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Girl in Saudi Gone Wild: There she was just a’walkin’ down the mud-caked alley

A strut and a milliseconds-long backwards glance has captured the world’s attention. The strut and glance in question were made by Khulood Al-Yafie, a beautiful miniskirt and crop top clad Yemeni woman visiting Saudi Arabia’s Ushaiger cultural heritage site.Read More

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Qatar will sink or swim with the rest of the GCC

Critics have come out in support of besieged Qatar and against the decision made by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt to impose sanctions, the removal of which are conditional on Doha meeting demands that are unrealistic, unprecedented, and...Read More

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Freedom of Tweet and Freedom to Seat: Reviewing the First Amendment in Saudi Arabia

In the Western imagination, Saudi Arabia’s human rights record is abhorrent—a medieval relic synonymous with brutal beheadings; a blatant disregard for due process and the rule of law; circumscribed rights for women, minorities, and guest workers; and zero tolerance for...Read More

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Arabia Foundation’s Comment on the Release of Secret Qatar Agreements

Today CNN disclosed three separate secret agreements signed by Qatar and Gulf States in 2013 and 2014. The three agreements were later authenticated by Saudi Arabia, The UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt. Qatar has argued that accepting the 13 demands put...Read More

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The Good, the Bad, and the Paternalistic: A Decade’s Reflections on Women’s Rights in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is, understandably, called out for its lack of women’s rights. But, constant scrutiny leaves little room for acknowledging advances as well as the significant social and cultural influences that have affected and will continue to affect the pace...Read More

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Arabia Foundation’s Comment on the Saudi Succession (Fox News | Ali Shihabi)

Mohammed bin Salman’s selection as crown prince to King Salman bin Abdul Aziz is a positive move for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and U.S.-Saudi relations. While the precise timing of this event was uncertain, the move itself was inevitable...Read More

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How Economic Reform Will Help Women Drive In Saudi Arabia (TIME)

I recently watched Wonder Woman, and the overall theme of the movie hit home. One quote particularly resonated and reminded me of the battle Saudi women face for our rights…Read More

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Why Qatar, and Why Now?

Last week’s dramatic coordinated move by four Arab states—Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt—to sever diplomatic ties and close all air, land, and sea borders with the oil-rich Arab Gulf state of Qatar appears, on the surface,...Read More

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Qatar’s Moment of Truth

While the crisis brought about by the Saudi/Emirati/Bahraini/Egyptian decision to cut diplomatic ties and sever air, sea, and overland links with Qatar will, in all likelihood, end with Doha’s capitulation on a number of key issues, the precise trajectory to...Read More

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Regional showdown puts Qatar on its back-foot

The unprecedented decision by seven countries, led by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt, to sever diplomatic ties with Qatar, closing their land, sea, and airspace in the process, is a significant escalation that will likely force...Read More

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