Added on 22/01/2013
Afghanistan , Afghanistan National Army , al-Udeid Air Base , Ali Khamenei , America , Bahrain , Benjamin Netanyahu , Binyamin Netanyahu , Chuck Hagel , Congress , Dick Cheney , Elliot Abrams , Eric Cantor , France , George W. Bush , Iran , Iran–United States relations , Iraq , Isfahan , Islamic Republic of Iran , Israel , Israeli Likud , Israeli Military Strength , Lindsey Graham , Mahdi Army , Mali , Manama , Michelle Bachmann , Middle East , North Atlantic Treaty Organization , Nuclear program of Iran , Obama , Opposition to military action against Iran , Pakistan , Pentagon , Qatar , Shimon Peres , Somalia , Soviet Union , Tehran , United States , Washington , Yemen
JUAN COLE: President Obama’s inauguration speech is sure to trigger panic among the ‘we must have war’ crowd. But does he really mean it?
Added on 30/12/2012
Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi , Afghanistan , Al Qaeda , Aleppo , Algeria , Ali Abdullah Saleh , America , American embassy , Arab Spring , Baath Party in Syria , Bahrain , Bahrain’s government , Binyamin Netanyahu , David Petraeus , Democracy , Egypt , Egypt Protests , first prime minister , Gaza , Homs , Iran , Iraq , Israel , Lebanon , Libya , Manama , Middle East , Mohammed Morsi , Muslim Brotherhood , Obama administration , Oil , oil sales , Palestine , President , Prime Minister , Saudi Arabia , South Africa , Supreme Council of the Armed Forces , Syria , Tunis , Tunisia , Turkey , U.S. Congress , United States , US government , Washington , Yemen
JUAN COLE: It’s been another extraordinary year across the Middle East. Here is my take on the most significant changes this year
Added on 04/12/2012
Food and Drink , Gulf News , Jeddah , Manama , SAR , Saudi Arabia , UN Court , waitress , Women , Women's issues
CROSSROADS ARABIA: The obstacles facing women in the workplace in Saudi Arabia are exemplified by a row which has broken out via social media.
Added on 05/11/2012
Abu Dhabi , Crown Prince , Doha , Dubai , Economy , Emir , EUR , Europe , Fifa World Cup , France , French government , Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani , Iran , Khalifah Al Thani , Kuwait , London , Mali , Manama , National Front , Oil and gas , Paris , President , Qatar , Qatar 2022 , Qatar Foundation , Qatar Investment Authority , Saudi Arabia , Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani , United Kingdom , United States
DAVID ROBERTS: Qatar’s plan to invest a large sum of money into one of Paris’s poorest areas has led to attacks from left and right. So what’s happening?
Added on 04/11/2012
Bahrain , China , Dubai , Energy , Ibn Battuta , India , Literature , Maldives , Manama , Middle East , Morocco , Musician , President , Riyadh , Spain , Tahir Shah , travel writing , West Africa , Yemen
STEVE DORSEY: I had the privilege recently to spend time in the company of the renowned British travel writer who lives in Sana’a. A truly impressive evening.
Added on 29/10/2012
James M. Dorsey
Abdullah , Activist , Africa , Al Khalifa , Arab Spring , Atlantic coast , Bahrain , East Africa , Egypt , Gulf island , Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah , Iran , Jordan , Libya , Manama , Middle East , North Africa , Prime Minister , Saudi Arabia , Syria , The Guardian , Tunisia , Yemen
JAMES M. DORSEY: Sharp sectarian divides between Sunni and Shiite Muslims in the Middle East constitutes the Achilles heel for Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Jordan.
Added on 16/08/2012
James M. Dorsey
Abdullah , Algeria , Algiers , Arab Spring , Bahrain , Cairo , East Africa , Egypt , Electricity , Energy , Europe , Hosni Mubarak , Jordan , Manama , Mediterranean , Middle East , Mohamed Bouazizi , Morocco , North Africa , Oil , oil and gas cities , policeman , President , Rabat , Sana’a , Saudi Arabia , Social Media , Syria , Tripoli , Tunis , Tunisia , Yemen , Zine El Abedine Ben Ali
JAMES M. DORSEY: The civil war in Syria dominates the news the wave of protests in the smaller cities of Arab states foretells a groundswell of mass demonstration.
