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Saudi Women on Trial After Contact with Foreign Media

Beirut — Saudi women held in detention for nearly a year have been charged following contact with foreign media and activists, Human Rights Watch said Thursday, after they went on trial for undermining national security.

Saudi activist and campaigner Aziza al-Yousef checks her mobile phone during an interview in the capital Riyadh, on September 27, 2016. Thousands of Saudis have signed a petition urging an end to the guardianship system giving men control over the work, study, marriage and travel of female relatives, activists said. …

Report: India Blasts Pakistan’s Crackdown on Extremists as ‘Inadequate’

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration is expected to tell Saudi Arabia’s top diplomat during his visit to New Delhi on Monday that the recent crackdown by the Sunni kingdom’s ally Pakistan against its domestic Islamic extremists remains “inadequate,” the Economic Times (ET) reports.

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Robert Gaines & Scott Horton: It’s Time to Stop Fighting Osama bin Laden’s War

Osama bin Laden is long dead, but his plans live on through American foreign policy. In 2001, al Qaeda consisted of only 400 ideologues in the far corners of the world. After the recent regime change wars in Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Syria, typical estimates place their membership at around 20,000. To top it all off, the American economy is out $5.6 trillion dollars for the whole failed project. This is not the legacy of a war to spread, or even protect, liberty and prosperity. Instead it is the legacy of an evil but gifted tactician, al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Supporters of hardline pro-Taliban party Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Nazaryati (JUI-N) shout anti-US slogans during a protest in Quetta on May 2, 2011 after the killing of Osama Bin Laden by US Special Forces in a ground operation in Pakistan's hill station of Abbottabad. Pakistan said that the killing of Osama bin Laden …

Outcry over Saudi Funding Plan for Milan’s La Scala

Milan — A proposal to use 15 million euros in Saudi Arabian government funds for Milan’s La Scala opera house came under fire on Tuesday because of anger over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

MILAN, ITALY - APRIL 24: A general view of the Teatro Alla Scala during the Italy's Liberation Day on April 24, 2010 in Milan, Italy. The day is taken as symbolic of the Liberation of Italy and the Italian resistance movement after the Nazi-Fascist occupation army left Northern Italy on …

Saudi Crown Prince Defends China’s Re-Education Camps for Uighur Muslims

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, visiting Beijing to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, made a comment on Friday about China’s right to defend itself against terrorism that has been widely interpreted as a tacit endorsement of the oppression of the Uighur Muslims of Xinjiang province.

Chinese paramilitary policemen patrol a street in Kashgar city, northwest Chinas Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, 23 July 2014. Chinese police shot dead dozens of knife-wielding attackers on Monday (28 July 2014) morning after they staged assaults on two towns in the western region of Xinjiang, the official Xinhua news agency …

Saudi Crown Prince Meets with Xi Jinping in China

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) met with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Friday, capping a tour of Asia that was widely seen as the Saudis “pivoting to the East” after losing Western friends over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. MBS also visited India and Pakistan on his way to China.

HANGZHOU, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 04: Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) shakes hands with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to the G20 Summit on September 4, 2016 in Hangzhou, China.

China Teams Up with Iran to Preserve Nuclear Deal

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi welcomed his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif to Beijing on Tuesday, stressing the importance of China’s relationship with Iran and telling Zarif he became a “famous person” in China with his speech at the Munich Security Conference on Sunday.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi after a joint press conference in Beijing, on December 5, 2016

Bokhari: Free Trade Leads to Globalized Tyranny

In the context of the western demographic crisis and the booming developing world, free trade creates an incentive for corporate cooperation with authoritarian societies.

The Associated Press

Netanyahu Hopes Poland Summit Brings Arab Ties Into the Open

The Mideast conference in Poland starting Wednesday offers Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu an opportunity to flaunt in public what he has long boasted about happening behind the scenes — Israel’s improved relations with some Gulf Arab nations.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attend a press conference at the Chancellery following the 6th German-Israeli government consultations on February 16, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. The two governments are scheduled to discuss issues including the Middle East peace process, cyber crime, German-language education in Israel, …