Women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul arrested in Saudi Arabia

Authorities have not explained why the arrested al-Hathloul, but Amnesty International believes it has to do with her women's rights activism.

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The 10 Foreign Countries That Spend the Most on Influence in Washington, D.C.

These 10 countries spent $6.5 million combined on influence in Congress in 2013.
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Muslim Brotherhood Leaders Arrested As Support Grows For Interim Government

On Wednesday, Egyptian attorney's arrested top officials of the Muslim Brotherhood. Meanwhile Egypt's interim government is gaining more and more support.
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What Does a Weekend in Saudi Arabia Look Like?

Starting June 29, Saudi Arabia will follow the shift of its Muslim neighbors and transition to a Friday-Saturday weekend from work, breaking away from its current Thursday-Friday model.
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This is What Makes America Amazing: 9 Countries Where You Still Cannot Vote

The 2012 U.S. Election was mired in controversial rhetoric, but here's a list of other countries where you cannot vote at all.

War on Women and Islam: Are Women Really Oppressed in Muslim Countries

While patriarchy and access to education remain contentious issues in the Muslim majority countries, it is not all black and white.

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For GCC Countries, a Challenge Within Reach: The Gulf Rail Network

A new rail system has to turn the Arab Gulf area into a stronger economic powerhouse.
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Kuwait Protests May Signal a New Arab Spring Revolt

Kuwait has seen its fair share of war and turmoil, but it might be beginning to fight the uphill revolutionary battle that the whole region is currently facing.
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Iran Navy Claims Rescue of U.S. Ship: Did it Happen or Not?

Iran says it rescued the Maersk Texas, a U.S.-flagged ship, from pirates, but Maersk denies the claim.
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Adastra Super Yacht is Cool, But These 6 Dream Boats Are Even More Badass

They say there are yachts, and then super yachts. Wrong. There are yachts, super yachts, and Middle-East super yachts.
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America Should Threaten Iran, Not the Other Way Around

If the U.S. is really serious about stemming Iran’s nuclear threat, the Obama administration needs to turn the tide of influence: Start issuing ultimatums and free itself from those of others.

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Debate: Should the U.S. Go to War With Iran?

[Podcast] Has the Obama administration's policy in Iran been a success? Should the U.S. keep all options on the table to contain a nuclear Iran?
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As Tension Between Iran and the West Escalates, Keep Oman in Mind

As problems with Iran continue to mount, Oman looks to be one of the few remaining interlocutors for Western countries to rely on.
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North America, Europe Should Open Borders to Migrant Workers From Gulf States

One way to improve the working conditions of migrants in the Gulf is for other developed nations to open their own borders to temporary migration.
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As Yemeni President Returns, U.S. Misses An Opportunity

Yemeni President Ali Abduallah Saleh has returned amid renewed violence, highlighting a failed American diplomatic effort and a missed opportunity to pressure him while in Saudi Arabia.
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Reform in Gulf States Proves Non-Democracies Work

Social reforms in smaller Gulf states prove that democracy is not the only answer to stable statehood.

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Arab Regimes Can't Democratize Without Oil Revenue

Authoritarian Arab states rely on oil revenue to maintain a military presence over their people. But cutting this revenue would also hurt social welfare programs, hindering democratization.
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In Yemen, Too Early To Celebrate Saleh's Departure

Saleh's departure signals the need for a new approach by the Yemini movement to prevent losing nonviolent methods to violence and confusion.
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Squashing Uprisings, Mercenaries Could Create a New Wave of Control

Blackwater's founder has recently been hired to build a mercenary force in the UAE, to aid in internal security. This could mark an entirely new form of suppression.