SARA ALTUWAIJRI WRITES – As both an American and Saudi Citizen, I have experienced first-hand how Americans view the outside world. The Western media tends to focus on the negative side when talking about Asia and the Middle East while overlooking positive aspects. For example, there is a common belief that…Full Article MEDIA: THE WEST VS THE REST
ABDULAZIZ ALABDULRAZZAQ WRITES – The persistent decline in oil prices has led many oil-producing countries to think of ways to reinvent their economies. Saudi Arabia is one of them, with its Vision 2030, first introduced in 2016. Vision 2030 will be built on three pillars: a vibrant society, a thriving economy…Full Article SAUDI ARABIA: TOILING TO ESCAPE A FUTURE BOUND BY OIL
LORI DEMIRJIAN WRITES- For the first time, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is allowing 49 countries, including the US, entry for non-religious tourism purposes with the use of a new e-Visa program. In the past, Saudi Arabia only issued visas for religious pilgrimage and business purposes. This reform is one…Full Article Saudi Arabia: A PROUD MUSLIM COUNTRY ALWAYS, BUT OPENING THE DOOR WIDER THAN EVER
ANNALISA DEL VECCHIO WRITES – It could well become the most noticed new archaeological site in the world. Imagine an open air museum, a tourist site and a display of ancient history rolled into one. This is the future Al-Ula, a project that France and Saudi Arabia agreed jointly to develop last year. Al-Ula, an archaeological site located about 1100 kilometers from Riyadh, will contain ancient cultural artifacts dating back a thousand years, towering sandstone mountains and a lush oasis…Full Article Saudi Arabia: TRANSFORMING THE SANDS OF HISTORY INTO A WORLD HERITAGE SITE
Every August Asia Media International appoints new top editors for the impending academic year. Founded in 2011, AMI has been a major pit stop for some of LMU’s most outstanding, hard-working and ambitious students. Predominantly coming to Asia Media from Political Science and Asia and Asia-American Studies, these students tend…Full Article LOS ANGELES: TWO TOP EDITORS APPOINTED TO LMU’S ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL
DHARI ALDURAIBI WRITES – When people talk about Saudi Arabia, they often focus on the country’s conservative elements, such as restrictions on women’s rights and the ongoing military campaign in Yemen. Now, though, a series of political, social, and economic reforms aimed at liberalizing the Saudi economy and society are…Full Article SAUDI ARABIA: WHY THE FUTURE MAY COME TO BE NAMED ‘NEOM’
By Asia Media Staff — Rapper Nicki Minaj is a humanitarian. Did you know that? She didn’t, until recently. After “careful reflection,” Minaj told the Associated Press, she has pulled out of her much anticipated headline appearance at the Jeddah World Fest in Saudi Arabia July 18. “While I want…Full Article Saudi Arabia: Nicki Minaj’s Rap Against Appearing at the Jeddah World Fest
NAWAF AL SABAH WRITES– Islam, soon to become the most followed religion worldwide, currently second to Christianity, garners some of the most devout followers. Muslims are committed to daily prayers (salat) on schedule. In Saudi Arabia, for instance, Muslims are mandated to close businesses during prayer time. Unfortunately, this practice…Full Article SAUDI ARABIA: How Closing Doors during Prayers is Costing Saudi Arabia
NAWAF Al-SABAH WRITES– Rahaf Al-Qunun captured international attention at the beginning of the year as she sought to escape her allegedly abusive family. Rahaf, who is Arabian, barricaded herself in a Bangkok airport hotel room to prevent Thai authorities from deporting her. She had been detained at the Bangkok airport…Full Article SAUDI ARABIA: The Unending Labyrinth of Male Guardianship
SARAH Al-MUWAD WRITES– Is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the fifth largest country in Asia, actually working towards female empowerment? And is this to advance the kingdom’s international reputation, which has recently taken a huge hit? The answer is yes. On February 23, history was made when the Kingdom of…Full Article Saudi Arabia: What Can A Princess Fix?
FAHAD ALSUDAIS WRITES– Vision 2030: this ambitious socio-economic reform plan is Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s brainchild. It has two primary goals: To foster growth in privately owned enterprises in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and to steer away from dependence on non-renewable, environmentally toxic oil. Launched in…Full Article SAUDI ARABIA: New Saudi, Non-Oil, Private Enterprises Rise Thanks to Vision 2030
AN ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL SPECIAL REPORT: BY LMU STUDENTS– Salem AlSabah, Mohammed AlSabah, Saud K AlRashed, Saud F AlRashed, Bader Bahman, Ali AlKhater, and Mohammed AlShehri. Managing Editors’ Note: One of the dominant news stories of this past year concerns the murder of Saudi Arabian journalist and Washington Post columnist…Full Article LOOKING BACK AT JOURNALIST JAMAL KHASHOGGI’S BRUTAL END
ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – The Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh ended its tenure as the world’s most glamorous jail. It was the only prison with five-star service, until its detainees moved out and the hotel became available to guests who came voluntarily. In November 2017, the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s…Full Article SAUDI ARABIA: RITZ PRISONERS WALKING FREE MEANS BIGGER MEDIA CONTROL
ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – The Saudi government lifted a 35-year ban on movie theaters in January. Saudi citizens are now able to experience the thrill of a big screen in their country. Is this the beginning of a typical Hollywood happy ending? For this momentous occasion, a film festival in…Full Article SAUDI ARABIA: MOVIE THEATERS MAKING A COMEBACK AFTER 35 YEARS IN THE DARK
NADIA ALJOJO WRITES – According to a Saudi Arabian cleric, Saad Al-Hijri, “women have half a brain,” and once they go shopping they, “return with a quarter of a brain, [so] how can she get a driver’s license with a quarter of a brain?” Although later punished for speaking such…Full Article SAUDI ARABIA: Women Driving in Saudi, Women’s Rights Victory or Economic Ploy?