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February 1, 2013

ARABIALINK Daily News – Excerpts from International Media Reports
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Saudi Arabia: Taking mining offshore

Officials are looking at a 2014 start date for a major new mining venture, with plans moving forward for the Kingdom to cooperate with Sudan to exploit deposits deep beneath the Red Sea. Plans for the two neighbours to jointly develop the 2000-metre-deep Atlantis II basin, located between …

Clinton Leaves to Applause, Mixed Record on Middle East

Clinton was prescient in predicting the upheavals that have convulsed the Arab world over the last two years. At a forum in Doha, Qatar, in January 2011, she warned assembled dignitaries that “in too many places, in too many ways, the region’s foundations are sinking into the sand.” But she and …

MENA solar to exceed 3GW annually by 2015: Saudi leads

GTM Research’s report states that Saudi Arabia and Turkey will have the highest demand, with Saudi Arabia looking to be the region’s first gigawatt-scale market by 2015. Nearly 70% of the demand is expected to come from Saudi Arabia and its K.A. CARE program and secondly, Turkey….

Word Cloud: Senators Only Asked Chuck Hagel About Iran And Israel

‘Or at least it seemed that way.’ During Chuck Hagel’s marathon Senate Armed Services Committee hearing today, questioners returned to a handful of issues again and again, especially Hagel’s record on Iran and Israel.The word cloud above is based on a transcript of the hearing. Next to the word …

Saudi Foreign Minister calls for UN Security Council to account for failure to resolve Palestine issue

The Saudi Foreign Minister has criticised the performance of the UN Security Council with regards to what he views as its ‘failure’ to find a just solution to the Palestinian issue. Saud Al-Faisal is demanding that the UN body is held accountable for this. He was speaking during a meeting with …

A biography of King Faisal: Unexpectedly modern

How this pious, austere man became a successful nation builder is the subject of Alexei Vassiliev’s detailed and fascinating biography. The author of an acclaimed history of Saudi Arabia, Mr Vassiliev gained his knowledge of the Middle East as a journalist and interpreter at a time when the …

Bridging the Gulf: Women architects in the UAE

It is this huge building boom which partly explains why a surprisingly disproportionate number of women are choosing to study architecture. Pallavi Dean is a startling figure on a building site – eight and a half months pregnant, wearing a shiny, pink, hard hat. When I joined her on the …

Alkhobar city and my first Kit-Kat bar

Alkhobar is a city that constructed the first modern seaport with a unique location. You can look across and see the night-lights of the Kingdom of Bahrain. it is one of the largest cities in the Kingdom with the most expensive real state in the area.After a day in Alkhobar, I would be taken to …

Reshaping Panama Canal Trade Means Boom in U.S. Gas Flow to Asia

The shift shows how rising U.S. shale-gas output is reshaping global energy markets. The Panama Canal enlargement is central to the change because the route cuts voyages by more than 7,500 nautical miles (8,500 miles) to Asia, where fuel demand is growing fastest. The waterway, handling 5 …

In election year, Iranian brothers could expand power

In a year when Iran will elect a new president and couldface make-or-break decisions about its nuclear program, the country’s most prominent political family appears poised to extend its influence, strengthening the rule of hard-line clerics as they struggle with other power …

Israelis: Missiles were at Syrian military base when aircraft struck

The anti-aircraft missiles that were the target of a disputed Israeli airstrike on Syria this week were on a military base outside Damascus and had yet to reach the highway that leads to Lebanon when they were destroyed, two Israeli intelligence officials familiar with the air assault told …

Iran, Russia defend Syria after Israeli attack

As Israeli officials voiced rising concern this week about the security of Syria’s chemical weapons, the military moved missile defense batteries to northern Israel and anxious Israelis lined up at some gas-mask distribution centers. But Israeli authorities took no extraordinary measures to …

Suicide bomber kills guard at U.S. embassy in Turkey

A suicide bomber killed a Turkish security guard at the U.S. embassy in Ankara on Friday, blowing the door off a side entrance and sending smoke and debris flying into the street. Ankara Governor Alaaddin Yuksel said the attacker was inside U.S. property when the explosives were detonated. …

Live, from Beirut…Watching TV With Hezbollah

Lebanon likes to celebrate its diversity. And it’s true: It boasts the Middle East’s largest Christian population, one of the largest proportions of Shiite Muslims in the Arab world, and a Sunni middle class that often appears more concerned with commerce than about Islam and jihad. All these …

Israel to Transfer Tax Funds to Palestinians

The decision reversed an earlier one to withhold the revenue and use it to offset some of what the Palestinians owe to Israeli utility companies. That step was meant to punish the Palestinians after their successful bid in November to upgrade their status at the United Nations to that of a …

Film: A Road to Mecca

In A Road to Mecca, filmmaker George Misch sets out to explore the frontline between the Muslim world and the West. His guide for this journey is a man from the past – somebody who, 80 years earlier, crossed all boundaries between countries, cultures and religions. Leopold Weiss was born a Jew …

Saudi Arabia – Opening up to Global Markets

The boom in oil exploration in the 2nd half of the 20th century opened up the Middle East to the global economy and shifted the once nomad land to economic glory. Saudi Arabia, home to the world’s largest oil reserves, ranks as 23rd largest economy of the world. The largest and most populous …

Anger over death of Saudi girl after father’s ‘beating’

The case of a five-year-old Saudi girl who died after allegedly being beaten by her father has sparked outrage and an online campaign in the kingdom….

15 Up-and-Coming Mideast Bands

From hip-hop to indie to electronic music, young musicians in the Middle East today are creating music that sounds more like Coldplay than Amr Diab, writes Cale Salih….

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