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  • Gulf leaders trade barbs as Qatar dispute shows no let-up

    06/10/2017 10:54:38 PM PDT · by blueplum · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10 Jun 2017 7:13pm | Katie Paul
    (Riyadh) Gulf states traded public barbs on Saturday, showing little sign of resolving the region's deepest rift in years, five days after Arab nations severed diplomatic, trade and transport ties with the tiny Gulf kingdom of Qatar. {snip} Qatar's foreign minister fired back that there was "no clarity" in such accusations, speaking in an interview with RT Arabic in Moscow after emerging from talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. [nL8N1J708I] "Qatar is accused of having a hidden relationship with Iran, but its relations with Iran are clear, transparent and time-tested," said Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, noting that the...
  • Qatar leader to address nation as diplomatic freeze begins to bite

    06/06/2017 2:48:10 AM PDT · by blueplum · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | 06 June 2017 5:30am ET | Katie Hunt and Victoria Brown
    Doha, Qatar (CNN)Qatar's leader is expected to address his nation Tuesday, one day after the country was thrust into the center of an unprecedented diplomatic crisis that threatens to disrupt everyday life and leave the oil-rich nation isolated from key allies. The last flights operated by Emirates and other major regional airlines left the capital Doha early Tuesday after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen and the Maldives said Monday they are indefinitely severing ties with Qatar --- a country of 2.4 million people, mostly foreign workers. Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani had been due to...
  • Saudi Arabia Cuts Diplomatic Relations With Qatar Following Bahrain

    06/05/2017 4:08:21 AM PDT · by Mechanicos · 41 replies
    SputnickNews ^ | 05.06.2017 | Middle East
    "The Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, exercising its sovereign rights guaranteed by the international law, and protecting national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism, decided to sever diplomatic and consular relations with the State of Qatar," the statement read.
  • CNN's Zakaria: ‘Obama could have given’ Trump’s Saudi speech

    05/22/2017 5:05:30 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 75 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/22/2017 | Mark Hensch
    ".@FareedZakaria: Trump’s speech on Islam “was frankly the kind of speech Obama could have given" https://t.co/mxgAJY6Qbx " — Brooke Baldwin (@BrookeBCNN) May 22, 2017 CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on Monday praised President Trump's weekend speech in Saudi Arabia, saying former President Obama could have given it. “It was nuanced. It was frankly the kind of speech that President Obama could have given. It had the kind of empathy and nuance that people look for," Zakaria said Monday on CNN, praising "both the symbolism and ... the substance." “Because ultimately what you’re trying to do is convince these Muslim countries to in...
  • Man in red tie and 'Ivanka bint' Trump are Saudi Arabia's most trending topics

    05/21/2017 10:53:16 AM PDT · by bobsunshine · 35 replies
    Arab News ^ | May 21, 2017 | AISHA FAREED
    RIYADH: US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka has taken Saudi Arabia by storm ever since she disembarked from Air Force One in Riyadh Saturday morning. The hashtag #Trump’s_daughter, in Arabic, is the top trending hashtag in the country as Twitter fans heaped praise on the first daughter. Ivanka, who is set to take part in roundtable discussions during the president’s first official visit abroad, wore a long navy dress as she arrived in Saudi Arabia as part of the US delegation. #BREAKING Ivanka Trump is trending in Saudi Arabia with over 50k tweets and counting. #IvankaTrump #TRUMP
  • The significance of Trump’s visit (told by Muslim)

    05/21/2017 10:37:16 AM PDT · by bobsunshine · 67 replies
    Arab News ^ | May 21, 2017 | Sheikh Mohammad Abdulkarim Al-Issa
    There is undoubtedly a positive message being sent when a US president chooses Saudi Arabia, the land of the Two Holy Mosques, as his first foreign destination. This positivity, shown by Donald Trump, deserves our sincere gratitude for choosing to endorse the moderate Islamic world. Moderates in the Kingdom and worldwide have always wanted a serious partner to help reclaim the narrative from extremists, and a clear distinction between those who believe Islam is against terror and those who use it to justify terror. Some people with twisted minds have used our religion to create confusion and obscure its real...
  • Maaden signs major agreements with US firms Alcoa, Mosaic

