Saudi Repression Strong as Ever But Aims Lower

November 26, 2019

Thanks to the gruesome murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, everyone who may have previously been indifferent to the brutally repressive nature of the Saudi regime should have no illusions about its absolute commitment to repression. Before the Khashoggi assassination, readers...

Saudi Arabia Eases Male Guardianship System

August 02, 2019

It comes as welcome news that authorities in Saudi Arabia have taken important steps toward dismantling the repressive male guardianship system, which treats women in the country as minors. Women will no longer require permission from a male guardian to travel abroad and can apply for a...

The Unhappy Anniversary of a Saudi Activist

May 15, 2019

May 15 marks an unhappy anniversary for Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul and all those who care about women’s rights everywhere. “I always wished I was a man, always, since I was a child.” In her home country of Saudi Arabia, Loujain al-Hathloul is a controversial figure. Her habit of...

MBS Gave the Green Light to Silence Dissenters

March 20, 2019

Saudi Arabia conducts its most ambitious campaigns in the darkest secrecy. The Daily Devil’s Dictionary explains. According to US officials cited by The New York Times, “Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia authorized a secret campaign to silence dissenters — which included...

The Dangerous Nuclear Games in the Gulf

March 04, 2019

With both the US and Russia withdrawing from the INF, a nuclear stand-off in the Gulf could be closer than you think. One of the many challenges of covering the impact of Donald Trump’s presidency on global affairs is that, in the constant churn of stories generated by his Twitter outbursts...

The Courtroom Drama of the Jamal Khashoggi Murder

December 18, 2018

The Saudis and the White House agree that the divine right of a crown prince must not be interfered with. The Daily Devil’s Dictionary explains. Lacking a judicial framework to stage the trial of the assassins of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the media have become the virtual courtroom and the...

Saudi Arabia Rejects CIA Assessment on Jamal Khashoggi

November 21, 2018

Three towering authorities — Trump, Pompeo and Jubeir — have made it clear: With the Jamal Khashoggi case, the time has come to stand with Saudi Arabia. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir sets the record straight. The CIA, mistakenly relying on overwhelming evidence and elementary logic...