Articles written by: Abdulrahman Al-Rashed

Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Thursday, 20 Nov, 2014

Opinion: Erdoğan’s Sad Search for Past Glories

I’ve read a great deal of criticism by a number of Arab writers of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for recently claiming during an Istanbul summit of Muslim leaders from Latin America that Muslim sailors, not Christopher Columbus, had discovered the Americas. For me, and perhaps for many others, Erdoğan’s statement was highly entertaining. However, perhaps some others were likely to find it infuriating, if they suffer from inferiority complexes and blame Westerners or others for ...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Tuesday, 18 Nov, 2014

Opinion: The Emirates’ New Terror List

The United Arab Emirates has become the second Gulf country after Saudi Arabia to designate the Yemeni Houthi movement’s Ansar Allah a terrorist group. This step is significant on many levels, especially as it reorganizes relations in a region which has faced many dangerous political changes. The group was blacklisted because it takes directives from Iran and because it is being employed to take over the Yemeni state amid a regional war. The Houthi movement was one of more than 80 groups of...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Sunday, 16 Nov, 2014

Opinion: Turkey’s lifeline to Syrian refugees is politically astute

The announcement made by Turkish Labor Minister Faruk Çelik to grant Syrian refugees in Turkey something more than just tents and blankets was a positive one. These refugees will ...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Wednesday, 12 Nov, 2014

Opinion: What Will Follow the Muscat Talks?

US President Barack Obama seems enthusiastic about bringing about a new era of restoring good relations with Tehran, which was an important ally until the Shah’s downfall in 1979...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Sunday, 9 Nov, 2014

Opinion: Tolerating Extremism Always Backfires

The only argument that I have heard in response to what I wrote recently about the dangers of extremism—which is still spreading—is to ask why we should seek to contai...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Friday, 7 Nov, 2014

Opinion: Extremism only thrives when it is left unchallenged

Saudi security forces in six cities have gone after terrorist cells linked to the terror attack in the district of Al-Ahsa that killed seven citizens earlier this week. During a co...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Tuesday, 4 Nov, 2014

Opinion: Sex, Slavery, and ISIS

A recent video from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in which a group of fighters brag as they discuss enslaving women and selling them as if they were cattle begs once a...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Saturday, 1 Nov, 2014

Opinion: Thank You, Sweden

When the Swedish foreign minister promised weeks ago that his country would recognize the State of Palestine, we weren’t sure that Sweden would do so given the tremendous amount ...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Thursday, 30 Oct, 2014

Opinion: Will Egypt Mediate for Assad?

"Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad is seeking, through his diplomatic contacts, to convince Egypt to mediate and convince Saudi Arabia—currently Egypt's biggest ally—to ...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Monday, 27 Oct, 2014

Opinion: The Idea of Arab Military Intervention

In recent history, political battles were limited. Most of the time, each epoch was distinguished by a single crisis. A crisis in a country would not extend to neighboring states f...

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