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  • Muslim Student Murders Dissertation Chair

    12/05/2009 2:43:02 PM PST · by Cindy · 31 replies · 1,419+ views
    (Various) via THE JAWA REPORT - blog ^ | December 5, 2009 03:53 PM | Posted by Rusty
    SNIPPET: "Sudden jihad syndrome or just the crazy? I'll remind my readers that the two are not mutually exclusive categories. In fact, Aaron over at SOFIR has a pretty interesting typology of the "terrorist continuum" in which he posits that the more rational the terrorist the more likely they will be to need organizational help. At the other end of the spectrum are "lone wolves" who are characterized by a high degree of "internal disquiet". I've no idea if the grad student/murderer named Abdulsalam Al-Zahrani was motivated by Islamic extremism. I throw it out there because it can't be discounted...
  • Saudi court sentences poet to death for renouncing Islam

    11/20/2015 6:42:09 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 20 November 2015 | David Batty
    A Palestinian poet and leading member of Saudi Arabia’s nascent contemporary art scene has been sentenced to death for renouncing Islam. A Saudi court on Tuesday ordered the execution of Ashraf Fayadh, who has curated art shows in Jeddah and at the Venice Biennale. The poet, who said he did not have legal representation, was given 30 days to appeal against the ruling.
  • Saudi Cleric describes Islamist paradise as the Mustang Ranch

    11/05/2015 8:52:24 AM PST · by Winged Hussar · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/5/15 | William A. Levinson
    The most basic rule of psychological warfare is that anything you say can be used against you, and with devastating effect. When a prominent imam in Saudi Arabia, the self-proclaimed Defender of the Faith for Sunni Islam as well as the owner of Mecca, describes Paradise as a celestial version of the Mustang Ranch, he makes his entire religion about as credible as Scientology. If Muslims find the depiction of their Paradise as a whorehouse and Allah as a Mack Daddy offensive, their problem is with Saudi Sheikh Yahya Al-Jana', because these are his words and not ours. Here is...
  • Saudi Arabia buys up land in Arizona; using desert water after drought concerns at home

    11/03/2015 12:04:32 PM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    abc 15 ^ | Nov 2, 2015 | Joe Bartels
    VICKSBURG, AZ - Like a desert mirage, the Almarai hay farm about 100 miles west of the Valley sprawls out on almost 10,000 acres. Buildings rise from the dust, and an endless stream of delivery trucks come and go. The bustle of activity is from alfalfa feeds as far as the eye can see. Saudi Arabian state-run media reports Almarai bought the land last year. That was after a Saudi government directive to conserve that nation's natural resources. Experts say underground reservoirs and ancient aquifers have almost dried up in Saudi Arabia after decades of modern farming. And since Almarai...
  • Saudi Prince Pledges $32 Billion to Promote Islam/Sharia in America

    10/30/2015 7:08:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 60 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | Jul 9, 2015 | Pamela Geller
    Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a senior member of the Saudi monarchy, says he'll pledge his $32 billion to advance the islamization of America. This is a MOAB (mother of all bombs) in the information battle-space. Looks as if I will be keeping busy for quite some time. The Saudis have spent billions already. 80% of the mosques build in America are Saudi funded. Islamic groups working to impose the sharia are largely funded by the Saudis. We can look forward to 32 billion more of the kingdom's brand of Islam, while censoring criticism of Islam. And it's not just...

    10/22/2015 1:51:03 PM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 22, 2015 | Chriss W. Street
    The IMF just confirmed Breitbart News’ October 5 warning that Saudi Arabia’s cash reserves are in free-fall, with a new estimate that the world’s richest kingdom may be bankrupt by 2020. Each October, the International Monetary Exchange issues its World Economic and Financial Regional Surveys. For the first time since the 1960s, the region set to suffer the worst financial agony over the next five years is the Middle East. Ground Zero for that pain is Saudi Arabia.
  • Grover Norquist's strange alliance with radical Islam (Tokyo Rove touts Muslim vote)

