The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Saudi Arabia Fights “Satire”

September 17, 2018

As it modernizes, Saudi Arabia under Mohammad bin Salman takes the lead in suppressing satire. Some human activities are less compatible than others with the policies of visionary leaders. Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) has recently made clear his intention of reshaping Saudi Arabia’s...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Biggest “Impediment” to Tesla

August 15, 2018

For Elon Musk the sky has never been the limit, but an unfortunate tweet may be his undoing. To take over the world requires more than just vision and organization. Nations can no longer pretend to do it — as the US empire wanes — because they are confined by their boundaries. In today’s...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Destabilize” Saudi Arabia

August 08, 2018

Canada dares to challenge Saudi Arabia on human rights and suffers the consequences. What will the US do? A minor diplomatic war has broken out between Saudi Arabia and Canada. Business Insider reports that in response to a tweet by Global Affairs Canada expressing concern about the arrest of...

What’s at Stake in Yemen?

July 13, 2018

In Yemen, the pressure is on both sides to move toward a negotiated settlement. There are three different views on the Yemen War depending on who’s making the pronouncements. The first sees the US as supporting a naive and destructive effort by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to...

China’s Clout in the Middle East

May 02, 2018

The hardening of Middle Eastern fault lines is likely to make it difficult for China to remain aloof. Subtle shifts in Chinese energy imports suggest that Beijing may be able to exert influence in the Middle East in alternative ways that do not involve military or overt economic pressure. The...

Saudi Arabia Turns Qatar into an Island

April 16, 2018

Qatari conservatism is likely what Prince Mohammed would like to achieve, even if that is something he is unlikely to admit. There’s a cutting-off-the-nose-to-spite-the-face aspect to a Saudi plan of turning Qatar into an island. In the latest episode of the Qatar crisis, Riyadh intends to dig...

Natural Gas: The Driver of Saudi Hostility Toward Iran and Qatar

March 27, 2018

The existential threat that Iran poses to Saudi Arabia goes far beyond the fact that the Islamic republic challenges Saudi monarchical rule. Hostility between Saudi Arabia and Iran is about lots of things, especially over who will have the upper hand in a swath of land stretching from Central...

Egyptian Diaspora Calls on Congress to Act

March 27, 2018

The US Congress should put pressure on Sisi’s sponsors in the Gulf to help improve democracy in Egypt. Egypt is run by a dictator. The socioeconomic situation of the people is at a low. This has triggered rising discontent among Egyptians and has compelled members of the diaspora in the US to...

How Far Will Crown Prince Mohammed Go?

March 21, 2018

Prince Mohammed’s social reforms and promised economic change in Saudi Arabia provide him significant arrows in his multimillion-dollar PR blitz. In his effort to improve Saudi Arabia’s badly tarnished image and project the kingdom as embracing an unidentified form of moderate Islam, Crown...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Unity” All Around?

January 22, 2018

How do you translate e pluribus unum into Arabic and Farsi? The risk of war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the most powerful Muslim nations, has never been greater. Their rivalry can be understood in two ways. The first is simply as two powerful nations facing each other on either side of the...

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