Saudis and Iranians Agree on One Thing: Soccer Poses a Threat

October 06, 2016

There is little that Saudi Arabia and Iran agree on, except soccer and religion. Sunni scholars in Saudi Arabia and their Shia counterparts in Iran may be at war over who is a Muslim, but there is one thing they agree on: soccer detracts from religious obligations. Iran, in the latest skirmish...

Are Saudi Arabia and Iran on a Collision Course?

January 07, 2016

With Saudi Arabia and Iran locked in a diplomatic row, concerted international intervention will be critical to avert a regional and global calamity, says former US Ambassador Gary Grappo. Since the Arab Spring some five years ago, the Middle East has experienced a wave of tragic events. Many of...

Saudi Arabia in Desperate Attempt to Reclaim Regional Hegemony

January 06, 2016

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia hopes that the execution of Sheikh al-Nimr will reignite a sectarian war with Iran and jeopardize the nuclear deal. This year could have been a turning point for the Middle East. Prospects of peace were exceptionally hopeful at the end of 2015, with a United...

Saudi-Iranian Diplomatic Row Moves to Soccer

January 05, 2016

Saudi soccer clubs are embroiled in the diplomatic breakdown between Riyadh and Tehran. Saudi Arabia and Iran, highlighting the domestic drivers of mounting tension that threatens to deepen sectarian conflicts in the Middle East, have taken their fierce tit-for-tat battle from the realm of...

Saudi and Iran Light Up the New Year

January 05, 2016

The bitter rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia is causing further instability in an already explosive Middle East. Modern relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia have been awash with ups and downs, and a ceaseless competition over the leadership of the Muslim world. Iran is the world’s...

Execution of Saudi Cleric Fans Flames in the Middle East

January 04, 2016

The killing of Sheikh al-Nimr should serve as a prime moment for the US to reconsider its alliance with Saudi Arabia, says Medea Benjamin. The brutal Saudi execution of Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr has led to protests around the Muslim world, as well as the burning of the Saudi Embassy in...

The World This Week: Something is Rotten in Saudi Arabia

January 03, 2016

A rapacious, repressive regime facing regional setbacks and economic hardship turns to religious radicalism to retain its hold on power. In Act I, Scene 4 of Hamlet, the cold air “bites shrewdly” and the ghost of the dead king bursts upon the stage “horridly to shake our disposition.”...