    10/16/2015 4:27:19 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 32 replies
    New Republic ^ | November 12, 2001 | Franklin Foer
    ON THE AFTERNOON of September 26, George W. Bush gathered 15 prominent Muslim- and Arab-Americans at the White House. With cameras rolling, the president proclaimed that “the teachings of Islam are teachings of peace and good.” (SNIP) And he has done so to their mutual political benefit. During the 2000 campaign, Norquist urged Karl Rove to focus on the Muslim vote—pointing to, among other things, the thousands of Muslims in the key state of Michigan. By all appearances, the Bush campaign heeded Norquist’s advice. In an admirable departure from the usual Republican script, Bush frequently integrated mosques into his platitudes...
  • Syrian army advances with help of Russian strikes; Putin reaches out to Saudis

    10/11/2015 11:06:59 AM PDT · by amorphous · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11 Oct 2015 | Vladimir Soldatkin and Suleiman Al-Khalidi
    Russian warplanes pounded Syrian rebels unaffiliated with Islamic State on Sunday, insurgents said, helping Moscow's ally Bashar al-Assad reclaim territory and dealing a fresh setback to the strategy of Washington and its allies. President Vladimir Putin - who has infuriated Assad's enemies in the United States, Europe, Turkey and the Arab world by bombing the rebels to protect him - reached out to one of the Syrian leader's fiercest opponents by meeting the powerful defense minister of Saudi Arabia. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a group that monitors the 4-year-old conflict, said the Syrian military and its Lebanese Hezbollah...
  • Muslim Rape Gang in Rhode Island ( from Saudi Arabia )

    10/08/2015 7:59:16 AM PDT · by george76 · 58 replies
    Pamela Geller, Atlas Shrugs ^ | October 8, 2015 | Pamela Geller
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Four male Johnson & Wales University students have been arrested in connection with a reported sexual assault and alleged drugging of two female students at the university. The police have charged Mohammed Alsaqer, a 20-year-old sophomore, and Yazeed Alasiri, a 23-year-old senior, both from Saudi Arabia, with assaulting the women at the young men’s residence in Pawtucket after meeting the women at a nightclub in Providence on Thursday night. Late Tuesday night, Pawtucket police charged two more Johnson & Wales students — Mohammed Aljohani, 20, and Tareq Alharbi, 22 — with first-degree sexual assault.
  • Saudi Cuts Oil Prices To Asia, U.S.

    10/06/2015 9:26:17 PM PDT · by Rabin · 4 replies
    oilpro.com ^ | posted yesterday | Abisha Rabiyah
    Saudi Aramco reduced the price of its light-crude deliveries to Asia by $1.70/bbl. As a result, Marketwatch switched to a discount of $1.60/bbl against the rival Dubai benchmark from the previous premium of $0.10/bbl. Aramco also reduced its prices for heavy oil by $2/bbl to the Far East and by $0.30/bbl to the U.S. Aramco also reduced its official selling price for medium grade crude to Asia in November to a discount of $3.20/bbl below the regional benchmark, versus a $1.30 discount for October sales, the company said Sunday. The discount for the medium grade to Asia, the primary market...
  • Gulf states plan military response as Putin raises the stakes in Syria

    10/04/2015 2:56:27 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 44 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | 10-3-2015 | Emma Graham-Harrison and Saeed Kamali Dehghan
    Russian fighter jets launched from a new airbase in Syria have persuaded western critics to mute their demands for the removal of President Bashar al-Assad, but another group of his opponents sees Moscow’s intervention as more provocative than decisive. Regional powers have quietly, but effectively, channelled funds, weapons and other support to rebel groups making the biggest inroads against the forces from Damascus. In doing so, they are investing heavily in a conflict which they see as part of a wider regional struggle for influence with bitter rival Iran. In a week when Russia made dozens of bombing raids, those...
  • Gulf states plan military response as Putin raises the stakes in Syria