Added on 14/07/2012
Abdullah , Abu Dhabi , America , Arab Spring , Bahrain , Doha , Egypt , Faisal , Gulf Cooperation Council , Gulf Union , Iran , Iranian parliament , Iraq , Islamic Republic of Iran , Jordan , Kuwait , Manama , Morocco , oil facilities , Oman , Qatar , Riyadh , Saudi Arabia , Spy , UAE , United Arab Emirates , United States
DAVID ROBERTS: The Saudi authorities have been actively promoting a union of Gulf states but with little success. There’s a clear reason why.
Added on 03/05/2012
Abdullah , Abu Dhabi , America , Arab Gulf , Bahrain , Doha , Dubai , Emir , European Union , Formula 1 , GCC , GCC Union , Gulf Cooperation Council , Gulf Union , Hamad al-Thani , Iran , Iraq , Kuwait , Kuwait’s Parliament , Levant , Manama , Middle East , oil fields , Oman , Qatar , Riyadh , Saud al-Faisal , Saudi Arabia , Saudi Arabian National Guard , Tehran , UAE , United Arab Emirates , United States
DAVID ROBERTS: There will be fine talk and likely a positive joint statement will be issued but no firm action will be agreed.
Added on 25/03/2012
Africa , Ali Abdullah Saleh , Arab Spring , Asma al-Assad , Bahrain , Egypt , Egypt Protests , Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood , European Union , First Lady , France , Gaza Strip , Hamas , Homs , Idlib , Iraq , Justice and Development Party , Libya , Mali , Manama , oil exports , Palestine Liberation Organization , President , Renaissance Party , Syria , Tear gas , Tunisia , United States , Yemen
JUAN COLE: Not that you’d know from watching American TV news but there have been important developments in the Arab world recently
Added on 30/12/2011
Abdullah , Al Qaeda , Algeria , Ali Abdullah Saleh , Ali Khamenei , Arab Spring , Ayman al-Zawahiri , Baath Party in Syria , Bahrain , Balkans , Ben Ali , Binyamin Netanyahu , Bush Administration , David Cameron , Democracy , Egypt , Egypt Protests , Europe , France , G8 , Gaza , George W. Bush , Hamas , Hillary Clinton , Hosni Mubarak , Iran , Iraq , Islam , Israel , Joe Biden , Libya , Manama , Middle East , Middle East Opinions of America , Misrata , Moncef Marzouki , Morocco , Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt , North Atlantic Treaty Organization , Obama , Oil , Palestinian Territories , President , Prime Minister , Saddam Hussein , Saudi Arabia , School of Oriental and African Studies , Social services , Supreme , Suzanne Mubarak , Syria , Syrian National Council , Tahrir Square , Tel Aviv , Tunisia , Turkey , United Arab Emirates , United Kingdom , United States , Washington , West Bank , Western Europe , Western Mountain region , Yemen
JUAN COLE: So much that is misinformed, over-hyped and simply plain wrong has been written about the Arab Spring. So let’s sort the wheat from the chaff.
Added on 05/12/2011
Ashoura , Bahrain , British Embassy , Iran , Manama , United Kingdom
DAVID ROBERTS: It was a small, amateur-ish device causing little damage and no injuries. Authorities should investigate thoroughly before acting.
Added on 04/12/2011
James M. Dorsey
Ala'a Hubail , Ali Said , Australia , Bahrain , Bahrain government , Basketball , British Embassy , British police , East Africa , Egypt , Eid Al-Adha , Football , Formula 1 , Gulf Cooperation Council , Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa , Hassan al-Dirazi , Libya , Manama , Martial law , Middle East , Mohammed Hubail , national basketball team player , national soccer team goalkeeper , North Africa , Political systems , Soccer , Syria , Tareq al-Fursani , the Bahrain Grand Prix , Tunisia , Yemen
JAMES M. DORSEY: Military court sentences goalkeeper, plus two other sportsmen, despite pledge by the King to move trials to civilian courts.
Added on 16/10/2011
James M. Dorsey
Abdullah , Adel Al-Jubeir , Africa , Atlantic coast , Bahrain , Bashar al-Assad , East Africa , Egypt , Europe , Gilad Shalit , Hamas , Hizballah , Human Rights Watch , Iran , Iraq , Islamist government , Israel , Libya , Mahmoud Abbas , Manama , Massachusetts , Mexico , Middle East , North Africa , Obama administration , Oil , Palestine Authority , Palestinian Territories , President , Quds Force , Salesman , Saudi Arabia , Syria , Texas , Tunisia , Turkey , United States , US government , Washington , Yemen
JAMES M. DORSEY: The people power movement has the most to lose and could find itself in the grinder as the United States, Saudi Arabia, Israel and Iran jockey for power.
