Saudi Arabia.

On Eid, Many Muslims Are Cash-Strapped, Thanks to Ruthless Travel Agents

Shamim Chowdhury | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK
Shamim Chowdhury

In short, any agent who is not registered and cannot provide anything in writing needs to be given a wide berth. Otherwise for many it could mean not just a ruined Eid, but also the trip of a lifetime.

Saudi Arabia Has Just Deployed 30,000 Troops To Its Border With Iraq

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK

Saudi Arabia has deployed 30,000 troops to its border with Iraq after a video emerged showing 2,500 Iraqi soldiers deserting the area. The military...

Picking Your Enemies

Katie Welsford | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Politics
Katie Welsford

Since their removal from power this time last year, the Muslim Brotherhood has constantly been the focus of Egyptian headlines. But when, in early April, Downing Street ordered an inquiry into the group's 'philosophy, origins and activities', it entered the UK domestic political scene too...

Education: What Can We Learn From Other Countries?

Chris Jones | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

The British education system is failing millions - or at least that's what you might think from some of the stories in the news. It's a common sentiment, especially after the PISA report showed just how bad our 'stagnating' ranking was...

Non-Muslim Expats Who 'Disrespect' Ramadan Threatened With Expulsion From Saudi Arabia

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK

Non-Muslim expatriates are being threatened with expulsion from Saudi Arabia if they eat, smoke or drink in public during the holy month of Ramadan. ...

Radical Saudi Preacher Banned From The UK After 'Jihadi Recruitment' Claim

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK

Controversial Saudi preacher Mohammad al-Arefe, who has been banned from Britain after allegedly urging young British men to fight in the Middle East,...

Will There Be a Shi'a-Sunni War in the Middle East? Not Likely

William O. Beeman | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK
William O. Beeman

If it is possible for the government of Iraq to repel and contain ISIS with Iran's help, the United States should definitely support such an action. There need be no real fear at this time that either the Shi'a or Sunni forces will evolve into a kind of World War III in the Middle East...

It's Still About the Oil

Justin Huggler | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Politics
Justin Huggler

The Iraq war was always about oil. The ISIS extremists who are trying to seize control of the country's largest refinery know that. Everyone was braced for the battle for Baghdad. But first they went after the oil. Just like the Americans.

There Are Worse Things Than Dictators

Justin Huggler | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK Politics
Justin Huggler

Iran and Saudi Arabia are facing off across Iraq. Between them, Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia control the world's largest proven oil reserves. Already, ISIS are close to the oil reserves of northern Iraq. Already, the price of oil is rising.

Inside Europe's Biggest Arms Company

Andrew Smith | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

Upon leaving the meeting and re-entering the real world we were treated to a sub-standard packed lunch and a shuttle bus back to the train station. What is clear is that Carr and the rest of the board has bought into their own propaganda and a dystopian world-view in which strengthening tyrants is a way to bring peace and stability, and where the human consequences of war have nothing whatsoever to do with those who provide the weapons.

Why the Coronation of Egypt's General Sisi Will Spell Failure for the Arab Spring

Luke McManus | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Politics
Luke McManus

2014 looks set to be a year for landmark elections. India's having a really long one, Ukraine's looking at a fairly awkward one and Syria's going to have a predictable one. But come next month, all eyes will be on Egypt, as the country seeks closure to the Arab Spring in the form of its very own presidential elections.

Saudi Prince 'Kills 2,100 Endangered Houbara Bustards In Pakistan Hunting Spree'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK

UPDATE: One animal lover has devised a petition to donate a lifetime supply of the male potency drug Viagra to the said prince. The Change.org documen...

Royal Ramblings: Saudi Arabia, Women and WWE

Danny Stone | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

This week, the WWE has been holding shows in the capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh. John Cena, Randy Orton and some 30 others have been performing across the three-day tour. This is the first time the franchise has held matches in the country since its Middle East debut in Egypt in 2012. Subsequent events were held in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates...

What Lies Behind the UK's Relationship With Saudi Arabia?

Andrew Smith | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

You would be hard pushed to find a country where human rights mean less than in Saudi Arabia... Despite the widespread human rights abuses, the regime is not short of international support.

Is This the Dawn of Real Change in Saudi Arabia?

Dr Abdulaziz Sager | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Abdulaziz Sager

President Obama's recent visit to Saudi Arabia has been accompanied by much speculation about the nature of relations with the United States. Much has changed in the US political landscape recently and even more has changed across the Arab world...

New Saudi Arabian Laws Define Atheists As Terrorists

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK

Atheists are being defined as terrorists under a raft of new Saudi Arabian laws, a report from Human Rights Watch states. The new laws are accompa...

Saudi Arabia Accepts Recommendation to 'Abolish' Male Guardianship System

Nabila Pathan | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Politics
Nabila Pathan

As a precursor to Saudi Arabia's report on its commitment to significant Human Rights advances at the 25th session of UN Human Rights Council, Saudi's Deputy Minister of Labor for International Affairs, featured on Newsnight this week to boast the key aspects of the report with a focus on "holistic" steps on achieving female empowerment. But a failure to confirm the lifting of the driving ban for women, even after three pushy prompts by Jeremy Paxman, made it clear that "holistic" does not include an overturn on the ban.

Saudi Women Activists Demand End To 'Absolute' Male Control

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK

Saudi Arabian women activists have petitioned the country's consultative council to back a demand to curb the "absolute authority" of men over women i...

Why Is the UK Facilitating Oppression in Bahrain?

Amelia Amin | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Politics
Amelia Amin

The future for Bahrain is uncertain. However, one certainty amidst the chaos, is that change is Bahrain will remain a mirage so long as the king is bolstered by so much international support. Let's not beat about the bush, the British government is publicly supporting a oppressive and undemocratic government in Bahrain.

Charles Of Arabia Takes Part In Sword Dance

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK

Prince Charles has been criticised for joining members of the Saudi royal family and taking part in an Ardah or sword dance in a stadium in the capita...

Dr Halla Diyab, Syrian Journalist, Receives Death Threats After BBC Appearance

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK

Police are investigating death threats sent to a Syrian journalist who appeared on BBC TV show, after she questioned whether Britain should allow Syri...

Understanding Social Media in the Middle East

Damian Radcliffe | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Tech
Damian Radcliffe

In my part of the world, the Middle East, Facebook is equally popular. In fact there are those who have argued that Facebook played a fundamental role in some of the political changes we have seen in the past couple of years.

Ukip: A Laugh a Minute?

Dan Holliday | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Holliday

If UKIP took itself about as seriously as the Monster Raving Loony Party takes itself, then it would be a laugh a minute. The fact that UKIP does take itself seriously is actually rather sad.

Jon Snow Talks Saudi Arabia And Sex

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK

Jon Snow has laid into Saudi Arabia, describing it as "the most odious regime in the world". The Channel 4 News anchor dismissed the nation as "peo...

Saudi Arabian Authorities Suspend SMS Tracking Of Women... But Only Temporarily

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Saudi Arabian authorities have suspended a programme which enables the movements of women in and out of the country to be electronically tracked, the ...