    10/04/2015 5:10:35 AM PDT · by JPX2011 · 60 replies
    The Guardian ^ | October 4, 2015 | Emma Graham-Harrison and Saeed Kamali Dehghan
    Russian fighter jets launched from a new airbase in Syria have persuaded western critics to mute their demands for the removal of President Bashar al-Assad, but another group of his opponents sees Moscow’s intervention as more provocative than decisive. Regional powers have quietly, but effectively, channelled funds, weapons and other support to rebel groups making the biggest inroads against the forces from Damascus. In doing so, they are investing heavily in a conflict which they see as part of a wider regional struggle for influence with bitter rival Iran. In a week when Russia made dozens of bombing raids, those...
  • Most Saudi Royals favor coup

    10/02/2015 8:35:54 AM PDT · by mad puppy · 23 replies
    PressTV ^ | Oct 1, 2015 | PressTV
    “It is best for the country for King Salman to step down as well. We cannot take sick people in top leadership,” the grandson of Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, the state’s founder, told Britain's The Times daily. He also said that Crown Prince Mohammad bin Nayef and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman would "have to be punished and thrown out.”
  • Coalition says it seized Iran boat with arms for Yemen rebels

    09/30/2015 4:01:55 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    Yahoo/AFP ^ | 9/30/15
    The Saudi-led coalition said on Wednesday it had seized an Iranian fishing boat in the Arabian Sea loaded with weapons destined for Shiite rebels it is fighting in Yemen. A coalition statement said that the vessel was intercepted on Saturday and that 14 Iranians and weapons including anti-tank shells were found on board. -excerpt- It listed the weapons seized as 18 anti-armoured Concourse shells, 54 anti-tank BGM17 shells, 15 shell battery kits, four firing guidance systems, five binocular batteries, three launchers, one launchers' holder and three batteries. The vessel was seized 150 nautical miles off the Omani port of Salalah,...
  • Saudi VIP$ use wealth, diplomatic immunity to run amok in the US (Sharia speaks volumes)

    09/28/2015 1:03:18 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 4 replies
    foxnews ^ | 9/28/15 | m zimmerman
    The Saudi Arabian prince arrested last week for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman at the Beverly Hills mansion he was renting is just the latest rich and well-connected Kingdom VIP accused of running amok in America – and around the world. Majed Abdulaziz al-Saud was arrested Sept. 23 and charged with sodomy, battery and false imprisonment before being freed on $300,000 bail. The alleged attack, revealed after a passerby saw the bleeding victim scaling a wall to escape the $37 million mansion, is one of several similar cases involving suspects with ties to the Saudi royal family. Detectives also are...
  • Saudi royal calls for regime change in Riyadh

    09/28/2015 11:31:10 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | 9-28-2015 | Hugh Miles
    A senior Saudi prince has launched an unprecedented call for change in the country’s leadership, as it faces its biggest challenge in years in the form of war, plummeting oil prices and criticism of its management of Mecca, scene of last week’s hajj tragedy. The prince, one of the grandsons of the state’s founder, Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, has told the Guardian that there is disquiet among the royal family – and among the wider public – at the leadership of King Salman, who acceded the throne in January.
  • Saudis bulldoze bodies of Hajj stampede victims (Yet Americans are arrested for less)

    09/28/2015 10:44:02 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 19 replies
    am thinker ^ | 9/28/15 | t lifson
    Stunning pictures are coming out of Mecca that, if genuine, reveal a stunning level of brutal disregard for human life. Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit picked up the story, as revealed by tweets from Tarek Fatah: It is unthinkable that Israel would ever treat dead Muslims in this fashion, but don’t expect Saudi Arabia to come under much fire from the Muslim world.
  • 'Despicable' Saudi prince 'sexually abused multiple women during three-day party (trunc)

    09/26/2015 11:10:59 AM PDT · by Moltke · 59 replies
    Daily News (UK) ^ | 26 September 2015 | Mia De Graaf
    A Saudi Prince sexually abused and beat at least three women during a three-day party in his $37 million Beverly Hills home, a new lawsuit claims. The graphic new allegations against Majed Abdulaziz Al-Saud, 28, were filed by his alleged victims on Friday night. It comes two days after the monarch, who does not have diplomatic immunity, was arrested on suspicion of forcing a woman to perform oral sex on him. (snip) However, speaking to Mail Online, neighbors say they believe the prince has already fled the country on a private jet, leaving his rented house behind.
  • Iran's president uses UN speech to call for investigation into hajj stampede

