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  • Marco Rubio: Mnuchin should not visit Saudi Arabia amid search for missing journalist

    10/15/2018 6:31:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 61 replies
    CNN ^ | October 14, 2018 | Devan Cole and Laura Smith-Spark
    Sen. Marco Rubio said Sunday that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin should not attend an upcoming investment conference in Saudi Arabia amid an ongoing investigation into the country's possible involvement in the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who went missing earlier this month in Turkey. "I don't think he should go," Rubio told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union," adding that he doesn't think any US officials should continue with their usual business in Saudi Arabia until Washington gets to the bottom of Khashoggi's disappearance. "I don't think any of our government officials should be going and pretending...
  • Bahrain’s Our Lady Cathedral to Become the Heart of the Catholic Community in Arabia

    07/17/2018 4:04:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 7/14/18
    Construction, which began with the ground-breaking ceremony, is set to last until 2021. Once completed, it will be the reference point for the community of northern Arabia. In addition to the church, it will have a residential area for the episcopal curia, a guest house and educational facilities. A time capsule was placed in its foundations with the history of the local Church and Christians.Manama (AsiaNews) – The Church of Bahrain and the Gulf recently celebrated the formal start of the construction of the new cathedral of Our Lady of Arabia, patron saint of the Arabian Peninsula. The new place...
  • 800,000 ex-pats have left Saudi Arabia, creating a hiring crisis

    07/09/2018 9:14:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 9, 2018 | Ambrose Carey
    The Saudisation policy of Crown Prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) has coincided with an "expat exodus" and a drop in foreign investment. •Saudi businesses are complaining that locals don't want to do "low-status" jobs that many expats worked — creating a real problem for the economy. •In November, a paper by the Institute of International Finance projected capital outflows in 2017 at $101 billion, 15% of GDP. •Fortunately, a recent rebound in oil prices has temporarily rescued the ailing Saudi Arabian economy, but it will not be a long-term solution....
  • Hyundai hosts female Saudi drivers in Korea

    06/24/2018 12:52:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Arab News ^ | June 24, 2018
    Three Saudi-based female influencers have visited Korea as part of Hyundai’s outreach to women drivers in the Kingdom, and as brand ambassadors for the carmaker. The three women include entrepreneur and lifestyle influencer Bayan Linjawi; radio presenter, travel blogger, and fashion lover, Shadia Abdul Aziz; and business-owner and fashion career coach, Reem Faisal. During their tour of Korea they received detailed briefings about Hyundai and its products, and toured production, design and research facilities. The program gave them an understanding of the innovative and advanced thinking that underpins today’s Hyundai models, and also included opportunities to experience Korean culture and...
  • Saudi Arabia's crown prince slams Obama's Iran nuclear deal, backs Israel's right to exist

    04/03/2018 12:18:45 AM PDT · by familyop · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 3, 2018 | Gregg Re
    Saudi Arabia's crown prince affirmed Israel's right to exist...pointedly bucking other leaders in the Arab world and signaling support for President Trump's Middle East agenda...the crown prince told The Atlantic. "Hitler tried to conquer Europe. This is bad. But the supreme leader is trying to conquer the world...He is the Hitler of the Middle East. In the 1920s and 1930s, no one saw Hitler as a danger. Only a few people. Until it happened."
  • Saudi Arabia king to step down and hand over the crown to his 32-year-old son [tr]

    11/16/2017 9:58:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 16, 2017 | Ryan Parry and Josn Boswell
    The King of Saudi Arabia plans to step down and announce his son as his successor next week, a source close to the country's royal family has exclusively told DailyMail.com. The move is seen as the final step in 32-year-old Prince Mohammed bin Salman's power grab, which began earlier this month with the arrests of more than 40 princes and government ministers in a corruption probe. The source said King Salman will continue only as a ceremonial figurehead, handing over official leadership of the country to his son - often referred to as MBS.
  • Here's how the Saudi power players — and Trump — connect to each other

    11/05/2017 6:59:24 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    CNBC ^ | November 5, 2017 | Everett Rosenfeld, Nyshka Chandran, Javier David and Reuters
    It can be hard to keep up with the headlines flying out of Saudi Arabia. Several members of the royal family and important Saudi businessmen were suddenly and unexpectedly arrested in a broad roundup over the weekend. And the president of the United States is dashing off late-night tweets, trying to get the Kingdom to bestow a tremendous, highly anticipated stock offering to Wall Street. Here's the background: Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal is one of the most internationally famous members of the Saudi royal family — but that doesn't necessarily make him popular at home. In...
  • Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, Vocal Trump-Hater, Arrested for Corruption

