News – 2010.11.22

Published: November 22, 2010

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11.22.2010 EDITION

King Abdullah to U.S. Monday for Medical Care: SUSRIS

Special Report |11/21/10

“Saudi Arabian King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz will travel to the United States on Monday for medical evaluation and treatment of a back condition according to a statement by the Royal Court November 21, SPA said.” HEALTH MINISTER: Health Minister Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah appeared on Saudi television to comment on the health of King Abdullah, Arab News reports. “I can confirm that his situation is stable and that he is healthy and will return to lead this proud nation.” COMMENTARY: An impending medical trip to the U.S. by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has renewed attention on the kingdom’s aging leadership and raised questions of succession, Jeffery Fleishman (LAT) reports.

Saudi Powers Ahead: KIPP REPORT

Samuel Potter | 11/22/10

“While the world fears another recession, Saudi’s economy continues to grow. It dominates the Gulf economy – as it would any single currency – but it has its problems, too.”

Saudi Ambassador To US Re-Appointed For 4 Years, Says SPA: ARABIAN BUSINESS

Bloomberg | 11/22/10

“Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US, Adel bin Ahmed Al Jubeir, was re-appointed for a four year term by King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, the official Saudi Press Agency said today.”

Saudi-Syrian Efforts To Defuse Tension Increase: THE DAILY STAR

Hussein Dakroub | 11/22/10

“Saudi-Syrian attempts to break the Lebanese political deadlock over the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) appeared over the weekend to be in a race against time over the STL’s impending indictment into the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.” EVIDENCE MOUNTS: “A Lebanese police officer and U.N. investigators unearthed extensive circumstantial evidence implicating the Syrian-backed Hezbollah movement in the February 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri, according to an investigation by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp,” Colum Lynch (Washington Post) reports.

Qaeda Branch Aimed for Broad Damage at Low Cost: NEW YORK TIMES

Scott Shane | 11/20/10

“In a detailed account of its failed parcel bomb plot last month, Al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen said late Saturday that the operation cost only $4,200 to mount, was intended to disrupt global air cargo systems and reflected a new strategy of low-cost attacks designed to inflict broad economic damage.” OPINION: “In all the furor about the new TSA scanners and pat-downs at airports, what surprises me is that there is very little discussion of what exactly the inspectors are now looking for and why they are shifting tactics,” Juan Cole (Informed Comment) writes.

Saudi Prince Rebukes US Policy In Afghanistan: GLOBAL POST

Charles M. Sennott | 11/21/10

“In a wide-ranging interview with GlobalPost, Prince Turki, the longtime head of Saudi foreign intelligence, offered a bleak assessment of the Israeli-Palestinian talks, a firm rebuke of U.S. strategy in Afghanistan as ‘misguided’ and a grave warning that a U.S.-sponsored attack on Iran to take out its nuclear program would be “calamitous” for the Middle East and the world.” HARVARD: Prince Turki Al Faisal urged his country to assume a leadership role in mitigating Middle Eastern conflicts and maintaining regional stability during a speech at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics on Friday as part of Harvard Arab Weekend.

Saudi Airlines To Recruit Women Sales Staff: ARABIAN BUSINESS


“We will employ women as ticket sales ladies in all parts of the Kingdom from next year,” Saudi Airlines passenger services director, Saad Al Seuleiman, said in a statement to the local Saudi media.”

BBC’s Panorama Claims Islamic Schools Teach Antisemitism And Homophobia: GUARDIAN

Haroon Siddique | 11/22/10

“Children in Islamic schools are being taught antisemitic and homophobic views from textbooks, the BBC’s Panorama will claim tonight. A spokesman for the program said the pupils, aged six to 18, attend a network of more than 40 weekend schools across the country which teach the Saudi national curriculum to Muslim children.”

Indonesia’s Ban On Housemaids For Kingdom Not Yet Confirmed: ARAB NEWS

Walaa Hawari and Rodolfo Estimo | 11/22/10

“A source at the Indonesian Embassy said on Sunday no official action has been taken yet by Indonesian authorities regarding the proposal by the speaker of the Indonesian House of Representatives to impose a moratorium on migrant workers to Saudi Arabia.”

More News and Commentary from SUSTG

The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, said Sunday that any American proposal for restarting Israeli-Palestinian negotiations must include East Jerusalem as part of a complete halt in Israeli settlement building,” Isabel Kershner (NYT) reports.  RELATED: Ariel, the fourth-largest Jewish settlement could prove to be one of the thorniest points of contention in border negotiations that the US hopes will boost stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts, Joshua Mitnick (CSM) reports.

Iraq’s leaders met Sunday for only the fourth time since being elected in March and delayed for at least several more days the formation of a new government, Jack Healy and Yasir Ghazi (NYT) report.

CNN’s Barbara Starr sits down with General David Petraeus to discuss progress in Afghanistan. RELATED: Coalition and Afghan special operations forces killed a senior Taliban commander in western Afghanistan who was linked to both al Qaeda and Iran’s Qods Force, Bill Roggio (Long War Journal) reports.

Abu Dhabi’s hosting of the Formula 1 is an investment that “isn’t meant to make money, at least not now. It yields a reputational return that works in several ways,” writes Lara Setrakian (FP). “…More broadly, hosting a Grand Prix advances the city’s great ambition of developing high-end tourism and a sustainable economy based on more than oil.”

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