Added on 09/10/2011
Ali Khamenei , America , Bahrain , Food and Drink , Gulf Cooperation Council , Hizballah , Iran , Iraq , Journalism , Journalist , Kuwait , Manama , Manama’s Pearl Square , Martial law , Middle East , Oman , Persian Gulf , Qatar , Saudi Arabia , Shura Council , Tehran , The Wall Street Journal , United Arab Emirates , United States
DAVID ROBERTS: The Wall Street Journal has published a very curious piece indeed on the relationship between Iran and Bahrain. It’s long on allegation but very short on proof.
Added on 30/09/2011
James M. Dorsey
Abdullah , Abu Dhabi , Arab Spring , Bahrain , Banking , Dubai , East Africa , Egypt , fencing , GCC , Gulf Cooperation Council , handball , Jordan , Kuwait , Libya , Manama , Middle East , Morocco , North Africa , Oil , oil prices , Oil wealth , Oman , Pandora's box , Qatar , Saudi Arabia , Sultan Qaboos bin Said , Syria , Tunisia , United Arab Emirates , Yemen
JAMES M. DORSEY: Their reluctance to be proactive rather than reactive has so far shielded the GCC from the revolt. The question is for how long, and what’s the price?
Added on 26/09/2011
Bahrain , Bahrain government , Barack Obama , Binyamin Netanyahu , Egypt , France , Gaza , Harry Truman , Hosni Mubarak , Israel , Israeli government , Libya , Manama , Middle East , Nigeria , Obama , Obama administration , Oslo , Palestine , Palestine Authority , Palestinian Territories , President , Saudi Arabia , Tel Aviv , Tunisia , United Kingdom , United Nations , United States , Washington , West Bank
JUAN COLE: Obama has squandered the positives by pandering to the right wing forces in Manama and Tel Aviv. This is change the Arab youth won’t be able to believe in.
Added on 21/05/2011
The Moor Next Door
Abdullah , Algeria , Algerian government , Algiers , America , Arab Gulf , Bahrain , Bahraini government , Barack Obama , Cairo , Civil society , Clinton , Damascus , Department of State , Deputy Secretary , East Africa , Egypt , Energy , European Union , Hamas , Iran , Israel , Jordan , Libya , Manama , Mauritania , Middle East , Mohamed Bouazizi , Morocco , Mubarak , North Africa , Obama , Palestinian Territories , President , Rabat , Rami Khouri , Riyadh , Rosa Parks , Saudi Arabia , Sudan , Syria , Tunis , Tunisia , United States , Washington
THE MOOR NEXT DOOR: There was little new in Obama’s ‘Arab Spring’ speech. Nervous light criticism of Bahrain, no reference to Gulf allies and a minor poke of Israel.
Added on 19/04/2011
Australia , Bahrain , Cairo , Canada , China , Cyprus , Delhi , Dubai , Egypt , Employment , Europe , European Union , Expatriates , Far East , Germany , India , Indonesia , Ireland , Japan , Jeddah , Jordan , Lebanon , London , Los Angeles , Malaysia , Manama , Middle East , Moscow , Naples , Oil and gas , Oman , Red Sea , Rio , Riyadh , Russia , Rwanda , Saudi Arabia , Social Media , South Korea , Syria , Thailand , Turkey , United Kingdom , United States , Yugoslavia
STEVE ROYSTON: One year ago I wrote the 10 good reasons to work in the Middle East. I would not change one of them. I have, however, added 10 reasons you may not want to.
Added on 07/04/2011
James M. Dorsey
Ala'a Hubail , Ali Abdullah Saleh , Bahrain , Bahrain TV , Basketball , Beijing , FIFA , Fifa World Cup , Gulf Cooperation Council , handball , London , Manama , Manama’s Pearl Square , New Zealand , Protests , Saudi Arabia , Soccer , Sport , The Times
JAMES M. DORSEY: Bahraini sports clubs have dismissed at least 12 sports people and executives because they participated in anti-government demonstrations.