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  • Dempsey Sponsors Essay Competition to Honor Saudi King

    01/26/2015 8:54:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    Department of Defense News ^ | January 26, 2015 | Jim Garamone
    The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has established a research and essay competition in honor of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz hosted by the National Defense University. The king, who died Jan. 23 at age 90, oversaw the modernization of his country’s military during the time he spent as commander of the Saudi Arabian National Guard, a position he held from 1963 until he became king in 2005. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said the essay competition is a fitting tribute to the life and leadership of the Saudi Arabian monarch.
  • Death of King Unlikely to Alter Saudi Oil Policy

    01/23/2015 5:22:12 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan. 23, 2015 | RUSSELL GOLD, NICOLE FRIEDMAN and LYNN COOK
    Saudi Arabia has charted a long-term course to drive down oil prices and maintain its major share of the global market—and a change of who is on the throne in Riyadh won’t likely alter this course, energy experts said. Even after the death of King Abdullah, announced early Friday, the kingdom is likely to continue to pump crude in the face of a global glut, which has helped push prices down by more than 55% since last June. Surrounded by unrest and uncertainty in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia is protecting itself by exploiting its big advantages—huge oil reserves and...
  • Saudi King Abdullah Dies

    01/22/2015 3:27:53 PM PST · by 22202NOVA · 301 replies
    http://www.cnbc.com/id/102292477
  • Saudi Arabia's 'reformer' King Abdullah dies

    01/22/2015 3:32:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    KHOG-TV ^ | January 22, 2015
    (CNN) —Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud has died, according to an announcement on Saudi state TV. He was 90. The next king will be Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, state television reported. The announcement of his death comes several weeks after the state-run Saudi Press Agency said Abdullah was suffering from pneumonia and had been admitted to the hospital....
  • Saudis on Twitter deny rumours King Abdullah dead [CNN JUST ANNOUNCED HE WAS DEAD]

    01/22/2015 3:28:22 PM PST · by bimboeruption · 33 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1-22-15 | Unkown to me
    DUBAI - A Saudi journalist and a member of the royal family denied rumors on Thursday that King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, in hospital since December suffering from pneumonia, had died, according to messages on social media. "All that is being reported about King Abdullah's death is far from the truth," Ibrahem al-Rawsa, identified as a journalist at state-run Saudi Press Agency, wrote on his Twitter account. A member of the royal family wrote: "I give you good news. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques is fine and there is no truth to the rumors going around." He was referring...
  • Saudi Arabia deplores Charlie Hebdo continued ‘mocking of Islam’

    01/22/2015 6:25:01 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Al-Arabiya ^ | January 22, 2015 | by AFP, Riyadh
    Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, said Wednesday it deplored the continued “mocking of Islam” by French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The kingdom is “surprised, and deplored” the publication last week of a new cartoon of the Muslim prophet Mohammed, the state Saudi Press Agency said, citing a source at the foreign ministry. “The kingdom does not find any justification for such deliberate abuse against Islam, which insults the feelings of 1.5 billion Muslims around the world,” the source said. Freedom of opinion and expression do not justify “insulting religious beliefs,” the source added.
  • House Panel to Ask for NSA Spying Probe

    12/09/2008 12:15:10 AM PST · by hamboy · 2 replies · 409+ views
    Privacy Digest ^ | December 9, 2008 | MacRonin
    House Panel to Ask for NSA Spying Probe A congressional panel will ask the National Security Agency's internal watchdog to investigate whether the super-secret spy agency eavesdropped without warrants on a Muslim scholar and later hid that evidence in a 2005 terror prosecution that got him a life sentence.The House Select Intelligence Oversight Panel and the judge overseeing the case want the NSA's inspector general to find out if the government failed to disclose evidence that might have cleared the name of a Northern Virginia spiritual leader Ali al-Timimi, Rep. Rush Holt (D- New Jersey) told the New York Times.That...
  • Saudi Arabia building massive wall along border to keep out ISIS

