Most Americans know nothing about how Iranians practice Islam, and that ignorance breeds fear.
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have attacked their neighbor, Qatar, for supposedly supporting terrorism. They
Saudi Arabia—not Iran—is the biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world today and Wahhabism remains the source of most
Q: Because tomorrow's preachers and Shari'ah judges are being trained there? Animated video promoting tolerance among Saudi
The Twitter data about Iran, considered in light of the skew toward older Saudis in the telephone survey, also hints at a
The May decision to chasten the Saudi religious police was of course taken, as all major decisions are, by the royal family
"Nobody worships the cows," he made clear, with a tone that was almost apologetic, seemingly aware of the tradition's potential to cause controversy. "These cows keep on roaming around, but no one puts any money into their bags."
I understand the need for a democratic ally in the Middle East, and Israel's principles are closer to our principles than are those of its neighbors, but Israel's human rights violations should also be criticized.
If we decide (e.g.) to support dictators for reasons of "stability" or the oil supply, we should at least be honest about the likely consequences and not act surprised when random individuals respond to the tuning fork.
After the carnage in Paris, Western governments turned immediately to debating the usual tactics for "bringing the terrorists to justice." Should we employ drone strikes, they wonder? Boots on the ground? Police?