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Iran's Nuclear Program and the Balance of Power in the Middle East

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Amidst nuclear talks, Iran has continued to assert its authority in the Middle East.

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Yemen: A Mess Gets Messier

Friday, March 27, 2015

With U.S. forces absent from Yemen, one of the world's leading Yemen experts says it will weaken the local fight against Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. 

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9/11 Attorney Moves to Hold Saudi Arabia Accountable

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

In 2002, the families of 9/11 victims filed suit against Saudi Arabia for its alleged role in aiding Al Qaeda. And now new testimony may raise the stakes on accountability.

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New Testimony Renews Attention On Saudi Arabia's Role in 9/11

Friday, February 06, 2015

Twenty-eight pages of the Congressional report on 9/11 were classified by President George W. Bush. Sources say the pages implicated Saudi Arabia, and new testimony affirms that claim. 

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Saudi Arabia & America's Blind Eye

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

President Obama arrives in Saudi Arabia today to pay his respects for the deceased King Abdullah. But is the U.S. sending a mixed message to Saudi Arabia on human rights?

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The Complicated Legacy of King Abdullah

Friday, January 23, 2015

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia died Friday at the age of 90. He leaves behind a complicated legacy during a period of uncertainty for the Middle East.

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America: Kicking an Addiction to Mid East Oil?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

On Wednesday, the price of a barrel of oil fell to a five year low. For the first time in years, gas prices across the country are below $3.00 a gallon.

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Mecca: More Manhattan Than Ancient

Thursday, October 02, 2014

The annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca begins this week. But those making the journey will struggle to find remnants of the ancient city the Prophet Mohamed knew. 

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Saudi Arabia Deepens Involvement in ISIS Fray

Friday, September 12, 2014

Saudi Arabia's ideological track record with ISIS, and terrorism generally, suggests that any meaningful role in the coalition will have to come with concessions.

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Rift Grows Between Saudi Arabia and U.S.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The easing of tensions with Iran, and a perceived lack of leadership on Syria, has some of America’s most important allies feeling alienated—namely Saudi Arabia. Caryle Murphy, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of "A Kingdom’s Future: Saudi Arabia Through the Eyes of Its Twentysomethings," explains what's at stake in the growing diplomatic rift between these two old allies.

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United Nations Report Confirms the Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The U.N.’s long-awaited report came out on Monday confirming the use of chemical weapons in Syria. But there are several competing interests in the Syrian conflict. Robin Wright is distinguished scholar at the Wilson Center and the U.S. Institute of Peace. She's the author of "Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World." She joins The Takeaway to discuss the ways that all parties may find common ground.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Haifaa Al Mansour

Monday, September 09, 2013

Director Haifaa Al Mansour was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about her film, "Wadjda." It's the first feature film to be shot entirely in Saudia Arabia and it tells the story of a girl who wants to buy bicycle. She also told us who she's following on Twitter.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

“Wadjda”

Monday, September 09, 2013

Writer-director Haifaa Al Mansour discusses her new movie “Wadjda.” The first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia is the story of a young girl in a suburb of Riyadh determined to raise enough money to buy a bike in a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl's virtue. “Wadjda” is the first feature film made by a female Saudi filmmaker, and it opens September 13 at Angelika and Lincoln Plaza

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Saudi Arabian Refuses to Allow Women to Compete in Olympics Without Hijab

Friday, August 03, 2012

Two women from Saudi Arabia are representing their country in Judo and the 800-meter sprint, but the Saudi government will only allow them to compete if they wear the Hijab. The women also have to obtain permission from their male partners to compete.

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Saudi Arabia Sends Women to Olympics for First Time

Friday, July 13, 2012

Saudi Arabia is sending two female athletes to the Olympics for the first time, becoming one of the last competing countries to do so. The step is a huge statement for female athletes globally, but some critics warn that it may be a deceiving one.

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Saudi Woman Driver Reprieved

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Police in Saudi Arabia have announced that Shaima Jastaniah, the Saudi woman sentenced to ten lashes for driving last summer, has been offered a reprieve. Explaining the decision and its context is Eman Al Nafjan.  She's a proponent of the women’s driving movement and the author of Saudiwoman’s Weblog.

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Hajj Pilgrimage in the Midst of the Arab Spring

Friday, November 04, 2011

This weekend some 2.5 million people are expected to take part in this year's Hajj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. But this year's pilgrimage takes place against the backdrop of the Arab Spring. The Saudi government has mobilized 100,000 defense personnel to prepare for the world's largest human assembly. The Saudis say the build-up is to avoid the deadly stampedes that have broken out in previous pilgrimages. But one can't help but wonder if the democracy movements in neighboring countries is a lingering factor as well. 

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Foiled Plot Reveals an Unstable Iran

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Attorney General Eric Holder announced in a news conference on Tuesday that U.S. officials foiled an Iranian-backed terrorist plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Washington. The plot, which allegedly involved a Mexican cartel and large sums of money, would have culminated in an assassination on U.S. soil — a clear violation of international law. But perhaps more tellingly, this plot reveals major rifts between two of the Middle East's largest nations and within Iran's highest levels of power.

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Two Iranians Respond to Assassination Plot

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

People in Iran and Iranian-Americans are reacting to news of the United States's accusation that the Iranian government backed a plan to assassinate a Saudi ambassador on U.S. soil. Siamak Kalhour hosts two Persian-language radio programs on the AM radio in Los Angeles. Kalhour has lived in the U.S. for 30 years and opens his lines to Iranian-Americans daily basis on his radio program. He talks about the developing situation on the foiled terror plot. Dr. Mohammad Marandi is head of North American studies at the University of Tehran. He believes the assassination is made up by the United States, and says the rest of the world is too quick to believe American lies.

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US Foils Iranian Assassination Plot

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Justice Department on Tuesday accused Iran of sponsoring a plot to assassinate a Saudi Arabian ambassador to Washington. Attorney General Eric Holder said that an "international conspiracy" lead to the potential payment of $1.5 million to murder the ambassador while on United States soil. Two men connected with the plot, Manssor Arbabsiar and Gholam Shakuri, are said to be members of the Quds Force, a division of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards.

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