Activists and Gulf Crisis Turn Qatar into Potential Model of Social Change

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by James M. Dorsey Potential Qatari moves to become the first Gulf state to effectively abolish the region’s onerous kafala or labor sponsorship system, denounced as a form of modern slavery, could produce a rare World Cup that leaves a… Continue Reading  

Contesting the U.S.-Saudi Bromance With 1,000 Cuts


by Robert Naiman On September 8, Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Al Franken (D-MN) introduced a bipartisan resolution, SJ Res 39, to disapprove the $1.15 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia notified to Congress… Continue Reading  

Azerbaijan: Did Prisoner Releases Help Secure Washington’s Welcome?


by Giorgi Lomsadze Azerbaijan was welcomed at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC on March 30 as an international energy security and counterterrorism asset, while the country’s repressive ways gained only a faint mention.  

Think Twice About More Military Aid to Nigeria


by William D. Hartung On his trip to Nigeria to attend the inauguration of the country’s new president Muhammadu Buhari late last month, Secretary of State John Kerry indicated that the Obama administration is ready to send more military advisers… Continue Reading  

Israel-Palestine: Correcting Some Faulty Ideas on Both Sides


by Mitchell Plitnick Like many of us, I’ve been very busy on social media since Israel began its military operation in Gaza. I see a lot of ignorant nonsense there, and it’s not limited to the pro-Israel side. I also… Continue Reading