US to deepen strategic relations with Saudi Arabia during Crown Prince visit

Monday, 19 March 2018

US President Donald Trump will host Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, in Washington on Tuesday, giving the president a receptive audience to denounce Iran and a chance to take stock of significant changes the Crown Prince is engineering in the Kingdom.The official announcement by the White House about the visit indicates the US keenness to deepen strategic relations with the Kingdom based on the economic and investment as well as political and security ...

ANALYSIS: How Iran views Pompeo’s entry into Trump administration

Sunday, 18 March 2018

The not so unexpected firing of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson comes at a shock for Iran’s regime. US President Donald Trump is very precise about having differences of opinion.“When you look at the Iran deal, I think it’s terrible,” Trump said. “I guess [Tillerson] thought it was okay. So we were not really thinking the same. With Mike, Mike Pompeo, we have a very similar thought process. I think it’s going to go very well.”Most analysts now ...

PICTURES: Remains of meteor that struck Saudi Arabia four centuries ago

Saturday, 17 March 2018

The National Geographic team has visited a meteorite’s site, called “Wobar,” in the Empty Quarter of the Saudi Arabian desert where they documented the space object. During their visit in 1966, nearly 52 years ago, the team took rather high resolution pictures of the location which are now shared by enthusiasts across social media platforms. These pictures, taken by the magazine’s American photographer Thomas J. Abercrombie, were a focal point of interest to many ...

VIDEO: This is Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh 40 years ago

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Barely a minute long, an archive video displays rare clips of Riyadh’s neighborhoods more than 40 years ago. The footage, shared on the Saudi website Ajel, shows foreigners and Saudis alike walking around the streets of the capital – a very clean capital. The cleanliness is what really captures the eye in this short memoir of Saudi history. Other shots in the video show the gold souq, falconry and Riyadh International Airport. Looking at Saudi Arabia now, one can only note that ...

Why are Egyptians bringing their own coffee to coffee shops?

Saturday, 17 March 2018

“Legal drugs” is what coffee is called in Egypt and that explains why the slightest drop in its quality can affect the mood of all coffeehouse regulars who cannot get through the day without a few cups. Many mistakenly associate street cafes across Cairo with the retired and the unemployed and maybe that was the case decades ago, but now Cairenes of all age groups –including students and professionals, certainly no longer males only—frequent those cafes on daily basis in ...

Why is the largest lake in the Middle East drying up?

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Lake Urmia, which is situated in Iran and is one of the largest lakes in the Middle East, is consistently monitored by a number of environmentalists and activists from various countries. Unfortunately, the lake has drawn the attention due to its desiccation and disastrous consequences of this process. The lake is situated in north-west Iran, at the interface of administrative boundaries of two provinces – Western and Eastern Azerbaijan. This territory is also known as Southern Azerbaijan. ...

FIFA finally approves video review to use at World Cup 2018

Saturday, 17 March 2018

FIFA has finally and fully approved video review to help referees at the World Cup. The last step toward giving match officials high-tech help in Russia was agreed to on Friday by FIFA's ruling council chaired by President Gianni Infantino. "We are extremely happy with that decision," Infantino said at a news conference, adding it would lead to "a more transparent and fairer sport. We need to live with our times." FIFA will now look to sign a World Cup sponsor for video ...

Why are late night bells ringing for top diplomats of India and Pakistan

Friday, 16 March 2018

Aside from the diplomatic spat surrounding Britain and Russia or the war of words between Trump administration and North Korea, a new row has been emerging between diplomats in India and Pakistan - over ringing of bells late at night. Call it pro quid quo, but in a series of events reported on both sides of the border, door bells of top diplomats have been ringing in the dead of night apparently to cause harassment. In recent weeks, governments of both countries have accused each other of ...

On the death and birth of two geniuses: Hawking and Einstein

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Stephen William Hawking died Wednesday morning in Cambridge, England at the age of 76. He was without question the best-known scientist of his time. That was not necessarily because of his prowess as a scientist—the future will judge how right or wrong he was about the various aspects of cosmology that he studied. It was rather because he achieved celebrity status through his efforts to popularize cosmology, displayed a demolition derby-style personality that appealed to many, and the fact ...

The voice from the hospital basement in eastern Ghouta

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Most people in East Ghouta live underground. Medical care is increasingly provided in basements. What is happening there cannot bear the light of day.I recently spoke to one of the directors of a hospital MSF has been supporting since 2013 in East Ghouta. The discomfort of sitting in a safe office in Brussels grew as she described the detail of her and her colleagues’ struggle.This young, confident doctor explained that the last five years of siege and on-off bombing and shelling have been ...

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