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Mohammed Al-Saif

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Saudi youth decry sectarian divide

THERE is no doubt that one of the negative manifestations of the ongoing political conflicts in the Arab world is the sharp increase in sectarian discourse amongst certain segments of the society.

July 01, 2013

Saudi filmmaking goes to Bollywood

One of the most vital artistic elements that we lack in our country is the late advent of filmmaking industry.

June 24, 2013

Saudi youth condemn sectarian cries

There is no doubt that one of the negative manifestations of the ongoing political conflicts in the Arab world is the increase of the sectarian tone to discussions between segments of society.

June 17, 2013

A Hologram for the King

A vague and unclear image has surrounded one of the biggest economic projects in the 21st century.

June 10, 2013

A Tweet calling for harassment to protect women’s chastity

A controversial hashtag has triggered a raging war of words on the subject of Saudi women working as cashiers in local supermarkets and major department stores.

June 03, 2013

Charity vs. philanthropy in Saudi Arabia

If we can picture charity as the act of giving a hungry man a fish; then philanthropy would certainly be the act of teaching that man how to fish for himself.

May 27, 2013

Is Islamic liberalism the answer?

It seems that the Liberal / Conservative tug of war is on the rise again over the disputable subject of Saudi liberalism, as a group of young Saudi liberals attempted for the second time to celebrate what they claim it to be a “Saudi Liberal Day.” The Saudi liberal mov

May 20, 2013

Wake up and smell the Arabic coffee

I was reminded by my university days after following the three-day Coordination Forum in Riyadh, which was attended by various GCC universities and institutions.

May 13, 2013

Advocating genocide on social media

A faculty member at the Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University, raised a lot of Saudi intellectuals concern after posting a controversial tweet, where he was calling on “Iraqi Mujahideen” to be more ruthless in their war, even if it means killing the women and children of their enemy to provok

April 29, 2013

Is our society changing too fast?

While everyone was predicting the annual dispute between conservatives and moderates to be on the usual battleground of the Riyadh Book Fair, it seems that Al-Janadriyah Heritage Festival became the new victim this year to the ongoing struggle for change and developmen

April 22, 2013