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Saudi Arabia has enough spare crude capacity to replace much of the heavy oil exported by Iran, which faces a European Union import ban, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit.
Saudi IT Market To Hit $5bn by 2015: TRADE ARABIA
Saudi Arabia’s lucrative IT sector – currently the biggest in the Gulf region – is expected to grow into a $4.9 billion market by 2015, said experts ahead of a major information and communications technologies (ICT) event in Riyadh.
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates consume more water per capita than the global average, according to new report which claimed that Gulf residents “disregard the consequences of their water usage.”
Observers from Gulf Arab states left Syria on Wednesday after their governments said they were “certain the bloodshed and killing of innocents would continue,” and the Arab League pursued U.N. support for a plan to end President Bashar al-Assad’s rule.
In the halls of the GCF, executives expressed deep concerns about potential conflict with Iran and the impact such a move would have. As he does with some of his investments, Prince Alwaleed took a contrarian view. “I don’t believe war is inevitable,” he said. “I don’t believe the Strait of Hormuz will ever be closed because Iran knows this is suicide.”
In addressing last year’s political turmoil through his work, the Saudi artist is testing the boundaries of self expression in a kingdom where direct criticism of the authorities is not tolerated, cinema and theatre are banned and art and media are censored.
Mohammed Hawari | 1/24/12
The appointment of a moderate to head the feared Saudi religious police has raised hopes that a more lenient force will ease draconian social constraints in the kingdom, but human rights activists remain skeptical.
Saudi King Calls Hariri to Check on His Health: DAILY STAR
Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri received Tuesday a call from Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz to check on his health after the surgery he underwent at the American hospital in Paris, according to a statement released by Hariri’s press office.
Porsche Saudi Arabia, Mobil 1 Renew Links: ARAB NEWS
Following a successful relationship for many years, the renewal contract for the strategic partnership between Samaco, the dealer of Porsche cars in Saudi Arabia, and the Arabian Petroleum Supply Company Ltd., (Apsco), dealer and producer of Mobil 1 lubricants, was signed at a special event.
In New York Dailies, Three Very Different Rape Trials: ATLANTIC WIRE
Adam Martin | 1/24/12
Three New York daily newspapers carrying three different accounts of the rape trial of a Saudi prince’s friend on Monday posted stories so varied you’d be forgiven if you didn’t realize they were all about the same thing. The New York Post, the New York Daily News, and The New York Times all covered the testimony of a woman who says 60-year-old Mustapha Ouanes, a member of the traveling entourage of an unnamed Saudi prince, raped her in the Plaza Hotel in January 2010. The student says Ouanes had sex with her while she was unconscious in his hotel room, having passed out after a night of drinking. Ouanes says the sex was consensual, and that he’s the victim of a shakedown because of his ties to Saudi royalty.
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IRAQ: NEWT, MITT AND REPUBLICANS FORGET IRAQ MISTAKE IN PUSH FOR WAR WITH IRAN
Gingrich, Romney and Santorum pushed for the Iraq War. Now the media should make them explain what they’ve learned from being wrong and why we should trust their eagerness to bomb Iran, writes Peter Beinart (Daily Beast) in an analysis.
IRAN: CAN EUROPE’S BOYCOTT SINK IRAN?
Although a European boycott of Iranian oil will increase the cost of doing business for Iran, will hurt the Iranian public, and is already harming the value of the Iranian currency, it is highly unlikely to cut Iran off from exporting to the world market or to put so much pressure on the government that it will change its policies, Juan Cole (CNN) writes.
UNITED STATES: OBAMA DELIVERS STATE OF THE UNION
By using his State of the Union speech to draw sharp contrasts with Republicans on such high-profile issues as taxes and the housing market, President Obama opened an election-year debate on the role of government that could be more intense than any in decades, writes the LAT in a news analysis.
EGYPT: IN POLL, EGYPTIANS EXPECT TRANSFER OF POWER
As Egyptians mark the first anniversary of the revolution that toppled their last president, 82% believe that the military will relinquish power to a civilian government after they elect their next president, a Gallup poll finds. TAHRIR SQUARE PACKED: Thousands of Egyptians flooded into Tahrir Square, the center of Egypt’s revolt, on Wednesday to mark the first anniversary of a revolution that began on this date in 2011, Leila Fadel (WaPo) reports.
AFGHANISTAN: THE AFGHAN WAR, CAUSE AND EFFECT
More than half of Americans want the U.S. to pull its remaining 90,000 troops out of Afghanistan “as soon as possible,” according to a Pew survey released Monday. That continues a sharp reversal that has existed since last summer. It’s interesting to compare the two lines in the Pew chart with the U.S. casualty toll detailed in a new Congressional Research Service report, also released Monday, by Steven Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists’ Secrecy Project (you pay for them, but Congress won’t let you see them, so Aftergood gets them somehow and posts them for taxpayers). MENTAL TRAUMA TAKES HUGE TOLL: The intensity of the shock experienced by people as their lives change in an instant was captured in a powerful image by AFP Kabul photographer Massoud Hossaini, who was at the shrine when the explosion happened. His photograph showing a girl dressed in green screaming in horror, surrounded by dead and wounded relatives, featured on newspaper front-pages around the world and has become one of the emblematic images of the Afghan war, AFP reports.
YEMEN: CLASHES KILL 6
Fresh clashes in southern Yemen have killed six al-Qaida militants and injured 10 soldiers, military officials said Wednesday, AP reports.
SUDAN: SPECIAL FORCES FREE 2 HOSTAGES FROM SOMALI PIRATES
American commandos raced into Somalia early Wednesday and rescued two aid workers, an American woman and a Danish man, after a shootout with Somali pirates who had been holding them captive for months, NYT reports.
PALESTINE: POLICE HELP FREE WOMAN HELD FOR 9 YEARS IN ROOM BY FATHER
A Palestinian woman was imprisoned for nine years in a bathroom by her father, beaten, barely fed and only let out at night, a social worker and police said Monday, Gulf News reports.
She was given only a blanket, a radio, and a razor blade by her father, who encouraged her to kill herself, said the social worker, Hala Shreim.
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