Middle East

The West’s Dictatorship Double Standard

Western support of authoritarian leaders in the Middle East

On the campaign trail, President Biden labelled the Saudi government a ‘pariah state’ that ought to ‘pay the price for the assassination of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Two years later, Biden would greet Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman with a fist bump in Jeddah. The President’s visit to the Middle East this July was
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The “God-Given Solution to Promiscuity”: Temporary Marriages in Modern Shi’i Iran

*quoted by Ruhollah Khomeini, founder and president of the Islamic Republic of Iran from 1980-1988  Covid cases are reaching an all-time high in the Islamic Republic of Iran during the “5th wave” hitting the country as of August 2021. One of many factors playing into the ever-lasting persistence of the virus is Iran’s infamous custom
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Neom: A Utopian Clash between Tradition and Modernity

The shadow side to the utopian dream city Neom

“The Line”. What sounds like one of Netflix’s dystopian shows is actually a fully-fledged project of Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman as part of the country’s “vision 2030” plan. “The Line” is the infrastructural city planning of the future metropole Neom, a modern ecotopia, promising harmony, sustainability, health and innovation all within an
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