Clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians in and around the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound — or the Temple Mount, as it is otherwise known — threaten to disrupt the tenuous peace that followed last week’s confrontation between the two sides.
Ten years after Saudi women were allowed to vote in municipal elections, the decision has been made that they can now be eligible to seek office in those elections. While roundly supported by observers within the country, the move has been considered by some as not going nearly far enough.
The Islamic State has claimed that it orchestrated and executed last week’s terror attack on a Shiite mosque in the city of Qatif, Saudi Arabia. The attack was swiftly condemned by the Saudi monarch, all segments of Saudi society and a host of regional observers.
Eugene Rogan's The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East; 1914-1920 is a brilliant book that combines the academic rigor one expects from a serious work of history and a fluid writing style that makes it an enjoyable read.
The visit of Pope Francis to Palestine — and his subsequent recognition of the State of Palestine and canonization of two Ottoman-era Palestinian nuns — has attracted scathing criticism from Israeli observers.