Kuwait to give $2 billion in loans, investments for Iraq

:: Kuwait’s Emir said it would lend $1 billion and commit a further $1 billion of investments to Iraq, joining a group of international backers that have this week pledged funds to More »

“France will strike” if proven chemical bombs used in Syria

:: President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that “France will strike” if chemical weapons are used against civilians in the Syrian conflict but that he had not yet seen any evidence that More »

King says Jordanians ‘let down’ by international community

:: Jordan’s King Abdullah II says that “life for Jordanians today is very, very tough” as a result of a large refugee influx and that he feels the international community has “let More »

King Salman’s call for cultural diversity wins praise

:: The Saudi Cabinet has welcomed King Salman’s address to guests at the 32nd Janadriyah festival emphasizing the importance of culture as a basic pillar for a nation’s identity and values. Chaired More »

Sami Anan blackmail documents revealed, Egyptian army investigates

:: The Egyptian military said Monday it would take legal action against the country’s former anti-corruption chief Hisham Geneina and former military chief-of-staff Sami Anan, who is currently under arrest. Geneina, who More »


Daily Archives: April 3, 2017

Riyadh gaining ground in race to be Gulf financial hub

Frank Kane

By : Frank Kane One of the constant themes of financial policy in the Gulf region over the past decade (the length of time I have been writing about it) has been the race between regional cities to become the

A summit of Arab accord and partnership?

Raghida Dergham

By : Raghida Dergham The Amman Summit this week was not historic. It was not along the lines of the Khartoum Summit in 1967, which stipulated no negotiations, peace or recognition of Israel. Nor was it like the Beirut Summit

Trump policy setbacks and implications for the Gulf

Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady

By : Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady Rolling back the Obamacare program has eluded the self- professed king of deal makers President Trump, and left a large hole in both his credibility and ability to pass other vital campaign promises, as

Iran and Turkey: Two-bit players in a deadly game

Amir Taheri

By : Amir Taheri After a brief diplomatic honeymoon, mostly sustained by propaganda and wishful thinking, relations between Iran and Turkey appear to have hit a new low, with both trading accusations and threats. Tehran claims that Ankara harbors neo-Ottoman

A lost history of cultural tolerance

Zaid M. Belbagi

By : Zaid M. Belbagi Unbeknownst to many, Qur’anic calligraphy still adorns stone pillars of certain Sicilian churches. The best-known example is the “Bismillah” motif engraved into a column at La Martorana Cathedral in Palermo. Such pillars were often parts

Inciting statements for ideological reasons

Turki AlDakhil

By : Turki Aldakhil Statements released for a specific political purpose have always been used for political ends. They are used to inflame public anger and sometimes to blackmail the society and government. They are sometimes released coinciding with certain

Dems urge Trump to veto bill blocking online privacy rule

Charles Schumer

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer is urging President Donald Trump to veto a resolution that would kill an online privacy regulation, a move that could allow Internet providers to sell information about their customers’ browsing habits. The New York senator

Al-Birk: Saudi islands dot the Red Sea with virgin nature

The islands belonging to the province of Al-Birk on the Red Sea coast west of Asir region have a virgin nature that attracts lovers of marine tourism and fishing. The islands are characterized by their charming nature and environmental diversity,

UK trade delegation heads to India after Brexit trigger

Philip Hammond

British finance minister Philip Hammond will head a business delegation to India next week in an effort to boost international trade as Britain begins the process of leaving the European Union. Chancellor of the Exchequer Hammond will be joined by

London attack victim stands on her own after broken leg

The Utah woman who suffered a broken leg from a high-profile London attack is now able to stand up on her own. Melissa Cochran’s brother Clint Payne on Saturday posted a photo of her on a verified GoFundMe website account.

British role in European security ‘unconditional’

Britain’s contribution to European security is “unconditional,” Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told a French newspaper, denying the government had made a veiled threat to reduce cooperation if there was no post-Brexit trade deal. Prime Minister Theresa May said in a

Initiatives launched for Saudi soldiers in southern border areas

In recognition of the efforts and sacrifices of Saudi soldiers in the southern border areas, the Makkah Cultural Forum has launched seven initiatives from several government and private sectors to support them. They have paid visits to war fronts, organized

Hungary launches ‘Stop Brussels’ questionnaire campaign

Bence Tuzson

Hungary launched Saturday an anti-EU campaign that asks households in a survey their advice on how to deal with Brussels policies that it says threaten Hungarians’ independence. Questionnaires titled “Let’s stop Brussels!” are being posted to households nationwide, a senior

No question Russia meddled in election, says US envoy to UN

Nikki Haley

The US ambassador to the United Nations says there’s no question Russia was involved in the US presidential election and that the actions of the Kremlin will be addressed after the investigations are completed. “We don’t want any country involved

Syrians flee Raqqa ‘hell’ as US-backed assault nears

In a muddy camp in northern Syria, civilians who fled Raqqa said fear of an expected US-backed assault on the Daesh group bastion was reaching a fever pitch. This week, hundreds of civilians escaped Raqqa and headed north to the

Saudi fatwa rules women can solemnize marriages

Women can solemnize marriages, according to a fatwa by Sheikh Abdullah Al-Manea, a member of the Council of Senior Scholars. He told News Agency that the job is basically the documentation of marriage contracts, and “if the Ministry of Justice

Egypt court: Decision to block Red Sea islands transfer to Saudi Arabia void

Egypt’s Court of Urgent Matters ruled on Sunday that a judicial decision to block the transfer of two Red Sea Islands to Saudi Arabia is void, judicial sources told Reuters, potentially reviving a deal which had triggered protests in Egypt.

Arab coalition’s assessment team apologizes for error on Hajjah factory in 2015

Mansour al-Mansour

The Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT) tasked with evaluating the Arab coalition’s actions in Yemen has apologized for an error recently made during an attack targeting militia in the Hajjah governorate in Yemen. The spokesperson for the assessment team said

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