    09/26/2015 10:12:29 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 26 September 2015
    Iran's president uses UN speech to call for investigation into hajj stampede Hassan Rouhani demands review of what caused the crush that killed more than 700 after Saudi Arabia’s top cleric reportedly absolves officials of blame Staff and agencies at the United Nations Saturday 26 September 2015 17.40 BST Iranian president Hassan Rouhani used a major United Nations speech on Saturday to demand an investigation into a crush that killed more than 700 people at the hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. His remarks came after Saudi Arabia’s most senior cleric, the grand mufti, appeared to absolve the authorities of blame...
  • Majed Abdulaziz Al-Saud, 28, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of forced copulation with an adult

    09/25/2015 2:35:23 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 50 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 9-25-15 | Ryan Gajewski, Natalie Stone
    A Saudi prince was arrested at a gated Los Angeles compound after allegedly trying to coerce a worker in the home into performing a sex act on him, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Majed Abdulaziz Al-Saud, 28, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of forced copulation with an adult, a Los Angeles Police spokesperson told THR. The Los Angeles Times was first to report the news. The prince was booked and released on $300,000 bail on Thursday.
  • Can The Saudi Economy Resist ‘Much Lower For Much Longer’?

    09/21/2015 11:47:54 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 20 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 21-09-2015 | NorthAmericanResources
    We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. - Benjamin Franklin, at the signing of the U.S. Declaration of Independence- The previous article in this series on Saudi oil policies asked what the Saudis planned to do as their encore in 2016 after sacrificing approximately $100 billion in crude oil export revenue in 2015 in pursuit of market share. This article provides the author’s answer: the Saudis must alter course, seek a consensus on prices and volumes with their fellow OPEC members, coordinate with Russia, and reduce output from 2015’s average (approx. 10.5 mmbbl/d) to signal...
  • Saudi King Asks Obama to Stop 'Israeli Attacks' on Temple Mount

    09/17/2015 9:23:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    inn ^ | 9/17/15 | Ben Ariel
    Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Thursday night phoned President Barack Obama to condemn Israel for what was termed its “grave escalation” on the Temple Mount. According to the official Saudi Press Agency, during the phone call, the King “expressed, in strong wordings, condemnation and disapproval of the grave Israeli escalation, at Al Aqsa Mosque, in Al-Quds, brutal aggression against worshippers at its plazas and the violation of the sanctity of Islamic sanctuaries.” The King reportedly called for internationally concerted, serious and expedited efforts to stop this so-called “aggression” and called for intervention by the UN Security Council “to take all...
  • Binladin Group Barred for Lethal Mecca Mosque Collapse

    09/15/2015 3:50:40 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/9/15 | Ari Yashar
    The influential Saudi Binladin Group has been suspended by Saudi Arabia after one of its cranes at the Grand Mosque in Mecca collapsed last Friday, killing 107 and wounding 238 people at the holiest site in Islam which houses the Kaaba cube Muslims pray towards. Ironically the lethal crane collapse took place on September 11 amid high winds and a sandstorm; Binladin Group was founded in 1931 by the father of Osama bin Laden, the infamous late terror leader of Al Qaeda who conducted the 9/11 attacks against the US exactly 14 years earlier. Osama's brother Bakr runs the Binladin...
  • Saudi Arabia Offers to Build 200 Mosques for Syrians in Germany

    Why will the Saudis build 200 mosques for these "refugees", yet won't take a single one in? Saudi Arabia, which doesn't permit the construction of churches but finances a mosque construction spree in the land of the infidel, will not be taking in Syrian refugees. Even though they are fellow Muslims. It will however offer to build 200 mosques in Germany for their use. ... Saudi mosques have played a key role in the rise of Islamic terrorism in the West. Just think of the explosive wonders that something short of a million migrants and all the mosques they can...
  • Students' flow to US rises by 32%

