Tag: saudi arabia

U.S. joins African nations selling land to ‘water barons’

U.S. joins African nations selling land to ‘water barons’

| November 3, 2015

(GIN)—A Saudi company which owns close to 10,000 acres of Arizona farmland is beginning to drain irreplaceable groundwater for its alfalfa cultivation. Media reports of the development stunned some Americans more used to hearing that news from Africa. Almarai, the Saudi dairy giant, purchased the land in Vicksburg last year for $47.5 million after the […]

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Mideast pivot toward solar power—will Africa catch up?

Mideast pivot toward solar power—will Africa catch up?

| September 29, 2015

(GIN)—To the ordinary eye, it looks like an empty desert but from this spit of endless sand is rising the largest photovoltaic solar project in the Middle East. The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, located 30 miles south of Dubai, was launched with 13 megawatts of capacity. It could be producing 3,000 megawatts […]

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Nations using child soldiers among guests at UK arms fair

Nations using child soldiers among guests at UK arms fair

| September 15, 2015

(GIN)—One of the world’s largest arms bazaars opened at London’s Docklands this week and invitees to this “gala” affair included some of the most disgraced authoritarian regimes worldwide. War makers and human rights violators Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Angola and Algeria are among 61 countries coming to the Defense and Security Equipment International (DSEI) biennial event. […]

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Girl Summit to take up Ethiopian ‘maid trade,’ child brides

Girl Summit to take up Ethiopian ‘maid trade,’ child brides

| July 24, 2014

(GIN)—At an upcoming “Girl Summit” this week in London, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) will speak out against a growing trend of young girls pushed to marry at 14 and then swiftly divorced, trapped in a cycle of child labor in order to send money to their parents in Ethiopia. The UK-based ODI will warn […]

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Saudis give boot to Ethiopians for visa infractions

Saudis give boot to Ethiopians for visa infractions

| November 21, 2013

(GIN)—A violent round-up of African and other foreign workers in Saudi Arabia whose visas are expired has struck fear into the immigrant community which was once welcomed in the Arab country to perform the low-level jobs Saudis did not want to do. Unemployment in Saudi Arabia has reportedly risen to 12 percent, putting pressure on […]

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