Trump Administration Taking ‘More Saudi-Friendly Approach to the Conflict in Yemen’

The U.S. State Department's approval of a resumption of weapons sales to Saudi Arabia that would reverse a decision by President Obama is "a potential sign of reinvigorated U.S. support for the kingdom’s involvement in its neighbor’s ongoing civil war," the Washington Post reports.

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Women in Saudi Arabia

Saudi women: Old stereotypes no longer hold

The recent steps taken, and the lack of controversy surrounding them, provide hope that society is finally ready for more fundamental change. That women can ...


Oil Supply

Saudi Oil Rations Signal Sweet U.S. Threat as Sour Crude Cut

Saudi Arabia is handing customers in the world’s biggest oil market sweet treats while limiting sour supplies. ...



Saudi Arabia’s Secret Meetings With The World’s Largest Oil Traders

Unlike Vienna, when the meetings were supposedly in place to advise OPEC "how the market reacts to its moves," this time "efforts are aimed at ...


U.S.-Saudi Military Sales

Trump administration looks to resume Saudi arms sale criticized as endangering civilians in Yemen

The State Department has approved a resumption of weapons sales that critics have linked to Saudi Arabia’s bombing of civilians in Yemen, a potential sign ...



Saudi Arabia sets up first venture with private firm to build homes

The ministry will hold 13.63 percent in the new venture with Al-Tahaluf Real Estate Company, which is jointly owned by Saudi Arabia's Hamad bin Mohammad ...



Saudi Arabia to tender metro projects as PPPs

Saudi Arabia plans to implement metro projects in Makkah, Jeddah, Dammam and Medina in partnership with the private sector, the chief of Saudi Railways Organization ...



McDermott plans manufacturing unit at new Saudi shipbuilding complex

U.S. oilfield services and equipment provider McDermott International said on Wednesday it would build a fabrication yard at a shipbuilding complex planned by national oil ...


King Salman in Asia

Ahead of king’s visit, China says hopes Saudi, Iran can resolve problems

Describing China as a friend to both Saudi Arabia and Iran, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Wednesday he hopes both countries can resolve ...



Entertainment in Saudi Arabia, its past and present

Entertainment in the Saudi kingdom has a history which extends across four decades or more. Movies were played by sports clubs in most Saudi cities ...


Riyadh Book Fair

Saudi Information minister inaugurates Riyadh International Book Fair

The event is organized by the Ministry of Culture and Information (MoCI), and has become a gathering point for readers, authors, and local and regional ...


King Salman in Asia

Bali decides to not cover nude statues for Saudi king’s visit

Saudi King Salman is visiting Asia, accompanied by a large entourage and plenty of luggage, on a trip designed to shore up his Middle Eastern kingdom's ...



Why Canada should boost its economic ties to Saudi Arabia

In the Saudi marketplace Canada as a brand is very weak, and this needs to change if Canadian companies vying for new business in the Kingdom—such as the ...


Agriculture Privitization

ADM and Almarai among companies eyeing Saudi grains agency asset sale

A partnership of U.S. agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland Co. and Saudi foods group Almarai is among potential bidders for Saudi Grains Organization's milling operations, ...


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The Coming Fall of Mosul

Although there is much hard fighting to be done in Iraq, the fall of Mosul will effectively spell the end of the Islamic State’s eastern ...



Marines have arrived in Syria to fire artillery in the fight for Raqqa

Marines from an amphibious task force have left their ships in the Middle East and deployed to Syria, establishing an outpost from which they can ...


Anti-ISIS Campaign

Exclusive: U.S. weighs deploying up to 1,000 ‘reserve’ troops for IS fight

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration is weighing a deployment of up to 1,000 American soldiers to Kuwait to serve as a reserve force in the ...



US, Russia counter Erdogan in Syria as Kurds get shield

The U.S. and Russia moved this week to block a threatened drive by Turkey to seize Manbij, a town in northern Syria about 40 kilometers ...



Putin deepens Middle East influence with Kremlin summits

Leaders of Turkey and Israel find themselves inside the walls of the Kremlin in the next two days as President Vladimir Putin tries to entrench ...


SoftBank Vision Fund

Trump is banking on a big tech investment (from the Middle East)

Son visited Trump in December and pledged to invest $50 billion in the U.S. with the aim of creating 50,000 jobs. Son later told the ...


Middle East Airlines

Middle East airlines post strongest passenger demand growth in Jan

Middle East airlines posted the strongest growth in international passenger demand globally in January, according to the latest report released by the International Air Transport ...


U.S. Military

Aircraft carriers, championed by Trump, are vulnerable to attack

Last week, President Donald J. Trump chose the deck of the newest U.S. aircraft carrier, the $13 billion USS Gerald R. Ford, for a speech ...


Trump Foreign Policy

Perspective: How Trump’s “America First” Will Improve Middle East Relations

The entire concept of America First has been derided by critics as an expression of isolationism, as an expression of selfishness on the part of ...


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