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Social Media Defeating Saudi ‘War on Pornography’

Social Media Defeating Saudi ‘War on Pornography’

CROSSROADS ARABIA: The authorities in the Kingdom admit that they’re fighting a losing battle to stem a flood of pornography

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‘Hirsute Fury’: Tweet About Saudi Beards At Your Peril

‘Hirsute Fury’: Tweet About Saudi Beards At Your Peril

CROSSROADS ARABIA: A Saudi woman has had to go into hiding following her comments on social media about varying beard styles in the Kingdom

 James M. Dorsey

Saudi ‘Female Soccer Controversy Leads To Major Discussion

Saudi ‘Female Soccer Controversy Leads To Major Discussion

JAMES DORSEY: The attendance of American female senators at a soccer match in Riyadh has sparked a massive debate

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‘Stop Female Harassment!’ Saudis Support Stiff Penalties

‘Stop Female Harassment!’ Saudis Support Stiff Penalties

CROSSROADS ARABIA: A new poll reveals widespread public support for stronger action against individuals who abuse women in the Kingdom

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Saudi Tourism: Is It Finally About To Happen?

Saudi Tourism: Is It Finally About To Happen?

CROSSROADS ARABIA: We’ve had many false dawns on the Saudi tourism story but we may be on the cusp of a breakthrough now.

 Rob L. Wagner

‘Busted!’ Major Crackdown on Illegal Workers in Saudi Arabia

‘Busted!’ Major Crackdown on Illegal Workers in Saudi Arabia

ROB L. WAGNER: Although it had been widely anticipated the scale of the recent crackdown in the Kingdom has surprised many people

 Eman-Al-Nafjan

The ‘Society’ Excuse: Sorry, It No Longer Washes

The ‘Society’ Excuse: Sorry, It No Longer Washes

EMAN AL NAFJAN: When women are stopped driving in Saudi Arabia it’s generally a policeman who does the stopping.

 Juan Cole

‘Bye Bye, America, Hello, Russia’: Arab World Turns

‘Bye Bye, America, Hello, Russia’: Arab World Turns

An Egyptian delegation heading to Moscow just after the United States cut $300 million out of its aid package to Cairo to punish the July 3 military coup there has raised speculation that Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s military junta is shopping for a new superpower patron. In the 1960s at the height of the Cold […]

 James M. Dorsey

Cutting Egypt’s Military Aid: Washington’s Dangerous Game

Cutting Egypt’s Military Aid: Washington’s Dangerous Game

JAMES M. DORSEY: It’s clear that Washington has embarked on a major re-alignment of its strategic resources in the Middle East.

 James M. Dorsey

Sectarian Divisions Being Played Out on the Football Field

Sectarian Divisions Being Played Out on the Football Field

Sectarian divisions fuelling conflict across the Middle East have spilt on to the soccer pitch with Iraq’s decision to boycott the Gulf Cup and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) warning the Iraqi government not to interfere in the game. It is hard to separate the divisions between Sunni and Shiite Muslims that governments in Bahrain […]

 Abu Muhammed

Packed Malls and Road Rage: Hajj Break in Kingdom

Packed Malls and Road Rage: Hajj Break in Kingdom

ABU MOHAMMED: Many of us on the Hajj break are slaves to our cars, busy transporting our loved ones from beach to mall to play center

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‘Agents of The State Or Of God’: So What’s It To Be?

‘Agents of The State Or Of God’: So What’s It To Be?

CROSSROADS ARABIA: A well-known commentator on Saudi affairs has examined critically the role that the religious police occupy in everyday life

 Steve Royston

Why Are There So Few Good Books About Saudi Arabia?

Why Are There So Few Good Books About Saudi Arabia?

STEVE ROYSTON: A recently published book on the Kingdom seems to be designed to pander to all of the usual Western prejudices. Why so?

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Saudi Film To Win An Oscar? ‘No Thank You!’

Saudi Film To Win An Oscar?  ‘No Thank You!’

CROSSROADS ARABIA: The Saudi made film Wajda has been nominated in the Best Foreign Film category for the Oscars. But the country doesn’t even have a cinema!

 Shelina Zahra Janmohamed

The Many Ways To Tackle The Issue of Domestic Abuse

The Many Ways To Tackle The Issue of Domestic Abuse

SHELINA ZAHRA JANMOHAMED:

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Young Saudis Taking Career Choice “Into Own Hands”

Young Saudis Taking Career Choice “Into Own Hands”

CROSSROADS ARABIA: A quiet revolution in how young Saudis approach their studies and future careers is underway in the Kingdom

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Camel Milk Woes Rising on MERs Link

Camel Milk Woes Rising on MERs Link

CROSSROADS ARABIA: Saudi Arabia is a great consumer of camel meat and milk. Both have seen a resurgence in the marketplace as ‘good, home-style foodstuffs’.

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Saudi Arabia: No Water Anywhere, but Gallons to Drink

Saudi Arabia: No Water Anywhere, but Gallons to Drink

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.

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Take Causeway To Bahrain? Prepare for a Long Wait

Take Causeway To Bahrain? Prepare for a Long Wait

CROSSROADS ARABIA: Traffic across the King Fahd Causeway linking Saudi Arabia to Bahrain is increasing hugely year on year. What’s to be done?

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‘Where To, Guv?’: London’s Black Cabs Head to Gulf

‘Where To, Guv?’: London’s Black Cabs Head to Gulf

CROSSROADS ARABIA: A true London icon – the Black Cab – is set to take to the streets in number in Riyadh and Dubai. It’s good the vehicles are so robust.

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