Category Archives: Arab World

Spreading the Gospel: Asian leaders wary of Saudi religious diplomacy

King Salman in Asia James Dorsey says leaders of Asian states recently visited by Saudi King Salman are waking up to the detrimental impact of Saudi religious diplomacy which is fostering sectarianism and intolerance in their societies. Read more [...]

The revolution in work calls for an evolution in living

Universal basic income Graham Peebles explores some of the ideas that are being discussed for a radical alternative to the prevailing social and economic paradigm, ones where justice, equality and human dignity replace poverty, competition and waste. Read more [...]

الأصل و الأصالة (Origin and authenticity)

Authenticity بقلم منذر هنداوي ماذا Read more [...]

أنت مسلم بمقدار ما أنت إنسان. (You are a Muslim as much as you are a human being)

Human dignity بقلم منذر هنداوي لماذا Read more [...]

Women’s gyms lay bare limits of Saudi reforms

Saudi women in black shrouds James Dorsey says the Saudi decision to license women-only gyms is progress in a country where women have few rights, but restrictions on what activities the gyms will be allowed to offer reflect the continuing power of reactionary forces. Read more [...]

Searching for peace in a troubled world

Peace through justice and sharing Graham Peebles sees inequality at the heart of conflicts and says to achieve piece one must begin by instilling in individuals the principle of sharing, from which cooperation, tolerance and understanding will flow. Read more [...]

Creating Frankenstein’s Monster: Saudi Arabia’s ultra-conservative footprint in Africa

Saudi Islamism in Africa James Dorsey views Saudi Arabia's role in spurring political violence in sub-Saharan Africa, noting the Saudis spent $100 billion in 50 years on promoting an intolerant, supremacist, anti-pluralistic version of Islam. Read more [...]

القراصنة بيننا (The pirates among us)

Facebook hacking بقلم منذر هنداوي تعطل Read more [...]

Qatar’s backtracking on labour rights and its cooperation with Russia reflect new world order

Person holding placard saying Qatar Play Fair James Dorsey argues that the rise of populists in the US and Europe and Russia’s renewed assertiveness on the world stage have emboldened Qatar to backtrack on migrant workers’ rights and encouraged it to forge ties with Russia. Read more [...]

Think that 2016 was a tough year for Saudi Arabia? Wait till you see 2017

A worried looking King Salman James Dorsey looks ahead to a probable bleak year for an economically-stressed Saudi Arabia where a reassessment of US foreign policy in the Middle East and the Gulf seems set to add to its setbacks in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Egypt. Read more [...]