The War Over Blasphemy

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by Maikel Nabil Sanad Two weeks ago, Iceland abolished its 75-year-old blasphemy law. The parliament’s decision was a victory for the unconventional Pirate Party, which made the call to abolish the blasphemy law in Iceland after the Charlie Hebdo terrorist… Continue Reading  

Looking Two Steps Ahead into Saudi Arabia’s Future

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by Emile Nakhleh Much has been written about King Abdullah’s legacy and what Saudi Arabia accomplished or failed to accomplish during his reign in terms of reform and human rights. Very little has been written about the role that Muhammad bin… Continue Reading  

King Abdullah’s Mixed Legacy

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by Thomas Lippman  King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia, who died early Friday morning at the age of 90 or 91, left a very mixed legacy – stability, prosperity, and widespread popularity at home, but war and crisis all… Continue Reading