Saudi Authorities Set New Rules On Recruiting Expat Engineers

Four major senders of expat engineers–Pakistan, India, Egypt and Syria–are expected to be hit mostly by the new ruling RIYADH (Nov 25, 2018): The Saudi authorities are enforcing new regulations which restrict the recruitment of foreign engineers, Akhbaar24 reported. Under the new rules, fresh expat engineers would be barred from working in the kingdom for […]

Chinese Firm Replacing France’s Total in $5B Iran Gas Project

TEHRAN (Nov 25, 2018): Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said China’s state-owned CNPC has officially replaced France’s Total in Iran’s multibillion-dollar South Pars gas project, Tasnim news agency reported on Sunday. “China’s CNPC has officially replaced Total in phase 11 of South Pars but it has not started work practically. Talks need to be […]

Rouhani’s Call For ‘Muslim Unity Against US’: News Analysis

Iranian President Hasan Rouhani has called for unity of Muslim countries against the United States instead of what he called “rolling the carpet for criminals”. The latter part is interpreted as a dig at Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states in particular which are having a close-knit partnership with the US under President Donald Trump’s […]

Turkey’s Erdogan, Saudi Crown Prince Salman May Meet On G20 Summit Sidelines

ANKARA (Nov 23, 2018) — The meeting of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may take place if requested by the Saudi side, the foreign minister told the CNN Turk broadcaster Friday. “There are no obstacles for our president to meet with the crown prince of Saudi Arabia. If […]

Trump’s Saudi Arabia Decision About ‘America First’, Economy

Trump slammed by top Republicans for his Saudi statement: ‘America First!’ NEW YORK (Nov 21, 2018): The United States intends to remain a “steadfast partner” of Saudi Arabia even though Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may have known about the plan to kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi, said President Donald Trump in a statement (read […]

Saudi Arabia Upset Over Trump U-Turn, Seeks Deep Oil Output Cut

IRSHAD SALIM, (Nov 18, 2018): Here’s why the Saudi Kingdom is miffed at and don’t trust President Trump any more–they are very angry post-sanctions scenario. Oil prices are now down over 20 percent from recent highs. “If you look at oil prices they’ve come down very substantially over the last couple of months,” President Trump […]

Saudi Arabia Waives 6 Billion Dollars of Debt Owed by Least Developed Countries

JEDDAH (Nov 11, 2018): Earlier Saudi Arabia’s state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported that the Kingdom has made a landmark move within its aid efforts, waiving a staggering US$6 billion of debt owed by least developed countries (LDCs). No further details on which countries will benefit from this generous gesture has been announced as of […]

Iranian Tankers Go Dark to Keep Selling Oil

NEW YORK; Nov 4, 2018: In late October, every single one of Iran’s vessels “went dark”, switching off their transponders to avoid international tracking systems — a first since TankerTrackers.com began operating in 2016. The ships can now only be tracked manually using satellite imagery. “It’s the first time I’ve seen a blanket black-out. It’s […]

Saudi Aramco to Go for IPO After Building Up Value-Added Downstream Assets Worldwide

BE2C2 Report (Oct 31, 2018): Saudi Arabia would likely carry out an initial public offering for Saudi Aramco in 2021 after it builds up some downstream assets including petrochemical production locally and globally, Khalid Al-Falih, the country’s energy minister, said. “If you look at the downstream of Aramco it is significant, but is not at […]

Manchester United Football Club Draws Takeover Interest from Saudi Prince

OCT 15, 2018: Rumors are swirling in the London tabloids that Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman of Saudi Arabia – whose family reportedly maintains a net worth of some £850bn – is keen to either take a stake or buy Manchester United from the Glazer family, per a report in The Sun. Such a move […]

8 Pakistanis Jailed for Luring Teen Girls into Prostitution in Dubai

OCT 14, 2018: Seven men and a woman, all Pakistanis, were found guilty on Sunday by a Dubai court of luring three compatriot teen girls to come to Dubai and making them work in a prostitution den. The documents of the case, which dates back to December 7 last year in Al Muraqqabat, show the […]

Saudi Arabia to Supply India 4 Million Extra Barrels of Oil Next Month

OCT 14, 2018: Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, will supply Indian buyers with an additional 4 million barrels of crude oil in November, several sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. The extra cargoes indicate a willingness by the kingdom to increase crude supply to make up the shortfall once sanctions by […]

The New Arab Order: ‘Fundamentally One of Disorder’

A vantage view of the Middle East post Arab Spring which was initiated during former US President Barack Obama’s era and sponsored/funded by George Soros, co-founder of Friends Of Democracy (PKonweb) MARC LYNCH: In 2011, millions of citizens across the Arab world took to the streets. Popular uprisings from Tunis to Cairo promised to topple […]

Saudi Arabia Quietly Plans to Increase Oil Output By 500,000 Barrels Per Day

SEP 29, 2018 (BE2C2 Report): Saudi Arabia is poised to steadily increase production to compensate for the Iranian oil that will be subject to U.S. sanctions starting Nov. 5. Saudi Arabia hasn’t said anything publicly, and seemed to tow the OPEC line following Sunday’s meeting with other major oil producers. But Commerzbank said Friday that […]

UN Speech: Trump Rejects Globalism; Names ‘Good’ and ‘Not So Good’ Places

SEP 25, 2018: US President Donald Trump today spoke at the UN General Assembly in New York and mentioned good places according to him being: India, Saudi Arabia and Poland. Not Good places according to Trump were: Iran, friends of Iran, Nicaragua, Germany, China, OPEC countries, Syria, countries that don’t respect America. Places Trump did […]

Iran Blames Terrorists Trained By a ‘Foreign Regime’ For Military Parade Attack

SEP 22, 2018: Following a deadly attack on a military parade in southern Iran, the country’s foreign minister said that regional sponsors of terrorism and their “US masters” are to be held accountable for such assaults. Top Iranian diplomat Mohammad Javad Zarif vowed to respond “swiftly and decisively” after gunmen opened fire in southwestern city […]

Saudi Arabia to Become Partner in CPEC, PM Imran Offers Same to UAE

SEP 20, 2018 (BE2C2): Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Thursday said Saudi Arabia would be the third partner in China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and invest in projects in Pakistan. Addressing a press conference in capital Islamabad, he said Pakistan had invited Saudi Arabia to join CPEC and both the countries […]

Turkey’s S-400 Purchase ‘National Decision’: NATO Chief

SEP 15, 2018: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenburg said Friday that Turkey’s purchase of a missile defense system from Russia was Ankara’s own “national decision.” “It is a challenge and is well known that there is a disagreement between Turkey and especially United States on this issue,” Stoltenburg said at the conservative Heritage Foundation think […]

U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Iran-Related Aviation Firm, Prepared to Take ‘Strongest Action’

SEP 14, 2018: The U.S. Treasury announced on Friday that it has imposed sanctions on a Thailand-based aviation company, punishing it for its alleged ties with an already designated Iranian airline. My Aviation Company was slapped sanctions for “acting for or on behalf of Mahan Air, an Iranian airline previously designated for supporting Iran’s terrorism […]

Israel Developing Precision Missiles to Hit Anywhere in the Middle East

AUG 28, 2018: Israel is working on a new missile system capable of hitting targets anywhere in the Middle East, Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Monday. State-owned arms manufacturer Israel Military Industries (IMI) would deliver “within a few years” an advanced integrated system “allowing precise hits by remote launching”, he said in a statement. […]