The Saudi Problem

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by Paul R. Pillar Saudi King Salman visits Washington this week amid disagreement between the United States and Saudi Arabia on a broad range of issues. Moreover, the disagreements are rooted in fundamental characteristics of the anachronistic Saudi regime. Many… Continue Reading  

Wikileaks Strikes Again: Saudi Meddling in Lebanon

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by Aurelie Daher Last Saturday morning, Al-Akhbar, a Lebanese daily opposed to the West- and Saudi-friendly March 14 movement, once again helped Wikileaks disseminate material, this time with 70,000 diplomatic cables from the Saudi foreign ministry. And nearly half a… Continue Reading  

The Daily Talking Points

News and views relevant to U.S.-Iran relations for November 12, 2010. Commentary: Commentary Magazine executive editor Jonathan S. Tobin, hits back against a column by Alon Pinkas, Israel’s former consul general in New York. Pinkas wrote on Politico that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin… Continue Reading  

Neocon Walid Phares’s Bogus Call for “Justice” in Lebanon

This is a guest post from Beirut by Marc J. Sirois, a writer and the former managing editor of the Daily Star newspaper in the Lebanese capital. If you cook dinner for a large crowd and manage to flub the… Continue Reading  

Judith Miller’s Lies About Ahmadinejad in Lebanon

This is a guest post from Beirut by Marc J. Sirois, a writer and the former managing editor of the Daily Star newspaper in the Lebanese capital. The run-up to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s recent visit to Lebanon called forth… Continue Reading