Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia Ends Coronavirus Curfew Despite Spike In Infections

On Sunday 21 June, Saudi Arabia ended a nationwide coronavirus curfew, lifting restrictions on businesses. This includes hair salons and cinemas, after three months of very tight restrictions. Prayers have been allowed to resume in mosques in Mecca, in preparation for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, which is due to begin […]

Yemen’s Children Deserve Better: The UN’s ‘List of Shame’

On 15th of June, the United Nations removed Saudi forces from their annual blacklist of parties who have violated children’s rights. The decision came as a shock to many, given the UN’s own investigators found that there were hundreds of children who were killed or injured last year in Saudi […]

Human Rights Activist And Saudi Dissenter Abdullah al-Hamid Dies In Detention

Renowned academic and Saudi human rights activist, Abdullah al-Hamid has reportedly died in Saudi jail. His calls for reforming Saudi Arabia’s monarchy made him one of the most prominent and persistent dissidents, leading to frequent prison terms. A co-founder of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association and award recipient […]

The Humanitarian Crisis In The Arab World’s Poorest Country

A multilayered humanitarian crisis has reached its tipping point in Yemen. The civil war between the internationally recognised government and the Houthi rebel forces has been ongoing since 2015. It has since devolved into a full blown proxy war between the Saudi led coalition and the Houthis, which are said […]

Jamal Khashoggi’s Children ‘Pardon’ Their Father’s Killers: Why Though?

In what initially appeared to be an admirable demonstration of strength and courage, the children of Jamal Khashoggi publicly expressed their forgiveness to father’s assassins in a recent tweet. This announcement will in all likelihood spare the lives of five Saudi officials who have each been convicted and sentenced to […]

‘Sportswashing’ In The Premiership: Newcastle’s Imminent Takeover By The Saudi Crown Prince 2

The Issue At Hand Newcastle United Football Club is on the verge of a £300 million takeover by a Saudi-led consortium, backed by the nation’s Public Investment Fund. If the deal goes through, the group would control 80% of the club, making Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MbS), who chairs […]

COVID-19 And Oil Market Crash Could Spell Different Future In U.S.-Saudi Relations 1

History has shown that big changes in energy markets often mark a big change in geopolitics. In the 20th century, the shift from coal to oil catapulted the Middle East into strategic significance, and a recent boom in shale oil transformed the United States into a net oil exporter. Drops […]

British Arms In Yemen: Lack Of Accountability Leads To The Deaths Of Children

A month ago, a grim milestone was reached, 5 years of conflict in Yemen, fueled by a Saudi Arabian-led coalition. The war has devastated Yemen, which “has topped an annual watchlist of countries most likely to face humanitarian catastrophe in 2020, for the second year running…about 80% of the population…will […]

MENA Governments Account For Majority Of Global Confirmed Executions

Countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region witnessed the vast majority of confirmed executions last year, according to data released by Amnesty International today. The report, entitled Death Sentences and Executions 2019, reveals that Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq together accounted for 81% of the world’s confirmed […]

OPEC’s Historical Deal To Bound Oil Prices Amid COVID-19

Last Sunday, OPEC and other oil-producing states concurred on a historical deal to reduce their output by 9.7 million barrels per day for May to June, representing 10% of global supply. This global agreement is believed to help bump up oil prices. According to U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette, “this […]

The Chicken Game – Russia And Saudi Arabia’s War On Oil Prices

Saudi Arabia declared an all-out war of attrition on oil prices, marking the end of a long, fruitful relationship between two of the largest producers of oil in the world. A mutually beneficial relationship between Moscow and Riyadh began in 2014, when U.S. shale oil began flooding oil markets around […]

Secretary-General Reiterates Appeal for Global Ceasefire

In a public statement by Secretary-General of the UN, António Guterres, on March 23rd, states and non-state actors around the world were called upon to lay down their arms in the face of the growing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Before a sombre international press conference, he declared, “The virus does not care […]

The Saudi-UAE Coalition Launched Airstrikes In Sanaa

  The Saudi-UAE coalition launched multiple airstrikes in Sanaa on Monday, following their interception of two Houthi ballistic missiles aimed at southern Yemen and Riyadh on Saturday. Al Jazeera news stated this conflict is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis in the eyes of the U.N.   Residents detailed the moment of the attack, where […]

How The Coronavirus Will Affect The Middle East

The new pandemic known as COVID-19, a novel coronavirus that has infected over 300,000 people globally, is especially detrimental to the social, political and economic fabric of the Middle East. The spread of the virus has already isolated free trade and transnational movement and will have a very substantial effect […]