News – 2012.11.16

November 16, 2012

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

“Roads of Arabia” Exhibit Recasts Region’s History

Art exhibits rarely come with their own diplomatic entourage, but the new groundbreaking show at the Sackler, “Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia” does. The show’s 314 objects that traveled from the Saudi peninsula were joined by both Prince Sultan bin …

PayPal wants to dominate Middle East

PayPal aims to double its share of Middle East and North African e-commerce within three years after enabling customers in seven of the region’s countries to open accounts linked to locally issued bank cards.The online payment pioneer owned by eBay Inc has one million customers in the Middle …

Conflict in Gaza tests Egypt’s new president

The conflict between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip has presented the first major test for Egypt’s newly elected president, as he seeks to balance close ties to Gaza’s Islamist rulers and respect for Egypt’s three-decade-old peace treaty with Israel. President Mohamed Morsi condemned …

Gaza crisis: Israel intensifies aerial attack

Israel’s aerial bombardment of Gaza has intensified after it authorised the call-up of 30,000 army reservists, amid reports of a possible ground offensive. Israel said it fired at more than 130 targets in Gaza overnight, saying militants fired 11 rockets from Gaza. On Thursday rockets …

Saudi king urges ‘wisdom’ in Gaza, Israel clashes

Saudi King Abdullah has called for reason and wisdom during a telephone conversation with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in which he discussed the latest clashes between Gaza and Israel, state news agency SPA reported.The monarch, whose country is a heavyweight in the six-nation Gulf …

Hamas, Emboldened, Tests Its Arab Alliances

Instead of the wedding drums that typically provide the evening soundtrack in this forlorn coastal strip, the black, still air was pierced by gunshots on Thursday, as citizens fired celebratory rounds after the ruling Hamas faction announced that one of its rockets had hit an Israeli aircraft. …

What the Israel/Gaza violence means

This ends most sustainably by a regional agreement to respond to the regional challenges that I was just talking about. What we’ve seen over the past couple years is a succession of bilateral agreements, or indirect bilateral agreements, between Israel and Hamas that obviously have not gotten …

GCC and Russia fail to make breakthrough on Syria

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states and Russia failed to make any significant breakthrough in their talks on Syria here early Thursday. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with GCC foreign ministers for more than two hours in Riyadh but failed to reach common ground on how to end …

Saudi Arabia warns citizens to avoid Jordan gatherings, schools

Saudi Arabia urged its citizens to stay away from public gatherings and universities in Jordan, where riots over fuel price hikes have left one person dead and 71 wounded, state news agency SPA reported. The kingdom’s embassy in Amman ‘warned Saudi employees and students in Jordan from going …

Turkey Recognizes Rebel Group as Head of Syria

Turkey made it clear on Thursday that it officially recognized a newly formed rebel coalition as the legitimate leader of the Syrian people, an important step in the group’s effort to attract legitimacy and, it hopes, more weapons to bring about the end of President Bashar al-Assad’s rule. …

AUSPC 2012: Energy – Policymaking Dynamics of Sources, Supply and Security

The annual Arab-US Policymakers Conference (AUSPC) recently convened to tackle a range of issues under the rubric ‘Arab-US relations Amidst Transition Within Constancy.’ Among the areas of concern taken up was energy policy in the context of change across the Middle East North Africa region. …

Interview: Amb. Ryan Crocker in Conversation with NPR’s Steve Inskeep

I would like to see us find ways to get diplomats – or more diplomats; I’m not saying there are any – into Syria. We’re not going to understand what’s going on with the Syrian opposition if we don’t have our own people on the ground. Yes, we will lose some. That’s a tragedy. It’s a tragedy when …

IEA Spins Oil Stats to Make US Top ‘Oil’ Producer

I’ve said it before, but it needs to be said again: The US is not overtaking Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest producer of oil. Here’s what everyone needs to know: • This is a trick of numbers: We cannot compare total combined liquid hydrocarbons produced by the US with Saudi Arabia’s …

The Peace Process Isn’t Dead

Those counseling a hands-off approach are also equally blind toward history, which proves time and again that inactivity by the United States allows the situation on the ground to heat up until it boils over — and that active, agile, and persistent diplomacy by the United States actually has a …

Settlement reached over BP oil spill

British oil company BP Plc has pleaded guilty to criminal charges relating to its 2010 oil spill and agreed to pay an extra $4.5bn on top of the tens of billions it is already paying out. BP said on Thursday that it would plead guilty to 11 felony counts of misconduct or neglect relating to …

IMF team extending Egypt trip

International Monetary Fund negotiators will extend their stay in Egypt to continue their loan talks with the government, the Egyptian central bank and an IMF spokeswoman said on Wednesday.“The IMF mission will remain in Cairo for a few days to continue constructive consultations with the …

Death of a Child

The tragic and brutal death of a child at the hands of her father is the big local story in Saudi Arabia. It’s big because the father is characterized as a ‘prominent religious scholar’, though of course Saudi media names no names. He is said, however, to have a significant Internet TV …

Saudi Arabia to fine firms that employ too many expats

Companies in Saudi Arabia will now be fined for employing more foreign workers than locals under tough new labour laws.Saudi Arabia’s labour ministry brought the controversial policy into force yesterday, which was the start of the Islamic new year. Under the scheme, firms that have a majority …

Opinion: Let’s expose the thugs for what they are

In the Quran, it is clearly stated: ‘Let there be no compulsion in religion’. And God says: ‘If it had been your Lord’s will, all of the people on Earth would have believed. Would you then compel the people so to have them believe?’Why then are we, the majority who practice Islam peacefully, …

Documenting the Modern Oil City: Cinematic Urbanism in Anglo-Iranian’s ‘Persian Story’

Persian Story was the first oil film to attempt to explicitly represent how Iranians experienced life in Abadan. It served as a precedent for similar cultural projects carried out by oil companies in the region, such as the Iraq Petroleum Company, and ARAMCO in Saudi Arabia. AIOC’s Persian …

Sweett wins deals for Saudi tourist attractions

Sweett Group, the international property and infrastructure consultancy, has said it has won deals to work on two projects in the 1.6 million sq m King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh.The company said the deals were ‘the latest step in the Group’s strategy to capitalise on Saudi …

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