The public schism between the Saudi, Wahhabi and the Muslim Brotherhood ideologues is neither new nor surprising. It’s another chapter in a centuries-old conflict between the regressive, impoverished desert dwelling founders, users and propagators of the rigid Hambali-based Wahhabi doctrine and the founders of and adherents to the philosophy of the Muslim Brotherhood which sprang from one of the world’s oldest civilizations. The struggle between the adherents of these two opposing philosophical approaches to the […]
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Saudi filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour’s Wadjda is about a young girl’s dream to own a green bicycle and sheds light on different aspects of women’s daily life in Saudi Arabia. I started my journalism career working at “the female journalist” section in a local newspaper in Jeddah – the second biggest city in Saudi Arabia – where “the other sex” were not allowed to enter our editorial office. It was 2005 when I caught wind of a […]
Saudi Arabia feels kept in the dark and then demoted by the nuclear deal with Iran, and their major ally, the United States, was responsible. The result will be that a resurgent Iran, now better placed to exert influence in the region, is met with a more assertive Saudi foreign policy. The official voice of the King tells us that he is happy with the Iran nuclear deal and Syrian compliance with the destruction of […]
Realizing that his era is coming to an end, King Abdullah has rearranged the deck of cards to ensure that his wing of the ruling family remains in power after he no longer rules. King Abdullah has placed his sons and other trusted second generation princes in key positions primarily to secure the House of Saud’s supremacy and perpetual rule. Additionally, the king and his royal supporters are determined to deny the Sudari clan the […]
The most important and noble service a Saudi prince can ever deliver is transforming the progress-impeding and intolerance-propagating Saudi educational system. The selection of the former governor of the Asir and Mecca regions, Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, can potentially propel the academically backward country from its current nomadic status into a new era of enlightenment and scientific advancement without which the country will slip further into the gutters of darkness and clutches of religious extremism. The […]
Should Raha Moharrak – Saudi Arabia’s first female climber to scale Mount Everest – displayed the flag, or would it have been more fitting to display a map of the country with portraits of resolute women like her? Raha Moharrak, a 25-year-old Saudi woman, did what no Saudi man has ever done before: she climbed and proudly stood atop Mount Everest. Like millions of resilient Saudi women, Raha defied a multitude of crippling artificial impediments. […]
Accustomed to doing whatever they want with total immunity, Saudi royals feel they can do the same in other countries and get away with it. They used to be able to either buy their way out, using their family’s influence, or to claim diplomatic immunity to escape culpability for their misdeeds. They still do, especially in Arab and Muslim countries, but their options seem to be shrinking in democratically governed societies. As elucidated in this […]