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Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf: Labour conditions

Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf: Labour conditions Since our posting of 28 September working conditions of foreign labour in Qatar have continued to attract criticism, kept in the headlines by reports of preparations for the football World Cup in 2022 and more recently by visits by an international labour delegation and by François Crépeau, …

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Shale

Shale For some years now it has been common talk that the impact of unconventional gas (shale gas, tight gas) becoming available in enormous quantities will have a dramatic effect on world energy prices,

Saudi Arabia: rebooting?

Saudi Arabia: rebooting? Statements by the Saudi head of intelligence Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the former head of intelligence Prince Turki bin Faisal and the Saudi ambassador to the UN Abdullah bin al-Mu’allimi following the Saudi decision not to take up its seat on the Security Council emphasise disappointment with American policy over Palestine, Egypt, …

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Saudi Arabia and the Security Council

Saudi Arabia and the Security Council Following the Saudi decision not to make the customary national presentation at the UN General Assembly, the unprecedented decision not to accept a place on the Security Council nevertheless took everyone by surprise, a move more characteristic of the late Muammar al-Qadhafi’s occasional cries of “stop the world I …

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Saudi women not driving yet

Saudi women not driving yet The question of women driving in Saudi Arabia, regarded by some as peripheral but by others as symbolising the wider question of women’s role and rights (as well as having practical importance), has been prominent recently in both the traditional and the social media.

Saudi Arabia: new policy questions

Saudi Arabia: new policy questions Following a meeting with the Saudi and Egyptian foreign ministers on 8 September John Kerry said that Saudi Arabia had specifically agreed to support a “strike” against the Syrian regime as part of an international military response to Syria’s use of chemical weapons.

Israel and Saudi Arabia: unlikely partners

Israel and Saudi Arabia: unlikely partners The stagnant and relatively predictable Middle East scene of recent years has been rudely disturbed, following the Arab Spring, by the election of an Iranian president who appears to seek a more conciliatory policy towards both the Arab world and the wider world, the unpredictability of post-Mubarak Egypt, the …

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