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Saudi Arabia does not politicize Hajj

  • For the estimated 2 million Muslims who will make the pilgrimage to Makkah later this month, Hajj is a time for religious devotion and spiritual renewal. Unfortunately, for a few misguided others, the Hajj season has become a time to play politics, sow division, and on occasion exploit tragic a...
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Saudi Arabia’s commitment to Hajj is beyond reproach

  • Hajj pilgrims from around the world began arriving in Saudi Arabia last week by land, air and sea. The rite of Hajj does not begin until the end of August, but the government and thousands of volunteers have been working tirelessly for months to prepare to receive an estimated 2 million pilgrim...
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Saudi education reform making real strides

  • On July 17, the US House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, Terrorism, Non-Proliferation and Trade Subcommittee held a hearing to assess the progress that Saudi Arabia is making toward revising its educational curriculum. The panel focused almost exclusively on school textbooks. H...
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Saudis appreciate all US has to offer — including summer camps

  • It has long been argued that summer camp is a uniquely American institution. Not only does the US offer the biggest number and widest variety of camps, but some of the earliest ones, like Camp Chocorua in Squam, New Hampshire, were established as early as the 1880s. Although the majority of cam...
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A G-20 Summit to remember

  • The German city of Hamburg has just finished hosting what some observers described as a “fractious” summit of the leaders of the world’s leading industrialized and emerging economies, known as the G-20. Combined, this diverse group of nations — which includes the US, China, Russia, Saudi Arabia...
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Is this the end of Daesh?

  • The world breathed a collective, but tentative sigh of relief this week as news from Iraq and Syria indicated that the terrorist group Daesh could be near collapse. This most despicable of terrorist groups has been on the retreat in Mosul — its biggest prize in Iraq — as the Iraqi government ...
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The debate over US-Saudi arms sales

  • Saudi Arabia lives in a dangerous neighborhood. To its north, Iraq is in the midst of a military campaign to wrest control of territory that was lost to the terrorist group Daesh over the past two years. To its south, the internationally recognized government of Yemen is trying to regain contro...
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Trump’s visit a testament to enduring partnership

  • Donald Trump’s decision to make Saudi Arabia the first country he visits on his first overseas trip as US president seems to have caught casual observers by surprise. But those of us who have been paying close attention to the state of Saudi-US relations since Trump assumed office in January ar...
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Powerful message to rogue regimes everywhere

  • On April 4, the world watched in horror. Images of the aftermath of a chemical weapons attack on the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhun, in Idlib province, were broadcast around the world and went viral on social media. The attack is said to have killed and injured hundreds of innocent Syrians, incl...
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To understand how the world works, pay attention to energy markets

  • Upon hearing that Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of the world’s biggest energy company ExxonMobil, had been nominated by US President Donald Trump to become his secretary of state, an astute Saudi diplomat appeared pleased. “No one understands politics and international relations better than oil...
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