Mohammed bin Salman

Israel's Greatest Enemy: Iran, or Overconfidence?

An interview with former head of military intelligence Amos Yadlin, who has some experience with rogue nuclear programs.<p>On the wall of Amos Yadlin’s office at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, there is a framed Time magazine cover displaying an F-16A fighter jet -- the plane …

Opinion

DealBook Briefing: Apple’s Political Tax Bet

<i>Good Thursday morning. This just in: Morgan Stanley reported $686 million in fourth-quarter profit, while fixed-income trading revenue fell 46 percent. What to think of Apple’s big cash repatriation. And how Goldman Sachs stumbled.</i><p><b>Apple is bringing cash home. What comes next?</b><p>As it repatriates most …

Business

The past is beyond us

Someday we (Israelis and Palestinians) may be able to try to understand that the truth that we hold dear, which is a different truth from the other’s …

Israel

Tillerson Prints Out Trump’s Tweets to Help Set Foreign Policy

The secretary of state says it’s “not a bad system.”<p>When he’s not composing tweets from his bed in the palatial East Wing of the White House, <b>Donald Trump</b> will sometimes dictate his thoughts aloud to an aide. It’s a fitting, if somewhat anomalous, system for a president who is famously tech averse. …

Donald Trump

Big business can work alongside government – just look at the success of clean energy

While we ring our hands about the collapse of Carillion, indeed a shocking tale, we fail to notice a business success of far greater importance – and …

Renewable Energy

Ritz-Carlton, temporarily used as Saudi prison, reopening to guests in time for Valentine's Day

After serving several months as a prison for the country’s elite, the Ritz-Carlton in Saudi Arabia’s capital city of Riyadh might reopen as a hotel — just in time for those romantic Valentine’s Day plans.<p>The five-star hotel morphed into a prison as part of a so-called crackdown on government …

Hotels

The controversial art works that sent the world into a spin

From Duchamp’s urinal ‘Fountain’ to Bowie trolling the art world with his own publishing house, and Insta-art that isn’t all that it seems<p>16January 2018<p>The art world means serious business. Paintings and sculptures sell for hundreds of millions of pounds at the drop of a gavel, works are stolen and …

Art

Saudi Arabia struggles to check extremism in schools

As the Saudi government sought to step up its efforts to counter extremism, it dreamt up a competition for schoolchildren to take photos and videos …

Middle East

World's Most Expensive Prison, Saudi Arabia's Ritz-Carlton, Will Reopen to Guests

Riyadh’s luxury Ritz-Carlton, dubbed the world’s most expensive prison, is set to reopen to guests after it became the center of a Saudi government …

Ritz-Carlton

U.S. Should Seek Gulf Balance Instead of Empowering Aggressive Saudi Arabia

President Donald Trump once was skeptical of the totalitarian dictatorship commonly known as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He complained, correctly, that Saudis had funded terrorism against America and wondered why the U.S. subsidized protection of a wealthy petro-state.<p>However, after taking office …

Middle East

Tuesday’s best TV: Britain’s Favourite Dogs: Top 100; Inside No 9

Sara Cox and Ben Fogle reveal the country’s supreme canine, while Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith serve up a Swiss watch of comedy horror<p>Britain’s Favourite Dogs: Top 100<br>7.30pm, ITV<p>Hopefully this is intended to create a sense of unity, rather than carve the nation into angry, militant factions …

David O. Russell

Saudi Arabia Lifts Movie Theatre Ban After 35 Years, Emoji Movie Among The First Shown

Saudi Arabia banned movie theatres back in the early '80s, but this ban was lifted back in December. One of the first screenings took place this past weekend, and it was a double feature of <i>The Emoji Movie</i> and <i>Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie</i>. The movies were shown at a makeshift theatre in …

Entertainment

Saudi Binladin stakes may have been transferred to state

The Saudi Binladin construction group said some shareholders may have handed over stakes in the company as the kingdom’s anti-corruption drive starts …

