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Prince Alwaleed bin Talal insulted at only being No 26 on Forbes rich list

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 6, 2013

Saudi Arabia businessman, one of the most influential in the Middle East, says he has been undervalued by $9.6bn

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Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal

Prince Alwaleed with his wife, Princess Amira al-Taweel. He wants a top-10 slot in Forbes’s rich list. Photograph: AFP/Getty Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

For most people, even featuring in the Forbes list of the world’s billionaires would be cause for celebration, but for Prince Alwaleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia, appearing at number 26 with $20bn (£15bn) was an insult.

The prince, one of the most influential businessmen in the Middle East, insists the list undervalues him by $9.6bn. He has vowed to sever all ties with the group’s reporters and accused them of damaging US-Saudi relations.

In response, the editor of the influential list has written a stinging rebuke saying the prince considers a top-10 ranking one of his priorities, systematically exaggerates his wealth and spends more time and effort than any other businessman on attempts to boost his ranking – even more time and effort than Donald Trump. Read the rest of this entry »

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US missile defense plans may signal strike on Iran, Russia warns

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 6, 2012

Guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (AFP Photo / HO / PH3 Konstandinos Goumenidis / US Navy / Getty out)

Guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (AFP Photo / HO / PH3 Konstandinos Goumenidis / US Navy / Getty out)

A unified missile defense system comprising the United States and six Arab states is a signal that a military strike on Iran could be on the horizon, says the Chairman of the State Duma’s International Affairs Committee.

“The formation of the missile defense system is a new step to signal the possibility of a military strike on Iran, at least in a political context,”  Alexey Pushkov told a round table conference on Iran at the State Duma.

Pushkov was commenting on reports that the Pentagon has agreed to form a single missile defense system with six Arab states – Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait and Qatar. Read the rest of this entry »

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Saudi Arabia: Sports Minister Confirms Women’s Exclusion

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 6, 2012

Time Running Out for IOC to Roll Back Saudi Discrimination

(Beirut) – The Saudi sports minister and head of the Saudi National Olympic Committee confirmed on April 4, 2012, that Saudi Arabia will not support women in practicing sports. Prince Nawwaf al-Faisal said: “Female sports activity has not existed [in the kingdom] and there is no move thereto in this regard.”

“At present, we are not embracing any female Saudi participation in the Olympics or other international championships,” Prince Nawwaf continued.

“If the International Olympic Committee was looking for an official affirmation of Saudi discrimination against women in sports, the minister in charge just gave it,” said Christoph Wilcke, senior Middle East researcher at Human Rights Watch. “It is impossible to square Saudi discrimination against women with the noble values of the Olympic Charter.”

Speaking at a press conference in Jeddah that concluded a meeting of Arab youth and sports ministers, the prince claimed that the demand for women’s participation in the Olympics and other international championships came from Saudi women living abroad, and that his organizations would not officially support that demand, but would instead cooperate with those women to ensure their participation “occurred in the appropriate framework and comported with Islamic law.” The prince said he was in constant contact with the Saudi mufti and religious scholars to insure nothing “infringed upon the Muslim woman.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Clinton offers Gulf states joint AMD shield against Iran

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 31, 2012

From left to right: Omani Minister of Foreign Affairs Yussef bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled al-Hamad Al-Sabah, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal attend a US- Gulf Cooperation Council forum at the Gulf Cooperation Council Secretariat on March 31, 2012 in Riyadh. (AFP Photo / Fayez Nureldine) 

From left to right: Omani Minister of Foreign Affairs Yussef bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled al-Hamad Al-Sabah, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal attend a US- Gulf Cooperation Council forum at the Gulf Cooperation Council Secretariat on March 31, 2012 in Riyadh. (AFP Photo / Fayez Nureldine)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has proposed improved strategies with Arab Gulf states on maritime security and missile defense to counter the threat of Iran.

Clinton told a security conference in Saudi Arabia on Saturday that US commitment to the Gulf is “rock-solid and unwavering.” She stressed the US and Gulf governments share concerns about Iran’s nuclear activity and that partnership with the US has “enormous potential” to advance common interests.

Raising security ties from a bilateral to a multilateral level, Clinton is breaking new ground by taking part in the first strategic cooperation forum between Washington and the six-country Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

She said the US and Gulf States should take “practical and specific steps to strengthen mutual security, such as helping militaries improve interoperability, cooperate on maritime security and missile defense, and coordinate responses to crises.” US officials have said it is a US “priority” to help the GCC build a “regional missile defense architecture” against what they see as a looming ballistic missile threat from Iran. Read the rest of this entry »

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Can China Benefit From Growing U.S.-Iran Tensions?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 16, 2012

By AUSTIN RAMZY

U.S. efforts to reduce global demand for Iran’s oil exports as a means to pressure it into curbing its nuclear ambitions could present major problems for China, the leading customer of Iranian crude exports. China reacted strongly over the weekend to U.S. sanctions on Zhuhai Zhenrong, a Chinese firm the U.S. calls the largest supplier of refined petroleum to Iran. (Although a major petroleum producer, Iran is dependent on gasoline imports due to limited domestic refinery capacity.) Those imports violated U.S. law, the U.S. State Department says, and as a result Zhuhai Zhenrong is “barred from receiving U.S. export licenses, U.S. Export Import Bank financing, and loans over $10 million from U.S. financial institutions.”

