SAUDI-QATAR STANDOFF

Key U.S. Republican Senator Bob Corker Threatens to Hold Arms Sales to Saudi, UAE if Qatar Rift Not Fixed

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The Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) has threatened to withhold arms sales to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations until a diplomatic solution is found with neighboring Qatar.

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Qatar Rift

Key senator Bob Corker says Congress to stop arms sales to Gulf until Qatar crisis is solved

The Republican chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee has said the US Congress will hold up approval of arms sales to the Gulf as ...

 

Qatar Dispute

Discussion: The Impact of Saudi Arabia’s Demands on Qatar: Video

From shutting down Al Jazeera, to cutting ties with Iran, Saudi Arabia and its allies have made some broad and steep demands of Qatar. Eric ...

 

Foreign Reserves

The mysterious (and continuing) fall in Saudi foreign reserves

They shrank from a record high of $737 billion in August 2014 to $529 billion at the end of 2016 as the government liquidated some ...

 

Currency Ratings

Saudi Arabia’s Sovereign Ratings Affirmed

Capital Intelligence Ratings (CI Ratings or CI), the international credit rating agency, today announced that it has affirmed Saudi Arabia’s Long-Term Foreign and Local Currency ...

 

Saudi Aramco IPO

London’s Fund Managers Soften Opposition To Saudi Aramco IPO

London’s top fund managers have thrown in the towel on their fight to stop Saudi Arabia’s state oil giant Aramco from listing shares on the ...

 

Saudi Oil Policy

Saudi Export Cuts Kicking In

We discussed back in early May how Saudi Arabian crude export loadings in April had dropped materially. Given the journey time to U.S. shores (hark, ...

 

Eid Al-Adha

This was how Saudi Arabia announced Eid 100 years ago

With no radio or telegraph and in a country as big as Saudi Arabia, camel riders did their best to race to inform people about ...

 

Raif Badawi

Saudi Crown Prince Must Use Promotion To End Raif Badawi’s Prison Ordeal, Wife Says

"I am respectfully calling on his Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to write a new history in our country and a process of ...

 

Sunni-Shia Relations

Saudi demolition of historic Shiite homes stokes violence

Saudi Arabia is demolishing centuries-old homes in a Shiite town, leveling a historic district that officials say has become a hideout for local militants. The ...

 

Saudi-Israel

Saudi plane ‘did not land in Israel’, despite social media claims

Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) has dismissed reports that one of its planes had landed at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. ...

 

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Syria Chemical Attacks

White House Warns Syria Against Chemical Attack ‘Preparations’

The United States has spotted "potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack" by the Syrian government, the White House said late Monday in a statement ...

 

Syria

General: US Pilots Made the Call to Shoot Down Syrian Aircraft

In each of the shoot-downs, which involved aircraft from other locations, the U.S. pilots made the call to shoot within the parameters of the rules ...

 

Anti-ISIS Campaign

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Syrian Rebels

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Given the proxy nature of the Syrian conflict, it is inevitable that the Gulf standoff will change relations between rebel groups. But just how much ...

 

Anti-ISIS Campaign

Endgame for Daesh in the Middle East? Implications for global jihad

Thus, the fall of Mosul and Raqqa will unleash a variety of competitions among the internal and regional parties involved in the two conflict zones. ...

 

Yemen Civil War

The war in Yemen has led to the worst cholera outbreak in the world

The ongoing civil war in Yemen has unleashed another horror: a massive outbreak of cholera, with more than 200,000 suspected cases and 5,000 more being ...

 

Very Large Crude Carriers

This Shipping Magnate Is Calling a Bottom in the Oil Rout

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Sean Spicer ‘Not Aware’ of Tense Kushner Abbas Meeting on Israel, Middle East Peace

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President Erdogan of Turkey Recovers From Minor Health Scare

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