News – 2012.05.16

May 16, 2012

ARABIALINK Daily News – Excerpts from International Media Reports
/Provided as a service from the Saudi-US Trade Group, Washington, DC/

 

Saudi Arabia Launches Massive Renewable Program with Hybrid FITs

The Saudi proposal makes it clear that this program is as much about industrial policy as it is energy policy. The Saudis want to be as influential internationally in renewable energy as they are now in oil exports. Toward that end, the Saudis emphasize that price is a factor, but only one …

GCC swells in more oil

A surge in oil prices and massive production boosted the net foreign assets of Gulf hydrocarbon producers by a whopping $456 billion in 2011. The combined net foreign assets of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council stands at around $1,149 billion at the end of 2010 to an all time high of …

Effat University on the Forefront of Change in Saudi Arabia

I was also impressed to see Effat graduating a quarter of its students from its College of Engineering, which it established in partnership with Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering. When I first visited Effat seven years ago, it was still in the early stages of establishing …

Mecca smart city project gathers pace

The King Abdullah development project will make Makkah the first smart city in the Kingdom, Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled said yesterday. Addressing a forum to discuss smart city applications in the Makkah province, the governor said: “There is no excuse for not making our cities smart.” He said …

GITEX Saudi Arabia confirms 250 exhibitors ahead of May 21 opening

GITEX Saudi Arabia 2012, the 11th International Information and Communications Technology Exhibition for Saudi Arabia, has already confirmed the participation of over 250 local and international exhibitors from 16 countries ahead of its opening on May 21st….

Saudi Arabia’s First Female Director Brings ‘Wadjda’ to Cannes

Wadjda, the first-ever film shot in Saudi Arabia, hits the Cannes market as The Match Factory begins pre-sales at Cannes’ Marche du Film on the coming-of-age drama from Haiffa al Mansour, the first female Saudi filmmaker. Haifaa wrote and directed Wadjda, which tells the ordinary …

Saudi Arabian Typhoons to get capability boost

BAE Systems will deliver the remaining 48 Eurofighter Typhoons on order for Saudi Arabia over the next five years, with the first examples now in final assembly at the company’s Warton site in Lancashire. A contract modification to Riyadh’s 72-aircraft Project Al Salam deal was signed …

Rising number of Saudi graduates evidence of king’s support, concern

The fact that the number of Saudi graduates from universities in 46 countries has reached 130,000 shows Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah’s support and concern for education in Saudi Arabia, according to local educationalists and students. Besides foreign scholarships, the king …

Escalating America’s Third War in Yemen

America’s Third War is escalating quickly in the skies over Yemen. Despite previous rebuffs from the White House, last month the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and the CIA—which both run parallel drone campaigns in … Links: 1.http://blogs.cfr.org/zenko/2012/04/23/americas-third-war

At least 44 killed in offensive on Yemen militants

At least 44 people including 30 Islamist militants were killed overnight in Yemen, officials and residents said on Tuesday, as the government pressed ahead with a new U.S.-backed offensive against insurgents in the south. The Islamist rebellion is of serious concern to the United States and …

Growing tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia over Bahrain

The Bahrain issue is sensitive in Iran. A conservative movement within the regime still considers the island part of Iran. ‘The Islamic Republic, which guarantees the territorial integrity of Iran, has the right to demand the return of a separate province to the Islamic homeland’, affirmed …

Hooky

Tim Barger is the son of former Aramco President & CEO, Thomas C. Barger, who retired in 1969. An ‘Aramco Brat’, having been born and raised in Dhahran, Tim went on to earn a BA in History from Santa Clara University. In this story he recalls the joys of being a kid on the Aramco compound …

Expat workers in KSA to get more rights

Expats in Saudi Arabia are to be given improved employment rights under changes to the Gulf kingdom’s sponsorship system, a senior government official was quoted as saying. Ahmed Al-Hemaidan, undersecretary for labour affairs, told Saudi Gazette that amendments to the country’s employment law …

An American Woman in Saudi Arabia

Friends and family, including my husband, were surprised by my peculiar hankering. It was not uncommon for friends to make comments, or send me dubious magazine clippings, about the religious police smacking western women on the ankles for showing too much leg, or worse yet, tales of …

Brotherhood faces new challenges in Egypt power quest

The 15 months since Mubarak was ousted have been a historic chapter in the story of a movement that has gone from being an outlawed group to a political party courted by foreign states and vying for power. Fears that the military rulers who replaced Mubarak might once again crack down on the …

A novel idea in Egypt: Presidential candidates

Unsure of the precise nature of presidential powers, field hands and factory men gambled on a few requests, some of them written on scraps of paper: a job for a son, electricity, a building permit, running water. Slogans filled the air, candy was thrown, and the bus slipped away behind a truck …

Many will profit if Pakistan reopens NATO supply routes

U.S. commanders in Afghanistan want to get war supplies rolling across Pakistan’s borders again. So do Pakistanis in places both high and low — from officials trying to balance the nation’s budget to black marketeers who stand ready to plunder the NATO-contracted trucks and oil tankers expected …

Libya’s Belhadj quits military post for politics

Many rebels who fought to oust Gaddafi have been drawn into official security entities, but many more remain aligned to strong regional brigades, presenting a security challenge for the ruling National Transitional Council. The BBC’s Rana Jawad in Tripoli says Libyans have mixed views on Mr …

TASI: May 16, 2012

Some US Iran hands blindsided by report US may move to delist MEK

A report in the Wall Street Journal Tuesday that the State Department may move to remove a controversial Iranian militant group known as the Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MeK) from a list of terrorist organizations has startled several people who work on Iran in and out of the U.S. government. American …

IMF frets about Kuwait’s finances

Kuwait’s recent wage hikes have raised concerns about the sustainability of its public finances, its central bank governor told the state news agency Kuna, citing a preliminary report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The IMF said Kuwait’s fiscal stimulus had helped non-oil sectors …

At War Blog: The Taliban, in Their Own Verse

A new anthology of insurgent poetry, just published in Britain, is being received with both appreciation and anger. The poems themselves show how the Taliban’s public bravado and severe Islamic code are sometimes at odds with its fighters’ ruminations.

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