The World Trade Organization brushed aside a Saudi attempt to lean back on national security in a content piracy dispute with Qatar. This clashes with the position of the current Administration on trade—and sovereignty.
Most Muslims worldwide struggle to afford the pilgrimage to Mecca. This year's decision to shift it online is a result of the pandemic, but it also means dramatically widening access to this key obligation for the world's 2 billion Muslims.
The Kingdom garnered praise for announcing the decree—but it was never published, and it's unclear whether or not it even applies to the thirteen currently on death row for offenses allegedly committed when they were children.
Bombed civilians, a murdered journalist and jailed activists have not yet stopped the Saudi Crown Prince from getting his own way. But perhaps Saudi's dire record of piracy will block him from buying a leading soccer club.
The prospect of a future without fossil fuels—previewed last week by the drop in demand caused by the global coronavirus pandemic—will require Gulf countries to change not just their economies, but the very basis of their social contracts.
"We're going to take care of our energy business. ... If I have to do something to protect thousands or tens of thousands of energy workers and our great companies that produce all these jobs, I'll do whatever I have to do," Trump said.