How the Tragedy in Mecca Influences Iran-Saudi ties

by LobeLog’s Tehran Correspondent Since September 24, 2015 when hundreds of Iranian pilgrims were killed in the stampede in the holy city of Mecca during the annual hajj, the public rage against the Saudi regime has reached a peak in… Continue Reading  

Mecca Stampede: Behind Iran’s Reaction

by Henry Johnson The stampede in Mecca has opened the door to criticism of the Saudi monarchy and its management of a religious holiday that brings some two million Muslims to the holy city each year. Unsurprisingly, the loudest critiques… Continue Reading  

Azerbaijan’s President Goes to Mecca

by Giorgi Lomsadze Yes, you read that right. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on April 7 swapped his usual suit-and-tie look for the white robes of a Muslim pilgrim to Mecca. His wife, Mehriban Aliyeva, and daughters Leyla and Arzu, the country’s… Continue Reading  

Tom ‘Bomb Mecca’ Tancredo Attacks Rick Perry For His Tolerance Of Islam

Reposted by arrangement with Think Progress ormer Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) blasted Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) for failing to take a hard-line against Muslims or embrace the Islamophobia currently sweeping across the GOP. Tancredo, who has suggested that bombing… Continue Reading