This is how cinemas in Saudi Arabia looked 40 years ago

Monday, 11 December 2017

Little do people know that more than 30 cinemas were open in major cities in Saudi Arabia around 40 years ago. Author Khaled Rabee al-Sayyid, whose book “The Magical Lantern: Readings in Cinema” was recently published, told that in the past, Saudi cinemas played documentaries produced by oil companies in the eastern province as well as short movies by Saudi director Abdullah El-Muheisen. ALSO READ: In landmark move, Saudi Arabia to issue cinema licenses in early ...

What is in store for Yemen after Ali Abdullah Saleh

Monday, 11 December 2017

Ali Abdullah Saleh, the former Yemeni president, was assassinated by the hands of Iran’s arm in Yemen. He was assassinated by the Houthis just as former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was assassinated by the hands of Iran’s terrorist wing, Hezbollah, in Lebanon. This is a barbaric model that has been unleashed by Iran in the region under an abhorrent sectarian umbrella. Confrontation or conflict with Iran is not a sectarian conflict nor is it a political conflict as it is ...

Hussein Shobokshi

Who is Qais al-Khazaali, godfather of Iranian-backed Shiite militias?

Monday, 11 December 2017

A video showing the leader of Iraq’s Iranian-backed Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia, Qais Khazaali, appearing at the Lebanese-Israeli border earlier this week has prompted widespread debate. He was seen in the footage in military uniform, meeting with Hezbollah factions and announced: “The whole country together with Hezbollah is ready to fight and prelude to the Islamic state that is ruled by the Awaited Mahdi.” This produced a wide discussion about the character of Khazaali who just ...

A New Saudi Arabia to the world: We are open for business

Monday, 11 December 2017

Transformative. That is the word commonly uttered when discussing monumental events unfolding in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2017. A country that long isolated itself from the rest of the world, it consequently manifested a reputation as an ultra-conservative country detached from modernity and disconnected from the world. But the pendulum is finally swinging the other way, as Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s Vision 2030, a plan designed to transform the Saudi economy and society, is ...

How licenses will be granted to cinemas in Saudi Arabia ‘within 90 days’

Monday, 11 December 2017

The Saudi General Authority for Audiovisual Media, which is headed by Culture and Information Minister Awwad Saleh Alawwad, approved to begin granting licenses to cinemas in the kingdom within a period that does not exceed 90 days. Licenses will be granted once lists which organize audiovisual shows in public places are finalized. A statement issued by the ministry of information voiced hope that this move will develop the economy of the cultural and media sector in general and provide job ...

In landmark move, Saudi Arabia to issue cinema licenses in early 2018

Monday, 11 December 2017

Cinemas in Saudi Arabia will get their licenses in 2018. “As the industry regulator, the General Commission for Audiovisual Media has started the process for licensing cinemas in the Kingdom,” Minister of Culture and Information Awwad bin Saleh Alawwad said in a statement. ”We expect the first cinemas to open in March 2018.” The government had promised a shake-up of the cultural scene with a set of “Vision 2030” reforms announced by Crown Prince Mohammed bin ...

Houthi militia claims nephew of slain Yemeni ex-president Saleh is alive

Monday, 11 December 2017

One of the senior sheikhs of the Yemeni Khawlan tribes revealed the reasons for the clashes that arose between their tribes and the Houthi militia late Sunday evening. He stated that the militia surrounded the Khawlan tribes’ Sheikh Mohammed al-Ghader’s home and demanded that he surrender former slain President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s nephew. Saleh’s nephew, Brigadier Tariq Mohammed Saleh, was also the head of his security and led several battles against the Houthis in Sanaa ...

Yemeni army seizes three districts in Hodeidah, Iran evacuates advisers

Monday, 11 December 2017

Following the progress that the Yemeni army made supported by popular resistance in Hodeidah, navigational sources in the port of Hodeidah revealed that Tehran vacated 40 military advisers from the area along with UN workers in Yemen. Prior to this, Tehran had evacuated its embassy employees from Sanaa following the intense battles between Houthi militias and the General People’s Congress Party (GPC) forces in the Yemeni capital last week. Meanwhile, Houthi militias are still being clamped ...

Photo of King Salman giving candy to two-year-old child goes viral

Monday, 11 December 2017

A photo of Saudi King Salman giving two-year-old child Khaled bin Bandar bin Faisal bin Bandar, who is a relative of the royal family, candy was circulated by social media users and admired by many for its spontaneous moment of affection.  

Investigation reveals horrifying rape accounts told by Rohingya women

Monday, 11 December 2017

The newlyweds were asleep in their home in western Myanmar in June when seven soldiers charged in.The woman, a Rohingya Muslim who agreed to be identified by her first initial, F, knew enough to be terrified. She knew the military had been attacking Rohingya villages, as part of what the United Nations has called ethnic cleansing in the mostly Buddhist nation. She heard just days before that soldiers had killed her parents and that her brother was missing.Now they had come for her. The men bound ...

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