Why Do Some Women Support the Taliban?

September 28, 2021

With the Taliban’s recent takeover of Afghanistan, the fate of around 14 million women remains uncertain. From when they ruled the country between 1996 and 2001, the Taliban were notorious for their mistreatment of women and girls, imposing restrictions on almost all aspects of their lives, from...

The Aftershocks of the Saudi and American Debacle in Afghanistan

September 09, 2021

Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan have a complex relationship. Their ties date back to the 19th century when Afghanistan became the first Muslim country to recognize the second Saudi state of 1824 to 1891. In 1930, Ibn Saud recognized King Nadir Shah’s rule in Afghanistan, in 1932, the two...

Saudi Arabia’s System of Injustice

May 18, 2021

In February, Mohammed bin Salman announced an overhaul of the Saudi judicial system with plans to bring in four new laws: the personal status law, the civil transactions law, the penal code of discretionary sanctions and the law of evidence. The crown prince was quoted as saying...

NFTs and the Cynicism of Contemporary Art

March 08, 2021

Many will remember 2020 as the year of COVID-19, an invisible pestilence that is still haunting the world a full year after its outbreak in the form of a global pandemic. Though it is still rather early, 2021 may one day be remembered as the year of an unexpected financial epidemic, the craze for...

The Talented Mr. Bin Salman

March 04, 2021

Mohammed bin Salman is a charming fellow. The tall, dark and handsome Saudi prince known as MBS has seduced world leaders and eager pundits left and right. To his supporters, MBS became first in line to the Saudi throne by championing reform in a deeply conservative Gulf kingdom, taking on...

What Iran Can Learn From Saudi Arabia

August 31, 2020

Over three years have passed since Mohammed bin Salman became the crown prince of Saudi Arabia. The challenges he has faced throughout this time have been too colossal for a 35-year-old leader to accommodate. Yet the prince has sought to give the impression of a strong social reformer. Indeed,...

Where Is Mohammed bin Salman Taking the Saudi Kingdom?

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is grappling with COVID-19, an unresolved war in Yemen and collapsed oil prices. At the same time, recurrent purges of opponents of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) are harming the country’s foreign investment climate. Within this context, the ambitious Vision...

What’s Behind Bolton’s Attacks on the “Troika of Tyranny”?

April 26, 2019

If you’re in the market for a troika of tyranny, Donald Trump, John Bolton and Mike Pompeo certainly fit the bill. Or, if you’d rather focus on countries, not individuals, you might single out Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt as the three most likely candidates. Perhaps, if...

Saudi Arabia Admits It Made a “Mistake”

October 29, 2018

Saudi Arabia regrets its “mistakes” and hopes the world will magnanimously stop calling them crimes, The Daily Devil's Dictionary reports. As we have already pointed out, the Saudis’ shifting line on Jamal Khashoggi’s murder has produced a plethora of wonderful examples of euphemism and...

Israel Adopts Abandoned Saudi Sectarian Logic

June 19, 2018

Just as Saudi Arabia is attempting to shed off its sectarian rhetoric, Israel is quoting the same scholars that Riyadh is trying to downplay. Amid ever closer cooperation with Saudi Arabia, Israel’s military appears to be adopting the kind of sectarian anti-Shia rhetoric that Saudi Crown...

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