Saudi Arabia - : Africa and Maghreb's news - The panafrican daily newspaper, Africa's portal offers a daily online newspaper with information on what is going on in the world, culture, economics, sport, societies of 56 african countries. en : Africa news, Maghreb news - The african daily newspaper Of Western hypocrisy, Obdurate tyrants and Changing times Mon, 28 Mar 2011 16:28:05 +0200 As the Bob Dylan song goes, the times they are “achanging”. But, do the lowly tyrants and dictators of our world, or those Western powers who are bonded to their hypocrisy, double standards and greed, see eye to eye with good old Bob? Hama Tuma Silence over Ethiopian land grab broken Thu, 17 Feb 2011 14:36:16 +0100 A Saudi Arabian investor has broken the culture of silence surrounding a widely criticized farmland acquisition by foreign investors in Ethiopia, which had hitherto been met with considerable silence. The investor's comments come as his company, Saudi Star Agriculture Development Plc, awaits a decision from the Ethiopian Agriculture Ministry to expand his farmland from 10,000 hectares to 250,000 hectares. Desalegn Sisay Privatizing Somalia's war on Piracy Fri, 21 Jan 2011 11:47:23 +0100 Over 2,000 Somali nationals have been recruited to fight pirates who are terrorizing the African coast under a multimillion-dollar program financed by several Arab countries, including the United Arab Emirates. The U.N. is quietly investigating whether the Somalia projects have broken the blanket embargo on arms supplies to Somali factions. Konye Obaji Ori Several Christians hastily convert to Islam for clothes Mon, 17 Jan 2011 17:48:33 +0100 <p class="spip">A group of Christians has suddenly converted to Islam in order to receive free items donated by a Dubai-based company and the United Arab Emirates Red Crescent.</p> <p class="spip">This comes after Muslim landslide victims from Mount Elgon in eastern Uganda (locally called Baduda) who were relocated by the government to the western Ugandan district of Kiryandongo and received items donated by a Dubai-based company called Al Crownfolest and the Red Crescent society of United Arab Emirates.</p> Geof Magga Wikileaks could create Iranian isolationism Tue, 30 Nov 2010 17:46:01 +0100 Revelations from leaked U.S. diplomatic cables that some Arab countries called on the U.S. to take military action against Iran and that Israel's Mossad planned to harness minority and student groups to overthrow the Iranian regime may come as a surprise to many, but not to one man. Indeed, in Tehran, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be stroking his beard sagely and saying, "I told you so." Stefan Simanowitz Rape in Mecca: Algerians seethe with anger Sat, 18 Sep 2010 17:04:54 +0200 The alleged rape and murder of a young Franco-Algerian girl in Mecca has set Algerian public opinion ablaze. An investigation was opened on Thursday to determine the circumstances leading to the macabre death. Many are shocked to see such crimes occur in Islam's holiest land. But this is not the first in a place where hapless victims of rape rather suffer the wrath of an archaic justice system. Djamel Belayachi Rage over Saudi ban on Mecca pilgrimage for Moroccan women Mon, 13 Sep 2010 14:33:52 +0200 Rage, incomprehension, accusations... Moroccan and foreign bloggers have multiplied attacks against Saudi Arabia after their decision, in early August, to ban young Moroccan women from going to Mecca for the Umrah (a lesser pilgrimage). According to Saudi authorities, these women are seeking Saudi visas in order to engage in illegal prostitution whilst in the holy land. Stéphanie Plasse Al-Qaida terrorist threats and South African World Cup readiness Wed, 19 May 2010 14:50:24 +0200 Terrorism threats have led to a tightening of security measures ahead of the the World Cup scheduled to take place in less than a month. This follows an announcement by Iraqi authorities that a leading member of the al-Qaida terrorist group preparing an attack in South Africa had been arrested. Nicholas Mc Anally Sudanese man facing execution in Saudi Arabia over 'sorcery' charges Sat, 15 May 2010 11:10:38 +0200 Amnesty International today urged the Saudi Arabian authorities to intervene to halt the possibly imminent execution of a Sudanese man who was sentenced to death for 'sorcery'. Nigeria: Senator marries 13-year old, rights activists appalled Thu, 29 Apr 2010 01:44:15 +0200 A Nigerian senator, who introduced and implemented Sharia Law in a Northern Nigeria state, has married a 13 year old girl from Egypt, and women rights group have sprung in protest against the allegedly disingenuous senator. An investigation into his marriage to a minor has been demanded by the Nigerian senate. Konye Obaji Ori The Arabia 50|500 - The Entrepreneurs Sparking Jobs and Innovation in The Middle East and North Africa Tue, 27 Apr 2010 23:53:48 +0200 AllWorld Network, a Boston-based global economic development firm, today released "The Arabia 50|500 Leading Indicators," the first real-time data on the performance of growth companies in the Middle East and North Africa. Crowell & Moring Announces Alliances in Egypt and Saudi Arabia Wed, 21 Apr 2010 07:20:51 +0200 The international law firm of Crowell & Moring LLP is pleased to announce that it has opened an affiliate office in Cairo, Egypt under the sponsorship of Hegazy & Associates, a Cairo-based law firm, and, concurrently, has entered into a strategic alliance with Al Enizy & Associates, one of Saudi Arabia's leading law firms. The Cairo office will operate under the name Hegazy & Associates in Association with Crowell & Moring. Somalia: Livestock-based economy receives major boost Fri, 06 Nov 2009 12:05:02 +0100 Somalia's livestock-based economy has received a major boost as its major market, Saudi Arabia lifts its 11 year ban on imported livestock from Somalia. The lift comes after many Somali farmers suffered from the severe east African droughts that dried the soil and dehydrated livestock to death. Last month, a U.S. based NGO embarked on a project that saw some 2000 families in the autonomous region of Puntland, northeastern Somalia, from livestock supplies. Konye Obaji Ori Egypt's niqab ban a religious tug-of-war Fri, 09 Oct 2009 04:24:49 +0200 Mohamed Sayed Tantawi, Grand Sheikh of the al-Azhar mosque in Egypt, last Saturday ordered a schoolgirl to remove her niqab (Islamic veil), whilst visiting a School. The influential cleric later decided to ban the wearing of religious attire in all educational institutions under his tutorship. It is believed that this is the first such case in the history of the Muslim world. It is a "religious tug-of-war that is as much a question of regional politics as of doctrinal interpretation," argues The National, United Arab Emirates newspaper. Lola Simonet Saudi Arabia Provides Developmental Aid for Darfur, Sudan Fri, 24 Jul 2009 12:29:58 +0200 The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has signed an agreement with Sudan to donate more than $18 million for developmental and humanitarian projects in Darfur.