• Opinion: In Response to David Hearst

    Al-Arabiya | Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf Al Saud | 7.28.14

    Let me be absolutely clear: Saudi Arabia in the past, now and in the future will do all it can to support the Palestinian people in their claim for the return of their own land and for self-determination in their own state. hide

    July 25th, 2014 Edition

    In the Heart of Mysterious Oman

    New York Review of Books - | Hugh Eakin | 7.25.14

    No less than other countries in the region, the sultanate is touched by profound demographic and economic challenges. Half of Omani’s total population is under the age of twenty-five, a proportion that is probably even higher if nonnationals are ... Continue Reading excluded; while foreign workers, many from Asia, make up 1.75 million, or about 45 percent, of the population, there is persistent unemployment among young Omanis themselves. Like other Gulf monarchies, Oman has sought to deal with this discontent in part by offering vast handouts and tens of thousands of new public sector jobs. But Oman’s oil and gas reserves—which it relies on for more than 85 percent of its budget—are much smaller than those of Qatar or Saudi Arabia, and expenditures are soaring. hide

    UN chief in KSA to bolster regional peace

    Arab News | 7.25.14

    UN chief Ban Ki-moon arrived in Jeddah late on Wednesday for talks with Saudi leaders, reiterating his call for Israel and Hamas to end the violence in Gaza. Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah earlier held talks in Jeddah with ... Continue Reading Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani on major regional and international issues, including the latest developments in Palestine following Israel’s brutal aggression on Gaza. hide

    Opinion: Why Congress Is the Biggest Obstacle to Stopping the Next Terrorist Attack

    Defense One | Clara Ritger | 7.25.14

    The Department of Homeland Security says that in 2013, its staff held more than 1,650 congressional briefings and had 161 witnesses appear at 105 hearings. By Homeland Security’s count, the hours it has spent to meet the demands of Congress cost ... Continue Reading the agency the equivalent of 66 work years. It’s not just a waste of taxpayer dollars, says House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, but a misuse of the valuable resources that could be otherwise spent stopping the next terrorist attack. hide

    A Foothold on the Euphrates, a Boot Heel on the Tigris

    Foreign Policy | Hania Mourtada | 7.25.14

    When Raqqa was seized by the rebels in March 2013, anti-government Syrians hoped the city could serve as a successful model for a future democratic and pluralistic Syria. In a cruel twist of fate, however, a new authoritarian force soon came to ... Continue Reading power: In the mayhem that characterized the transitional period, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham gradually emerged as the strongest force in the city and transformed Raqqa into its de facto capital, using it as a base of operations to launch an offensive that has captured large swaths of territory across Iraq and eastern Syria. The story of how the jihadi organization gained one of its most important footholds in the Middle East shows its patience in coexisting with other groups while it established itself -- and its ruthlessness in crushing them once its strength grew. hide

    At least 16 killed in attack on Gaza school, sparking massive protests in West Bank

    Washington Post | William Booth and Sudarsan Raghavan | 7.25.14

    At least 16 killed in attack on Gaza school, sparking massive protests in West Bank

    The bombing of the shelter was followed by more mayhem at a massive demonstration Thursday night, when thousands of Palestinians protesting the Israeli incursion in Gaza clashed with Israeli security forces at the Qalandia border checkpoint ... Continue Reading between Israel and the West Bank. At least two Palestinians were killed and scores were injured, protest leaders said. It was one of the largest protests in the West Bank in recent years, underscoring mounting Palestinian anger at Israel and the growing civilian casualties in the two-week-old Gaza conflict. As the Muslim holy month of Ramadan comes to an end and the conflict rages on, Israeli security officials are concerned that the West Bank and mostly Arab East Jerusalem could become arenas of violent protest

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    Purge of minorities re-draws Iraq map

    Reuters | Isabel Coles | 7.24.14

    More than half a million people have been displaced across Iraq since June, when the north's biggest city, Mosul, fell to Sunni insurgents who have have harried Shi'ite Turkmen and Shabaks, Yezidis and Christians. hide

    Nitaqat Woes Dampen Eid for Some Expats

    Arab News | Irfan Mohammed | 7.25.14

    This has been the result of some companies failing to comply with the rules of the Nitaqat system. Some firms have fallen into the Red Zone, which does not allow them to hire new foreign workers or renew the visas of their current expatriate staff. hide

    Saudi Arabia Accelerates Reform Push with Market Opening

    Reuters | 7.25.14

    Saudi Arabia Accelerates Reform Push with Market Opening Saudi Arabia's decision to open its stock market to foreign investors is part of an accelerating series of economic reforms that may culminate in the most far-reaching change yet: higher domestic energy prices. hide

    The War in Gaza: No One is Winning —Yet

    The Economist | 7.25.14

    TWO weeks into the Israeli campaign against Hamas in Gaza, more than 700 Palestinians have been killed, at least 4,000 injured and 150,000 displaced, according to the UN. The Israelis have lost at least 32 soldiers and three civilians. hide

    July 24th, 2014 Edition

    Al Qaida-affiliated Syrian insurgents seize towns from U.S.-backed rebels

    McClatchy | Mousab Alhamadee | 7.24.14

    The move appears to be part of an effort by Nusra to add new area to what it has called its emirate in northern Syria _ a designation the al Qaida-affiliate made in response to the declaration last month of an Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria ... Continue Reading by its arch-rival, the Islamic State. Since the Islamic State’s designation of its caliphate, Nusra has lost territory to the Islamic State. Many of Nusra’s best known commanders also have defected to the Islamic State. hide

    UN to investigate Israel’s Gaza offensive

    Al Jazeera | 7.24.14

    UN to investigate Israel’s Gaza offensive At least 25 people, including three children, have been killed in bombardment by the Israeli military on the Gaza Strip, just a day after the UN Human Rights Council voted to launch an inquiry into the ongoing Israeli offensive's alleged ... Continue Reading violations of international laws. hide

    Islamic State’s Baghdadi is ‘A terrorist with gang-leader charisma’

    Washington Post | David Ignatius | 7.24.14

    A glimpse of the passionate loyalty inspired by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the insurgent group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, comes in a recent video made by a 20-year-old Muslim recruit from Cardiff, Wales. hide

    Saudi Health Ministry has MERS outbreak under control: WHO official

    Asharq Alawsat | Said Al-Abyad | 7.24.14

    “The Saudi Health Ministry has succeeded in a remarkable manner in controlling the spread of the coronavirus in a very short period of time. This is through two measures: the measures taken to halt the spread of the virus and by dealing with ... Continue Reading those infected in a modern, scientific manner,” the WHO’s director of the Department of Communicable Diseases for the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office, Dr. Jaouad Mahjour, told Asharq Al-Awsat. hide