Tag Archives: Saudi Arabia

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 [...]

Trump fuels the fire by singling out Iran

Trump fuels the fire in Middle East James Dorsey argues that President Trump’s singling out of Iran, rather than tackling the root causes of violence and instability, risks fuelling sectarianism across the Muslim world and exacerbating ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa. Read more [...]

Liberals in Muslim world pay the price for Trump and Saudi-supported illiberalism

Donald Trump with fingers on buttons James Dorsey argues that the Islamophobia fuelled by Donald Trump and far-right European politicians benefits not only Saudi-backed ultra-conservative interpretations of Islam, but also their anti-Saudi jihadist offshoots. 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 [...]

Islamic State violence fuels culture wars and widens generation gaps

Reina nightclub attack James Dorsey explains why the Islamist attack on Istanbul’s Reina nightclub may have emboldened Muslim youth “to stand up for their right to craft lives that reflect a more liberal, less restrictive interpretation of Islam”. 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 [...]

What is behind the conflicts in the Arab world?

Supporters of Syria's Al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front demonstrating James Dorsey examines some of the key fundamental issues behind the conflicts and disintegration that have been wracking the Middle East and North Africa especially since the onset of the Arab Nightmare in 2011. Read more [...]

Reformist Saudi prince bounces up against flawed education system and ingrained social mores

Saudi religious police James Dorsey says social changes envisaged in Saudi Prince Muhammad bin Salman's masterplan for the future will most likely flounder on ultra-conservative tribal mores and the lack of critical thinking and analytical skills among youths. Read more [...]

Taking on militants: A fight for the soul of Pakistan

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia James Dorsey argues that Pakistan’s social fabric is being fundamentally altered for the worse by official acquiescence and open support for Saudi-funded groups that promote intolerance, misogyny and sectarianism. Read more [...]

Blasphemy case highlights devastating impact of Saudi ultra-conservatism on Pakistani society

Wahhabi Pakistan James Dorsey examines the corrosive impact of Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabi ideology on the Pakistani society and state, and argues that for both Pakistan and Saudi Arabia the outcome is a quagmire from which they will struggle to extricate themselves. Read more [...]