    01/15/2015 1:02:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/15/2015 | Noah Rothman
    The joke’s on them. Don’t the Saudis know that massive border fences do nothing to enhance domestic security and are, in fact, counterproductive? Well, I guess they’ll find out soon enough. According to reports, the Saudi Kingdom is fed up with defending against ISIS raiding parties that routinely cross over the Iraqi border. In order to stave off these assaults, the Saudis are going to build a massive, 600-mile long border fence across the length of the country’s border with Iraq. But that’s not all. The fence will be double layered with a concertina wire barrier in no man’s...
  • Saudi Arabia building 600-mile ‘Great Wall’ to keep out Islamic State

    01/15/2015 9:35:16 AM PST · by thackney · 54 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 14, 2015 | Douglas Ernst
    With the Islamic State terrorist group in control of large swathes of Iraq, Saudi Arabia has decided to build a “Great Wall” that spans 600 miles. Construction of the security apparatus began in September and will include five layers of fencing, watch towers and night-vision and radar cameras
  • Saudi Oil Minister Holds Talks With US Energy Deputy -

    01/14/2015 4:51:34 AM PST · by thackney · 10 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | January 13, 2015 | Reuters
    Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi met U.S. Deputy Energy Secretary Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall on Tuesday in Riyadh where they discussed oil markets, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. SPA gave no specific details about the meeting in a brief statement but said the officials looked into cooperation on energy and environmental issues, climate change, solar energy use and mutual investments. A U.S. energy department spokesman said in addition to those areas, the two officials discussed global oil markets. The trip was Sherwood-Randall's first as deputy energy secretary. "She chose to make her first visit to Saudi Arabia given our strategic...
  • Saudi Arabia Gives the PA $60 Million

    01/13/2015 10:28:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/13/15 | Ben Ariel
    Saudi Arabia has provided $60 million in direct support for the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) budget, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Egypt Ahmad Abdulaziz Qattan said Tuesday, according to the WAFA news agency. Qattan reportedly said that the Saudi Fund for Development had transferred $60 million to the PA Finance Ministry’s bank account. The Saudi diplomat noted in a press release that amount covers Saudi Arabia’s financial contribution to the PA’s budget for October, November and December 2014. The total PA budget for 2014 was estimated at $4.21 billion with a $1.25 billion deficit; when the $350 million deficit in development budget
  • Why does no one believe the Saudis?

    01/13/2015 10:39:27 AM PST · by thackney · 79 replies
    Oil Pro ^ | 1/13/2015 | Don Minter
    I've been in the oil patch for close to 30 years. During that time, I have seen oil price go down to about $10 per barrel, and I have seen the price rise to over $100 per barrel. I have seen the price swing for no reason at all. I have heard different bogeymen being blamed for changes in the oil price. Supply and demand are certainly part of the oil price equation, but speculation has been a major price driver for at least the last couple of years, beyond the S&D factors. Right now, the Saudis are being blamed...
  • Imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, to face first whipping

    01/08/2015 7:50:17 AM PST · by Fali_G · 25 replies
    Lisa Daftari ^ | 01/08/2015 | Lisa Daftari
    Saudi blogger and activist Raif Badawi, sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam, is set to receive the first set of 50 lashes tomorrow. Badawi will be flogged after Friday prayers tomorrow and continuously over a period of 20 weeks as the remainder of his sentence is carried out, according to Amnesty International.
  • Anti-Shiite tribes seize army tanks in Yemen

    01/02/2015 5:40:11 PM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 2, 2015 | AHMED AL-HAJ
    the seizures came after clashes broke out Thursday night in the eastern city of Marib between tribesmen and army troops. They say the tribesmen suspected that the soldiers were heading to join the Shiite rebels who have been gathering outside of Marib for several weeks ... The Shiite rebels known as the Houthis are backed by ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh. They have overrun the capital and other cities in a power grab that has plunged Yemen into turmoil. ... Sunni al-Qaida has recently intensified its attacks against the expansionist Shiite Houthis, especially in Yemen's predominantly Sunni central region.
  • Saudi police arrest suspect in Shiite unrest

