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Morally Usurped by Brutal Monarchs

By Matthew Mainen President Obama entered office pledging to restore America’s moral standing in the world. But his response to the Arab Spring has thus far has left much to be desired. This week, however, the president allowed the U.S.…

Saudi Women’s Rights Beyond Driving

June 24, 2011 By Moshtayeen Ahmad On June 3 and June 20, the campaign: Saudi Women for Driving (سعوديات يطالبن بالقيادة ) lobbied and sent a petition to Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, to support their June 17 initiative advertised…

The Egyptian Vacuum

June 23, 2011 By Lev Yuriditsky Iran has made gestures toward the new Egyptian government ostensibly under the guise of wanting to start fresh but actually motivated by a desire to sway Egypt into Iran’s axis and away from Saudi…

Yemen Burns to Al-Qaeda’s Delight

By Joshua Jacobs May 26, 2011 For the fifth straight day heavy fighting gripped Yemen’s capital of Sana’a as fighters loyal to the head of the powerful Hashid tribal confederation Sheik Sadiq al-Ahmar battled security forces loyal to…

Blunder in Bahrain

By Joshua Jacobs June 1, 2011 There is no country affected by the Arab Spring that the US has made more mistakes and miscalculations in than Bahrain. Though King Hamad announced that he would lift the state of emergency as promised on…

Shifty Saleh Brings Yemen to the Brink

By Joshua Jacobs May 24, 2011 Time has run out for Yemen’s embattled strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh. On Monday in the firmest statement yet from the Obama administration Secretary of State Hillary Clinton demanded that President Saleh stand…