Not a war on Islam

For some time, pundits have been debating the most accurate phrase that should be used to frame the challenge caused by terrorist groups operating in Syria, Iraq and now in Libya.

Time-tested Saudi-US ties

In Saudi Arabia, we always jokingly say that American diplomats stationed in the Kingdom are so patriotic that they celebrate their country’s Independence Day four times each year — thrice in Saudi Ar

India’s ‘IS’ challenge

HOW serious a threat is the terror group, Islamic State (IS), to India? Security experts are bitterly divided over the extent of IS influence and how to tackle this menace.

Ukraine needs weapons

IT has become something of a mantra among diplomats and other foreign-policy analysts that there is no military solution to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

100 different shades of ‘shabab’

It is a very common word around here. Upon first hearing it, non-Saudis think they know what it means. Then it comes up in a different context and it needs another round of definition.

No place like home

THE recent discovery of two new planets, dubbed Kepler-438b and Kepler-442b, proves that small habitable-zone planets exist — something we did not know only five years ago.

All eyes on Libya

THE horrifying seaside slaughter of 20 innocent Egyptian Copts and one Ghanaian opens a new chapter in the war against terrorist violence, whose perpetrators are hell-bent on pushing Islam on a collis

Commoditization threatens integrity of research

Since the development of the scientific method in early modern times, research — conducted according to strict scientific parameters — has been the gold standard in the development and documentation o

Memoirs of a Saudi Ph.D. student: Caring for animals

Last week, I received a very interesting letter from a reader from the US commenting on an article that was written more than 18 months ago.

Talented Saudis

It is heartening to note that the Kingdom is moving ahead in the field of cinema production. The Saudi Film Festival is a testimony to the progress made by the Kingdom in various spheres of life.

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