    01/02/2015 5:50:00 PM PST · by george76 · 2 replies
    AFP ^ | 2015-01-02
    Saudi police have arrested a man wanted in connection with a 2011 protest movement organised by Shiite residents of the kingdom's restive Eastern Province ... Muntadher Ali Saleh al-Sabity .. is one of 23 Saudis wanted in connection with protests and violence in Eastern Province, home to more than two million Shiites in the Sunni-majority kingdom. The group, some of whom have been detained or killed, is accused of acting "on behalf of foreign parties" -- a reference to Iran, which authorities have blamed in the past for fomenting unrest among Saudi Shiites.
  • Saudi Arabia's national airline to introduce gender segregation after a string of complaints

    01/02/2015 8:56:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 2, 2015 | Emily Payne
    Saudi Arabia's national airline is allegedly planning to separate male and female passengers on its flights, in accordance to strict rules enforced by the Gulf kingdom. Gulf media report that Saudia will keep men and women segregated onboard, unless they are close relatives. The move follows a spate of complaints from male fliers unwilling to allow other males to sit next to their wives and other female family members.
  • Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah admitted to hospital

    12/31/2014 11:40:19 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 28 replies
    Middle East EYE ^ | 12-31-2014 | MEE staff
    The 93-year old King of Saudi Arabia was sent to hospital on Wednesday for “medical checks” according to the Royal Court. King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who has ruled Saudi Arabia since the death of his half-brother King Fahd in 2005, was admitted to the King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh, the latest in numerous trips to hospital by the aging monarch in recent years. The King underwent two operations in October 2011 and November 2012 due to "ligament slackening" in the upper back. The news of his entry to hospital prompted a 5 percent fall in Saudi Arabia’s main equities...
  • Security intensified to keep women out of Jeddah football match ( Saudi Arabia )

    12/25/2014 8:15:53 PM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    Gulf News ^ | December 24, 2014 | Habib Toumi
    Authorities on the alert to ensure only men attend much-anticipated football match in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabian authorities have intensified security around a stadium in the Red Sea city of Jeddah to ensure no woman could sneak in to watch a football match. ... Saudi Arabia has a very strict policy regarding female attendance at sports matches. Permissions are needed to allow foreign women to watch the matches in which their home teams play.
  • Saudi women drivers referred to terrorism court

    12/25/2014 12:17:19 PM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    cns ^ | December 25, 2014 | AYA BATRAWY
    Two Saudi women detained for nearly a month in defiance of a ban on females driving were referred on Thursday to a court established to try terrorism cases ... The Specialized Criminal Court, to which their cases were referred, was established in the capital Riyadh to try terrorism cases but has also tried and handed long prison sentences to a number of human rights workers, peaceful dissidents, activists and critics of the government. For example, this year it sentenced a revered Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a vocal critic of the government, to death for sedition and sentenced a prominent...
  • Full MEES Interview With Saudi Oil Minister Ali Naimi

    12/23/2014 7:04:26 AM PST · by thackney · 4 replies
    Oil Pro ^ | Dec 23, 2014 | Fadi Aboualfa
    Saudi Arabian Oil Minister Ali Naimi sat down with MEES on 21 December in Abu Dhabi and gave his fullest explanation yet of Saudi thinking in pushing for an OPEC rollover on 27 November. Yesterday, excerpts of the interview were widely quoted in the mainstream press, moving the price of oil. Today, for the first time, the full interview is being published beyond the MEES subscriber base on Oilpro. Will Saudi Arabia Not Cut Production If The Russians Do Not Cut? First of all, why did we decide not to reduce production? I will tell you why. Is it reasonable...
  • Saudi Oil Minister Says Russia Doesn't 'Deserve Market Share'

    12/22/2014 7:58:21 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 41 replies
    BI ^ | Dec. 22, 2014 | Jim Edwards
    Saudi Oil Minister Says Russia Doesn't 'Deserve Market Share' Jim Edwards Dec. 22, 2014, 12:10 PM Saudi Oil Minister Ali Naimi really got the world's attention in an interview he gave to the energy journal Middle East Economic Survey (MEES). We told you earlier that Naimi said the Saudis don't care how low the price of oil goes: "Whether it goes down to $20, $40, $50, $60, it is irrelevant." What's interesting though is Naimi's rationale for not caring. Basically, he told MEES, the Saudis can afford not to care about the low price of oil. /snip Everyone is asking...
  • KPMG expert explains why Saudi Arabia can't sink crude prices into oblivion

