Gulf in the News – November 2, 2012

Oman traders in Musandam fear Iran strike

Click HereSource: The National (Read full story)

Those risks raise difficult questions for the United States, where Iran has figured at the top of the presidential election campaign agenda. Yet some of the US’s strongest allies – countries such as Saudi Arabia and Kuwait – stand to suffer the most from a military strike. Oman offers just a taste of the impact. Thousands of workers are employed by the trade between Oman Northern Province and Iran, which the office of the governor of Musandam estimates are worth about US$50 million (Dh183.5 million) a year. In addition to products sent towards Iran, return trips carry carpets, livestock, nuts, fruits and vegetables back to Musandam.

Barrak released on bail after nightlong clashes – Only 9 more candidates register

Source: Kuwait Times (Read full story)

The clashes continued until around 4.00 am yesterday. The opposition insisted that it will go ahead with plans to stage a new demonstration on Sunday to protest the amendment of the electoral constituency law. Only nine candidates registered for the Dec 1 polls yesterday on the second day of registration compared to 47 in the last elections. One candidate who registered on the first day withdrew, bringing the total number of candidates to just 37 compared to around 155 in the first two days of the previous elections held in February.

Prince Nawaf uses social media to reach youth

Source: Arab News (Read full story)

Prince Nawaf bin Faisal bin Fahd, general president of Youth Welfare, launched a new show on YouTube called “Nawaf Maa Al Shabab” in an attempt to reach more Saudi youth through social media.
Two videos showing the prince answering questions from Saudi youth have already been posted.
Prince Nawaf said: “The idea came from my father Prince Faisal bin Fahd when he had his own radio show in the 70s. I wanted to develop this idea and through social media reach out to the largest number of Saudi youths. This show informs young people about what’s new with Youth Welfare and the activities we offer.”


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