blockade defeats its purpose; Doha revives diplomatic ties with Tehran

News Analysis | Doha has decided to send back its envoy to Tehran after he was recalled 20 months ago over Tehran's deterioration of ties with...

Gulf media wars produce losers, no winners

James M. Dorsey | Feuding Gulf states that have pumped millions of dollars into public diplomacy appear to have done better in damaging the reputations...

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