The Wall Street Journal reported that the company appears to have no U.S. assets, so the sanctions are “largely symbolic.” But they raised the ire of the Chinese government. On Saturday Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin called U.S. efforts to internationalize its  sanctions against Iran by target a Chinese company were “completely unreasonable and don’t conform with the spirit or content of U.N. Security Council resolutions,” according to a statement (in Chinese) posted on the ministry’s website.

Last week U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner visited Beijing, seeking to convince China to back further sanctions against Iran. Last month President Obama signed legislation that would block firms that deal with Iran’s central bank—the key processor of oil receipts—from the U.S. financial system. Exceptions would be made for states that significantly reduce crude oil purchases from Iran. Japan, a major importer of oil from Iran, said it would support the U.S. measure. But China responded cautiously. Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai said ahead of Geithner’s visit that China’s oil imports should be considered separately from the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program. Read the rest of this entry »

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David Cameron Criticises Russia Over Links With Syria

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 13, 2012

The Prime Minister has criticised Russia over its relationship with Syria, after a visit to Saudi Arabia to “strengthen co-operation” with the desert kingdom.

In an interview with Saudi television network Al-Arabiya, David Cameron said:

“I would urge the Russians and the Russian Government, even at this late stage, to look very carefully at why it keeps doing what it’s looking to do on Syria.

“This is appalling bloodshed, appalling murder on the streets of Syria. The whole Arab League has come together and said it’s unacceptable and others need to listen to that and act on that at the UN. Britain stands ready to do that”.

Speaking on Britain’s policy towards Syria, Cameon added:

“We stand ready as a permanent member of the UN Security Council to take a fresh resolution to that council, based on what the Arab League is doing and saying, and daring others that if they want to veto that resolution to try to explain why they are willing to stand by and watch such appalling bloodshed by someone who has turned into such an appalling dictator”.

The comments were made during talks in Riyadh with King Abdullah, designed to deepen ties with the oil-rich nation, despite criticism of British arms sales to the desert kingdom and concerns about the country’s human rights record.

The trade between Britain and Saudi Arabia is worth £16bn a year and the kingdom is Britain’s biggest trading partner in the Middle East. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ten Grim Lessons Learned From the Iraq War

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 17, 2011

Despite the upbeat talk of the Obama Administration, the eight-year war that ended this week has done plenty of long-term damage to both Iraq and the United States. And it has bequeathed lessons worth considering ahead of future conflicts

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5 Countries With the Highest Military Expenditure

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 1, 2011

How much a country spends on its military budget is a reflection of a number of factors, including the size of the economy, the perceived military threat or opportunity, the influence of the private sector on government policy and the overall priorities of a society.

When we look at the absolute spending amount, the United States is by far the largest spender. According to theStockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) Yearbook 2011, America spent nearly $700 billion in 2010. This accounts for about 43% of the entire global military spending and is nearly 6 times more than the amount spent by the next largest, China. In fact, the United States spends more on its military than the total spent by the second largest (China), third largest (United Kingdom), fourth largest (France), fifth largest (Russia)… and fifteenth largest (Turkey) combined.

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So, while in absolute dollar amount the United States is an extreme outlier regarding its military spending, it is more appropriate to examine the normalized spending since comparing the absolute amount each country spends on its military another isn’t very fair. After all, we would certainly expect that a large country with one of the world’s largest economies like the Russian Federation would spend more than a small country like Lithuania. But what is the most appropriate way to normalize the spending?

If we look at the military expenditure per capita, we can control for differences in population between different countries. In this comparison we see once again that the United States is an outlier, spending an average of over $2,000 per person versus a global average that is about one-tenth that amount. Among the top 15 countries with the highest military expenditure, only two other countries had more than $1,000 per person spent on military, Saudi Arabia and Australia.

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Talal Bin Abdel-Aziz Al Saud, Rebellious Saudi Prince, Resigns From Succession Commission

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 16, 2011


Is he going to be another Buddha?

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — A Saudi prince known as rebellious member of the royal family resigned on Wednesday from a commission in charge of selecting the oil-rich kingdom’s future kings.

Talal bin Abdel-Aziz Al Saud, the king’s half brother, on his official website that he submitted his resignation to King Abdullah. He didn’t give reasons.

The resignation indicated a power struggle within the ruling Saudi family. Talal criticized what he called a monopoly on Saudi power by an unnamed faction within the royal family in remarks published in 2007.

The 35-member Allegiance Commission of the sons and grandsons of Saudi Arabia’s founder was formed in 2006 to ensure smooth transfer of power. Abdullah is 87.

