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Marriages and discrimination

  • I read with pleasure the report that the Supreme Judicial Council issued an order to all the courts to not handle marriage dispute issues that have to do with the genealogy of the partners involved. This is good news because for too long some segments of Saudi society have used a person’s origins...
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The horror of Aleppo

  • The news of death and destruction coming from Aleppo this week has been relentless. The images and stories of the more than 338 people killed in that city, including more than 100 children, and the huge number of wounded — 846 — (261 of them children) is heartbreaking.But more than heartbreaking,...
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Strengthening Saudi-China ties

  • The ongoing official visit of Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to China is a sign of the growing importance of our relations with that Asian powerhouse.The Kingdom is already the largest provider of crude oil to the booming Chinese economy. China imports about 1.07 million barrels of oil a...
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Why Yemen is important

  • The Saudi-led military action in the Yemeni civil war is already in its 17th month. The Kingdom formed an alliance of Arab states to intervene militarily in Yemen on the request of the legitimate Yemeni government, which was overthrown by Houthi militia backed by Iran.Despite being a minority,...
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Necessary bold moves

  • The announcement on Monday by the Cabinet of a host of new measures to help foreign workers in the Kingdom; stiffer penalties for driving offenses and higher visa fees for visitors and workers in the country, may have caught some by surprise, but are necessary to deal with the challenging times...
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Another round of Muslim-bashing

  • The horrific attack in Nice, France, on Friday in which more than 80 people were killed, and more than 200 injured, after a terrorist drove a truck through Bastille Day crowds, sweeping right and left to hit more victims, has left the whole world in shock.The driver of the truck has been...
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An assertive KSA is in regional interest

  • The Saudi Arabia that US President Barack Obama witnessed on his official visit to Riyadh to attend the 2nd GCC-US summit, is one that is undergoing profound change, just as the Saudi-US relationship is changing too.With oil prices down substantially from two years ago, when they hit more than ...
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Fostering Arab unity

  • The ongoing state visit by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman to Egypt is emblematic of the importance of what are today the two most central countries of the Arab world. Egypt with nearly 93 million citizens is the most populous Arab country, with the largest military in the region,...
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Adapting to change

  • THE announcement on Feb. 24 by the United Arab Emirates that it will be introducing a value-added tax (VAT) of 5 percent on goods and services from Jan. 1, 2018, was widely expected and set the ball rolling for other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members to follow suit.With oil prices at rock...
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The rocky relationship

  • The recent visit of leftist Brazilian congressman Jean Wyllys to attend an academic conference at Hebrew University in Jerusalem caused a mini-storm of controversy in Brazil, with many pro-Palestinian activists accusing Wyllys of supporting Israeli propaganda and letting down the cause of the...
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