Kidnapping Stirs Malaysian Debate about Saudi-Inspired Ultra-Conservatism

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by James M. Dorsey Allegedly kidnapped, forty-three-year old Malaysian activist Amri Che Mat, a foreign exchange trader and mountain climber, has not been heard of since he went missing in November 2016. An inquiry into his disappearance coupled with an assertion… Continue Reading  

Malaysia’s Future Role in Saudi Arabia’s Islamic Military Alliance

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by Giorgio Cafiero and Daniel Wagner Saudi King Salman is currently on a three-week tour across six Asian countries. The duration of the trip underscores the commercial and geopolitical importance which Saudi Arabia attributes to Asia. It comes at a… Continue Reading  

Stealth Sectarianism

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by Sanam Naraghi Anderlini Not a week goes by without Saudi Arabia and Iran ratcheting up their war of words. In the latest round of colorful insults, the Iranian leader called Saudi leaders “puny satans” incapable of managing Hajj while the… Continue Reading  

American Nativism and the Newest Surge in Xenophobia

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by Paul R. Pillar A couple of days ago President Obama made an appropriate refinement to how he describes the discriminatory and xenophobic tendencies that have become all too obvious in debate and posturing in the United States on issues… Continue Reading