    05/21/2017 10:30:17 AM PDT · by bobsunshine · 6 replies
    Arab News ^ | May 21, 2017 | Staff
    RIYADH: Saudi Arabian Mining Company Maaden has signed “landmark” memorandums of understanding (MoU) with the US-based companies Alcoa and Mosaic, according to a statement. The agreements, signed at the inaugural Saudi-US CEO Forum in Riyadh, will help tap the Saudi mining sector’s significant potential, it was announced. Maaden and Alcoa announced that they would assess the feasibility of an expansion of a smelting capacity in Saudi Arabia. They previously developed an aluminum production complex in Ras Al-Khair Industrial City. Since it was formed by the partners in 2009, the Maaden-Alcoa joint venture complex has made a contribution of approximately $4...
  • Exclusive interview with the 'locked-up' Saudi princesses

    05/21/2017 4:37:27 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    You Tube ^ | 28/3/17
    Exclusively on Channel 4 News the daughters of the king of Saudi Arabia speak out about being locked away for years....
  • President Trump Breaks From Obama, Doesn’t Bow To Saudis During Visit

    05/20/2017 8:41:28 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 72 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 05/20/2017
    During Donald Trump’s first visit to Saudi Arabia since taking office, many noticed that President Trump didn’t bow to the Saudi King like Obama did. In 2009, then President Obama made a point to bow to Saudi King Salman. However, as President Trump shook hands with the Saudi King after arriving Saturday morning, he broke from Obama by not bowing:
  • Secy Tillerson, Saudi Foreign Minister hold press conference

    I think Saudi Foreign Minister Jubeir's welcoming speech made heads explode at the MSM
  • Saudis Own The Largest Refinery In The U.S. – Now What?

    05/14/2017 6:51:31 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    Port Arthur, TX is home to the U.S. refining fleet’s crown jewel. With an atmospheric distillation capacity of 603 MBbl/cd, this complex coking refinery is the largest refinery in the U.S. As of May 1st, this marvel of a complex refinery is now 100 percent owned by Saudi Aramco. Saudi Aramco upped its 50 percent ownership in the Port Arthur refinery, which it previously held through the Motiva Enterprises JV with partner Royal Dutch Shell following the decision to disband the JV in early 2016. Along with the giant refinery, Saudi Aramco also acquired ownership of a number of distribution...
  • Cholera outbreak adds to war-torn Yemen's misery (WHO)

    05/12/2017 8:07:37 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 7 replies
    yahoo news UK ^ | 5/12/17 | Raf Sanchez
    A cholera outbreak in Yemen is gaining momentum, adding to the misery of the Arab world’s poorest country which is already wracked by war and on the brink of famine. Around 51 people have been killed since the outbreak began in late April and the rate of deaths has been increasing in recent days, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Yemen’s healthcare system has been decimated during two years of fighting and medicines are in desperately short supply, partly because of a blockade enforced by the Saudi-led military coalition that supports Yemen’s government. Around 7 million of the country’s...
  • UN Puts Saudi Arabia On Commission Responsible For ‘Gender Equality And The Empowerment Of Women’

    04/22/2017 3:03:00 PM PDT · by Baynative · 19 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/20/17 | Russ Reed
    The United Nations put Saudi Arabia on its commission for the empowerment of women Wednesday, despite the country mandating women can’t leave home without a male guardian. The UN’s Economic and Social Council voted by secret ballot to put Saudi Arabia on the Commission on the Status of Women. It is the principal international organization responsible for the “promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women,” according to the commission’s website.
  • First Global Reaction: Saudi Announces Full Support for US Military Strikes

