Is the world inhaling Sarin, too? The international stance on Douma

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

The missiles which targeted the Syrian military T4 air base in Homs on Monday at dawn are Israeli and not American, and they did not come in response to the Syrian regime’s chemical attack on Douma in Ghouta. The Syrian regime, which has used Sarin gas before according to local and international reports, seems reassured that American and international objections to using these weapons will not go as far as adopting deterrent military measures. This is what developments since 2012 have ...

Ali Al-Amin

The Saudi Crown Prince’s message to the world

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has sent a strong message to the world that Saudi Arabia is capable and intent on eliminating terrorism. This message constitutes a new language for Saudi Arabia in its relations with the international community.There is also the message he conveyed in his interview with The Wall Street Journal, where he said that the international community must keep pushing Iran economically and politically to avoid a direct military confrontation in the region, adding ...

Sawsan Al Shaer

Killing people as if they are insects

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

This is not the first or second or even tenth time that chemical attacks target people in Syria and suffocate them like insects. The life of thousands of Syrians may be of no value for those who are indifferent towards what’s happening; however, the entire world is in danger due to these precedents which have become familiar and acceptable due to keeping silent and not holding criminals accountable. Silence over what the three regimes are doing in Syria will make all of the region’s ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

OPEC and non-OPEC pact exit strategies: Saudi, Russia alliance is ‘thicker than oil’

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

The recent announcement by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during his recent US visit that the Kingdom is looking at a long term relationship between Saudi Arabia and Russia, extending from 10 to 20 years, has taken the markets by surprise.Everyone’s attention had been fixed on whether the current full year 2018 OPEC and non OPEC production cut agreement will be renewed in 2019, or reversed or a new short term mechanism is put in its place.The Saudi Prince’s comments seems to ...

Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady

The impact of Pyongyang-Washington talks on Tehran

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

From March 25 to 28, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un paid a sudden visit which surprised the world; however, some world leaders and heads of states have lauded the visit as a step towards defusing tension between North Korea and the US.The United Nations hailed the trip: “The latest positive developments are the beginning of a longer process of sincere dialogue, leading to sustainable peace and denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, while the White House said: “We’re going ...

Shehab Al-Makahleh

Mohammed bin Salman and his historic visit to the US

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

A report by the New York Times said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman “is rewriting Saudi history” through his recent US tour. This description may be accurate. What’s more accurate is that the Saudi Crown Prince is in his quest to change everything in Saudi Arabia and set things straight. His tour to the US lasted three weeks in which he met President Donald Trump, top government officials, Congressmen, businessmen, industrial and technological companies’ executives ...

Mohammed Al-Hammadi

Further destruction 15 years after Saddam’s fall

Monday, 9 April 2018

In a span of 15 years, a child develops and grows up, goes to primary school then secondary school attends university to become an engineer constructing tens of roads and buildings or a doctor treating thousands of patients and saving their lives or a director managing companies and institutions. One can also pursue advanced degrees, such as a Master’s degree or a PhD, and become an expert in a certain field and part of society’s prestigious elite.In 15 years, the United Arab ...

Adnan Hussein

The Douma chemical attack and Trump’s anger

Monday, 9 April 2018

It has only been few days since US President Donald Trump’s controversial stance that he prefers to withdraw from Syria and let others handle and his hasty declaration of victory over ISIS. However, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Iran’s experts and perhaps others, have brought back an angry Trump to the Syrian scene. Assad’s forces targeted the residents of Douma in Ghouta with chemical weapons shocking the world and embarrassing it. What’s strange about this crime ...

Mashari Althaydi

From Gaza border to Ahed’s prison cell, Palestinian youth united by pain and resistance

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Starting Friday, March 30, tens of thousands of Palestinians amassed at Gaza’s eastern border gearing up for protests and vigils that are expected to last until May 15. On that date, 70 years ago, Israel declared its independence, resulting in the exile of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. There is more to this unique act of popular mobilization than the need to underscore the Right of Return for Palestinian refugees, as enshrined in international law, or to commemorate Land Day, an ...

Ramzy Baroud

On teaching philosophy in Saudi Arabia

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Philosophy’s relation with societies has not always been cordial as philosophy has been resisted by society from the very beginning as a process that seeks to create wisdom, a spark of continuous amazement and a never-ending flame over gloomy questions. Some have confronted philosophy because they believed it led towards misguidance. It’s said that Imam al-Shafi ruled in favor of striking philosophers with leafless palm branches and with shoes. However, if it hadn’t been for ...

Fahad Suleiman Shoqiran

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