saudi arabia

  • Can renewables stop heatwaves in the Middle East?

    Temperatures in Arab countries are establishing new records each summer. The heat waves that are occurring in Kuwait, Iraq and Morocco have highlighted the consequences of climate change in the MENA region. All the while, scientists are expecting a continuous occurrence of such waves in the coming years. This...
  • Enough is enough

    As Britain responds to its third terrorist attack in as many months, UK Prime Minister Teresa May has declared that “enough is enough”. Speaking after the London Bridge attack she presented a four-point action plan for preventing future attacks. She called for a battle of ideology to countenance the...
  • Keep your friends close

    In what some will see as the latest step in the political ladder to Cold War version 2.0, Russia has been denied a place on the UN’s Human Rights Council after the UN General Assembly failed to vote for it as one of 14 new members. Brazil, China, Cuba,...
  • The rules of dis-engagement

    Yemen is a country in the grip of a civil war, which has far reaching implications, not just for its regional neighbours, but also for the Western powers that have long sought supremacy in the battle to claim the spoils of their Middle Eastern pie.  For the UK, these implications...
  • Lives for Sale: Saudi Arabia and the Arms Trade

    In January this year a leaked UN report by a panel of experts on the situation in Yemen confirms that at least 119 airstrikes by the Saudi forces have been targeting civilians. Médecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) have been first hand witnesses as a number of their medical facilities have been attacked repeatedly. The fact...
  • Raif Badawi Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

        Blogger Raif Badawi and his lawyer Waleed Abu Al-Khair have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. They are both facing long jail sentences for having used their freedom of expression. This is one of the few positive things that have happened in this ordeal, where the...
  • Child Marriage in the MENA Region

    In the wake of the Syria crisis, dozens of stories circulated about the forcible marriages of Syrian refugee girls in Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon. These accounts prompted local and international organizations to tackle this issue in humanitarian settings. But, why should we wait for a humanitarian catastrophe to occur...