    09/09/2015 9:17:40 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 13 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Saturday, September 5, 2015 | S. Rajagopalan
    Washington - There has been an astounding 32 per cent increase this year in the number of students flocking to American universities for higher studies. It is the biggest increase from any single country for the year, although in overall terms, China still tops the table in a big way. Figures just released by the US Student and Exchange Visitor Programme (SEVP) indicate that 149,987 Indian students are currently enrolled in American universities of a total of 1.05 million. Chinese students number 301,532. When it comes to the highly-coveted STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) stream, it is Indian students...
  • Saudi Khurais oilfield expansion expected to be delayed, start-up date unclear

    09/03/2015 10:26:43 AM PDT · by thackney
    GDN Online ^ | 02 Sep 2015 | Reuters
    Khobar: The expansion of Saudi Arabia's Khurais oilfield is expected to be delayed from the originally planned timeframe of 2017 and the start-up date is now unclear, industry sources said. The sources said authorities had not given reasons for the delay. However, since global oil prices started to fall sharply last year, national oil giant Saudi Aramco has slowed some projects, shelving less important ones and asking for discounts on some contracts which it had awarded. "The project is important because of the associated gas that comes with the expansion of the oilfield ... but Aramco has stretched the timeframe...
  • Saudi Arabia refuses to bow to pressure to cut oil production

    09/02/2015 4:48:02 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    Market Watch ^ | Sept 1, 2015 | Myra P. Saefong
    Market share continues to be Saudi Arabia’s main concern—and not even $40 oil prices will make it give into peer pressure to cut production. Major oil producers have been trying to convince Saudi Arabia, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’ biggest producer, to take the lead and cut production to stem the price declines. But output from the nation instead climbed to about 10.45 million barrels a day in July from 10.1 million in April, according to an estimate from Platts, even though West Texas Intermediate and Brent oil prices are down roughly 15% year to date on the...
  • The Saudis Gambled and Texas Won

    09/01/2015 5:42:24 AM PDT · by thackney · 23 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 31, 2015 | GLENN HEGAR
    In November 2014, the leaders of Saudi Arabia made one of the biggest bets in history. Their strategy was flawed, and they’ve already lost. In an OPEC meeting that month, Saudi Arabia announced it would maintain high oil-production levels despite falling prices. The Saudis were betting that by keeping prices low they could protect their market share and kill America’s energy renaissance—a rebirth driven largely by Texas, which produces 37% of America’s oil and 28% of its marketed natural gas. The Saudi strategy seemed to make sense. The conventional wisdom was that energy producers working in “tight” shale formations would...
  • King Salman of Saudi Arabia to visit White House next week

    08/31/2015 5:41:36 AM PDT · by thackney · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | August 27, 2015 | Kristen Holmes
    President Barack Obama will host King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia at the White House next week for his first trip to Washington since ascending the throne. The visit, scheduled for September 4, comes just before Congress is scheduled to vote on the Iran deal, which Saudi Arabia has endorsed but expressed concern over.
  • Hizbullah planner of ’96 Khobar Towers bombing arrested in Beirut

    08/27/2015 6:04:47 PM PDT · by Larry - Moe and Curly · 21 replies
    World Tribune ^ | 8/27/15 | Special to WorldTribune.com
    The mastermind of the 1996 Khobar Towers terrorist attack that killed 19 Americans has been captured, U.S. and Saudi officials said on Aug. 26. The arrest of Ahmed al-Mughassil, who was described by the FBI in 2001 as the leader of the armed wing of the Saudi Hizbullah group, was one of the FBI’s most-wanted terrorists. The arrest concluded a nearly two-decade manhunt.
  • OPEC Divorce And Self-Destruction Thanks To Saudi Oil Strategy?

