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Hassan bin Youssef Yassin

Hassan bin Youssef Yassin worked closely with Saudi petroleum ministers Abdullah Tariki and Ahmed Zaki Yamani from 1959 to 1967. He headed the Saudi Information Office in Washington from 1972 to 1981, and served with the Arab League observer delegation to the UN from 1981 to 1983.

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Why ‘wafaa’ should be exported worldwide

Having just returned from Spain — even though I have been there many times before and am aware of the depth of historical connections between Spain and the Arab world — I felt a strong common thread between Arabs and Spaniards this time: A sense of our universal human history. 

April 18, 2018

Western media wakes up to the Saudi transformation

Over the years we have become accustomed to seeing the international news media distort and caricature almost every aspect of Saudi politics and society. Whenever Saudi Arabia came up, in US news especially, we could expect an ill-informed talking head to berate our country for this and that.

March 10, 2018

‘I am what I remember’

The great French philosopher Rene Descartes is famous for saying: “I think therefore I am.” But, when one gets to my age, remembering seems to become as important as thinking, because by connecting the countless events that have taken place over the decades I find myself better able to understand

January 25, 2018

A shared vision built on hope and equality

All sorts of discoveries are occurring in areas that we thought we knew everything about a long time ago. Within the pyramids of Egypt, constructed almost 5,000 years ago, we are only just discovering new areas and intriguing empty spaces.

November 05, 2017

Mother Nature is sick, now is the time to take care of her

Mothers will do everything and provide anything they can for their children. Mother Nature has done this for all of her children — for every living being on the planet — in ways that are almost impossible to fathom.

October 14, 2017

Adnan Khashoggi — the man behind the legend

Adnan Khashoggi, his mother and father were all very intimately connected to the Yassin family. My mother and her younger sister Samiha, Khashoggi’s mother, originally came from Syria to live in Madinah in the early 1900s.

June 08, 2017

A reminder of America’s greatness

We love the US without any “buts.” When one loves, one is committed for the long term. Your country has always shown great vision and tolerance. Even when the US has moved toward isolationism, it has always responded when needed.

March 17, 2017

Opportunity cannot be predicted

The thing about opportunities is that they are often unexpected windows that open when we least expect them, but they may also close up again before we have acted.

November 19, 2016

Welcome to KSA, President Obama

When people talk about the Saudi-American relationship, they always refer to the 1945 Valentine’s Day meeting of King Abdul Aziz and President Franklin D. Roosevelt aboard the USS Quincy.

April 21, 2016

Hope and life beyond the storm

Ibn Khaldun, the 14th century Arab founding father of social sciences, was the first thinker to theorize ideas about demography, economic growth and human society that remain relevant until this day.

April 01, 2016