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United against ISIS… or is it ISIL or the Islamic State?

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Of all the fraudulent fictions and fantasies of the ‘war on terror’, the “we are united against a common enemy” mantra seemed the most hollow, the most disingenuous.

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Saudi Arabia rail project progresses


Further progress has been made in plans to build the Gulf region’s rail network, with Saudi Arabia looking to closely align the project with its economic and social priorities.

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Despite worries, Ramadan is special month in the Arab world

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Despite challenges, Ramadan has a special meaning to world’s 1.6 billion Muslims, of whom one-third are Arabs.
For children across the Arab world, the holy fasting month of Ramadan means lit crescents, decorations, lanterns and sweets. For adults, it’s time for worship, charity and family gathering to break a day-long fast at sundown.

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Saudi Arabia targets Hezbollah operatives with sanctions
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According to analysts, new round of sanctions will have marginal effects on Lebanese Islamist militia.
In a move in line with its new assertive foreign policy, Saudi Arabia designated two high-ranking Hezbollah officials as terrorists, accusing the mem­bers of the Lebanese Islamist militia of spreading chaos and instability in the Middle East.

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Turkish-Saudi alliance empowers Syrian rebels
Syria Politics

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In agreeing to a joint role as security guaran­tors for a new Syrian state, Turkey and Saudi Arabia will prove to be linchpin for defeat­ing ISIS.

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France benefits from comparative edge in the Gulf region

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Although French policy in re­gion is perceived as being different from that of United States, seri­ous questions remain as to whether this perception is based on genuine disagreement or astute public rela­tions.

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Cautious optimism in the Gulf after summit

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GCC states, and in particular Saudi Arabia, will con­tinue to take lead while keeping United States in the loop.
The results of the Camp Da­vid summit between US President Barack Obama and leaders and repre­sentatives of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have been met with cautious optimism by officials and analysts in the Gulf region.

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Riyadh rising: Housing demand continues to outstrip supply

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Saudi capital has requirement for around 50,000 housing units per annum over next five years and has estimated housing inventory of 1.15 million units.

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Political solution appears elusive as fighting continues in Yemen
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With spike in military opera­tions, question arises of where this leaves much-needed politi­cal process.

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Saudi succession reset: Major reshuffle aims to cope with new challenges
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Yemen campaign is seen by analysts as reflecting more assertive approach to Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy under Sal­man.

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Saudi Arabia’s new strategic narrative
Saudi Politics

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I t has become customary for prominent Saudis who write articles in the Western media or who give talks at think-tanks and academic institutions to stress one specific theme when speaking about Saudi Arabia’s cur­rent foreign policy posture: The Saudis have adopted a new “doc­trine”.

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Saudi Capital Market Authority intensifies regulatory activities

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Saudi Arabia’s market regu­lator is pursuing an aggres­sive transparency policy to prepare the kingdom’s stock exchange to open up to foreign investment.

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The Houthis must be stopped
Yemen Politics


My country, Yemen, is under siege by radical Houthi militia forces whose campaign of horror and destruction is fueled by the political and military support of an Iranian regime obsessed with regional domination. There is no question that the chaos in Yemen has been driven by Iran’s hunger for power and its ambition to control the entire region.

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