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March 30, 2014
When Zain Abidin Mohammed Husain Abu Zubaydah and Muhammad Shams al-Sawalha were teenagers, they scoured record shops in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, desperately trying to track down the video for “Billie Jean,” the latest single from Michael Jackson’s global smash album “Thriller.” Sawalha and everyone else knew his friend as Hani, who was a huge fan of Jackson and would sometimes “dance foolishly” when Sawalha put a cassette of the King of Pop’s music into a tape deck. Eventually, they scored a grainy copy of the video and watched it over and over again as they tried to mimic Jackson’s signature dance moves. Those were the innocent days of the mid-1980s, Sawalha said, before Hani became an alleged terrorist mastermind.
Al Jazeera obtained diaries of a Guantanamo Bay prisoner from Pakistan, sharing some great insight on the life of Hani before he was taken to Gitmo.
14:52 // 3 weeks ago
February 18, 2014
This photo of Prince Charles dressed in a traditional Saudi Arabian uniform speaks for itself, really.

This photo of Prince Charles dressed in a traditional Saudi Arabian uniform speaks for itself, really.

21:28 // 2 months ago
December 29, 2013

Saudi Arabia just gave Lebanon a really big end-of-year present

  • $3B the size of the investment Saudi Arabia just made in the Lebanese army, an investment meant to strengthen the army’s resources. Those resources are seen as weaker than those of the Islamic militant group Hezbollah, which is located in the country and is supporting the nearby Syrian government in the country’s ongoing civil war. The move could weaken Iran’s influence on the country, but some analysts suggest the source of the funding makes it divisive. source
17:42 // 3 months ago
December 16, 2013
We’ve seen several red lines put forward by the president, which went along and became pinkish as time grew, and eventually ended up completely white. When that kind of assurance comes from a leader of a country like the United States, we expect him to stand by it. There is an issue of confidence.
Prince Turki al-Faisal, the former intelligence chief of Saudi Arabia, describes his country’s disappointment in the United States and Obama regarding the Syria conflict. 

(Source: nytimes.com )

12:35 // 4 months ago
August 26, 2013
The above image was released via Twitter on Sunday morning, by an established Egypt blogger known as The Big Pharaoh, and seeks to drive home just how fractured relations between various Middle Eastern nations (along with a few non-regional parties) really are.  (Photo via @thebigpharaoh) source

The above image was released via Twitter on Sunday morning, by an established Egypt blogger known as The Big Pharaoh, and seeks to drive home just how fractured relations between various Middle Eastern nations (along with a few non-regional parties) really are.  (Photo via @thebigpharaoh) source

15:19 // 8 months ago
August 7, 2013
16:11 // 8 months ago
January 11, 2013
breakingnews:

Saudi Arabia’s king appoints women to advisory council for 1st time
Bloomberg News: King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has appointed female members to the Consultative Council for the first time, naming 30 women to the 150-member advisory body.The appointments, reported by the official Saudi Press Agency, came after Abdullah issued a decree requiring at least 20 percent of members should be women. It says they must observe Islamic law and be properly covered, and will enjoy full rights in the council, have a separate entrance to the chamber and sit in a special section apart from men.
Photo:  King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia (Hassan Ammar / AP, file)

This is a huge step for that region. Curious to see where things go from here.

breakingnews:

Saudi Arabia’s king appoints women to advisory council for 1st time

Bloomberg News: King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has appointed female members to the Consultative Council for the first time, naming 30 women to the 150-member advisory body.

The appointments, reported by the official Saudi Press Agency, came after Abdullah issued a decree requiring at least 20 percent of members should be women. It says they must observe Islamic law and be properly covered, and will enjoy full rights in the council, have a separate entrance to the chamber and sit in a special section apart from men.

Photo: King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia (Hassan Ammar / AP, file)

This is a huge step for that region. Curious to see where things go from here.

(via newsflick)

9:21 // 1 year ago
November 12, 2012

International Energy Agency: United States heading towards oil self-sufficiency

  • now the United States imports roughly 20 percent of its energy needs. It is currently the world’s third-largest oil producer.
  • 2020 the United States is expected to become the world’s largest oil producer, according to the International Energy Agency’s recent report.
  • 2030 the United States will export more energy than it uses domestically, according to this incredibly bullish report.
  • 2035 the United States will become nearly 100 percent self-sufficient on the oil-usage front, which sounds like the IEA is just making stuff up. source
22:17 // 1 year ago
June 16, 2012
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May 8, 2012
18:30 // 1 year ago