News – 2011-01-05

Published: January 5, 2011
SUSRIS Daily News – Excerpts from International Media Reports
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1.5.2011 EDITION

Surge Seen In Women’s University Enrollment: ARAB NEWS

Ghazanfar Ali Khan | 1/4/11

“A growing number of Saudi women are enrolling at both local and foreign universities and they represent 56.6 percent of the total number of students currently enrolled at the Kingdom’s universities.”

Why Are Economists Bullish on Saudi Arabia’s 2011 Economic Prospects: SUSRIS

Lucien Zeigler | 1/4/11

As the Saudi stock market,the Tadawul All-Share Index or TASI, reaches its highest point since May of 2010, analysts are optimistic about the Kingdom’s overall economic prospects in 2011. After all, Saudi Arabia’s economy escaped much of the destabilizing financial turmoil that gripped many economies, especially in the West, since the global economic downturn of 2008. While not without its own domestic and regional challenges ahead in 2011, Saudi Arabia is positioned for strong economic performance in 2001.

Saudi Arabia Says Talks With US Over Arms Deal On Track: WALL STREET JOURNAL

Summer Said | 1/5/11

“Saudi Arabia is expected to commit initially to spending about $30 billion of the $60 billion total, but the kingdom could come back later to purchase the rest.”

Saudi King’s Health Improving, Says Daughter: FRANCE24

AFP | 1/5/11

“King Abdullah’s health is improving and he should soon return to Saudi Arabia from the United States where he under went back surgery, his daughter said in comments published Wednesday.”

Open-Sky Policy: ARAB NEWS

Editorial | 1/4/11

“The Association for Consumer Protection has called for Saudi skies to be opened to all Gulf-state airlines. It is a call that frequent flyers within the Kingdom will heartily endorse.”

Saudi Arabia’s 2010 Oil Production Exceeded OPEC Quota by 4.3%, U.S. Says: BLOOMBERG

Margot Habiby | 1/4/11

“Saudi Arabia pumped 8.4 million barrels a day of crude oil in 2010, 4.3 percent above its OPEC quota, as it used more crude to meet growing domestic demand, according to a U.S. government report released today.”

100% Saudization Of Radiology Jobs At Health Ministry: SAUDI GAZETTE

Abdul Rahman Shaar | 1/5/11

“There has been 100 percent Saudization of radiology jobs at all Ministry of Health hospitals and clinics, according to Dr. Ali Zaila’, Deputy Director of the General Administration for Radiology.”

Is Saudi Arabia Opening Up?: FOX NEWS

Daniel Pipes | 1/4/11

“Fifteen years ago this week, on Jan. 1, 1996, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz became regent and effective ruler of Saudi Arabia. His anniversary offers an opportunity to review the kingdom’s changes under his leadership and whither it now heads.”

More News and Commentary from SUSTG

“A Turkey as resurgent as at any time since its Ottoman glory is projecting influence through a turbulent Iraq, from the boomtowns of the north to the oil fields near southernmost Basra, in a show of power that illustrates its growing heft across an Arab world long suspicious of it,” Anthony Shadid (NYT) writes.

Alireza Pahlavi, the youngest son of the late shah of Iran, once second in line to the throne, took his own life on Tuesday in Boston, Scott Peterson (CSM) reports. His suicide “is the latest tragic event to befall the former Persian royal family, which has sought relevance during a generation in exile outside Iran.”

Pakistan continues to reel from the death of Salmaan Taseer, the governor of Punjab province, whose funeral was held today without further violence in the fragile country, Mark Memmott (NPR) reports.

Moqtada Al-Sadr, the anti-American Shiite cleric, ended his self-imposed exile in Iran after a year away from Iraq, Aaron C. Davis (Washington Post) reports.

More Israeli airstrikes targeted Gaza at two cities but no causalities are reported, CNN reports.

Israeli PM Netanyahu read aloud a statement asking for the release of convicted spy Jonathan Jay Pollard, Isabel Kershner (NYT) reports.

“The start of a new year is always a timely moment to look back and ahead. That exercise in the current state of the Arab world is a painful one,” writes Rami G. Khouri (IHT) as he provides “five mostly troubling trends from 2010 that will probably define and plague the Middle East for the year ahead.”

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