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2nd September 2017 - Quoted by Erin Cunningham - The Washington Post

Iranian pilgrims return to the hajj as Iran-Saudi rivalry eases

Behnam Ben Taleblu

It was nearly two years ago when Iran and Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic ties, worsening an already tense rivalry that has fueled conflicts across the Middle East. But this year, a rare bright spot in their relations has stirred hope of a possible detente.

29th August 2017 - Quoted by Arab News

How Al Jazeera called for bombing Saudi, UAE airports ... and got away with it

David Andrew Weinberg

Al Jazeera Arabic has been slammed for a lack of professionalism after airing remarks earlier this month that encouraged the killing of innocent citizens of Saudi Arabia and the UAE, amounting to what one media commentator called a “declaration of war.”

11th August 2017 - The Hill

What Congress can do about extremism in Saudi textbooks

David Andrew Weinberg

2nd August 2017 - The Huffington Post

Qatar is worst in the region on counterterrorism, but other Gulf monarchies are not off the hook

David Andrew Weinberg

Rather than giving Qatar’s neighbors carte blanche, the U.S. should press all of its Gulf allies to improve their counterterrorism practices. And while Washington should seek a timely resolution of the current crisis, it should do so on enforceable terms that address Qatar’s dangerous...

31st July 2017 - Quoted by Javier E. David - CNBC

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula said to be flush with cash and positioned to launch new attacks

Yaya J. Fanusie, Alex Entz

The group behind the Charlie Hebdo terror attack in Paris earns tens of millions of dollars per year and remains "well funded," a report from Foundation for Defense of Democracies found.

29th July 2017 - Quoted by Al-Masry Al-Youm - Egypt Independent

Arab countries assess Qatar’s progress with demands

Jonathan Schanzer

The foreign ministers of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain will discuss recent developments of the Qatar crisis in Manama on Saturday.

28th July 2017 - Quoted by Anthony Harwood - Huffington Post

Saudi Arabia and Qatar may not be at war but it certainly feels like that

Jonathan Schanzer

Saudi Arabia and Qatar may not be at war but it certainly feels like that phrase coined 100 years ago: ‘The first casualty when war comes is truth’.

26th July 2017 - The Washington Times

Does Al Jazeera deserve to die?

Clifford D. May

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt are demanding that Qatar loosen its ties with those they see as enemies of their states. They are making one additional demand: That Qatar shut down Al Jazeera, its powerful media outlet.

25th July 2017 - Quoted by Seth J. Frantzman - The Jerusalem Post

Did Netanyahu Forget Secret Regional Allies During The Temple Mount Crisis?

Jonathan Schanzer

In recent years, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has heralded Israel’s growing ties with Arab countries in the region.

23rd July 2017 - Deseret News

Make Saudi Arabia’s vision of tolerance a reality

Clifford D. May

Last year, Saudi Arabia unveiled Saudi Vision 2030, a bold plan to transform the kingdom’s oil-dependent economy to make it much more diversified and durable, no matter how global energy markets change. Vision 2030 makes it clear: to accomplish that would require Saudi Arabia to become...

14th June 2017 - Quoted by the Jewish Exponent

Our Frenemy Qatar

Jonathan Schanzer

The oil-rich sheikdom Qatar is much like its neighbors on the Arabian Peninsula — undemocratic, ruled by a minority clan, both a U.S. ally and an active sponsor of extremists. Much the same can be said of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and the other countries that last week...

19th October 2016 - Commentary Magazine

Rizvi’s Reformation

The Atheist Muslim opens with snow in Saudi Arabia. The author, Ali Rizvi, is in fifth grade at the American school in Riyadh, where students are folding glittery snowflakes out of construction paper to decorate the halls for winter.

11th October 2016 - Militaryedge.org

Iranian-Backed Houthis Fire a Shot at the U.S. Navy

While the United States was fixated on the second presidential debate on Sunday night, one of its ships was under fire in the Middle East. Details remain few, but reports suggest that the Houthis, a Yemeni militant group backed by Iran, fired two anti-ship missiles at the USS Mason as it...

26th April 2016 - The National Interest

Obama is Right: The Gulf Arabs Ride Free on Terrorism

David Andrew Weinberg

President Obama missed the last real opportunity of his administration to urge the Arab Gulf monarchies to finally adopt a no-tolerance rule toward all terrorist groups and to end the inexcusable impunity of terror financiers in their territory. Rather than calling out how certain Gulf...

20th April 2016 - Quoted by Nicole Gaouette - CNN

Obama in Saudi Arabia: Does the U.S. still need the Kingdom?

David Andrew Weinberg

President Barack Obama landed in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday as the U.S. alliance with the Mideast powerhouse, long lubricated by barrels of oil, is being questioned on both sides like never before.

20th April 2016 - 104.1 FM

The Jon Justice Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses Saudi Arabia and the 9/11 bill.

20th April 2016 - Quoted by Tracy Wilkinson, Michael A. Memoli - Los Angeles Times

Obama goes to Saudi Arabia to rebuild a relationship strained by Iran, Islamic State and 9/11

David Andrew Weinberg

President Obama begins a delicate mission Wednesday both to reinforce his strategic aims in the Middle East and to ease tension with an aggrieved longtime ally, Saudi Arabia.

13th April 2016 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Saudi-Egypt deals part of Gulf effort to unite Sunnis against Iran

David Andrew Weinberg

Recently signed agreements between Saudi Arabia and Egypt appear to be part of a broader Saudi effort to build a regional Sunni alliance against Iran, yet the results of such an alliance are still lacking.

31st March 2016 - Quoted by Bill Allison - Bloomberg Politics

McCain-Linked Nonprofit Received $1 Million From Saudi Arabia

David Andrew Weinberg

A nonprofit with ties to Senator John McCain received a $1 million donation from the government of Saudi Arabia in 2014, according to documents filed with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

9th March 2016 - Quoted by Nova Safo - Marketplace

Saudi Arabia needs a loan. Really?

David Andrew Weinberg

FDD senior fellow David Andrew Weinberg discusses Saudi Arabia's economy and its current financial troubles.

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