Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia  16/11/10

King Abdullah, Crown Prince ill as second in line take charge temporarily

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah’s health has exposed the issue of power succession....
Saudi Arabia  17/08/10

Saudi Arabia restricts issuers of fatwas

An edict by Saudi King Abdullah to control the issue of fatwas in the country will be an important step to regularizing the issuance of fatwas, many of which used by Al Qaeda terrorists....
Saudi Arabia  17/08/10

Saudi cabinet approves US $384 billion development plan

Saudi’s announced five-year development plan is a very good step in helping diversify the economy and address the growing concern of an increasingly impoverished local population....
Saudi Arabia  17/08/10

Al Qaeda leader urges killing of Christians

The call by an Al Qaeda Saudi leader reaffirms the organization’s position calling their supporters to kill Christians and Saudi royals....
Saudi Arabia  02/08/10

Saudi Arabia moves to reform judiciary

The Saudi determination to reform and modernize the judicial system through the codification of Sharia law is a very positive step in reforming the country....
Iran  01/07/10

Saudi Arabia accused by Iran of assisting Israel

Allegations in the Iranian and Israeli press that Saudi Arabia is cooperating with Israel on possible attack against Iran will raise tensions between the Saudi government and Shiites....
Saudi Arabia  16/06/10

Saudi Arabia denies opening up skies for Israeli airstrike against Iran

News that Saudi Arabia has agreed to allow Israel to use its airspace to attack Iran will threaten the internal stability of the Kingdom, even though Saudi Arabia has denied the reports....
Saudi Arabia  01/06/10

Reformist Saudi journalist sidelined

The resignation of prominent Saudi reform writer Jamal Khashoggi confirms recent indications that the Saudi authorities are slowing down the reforms they have started....
Saudi Arabia  18/03/10

Saudi Arabia plans to launch stock market for foreigners

Saudi Arabia has indicated that it plans to move to allowing indirect foreign investment in its stock market, Tadawul....
Saudi Arabia  15/02/10

Sixth Saada Conflict Ceasefire Holds in Yemen

The ceasefire between the Houthi rebels and the government seems to be holding. This could mark the end of the Sixth Saada War, allowing the government to concentrate on the Southern separatists....
Bahrain  15/02/10

Al Gosaibi File New Claims against Sanea

Al Gosaibi family has filed a court case against Al Sanea in New York in their long running family business dispute....
Bahrain  02/02/10

Iran threatens GCC states if attacked by West

Increasing tensions between the West and Iran increases the risk of Iranian attacks against Western interests in the GCC....
Bahrain  18/01/10

Increased Al Qaeda threat in GCC according to Kuwaiti press

A leading Kuwaiti daily reported government sources as saying that there is an increased Al Qaeda threat in the Gulf, in view of the ongoing Yemen war....
Saudi Arabia  18/01/10

Saudi Arabia moves to limit death penalty

Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council vote to make it more difficult to pass the death penalty indicates that the government is moving ahead with reforming plans, despite reservations by traditionalists....
Saudi Arabia  16/12/09

Risk of Houthi conflict turning into Saudi civil war

Saudi Arabia is now well into a full engagement fighting the Houthi rebels. The longer the conflict continue, the greater the risk of it turning into a local Saudi problem....
Bahrain  01/12/09

Al Wefaq Parliamentary faction refuses to support Saudi action in Yemen

The Saudi involvement in the Sa’ada war along the Yemeni-Saudi border is turning the conflict into a regional one, with implications for Shiite-Sunni relations in other GCC states, such as Bahrain....
Saudi Arabia  01/12/09

Fighting intensifies along Saudi-Yemeni border

The sixth Sa’ada war that started off as an internal civil war in Yemen has become a regional conflict....
Iran  16/11/09

Saudi Arabia warns Iranian pilgrims to avoid politics during Hajj

Tensions between Sunnis and Shiites in Yemen and Saudi Arabia have erupted, as well as the deteriorating situation in Yemen, contributing to an increase of hostility between the two regimes....
Saudi Arabia  16/11/09

Yemen Saada fighting spills into Saudi Arabia

Fighting in Saadi, Yemen has spread into Saudi Arabia. This threatens to widen the conflict into a longer-term regional one, and result in increasing the risk of ethnic instability in the GCC region....
Saudi Arabia  02/11/09

Shiite rebels clash with Saudi forces near border fence

Clashes were reported between Saudi security forces and Yemeni Shiite rebels as Saudi’s tried to construct a border fence. This threatens to spill into increasing tensions with Saudi Shiites....

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