Saudi Arabia is making a ‘U-turn’ on a controversial policy

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Saudi Arabia has had a rough go of it as of late. 

The oil crash, which occurred from June 2014 until February 2016 and shaved off about 75% off the price of oil, has wreaked havoc on Saudi Arabia’s economy. 

Economic growth during the first quarter of 2016 grew at a 1.5% annualized rate, which was the weakest since 2013. That growth slowed to 0.9% during the third quarter of the year before ticking back up to 1.2% in the fourth quarter. 

The slowdown in growth has helped contribute to Saudi Arabia’s national debt exploding by 619% since 2014 to 316.5 billion riyals in 2016. 

The oil crash, and its aftermath, caused the kingdom to rethink its “addiction” to oil, leading to the introduction of the Vision 2030 plan, which aims to diversify the Saudi economy away from just oil. The plan includes the initial public offering of state oil giant Saudi…

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Zephaniah 3

Arlin Sorensen's Thoughts on Scripture

Zephaniah calls out the sin of God’s people very clearly – they simply do not listen.  “She listens to no voice; she accepts no correction. She does not trust in the Lord; she does not draw near to her God”.  Stubborn and unwilling to submit to God’s authority, Zephaniah repeats these four phrases and tells us the root of Jerusalem’s sin:

  • God called to His people, but they did not listen.
  • Correction certainly came, but she did not receive it as correction from the Lord.
  • God never gave her a reason to stop trusting in Him; He never proved Himself unfaithful or untrustworthy. Now God’s people will openly deny and contradict God’s word and promises.
  • The worst offense is saved for last. God longs for relationship with His people, but they rejected His desire and went their own way.

God makes it clear that His people won’t be…

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Israel denies Christians in Gaza permits on Easter —

People in the besieged Gaza Strip continue to be subjected to Israel’s rights violations. This time, the enclave’s Christian community has been deprived of their right to freedom of movement ahead of Easter celebrations. As Press TV’s Halla Alsafadi reports, many Christians in Gaza have been denied the travel permit to attend the celebrations in […]

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Number of ISIS fighters killed by US ‘Mother of All Bombs’ jumps to 90: Afghan officials — Kopitiam Bot

(Source: http://www.straitstimes.com) JALALABAD, AFGHANISTAN (AFP) – The death toll from the American military’s largest non-nuclear bomb nearly tripled Saturday (April 15), with Afghan officials saying at least 90 Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters were killed, as US-led forces conducted clean-up operations over the rugged terrain. The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb – […]

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US ‘can create any story as a pre-text’ to start military campaign – Assad’s key advisor —

US statements blaming the Syrian government for the chemical attack in Idlib closely resemble the claims the US made about the weapons of mass destruction (WMD) possessed by Iraq in 2003. Bouthaina Shaaban Syrian president’s senior advisor talks to RT on the matter

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