    11/04/2017 5:59:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    People's Pundit Daily ^ | November 4, 2017 | Staff
    Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a bitter and vocal rival of U.S. President Donald J. Trump, has been arrested in the royal family’s sweeping anti-corruption crackdown. Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz has arrested and removed a slew of corrupt and prominent officials, including dozens of princes and former ministers. Al Arabiya, a Saudi state-run news outlet, reported bin Talal was among those arrested. People’s Pundit Daily (PPD) confirmed he was one of at least 11 princes arrested. The billionaire chairman of Kingdom Holding Co. was once a business associate of President Trump. But his “America First” platform was a direct threat...
  • The Gigantic City Project Called NEOM: Saudi Arabia Might Recognize Israel Because of NEOM Project

    10/29/2017 7:52:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Global Research News ^ | October 26, 2017 | Andrew Korybko
    The half-a-trillion-dollar initiative to build a tristate city at the Saudi, Egyptian, and Jordanian border in the Gulf of Aqaba will more than likely lead to Riyadh recognizing Israel and integrating Tel Aviv into the project. The ambitious Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman unveiled a $500 billion project at an investment forum earlier this week in an effort to bring some serious substance to his Vision 2030 project of fundamentally diversifying his country’s oil-dependent economy in the coming decade. The proposal calls for a gigantic city called NEOM to be built at the entrance to the Gulf of Aqaba...
  • Hajj revenues poised to exceed $150bn by 2022: Experts (Pilgrimage to Mecca)

    08/27/2017 6:14:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Arab News ^ | August 28, 2017 | Tariq Al-Thaqafi
    MAKKAH: Economic experts have said Hajj and Umrah revenues are poised to exceed $150 billion by 2022 in light of the expected mergers of economic blocs and groupings to meet the growing demand on Hajj and Umrah economics in terms of transport, commercial stores and expansion in small, medium enterprises (SMEs). Muhsin Al-Sharif, a member of the Committee of Real Estate and Investment, said Hajj revenues will feed the national economy and, therefore, an integrated plan should be worked out to control revenues and financial resources in a manner that will serve Vision 2030. This will also serve the national...
  • (Bleeping) coo coo': UAE envoy mocks Saudi leadership in leaked email

    08/18/2017 10:07:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Middle East Eye ^ | August 18, 2017 | David Hearst and Clayton Swisher
    Yousef Otaiba ridicules Gulf ally in email exchange, betraying years of frustration at Riyadh old guard that coalesced into efforts to change it The UAE's ambassador to Washington described Saudi Arabia's leadership as "f***in' coo coo!", in one of a series of leaked emails that suggest years of Emirati frustration with Riyadh's old regime that has coalesced into a clear strategy to usurp it by bolstering the rise of the young Mohammed bin Salman. The messages, obtained by Middle East Eye through the GlobalLeaks hacking group, show Otaiba mocking Saudi Arabia to his Egyptian wife, Abeer Shoukry, over the Saudi...
  • Saudi Arabia says that calls for internationalization of holy sites 'a declaration of war'

    07/30/2017 5:26:46 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    reuters ^ | July 30, 2017
    "Qatar's demands to internationalize the holy sites is aggressive and a declaration of war against the kingdom," Adel al-Jubeir was quoted saying on Al Arabiya's website. "We reserve the right to respond to anyone who is working on the internationalization of the holy sites," he said. Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said no official from his country had made such a call. "We are tired of responding to false information and stories invented from nothing," Sheikh Mohammed told Al Jazeera TV. Qatar did accuse the Saudis of politicizing hajj and addressed the United Nations Special Rapporteur on...
  • What's Trending Under the Abaya? A Saudi Fashion Expert Weighs In

    06/19/2017 9:25:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | June 19, 2017 | Lesley McKenzie
    Saudi Arabia-based fashion authority Marriam Mossalli discusses the popularity of vintage abayas, Melania Trump and the Dior "Feminist" T-shirt. "The same way women love shoes and bags, we love abayas,” says Saudi Arabia-based fashion authority Marriam Mossalli, founder of luxury fashion consultancy Niche Arabia and the fashion blog Shoes and Drama. “That’s what you’re seeing everyday. It’s our national garment that we wear outside. We wear it [with pride] and it’s all about showing it off.” In conversation with The Hollywood Reporter’s senior fashion editor Booth Moore, Mossalli addressed a small crowd at Los Angeles' Mondrian Hotel on Thursday night...
  • Senate votes to support Trump's weapons sale to Saudi Arabia

