‘Frankly, Saudi Arabia has Not Treated Us Fairly’, Trump Threatens Reset with Old Election Talking Point

Just weeks after a glowing review of a renewed U.S.-Saudi relationship by a top advisor to Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, President Trump delivered a surprising rebuke of the U.S.-Saudi security relationship in an interview with Reuters.

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Vision 2030

A Saudi Course Correction

On April 22, King Salman restored bonuses and allowances for state employees. While the government said the move was possible because of rising revenue, it ...


Saudi Cost-Cutting

Saudi government says making faster than expected progress in cutting costs

Saudi Arabia's government is making faster than expected progress in cutting costs and that is the main reason for a stronger budget position so far ...


U.S.-Saudi Relations

Trump complains Saudis not paying fair share for U.S. defense

"Nobody’s going to mess with Saudi Arabia because we’re watching them," Trump told a campaign rally in Wisconsin a year ago. “They’re not paying us ...


Saudi Women

Perspective: Will Saudi Women Get Equality?

Addressing this question requires a deep dig into the social and religious roots of the issue. But since its founding in 1932, Saudi Arabia has ...


GCC Security

Gulf Arab royals meet in Saudi capital to unify Iran stance

The meeting in Riyadh included the defense, interior and foreign ministers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, a tightly allied bloc led by Saudi Arabia ...


Global Oil Markets

Saudi minister: Important to try to agree on oil cuts deal extension

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, along with Russia and other non-OPEC producers, pledged to cut output by 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd) ...


Jobs Protest

Calls grow on social media for Saudi jobs protest

Calls have been growing on social media for Saudi Arabia's jobless to protest on Sunday, after a similar appeal before the government restored benefits to ...



Revealed: The Saudi bloggers to watch in 2017

Bloggers and influencers might be a dime a dozen in today’s social media infested world. But in the conformist society of Saudi Arabia, they remain ...


Saudi Entertainment

Saudi entertainment chief sees cinemas returning, eventually

The kingdom had some cinemas in the 1970s but the clerical establishment persuaded the authorities to close them, reflecting rising Islamist influence throughout the Arab ...



Merkel to Visit Saudi Arabia on Sunday

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Saudi Arabia on Sunday for two days, heading a delegation of high-ranking officials. ...


Renewable Energy

Saudi Arabia To Offer More Than 1 Gigawatt Of Solar & Wind In Second Tender Round

Speaking at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance conference in New York on Monday, Saudi Arabia’s Turki al-Shehri, head of renewable energy project development at the Ministry ...



Perspective: A Saudi Prince’s path to light

During the past three decades, Saudi society was controlled by need-of-the -hour thinking and wasn’t in a position to respond to the developments in the ...


ACWA Power

ACWA Power to rebuild its team in Saudi Arabia

Speaking with Construction Week, Paddy Padmanathan, chief executive officer and president of ACWA Power, said that the company is expecting Vision 2030 to open up ...


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Trump and the Region

Trump’s First 100 Days in the Middle East

One hundred days is too early for definitive pronouncements, but five common themes have emerged in President Trump’s approach to the Middle East. ...


Pope Francis

Pope Francis to visit Egypt as ‘messenger of peace’

Pope Francis is beginning a visit to Egypt aimed at improving dialogue with Islam three weeks after bomb attacks on two Coptic churches killed 45 ...


Press Freedom

The Middle East and North Africa is the world’s worst region for press freedom

According to the latest report on international press freedom, journalism is at a "tipping point" and the world has reached an "age of post-truth, propaganda, ...


Whiskey River

Whisky galore: Iran’s alcohol mules fuel illegal party scene

Kurds lug whisky and vodka over mountains dividing Iraq and Iran, dodging border guards, wolves and frostbite to keep up with demand ...


Turkey in Syria

Turkey’s Syria gamble: How far will Ankara go?

The Turks hoped the Trump administration would agree to setting up "no fly zones" in northern Syria, but discovered that Washington's position remains essentially what ...


Anglican Church in UAE

How a Muslim Royal Family is Supporting a New Church in the Middle East

"The ruling family of Abu Dhabi gifted the land to us and that came about through a high-level delegation visit from the Church of England ...



Israel is delaying the US embassy move not the USA

Israeli newspaper Arutz Sheva, reported the comment made by the Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein this morning about the delayed transfer of the American embassy to ...



After Damascus blasts, Israel intercepts ‘target’ from Syria

An apparent Israeli missile attack on a Syrian military installation near Damascus International Airport shook the capital early on Thursday morning and raised tensions between ...



Afghan Taliban announce start of ‘spring offensive’

The Afghan Taliban launched their "spring offensive" Friday, heralding fresh fighting in the drawn-out conflict as embattled security forces struggle to recover from a devastating ...



Israeli PM says German minister wouldn’t take his call after snub

The dispute threatens to widen a rift between Israel and Germany over the Palestinian issue. Berlin has been increasingly critical of the settlement policies of ...


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