    08/27/2015 4:24:05 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 12 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 27-08-2015 | Endree
    Despite low oil prices, Saudi Arabia is maintaining its investment in its oil industry. Saudi Aramco Chairman Khalid Al-Falih indicated in March that Saudi Aramco would not cut investment. James Crandell, a Cowen & Co. oil analyst cited in this article, who has tracked oil companies’ budgets for many years, estimates that Aramco and its Kuwaiti and UAE counterparts will increase their investment in oil exploration and production in 2015 by 4.5 percent to $38.1 billion. (If proportional to output, the Saudi share would be $24.5 billion). On it’s website, the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) identifies Saudi Arabia...
  • McDermott CEO sees Saudi contract as step in turnaround

    08/27/2015 12:50:13 PM PDT · by thackney
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 27, 2015 | Robert Grattan
    Offshore engineering company McDermott International’s stock shot up by more than 30 percent Wednesday after the company said it had landed a $1.5 billion-plus contract with Saudi Aramco. McDermott CEO David Dickson called the contract an important step in a turnaround for the Houston-based company, which as recently as 2013 had been struggling to build offshore platforms and support structures profitably. Investors sent the company’s shares up $1.03 to $4.49 in midday trading Thursday. “We had a tough time through the end of 2013; 2014 was a real turnaround,” Dickson said in an interview with FuelFix. He joined McDermott in...
  • Saudi Budget Cuts a Sign of Resolve, Not Wavering

    08/27/2015 5:43:16 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Real Clear Energy ^ | August 27, 2015 | Nick Cunningham
    Nine months after OPEC decided to leave its production target unchanged and pursue market share instead of trying to prop up prices, the group is facing a set of complex problems and decisions going forward. At first blush, the collapse of oil prices and the resiliency of U.S. shale appears to hand OPEC, and its most powerful member in Saudi Arabia, a stinging defeat. U.S. oil production has leveled off but has not dramatically declined. Meanwhile, oil prices are at their lowest levels since the financial crisis and the revenues of OPEC members have fallen precipitously along with the price...
  • DW: Saudi Arabia Hit by Low Oil Prices, Faces Difficult Decisions

    08/24/2015 10:38:24 AM PDT · by thackney · 22 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | August 24, 2015 | Douglas-Westwood
    Douglas-Westwood, an energy business strategy, research and commercial due diligence services provider, commented in its latest edition of DW Monday that low global crude prices have hit Saudi Arabia hard. With a considerable budget deficit, Saudi has been forced to begin borrowing from capital markets – $4 billion in July. The kingdom is highly reliant on oil – accounting for more than 90 percent of budget revenues. Cuts have not been made to capital expenditure and Saudi has engaged in an expensive conflict within Yemen. Consequently, the decision to ride out lower prices has put a huge strain on finances...
  • Saudi Arabia says: Butt out. Stay out. Keep out. Got it?

    08/24/2015 7:44:29 AM PDT · by hemogoblin · 38 replies
    Christian Action Network ^ | Aug. 20, 2015 | Martin Mawyer
    That’s the message from Saudi Arabia. Do not meddle in their internal affairs. If they want to lop off heads, leave them alone. If they want to flog their apostates, what’s that to you? And if they want to shred the hands of people reading the Bible, at least they’re not your hands. So shut up. Canadian officials heard that message loudly when they decided to criticize Saudi Arabia for torturing a blogger, Raif Badawi, with 1,000 lashes for criticizing the kingdom’s religious clerics. The Saudi ambassador told Canada’s National Assembly that his country “does not accept any form of...
  • Straight tTippin': Saudi Fatwa Permits the Use of Hallucinogenic Drugs During Sex with Ugly Wives

    08/19/2015 8:27:07 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 41 replies
    Albawaba.com ^ | August 14th, 2015 | Habib Toumi
    Straight trippin': Saudi fatwa permits the use of hallucinogenic drugs during sex with ugly wives Saudi social media users have poured scorn on a fatwa that allowed young men married to ugly women to take drugs before intimate relations in order to have the delusion they are as beautiful as houris. The fatwa said that hallucinogenic drugs can be taken for 30 minutes during sexual intercourse and only by men who are less than 40 years old. The drugs can be used only in the evening, it added. “This is the ideal men who are unfortunately married with ugly-looking wives...
  • 13 confirmed dead as suicide bomber attacks Saudi Arabian mosque

