• The war in Gaza threatens Egypt too

    Reuters | Shibley Telhami | 7.22.14

    Though Morsi’s relationship with Hamas was profoundly different from that of Sisi’s, some attitudes have remained consistent through both presidencies. Beginning with Hosni Mubarak’s regime and down through Morsi’s and now Sisi’s, Gaza and ... Continue Reading Israel have been the mandate of Cairo’s intelligence-security establishment. hide

    Kerry Says U.S. Would Address Hamas Demands After Cease-Fire

    New York Times | Michael R. Gordon | 7.23.14

    Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday said that the United States was prepared to address the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip and the political demands of the Palestinians living there, but that a cease-fire first needed to be carried out. hide

    Saudi Bourse at Six-Year High on Foreign Investment News

    Gulf News | 7.23.14

    Saudi Arabia’s bourse jumped on Tuesday after the kingdom’s financial regulator said it would open the stock market to direct investment by foreign financial institutions in the first half of 2015. The main index rose 3.2 per cent, its biggest ... Continue Reading rise since April 2012, to a fresh six-year high of 10,062 points in the first hour of trade. hide

    Entering the Private Sector, But Where?

    The Majalla | Thomas W. Lippman | 7.23.14

    Entering the Private Sector, But Where? The most intriguing news stories to come out of Saudi Arabia in the past few weeks had nothing to do with oil or with any of the conflicts in the countries surrounding the Kingdom. They concerned two little-noticed developments that showed how ... Continue Reading far Saudi Arabia has come in its efforts to build an industrialized, private-sector economy outside the oil industry, and how far it still has to go to achieve that goal. hide

    Saudis See Houthi Gains in Yemen as Advance for Iran

    Al-Monitor | Abdulmajeed Al-Buluwi | 7.23.14

    Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) attacked a Saudi border post along the Yemeni border on July 4, killing a Saudi border guard and a Yemeni soldier. Concurrently, Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen seized control of the city of ... Continue Reading Amran. The events have once again prompted Saudi Arabia to put Yemen at the top of its national security concerns. hide

    Saudi Poll to Reveal Public’s Level of Sympathy for IS

    Al-Monitor | Abdullah al-Duhailan | 7.23.14

    The Sakina Campaign plans to carry out a scientific survey to determine the position of the Saudi public on the "caliphate" announced by the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria. This comes after the results of an opinion poll of Saudis were ... Continue Reading released on social networking sites, claiming that 92% of the target group believes that "IS conforms to the values of Islam and Islamic law." hide

    Turkey’s Culture Wars

    New York Times | Elif Shafak | 7.23.14

    Turkey is replete with political confrontations and cultural clashes, and way too often, unfortunately, the battleground is women’s bodies. Men of all political persuasions feel free to lecture women on how to dress and how to live. hide