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World Politics & Affairs

Changing Our Approach to Defeating Terrorism

The phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” is but one of the many erroneous usages of the word “radical.” In fact, the misnomer of acts of terror as “radically Islamic,” besides being a dog whistle characterizing Islam has fundamentally destructive in its essence, also contributes to the degradation of the principal meaning of “radical.” While disagreements on […]

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Policy Analysis World Politics & Affairs

Millions in the Line of Fire: The Responsibility to Protect in Yemen

In Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East, there has been a civil war raging since Houthis rebels took over the country’s capital in 2014. After the president was ousted in 2011, the country became unstable and progressed towards war. With the Houthis being ideologically opposed to many of Yemen’s neighbors, the surrounding countries […]

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United States World Politics & Affairs

Saudi Arabia, the US, and Violations of International Law

A picture is really worth a thousand words. When the picture of little Omran Daqneesh, the boy covered in dust and rubble sitting in the back of an ambulance after being rescued from his house in Aleppo, Syria, after it was hit by an airstrike, went viral, the world was suddenly made aware of the […]

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World Politics & Affairs

Saudi’s Split Personality Disorder: The Cholera Resurgence

The widespread devastation left by AIDS in the last 20 years has been horrifying, with the syndrome having swept mercilessly across Africa and claiming no less than 35 million lives to date. But the world has been forced to turn its attention to an equally contagious infection that was something of a dark horse, creeping […]

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World Politics & Affairs

Mohammed bin Salman’s Rise to Power & US-Saudi Relations

Early morning on June 21st, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman was moved to the position of Crown Prince with a royal decree at the expense of his cousin Mohammad bin Nayef. It means he will inherit his father’s throne after King Salman’s death. To some, it may come as a surprise, but Mohammad bin […]

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World Politics & Affairs

The Qatari Diplomatic Crisis Explained

On June 4th, Saudi Arabia cut its diplomatic relations with Qatar. Later, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and a number of other countries joined the effort as well. This was quickly extended to a cut of all ties – including economic relations and airline flights. This crisis is just the latest event in the long […]

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World Politics & Affairs

The Yemeni Crisis Explained

Amidst the chaos in Syria and the controversy in Israel-Palestine, Yemen is a key region in the Middle East which is often overlooked by major news media. There are more people dying there from preventable health diseases than from war itself. It is estimated that every 10 minutes a Yemeni child dies of a disease […]