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Yemeni workers, deported from Saudi Arabia, wait to leave a bus on which they were deported, at the Saudi al-Tewal border outpost with Yemen November 17, 2013. Saudi Arabia is pushing its 9 million foreigners to resolve irregularities in their passports or face penalties including prison and deportation, and has carried out raids on shops, offices and marketplaces to check visas. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah (YEMEN - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY IMMIGRATION BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT) - RTX15HH3

Saudi Arabia: Mass Expulsions of Migrant Workers

Published on May 10th, 2015 | by Guest

by Human Rights Watch Saudi authorities have conducted a concerted campaign since 2013 to detain and deport hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrant workers, resulting in abuses against many of them, Human Rights Watch said in ... Read More



Saudi Arabia and Turkey Rejoin Hands in Syria

Published on May 9th, 2015 | by Derek Davison

by Derek Davison In their May 3 report on recent rebel successes in Syria’s Idlib Province, McClatchy reporters Roy Gutman and Musab Alhamadee identified a newfound unity between Islamist and moderate rebel groups as the key ... Read More



Congress Tackles Iran

Published on May 9th, 2015 | by Lara Friedman

by Lara Friedman [As we have over the past few months, LobeLog is posting (long) excerpts from the Legislative Round-up published weekly when Congress is in session by the inimitable Lara Friedman of Americans for Peace Now ... Read More



Netanyahu’s Coalition of the Unwilling

Published on May 8th, 2015 | by Mitchell Plitnick

by Mitchell Plitnick After Benjamin Netanyahu’s surprising victory in Israel’s national elections in March, he took until the last possible minute to complete the process of forming the government for his fourth term as Israel’s prime ... Read More


Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei meets with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal in Tehran 12 June 2006. Al-Faisal arrived in Tehran today, saying he hoped for a speedy resolution to the crisis over Iran's nuclear programme. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

Prospects for Saudi-Iranian Detente Bleak

Published on May 8th, 2015 | by Guest

by Mehdi Jedinia Some optimistic analysts mistakenly believe that Iran and Saudi Arabia are heading toward a mutual understanding over a new regional security architecture based on a balance of powers between them and their allies. Instead, because ... Read More



The Nuclear Crisis Nobody Mentions

Published on May 8th, 2015 | by Guest

by George Kenney Those congressmen beating the war drums against Iran have reached new heights of hypocrisy considering their total disregard for the more dangerous, more immediate problems created by Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal. It is noteworthy ... Read More

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