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West Asia News and Discussions

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Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Postby nirav » 10 Jul 2017 05:20

Totally dig the fact that ME green on green along with hare brained Saudi strategies of launching soosai attempt to out price US shale have worked out incredibly well for Desh and Modi govt in particular..
From 100 USD in may 14 to 26 USD in Feb 16 :mrgreen:
It's facing massive resistance in the 50-55 band.

What to say, AoA onlee !

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Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Postby Philip » 10 Jul 2017 13:28

Qatar fighting back,threatening to sue its aggressors.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/ ... mpensation
Qatar seeks compensation over Arab blockade
Qatari attorney general says country would pursue compensation claims against rivals Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates

Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor
Sunday 9 July 2017 19.56 BST Last modified on Sunday 9 July 2017 22.00 BST
Qatar sought to apply pressure to the four states laying siege to its economy on Sunday by saying it had set up a special committee to pursue multi-billion compensation claims against them.

The announcement by Qatar’s attorney general threatens to add a further costly legal dimension to the battle between Qatar and its rivals Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt.

The four countries in dispute with Qatar have already themselves demanded compensation from Doha for what they allege was past interference in their internal affairs. The demand is one of 13 made by the quartet – part of a major power struggle that has torn apart the west’s key Gulf allies.

The Qatari attorney general said the compensation claims would be made on behalf of the businesses affected by the land and air embargo imposed by the four countries. The four insist they are mounting only a boycott and not a blockade. Qatar’s attorney general, Ali bin Fetais-al Marri, said he had set up a central committee to collate claims.

Analysis Qatar diplomatic crisis – what you need to know
Several Arab countries are breaking ties with Qatar. We look at the reasons why, and what the consequences may be

The US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, will visit the region on Monday to see if he can add to the mediation work already being led by Kuwait.
The UK foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, spent the weekend shuttling between the major regional capitals urging both sides to de-escalate the dispute.

A decision is expected at the high court in London on Monday on whether the UK is in breach of its arms export licence laws for giving the go-ahead to the UK defence industry to sells arms to Saudi.

The Campaign against the Arms Trade has brought a judicial review claiming the UK government should have suspended arms sales on the basis there was a serious risk the Saudis would use the arms in the war in Yemen in breach of international humanitarian law.

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Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Postby IndraD » 12 Jul 2017 16:09

Saudi led blockade has back fired with Qatar emerging victorious in stalemate http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/wo ... 90112c298a

Qatar is living large despite monthlong Arab siege
markets are full, banks rich & people happy http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/worl ... 558428.cms

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Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Postby chanakyaa » 14 Jul 2017 07:05

Sukuk Bonds and Toxic Sharia Risk
A decision by Abu Dhabi-listed Dana Gas to declare $700 million of its sukuk invalid has sent shivers through the Islamic finance industry, raising concern about the safety of sharia-compliant debt instruments in general.
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Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Postby Lilo » 14 Jul 2017 08:59

IndraD wrote:Saudi led blockade has back fired with Qatar emerging victorious in stalemate http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/wo ... 90112c298a

Qatar is living large despite monthlong Arab siege
markets are full, banks rich & people happy http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/worl ... 558428.cms

Pojitive MSM news on Qatar must be filtered heavily before reaching to the gist - to make up for qatar's disproportionate pull on the global presstitute community.

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Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Postby Falijee » 14 Jul 2017 17:00

Qatari Camels Become "Collateral Damage" Between Inter- Ummah Tiff

Hundreds of Qatari camels die of thirst amid Saudi boycott

DOHA – Hundreds of camels have died of thirst and heat at the border between two Gulf neighbours after Qatari farmers were expelled from Saudi Arabia last month.The diplomatic rift between the Arab nations landed the farmers and their animals in great trouble, forcing them to trek across the desert, The Independent reported. Some farmers left immediately, while others and their animals were still travelling back two weeks after the diplomatic rift.As only a few hundred camels were allowed to cross each day, many of them were left to die by the side of the road.
Meanwhile, according to the Peninsula newspaper, the Qatar’s environment ministry provided shelter, water and food for more than 8,000 camels after the fall-out was announced.Officials said veterinarians and animal experts had also been mobilised to help and that more shelter in Qatar would be allocated soon.
Between 12,000 and 25,000 animals have fallen victim to the Gulf diplomatic crisis.

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Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Postby JE Menon » 14 Jul 2017 17:18

Lilo it is the exact opposite. Saudi has far and away the strongest pull on the presstitutes and has had it for eons globally from among the Islamic countries. What we are seeing now is a bit of a payment terms and conditions war in the shadows I suspect.

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Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Postby IndraD » 14 Jul 2017 17:44

Shias are being executed right and left in Saudi. Recently 4 beheaded, mostly from restive Qatif province.
Last year Saudi executed over 150 people.

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Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Postby IndraD » 14 Jul 2017 17:46

Ten Indians were killed and six others injured in a fire that ripped through a windowless house in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.
The External Affairs Ministry on Thursday released the list of those killed in the incident. They are: Tabrej Khan, Ateeq Ahmad, Waseem Akram, and Vakeel Ahmad from Uttar Pradesh; Gauri Shankar Gupta from Bihar; Kamapalan Sathyan, Baiju Raghavan, and Sreejith Kottasseri from Kerala; and Murokanandan Kaliyan from Tamil Nadu. Details about Paras Kumar Subedar and Mohammad Waseem Azizur Rahman are being ascertained.

