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Sister of imprisoned activist is shocked that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo isn’t planning on mentioning her plight during visit to Saudi Arabia. Alia Al-Hathloul’s sister Loujain is being detained in a Saudi Arabian prison purely for standing up for women’s right in the country. Alia is shocked that when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits Saudi Arabia this week, many brave women activists, who are being held in the kingdom’s prisons for seeking rights…

Egypt has requested TV network CBS not to air an interview with Abdel Fattah e-Sisi in which the President of Egypt denies holding any political prisoners and admits that cooperation with Israel has never been stronger. “The 60 Minutes team was contacted by the Egyptian ambassador shortly after and told the interview could not be aired,” said a representative of CBS. But instead of bowing to Egypt’s demand, CBS decided to go ahead and titled…

“Right now our economy is doing very well and our financial reserves are doing very well and we are very well positioned and ready for new investments,” Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said. Qatar has signaled that it is ready to increase its international investments and donations to bolster its overseas standing in the face of the continuing embargo by its Gulf neighbours. According to the Financial Times, Qatari officials called for the 18-month…

Saudi officials are unhappy that Qatar’s Emir snubbed an invite from King Salman to attend the GCC summit in Riyadh Qatar’s decision to send a junior foreign minister to the annual Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) meeting in Riyadh has rattled Saudi officials, according to reports. The Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom has pointed out that the deep divisions among Gulf states were exposed when Saudi Arabia’s allies rounded on Qatar’s leadership for snubbing a…

Qatar to attend final OPEC meeting this week which will be followed by the GCC summit later this month. Qatar has revealed it is quitting the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in January 2019. According to Reuters, representatives from Qatar will attend their final OPEC meeting this week, before going it alone to focus on cementing its position as the world’s top liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter. A non-political decision OPEC was formed…

Since June 2017, Egypt, along with Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and UAE, have imposed an air, sea and land blockade against Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism and meddling in the affairs  of neighboring countries, allegations which Qatar has consistently denied. Yet, on November 15, in a surprising statement, Egyptian Minister  of Manpower Mohamed Saafan praised the relations between Qataris and Egyptians and said that Qatar was among the countries which treat Egyptian laborers the best.…

Saudi Arabia’s electronic army has launched a Twitter campaign calling on Saudis to boycott tourism in Turkey amid tensions between the two countries over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. An army of pro-Saudi accounts took Twitter by storm to promote the boycott of tourism in Turkey, which attracted around 650,000 high-spending Saudi tourist last year. The Arabic-language hashtag #BoycottTurkishTourism has been mentioned 50,000 times since the start of the campaign. The pro-Riyadh Twitter accounts accuse…

US President Donald Trump said Sunday he was eager to maintain the alliance with Saudi Arabia after being informed of the content of the recording of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The recording, which was provided by Turkey, is “a suffering tape, (…) a terrible tape,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News. However, Trump said he declined to listen to it. Trump said that a full US report on the Khashoggi…

Saudi Arabia wants to see its tourism revenues surpass US $56.2 billion by year 2018, according to a Saudi News Agency report. According to the report, tourism has grown much faster than the entire Saudi economy in recent years thanks to a series of measures taken by the government to stimulate the sector. Tourism revenues have risen from $15.2 billion in 2004 to more than $51.4 billion in 2017 (SR211 billion), the report says, adding…

A senior figure from the kingdom phoned a Saudi aide and told him “tell your boss” the mission had been accomplished. A member of the Saudi assassination squad behind the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi phoned a senior figure from the kingdom following his death and told him “tell your boss” the mission had been accomplished. Sources claim the “boss” is none other than Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Saudi officials deny any knowledge of…