from MacroScope:

After the election shock, big questions

By Mike Peacock
May 8, 2015

Britain's PM Cameron arrives with his wife Samantha at Number 10 Downing Street in London

A surprisingly decisive election win for Britain’s Conservative party has cheered financial markets and will probably allow Prime Minister David Cameron to govern unencumbered by coalition partners.

from The Great Debate:

How Yemen became the front line of a Mideast-wide war

By Mohamad Bazzi
March 27, 2015

Shi'ite Muslim rebels hold up their weapons during a rally against air strikes in Sanaa

Shi'ite Muslim rebels hold up their weapons during a rally against air strikes in Sanaa, Yemen, March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

from The Great Debate:

Iran is using Israel to distract from its real aims in the Persian Gulf

By Anthony H. Cordesman
February 5, 2015

A member of Iran's Revolutionary guard stands at attention during an anti-U.S. ceremony in Azadi (freedom) Square in Tehran April 25, 2010. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

A member of Iran's Revolutionary guard stands at attention during an anti-U.S. ceremony in Azadi (freedom) Square in Tehran April 25, 2010. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

from FaithWorld:

Timeline: Life and Death of Osama bin Laden

By Reuters Staff
May 2, 2011

(Osama bin Laden speaks in this still image taken from video released on a website September 7, 2007. Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in a mansion outside the Pakistani capital Islamabad, a U.S. source said on May 1, 2011/Reuters TV)

from FaithWorld:

Handouts dash Saudi king’s reformer reputation

By Reuters Staff
March 21, 2011

saudi king

(Saudi King Abdullah addresses the nation from his office at the Royal Palace in Riyadh March 18, 2011/Saudi Press Agency)

from FaithWorld:

Bahrain crisis could worsen Sunni-Shi’ite sectarian tensions in the region

March 16, 2011

beirut bahrain

(Rally organized by Lebanon's Hezbollah in front of the U.N. headquarters in Beirut March 16, 2011, in support of Bahraini protesters. Around 2,000 mostly Shi'ite Lebanese demonstrators rallied in central Beirut on Wednesday in support of an uprising by Bahrain's Shi'ite Muslim majority/Cynthia Karam)

from FaithWorld:

Saudi insists protests not Islamic, Facebook group calls for demos

March 9, 2011

saudi protest

(Saudi Shi'ites protest for the release of prisoners they say are being held without trial, March 3, 2011/Zaki Ghawas )

from FaithWorld:

Saudi clerics condemn protests as un-Islamic

March 7, 2011

saudi protest

(Supporters of Saudi Shi'ite cleric Tawfiq al-Amir hold his pictures during a demonstration following his release in Al-Ahsa March 6, 2011. Cleric Tawfiq al-Amir was arrested last week after calling for a constitutional monarchy and a fight against corruption/Stringer)

from FaithWorld:

Watching Bahrain, Saudi Shi’ites demand reforms

February 22, 2011

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(Shi'ite Saudi Muslim worshippers during the Ashura festival in Qatif ,December 27, 2009/Zaki Ghawas)

from FaithWorld:

Saudi king, religious police, Islam and donkeys – via WikiLeaks

December 8, 2010

mutaween 1 (Photo: Religious police perform dusk prayers with Saudi youth outside a Riyadh cafe on June 27, 2010 during half-time of the Germany-England World Cup soccer match. The police ensured that people watching matches in cafes said their prayers during the tournament/Fahad Shadeed)

WikiLeaks has come up with an interesting insight into the way King Abdullah views his own kingdom's religious police, the mutaween who enforce Islamic behaviour in public. A cable from the Riyadh embassy entitled IDEOLOGICAL AND OWNERSHIP TRENDS IN THE SAUDI MEDIA and dated 11 May 2009 mentions what appears to be a U.S. diplomat's visit to a Saudi newspaper editor whose name is XXXed out. The Saudi says the king had visited the office and complained about how ignorant the religious police were about Islam and how they  treated people like donkeys: