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Saudi Arabia Frees Four More Women On Trial Over Rights Issues

Saudi Arabia Frees Four More Women On Trial Over Rights Issues

The campaigners, including London-based Saudi rights group ALQST, identified the released detainees as Hatoon al Fassi, Amal al Harbi, Maysaa al Manea and Abeer Namnakani Saudi authorities have temporarily freed at least four more women facing trial over charges related to human rights work and contacts with foreign journalists and diplomats, other rights campaigners said […]

Saudi Sisters Hope For Bright Future After Hiding In Hong Kong

Saudi Sisters Hope For Bright Future After Hiding In Hong Kong

The sisters say they were treated harshly, at times beaten, by their brothers and father Two Saudi Arabian sisters are hoping for a “bright, beautiful future” after being granted asylum, fleeing what they describe as an abusive family and a repressive society. The sisters fled from their family last September while on holiday in Sri […]

Saudi Women’s Rights Activist Loujain Alhathloul Gets Detained For Speaking For Women

Saudi Women’s Rights Activist Loujain Alhathloul Gets Detained For Speaking For Women

In the article, Walid Alhathloul writes that during a recent visit by his parents to see Loujain she told them she was regularly whipped, beaten, electrocuted and sexually harassed in a basement she called the “palace of terror.” Alhathloul was arrested in May 2018, along with 10 other women’s rights activists in Saudi Arabia. Her family, […]

Qatar To Leave OPEC As Politics Rupture Cartel

Qatar To Leave OPEC As Politics Rupture Cartel

Qatar said it will leave OPEC next month, a rare example of the toxic politics of the Middle East rupturing a group that had held together for decades through war and sanctions.  Qatar, a member since 1961, is leaving to focus on its liquefied natural gas production, Energy Minister Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi told a news […]

Saudi Money, Khashoggi, The Downturn Of Investments

Saudi Money, Khashoggi, The Downturn Of Investments

The murder of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi last month has soured the world’s politicians on the once-feted Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. Private capital turned against him long before that.  Ever since dozens of royals and business chiefs were detained in November 2017 as part of a declared crackdown on corruption, a growing number of […]

Saudi Official Provides New Version Of Jamal Khashoggi’s Death

Saudi Official Provides New Version Of Jamal Khashoggi’s Death

The latest account, provided by a Saudi official who requested anonymity, includes details on how the team of 15 Saudi nationals sent to confront Khashoggi on Oct. 2 had threatened him with being drugged and kidnapped and then killed him in a choke hold when he resisted. A member of the team then dressed in […]

Saudi Arabia Is Starting To Stockpile Oil Again

Saudi Arabia Is Starting To Stockpile Oil Again

The key OPEC oil producers seem to be finding it harder than expected to sell their output overseas. The probable resulting build-up in their stockpiles should at least help them offset the drop in Iranian supplies as U.S. sanctions start to bite deeper.  Crude oil exports from the five Persian Gulf Arab members of OPEC fell by […]

Somalia Government Receives Medical Donation From Saudi Arabia

Somalia Government Receives Medical Donation From Saudi Arabia

A plane carrying a medical donation from Saudi Arabia has landed in Mogadishu today. The donation was handed over to the government of Somalia so that it will be delivered to the local medical outlets that serve the public. Also, onboard the plane were some Somali nationals who were flown to Saudi Arabia for treatment […]

Saudi Corruption Purge Snares $33 Billion of Net Worth in Riyadh

Saudi Corruption Purge Snares $33 Billion of Net Worth in Riyadh

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s crackdown on some of Saudi Arabia’s richest and most powerful men has put $33 billion of personal wealth at risk. The stunning series of arrests has implicated three of the country’s richest people, including Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who’s No. 50 on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index ranking of the world’s […]

Egypt Lawmakers Approve Red Sea Islands Transfer to Saudi Arabia

Egypt Lawmakers Approve Red Sea Islands Transfer to Saudi Arabia

Egypt’s parliament backed President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s decision to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, snubbing court rulings invalidating the move and risking renewed protests against a treaty opponents denounced as an erosion of sovereignty. Parliament on Wednesday passed an agreement redrawing maritime borders between the two countries after heated committee debates this week. […]

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