(By SALMAN MASOOD) For years, Saudi Arabia has had a hallowed status here, considered above question or criticism. Yet the hajj stampedenear Mecca last month has taken some of the luster off the exalted image of the kingdom.
Scores of Pakistani pilgrims were killed in the . . . → Read More: Post Hajj stampede Saudi popularity down in Pakistan
Since 1997 Nawaz Sharif has unflinchingly espoused the cause of peace with India. But vested interests and domestic political compulsions in both countries have never allowed his initiatives to come to fruition.
In 1997, Mr Sharif designed the composite dialogue with India’s Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral but the latter couldn’t sell Kashmir’s inclusion in . . . → Read More: Why Sharif’s peace strategy has flaws
Leaked documents suggest vote-trading deal was conducted to enable nations to secure a seat at UN’s influential body.
Britain conducted secret vote-trading deals with Saudi Arabia to ensure both states were elected to the UN human rights council (UNHRC), according to leaked diplomatic cables.
The elevation of the Saudi kingdom to one of the UN’s . . . → Read More: Is Saudi Arabia falling into UK’s trap over Human Rights Council place?
The United Nations has been criticised for handing Saudi Arabia a key human rights role – despite the country having “arguably the worst record in the world” on freedoms for women, minorities and dissidents.
Critics, including the wife of imprisoned pro-democracy blogger Raif Badawi – sentenced to 1,000 lashes for blogging about free speech . . . → Read More: Is Saudi Arabia fit to lead UN Human Rights panel
(By Michael Doran, Michael Pregent, Eric B. Brown and Peter Rough) On June 10, 2014, a little over a year ago, the forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (IS) shocked the world by seizing Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq. The government in Baghdad watched helplessly as its security forces crumbled . . . → Read More: How to eliminate Islamic State
(By NAWEEN A. MANGI) SINDH is home to a large youth population that is utterly frustrated, bitter and angry. They are also an incredible social, economic and psychological burden for their struggling families and impoverished communities.
The tale is similar all across rural Sindh. Farm workers who tend land owned by someone else aspire to . . . → Read More: Recognising Dignity
The dramatic arrival of Da’ish (ISIS) on the stage of Iraq has shocked many in the West. Many have been perplexed — and horrified — by its violence and its evident magnetism for Sunni youth. But more than this, they find Saudi Arabia’s ambivalence in the face of this manifestation both troubling and inexplicable, . . . → Read More: Is ISIS a mutation of Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabism?
Late on Friday, the CIA’s Office of the Inspector General finally released the findings of its internal investigation, concluded in 2005, into intelligence failures leading up to the attacks of September 11, 2001. The few sections left un-redacted in the 500-page report do not appear to offer any major revelations.
But the very final section . . . → Read More: Some insight into Saudi Arabia’s role in 9/11
(By Russ Wellen) Saudi Arabia’s perceived need to keep Iran at bay is distracting it from the danger that the Islamic State poses to its regime.
Last week in Politico magazine, Gary Sick wrote about what he calls the “most dramatic shift in Saudi policy since at least World War II.” To wit:
. . . → Read More: Forget Iran, KSA should focus on Sunni militants
In addition to 10,000 rooms, it will feature 70 restaurants and multiple helipads
The Abraj Kudai according to the design plan. PHOTO COURTESY: Dar al Handasah
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