    04/07/2017 1:32:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Friday, 7 April 2017
    In what was the first international reaction to the developments in Syria, Saudi Arabia on Friday said it “fully supports” US strikes on military targets in the country, adding that it was a “courageous decision” by President Donald Trump in response to the use of chemical weapons against civilians.
  • China to open first drone factory in Saudi Arabia

    03/29/2017 9:41:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Al Araby ^ | 26 March, 2017
    China to open first drone factory in Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia has granted permission for a Chinese firm to set up the Middle East's first drone factory, which will manufacture hunter-killer aerial drones. The kingdom's key science and technology organisation confirmed that the factory's setup was agreed during King Salman's visit to China this month. According to IHS Jane's Defence Weekly, the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) signed a partnership agreement on March 16 with the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), which manufactures China's CH-4 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia and...
  • Europe takes in refugees by the millions; Saudis blow them out of the water

    03/28/2017 6:51:07 AM PDT · by all the best · 11 replies
    The Duran ^ | March 27, 2017 | Ricky Twisdale
    While Germany, Greece, the Visegrad countries, and Brussels all argue about who should take in the most migrants, the Saudis have evidently found a much simpler solution to the problem. A boat carrying Somali refugees off the coast of Yemen was allegedly attacked by the Saudi-led coalition which is intervening in Yemen’s civil war, reported Human Rights Watch. “The coalition’s apparent firing on a boat filled with fleeing refugees is only the latest likely war crime in Yemen’s two-year-long war,” HRW’s Middle East director Sarah Leah Whitson said. Here’s their account of what transpired: One of the boat’s four Yemeni crew members...
  • Singapore sentences Saudi diplomat to caning 'for molesting hotel intern'

    02/04/2017 2:51:54 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 42 replies
    A Saudi diplomat has been sentenced to a caning by a judge in Singapore for allegedly molesting a hotel intern. ...
  • The Saudi women afraid to go home

    01/16/2017 12:24:28 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | January 16, 2017 | Donie O'Sullivan
    Every woman in Saudi Arabia, regardless of age, has a legal male guardian, often a father or brother or son. Guardians have the power to make a range of critical decisions on a woman's behalf. Women need to get their permission to travel abroad, marry and sometimes to work or access health care. ... The guardianship system is "the most significant impediment to realizing women's rights in the country. ... Throughout the summer Saudi women began tweeting, detailing the injustices of the guardianship system -- risking the wrath of their guardians and the government in doing so. They got noticed....
  • State Department won't help Trump plan Israel policies

    01/06/2017 7:41:18 AM PST · by detective · 134 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/4/17 | Joel Gehrke
    President-elect Trump won't get any help from the State Department in implementing Israeli-relation policies opposed by President Obama before his inauguration. "The short answer is no," State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters. "You have one president at a time." Obama's team invoked that axiom to justify high-profile foreign policy actions in recent weeks, notably his decisions to sanction Russia over the election year cyberattacks and to allow the United Nations Security Council to condemn Israeli settlement construction. Kirby's statement extended that principle to barring any aid in helping the Trump team prepare to move the United States embassy to...
  • Saudi journalist banned from media after criticising Trump

    12/07/2016 6:50:26 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    Middle East Eye ^ | Sunday 4 December 2016
    Saudi journalist banned from media after criticising Trump Jamal Khashoggi’s weekly column in Al Hayat newspaper was not published this week, after appearing every Saturday for almost 5 years Saudi authorities banned journalist Jamal Khashoggi from writing in newspapers, appearing on TV and attending conferences, the Alkhalij Aljadid reported in Arabic. This came after Khashoggi’s remarks during a presentation he made at a Washington think-tank on 10 November in which he was critical of Donald Trump’s ascension to the US presidency. Two weeks ago, an official Saudi source was cited by the Saudi News Agency as saying that Khashoggi did...