According to a Saudi Businessman, leaving the EU for Britain had the British sell themselves short in properties and cheaper imports.
According to Arabians, Britain’s move was a “monetary suicide” Analysts said Britain had left a continent that fought for six years of destroying dictators, torturers and preventing future war.
Several Gulf governments are tied to Britain, specifically to the leadership of UK Prime Minister David Cameron. The London property market can quickly fall at the mercy of immensely-rich Gulf families. This is not necessarily a benefit described by former London Mayor Boris Johnson and UKIP leader Nigel Farage.
Arabian Journalist Jamal Kashoggi said Russia was another country happy to see the EU broken up. Qatar al-Jazeera journalist Faisal al-Kassim said that when Britain said it would exit, Cameron left immediately. In Syria, when the people said no, the leadership – namely Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, remained in the country and the people left.
The Independent Writer Robert Fisk, said that the UK referendum is but a democratic dream to many nations in the Middle East.
“I’m not talking about the total crackpots – Saddam’s 100 per cent victory in the 2002 Iraqi elections, for instance – but about poor old Egypt which has voted in chains for many years. Just look at that 98.1 per cent for a 2014 constitution which allowed Field Marshal Abdul-Fattah Sisi to stand for president after he had overthrown the elected government of Mohamed Morsi.
“And then we had Sisi’s own 2014 presidential election victory of 96.1 per cent – now that, surely would have Boris and Mike and Nigel slavering with joy if only we Brits had the same patriotic unity as the Egyptian people.”
As conflict in the Middle East continues to escalate, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is reported to have imported to more than 275% of weapons and other caches in the world today. UK defence contractors are estimated to have sold more than £1.56 billion of arms to the country. European state imports are down by 41 per cent.
The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has contained the figures.
“A coalition of Arab states is putting mainly US- and European-sourced advanced arms into use in Yemen,” said Pieter Wezeman, senior researcher with Sipri’s arms and military expenditure programme. “Despite low oil prices, large deliveries of arms to the Middle East are scheduled to continue as part of contracts signed in the past five years.”
Meanwhile, the SIPRI reports that Iran, Saudi Arabia’s perceived rival related to the Sunni and Shia Muslim conflict, has imported “a very low level” of arms following its arms embargoes for more than a decade. Due to the nuclear deal, Iran may be allowed to buy new weapons from its neighbouring countries.
Russia, an ally of Syria and Iran, said it would sign a contract to sell Sukhoi Su-30 SM multi-role fighters to Iran. According to the US State Department, a sale of arms to Iran would violate a UN arms embargo without advance security council approval.
Iran, the loyal ally of the Syrian Regime of President Bashar al-Assad, has become a huge threat to Saudi Arabia as Syrian talks proceed in the Vienna Summit.
US Secretary of State John Kerry sits down with both sides as he and others attempt to reconcile the two groups who had used covert methods to turn Syria into a proxy war.
Iran’s Presence Would Unlikely Help
Saudi Arabia, who had spoken its negative views on Iran’s nuclear programme that led to its cutoff from the world economy, said Iran’s presence will unlikely help.
Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said that Iran, whose name was not included in the formal invite, said Iran’s presence must mean they are serious. He said that they will know if the country is not serious if there is no certainty that Basahr al-Assad will step down.
A Deep Mistrust
The deep mistrust between the two countries became imminent after Iranian officials accused Saudis of using an incident in Mecca last month to kidnap a prominent Iranian official Ghazanfar Roknabadi.
The Vienna Summit intends to establish a framework for a “managed transition” to ease Assad out of Syria wherein the two countries would need to reconcile to resolve the issue. Concerned parties argue that the continuing conflict will destroy Syria.
Saudi’s Terrorism court is to try women drivers in Saudi Arabia. Two female drivers who defied a ban on female driving are scheduled for a hearing according to local activists.
Twenty-five years-old Loujain al-Hathloul and 33 years-old Maysa al-Amoudi, put in detention for a month, will be the first to be heard in Saudi’s court for international criminals.
According to Saudi’s official constitution, women are confined to the passenger’s seat. Technically, women could never drive because only men could receive driving licenses in the country.
Hala al-Dosari, a Saudi Women’s Rights activist, said that the trial is symbolic of the Saudi government’s continuing efforts to curb the rising dissent in the country.
“This is not an isolated case,” she said. “This is just a way to really curb the momentum of campaigning and [the] engagement of citizens.”
She herself had been arrested on December 1 after driving into the kingdom from United Arab Emirates.
Maysa al-Amoudi is a journalist based in the UAE. She was arrested upon arrival at the border to support Hathloul.
Their cases had spread throughout activist social media campaigns.
The two women were tried in a court in al-Ahsa and then will be transferred to Riyadh’s court that specialises in terrorism cases.
Saudi Health officials confirm that 42 new cases of MERS or the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome have appeared in the kingdom over the last week. Seven from the 42 cases were fatal. Last week alone, after a year and a half since its discovery, MERS reached 200 cases in Saudi Arabia. Travellers coming back from Saudi Arabia to Yemen, Malaysia, Philippines and Greece had brought the disease to their lands with first cases being reported.
Saudi Pharmaceuticals are running out of facemasks to defend against the coronavirus, which is infectious through air.
According to foreign health experts and researchers, no data about the virus had come out from Saudi Arabia. Experts can only speculate if the numerous cases in Jeddah may be attributed to the strength of the disease, or because of the failure to manage infection control among health workers.
Local Saudi News Agencies reported that the Kingdom is working with an international pharmaceutical company to develop a vaccine. However, the local news did not elaborate on the details.
The Saudi Ministry of Health advised on its Twitter and Youtube about washing one’s hands to limit the spread of the virus. Saudis had also taken to social media in helping their social circles know about safety measures to address the infectious disease’s spread.
A young Sri Lankan woman has been beheaded in Saudi Arabia amid much controversy. The former maid, Rizana Nafeek, was convicted in 2007 for the murder of Naif al-Quthaibi, a four month old baby. Saudi officials stated that Nafeek had killed the baby after an argument with its mother who she was working for, and that she had confessed to the murder.
Nafeek had argued that the confession was forced from her. Her supporters also say that she was given no personal legal representation and no assistance with the language and translation problems she had. International human rights groups had also got involved in the case as it emerged that she was only 17 years old at the time she was said to have committed the murder. Although this would mean that Nafeek and/or Sri Lankan employment agencies had made false documents to get her to work in Saudi Arabia, technically she would be classed as a child of 17. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch insist her execution is in violation of a UN Convention that Saudi Arabia had ratified – that for the Right of the Child.
The Sri Lankan government have strongly opposed the conviction and execution of Nafeek, which their foreign ministry said happened ‘despite all efforts at the highest level of government and the outcry of the people locally and internationally.’ There has been new debate about the economic conditions which mean many Sri Lankan people leave their home country to work abroad, mainly in the Middle East, where there is not sufficient safety and protection for domestic workers in particular. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) also announced ‘urgent’ laws are needed to properly cover domestic workers.