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  • July 20, 2016|Stephen Schwartz and Irfan Al-AlawiThe Huffington Post

    No Saudi Surprises in 9/11 Commission's '28 Pages'

    On July 15, the U.S. Congress released the appendix, redacted since 2002, to the governmental inquiry regarding American intelligence failures in the period leading to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The "28 pages" kept out of the...

  • July 08, 2015|Stephen Schwartz and Irfan Al-AlawiThe Huffington Post

    Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi: 'I Say What I think'

    Originally published under the title, "The Writings of Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi." In 2012, Raif Badawi, a blogger in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) who is now 31, was arrested in his native land and charged with offenses ranging from parental

  • June 17, 2015|Irfan Al-Alawi and Stephen SchwartzThe Weekly Standard

    Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation in Iraqi Kurdistan

    Excerpt of an article originally titled "Confronting Female Genital Mutilation in Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan." The prevalence of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Iraqi Kurdistan has declined markedly since the Kurdistan Regional Government...

  • June 17, 2015|Irfan Al-Alawi and Stephen SchwartzThe Weekly Standard

    Confronting Female Genital Mutilation in Iran

    Excerpt of an article originally titled "Confronting Female Genital Mutilation in Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan." Female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C) exists in the Islamic Republic of Iran even while the redoubt of clerical dictatorship is absent

  • March 05, 2015|Irfan Al-Alawi and Stephen SchwartzThe Weekly Standard

    What Obama Can Learn about Radical Islam from New Saudi King

    Originally published under the title, "New Saudi King Displays Candor on Radical Islam." Following the death of Saudi King Abdullah at the end of January, and the succession of his half-brother, now King Salman, 79, many observers of the desert...

  • February 03, 2015|Irfan Al-Alawi and Stephen SchwartzThe Weekly Standard

    Sorting Out the Saudi Succession

    Following the death of King Abdullah Bin Abd Al-Aziz, at 90 or 91, on the night of January 22-23, Saudi Arabia is very likely to continue its policies of opposition to Iran and the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, and its participation in the...

  • January 20, 2015|Irfan al-Alawi and Stephen SchwartzThe Weekly Standard

    Female Genital Mutilation a Growing Problem in Iran

    The hideous practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) is neither an exclusively Muslim nor a principally Middle Eastern phenomenon. It exists among non-Muslims through wide areas of Africa. But in Iraq and Iran, FGM is mainly associated with...