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Blockchain is solid, in that there is no liquidity

The quality of a financial market is driven by liquidity. Companies want to list on the NYSE, because that’s where the most financial investors in the world are located, and the thicker the market for investors, the better the valuations for companies. The NYSE has “problems” though — its closed most hours of the week, for instance, because humans are lazy, and it has a bunch of rules on what can be listed and how. So blockchain! Blockchain solves this liquidity problem by allowing traders to op...
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China's desire for close #Iran ties unchanged, Xi says ahead of Saudi prince's visit | Reuters

China's desire for close Iran ties unchanged, Xi says ahead of Saudi prince's visit | Reuters:China’s desire to develop close ties with Iran will remain unchanged, regardless of the international situation, President Xi Jinping told the speaker of Iran’s parliament, ahead of Thursday’s visit to Beijing by Saudi Arabia’s crown prince.China has traditionally played little role in Middle East conflicts or diplomacy, despite relying on the region for oil, with Iran its fourth largest supplier last y...
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Ahead of #Saudi visit, China seeks 'deeper trust' with #Iran | Reuters

Ahead of Saudi visit, China seeks 'deeper trust' with Iran | Reuters:China wants to deepen “strategic trust” with Iran, the Chinese government’s top diplomat told Iran’s foreign minister on Tuesday, days before Saudi Arabia’s crown prince visits Beijing, underscoring China’s difficult Middle East balancing act.China has traditionally played little role in Middle East conflicts or diplomacy, despite its reliance on the region for oil, but it has been trying to raise its profile, especially in the...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, China, Iran, Beijing, Middle East, Reuters, Mohammed bin Salman, Salman, Rupert Neil Bumfrey


#Saudi Named in Report on Khashoggi Murder Becomes #UAE Envoy - Bloomberg

Saudi Named in Report on Khashoggi Murder Becomes U.A.E. Envoy - Bloomberg:The former head of a Saudi-owned broadcaster has been sworn in as the kingdom’s ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, days after the New York Times reported that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had told him he might use “a bullet” on Jamal Khashoggi.Turki Aldakhil, who was previously general manager of Al Arabiya television, was sworn in by King Salman along with other new ambassadors, state-run SPA news agency reporte...
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#Saudi King Approves $3.1 Billion Plan to Ease Expat Fee Costs - Bloomberg

Saudi King Approves $3.1 Billion Plan to Ease Expat Fee Costs - Bloomberg:Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has approved a plan to ease levies businesses pay on foreign workers to help revive economic growth.Authorities will exempt some companies from paying the 2018 fees or reimburse those that have already paid, according to the official-Saudi Press Agency. To qualify for the aid, businesses need to have made strides in hiring more Saudi nationals. The fees were introduced in 2018 as part of a drive ...
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#Bahrain to Focus on `Stringent Cost Controls' to Balance Budget - Bloomberg

Bahrain to Focus on `Stringent Cost Controls' to Balance Budget - Bloomberg:Bahrain, one of the oil-rich Gulf’s most vulnerable economies, will focus on “stringent cost controls” as it seeks cut its budget deficit and reduce interest costs while using investment to stimulate growth, the country’s finance minister said.The government trimmed the deficit by 35 percent last year as part of a plan to balance the budget by 2022, said Sheikh Salman bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa, minister of finance and natio...
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Is the tide at last on the turn for the world’s ‘strongman’ leaders? | World news | The Guardian

Is the tide at last on the turn for the world’s ‘strongman’ leaders? | World news | The Guardian:The trial of 11 people charged with the murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi opened and was quickly adjourned in Riyadh last week. It may be that the outcome is fixed in advance. Yet that the hearing took place at all could be seen as progress of a kind. It suggests even a state as autocratic, inward-looking and undemocratic as Saudi Arabia is not immune to international opinion and c...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Middle East, Yemen, Donald Trump, Istanbul, Riyadh, Mohammed bin Salman, Salman, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Khashoggi, Jamal Khashoggi, Iran Salman


