Zeyad Al-Shammari, a former Intern at the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, recently spoke with the Saudi-U.S. Relations Information Service (SUSRIS) about his experiences studying in the United States through the King Abdullah Scholarship Program.
Lawmakers insist on enjoying immunity
The court order annulling the 2012 parliament and reinstating the 2009 one has greatly impacted investigations at the Public Prosecution Office where some MPs’ bank accounts are under scrutiny over millions-worth cash deposits. This is, of course, a procedure that requires lifting the parliamentary immunity of the lawmakers under scanner. A number of accused MPs’ lawyers made official requests to Public Prosecutor Dherar Al-Assousi, asking him to stop investigations and contact the National Assembly, requesting that parliamentary immunity be lifted before proceeding with the investigation.
Al-Kharafi invites 2009 MPs for July 31 meeting – Opposition, youth launch “nation is source of powers” charter
The new move comes amid reports that the government was contemplating either amending the electoral constituencies by an “emergency decree” or referring the electoral law to the constitutional court to rule on whether or not it breaches the constitution.
Opposition MPs insist that any change to the electoral law will be done in such a way as to enable the government to influence the outcome of any parliamentary election, which would effectively prevent the opposition from controlling a majority in the house as it did in the scrapped 2012 house.
Kingdom backs Arab League efforts to end Syria bloodshed
The Council of Ministers on Monday commended resolutions adopted by an extraordinary meeting of the Arab League Ministerial Council on the situation in Syria.
The meeting, held in the Qatari capital Doha Sunday night, underscored the importance of providing the necessary support to the Syrian people and intensifying efforts to end the continuing bloodshed in the Arab Muslim country.
21st Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference
Arab-U.S. Relations in the
Midst of Transition within Constancy:
Implications for American and
Arab Interests and Policies
October 25 – 26, 2012
Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC
|(Left to right) Dr. John Duke Anthony, HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Sa’ud, and Ms. Randa Fahmy Hudome addressed the 2011 Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference.|
Time to reflect, reinvigorate
King Abdullah, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, congratulated the Saudi people on the advent of the holy month of Ramadan – the month that all hearts and souls longed for so as to seek Allah’s reward and mercy.
In a speech to the people of the Kingdom delivered on their behalf by Dr. Abdulaziz Khoja, Minister of Culture and Information, the King and the Crown Prince said Muslims should recall the overwhelming happiness when the Holy Qur’an was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) on a blessed night, a night better than one thousand months.
This essay from Dr. Anthony, published December 5, 2011, examines the diplomatic and geopolitical challenges and opportunities for the three most recent Saudi Arabian Ambassadors to the United States: Prince Bandar, Prince Turki, and Adel Al-Jubeir. Dr. Anthony wrote an earlier biography of Adel Al-Jubeir for the Biographical Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East & North Africa in 2007. Centgage Learning, the publisher of that two-volume work, has granted permission to reprint the earlier version and to bring the essay up to date. The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East & North Africa can be purchased here: http://bit.ly/seY6oo.