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Ensaf Haidar stands next to a poster of her husband, jailed blogger Raif Badawi, in Montreal in June 2015. The arrest of Badawi’s sister, Samar, is at the centre of a bitter spat between Canada and Saudi Arabia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

The Saudi-Canada spat: Both countries are wrong

The ongoing diplomatic spat between Canada and Saudi Arabia will hurt Canada if the kingdom intensifies its aggressive retaliation measures.
Iraeli Arab Knesset member Jamal Zahalka is removed after protesting the bill’s passage. AP/Olivier Fitoussi

Israel’s new nation-state law restates the obvious

Rather than transform Israel into an undemocratic 'apartheid' state, the new nation-state law is more likely to ensure that Israel can't be transformed into a liberal democracy or binational state.
Employees at a gas station in Los Angeles watch President Jimmy Carter giving his energy speech over national television on July 15, 1979. AP Photo/Mao

Revisiting Jimmy Carter’s truth-telling sermon to Americans

At at time of rising hatred and nationalism, Jimmy Carter's speech -- a sermon that cautioned against excess, offers a counterexample.
In this June 2018 photo, an Israeli tractor works to extinguish a fire started by a kite with an incendiary device launched from Gaza in a wheat field near the Israel/Gaza border. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

Gaza’s fire kites and balloon bombs ignite tensions

Incendiary kites and balloons have joined artillery rockets in Gaza’s arsenal. They bleed Israel’s finances more than its people.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks during a meeting with the Russian president at the Kremlin in Moscow on June 14, 2018. Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Saudi Arabia and the Israel-Palestine conflict: between a rock and a hard place

Saudi Arabia portrays itself as a leading supporter of humanitarian aid, especially to the Palestinians, but the country's leadership has an ambivalent strategy towards the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Israeli fire on Palestinian protesters at the Gaza border on Monday resulted in at least 58 deaths. Mohammed Saber/EPA

US can no longer be counted on to end Israel-Palestinian conflict

With its opening of a new embassy in Jerusalem and defence of Israeli actions in Gaza, the Trump administration has signalled its lack of interest in bringing lasting peace to the region.

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