    06/13/2017 1:32:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | June 13, 2017 | Richard Lardner, The Associated Press
    The Senate on Tuesday narrowly turned back a bipartisan bid to rebuke Saudi Arabia and reject President Donald Trump's plan to sell the kingdom more than $500 million in precision-guided munitions, sparing the new Republican administration an embarrassing defeat. The vote Tuesday was 53-47, clearing the way for the sale to be finalized. The precision munitions are part of Trump's proposed $110 billion arms package to Riyadh, which the administration said would create U.S. jobs while also improving a key ally's military capability. But opponents of the deal, led by Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., have been...
  • Trump trip reveals depths of mainstream media’s pettiness

    05/31/2017 12:07:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 30, 2017 | Joseph Curl
    President Trump on Saturday returned home from a nine-day trip that was extraordinary for its sheer breadth. First to Riyadh, then Tel Aviv, then Jerusalem, then Rome, then Brussels, then Taormina, Italy. First, he brokered a massive $100 billion-plus deal with Saudi Arabian leaders and delivered a powerful speech to 50 Arab leaders. Then he became the first to fly from the Arab nation directly to Israel, where he made history as the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall. He met Pope Francis. (Get it? He met Muslim leaders, Jewish leaders, Christian leaders, a brilliant stroke by the...
  • Trump's Mideast trip could bury some ancient feuds in region

    05/31/2017 11:54:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Waco Tribune-Herald ^ | May 31, 2017 | Earl Tilford, guest columnist
    President Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia and Israel as part of his first foreign trip is as historically significant as President Richard Nixon’s February 1972 visit to China and mission to Moscow two months later to sign the first Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty. Nixon’s visit opened diplomatic doors and made the Vietnam War an anachronism in the continuing Cold War confrontation with China and Russia, facilitating a more graceful (if still shameful) U.S. exit from Vietnam. Unfortunately, many in the American media ignored or downplayed Trump’s trip as an “arms sales” expedition rather than seeing it as a bold attempt...
  • Why Trump's first trip abroad was a success

    05/30/2017 11:40:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 30, 2017 | JuanPablo Andrade
    President Trump this week concluded his first trip abroad. Despite extreme negativity from the media, the trip was one of the most successful by any president in recent memory. During the trip, Trump visited the ancestral homelands of the three monotheistic faiths: Islam, Judaism and Christianity. It was his opportunity to express his foreign policy plans in a religious context, and he succeeded by staying on message. While in Saudi Arabia, President Trump met with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al, the rest of the royal family, and over 50 Arab and Muslim leaders. The Saudis were not happy with...
  • ICTP President Lipman writes to his new friend Ivanka Trump about women Curators and SUN Centers

    05/28/2017 4:15:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    eTurbo News - Global Travel Industry News ^ | May 28, 2017 | Juergen T. Steinmetz
    Ivanka Trump is the “first daughter” in the United States of America. Her father, US President Donald Trump has been a controversial figure when it comes to climate change and tourism. Geoffrey Lipman can be considered a senior celebrity in the travel and tourism world. Lipman is president of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) and co-founder of SUN. ICTP is a Haleiwa, Hawaii-based association of tourism destinations and stakeholders with members in more than 100 countries. Brussels based Professor Lipman has a unique proposal to the first daughter and pledged to have SUN Centers manned only by women...
  • Saudi King Salman gifts $1.2 billion items to Trump (Take a look)

    05/28/2017 1:04:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 104 replies
    Pakistan Today ^ | May 28, 2017 | News Agencies
    US President Donald Trump received gifts from Saudi King Shah Salman with worth of $ 1.2 billion during his first visit to kingdom. The gifts given by Saudi King included a precious diamond, armband made of pure gold with King Salman’s photo imprinted on it and 25 kilogram heavy sword made of pure gold with different diamonds and stones on it. The sword is worth of $ 200 million. Furthermore, gold and diamond made watches, worth of $ 200 million, were also gifted to Trump and his family. A small replica of Statue of Liberty but made with gold, diamond...
  • The World Is Problematic

    05/26/2017 5:06:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The National Review ^ | May 26, 2017 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    American commentators object to Trump’s visiting countries that haven’t yet adopted the egalitarian mores of a liberal-arts college. The president will soon be returning from his first foreign trip, in which he gave a speech about Islam in Saudi Arabia, had a short meet and greet with the Supreme Pontiff in Rome, and lectured the leaders of our NATO allies. And the commentariat has noticed something about the cultures of the world now that the cultures of the world have become a backdrop to photos of the American president they dislike. The commentators have noticed that the world is problematic....