The workers, who belonged to a construction company, were living near a gold market area in Faisaliah district.

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Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Postby ldev » 17 Jul 2017 23:06

:lol:

UAE orchestrated hacking of Qatari government sites, sparking regional upheaval, according to U.S. intelligence officials

The United Arab Emirates orchestrated the hacking of Qatari government news and social media sites in order to post incendiary false quotes attributed to Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani, in late May that sparked the ongoing upheaval between Qatar and its neighbors, according to U.S. intelligence officials.

Officials became aware last week that newly analyzed information gathered by U.S. intelligence agencies confirmed that on May 23, senior members of the UAE government discussed the plan and its implementation. The officials said it remains unclear whether the UAE carried out the hacks itself or contracted to have them done. The false reports said that the emir, among other things, had called Iran an “Islamic power” and praised Hamas.

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Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Postby IndraD » 17 Jul 2017 23:54

Social media star sparks furious calls for her arrest in Saudi Arabia after filming herself walking around in a T-shirt and short skirt;
Image

A SM activist who went around Saudi in mini skirt and sleeveless frock has invited mulla's wrath asking for her to be stoned.
what could be ht elogic behind when they know such an act in Barbaria will certainly invite wrath?

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Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Postby IndraD » 18 Jul 2017 15:17

Saudi running risk of humiliation and getting dwarfed in region as blockade is failing

the Saudi and Emirati-led move against Doha does not seem to be achieving its goals. Rather than isolating Qatar, it has deepened Qatari ties with regional powers Turkey and Iran. Oman and Kuwait, two other states in the Gulf Cooperation Council, have not joined in. Food supplies and other goods are still flowing into Qatar's docks and airports. And, no matter the White House's mixed messaging, American diplomats appear to be pushing for conciliation and compromise with Qatar rather than seeking Doha's acquiescence to the Saudi and Emirati demands.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wor ... 9d9c9b5d91

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Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Postby Falijee » 20 Jul 2017 06:17

Saudi King Son Plotted Efforts To Oust His Rivals !

Long article, interesting details . No mention of Raheel Sharif :D

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Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Postby ShauryaT » 21 Jul 2017 02:38

What happens to a nation that cannot protect itself and how decisions are made by major power in their narrow self interests.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/inside-yemen/

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Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Postby Amber G. » 21 Jul 2017 07:16

Interestingly Hafez Assad (Bashar al-Assad's son) is taking part in International Math Olympiad this year. He is representing Syria.
Since the news is on some news-papers already I think it is not un-sportsman-like, or breaking privacy issues to mention it here.
(Actually the son himself has spoken to Brazil's Globo newspaper giving away his privacy).

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Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Postby Falijee » 25 Jul 2017 03:24

Saudi Arabia says bin Nayef ‘addicted to cocaine’ :roll:

A source close to the Saudi court has alleged that the country’s former crown prince, who was ousted last month and was replaced by the king’s favorite son, is addicted to morphine and cocaine.The summary removal of the then-crown prince Mohammed bin Nayef raised eyebrows at home and abroad. Some observers have said the incident amounted to a palace “coup.”In the absence of any official explanation, reports emerged of anonymous sources purporting that bin Nayef, who lost the position to Mohammed bin Salman by royal fiat on June 21, had drug problems. Initially, the Saudi sources alleged morphine abuse, which they said Nayef used to relieve pain from a shrapnel he received during a botched attack against him in 2009.But on Friday, another source close to the Saudi court seemed to further stretch that narrative.Nayef was dismissed due to morphine and cocaine addiction, the source told Reuters, anonymously. Source is from Yemen, therefore needs to be discounted by some percentage !
“MbN has a lot of respect among us as a crown prince and as interior minister but there are higher interests for the state, which are more important than social position or status,” the source said, referring to Nayef with an abbreviation of his name.But sources close to the former crown prince have seemed to imply that the allegations of addiction are not true, and that a behind-the-scenes power struggle had been at play.
Reuters said that bin Salman had been using his relationship with his king father “to reorder the top jobs in the political, oil, security, security and intelligence sectors, often without the knowledge” of bin Nayef.Saudi Arabia’s ailing 81-year-old King Salman (seen below) has been reportedly suffering from partial dementia and is said to be contemplating an abdication in favor of his son. Palace intrigues 24/7 , results will be announced very soon. :D
One such source said earlier that bin Nayef had wanted to take his family to Switzerland or the United Kingdom, but the king and his son had decided that he had to stay. “He wasn’t given any choice,” the source said.Accounts emerged recently that bin Nayef had been pressured overnight to end his claim to the throne, which he did under duress. He later appeared in footage pledging allegiance to the new crown prince.Bin Nayef was also relieved of his duties as interior minister. Information and dis-information galore . C.I.A- through its agents - must be "busy" around the clock !
As Saudi Arabia’s defense minister, bin Salman is believed to have been largely responsible for the disastrous invasion of Yemen, where high civilian casualties and a cholera epidemic have raised international alarm. What is the role of Gen Raheel in all of this . He was photographed with the Young Crown Prince when POTUS and his family were in town . :D


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