News-2016-02-23

Published: February 23, 2016

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Perspective: The Iran-Saudi Conflict
Harvard University, Belfer Center | HRH Abdulmajeed Al-Saud/Ambassador Seyed Hossein Mousavian and Mehrdad Saberi | 2.23.2016
Iran defies, while Saudi complies. Iran condemns while Saudi supports. Iran makes mischief, while Saudi makes friends. Though not apologizing for my country – we …

SAUDI-LEBANON
Lebanon’s Hariri urges Saudi king not to abandon country
Reuters | Tom Perry and Laila Bassam | 2.23.2016
Hariri’s direct appeal to King Salman reflects worries among Saudi Arabia’s allies in Lebanon that a major shift is under way in its policy toward …

SAUDI SYRIA POLICY
Commentary: Will Saudi Arabia be sucked into the Syrian civil war?
CNN | Faisal Al-Yafai | 2.23.2016
To Riyadh, Syria is not “someone else’s civil war”, as Barack Obama once dismissively called it. If in Washington or London, or even Moscow, the …

MANIFA OIL FIELD
Manifa Oil Field – Saudi Arabia’s Mega-Structure You’ve Never Heard Of: Video
Destination KSA | Mohammed Mirza | 2.23.2016
It is the largest offshore development to be undertaken by Saudi Aramco. The project is so huge in size that it covers an area equivalent …

PUBLIC DIALOGUE
Perspective: Saudi Arabia’s devastating internal war between liberals and conservatives
Al Arabiya English | Jamal Khashoggi | 2.23.2016
A few years ago, during the reign of late King Abdullah, the Council of Ministers called for “consolidating the people’s right to disagree.” This has …

WAR IN YEMEN
Yemen conflict: Al-Qaeda joins coalition battle for Taiz
BBC News | 2.23.2016
The BBC has found evidence in Yemen that troops from a Saudi-led coalition force and al-Qaeda militants are both fighting Houthi rebels in a key …

JETSMARTER
Uber of Private Jets Raises Funds From Saudi Royal Family – Bloomberg Business
Bloomberg Business | Ilya Khrennikov | 2.23.2016

AN-132 MILITARY TRANSPORT
New Saudi-made plane ’to take off next year’
Arab News | 2.23.2016
The AN-132 is the result of cooperation with Ukraine and would see 80 planes produced, partially in the former Soviet nation, he said. …

SAUDI-AFRICA
Nigeria president in Saudi for oil talks
Yahoo News | 2.23.2016
The leader of Africa’s number one oil producer was in Saudi Arabia Tuesday, with analysts forecasting his country’s eventual support for an output freeze to …

 

 

 


 

SAUDI +
Regional and related topics

STUDY ABROAD: ME
Another Casualty of ISIS: Study Abroad
Overt Action | David Millar | 2.23.2016
The Islamic State has scored a kind of marketing coup: the images that average Americans see today, and associate with Islam, are almost exclusively produced …

IEA MARKET REPORT
February: Global oil supply growth plunging, with US taking biggest hit for now
International Energy Agency | 2.23.2016
The report sees 4.1 million barrels a day (mb/d) being added to global oil supply between 2015 and 2021, down sharply from the total growth …

GLOBAL OIL MARKETS
Energy traders hang on Naimi comments
Financial Times | David Sheppard and Anjli Raval | 2.23.2016
When Ali al-Naimi, Saudi Arabia’s oil minister, addresses an energy conference in Houston on Tuesday the audience will have one question: has the most powerful …

SYRIA
Syrian opposition and government accept truce
Associated Press | Albert Aji and Bassem Mroue | 2.23.2016
The Syrian government and the main umbrella for Syrian opposition and rebel groups announced Tuesday their conditional acceptance of a proposed U.S.-Russian cease fire that …

GULF LABOR MARKETS
The Perfect Storm: Labor Markets and Economic Downturn in the Gulf
Arab Gulf States Institute in Washtingon | Karen E. Young | 2.23.2016
Since the 1960s, the Arab Gulf states’ economic model has relied on foreign labor to build infrastructure, create and staff public institutions from schools to …

GREATEST ENEMY
Four Nations Top U.S.’s Greatest Enemy List
Gallup | Jim Norman | 2.22.2016
Americans are less likely than ever to agree on which country is the greatest enemy of the U.S., but the four countries that crowd the …

IRAQ
High Noon in Iraq’s Wild West
Foreign Policy | Christine Van Den Toorn | 2.23.2016
Iraq is now face to face with the classic “day after” dilemma. Many of its towns are demolished, and there is no money to rebuild. …

ARMS SALES
Arms Sales Boom Amid Iran, Saudi Arabia Proxy Wars
US News and World Report | Tom Risen | 2.23.2016
Saudi Arabia is buying more weapons from the U.S. in particular to ensure that those weapons will be interoperable with any military support from Washington, …

PALESTINE
Palestinian developer builds city of dreams, but will they come?
Christian Science Monitor | Joshua Mitnick | 2.23.2016
Rawabi, a $1.2 billion mega housing project five miles north of Ramallah, is the first-ever Palestinian planned city and was originally feted as a building block for …

YEMEN
Yemen’s humanitarian crisis focus of Doha meet
Gulf News | Habib Toumi | 2.23.2016
The crisis in Yemen is ranked among the most pressing humanitarian crises in the world given the big gap between the assistance required and resources …

SALMAN RUSHDIE
Salman Rushdie: Iranian media raise more money for fatwa
The Guardian | Sian Cain | 2.23.2016
Forty state-run media outlets in Iran have pooled together to raise $600,000 (£420,000) to add to the fatwa on writer Salman Rushdie, 27 years after …
 


 

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