Special Report: In blocking arms to Yemen, Saudi Arabia squeezes a starving population

From Reuters, October 11, 2017, by Selam Gebrekidan and Jonathan Saul. DJIBOUTI (Reuters) – Late last year, the Kota Nazar, a Singaporean ship with 636 containers of…

IMF forecasts economic recovery for Middle East economies in 2018

From The National, October 10, 2017, by Mahmoud Kassem.   Spending on Dubai Expo 2020 is forecast to stimulate the UAE’s economy in 2018 and beyond. Expo 2020…

Saudi-Pakistani Military Drill ‘Kaseh 1’ Wraps up

From Asharq Al-Awsat, October 12, 2017.   The drills of “Kaseh 1” exercise between the Saudi Royal Land Forces and its counterpart in the Pakistani army…

US agrees to sell THAAD missile defence to Saudi Arabia

From Aljazeera, October 6, 2017. The US government has approved the possible sale to Saudi Arabia of an advanced missile defence system worth $15bn, the Pentagon said….