News – 2012.06.28

Published: June 28, 2012

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In a fractious region, Saudi Arabia seeks foreign policy reset

‘The riskiest 48 hours in Egypt’s history’ was the front-page screamer in the Egyptian daily Al Ahram last week. The banner headline alarmed Egyptians as they waited for the elections results that eventually decided Mohammed Morsi was president. It also perturbed Saudis who were focused on …

Saudi readies oil line to counter Iran Hormuz threat

Saudi Arabia has reopened an old oil pipeline built by Iraq to bypass Gulf shipping lanes, giving Riyadh scope to export more of its crude from Red Sea terminals should Iran try to block the Strait of Hormuz, industry sources say. The Iraqi Pipeline in Saudi Arabia (IPSA), laid across the …

Saudi Aramco to sell Vela ops for $1.3 billion to Saudi Bahri

State oil giant Saudi Aramco has signed an agreement to sell its Vela marine unit to Saudi National Shipping Co (Bahri) 4030.SE for $1.3 billion in cash and shares, the two firms said on Wednesday The merger of the fleets would make Bahri the world’s fourth largest owner of very large crude …

Iran, Saudi Arabia not invited to Syria conference

The violence in Syria has worsened since a cease-fire deal in April and the bloodshed appears to be taking on dangerous sectarian overtones, the U.N. said Wednesday….

An Egyptian Everywoman in the Presidential Palace

Egypt has a new leader, Mohamed Morsi, the first president to hail from the Muslim Brotherhood. And it also has Ms. Mahmoud, 50, whose profile is so ordinary by contemporary Egyptian standards as to make her elevation extraordinary. Ms. Mahmoud could hardly be more different from her …

It Really Doesn’t Matter If We Stop Buying Middle Eastern Oil

Saying goodbye to Saudi oil is not some sort of geopolitical panacea that will absolve us of our need to be involved in the Middle East. Nor does it mean we will be paying appreciably less to fill up our gas tanks. The ripple effects of whatever happens to production around the Gulf region will …

The quiet influence of Kuwait’s Salafis

When Salafi Islamists objected to a youth forum on politics and religion in Kuwait earlier this year they took to Twitter and other media, but not to the streets. While the Gulf state’s Salafis follow an interpretation of Islam that is just as puritanical as that of counterparts elsewhere, …

INTERVIEW-Afghan envoy urges Pakistan to help revitalise talks

Afghanistan’s top peace negotiator urged Pakistan on Wednesday to free Taliban prisoners and push militant leaders into peace negotiations, saying Islamabad must do more to help bring an end to the 10-year Afghan war. Salahuddin Rabbani, in his first Western media interview since taking …

Bahrain releases leading activist, pays uprising victims

Bahrain released from jail on Wednesday leading Shiite rights activist Nabil Rajab, his lawyer said, after the government announced $2.6 million compensation for 17 people killed in last year’s bloody crackdown. Rajab was released three weeks after his arrest for tweeting insults deemed …

Who will Obama nominate to be US envoy to Iraq? A short list

In the wake of Obama’s nominee for Iraq ambassador withdrawing his name from consideration last week after an unusually bruising ordeal, it’s a fair bet the Obama administration is inclined to go with a safe, more easily confirm-able pick for its next nominee for the post. Washington Iraq …

Top Ten Reasons the ‘Obama lost Egypt’ Meme won’t Work for Romney

The Republicans have a hard time challenging Obama on foreign policy. Romney complains about Obama’s policy toward Syria, but if you ask him what he would do, he says more of the same. The only place Romney’s policies are dramatically different from Obama’s on the Middle East is that he says he …

Saudi student convicted in Texas bomb plot

A Saudi man accused of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction in Texas was found guilty Wednesday by a jury in federal court in Amarillo. Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, 22, was living in Lubbock, Texas, on a student visa at the time of his arrest last year. Authorities began investigating …

Gulf Extrusions wins 800t green aluminium contract

Gulf Extrusions has announced that it has been awarded a contract to supply 800 tonnes of recycled aluminium alloys to an institution in Saudi Arabia….

The Fear Factor

If there is one thought that summarizes the strength and weakness of the Arab awakenings, it’s the one offered by Daniel Brumberg, a co-director of the democracy and governance studies program at Georgetown University, who observed that the Arab awakenings happened because the Arab peoples …

SABIC and ExxonMobil partner on elastomers project in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC) and ExxonMobil Chemical will construct an elastomers facility at the Al-Jubail Petrochemical Company (Kemya) manufacturing complex in Saudi Araba. Kemya is a 50-50 joint venture between SABIC and Exxon Chemical Arabia Inc., an affiliate of ExxonMobil …

Winning matters for Saudi Paralympics coach

Saudi Arabia coach Sami Zreili does not put much stock in the idea that taking part at the Paralympic Games in London this summer is more important than winning. ‘This mentality of participation as being enough is long gone,’ he told Reuters by telephone from his home country of Tunisia. …

Saudi religious police taught how to deal with tourists

The Saudi religious police are probably not the Kingdom’s biggest tourist draw. In fact potential western tourists may be put off by the thought of a run in with them. Unlike the Royal Guards at Buckingham Palace for example, police from the Commission For the Promotion of Virtue and …

35 passengers hurt in derailed train

A Saudi civil defense official says a train derailment has injured 35 passengers, one critically, on the kingdom’s lone passenger line. Captain Mohammed al-Hamadi told reporters that the accident took place Wednesday on a train going from the eastern port of Dammam to the capital Riyadh. He …

India Looks to Solar Electricity to Power Remote Villages

Meerwada has long hewed to the sun’s schedule. The village of 400 in central India’s Madhya Pradesh state lies 70 km from the nearest town, and until last year it was not supplied with power. Daily chores were completed between sunrise and sunset, or else by the light of polluting kerosene …

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