EXCLUSIVE-Energy giants court Qatar for gas expansion role despite crisis

Published on Jul 06 2017 // Gulf
LONDON, July 5 (Reuters) – Three of the West’s biggest energy corporations are lobbying Qatar to take part in a huge expansion of its gas production, handing Doha an unintended but timely boost in its bitter dispute with Gulf Arab neighbours. The chief executives of ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch...

Saudi Arabia chief foreign promoter of Islamist extremism in UK: Report

Published on Jul 05 2017 // Gulf
LONDON: Oil-rich Saudi Arabia is the chief foreign promoter of Islamist extremism in the UK, a new report has claimed, asserting that a “clear and growing link” can be drawn between overseas money and the recent wave of attacks in Britain and Europe. The Henry Jackson Society, a foreign affairs...

Qatar defiant as Saudi Arabia extends deadline to resolve Gulf rift

Published on Jul 03 2017 // Gulf
DOHA: Qatar appeared defiant as Saudi Arabia and its allies on Monday extended a deadline for Doha to accept a series of demands to lift a de facto blockade. Their demands include Doha ending support for the Muslim Brotherhood, the closure of Al-Jazeera television, a downgrade of diplomatic ties with...

After demands aired, solution to Qatar crisis seems far off

Published on Jun 24 2017 // Gulf
WASHINGTON: Faced with a sweeping set of demands, Qatar insisted Friday it can indefinitely survive the economic and diplomatic steps its neighbors have taken to try to pressure it into compliance, even as a top Emirati official warned the tiny country to brace for a long-term economic squeeze. . . ...

Saudi crown prince’s ascendancy gives hope of reform – but it may be premature

Published on Jun 22 2017 // Gulf
On the streets of Riyadh, in its shopping malls and public spaces, Saudi Arabia’s religious police had long been a foreboding presence. They could reach into private lives at will, with powers that few could challenge, enforcing an ultra-conservative brand of Islam as a dogma for society. For people...

Saudi King upends royal succession, names son as 1st heir

Published on Jun 21 2017 // Gulf
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Wednesday appointed his 31-year-old son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince, placing him firmly as first-in-line to the throne and removing the country’s counterterrorism czar and a figure well-known to Washington from the royal line of succession. In a series of royal...

Saudi-Qatar crisis puts Syria rebels in tricky position

Published on Jun 17 2017 // Gulf
BEIRUT: A diplomatic crisis pitting Saudi Arabia against Qatar has put Syrian rebels in a difficult position, analysts say, after rivalries between Gulf backers had already weakened the opposition. Both Sunni-ruled monarchies sided with the protesters in March 2011, when the war started with the brutal...

Qatar crisis: Hypocrisy and the art of ‘brotherly’ diplomacy

Published on Jun 16 2017 // Gulf, World
Most political upheavals in history are known to have thrown up a specific word or expression that defines the core values of that event. “Guillotine” characterised the French Revolution, while the American War of Independence had “representation” at its core, as Americans demanded to be represented...

Gulbargavis Hosts Iftaar Program.

Published on Jun 14 2017 // Featured, Gulf
A large number of Gulbarga residents turned up at iftar party hosted by Gulbarga Charitable and Welfare Trust (GCWT) Jeddah Chapter at Village restaurant Banquet Hall and it was attended by Gulbargavis from Jeddah, Makkah and Rabigh. President of the chapter Syed Nasir Khursheed explained the system...

Qatar Vows No Surrender In Gulf Crisis, Plans To Ride It Out

Published on Jun 09 2017 // Gulf
DOHA: Qatar vowed on Thursday to ride out the isolation imposed on it by fellow Arab states over its alleged support for terrorism and said it would not compromise its sovereignty over foreign policy to resolve the region’s biggest diplomatic crisis in years. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates...

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