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By Senior Analyst Talal Kapoor

As Saudi Arabia joins the coalition against the Islamic State after its lightning expansion across Iraq, it must confront its own past, whose shadows still fall across the present.
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Royal Family News
Prince Sultan bin Salman in San Francisco
In today's fast paced society it's sometimes hard for us to take time to reflect on past events, history and our very own cultures. But that's exactly what Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abd al-Aziz, President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), has been doing with the hugely popular "Roads of Arabia" exhibition which has been touring the United States for the last two years.
Prince Mit'ab bin Abdallah in al-Ihsa
Prince Mit'ab bin Abdallah bin Abd al-Aziz, Minister of National Guard, arrived in al-Ihsa Province today to inspect the national guard units in the province.
Prince Mish'al Returns to Riyadh from Abroad
Prince Mish'al bin Abd al-Aziz, President of the Pledge of Allegiance Commission, arrived here today, coming from abroad. Upon arrival at Riyadh base Airport, he was received by
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Saudi Business News
Saudi Prince becomes new owner of Raimondi Cranes
His Royal Highness, Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed Al Saud has purchased Raimondi Cranes SpA for an undisclosed fee. The Saudi royal, who is the only son of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud, is now owner and chairman of the 150-year-old company.
SABB/HSBC PMI Index indicates slower activity growth in July
Saudi Arabia: The Saudi British Bank "SABB" has published the results of the headline SABB/HSBC Saudi Arabia Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for July 2013 - a monthly report issued by the bank and HSBC.
STC provides Business customer with BlackBerry Q5
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Islamic Community News
Be aware of conspiracies of enemies: Grand Mufti
The Grand Mufti warned the Muslim Ummah against division and differences. In a weekly program transmitted by Nida Al-Islam Radio from Makkah, Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Asheikh, who is also head of the Senior Scholars Commission and Ifta Council, urged the Ummah to stand united and be aware of the conspiracies of ene
Haia launches countrywide training program
Members of the Presidency for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) across the Kingdom will undergo training in various aspects of public dealing, etiquette and attitude as part of a program to improve its performance. As many as 425 trainee members of the Haia will be participating in the training in various branches across the country.
Deviant ideology has no place in Islam: Al-Sudais
Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques, said Salafism reflected the true Islamic way of life suited to any time or place.
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Commentary
The Paris Heist: An Embarrassment of Riches?

The daring daylight robbery of a playboy prince in Paris has become an embarrassment not only to France, coming just before the visit of Crown Prince Salman, and on the heels of a number of high-profile robberies, but to the royal families of the Gulf, as the media spotlight shines on their often vulgar and "blingtastic" ways abroad.
King Abdallah: A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing? (Part One)

King Abdallah has worked to place his own sons in positions of power and influence, much as the late King Saud did for his progeny. During Saud's reign, it was thought that the king was preparing the ground for one of his sons to take the throne after him, altering the rules of succession. Could the same charge be levelled against Abdallah now?
Khalid al-Tuwayjri - The "Uncrowned King"?

Often spoken of as a "power behind the throne", the king's close adviser Khalid al-Tuwayjri plays an important role as gatekeeper to the Royal Court, but has often been fiercely criticized for his supposed influence in royal family politics. But is al-Tuwayjri really an "uncrowned king", or is it more a case of some members of the royal family venting their displeasure at a non-royal's rise to power?
The Next Generation - Passive Bystanders or Partners in Power?

The king has moved to place his own sons in positions of power and influence, while at the same time the sons of former kings and crown princes are being pushed aside. The notable exception is the sons of Nayif. Are they too strong to remove, or have they allied themselves with the current leadership to extract later advantage?
The King's Daughters - Hostages or Seeking Martyrdom?

Four daughters of King Abdallah claim to have been held against their will for over a decade, while their mother, a former wife of the king, campaigns for their release. But the issue is far more complex than meets the eye.
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