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January 31, 2013

ARABIALINK Daily News – Excerpts from International Media Reports
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‘Jihad’ ads come to D.C. Metro stations

Rehab’s Web site, myjihad.org notes, ‘for Muslim and anti-Muslim extremists (who ironically are on perfect agreement), jihad is synonymous with terrorism, blowing up things, and spilling innocent blood.’ The site adds ‘For many others, including members of the media and academia and even some …

SABIC to launch new technology hubs in India, China, Saudi Arabia

Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC) will launch four new technology and innovation facilities in 2013, with two in Saudi Arabia and one each in India and China, the company said on Monday. This brings the total number of the company\’s research facilities around the world to 18. The four …

US Explains Visa Processing

Apparently, there’s a rumor running around Saudi Arabia that Saudi Islamic activists are being blacklisted when it comes to obtaining a US visa. Asharq Alawsat reports that US officials in the Kingdom are working to scotch that story. The US Embassy in Riyadh has responded by holding a press …

The Common Lessons of Benghazi, Algeria, Mali, Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Arab Spring

Even if the United States could ignore the human consequences, the threat of inaction is simply too great. The United States must look beyond the huge differences in the crisis in countries like Libya, Algeria, Mali, Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Pakistan and see that …

Saudi Arabia among the cheapest for remittances

Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s most economical places for remitting money to other countries, World Bank data showed. According to Remittance Prices Worldwide data, the global average total cost of remitting $200 worldwide was 8.96 percent in September 2012. The entire Gulf region is …

China, Saudi trade reaches record high of $73.4 bln

The trade between China and Saudi Arabia reached the highest level of 73.4 billion U.S. dollars in 2012, an increase by 14 percent as compared with the previous year, according to Al Riyadh newspaper on Wednesday. China has been marked for years as the largest trade partner for Saudi Arabia …

Saudi humanitarian assistance is exemplary

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has proved to be a true and sincere friend of Pakistan as his humanitarian assistance to Pakistan during the 2005 earthquake and massive floods in 2010 and 2011 was exemplary to mitigate the sufferings of the needy. Saudi Government and the people stood by …

Saudi Arabia evacuates 659 families from Tabuk due to floods

The Saudi authorities had to evacuate a total of 659 families living in four neighborhoods in Tabuk city in northwestern part of the country, due to floods resulting from heavy rains that continued for three days, according to Al Hayat newspaper on Wednesday. The evacuees were accommodated …

Fareed Zakaria: Arab Spring’s hits and misses

The Arab world’s two largest experiments in democracy, Iraq and Egypt, have, unfortunately, poor choices in common. Both placed elections ahead of constitutions and popular participation ahead of individual rights. Both have had as their first elected leaders strongmen with Islamist backgrounds …

Israeli Government mute over reported attack on Syrian Convoy

Israeli government officials steadfastly refused any comment Wednesday on the reported Israeli attack at dawn of a Syrian arms convoy. ‘We are not relating to the incident,’ a spokesman in the Prime Minister’s Office said, his words echoed throughout the day by spokespeople in the Foreign …

Iran ‘seeks foreign help after platform accident’

Iran has sought foreign help to recover a $40 million gas platform that has fallen to the Gulf seabed, its Mehr news agency reported, in a rare request by an industry isolated by sanctions.The South Pars project has been hampered by a withdrawal of international energy companies, under pressure …

President Obama’s popularity surges to three-year high

Fully 60 percent of Americans have a favorable impression of Obama in the new poll, up slightly from October but a clear shift in opinion from an election year in which his ratings hovered in the mid-to-low 50s. And by 39 percent to 26 percent, the president now has more ‘strongly’ positive …

Think Again: The Muslim Brotherhood

Long before the Jan. 25 revolution that ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, many academics and policymakers argued that his main adversary — the Muslim Brotherhood — had made its peace with democracy. This was based on the assumption that, since the Muslim Brotherhood participated in …

Turkey’s KRG Energy Partnership

Only a few years back, the idea of an independent Kurdistan bordering Turkey would have had Ankara up in arms. Not anymore. Past tensions have been supplanted by a new energy partnership and Turkey seems far less worried about the prospect of an independent Kurdistan. In May 2012, Turkey and …

Israel’s New Kingmaker

Lapid will likely emerge as Netanyahu’s senior coalition partner, giving him significant influence over the direction of Israeli policy. There is a growing possibility that the former columnist and television anchor will be Israel’s next foreign minister, putting his formidable media skills to …

Total of $900 mln for Syrians pledged by Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE at donors conference

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates pledged Wednesday $900 million to help fund humanitarian efforts for Syrians affected by nearly two years of conflict. The Gulf nations’ promises at a donors’ conference hosted by Kuwait – in addition to earlier relief fund increases by the …

As 2014 NATO pullout approaches, more Afghans flee their homeland

Last year, at least 50,000 Afghans fled to Europe and Australia, more than twice as many as the previous year, according to the Afghan Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations. With U.S. and many other foreign visas nearly impossible to obtain, the majority of those refugees hired human …

Opinion: Why Palestine Should Take Israel to Court in The Hague

Since the outbreak of the second Palestinian intifada in 2000, the Israel Defense Forces, guided by its military lawyers, have attempted to remake the laws of war by consciously violating them and then creating new legal concepts to provide juridical cover for their misdeeds. For example, in …

Bahrain princess charged with torture during anti-government unrest

Bahrain princess-turned-cop Noura Bint Ebrahim al-Khalifa stands accused of torturing two doctors and an anti-government demonstrator during political upheaval there last year, according to Reuters. The 29-year-old royal denied the charges in court appearances Sunday and Monday, said BBC News….

Saudi Gazette Inter-School T20 cricket finals today

In the first U-16 semifinal International Indian School Riyadh (IISR) Academy beat Delhi Public School (DPS) by five wickets. Batting first, DPS could manage only 96 runs. Fahad scored 35, Rajeev 12 and Aariz 10. Masood took four wickets, Mukul 2, while Faiz, Ahsan and Mazin claimed a wicket …

Saudi’s Kingdom Holding in Islamic financing push

Kingdom Holding Co, the international investment firm of Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, has formed a sharia board of prominent scholars in order to raise more of its funding through Islamic finance. The decision by one of the most prominent investment firms from the Gulf is …

2 female teachers among 11 dead in accident

Two female schoolteachers were killed and six others injured in a traffic accident Tuesday on the Al-Jouba-Sarat Obeidah road in Asir province. Nine unidentified men also lost their lives in the accident, which happened when a vehicle carrying 10 illegal foreigners collided head-on with a …

Canada’s RCMP in talks with Saudi Arabia for training in ‘investigative techniques’

RCMP officials are negotiating a deal with their counterparts in Saudi Arabia to provide training in ‘investigative techniques,’ Postmedia News has learned. While such a deal could bolster international cooperation and the fight against terrorism — and has the potential to be a financial …

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