    12/08/2014 5:04:54 AM PST · by thackney · 17 replies
    Dallas Business Journal ^ | Dec 5, 2014 | Nicholas Sakelaris
    Despite last week's bold proclamation, Saudi Arabia cannot keep producing crude oil and drive the price into oblivion if it wants to maintain its social services. Today, I talked with Regina Mayor, the advisor for the consultant practice at KPMG, who said she doesn't expect this price decline to continue. "The real break even for a lot of these countries is not what they're finding in extraction and transportation costs," Mayor said. "The real price for oil is what are the expectations of their populace in terms of commitments the government has made in terms of subsidies." The fear has...
  • I am thinking a tax on import oil may be inline

    12/03/2014 12:14:10 PM PST · by jyro · 132 replies
    I can't think of a tax I have even been for so this is new ground for me. Think about a tax on imported oil. Discuss.
  • A Recent pro-ISIS Mutiny in Saudi Royal Air Force

    11/17/2014 9:15:57 AM PST · by winoneforthegipper · 30 replies
    AWD News ^ | 11/17/14 | Staff
    The Saudi military Intelligence reportedly had arrested two senior F-16 pilots whom turned down their missions in late October, expressing their utmost resentment toward their country’s alliance with the United States against to what they see as “innocent and defenseless Iraqi civilians” and accusing the Saudi regime to be too docile to White House “vicious” whims. White House officials and CIA had informed the Saudis that their American-trained pilots are in fact jettisoning their bombs and ammunitions over inconsequential or totally unpopulated areas and then returning to their bases in K.S.A. A growing number of Saudis including high-ranking army officers...
  • Saudi Arabia outlaws ‘tempting eyes’

    11/15/2014 7:05:22 PM PST · by TWhiteBear · 80 replies
    Metro(UK) ^ | 4 Nov 20124 | Harry Readhead
    A new law in Saudi Arabia banning ‘tempting eyes’ has become the latest example of female oppression in the country. The law, which states that women with alluring eyes will be forced to wear a full veil, has been branded ‘stupid’ by dissenters and roundly criticised on social media, aina.org reports. Sheikh Motlab al Nabet, spokesman of the Saudi Arabian Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, said they ‘had the right’ to force women to cover their face. ‘The men of the committee will interfere to force women to cover their eyes, especially the tempting...
  • Women may soon be able to drive in Saudi Arabia (if they’re over 30, off the road by 8 p.m. and

    11/09/2014 7:03:32 AM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    National Post ^ | November 8, 2014
    only women over 30 would be allowed to drive and they would need permission from a male relative — usually a husband or father, but lacking those, a brother or son. They would be allowed to drive from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday through Wednesday and noon to 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. It wasn’t immediately clear why the restrictions would be different Thursday and Friday ... The conditions would also require that a woman driver wear conservative dress and no makeup, the official said. Within cities, they can drive without a male relative in the car,...
  • Saudis have reasons better than shale to let prices fall

    11/09/2014 6:06:10 AM PST · by thackney · 29 replies
    Oil & Gas Journal ^ | 11/07/2014 | Bob Tippee
    Only by overlooking important forces in markets and politics can anyone assert that Saudi Arabia is letting crude prices fall mainly to extinguish competition from North American shale oil. With oil, the Saudi regime always takes the long view. With security, however, its motivations are more immediate. The kingdom faces unusually intense threats: Islamic State (IS) militancy in Iraq and Syria, the chance that Iran won’t agree by a Nov. 24 deadline to suspend its nuclear ambitions, terrorist insurrections from restive Yemen, durability of the menacing government of Bashar Al-Assad in Damascus. Falling oil prices hurt the IS and Iran,...
  • Saudi oil-price cut takes market by surprise

