Saudi foreign minister ‘optimistic’ about incoming Trump administration

Saudi foreign minister ‘optimistic’ about incoming Trump administration

by WorldTribune Staff, January 17, 2017 Saudi Arabia is enthused about what it is hearing from U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. The president-elect has pledged to restore American influence in the world, defeat Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), and contain Iran, the Saudi foreign minister said. “We are optimistic about the incoming administration and […]

Security forces kill jihadist suspects during fire fight in Riyadh

Security forces kill jihadist suspects during fire fight in Riyadh

by WorldTribune Staff, January 8, 2017 Two suspected jihadists, including one who was making explosive belts, were killed by Saudi security forces on Jan. 7. The suspects were shot and killed during a police operation in the north of the capital Riyadh, the Saudi Interior Ministry said, according to AFP. Tayeh al-Saihari and Talal al-Saidi, who […]

Oman, Iran’s closest Gulf ally, signals change by joining Saudi alliance

Oman, Iran’s closest Gulf ally, signals change by joining Saudi alliance

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Oman, Iran’s closest ally in the Persian Gulf region, has signaled that it may be changing course by joining a Saudi-led coalition of Muslim countries fighting terrorism. Arab news outlets said on December 28 that Oman’s defense minister sent a letter to Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown […]

Saudi twitter storm after Germany’s first female defense minister dresses as she pleased on official visit

Saudi twitter storm after Germany’s first female defense minister dresses as she pleased on official visit

by WorldTribune Staff, December 15, 2016 German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen sparked outrage in Saudi Arabia when she refused to wear traditional Muslim attire during her official visit to the kingdom. “Ok so why didn’t they arrest her? The hypocrisy and double standards,” one user posted to Twitter. Saudi authorities earlier this month […]

With OPEC deal to cut output, Saudi signals surrender to U.S. shale

With OPEC deal to cut output, Saudi signals surrender to U.S. shale

by WorldTribune Staff, December 8, 2016 Saudi Arabia’s strategy to drive U.S. shale out of the energy market has failed. “The new OPEC deal to cut oil output – the cartel’s first since 2008 – amounts to nothing less than Saudi Arabia’s surrender to the power of American shale,” John Hulsman wrote for UK business daily City […]

15 Saudi Shia sentenced to death for spying for Iran

15 Saudi Shia sentenced to death for spying for Iran

by WorldTribune Staff, December 7, 2016 A Saudi court on Dec. 6 sentenced 15 Shi’ites to death for spying for Iran, Saudi state media reported. The Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh sentenced 15 other defendants to prison terms ranging from six months to 25 years, and acquitted two others, according to the Arabic-language al-Riyadh newspaper. […]

Letter from Riyadh: Gas is 25 cents/gallon, princes on edge but hopeful about Trump era

Letter from Riyadh: Gas is 25 cents/gallon, princes  on edge but hopeful about Trump era

Special to WorldTribune.com by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct Last week a Geostrategy-Direct editor was in Riyadh to discuss U.S.-Saudi relations, including the implications of Donald Trump’s election for the future of those relations. The meetings were hosted at the King Faisal Center, the leading research center in Saudi Arabia which is directed by Prince Turki […]

Trump’s election is bad news for Iran, great news for Israel

Trump’s election is bad news for Iran, great news for Israel

Special to WorldTribune.com By Norman Bailey The post-election period in the U.S. has been every bit as weird as the election itself, with the exception of one important fact: so far president-elect Trump has made a number of unremarkable and generally highly-qualified appointments. The weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth on the part of […]

Saudis set to lift the veil on true scale of its oil reserves

Saudis set to lift the veil on true scale of its oil reserves

by WorldTribune Staff, November 18, 2016 Saudi Arabia is about to reveal a state secret that it has kept the lid on since the 1980s – the true amount of its oil reserves. The kingdom will make the disclosure as it prepares for the 2018 initial public offering (IPO) of Saudi Aramco that could bring […]

Saudi indefinitely halts oil shipments to Egypt

Saudi indefinitely halts oil shipments to Egypt

by WorldTribune Staff, November 9, 2016 The rift between Egypt and Saudi Arabia appeared to widen on Nov. 8 when the Saudis indefinitely halted oil shipments to Cairo. Saudi King Salman in April agreed to provide Egypt with 700,000 tons of refined oil products per month for five years but the shipments stopped arriving in […]

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