    08/06/2015 6:16:29 AM PDT · by 2banana · 36 replies
    The Independent | 06 August 2015 | Caroline Mortimer
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  • Saudi Arabia may go broke before the US oil industry buckles

    08/05/2015 4:28:08 PM PDT · by Bubba_Leroy · 52 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | August 5, 2015 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    It is too late for OPEC to stop the shale revolution. The cartel faces the prospect of surging US output whenever oil prices rise. If the oil futures market is correct, Saudi Arabia will start running into trouble within two years. It will be in existential crisis by the end of the decade. The contract price of US crude oil for delivery in December 2020 is currently $62.05, implying a drastic change in the economic landscape for the Middle East and the petro-rentier states. The Saudis took a huge gamble last November when they stopped supporting prices and opted instead...
  • Saudi arrests 431 ISIS-linked suspects

    07/19/2015 7:09:24 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies
    al Arabiya ^ | July 19, 2015
    Saudi Arabia arrested 431 people as part of a crackdown on a cluster of cells linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group, the kingdom’s Ministry of Interior (MOI) said. Authorities also thwarted seven mosque attacks that had been planned by the suspects in the capital Riyadh as well as the Eastern Province, MOI Spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al Turki said in a press conference carried by Al Arabiya News Channel. Among the arrested were Saudi nationals and suspects from nine other nationalities, he said adding that the cluster of cells was divided by tasks and...
  • Meet the 90-Year-Old Saudi Who Lives in a 'Stone Age' Home Dream Is to Have Fridge and Heater

    07/15/2015 11:10:14 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Wednesday, July 15, 2015
    Mohammed Abdullah Ahmed of Saudi Arabia is more than 90-years old. He lives in a shabby randomly-built little house on the edge of a small remote village. “Ahmed’s home indicates as if we are still in the Stone Age,” the Arabic language daily 'Sabq' said, adding that its reporter visited the man at his primitive home on the fringes of the village near the Western Red Sea port of Al Qunfudah. “His home has no electricity. He suffers from cold in winter and from the scorching heat in summer. He lives in the dark away from people as he has...
  • Former President Jimmy Carter meets Saudi crown prince

    03/25/2015 11:35:00 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    U-T San Diego ^ | 3-25-2015 | AP
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter has met with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Muqrin during a visit to the kingdom. The official Saudi Press Agency says the two met in a palace in the Saudi capital of Riyadh on Wednesday. The report says they discussed a number of topics but gave no details.
  • Yemen War 2015 - Men Vs Tanks: Houthi Fighters Battle Saudi Arabian Tanks On Saudi Soil

    07/06/2015 6:30:21 PM PDT · by C19fan · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | June 19, 2015 | WarLeaks
    More HD combat footage from the war in Yemen surfaced. It is now more like an Saudi-Yemeni war since the battle was fought on Saudi soil as Houthi rebels attacked Saudi Arabian tanks and border posts with guerrilla warfare tactics using small rebels groups eqipted with small arms, RPGs and ATGM launchers to target Saudi tanks and border posts.
  • WikiLeaks: Saudis tried to shield students from US scandal ( Butte, Montana )

    06/23/2015 6:20:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    ap ^ | Jun 22, 2015 | MAGGIE MICHAEL and RAPHAEL SATTER
    A group of Saudi students caught in a cheating scandal at a Montana college were offered flights home by their kingdom's diplomats to avoid the possibility of deportation or arrest, according to a cache of Saudi Embassy memos recently published by WikiLeaks and a senior official at the school involved. The students were in a ring of roughly 30 alleged cheaters at Montana Tech accused of having systematically forged grades by giving presents to a college employee. The cheating was discovered — and the staffer was fired — following an investigation made public in early 2012, but the memos reveal...
  • Saudi Arabia beheads 100th person this year

