Insights on the Middle East from Singapore
News Roundup: 13th May-19th May 2017   
Posted on 19 May 2017

 

Saudi Arabia’s Continued Attempt at Economic Diversification

On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia’s state-owned Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) announced plans to establish a state company for the manufacturing of arms, intended at improving the Saudi economy by producing thousands of jobs for Saudis.

This is in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan.

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MEI Kaleidoscope | Saudi Arabia’s Youth Dare to Draw   
Posted on 17 May 2017

By Charlotte Schriwer

17 May 2017

‘Attar’ by Shaweesh

 

Art, as a subject, has been central to contentious debates for centuries in the more conservative realms of Islamic doctrine, such as Wahhabism. In Saudi Arabia, for example, staunchly conservative Saudi clerics deem art- other than floral, geometric or calligraphic patterns- to be forbidden; the notion of art can only be found in the creation by God, and thus any attempt to ‘imitate’ His work by a human being is considered [---]

News Roundup: 6th May - 12th May 2017   
Posted on 12 May 2017

 

Israel Gains Parliamentary Approval

Israeli parliament passed a preliminary vote that gives official recognition to Israel as the home of the Jewish people. The ramifications of the bill on the status of the Arab minority in Israel remain unclear.

 

Turkey Piqued by US-Kurdish Alliance  

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