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Meet the first Saudi female to receive the Oil and Gas Woman of the Year Award

Friday, 18 May 2018

Saudi oil giant Aramco held its eighth annual award ceremony where the star of the night was Abeer Olayan, a petroleum scientist at the EXPEC Advanced Research Center (EXPEC ARC) who develops new materials for drilling fluids and cementing. Olayan received the Oil and Gas Woman of the Year Award, making her the first Saudi female to receive this prestigious title. “I feel very proud to be receiving the Woman of the Year Award,” she said. “This outstanding recognition not only ...

Saudi women drivers express hopes and fears as countdown begins

Thursday, 17 May 2018

The countdown has started in Saudi Arabia for women to sit behind the wheel, when females will be allowed to start driving in the kingdom starting from June 24. While many Saudis are waiting to see this new scene on Saudi roads and which has been long awaited by women, many of whom are preparing for this day, while others are taking driving lessons in order to obtain driving licenses A female driver in a training center in Saudi said a large number of applicants are ladies in their sixties ...

Existential debate in US food industry startups: What is meat?

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Can a hamburger or steak be labeled "meat" if it is plant-based? That question has sparked a debate about US food labels as key US cattle industry players have sought to crack down on marketing of proteins made from soy and other plant-based substances. Jessica Almy, policy director of the non-profit Good Food Institute, which promotes meat-alternatives, said labels must state clearly if a product is made from soy or another plant, but they usually make sense in context. ...

ANALYSIS: The challenge of constituting ‘right’ policy toward Iran

Thursday, 17 May 2018

After months of speculations, finally President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The deal was struck by his predecessor President Obama who went out his way to sweeten the deal for the regime in Iran hoping that its rulers may eventually come around and stop their destabilizing behavior in the region, not to proliferate long-range ballistic missiles and end human rights violations at home. None of that happened. ...

In a departure from the past, Ramadan begins same day in India, Pakistan

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Muslims at many places in India and Pakistan started dawn-to-dusk fasting on Thursday in what is being seen as a departure from the past when Ramadan would generally begin a day after it is announced in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries. India, which is home to world’s second largest Muslim population, Ramadan was announced with the sighting of the new moon on Wednesday evening at several places. Mosques spruced up for the occasion had large number of believers pouring in to mark the ...

Scientists uncover likely cheating on ozone treaty

Thursday, 17 May 2018

The decline in the atmosphere of an ozone-depleting chemical banned by the Montreal Protocol has recently slowed by half, suggesting a serious violation of the 196-nation treaty, researchers revealed on Wednesday. Measurements at remote sites -- including the government-run Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii -- of the chemical, known as CFC-11, point to East Asia as the source or renewed production. “We show that the rate of decline of atmospheric CFC-11 was constant from 2002 to 2012, ...

As Iran licks its wounds post Trump snap, concerns grow further afield in India, Pakistan

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

US President Donald Trump’s decision to exit the Iran nuclear deal may have pleased most in the Gulf region but it is beginning to have an impact further afield – more precisely in India and to some extent in Pakistan.India has had delicate energy equations with most energy suppliers in the region and this latest turn of events has only made it difficult. India’s Energy Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, during his visit to the UAE earlier this week, played down the crisis and hinted ...

ANALYSIS: Hezbollah’s presence in Donald Trump’s backyard

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Now that Donald Trump has pulled America out of the Iran deal, he must remember that close to home, he is being faced across the Mexican border by Hezbollah, one of the deadliest non-state adversaries to threaten the US in recent times, a terror group that is a solid proxy of the Iranian regime. With Hezbollah aligned to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, Quds Force, which is used to carry out the former’s foreign terror operations, all three share the same radical ideology, as well as ...

Details emerge of Qatari investor’s hawkish peddling in the US

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

A Qatari investor referenced in a series of tweets from Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti this week confirmed to CNN on Tuesday that he did attend meetings at Trump Tower in December 2016. "Mr. Al-Rumaihi was at Trump Tower on December 12, 2016. He was there in his then role as head of Qatar Investments, an internal division of QIA, to accompany the Qatari delegation that was meeting with Trump transition officials on that date," said a spokesperson for Sport Trinity, a ...

Who is the Iraqi leader who was named on the US blacklist?

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

After the death of Iraqi National Congress leader Ahmed Chalabi, the person next to take the alliance’s reigns was foreign to the political and societal stage. However, his name is now known among the country’s youth after he established the Aras Habib Youth Development Foundation. Aras Habib, president of the Iraqi National Congress and chairman of al-Bilad Islamic Bank was blacklisted by the US Treasury on Tuesday. The treasury said Habib had a history of smuggling money to Iranian ...

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