    06/15/2015 8:42:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    AFP ^ | 6-15-15
    Saudi Arabia Monday beheaded a Syrian drug trafficker and a national convicted of murder, taking to 100 the number of executions in the kingdom this year. The number of executions has surged in 2015 compared with the 87 recorded by AFP for all of last year. But it is still far below the record 192 which rights group Amnesty International said took place in 1995. Syrian Ismael al-Tawm smuggled "a large amount of banned amphetamine pills into the kingdom", said an interior ministry statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency. He was beheaded in the northern region of Jawf.
  • Yemen Rebels fire 3 Scud missiles at Saudi Airbase

    06/06/2015 12:34:35 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    LATimes ^ | 6-6-2015 | By Zaid Al-Alayaa and Laura King
    n the first such attack of the 10-week-old conflict in Yemen, Shiite Muslim rebels early Saturday launched three Scud missiles toward a large Saudi air base, the insurgents reported. The Saudis acknowledged the firing of one missile, which they said was shot down. The episode came as the United Nations is struggling to bring the two sides together for talks that are envisioned to begin June 14. Both sides appear to be seeking to shore up their gains in advance of any negotiations. The Houthis’ Masirah television reported the missile firings, which Saudi Arabian reports said were aimed at the...
  • ISIS fighters complain of favoritism in picking suicide bombers

    05/31/2015 10:17:25 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 18 replies
    digitaljournal.com ^ | 5/29/2014 | Kesavan Unnikrishnan
    The existence of a long waiting list for potential suicide bombers was revealed in a recent ISIS guidebook published online telling potential suicide bombers to be patient after their training period, as they’d have to deal with a long waiting list. As a result, militants are forced to spend months waiting for a suicide mission and are getting killed in battle — considered to be a less noble way to die. Kamil Abu Sultan ad-Daghestani, a pro-Islamic State preacher from Dagestan, Russia, made the accusations in a recent post on the Russian language jihadi website Qonah claiming that rich Saudi...
  • Billionaire [Saudi] buys towering $95M Manhattan condo, report says

    05/31/2015 8:02:39 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 23 replies
    upi ^ | May 30, 2015 | Doug G. Ware
    NEW YORK, - A Saudi real estate magnate is reportedly under contract to purchase the second-most expensive condo in New York City, for the price of $95 million. The towering unit, located at 432 Park Ave. in Midtown Manhattan -- the tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere -- was placed under contract in 2013 but has yet to close, various news media reported. The buyer is said to be Fawaz Al Hokair, a Saudi real-estate magnate worth a reported $1.37 billion. Developers Macklowe Properties and CIM Group, as they do with all other buyers, declined to confirm Hokair's presence...
  • Saudi Arabia attack: Islamic State claims Shia mosque bombing

    05/22/2015 9:25:52 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | 5-22-2015 | BBC
    The Islamic State (IS) group says it was behind a suicide bombing on a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia that killed at least 10 people. The attack in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province is the first to be claimed by the Saudi branch of IS, which was formally established last November. The claim was posted on Twitter with an image of the bomber by an account that is a reliable source on the group. IS has previously threatened to attack Shia Muslims in Saudi Arabia. Witnesses reported a huge blast at the Imam Ali mosque in the village of al-Qadeeh, in...
  • Saudi Arabia reveals plans for world's largest hotel to cater for Muslims on annual pilgrimage [tr]

    05/21/2015 7:15:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 21, 2015 | Emily Payne
    Plans have been unveiled to build the world's largest hotel, which could be open as early as 2017. The Abraj Kudai, will be located in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, a city visited each year more than 15million Muslims. With twelve 44-story towers containing 10,000 rooms, the hotel, which is being created by multi-national design group Dar Al Handasah will have a total area of 4.6 million square feet.
  • Obama seeks to reassure Gulf leaders amid specter of Iran, possible nuclear race

    05/14/2015 10:34:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    he New York Times reported late Wednesday that Saudi Arabia and other small Arab states were expected to make the case to Obama that they should be allowed to enrich whatever amount of nuclear material Iran is permitted to under the terms of a permanent deal that is due to be agreed on by the end of June. "We can’t sit back and be nowhere as Iran is allowed to retain much of its capability and amass its research," one Arab leader due to meet with Obama told The Times Monday. The paper also reported that Prince Turki bin Faisal,...