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.
I am holding on to a pregnant cloud filled with water, with tears of sadness and joy. As the cloud floats over Riyadh, I steer it toward the grave of my father, sprinkling the earth around it with some cloud tears to call his spirit up to join me.
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.
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.
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