Saudi Arabia must cover its tracks
by not only forcefully denouncing ISIS and JN but actively introducing stiffer
measures demonstrating that it is genuinely combating terrorism. How does this
play out in terms of royal power?
Much speculation has surrounded the new Saudi Arabian king Salman’s policies with respect to the powerful religious establishment: the Wahhabi clerics. Are Saudi-Wahhabi relations a problem worth worrying about?
We need to raise
awareness about how the rich oil nations keep subsidising oil extraction whilst
agreeing that the world needs to cut emissions. Taxpayers cannot passively let
their governments do this.
Those who hold Muslims accountable for
these acts, or demand that they apologize for them, are delusional. Beyond
Europe, Al-Qaeda has declared open war against most Arab and Muslim-majority
countries, especially those allied to the west.
The events of the Arab Revolt have dramatically shifted the position of Israel in the region. Arab regimes have moved from rejecting the existence of Israel to accommodation, to implicit cooperation, in some cases, open cooperation.
Not only did the Arab peoples revolt, but the power of their revolts was so significant and threatening to the regional geopolitical order that the regional powers had to diffuse the collective consciousness at any cost.
Islamic radicalism is the product of societal developments and it is not directly related to the religion of Islam. The lessons of Iraq are being actively ignored by the US and the west in general. The main tenets of American foreign policy, which have done well for extremism, are unchanged.
The term is heard whenever the Middle East or Syria are discussed, yet a talking head would be pressed to define what they mean by sectarianism. Mohammad Dibo speaks to two prominent Arab thinkers willing to assist our understanding by going back to the basics.
The American intervention will strengthen the hand of Arab autocrats against their opponents, Islamists and non-Islamists alike. It lends credibility to the 'war against terror' rhetoric that these regimes use as a suppressant to the revolution.
These airstrikes demonstrate new fault lines in the Arab world: between Arab conservative regimes, their Islamist foes, and the democratic secular forces who find themselves in an impossible situation.
To defeat IS you have not only to beat it militarily, but to
undercut the financial and ideological underpinnings upon which it rests, and
replace it with something that ensures that it cannot manifest again in future
Anti-Semitic acts in Europe reinforced the perception
that the issue was extremist hatred of Jews per se. At the same time, prominent
Egyptian and even Saudi spokespersons were openly encouraging of the Israeli
war effort, the US was supportive, EU foreign ministers endorsed demilitarising
the Gaza Strip. But to what end?
The Arab Revolt, which gave so much hope to the Palestinians, has turned out to be a misfortune for the people of Gaza. The Israeli narrative has now found wide acceptance, not only in governments, but also on Arab streets.
Next week anti arms trade activists will be heading to Farnborough to
attend the BAE Systems AGM and put new Chair, Sir Roger Carr, on the spot with
questions about his company's associations with human rights abusers.
strategy of offering military support to the US while exporting Muslim
militancy and portraying itself as the protector of the two holiest sites in
the Islamic world has backfired for both Saudi Arabia and the US.
is critical to recognize the significance of this revolutionary chapter in the
modern history of the Middle East and the creative conceptions and
articulations of resistance that shattered the system of domination,
particularly the popular roots of these uprisings amongst the urban and rural poor.
Egypt has jailed journalists by the dozen; the Gulf is jailing people for tweets they send and surveillance companies are gearing them up. One does not need a crystal ball to see that repressive states in the MENA region will continue to suppress dissent.
These oil-rich countries cannot sustain long-term growth and prosperity if half the population remains marginalised and excluded from the workforce. The GCC states should begin to invest in and reform public and private sector institutions in favour of female-friendly policies.