The Battle for Control of the Grand Mosque in Brussels

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by James M. Dorsey It’s hard to prove beyond doubt a direct causal link between militancy and Saudi-inspired ultra-conservative forms of Sunni Muslim Islam. That hasn’t stopped Belgium’s Parliament from attempting to wrest control from Saudi Arabia of Brussel’s downtown Grand… Continue Reading  

Crown Prince Mohammed’s Vow to Moderate Saudi Islam: Easier Said Than Done

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by James M. Dorsey Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s recent disavowal of the kingdom’s founding religious ideology had a master’s voice quality to it. His words could have literally come out of the mouth of his Emirati counterpart and mentor, Crown… Continue Reading  

Washington and Riyadh: Fading Memory of 9/11?

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by Emile Nakhleh The terror attacks of 9/11 have become a distant memory in US-Saudi relations. Washington’s recent multi-billion American arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, its continued coddling of the Saudi regime, and the absence of American moral… Continue Reading  

Attacks in Iran: The Enemies of My Enemies

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by Fatemeh Aman As Iran fires missiles into Syria as part of its “crushing response” to the perpetrators of the recent unprecedented terrorist attacks in Tehran, these attacks can also have an enormous impact on Iran’s internal politics. They could… Continue Reading  

Does Qatar Really Threaten the Gulf?

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by Graham E. Fuller The tiny Gulf state of Qatar is today under harsh siege from nearly everybody in the Middle East, and portrayed as a “supporter of terrorism.” The US has bought into the mantra. What’s really going on… Continue Reading