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The International Federation of Journalists on Monday called on Saudi Arabia to clarify the disappearance of a Saudi journalist who is suspected of having been murdered at the Middle Eastern kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul. EFE

The disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi could force Washington to change its attitude toward Saudi Arabia, something that the White House has avoided for years, even after September 11, 2001.

The eternal romance of the United States and Saudi Arabia

 10/16/2018 - 16:00
President Trump and Prince Mohammed bin Salman during Saudi Arabia's visit to the United States in March. Source: AFP.

For a president who inaugurated his administration by blocking the entry of hundreds of Muslims into the United States, it is paradoxically fundamental to defend one of the most radically conservative countries in the Arab world. However, the history between the United States and Saudi Arabia is long and intricate.

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El eterno romance de Estados Unidos con Arabia Saudita

 10/16/2018 - 15:23
El presidente Trump y el príncipe Mohammed bin Salman durante la visita de Arabia Saudita a Estados Unidos en marzo. Fuente: AFP.

Para un presidente que inauguró su gestión bloqueando la entrada de cientos de musulmanes a Estados Unidos, es paradójicamente fundamental defender a uno de los países más radicalmente conservadores en el mundo árabe. Pero la historia entre Estados Unidos y Arabia Saudita es más larga e intrincada.

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Dale a tu cuerpo alegría, rebellious Saudi

 08/23/2017 - 12:02
Video still from a 1996 music video of Macarena, directed by Vincent Calet, featuring Los Del Río and Tracee Ellis Ross

Fourteen year old Saudi Arabian has been arrested for a video that went viral almost a year ago. The sordid crime? Publicly dancing to the Los del Río one-hit-wonder, Macarena, on the main road in Jeddah. Though admittedly humorous, the issue of his detainment is much more serious than the gleeful and choreographed wiggles would appear to indicate.

[OP-ED]: Trump stumbles into another decade of war in the Middle East

 06/27/2017 - 09:39
During the campaign, Trump seemed to be genuinely reflective about America’s role in the Middle East. “This is not usually me talking, OK, ‘cause I’m very proactive,” he once said on the subject. EFE

While we have been focused on the results of special elections, the ups and downs of the Russia investigation, and President Trump’s latest tweets, under the radar, a broad and consequential shift in American foreign policy appears to be underway. Put simply, the United States is stumbling its way into another decade of war in the greater Middle East. And this next decade of conflict might prove to be even more destabilizing than the last one.

[OP-ED]: Trump’s NAFTA delusion

 06/16/2017 - 08:41
El presidente mexicano, Enrique Peña Nieto agradeció la visita de la canciller alemana, Angela Merkel, en un "momento crucial" y destacó la visión compartida de ambos países en democracia, libre comercio, medio ambiente y derechos humanos. EFE

The Trump administration is determined to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) -- which created a single market from Mexico’s southern border to the Yukon -- but the main political appeal of this policy rests on a popular myth: that “fair” trade requires the United States to have a surplus or balanced trade with both Mexico and Canada.

[OP-ED]: How Saudi Arabia played Donald Trump

 05/30/2017 - 17:12
Leaked German intelligence reports show that charities “closely connected with government offices” of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait are funding mosques, schools and imams to disseminate a fundamentalist, intolerant version of Islam throughout Germany. EFE

This week’s bombing in Manchester was another gruesome reminder that the threat from radical Islamic terrorism is ongoing. And President Trump’s journey to the Middle East illustrated yet again how the country central to the spread of this terrorism, Saudi Arabia, has managed to evade and deflect any responsibility for it. In fact, Trump has given Saudi Arabia a free pass and a free hand in the region.

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Fareed Zakaria