Saudi king brings veterans back into the fold | Financial Times

Saudi king brings veterans back into the fold | Financial Times:When Ibrahim al-Assaf was detained at the Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh during Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s extraordinary anti-corruption crackdown, many believed it marked an ignominious end to a long career serving the Saudi state.But just over a year later, Mr Assaf, who spent two decades as finance minister under three kings, finds himself back at the heart of government. On Thursday, King Salman named him foreign minister, a pos...
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#Saudi Prince's Allies Retain Jobs in Post-Khashoggi Shake-Up - Bloomberg

Saudi Prince's Allies Retain Jobs in Post-Khashoggi Shake-Up - Bloomberg:Saudi Arabia kept key supporters of Mohammed Bin Salman in their cabinet jobs and brought in some new ones, in the first major government shake-up since the kingdom and its crown prince became the focus of an outcry over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.The ministers of finance, energy, economy and trade -- senior members of the crown prince’s team -- retained their positions in an overhaul announced on Thursday, when a serie...
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#Russia Warns U.S. Against Interfering in #Saudi Royal Succession - Bloomberg

Russia Warns U.S. Against Interfering in Saudi Royal Succession - Bloomberg:Russia warned the U.S. against any effort to influence the royal succession in Saudi Arabia, offering its support to embattled Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who’s under continuing pressure over the killing of a government critic. President Vladimir Putin’s envoy to the Middle East said Prince Mohammed has every right to inherit the throne when the ailing 82-year-old King Salman dies.“Of course we are against in...
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Saudi King Extends Billions in Handouts for Another Year - Bloomberg

Saudi King Extends Billions in Handouts for Another Year - Bloomberg:Saudi Arabia’s King Salman extended handout payments worth billions of dollars to citizens for another year to to cushion the impact of rising costs, a decision that may raise questions about the government’s commitment to trimming its wage bill.The monarch, in a royal order carried by the official Saudi Press Agency, ordered the renewal of the cost of living allowance until a study of the kingdom’s “social protection system” i...
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#Qatar Ruler Says Talks With Saudi Begin Only When Embargo Lifted - Bloomberg

Qatar Ruler Says Talks With Saudi Begin Only When Embargo Lifted - Bloomberg:Qatar’s ruler said negotiations to end the feud with its neighbors can only begin after the Saudi-led group ends the embargo on the gas-rich country.“Our position on the solution hasn’t changed,” Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said at a conference in Doha on Saturday. “The blockade should be lifted and the dispute resolved with dialogue based on mutual respect and non-intervention in the internal affairs of states...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bloomberg, Egypt, Doha, Gulf, Salman, Hamad al Thani, United Arab Emirates Bahrain, Rupert Neil Bumfrey


The Latest: Senate OKs resolution blaming Saudi crown prince #MbS

The Latest: Senate OKs resolution blaming Saudi crown prince:The Senate has passed a resolution saying Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is responsible for the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.Senators unanimously passed a resolution Thursday in a direct rebuke to the crown prince. It calls for the Saudi Arabian government to “ensure appropriate accountability.”It’s unclear whether the House will consider the measure. Senators voted on it after President Donald Trump equivocated on who...
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Qatar Emir Said to Snub Saudi Summit Invite as Gulf Rift Festers - Bloomberg

Qatar Emir Said to Snub Saudi Summit Invite as Gulf Rift Festers - Bloomberg:The invitation from Saudi Arabia’s King Salman to his Qatari counterpart to attend Sunday’s gathering of Gulf monarchies, after 18 months as a regional pariah, wasn’t enough to build a bridge between the feuding countries.The overture, which Emir Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani rejected, according to a Gulf official, comes as Saudi Arabia seeks to defuse pressure over the killing of a vocal critic in Istanbul. Saudi Arabia’s l...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Yemen, Gulf, Salman, Gulf Cooperation Council, U S Congress, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Istanbul Saudi Arabia, Emir Said, Gulf Rift Festers Bloomberg


