Opinion: The Saudi Big Bet

By Fadila Al Jaffal Mohammed bin Salman, who appeared on the stage two years ago with all the charisma of a Hollywood Arab prince, is also the decision-maker who drives difficult issues in his country, boldly breaking old taboos along his journey toward becoming an expert statesman and king. The people revere him as a

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Business Outlook: ‘Make or Break’ for OPEC

 By Ole Hansen Hedge funds and oil traders in general have had a difficult quarter, particularly given the Opec/non-Opec production cut deal’s failure to boost prices. The outlook for gold, however, is more bullish given geopolitical uncertainties and policy risks. “We maintain a bullish outlook for gold in the belief that the risk to the

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Pakistani Investigation Committee Report Recommends Filing Reference Against PM

ISLAMABAD: The Joint Investigation Team (JIT), formed to probe the money trail of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s family’s offshore properties, submitted its fourth and final report to the Supreme Court today and it recommended the apex court to file reference against the prime minister and his two sons under NAB Ordinance, ARY News reported. According to ARY News

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A Nuclear Affair

BY Muhammad Riaz Pasha No one should be a nuclear supplier or a member of a nuclear supplier group  On June 15, more than 130 nations reconvened at the United Nations for the final session of negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. While the U.S. and other nuclear-armed and nuclear-allied nations boycotted this process,

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Hamza bin Laden and the Return of Al-Qaeda

Click here to read the Arabic version of this article BY Ali Soufan The foothills of the Spin Ghar mountain range, two dozen miles south of Jalalabad in the borderland between Afghanistan and Pakistan, were once home to hundreds of olive plantations. For tens of thousands of acres, there used to be farms clustered along

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Monster in a Glass Box

For the Arabic version of this story click here BY William Bardenwerper The 12 American soldiers charged with guarding Saddam Hussein while he was tried for some of his many sins knew he was a brutal mass killer. They didn’t know how much his extraordinary last few months would change them Introduction In the summer

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The Widows of Iraq

Content provided by UNHCR “I loved him so much,” says Aamra, remembering her husband killed during their flight from West Mosul. Widows fleeing the conflict in Iraq are among the most vulnerable IDPs. Living away from home and without a source of income, they face a daunting fight to provide for their families. Female-headed households

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31,000 Kuwaitis Took “Sick Leave” After Eid Holiday

Manama: Thousands in Kuwait took fake “sick leaves” to take advantage of the weekend preceding the Eid break and took Wednesday and Thursday off ahead of the two-day weekend in order to accumulate a nine-day Eid break. Hind Al Sabeeh, Kuwait’s Minister of Social Affairs and Labour, has warned of legal and administrative measures against

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Doha’s Actions May Destabilize the Region: Saudi Minister

BY Leila Hatoum At a time when the world is suffering “horrendous” terrorist attacks, Qatar continues to harbor wanted terrorists, providing them with “financial” and logistical aid, a thing which “has to stop immediately,” said Saudi Arabia’s Minister for Culture and Information Dr Awwad Alawwad. In an emailed statement to Newsweek Middle East, Dr Alawwad

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S&P: Negative Rating Actions Taken On Qatari Banks

• On June 7, 2017, S&P lowered its long-term sovereign credit rating on the State of Qatar to ‘AA-‘ and placed it on Credit Watch with negative implications. In S&P’s view, the moves by a group of governments to cut diplomatic ties and trade and transport links with Qatar will exacerbate the country’s external vulnerabilities

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