News – Saudi Arabia – 2010-12-30

Published: December 31, 2010

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ARABIALINK Daily News – Excerpts from International Media Reports
/Provided as a service from the Saudi-US Trade Group, Washington, DC/

12.30.2010 EDITION

Saudi Contemporary Art In Istanbul: ARAB NEWS

Geoffery King | 12/29/10

“The Edge of Arabia Istanbul: Transition  is the latest international exhibition by Saudi Arabian artists… The Transition in the Edge of Arabia exhibition title reflects the complex effects of change that permeate the works of these Saudi artists.”

Is the Peak Oil Debate Really Dead?: SEEKING ALPHA

James Picerno | 12/30/10

In 2005, John Tierney of The New York Times bet $5,000 with peak-oil supporter Matt Simmons (the late energy investment banker and author of Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy) on the future price of oil. Simmons predicted that the average price of oil this year would be $200 or higher; Tierney bet it would fall short.”

Saudi Arabia To Raise Water Price For Non Residential Users: STEEL GURU

12/30/10

“NCB Capital said in a report that Saudi Arabia wants to raise prices to encourage water conservation. The kingdom needs SAR 124.9 billion in investments in desalination and water recycling plants to meet water demand.”

Saudi Media Accused Of Fostering Specific Views: ARAB NEWS

Fatima Sidiya | 12/30/10

“Participants on the second day of a national dialogue forum in Jeddah on Wednesday spoke about how labeling people according to their ideological perspectives is improper, affects their image in society and could also prevent them from getting their national rights.”

No Side Deal On STL, Lebanon Claims: UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL

12/30/10

“Reports that Saudi Arabia and Syria had persuaded Lebanese leaders to reject an assassination tribunal’s findings are baseless, a lawmaker said.”

New Look for Mecca: Gargantuan and Gaudy: NEW YORK TIMES

Nicolai Ouroussoff | 12/29/10

“Saudi officials say that the construction boom — and the demolition that comes with it — is necessary to accommodate the ever-growing numbers of people who make the pilgrimage to Mecca, a figure that has risen to almost three million this past year.”

More News and Commentary from SUSTG

Former President Moshe Katsav of Israel was “convicted of two counts of rape by a Tel Aviv court on Thursday, capping a four-year spectacle that began with accusations of sexual misconduct against him while he was still in office,” Isabel Kershner (NYT) reports.

Nearly 4,000 Iraqi civilians, police and soldiers died through violence in 2010, making it the least deadly year since the war began, the Web site Iraq Body Count said Thursday in its latest report. AFGHANISTAN: But in Afghanistan, deaths are on the rise, Dan Murphy (CSM) reports. “Almost as many Afghan civilians died in the first half of 2010 alone.”

As unrest continues in Tunisia, President Zine el Abidine ben Ali has shuffled cabinet members and warned protesters, Amro Hassan (Babylon and Beyond) reports.

In Iraq, the history textbooks in public schools “now abruptly end in 1958, making no mention of the revolutions in 1963 and 1968 that propelled Saddam’s Arab nationalist Baath party to power. In fact, teachers say, the words ‘Saddam’ and ‘Baath’ aren’t mentioned once,” Shashank Bengali (McClatchy) reports. But efforts are underway to open old relics from the Saddam era to the public in 2011.

Palestinians “plan to ask the U.N. Security Council in the coming days to declare Israeli settlements illegal and demand a halt to their construction, officials said Wednesday, in a high stakes gamble aimed at increasing pressure on Israel,” Josef Federman (AP) reports.

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