News-2013-01-10

Published: January 10, 2013

SUSRIS Daily News – Excerpts from International Media Reports
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Unusual hail, heavy rain, snow hit southern Saudi

High areas in the southern Saudi province of Aseer witnessed unusual rough weather that included the fall of heavy rain, wind, hail, snow that resulted in the drowning of two children and two men. Some areas of the southern region were covered in almost a white sheet of snow as rain …

Saudi Arabia: Economy in Review 2012

The Saudi Arabian economy recorded another solid year of expansion in 2012, sustained by its energy sector and a steady rise in state spending. While growth may moderate in 2013, a number of sectors, including construction and banking, look set to continue expanding. At the end of 2012, GDP …

How to Win in the Middle East – Turki bin Faisal al-Saud

In the bloody, hostile miasma of the Middle East, being a “winner” in any sense of the word is fallacious. The region continues to breed only losers. The victims of the conflicts in Syria, Iran, and Palestine; the friends and families of the victims; those who hope for peace: all lost. This is …

Prayers against women working

Those who today object to women working and who consider that those who permit them to do so should die of cancer are the same men who forbade installing television dishes a decade ago but are now competing with each other to appear on — both paid and free – satellite channels. Of course, …

King approves eight new colleges

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has approved a number of projects to strengthen the Saudi Electronic University (SEU), Higher Education Minister Khaled Al-Anqari said yesterday.’The king has approved three agencies, four deanships and an institute of research and studies at the …

Playing With Fire: Anchor’s Anti-Shia Rant Sparks Controversy

Saudi Arabia said two weeks ago that it will shut down satellite television channels that threaten national unity or instigate sedition in society, according to al-Watan daily. ‘National unity is a red line that must not be crossed,’ said Abdulaziz Khoja, Minister of Culture and Information. …

Saudi keep semis hopes alive

SAUDI ARABIA outclassed Yemen 2-0 last night to keep their semi-final hopes alive in the 21st Gulf Cup, being played here in Bahrain. A goal on either side of half-time from strikers Yasser Al Qahtani and Fahad Al Muwalad lifted the Saudis to the victory. With the result, they bounced …

Historic old Jeddah awaits life-saving restoration

Restoration efforts have been left largely in private hands because Saudi authorities cannot by law intervene to renovate the privately owned homes in the district. Locals say the government has not shown enough interest in resolving the problem, or in breaking a logjam in financing the …

Saudi Arabia beheads domestic worker convicted of killing baby

Saudi Arabia on Wednesday beheaded a Sri Lankan woman who was convicted of killing a baby, putting the former domestic worker to death despite her young age at the time of the alleged crime. The Sri Lankan government had pleaded with Saudi officials to spare Rizana Nafeek, who was 17 and had …

Report: Saudi Arabian Ministry of Defense, Other Government Websites Hacked

The Syrian Electronic Army – the notorious hacker group that supports the Syrian government – is back with another major hack. Their latest targets are several Saudi Arabian government websites, among which the one of the Ministry of Defense. The list of affected websites includes the one of …

Syria frees 2,130 captives to rebels in exchange for 48 Iranian prisoners

The Syrian government and the rebels fighting against it carried out a massive prisoner swap Wednesday, with the government releasing 2,130 Syrian and Turkish captives in exchange for 48 Iranians who had been seized by rebel forces. The swap appeared to be the largest yet in the nearly …

Chuck Hagel Failure May Haunt Hawks

The Obama administration knows that the Hagel nomination ‘is like picking up a rock and discovering all the nasties underneath,’ a Democratic source close to the administration told me on condition of anonymity. The administration ‘may not have wanted to have a fight at the outset, but I think …

Hagel nomination: Israelis ask ‘what’s the big deal?’

‘It’s none of our business, it’s America’s prerogative,’ said Naftali Bennett of the right-wing HaBayit HaYehudi (The Jewish Home) party, whose popularity has surged in recent weeks. ‘Israel and America’s bond goes way beyond certain relationships between individuals.’ Mr. Bennett’s shrug …

Politics and economics, not troops, will decide Afghanistan’s future

As Afghan President Hamid Karzai visits Washington to discuss a bilateral strategic agreement between the United States and Afghanistan, policymakers and the public are debating the pace of troop drawdown and the residual force post-2014, when the security handover to Afghan authorities …

P.L.O.’s Abbas Meets Hamas’s Meshal in Cairo

Since their 2007 split, Mr. Abbas’s Fatah faction, which dominates in the West Bank, and Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, have signed four reconciliation agreements that have failed to come to fruition. After meeting with Mr. Morsi, Mr. Abbas said in a statement, ‘We discussed the …

Restoring Iran’s Majestic Homes in a High-Rise Era

A petite woman in gray boots and a checkered scarf, Shanaz Nader had spent much of her adult life abroad, with long stretches in Tokyo, London and New York. But here she was braving a cold wind in this desert city three hours south of Tehran, making her way through a maze of high mud-brick walls….

Opinion: Is Saudi Arabia Shifting Its Stance On Syria?

According to a diplomatic report, it was noteworthy that Assad did not mention Saudi Arabia despite the fact that he talked about countries financing, arming and supporting insurgents. The report explains that this is due to Saudi and Egyptian positions, as expressed by their ministers of …

UAE’s ad spend rose to $1.58bn in 2012; Saudi $1.42bn

According to a report by Pan Arab Research Centre (Parc), the UAE has retained its ranking as the top advertising market in the region for 2012 with some ease, with an ad spend totalling $1.58bn against the $1.44bn in 2011, Gulf News has reported. The upturn in consumer sentiments in the UAE …

Pak-Saudi naval exercises to begin on Jan 12

Naseem Al-Bahr, or gentle sea breeze as the word signifies in the Urdu lexicon, is the code name for the bilateral naval exercises between the Pakistan Navy (PN) and the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF). The exercises are set to begin on January 12 this year. The relationship between the two …

Opinion: This could be the birth of an independent Kurdish state

I was surprised to read an article in the Baghdad newspaper al-Sabah, by its editor Abd al-Jabbar Shabbout, suggesting it was time to settle the ‘age-old problem’ between Iraq’s Arabs and Kurds by establishing a ‘Kurdish state’. I had never heard a formerly so heretical view expressed in any …

Defense contractor pays $5M to Iraqis who alleged torture at Abu Ghraib, other detention sites

A defense contractor whose subsidiary was accused in a lawsuit of conspiring to torture detainees at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison has paid $5.28 million to former prisoners held there and at other U.S.-run detention sites in Iraq during the war. The settlement on behalf of 71 former …

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation appoints Interpublic Group for global work

The brief, believed to be one of the biggest in the world and worth a significant seven-figure annual sum, will see Interpublic-owned Weber Shandwick among those supporting all areas of comms. The decision follows an extensive six-month, competitive review process in which SABIC invited IPG, …

Neglect a factor in Saudi worker injuries – report

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Dutch lawyer opens Saudi art gallery in Amsterdam

On the sixth floor of an office building in the center of the Dutch capital, Amsterdam is a small gallery dedicated to Saudi art. Greenbox has one million followers on Facebook, making it the most popular Dutch museum online, and it was founded by Dutch man Aarnout Helb. Despite the …

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