Last month Crown Prince Sultan died and was replaced by conservative Prince Nayef, who is 78. Nayef would assume the throne upon the death of the king, who is recovering from his third back operation in less than a year.

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Himalayas could become the Saudi Arabia of solar

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 20, 2011

Think of solar arrays and you’ll probably picture panels under blistering desert heat – but we may be able to get more energy from solar panels on snow-capped mountains.

Kotaro Kawajiri at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology mapped solar irradiance across the globe in collaboration with colleagues in Japan. They found that some of the highest levels of sunlight can be found in the Himalayas and the Andes: at altitude, less light is lost to the atmosphere. Read the rest of this entry »

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Will the Washington Bomb Plot Force Obama into War with Iran?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 14, 2011

By Tony Karon 

“We are not talking to Iran, so we don’t understand each other,” outgoing Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen told the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace last month. “If something happens, it’s virtually assured that we won’t get it right — that there will be miscalculation, which could be extremely dangerous in that part of the world.”

Mullen’s warning of the perils arising from the two sides’ inability to communicate and understand each other’s intentions — “Even in the darkest days of the Cold War, we had links to the Soviet Union” — seems especially prescient amid the fallout from the alleged plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington, blamed by the U.S. on “elements of the Iranian government.” Claims that officials within the elite Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps initiated a bizarre scheme via an Iranian-American used-car salesman — described by his former business partner as “a sort of hustler” — to enlist the services of a Mexican drug gang for a terrorism strike in the U.S. capital have been seized on by the Administration to press for tougher international action against Tehran.

“We see this as a chance to go out to capitals and around the world and talk to allies and partners about what the Iranians tried to do,” an unnamed official told the Washington Post. “We’re going to use this to isolate them to the maximum extent possible.” Vice President Joe Biden added, darkly, that when it came to responding to Iran’s behavior, “nothing has been taken off the table.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Kingdom Tower: Adrian Smith Talks Designing World’s Tallest Building

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 4, 2011


This is the epoch of Science and Technology miracles. How long we need to wait for another record breaker news?
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The Arab Spring: Opening A Pandorra’s Box?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 4, 2011

By A.K. Verma

(July 04, New Delhi, Sri Lanka Guardian) The so called Arab spring represents a massive popular movement, not

In this photo taken on a government-organized tour, Libyan women demonstrate during a rally in Green Square in downtown Tripoli, Libya, Friday, July 1, 2011. A defiant Moammar Gadhafi threatened Friday to carry out attacks in Europe against "homes, offices, families," unless NATO halts its campaign of airstrikes against his regime in Libya. -AP Photo

seen or predicted in the Arab world ever since the Suez sponsored Nasserite upheaval. It is as significant as the falling of the Berlin wall. The effects of the falling of the Berlin wall are still being felt. Similarly, the Arab spring will lead to irreversible and continuous changes.

Although a common thread links the movement in all the regions its origins are not monocausal. The common denominator is that the entire region seeks a total transformation of ruling political structures and processes, fundamental reforms in governance to foster social equity and emancipation of the poverty ridden classes. The downtrodden have risen to forge a new identity, to look for better opportunities in education, development and personal enhancement.
The spring started in Tunisia with a policewoman slapping a young adult who immolated himself later. This ignited into a blaze the widespread discontent which had been there in Tunisia against the regime, leading ultimately to the flight of the president of Tunisia. Reactions followed in Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Libya and Syria where similar undercurrents of discontent prevailed against the autocratic regimes. The Egyptian president had to abdicate also. The Yemen President, hurt in an assault at the Presidential Palace, took refuge in Saudi Arabia. Other rulers are facing armed insurrections.
The specific issues vary from country to country but broadly they can be placed in two categories. The movements in Tunisia, Bahrain and Libya are more social than political or economic, engineered by unhappy tribal or sectarian maladjustments, aggravated by authoritarian rulers. In Egypt, Yemen and Syria the roots lie in political, economic and sectarian dissatisfactions. Only Bahrain is monarchial: the rest of the five countries are republican. Great anxieties are being felt in their neighbourhood, especially the monarchies in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the gulf region. If the unrest spreads to these regions, absolutely unpredictable consequences can arise. Instability in Saudi Arabia will lead to severe repercussions in the oil and energy politics of the world. There are many who dread at the thought of instability in Saudi Arabia as it is also the custodian of the Muslim holy places of Mecca and Medina. Read the rest of this entry »

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U.S. Intensifying Covert War In Yemen, Reports The New York Times (VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 10, 2011


No idea when and who will be able to start “Peace Revolution­”? Whey everyday new and new war news? Where we want to go?
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Afghan Taliban, Al-Qaeda May Rethink Ties Now That Osama Bin Laden Is Dead, Say Analysts

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 5, 2011


Compromise is the best solution. War is not the solution. War creates series of problems. Brotherhoo­d is the only solution for the peaceful world. Leave egoism and come to the peaceful world.
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