Category Archives: Middle East

The “Monkey Master” fable – Why the Arab Revolution caught on

  In his book “From Dictatorship to Democracy”, Gene Sharp uses a famous Chinese fable to explain why people tolerate oppressive dictatorships for so long. A Fourteenth Century Chinese parable by Liu-Ji, for example, outlines the neglected understanding of political … Continue reading

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Comedy tackles sensitive social issues in Saudi

Yesterday I was watching an episode from a popular and long running Arabic comedy series, focused on Saudi Arabia, that airs on MBC, the Waleed al-Ibrahim (King Fahd’s brother-in-law) owned satellite channel. This episode featured a Saudi woman who marries … Continue reading

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al-‘Arifi prays for the Annihilation of Egyptian President Mubarak

The controversial Saudi cleric Muhammad al-‘Arifi in his weekly Friday address criticizes Egypt’s stance of keeping the Rafah border crossing closed, thus aiding the Israeli blockade of Gaza. A message sure to ring in the ears of Muslims in Saudi … Continue reading

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