Tag Archives: Arabia

Observations on the Chaos in Egypt

As we enter day seven of the chaotic protests in Egypt, there are, I think, only two options for the endgame: 1. The end of the Mubarak regime and a real change of government, or 2. A crackdown ala Tiananmen … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t We Pushing the Saudis

Even before Wikileaks, it was abundantly clear that Saudi Arabia is the largest financer of terrorism in the world. The US knows this, and Saudi knows we know. The continue to do to a half-assed job, doing enough to keep … Continue reading

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War without Boundaries

In the aftermath of the recent mail bombs sent from Yemen to the Unites States, the White House may finally have been pushed over the line to officially begin an unofficial war against Yemen. The Obama administration is debating a … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Iraq’s Church Bombing

I was saddened to read of the killing of more than 58 people in the hostage incident in a Catholic church in Baghdad. Al Qaeda claimed responsibility, and simultaneously issued a threat and warning to Coptic Churches in Egypt. Earlier … Continue reading

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Missionary Doctors in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Sometimes, the tiniest events have a monumental impact on the course of human history. I wrote last year about how a Kentucky Christian missionary and medical doctor who worked in Korea a century ago resulted in opening up the back … Continue reading

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Modern Saudi Arabia, Part 3: Fighting the Hashemites

Prelude – Part 1 – Part 2 – The Ottoman forces in Medina surrendered after the war, but the end of World War I did not meant the end of hostilities in Arabia, as the Saudi forces continued to expand … Continue reading

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Splitting Sudan

Does the map below look strange? Believe it or not, Sudan could be split along these lines in a few short months. In Darfur in the west, under the terms of the Darfur Peace Agreement, the Transitional Darfur Regional Authority … Continue reading

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Qatar’s First Female Judge

HRH Sheikha Maha Al Thani was appointed earlier this year as the first female judge in Qatar, in a move to explicitly aimed at empowering women in the country and making their presence stronger in government. The Sheikha is a … Continue reading

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Should my son learn Arabic?

The Curzons are currently resident in Dubai, and the question that appears as the title of this post has just come up. Curzon’s son, currently aged about 30 months, is attending an international nursery, and will have the option to … Continue reading

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Everyone’s Friend: Oman in the Spotlight

Oman has brokered the release of Sarah Shourd, the US female hiker arrested and detained in Iran last year. She flew from Iran into Muscat yesterday, where she is undergoing medical tests. Omani officials have kept quiet about the details … Continue reading

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