December 16th Issue

In The Line of Duty

Saudi Arabia’s women participated in landmark municipal elections, as candidates and voters. But what impact will their involvement have? By Khadeeja Balkhi On the surface of it, the suffrage of Saudi women hits all the right notes: Gender, votes, power, emancipation. But given a closer look, the nation’s third municipal elections—the first in the Kingdom’s recent history that women can both vote and be voted into power—are not as they appear. At the time of going to press, an estimated 20 female candidates were elected for the first time according to results released to the Associated Press on Sunday. Nearly 7,000 candidates were in the running for two thirds of over 3,000 council seats in 284 municipalities. Euphoria was mounting as men and women flew back to their homeland, simply to have their say. The government expanded the voting population size—now, the voting age included those 18 years and older, rather than 21 years—opening the door for greate (Read More)

Inside Cover

The Trump Show

When will the presidential hopeful’s verbal slurs end? By Leila Hatoum “He has a retarded mentality and will not win…

Features

Iraq’s Growing Pains

Regional tensions bolster Iraq’s internal divisions By Suadad Al Salhy and Mohammed A. Salih Ankara’s push to bolster its position…

No Sacred Space

Saudi Arabia’s elections fall short of universal suffrage By Eman Alnafjan The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is undergoing its third…

An Unrelenting Exodus

Jordan’s border faces a new wave of Syrian refugees BY Maysa Zureikat Jordan’s northernmost desert is an unforgiving terrain. As…

Burning The Midnight Oil

Saudi Arabia’s refusal to budge on oil prices has won it few friends BY Omar Al Ubaydli “You can’t run…

DOWNTIME

Morocco’s Celluloid Dreams

A host of filmmakers and actors gathered at the Marrakech Film Festival to celebrate cinema BY Roshanak Taghavi Art will…