Khaleej

Arabic: Al-Khaleej. English: the Gulf. Our bloggers dive for pearls of wisdom on the Arabian Peninsula. ‘Khaleej’ follows the economic, political and social trends in this fast-developing promontory of the Arab World.



Nasser Arrabyee
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on : Saturday, 26 Jul, 2014

Recriminations in Sana’a

The capture of the province of Amran and its capital by Houthi rebels earlier this month ignited a storm of recrimination in Yemen’s politics. That storm that continued to rage this week as the country’s political leaders rushed to apportion blame for the disaster. The Houthis’ arch enemy, the Al-Islah Party, has been particularly vocal. At an Iftar banquet with local and international journalists on July 22, the secretary-general of Al-Islah, Abdul-Wahab Al-Ansi, called for a full ...

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Thomas W. Lippman
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on : Wednesday, 23 Jul, 2014

Entering the Private Sector, But Where?

The most intriguing news stories to come out of Saudi Arabia in the past few weeks had nothing to do with oil or with any of the conflicts in the countries surrounding the Kingdom. They concerned two little-noticed developments that showed how far Saudi Arabia has come in its efforts to build an industrialized, private-sector economy outside the oil industry, and how far it still has to go to achieve that goal. First came an announcement from the US Department of Commerce that it would impose...

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Peter Salisbury
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on : Sunday, 20 Jul, 2014

The Houthis’ Next Move

Fighting in Yemen between the Houthis, a Zaydi Shi'a rebel group, and tribal and Sunni Islamist militias has come within miles of Sana'a in recent weeks, sparking fears that th...

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Caryle Murphy
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on : Wednesday, 16 Jul, 2014

Fighting the Fires of Extremism

Some British media reports recently asserted that Saudi Arabia was funding the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which has declared a caliphate in the territory it holds ...

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James Spencer
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on : Friday, 11 Jul, 2014

Nor Any Drop To Drink

In classical times, Yemen was called Eudaimon Arabia and Arabia Felix (meaning “fortunate”), thanks to the rains which fell on its mountains, almost unique in an otherwise arid...

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Kristian Coates Ulrichsen
on : Wednesday, 9 Jul, 2014

The Gulf and the Tight Oil Boom

A new report by the Bank of America has cast light on the rapidly evolving landscape of global energy. The bank’s head of commodities research recently told reporters that US pro...

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Catherine Shakdam
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on : Friday, 27 Jun, 2014

Pushed into the Shadows

“Violence against women is neither inevitable nor acceptable,” wrote Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the former UN Resident Coordinator in Yemen, in the Yemen Observer on Interna...

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Thomas W. Lippman
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on : Wednesday, 25 Jun, 2014

Driving Development

It was easy to be skeptical when Saudi Arabia’s economic planners decided nearly a decade ago to promote the development of a domestic automobile and truck manufacturing indu...

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Peter Salisbury
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on : Friday, 20 Jun, 2014

One Less Voice from Yemen

The deportation of a US freelance journalist from Yemen highlights the extent to which the international media's interest in peripheral countries depends on a poorly protected bunc...

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Thomas W. Lippman
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on : Wednesday, 18 Jun, 2014

The Water’s Edge

In Saudi Arabia, the “desert kingdom,” Prince Mohammed Al-Faisal was a pioneer in the quest for new sources of water. The prince, a son of King Faisal, was a founder of the cou...

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