• In Saudi Arabia, women want to learn more about their rights

    Several dozen attendees learned about crimes perpetrated against women on social media, a topic of special concern in a country where single people of opposite sexes cannot spend time together without risking arrest, and where pressure on women to cover their faces in public can be so intense that...
  • US Weapons Exporters Lead World in War Profiteering

    New study finds booming business driven by 'an escalation of regional tensions in the Middle East and Asia Pacific....
  • Clash between Sweden and Saudi Arabia escalates as ambassador is withdrawn

    A clash between Sweden’s progressive foreign policy and the harsh realities of the Middle East has escalated with Saudi Arabia’s withdrawal of its ambassador after Stockholm tore up an arms trade agreement between the two countries. Accusing Sweden’s foreign minister of “flagrant interference” in its internal affairs, the Saudi foreign...
  • Saudi Arabia is playing chicken with its oil

    In August 1973, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat paid a secret visit to the Saudi capital, Riyadh, to meet with King Faisal. Sadat was preparing for war with Israel, and he needed Saudi Arabia to use its most powerful weapon: oil. Until then, King Faisal had been reluctant for the Arab...
  • A thousand lashes for one question

    Imagine you are a young Saudi man. You raise questions about the society in which you live and, with friends, you create a website that the authorities quickly close. Then they take you away from your wife and three children and throw you in prison. You are soon tried for...
  • Prince Bandar bin Sultan

    Prince Bandar bin Sultan has been coordinating Saudi Arabia‘s policies towards the Syrian uprising since being appointed intelligence chief by King Abdullah in July. Bandar’s reputation as an inveterate networker and hawk have fuelled anticipation about how he will handle the bloodiest crisis of the Arab spring.   In 1983...
  • Macmillan & Eisenhower backed Syria assassination plot

    Nearly 50 years before the war in Iraq, Britain and America sought a secretive “regime change” in another Arab country they accused of spreading terror and threatening the west’s oil supplies, by planning the invasion of Syria and the assassination of leading figures. Newly discovered documents show how in 1957...
  • New Saudi-supplied missiles boost rebels in south Syria

    Amman: Rebels in southern Syria have fired newly acquired anti-tank guided missiles supplied by Saudi Arabia in a significant boost to their battle against President Bashar al-Assad, rebel, intelligence and diplomatic sources say. Vedat Xhymshiti | between THE frontlines (REUTERS) – Several Russian-designed Konkurs anti-tank weapons were used in a rebel attack...
  • Saudi prince defects from royal family

    Prince Khalid Bin Farhan Al-Saud has announced his defection from Al Saud royal family through a statement, calling on other princes to break their silence and reveal the truth for sake of God. In his statement on Saturday, the Saudi prince referred to his ‘sufferings’ under reign of Al...