Riyadh to host GCC Summit Sunday | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Riyadh to host GCC Summit Sunday | ZAWYA MENA Edition:The leaders of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will hold the 39th session of the GCC Supreme Council in Riyadh on Sunday. Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman will chair the summit, according to GCC Secretary General Abdullatif Al-Zayani.Al-Zayani expressed his pride and gratitude to King Salman for entrusting him to extend the invitation to the GCC leaders to attend the summit. “The GCC leaders will discuss a number of important issu...
Tags: Travel, GCC, Riyadh, Salman, Gulf Cooperation Council GCC, Saudi Press Agency, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, GCC Supreme Council, General Secretariat, Abdullatif Al Zayani Al Zayani


#Qatar's emir receives Saudi invite to attend GCC summit: Qatar News Agency

Qatar's emir receives Saudi invite to attend GCC summit: Qatar News Agency:Qatar’s emir, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, has received an invitation from Saudi Arabia’s King Salman to attend a summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council on Dec. 9, Qatar News Agency said on Tuesday.Qatar has not confirmed what level of representation it would be sending to the summit yet. [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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Khashoggi Killing: Saudi King Is Accountable, Too - Bloomberg

Khashoggi Killing: Saudi King Is Accountable, Too - Bloomberg:One of the central figures in the drama over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has remained an invisible man. Global attention has focused on the role played by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oct. 2 killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. But another figure deserves equal billing: the prince’s father, King Salman.The crown prince is often referred to as the “de facto ruler” of Saudi Arabia. But that’s n...
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Saudi Arabia announces more new projects in royal investment spree | Reuters

Saudi Arabia announces more new projects in royal investment spree | Reuters:Saudi Arabia’s King Salman announced $3 billion in investment projects on Tuesday, the latest in a royal spending spree as the ruling family seeks to shore up support during a crisis over the murder of a journalist last month.King Salman inaugurated 151 projects in the northern province of Tabuk valued at more than 11 billion riyals ($2.9 billion), the Saudi state news agency SPA reported.The king, 82, has been meeting ...
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Saudi king to make week-long domestic tour amid Khashoggi crisis | Reuters

Saudi king to make week-long domestic tour amid Khashoggi crisis | Reuters:Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will embark on a week-long domestic tour on Tuesday, a senior government official told Reuters, as the absolute monarchy faces its worst political crisis in a generation over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.It is the first such trip for the 82-year-old king since he acceded to the throne of the world’s top oil exporter in 2015, according to local media, which reported expected stops in ...
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Return of senior Saudi prince sparks speculation over role of MBS | Financial Times

Return of senior Saudi prince sparks speculation over role of MBS | Financial Times:The return home of a senior Saudi Arabian prince has raised speculation of a rebalancing of power in the ruling family as it grapples with a political crisis caused by the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.The return from London of Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, a younger brother of King Salman, comes as questions are raised over the position of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto ruler. Fears over his...
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More Saudi sectors opened to foreign investment

More Saudi sectors opened to foreign investment:Saudi Arabia will allow foreigners to invest in audiovisual services, land transport and real-estate brokerages, the Cabinet decided on Tuesday.The Cabinet amended what it described as types of activity that had been previously excluded from foreign investment, after concluding its weekly meeting chaired by King Salman.The amendment allows foreigners to invest in labor services and jobs, including recruitment offices; audio and video services; road...
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As Saudi Crisis Grows, Kremlin Keeps Its Bet on Crown Prince - Bloomberg

As Saudi Crisis Grows, Kremlin Keeps Its Bet on Crown Prince - Bloomberg:As pressure mounts on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the killing of a journalist critic, he’s finding strong support in Russia, where the Kremlin is betting the embattled young heir it’s invested heavily in courting is likely to emerge from the controversy unscathed and possibly even strengthened.The 33-year-old prince, in an effort to outmaneuver the growing ranks of his opponents in the elite at home, is like...
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Saudi Arabia: how the Khashoggi killing threatens to overturn the prince’s project | Financial Times

