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Ambassador Samir Sumaida’ie: The Dedication to Beauty Print E-mail
Saturday, 30 January 2010 05:29

Al Waref Figure of the Month
by Jennifer Young, Al Waref Senior Editor

Al Waref Institute rejoices in the many contributions of artist, poet, statesman, businessman, and Ambassador Samir Shakir Mahmood Sumaida’ie, and recognizes him as the Figure of the Month for February.

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May Rihani: A World with More Justice! Print E-mail
Friday, 01 January 2010 18:35

Al Waref Exclusive
By Jennifer Young
Al Waref recognizes May Rihani as the Figure of the Month for January because ‎of her many contributions in the areas of educational and economic ‎development, women’s rights and equity, and community building. Her work on ‎the ground, research in the field, and written documentation and analysis of ‎policy have made Ms Rihani a leader in civil society, working for change and inspiring action in others.

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No Guardianship Print E-mail

By Maliha Al Shehab
Originally published in Arabic in Al Watan

The institution of male guardianship in Saudi Arabia is the only measure that grants a Saudi woman the status of an existent, that gives her permission to exercise the right to life, that allows her to enjoy the pleasures of this world and be an active member of society.

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Award to Wajeha Al-Huwaider & Black Ribbon Campaign Print E-mail


On Thursday, December 3, 2009, the Al Waref Institute had the honor and privilege to present in person an award to Saudi human rights activist Wajeha Al-Huwaider.  

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Marah Bukai: The Cyberspace Discourse in the Middle East and Islamic World" Print E-mail
Friday, 09 October 2009 14:19


The Syrian intellectual Marah Bukai has condemned the ignorance and closed-mindedness which characterizes so much of Arab society, in contrast to the intellectual openness of Western societies.

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Saudi-Iraqi Relations – The Iraqi Perspective Print E-mail

By Dr. N. Raphaeli*
Courtesy MEMRI.org
On August 13, 2009, the Iraqi daily Al-Zaman cited a statement by Yousef Al-Matlabi, political advisor to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki, accusing Saudi Arabia of inciting violence in Iraq. As evidence, he noted the arrest in Iraq of several Saudi nationals who had recently entered the country with clear instructions from the Saudi clerical establishment to carry out acts of violence against Shi'ite sites. [1]

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Wajeha Al-Huwaider: A Brave Heart! Print E-mail
Friday, 27 November 2009 07:40

Al Waref Exclusive
By Jennifer Young - Al Waref Senior Editor

The Al Waref Institute recognizes the many contributions of writer, journalist, mother, and activist Wajeha Al-Huwaider and honors her as the Figure of the Month for December 2009.

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Palestinians and Obama: The End of a Honeymoon Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 November 2009 00:35

by Khaled Abu Toameh
Courtesy Hudson Institute New York

Now it’s official: the honeymoon between the Palestinians and the administration of President Barack Obama is over. It was a honeymoon that lasted for nearly one year.

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