News – 2012.05.25

Published: May 25, 2012

SUSRIS Daily News – Excerpts from International Media Reports</strong>
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Saudi ‘won’t cut spending’

Saudi Arabia will feel only a limited impact from the euro zone debt crisis and will not cut spending even if there is a fall in oil prices, the main source of revenue for the world’s leading producer, Saudi officials said yesterday. The Saudi government boosted expenditures to a record 804 …

Yemen must not be allowed to become another Somalia

Whether Hadi turns out to be his own man or another Hamid Karzai makes little difference to the general suffering. This week, seven aid agences (Care, International Medical Corps, Islamic Relief, Merlin, Mercy Corps, Oxfam and Save the Children) said that 44% of the population – 10 million …

From Big Oil to massive solar – a Saudi tale

Thousands of solar power panels have sprung up across Europe over the past few years, thanks to generous subsidies that make the technology an attractive alternative to conventional energy. Saudi Arabia too, wants to generate much more solar power as it lacks coal or enough natural gas output …

OPEC to Curb Shipments as Asian Demand Falls, Oil Movements Says

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries will reduce shipments by 1 percent this month as Asian refiners complete seasonal maintenance, according to tanker-tracker Oil Movements….

Fresh Iran nuclear talks set for Moscow

ran and world powers will meet in Moscow next month for more talks to try solve a longstanding dispute about Iran’s nuclear energy programme, Catherine Ashton, the European Union foreign-policy chief, has said. Speaking in Baghdad on Thursday, the last of two days of discussions between …

Egypt’s Brotherhood claims early lead

Ballot counting has begun in Egypt after two days of historic voting to choose the country’s first democratically elected president, with the Muslim Brotherhood claiming lead. The Brotherhood, the country’s most powerful political force, said on Friday that their candidate, Mohamed Morsi, …

Regional rise of the Muslim Brotherhood

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is the grandfather of Islamist groups in the Middle East. Since the organisation was set up in Ismailia in 1928, its influence has spread across the region and the Arab uprisings of 2011 have provided it with unprecedented political opportunities. A Brotherhood …

Aramco, Sumitomo Chemical plan $7 bln petrochemical expansion

Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical Co plan to go ahead with a $7 billion expansion of a petrochemical project in the kingdom, the Japanese firm said on Friday, quelling doubts over the future of the delayed development. Japan’s Sumitomo said it was pressing on with the Rabigh II project, due …

Is there really a Saudi – Turkish divide?

This historic overview is important, for it shows that there is no major dispute or disagreement between the two sides. Saudi Arabia is not, for example Syria, sharing historic border disagreements with Turkey, not to mention Kurdish secessionist activity being supported by Damascus. Similarly, …

Saudi social norms see an on-again, off-again evolution

Last March, young Saudi men were allowed to enter malls unaccompanied by wives or family. They had long been denied free access to public places in line with the kingdoms gender segregation policy – a policy that has been enforced by security guards but, more notoriously, by the stick-wielding …

A string of detonators cuts through the Middle East

The Middle East sometimes resembles a string of detonators wired to explode together – and this seems especially true now of Syria and its neighbors. There is political instability nearby in Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, as the Arab uprising moves through its second year. In each of these …

With Syria in Turmoil, Iran Seeks Deeper Partner in Lebanon

Iran’s eagerness to shower money on Lebanon when its own finances are being squeezed by sanctions is the latest indication of just how worried Tehran is at the prospect that Syria’s leader, Bashar al-Assad, could fall. Iran relies on Syria as its bridge to the Arab world, and as a crucial …

U.N. Secretary General: ‘We don’t have a Plan B’

Despite U.N. monitors’ struggle to contain violence in Syria, the U.N. Secretary General told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour Thursday that there was no fallback. “At this time, we don’t have a Plan B,” Ban Ki-moon said. The nearly 300 monitors deployed across five Syria cities are making “all …

Qabbani backs Saudi call for dialogue

Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani urged rival Lebanese leaders Thursday to avoid fiery and sectarian rhetoric to help prevent the country slide into strife. He also expressed support for Saudi King Abdullah’s call for national dialogue in Lebanon aimed at defusing political and …

Iraq in the Middle: Iraq’s Relations with the Gulf Cooperation Council

Many of us would like to forget about the Iraq conflict. The fact remains however, that the country sits atop an estimated 43 billion barrels of crude oil and straddles a sectarian fault line that looks likely to simmer on the brink of serious violence for some time to come. Therefore, how …

US cuts Pakistan aid for jailing CIA helper

US senators outraged by Pakistan’s jailing of a doctor for helping the CIA track down Osama bin Laden have voted to cut aid to Islamabad by $33mn – one million for each year in the doctor’s sentence. ‘It’s arbitrary, but the hope is that Pakistan will realise we are serious,’ said Senator …

U.S. hacks Web sites of al-Qaeda affiliate in Yemen

State Department cyber experts recently hacked into Web sites being used by al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen and substituted the group’s anti-American rhetoric with information about civilians killed in terrorist strikes, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday. When al-Qaeda …

French president: all combat troops out in 2012

All French combat troops will pull out of Afghanistan by the end of the year, France’s new president said in Kabul Friday, but some trainers will remain to help Afghanistan’s nascent security forces….

The film director who’s not allowed to go to the movies

Haifaa Al Mansour has just directed one of the first feature films ever to be made in Saudi Arabia. But she won’t be able to watch it at her local theater, because cinemas are banned in the kingdom. The film, called ‘Wadjda,’ after its protagonist, is billed as the first to be filmed entirely …

IOC working with Saudis

Describing talks with Saudi Arabia as ‘not an easy situation,’ IOC president Jacques Rogge said the Olympic body still is working with the Gulf country on sending female athletes to this summer’s London Games. Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Brunei are the only countries that never have fielded …

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