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Austin Bodetti studies the intersection of Islam, culture, and politics in Africa and Asia. His research has appeared in The Daily Beast, USA Today, Vox, and Wired.

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How Khashoggi's death brought China and Saudi Arabia closer

02 October, 2019

In the eventful year since October 2, 2018, when Khashoggi was killed, China and Saudi Arabia have built an alliance that owes as much to public relations as to economics.

How Saudi Arabia's plan to silence Khashoggi backfired

01 October, 2019

MbS ordered the hit on Khashoggi in the hope of silencing him but the journalist's death has earned the crown prince the reputation of a machiavellian operator.

Egypt wants its stolen artefacts back

17 September, 2019

Amid Egypt's attempts to rejuvenate tourism, Egyptian authorities are working to reclaim their artefacts from abroad and stop smugglers from stealing the country's cultural heritage.

Ibrahim Ozdemir: One of Turkey's most prominent environmentalists

12 September, 2019

İbrahim Özdemir, one of Turkey's most prominent environmentalists, believes that the growing number of Muslim environmentalists can find inspiration for their aggressive campaign against global warming from Islam itself.

Developing solar power energy in Libya

06 September, 2019

Political violence has led to frequent blackouts, forcing the country's residents to innovate. To meet the ever-increasing demands of energy consumption, a growing number of Libyans have adopted solar power.

Yemen could soon face an environmental catastrophe

04 September, 2019

A Yemeni petroleum tanker has spent several years anchored in the Red Sea, but a buildup of gases could cause the ship to explode, sparking an ecological crisis.​

UAE ignores Kashmir's plight to preserve India 'special relationship'

30 August, 2019

Just as India has ignored the UAE's persecution of dissidents, the UAE may decide to overlook Indian actions in Kashmir for the sake of bilateralism.

South Korean officials are competing for Middle East influence

21 August, 2019

South Korea is making inroads in the Persian Gulf that could undercut growing Chinese involvement there, writes Austin Bodetti.

China should learn from Taiwan about treatment of Muslims

20 August, 2019

In contrast to China's persecution of Uighurs, Taiwan is defending the rights of Taiwanese Muslims, promoting its relationship with Muslim-majority countries, and welcoming Muslim immigrants and tourists.

IS attacks undermine Tunisia's fragile Arab Spring gains

16 August, 2019

If Tunisia hopes to secure its promising future, Tunisian authorities will have to prevent Islamic State group militants from establishing a permanent headquarters in the country's remote, turbulent hinterland.

Jordan trains female citizens and refugees as plumbers

15 August, 2019

In a bid to fight gender inequality and water scarcity, Jordan is training a legion of Jordanian woman and female Syrian refugees to become plumbers.

A quiet conflict is raging in Libya's desertic south

16 July, 2019

In-depth: In Libya's south, the Tuareg, a Berber ethnic group, are using the conflict to build their sphere of influence, counteracting decades of social stigma and reasserting their national identity.

Austin Bodetti
Austin Bodetti

Austin Bodetti studies the intersection of Islam, culture, and politics in Africa and Asia. His research has appeared in The Daily Beast, USA Today, Vox, and Wired.

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