Saudi Arabia: how the Khashoggi killing threatens to overturn the prince’s project | Financial Times:Just months after King Salman ascended to the throne, he presided over a cabinet meeting that would have a profound effect on the future of Saudi Arabia and the way the world’s top bankers view the conservative kingdom.Yet the decision taken inside the al-Yamamah Palace garnered little attention either inside, or outside, the country. Buried near the bottom of a 1,400-word statement was the news ...
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As Khashoggi crisis grows, Saudi king asserts authority, checks son's power: sources | Reuters

As Khashoggi crisis grows, Saudi king asserts authority, checks son's power: sources | Reuters:So grave is the fallout from the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi that King Salman has felt compelled to intervene, five sources with links to the Saudi royal family said.Last Thursday, Oct. 11, the king dispatched his most trusted aide, Prince Khaled al-Faisal, governor of Mecca, to Istanbul to try to defuse the crisis.World leaders were demanding an explanation and concern was growin...
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The enduring myth of the young Arab reformer | Financial Times

The enduring myth of the young Arab reformer | Financial Times:It is an enduring myth. As the era of the stubborn old Arab autocrat fades, the young son with a modern outlook rises. The people, who have no say in the matter, hope that the son will improve on the father. Western governments convince themselves that he will and set out to help him succeed.Over the past decade, western policy towards the Middle East has relied, time and again, on the myth of the young Arab reformer.He has appeared ...
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Saudi Aramco IPO collapse delivers a blow to the crown prince | Financial Times

Saudi Aramco IPO collapse delivers a blow to the crown prince | Financial Times:Saudi Arabia’s decision to shelve plans to list state oil company Saudi Aramco is more of a shock than a surprise. Despite protestations from Riyadh that it is postponing rather than abandoning the initial public offering, it seems clear King Salman has overruled Mohammed bin Salman, his headstrong young heir.The planned sale of 5 per cent of the Saudi oil company was billed as the biggest IPO ever. It was the linchp...
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Saudi Prince Salman Should Be More Practical About Reform - Bloomberg

Saudi Prince Salman Should Be More Practical About Reform - Bloomberg:Two years ago, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, began what he hoped would be a thoroughgoing reform of the country’s economy. Changes were certainly needed: The economy was too dependent on oil revenues, which were distributed inefficiently through patronage networks. It was clear that the country needed a vibrant, competitive private sector and to develop non-oil industries, the better to ...
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Why there are signs of a Saudi return to tradition | Financial Times

Why there are signs of a Saudi return to tradition | Financial Times:There are three possible explanations for what has been happening in Saudi Arabia over the past few weeks. Confusing moves include the fall in oil production in July, when it was supposed to be rising in line with public commitments. The long-promised IPO of the state oil company Aramco has been postponed indefinitely and meanwhile Aramco is reluctantly preparing to buy the state-controlled chemicals business Sabic.An unnecessa...
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Trump’s tweet for oil and Saudi Arabia’s OPEC diplomacy | Arab News

Trump’s tweet for oil and Saudi Arabia’s OPEC diplomacy | Arab News:Once again the US President Donald Trump’s penchant for policy-making by Twitter has raised questions regarding clarity. The president tweeted on Saturday about a phone call with King Salman of Saudi Arabia, in which Trump had asked the king to pump an extra 2 million barrels of oil per day because the price of crude was “to (sic) high.” Guess what? “He agreed!” Trump exclaimed. That was not exactly how the Kingdom — nor the Whi...
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MIDEAST STOCKS-Property lifts Dubai, Saudi eases on weak oil | Reuters

MIDEAST STOCKS-Property lifts Dubai, Saudi eases on weak oil | Reuters:Gains in shares of property and contracting firms lifted Dubai stocks in early trade on Monday, but other Gulf markets were weak on concerns about the outlook for oil prices. Oil prices fell by more than 1 percent on Monday as supplies from top exporter Saudi Arabia rose, while additional pressure came from U.S. President Donald Trump tweet over the weekend that Saudi Arabia’s King Salman had agreed to produce more oil. Dubai...
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