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal

10 MLK Day Reads - The Big Picture

My Martin Luther King Day reads:<p>• A Racist in the Oval Office (New Yorker) <i>see also</i> Donald Trump’s long history of racism, from the 1970s to 2018 …

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Saudi Arabia Women Watched Soccer In Public For The First Time — But There Was A Catch

On Friday, for the first time ever, women in Saudi Arabia watched a soccer game at a stadium in public. Mohammed bin Salman, the country's …

Middle East

Saudi women (finally) able to attend football matches

Around Saudi 300 women were able to attend their first football match ever on Friday, a historic move in the kingdom and a step forward for women's …

Saudi Arabia

Why the Iranian regime should fear youthful revolt

Across the Middle East the lack of jobs, particularly for the under-thirties, is creating a rage that always simmers and sometimes boils.<p>I once …

Iran

Uber and Careem recruit first female drivers in Saudi Arabia

<b>Dubai (CNN) —</b> Ride hailing applications in Saudi Arabia are recruiting female drivers, after the Kingdom announced plans to lift the ban on women driving by June 2018.<p>Female customers currently represent 80% of Uber's Saudi rider base and 70% of business for its Dubai-based counterpart, Careem, …

Uber

Police arrest ‘everybody involved’ as footage emerges of ‘gay wedding’ in Mecca

<b>A group of people who were allegedly carrying out a gay wedding near the holy city of Mecca have all been arrested.</b><p>Footage showing two men walking …

Policing

Mohammed bin Salman proves to be a man of words and deeds

Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman has proved to be both a man of his word and one of real action over the past two years.<p>Back in early 2016, the …

Middle East

2018: Beginning of the End for the Arab-Israeli Conflict - Blogs - Jerusalem Post

Last year, there was a trickle of articles & headlines in the media about a detente between Israel and many of its Arab neighbors. The past 3 months …

Israel

Saudi Arabia allows women to attend football matches for the first time

Women will be allowed to attend football matches for the time in Saudi Arabia this month, governing authorities confirmed.<p>In a first for the country, …

Middle East

BBC iPlayer - House of Saud: A Family at War - Series 1: Episode 1

Saudi Arabia stands at a crucial crossroads facing unprecedented change. The Kingdom has long enjoyed seemingly inexhaustible wealth and untold power and influence. But the House of Saud is accused of spreading extremist ideology and even supporting violent extremists. This series looks at the …

House of Saud

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Saudi Arabia: Gay Wedding Video Goes Viral and Causes Stir in Gulf Kingdom

Saudi authorities are investigating a video claiming to show a gay wedding ceremony in the country, according to regional media reports.<p>The footage …

Middle East

Saudis watching Iran protests intently

While Saudi Arabia's economy is suffering due to low oil prices and discontent at home grows, the kingdom follows the protests in Iran with great …

Middle East

Will the Iran protests lead to progress?

<i>Saeed Rahnema is a retired professor of political science and public policy, and the founding director of the School of Public Policy and Administration at York University.</i><p>What is happening in Iran is the greatest challenge yet to the Islamic regime's legitimacy. The last time Iranians revolted in …

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

New Year's Resolutions Are Predictions About the Future

And humans are very bad at predicting the future.<p>2017 was a wild ride, and 2018 doesn’t seem inclined to put on the brakes. Who could have guessed last year that Matt Lauer would go from <i>Today</i> to yesterday—felled, along with Harvey Weinstein, Al Franken, Bill O’Reilly, and so many others, by the …

Mao Zedong

Saudi Arabia arrests 11 princes who protested suspension of government payments

ISTANBUL – Saudi Arabia said on Saturday that it had arrested a group of 11 princes who held a rare demonstration at a royal palace after the …

Middle East

Manole Capital: 1st Quarter 2018 Newsletter

A Review of 2017.<p>How Tax Reform Will Impact The Market.<p>Our Outlook for 2018 - Inflation, Rates, Bitcoin, etc.<p>1st Quarter 2018 Newsletter<p><i>January</b> …

Economy