CROSSROADS ARABIA: It’s a paradox. Saudi Arabia, known widely as “The Desert Kingdom” is the world’s largest consumer of water, using it easily at twice the pace of other, water-rich countries.
JUAN COLE: Some of the figures coming out of the constitutional referendum cause raised eyebrows at the least. But there are deeper problems.
JAMES DORSEY: Soccer is being used as a tool to improve tarnished images, divert attention from grievances and manipulate national emotions.
NASEEM TARAWNAH: There’s one overriding topic of conversation in Jordan these days – rain or rather its absence. Each day without rain and the prayers are becoming more desperate.
SHELINA ZAHRA JANMOHAMMED: This is especially sad in places such as the Gulf where until 50 years ago people were adept at living in harmony with their environment and efficient in their use of resources. That sensitivity has been lost.
People often associate the Middle East with oil. But in the region’s cities, villages and farms, access to a different resource is becoming rather problematic: water. Finding a solution here may also reveal another – the path to peace.