For the first time since an unprecedented diplomatic rift among Gulf powerhouses, Qatar’s emir flew to Saudi Arabia late Tuesday in a surprise visit and met with King Abdullah to discuss cease-fire efforts that have yet to bring an end to 15 … Continue Reading
New Republic | Zalmay Khalilzad and Kenneth M. Pollack | 7.23.14
The final possibility is the best—or perhaps just the least bad—is what the Obama administration is trying now: Engineering a new Iraqi government that Kurds, Shi’a and moderate Sunnis can all embrace, so that they can then wage a unified … Continue Reading
The Islamic State released several photographs of what it said are its training camps in Iraq’s Ninewa province. The images are the latest in a propaganda effort by various terror groups in both Iraq and Syria to promote their training camp … Continue Reading
Saudi people are generally very hospitable and benevolent. They possess a very rich cultural heritage full of tremendous Bedouin traditions. Although the oil wealth has brought enormous and luxurious change in their lifestyles but even then, the … Continue Reading
Heavy fighting around Tripoli airport has hit a fuel tanker, oil and airport officials said Wednesday, as an escalation of violence in Libya damages the oil infrastructure for the first time. Fighting between rival militia for control of the … Continue Reading
Reuters | John Irish | 7.23.14
Iran said on Wednesday nuclear talks with six world powers would resume in early September, according to state television, after both sides agreed to continue talking for four more months to try to reach a final agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program.
Rarely has a president been confronted with so many seemingly disparate foreign policy crises all at once — in Ukraine, Israel, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere — but making the current upheaval more complicated for Mr. Obama is the … Continue Reading
Gaza is small and getting smaller. It is 25 miles long, almost the length of a marathon, and between four and seven miles wide. Even before the current conflict, Gazans complained their home was a prison.
Fighting broke out between the Turkish army and members of the PYD and PKK while the latter were allegedly attempting to smuggle 10-15 people across the Turkish-Syrian border, according to the military.
Sebastien Lieblich, the Geneva-based executive director of index research at MSCI, tells The Wall Street Journal that the potential opening up of the market could lead to the creation of a Saudi Arabia index, and its potential inclusion in a … Continue Reading
Bloomberg | Samuel Potter | 7.22.14
“Capital markets are a package, you can’t have one part without the other,” John Sfakianakis, chief investment strategist at Riyadh-based investment company MASIC, said by phone yesterday. “The fact is that Saudi sukuk eventually should also be … Continue Reading
Reuters | Shibley Telhami | 7.22.14
Though Morsi’s relationship with Hamas was profoundly different from that of Sisi’s, some attitudes have remained consistent through both presidencies. Beginning with Hosni Mubarak’s regime and down through Morsi’s and now Sisi’s, Gaza and … Continue Reading
New York Times | Michael R. Gordon | 7.23.14
Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday said that the United States was prepared to address the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip and the political demands of the Palestinians living there, but that a cease-fire first needed to be carried out.
Saudi Arabia’s bourse jumped on Tuesday after the kingdom’s financial regulator said it would open the stock market to direct investment by foreign financial institutions in the first half of 2015. The main index rose 3.2 per cent, its biggest … Continue Reading
The Saudi fertilizer industry leads regional production and is set to usher in a period of strong growth and diversification, according to Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, Secretary-General of the Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association (GPCA).
The Majalla | Thomas W. Lippman | 7.23.14
The most intriguing news stories to come out of Saudi Arabia in the past few weeks had nothing to do with oil or with any of the conflicts in the countries surrounding the Kingdom. They concerned two little-noticed developments that showed how … Continue Reading
Al-Monitor | Abdulmajeed Al-Buluwi | 7.23.14
Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) attacked a Saudi border post along the Yemeni border on July 4, killing a Saudi border guard and a Yemeni soldier. Concurrently, Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen seized control of the city of … Continue Reading
Reuters | Kate Kelland | 7.23.14
MERS, a serious respiratory illness caused by a virus known as a coronavirus (CoV), has infected at least 850 people since it first emerged two years ago and killed at least 327 of them, according to latest figures from the European Centre for … Continue Reading
Al-Monitor | Abdullah al-Duhailan | 7.23.14
The Sakina Campaign plans to carry out a scientific survey to determine the position of the Saudi public on the “caliphate” announced by the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria. This comes after the results of an opinion poll of Saudis were … Continue Reading
Since the National Coalition was created in late 2012, rivalries between Riyadh and Doha have consistently undermined the group, which acts as the main opposition body.
Turkey is replete with political confrontations and cultural clashes, and way too often, unfortunately, the battleground is women’s bodies. Men of all political persuasions feel free to lecture women on how to dress and how to live.