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Saudis at home and abroad react to Crown Prince’s whirlwind US tour

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

For nearly three weeks, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has crisscrossed the United States, on a whirlwind journey through modern American life. As a recap, this video highlights all the major events of the tour.Here are reactions from two Saudis living miles away from each other to get a feel of local and international perspectives on the landmark visit.Abdullah AlGhafis, PhD Candidate at Lehigh University, Pennsylvania is sharing his perspective as a Saudi scholarship holder in the US: &ldquo ...

Torture and Suicide: The testimony of a Houthi captive

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

“The memories of the time I spent in prison and the torture nightmares still haunt my imagination; the sight of the prisoners blindfolded and tied, bound by their hands, led by a screaming jailer, is still clear to me.” This is what Dr. Abdul Qadir al-Junaid told Al Arabiya while recalling the details of his time in the Houthi militia’s prisons. Junaid was abducted and thrown into the Houthi prisons for more than 300 days after he was kidnapped from his home in the city of Taiz ...

WATCH: Chinese, Saudi archeologists unearth cultural relics in Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

A Chinese-Saudi Arabian joint archaeological team discovered more than 100 ancient tombs and dozens of cultural relics in al-Serrian, a long abandoned Saudi Arabian port in Jeddah on the Red Sea. China sent five archeologists to Saudi Arabia on March 26 to embark on a 20-day mission of excavating the ruins of al-Serrian together with 10 Saudi archeologists. ALSO: 85,000-year-old fossil finger bone found in Saudi Arabia The group deployed the latest technology in their search such as drones, ...

15 years after Saddam's fall, Iraqi hopes fade

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Fifteen years ago, Abu Ali was thrilled to see American soldiers enter Baghdad. "The tyrant is finished," he remembers saying, imagining a bright future for Iraq without Saddam Hussein. But the years that followed have brought only misery, he said, looking at photos of three of his sons killed in attacks in the ensuing chaos. After the US-led invasion of 2003, Iraq, freed from nearly a quarter century of dictatorship, descended into violence. Sectarian clashes and jihadist attacks ...

85,000-year-old fossil finger bone found in Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

A fossil finger bone dating back about 85,000 years that was unearthed in Saudi Arabia’s Nefud Desert is pointing to what scientists are calling a new understanding of how our species came out of Africa en route to colonizing the world. A joint scientific team has discovered the first sample of ancient human remains in the northwest of Saudi Arabia. The research team included the Saudi Geological Survey, the Saudi Public Authority for Tourism and National Heritage, King Saud University, ...

When a family lit candles to mourn son on his 14th birthday in Gaza

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Monday should have been Hussein Madi’s 14th birthday. Instead, his family sat mourning him in a tent in Gaza.The boy was shot dead three days earlier by Israeli troops, his relatives say, the youngest of 30 Palestinians killed in an ongoing protest at the border with Israel.His mother Eman cried as she greeted friends, relatives and neighbors outside the family’s home.“He asked me to buy him a T-Shirt and trousers, and take him for lunch, just me and him,” Eman said. ...

Salwa Canal, a Saudi tourism project that means more isolation for Qatar

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

The Salwa border, which links Saudi Arabia with Qatar, may give way to allow Saudi Arabia to develop a whole new area on the Western coast of the Arabian Gulf. This, however, depends on the approval of a preliminary study to drill a canal which would mean an increase in the economic isolation of Qatar. According to reports in the Saudi media, drilling of the canal would be done by a Saudi investment alliance which includes nine companies. It is expected to be completed within 12 months. The ...

ANALYSIS: Funding Hezbollah terror, paid for by depriving struggling citizens

Sunday, 8 April 2018

With the Iranian people taking part in widespread demonstrations throughout the country, many of their grievances have been focused on the immense cost of foreign wars to the Iranian economy. Much of the cost stems from a vast amount of funds being channelled into the coffers of both Hezbollah and Bashar al-Assad’s war machine. This cash is blown on funding the formers proxy war effort in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, as well as paying for its war against Israel, and the upkeep of its ...

Analyst says Qatar has become one of the most harmful influences in Middle East

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Rather than using the US military al-Udeid air base as an excuse for inaction against Qatar, we should be using it to leverage changes in Qatari behavior, a leading American foreign policy analyst and author has said. In a column published by Fox News, Dr. Mitchell Bard said that Qatar has become one of the most harmful influences in the Middle East and a key supporter of terrorist groups. According to Dr. Bard, Qatar is endangering America’s Arab allies and Israel “by ...

Why did Iran’s Basij Force commander hold a high-level meeting in Iraq?

Sunday, 8 April 2018

The commander of Iran’s paramilitary Basij Force Gholamhossein Gheybparvar held a meeting with Iraqi political figures in Baghdad this week under shrouded circumstances. The meeting was attended by the Iranian ambassador to Iraq, as well as members of the Fatah Alliance - a political coalition in Iraq formed to contest the 2018 general election. The main components of the alliance are former groups involved in the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Units. According to a source speaking to Al ...

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