elections

Jeb Bush Takes on Trump in U.S. Debate, But Other Rivals Resist

By Steve Holland and Emily Stephenson LAS VEGAS, Dec 16 – Republican front-runner Donald Trump sharply clashed with challenger Jeb Bush in a national security debate on Tuesday but escaped any severe criticism from his other rivals, who were reluctant to take on the contentious billionaire. Bush, who has lagged in opinion polls, assailed Trump

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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

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No Sacred Space

Saudi Arabia’s elections fall short of universal suffrage By Eman Alnafjan The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is undergoing its third round of municipal elections. The first round was held in 2005 to much fanfare, whilst the second was slated for 2009 but in fact delayed until 2011. Women were excluded in those first two municipal

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First Woman Gets Elected to Saudi Local Council

RIYADH, Dec 13 – Saudi Arabia said on Sunday that Salima bint Hazab al-Otaibi had become the first woman elected to public office in the conservative Islamic kingdom after winning a seat on the municipal council in Mecca in Saturday’s election. The election was the first in which women could vote and run as candidates,

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Saudi Women’s Vote: Historic Change or Symbolic?

By Angus McDowall RIYADH, Dec 13 – Saudi Arabian women voted for the first time on Saturday in local council elections and also stood as candidates, a step hailed by some activists in the Islamic patriarchy as a historic change, but by others as merely symbolic. “As a first step it is a great achievement.

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Muhammad Ali Appears to Take Jab at Trump Over Muslim Comments

WASHINGTON, Dec 10 – Former boxing champion Muhammad Ali, one of the best-known U.S. Muslims, appeared on Wednesday to join the chorus condemning the proposal by Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump to temporarily stop Muslims from entering the country. “We as Muslims have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own

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France’s Far-Right Eyes Big Gains in Regional Vote

By Ingrid Melander PARIS, Dec 6 – France began voting in high-stakes regional elections on Sunday, just three weeks after deadly Daesh militant attacks in Paris that could bring strong gains for the far-right National Front. Security was beefed up at polling stations in the capital where militants killed 130 people by shootings and suicide

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Small Steps for Women’s Rights and Democracy in Saudi Poll

By Angus McDowall RIYADH, Dec 1 – Saudi Arabian women are running for election and voting for the first time on Dec. 12, but their enfranchisement marks only a pigeon step towards democracy and gender equality in the autocratic Islamic kingdom. “For 10 years, since men first voted, we have waited for this chance,” said

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American Reset?

The next U.S. president will have to take on the Middle East. But do contenders know their Baghdad from their Basra? BY Roshanak Taghavi, Safa Joudeh, Ammar Abdullah, Suadad Al Salhy and Maher Abu Khater It is a truth universally acknowledged that when it comes to the Middle East, pragmatism trumps idealism for U.S. presidents.

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Car Bomb Kills Three at Hotel Housing Election Judges in Egypt’s Sinai

CAIRO, Nov 24 – A car bomb exploded outside a hotel housing election judges in Egypt’s North Sinai on Tuesday, killing at least three people and injuring 14, security and medical sources said. The blasts in the provincial capital of Al Arish came a day after the second round of a parliamentary election closed. Egyptian state

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