    11/04/2014 4:57:33 AM PST · by Zhang Fei · 119 replies
    Market Watch ^ | Nov 4, 2014 2:56 a.m. ET | Nicole Freeman
    Oil prices tumbled to their lowest point in more than two years after Saudi Arabia unexpectedly cut prices for crude sold to the U.S., likely paving the way for further declines and adding to pressure on American energy producers. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia raised the prices for its oil in other locations, including Asia, where the country had cut its prices for four consecutive months.
  • Saudi embassy in Turkey became a safe haven for ISIL terrorists

    10/27/2014 12:15:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    awd news ^ | 10/27/14 | staff
    Recently, the Saudi ambassador in Turkey acknowledged that before the Unite States launched its airstrikes against the so-called Islamic state in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the Saudi embassy in Ankara provided the Saudi nationals who previously joined ISIL ranks and later defected and wished to return to home with passports and identification documents. The Saudi embassy also admitted that it housed many repentant former jihadists inside the Saudi compound in Istanbul or rented safe houses for them in downtown Istanbul. As a matter of fact, it seems not so much surprising to hear that a country provides consular services...
  • SAUDI ARABIA TO ISLAMIZE LIBERIA, W. AFRICA?

    10/16/2014 2:26:28 PM PDT · by Veto! · 8 replies
    The Liberian Observer ^ | 5/5/14 | "Observer Staff"
    Alleged: Saudis Plan to Install Islamic Successor to (president) Ellen. "The Saudis’ plan for Liberia is first to ensure that a candidate of Muslim faith and background contests and wins the Liberian presidency." ~ Ghorbani, Assouin & Al Zahrani …………. "the Saudis’ plan is to identify the most volatile environment in the region, and so far, they have identified Liberia as the suitable test ground to begin installing Islamic political leadership in the rest of West African states that have no Muslim political majority and control."
  • Kemp: The Saudi Oil Enigma

    10/14/2014 5:22:07 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    Reuters via Rig Zone ^ | October 14, 2014 | John Kemp
    ...In almost 20 years of writing about oil markets and the Middle East I have not come across anyone who could consistently offer a deep insight into the government's policymaking.... Diplomats and even some economists often assert Saudi Arabia upholds its part of the bargain, in part, by holding spare production capacity with which to meet disruptions in oil supplies from other producers. Only Saudi Arabia has the financial capability and the foresight to invest in spare capacity to help stabilise global oil prices. The problem is that there is almost no evidence to support this claim. Since the kingdom's...
  • Saudis To The Oil Market: Get Used To Lower Prices ($80 A Barrel?)

    10/13/2014 6:11:33 AM PDT · by blam · 41 replies
    BI ^ | 10-13-2014 | Ron Bousso and Joshua Schneyer
    Ron Bousso and Joshua Schneyer, Reuters October 13, 2014LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia is quietly telling oil market participants that Riyadh is comfortable with markedly lower oil prices for an extended period, a sharp shift in policy that may be aimed at slowing the expansion of rival producers including those in the U.S. shale patch. Some OPEC members including Venezuela are clamoring for urgent production cuts to push global oil prices back up above $100 a barrel. But Saudi officials have telegraphed a different message in private meetings with oil market investors and analysts recently: the kingdom, OPEC’s largest...
  • The Joe Biden Apology Tour Hits Saudi Arabia

    10/07/2014 6:32:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 10/7/14 | tyuler durden
    Having accidentally stumbled upon the awkward truth - that many governments in the Middle East are either implicitly or explicitly funding terrorist organizations, such as ISIS, to fight Syria's al-Assad regime - Vice President Joe Biden has been doing the rounds the last few days apologizing for any inconvenience his Harvard speech last week may have caused. As Biden's spokeswoman explained, "the vice president apologized for any implication that Turkey or other allies and partners in the region had intentionally supplied or facilitated the growth of ISIL or other violent extremists in Syria." Today it was Saudi Arabia's turn (following...
  • Saudi Arabia uses largest amount of crude oil for power generation since 2010

    09/25/2014 5:50:26 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    Saudi Arabia is one of a handful of countries that burn crude oil directly for power generation, according to the Joint Organizations Data Initiative (JODI). During the summer, Saudi Arabia typically experiences an increase in electricity consumption as domestic demand for air conditioning rises. Saudi Arabia burned 0.9 million barrels per day (bbl/d) of crude oil in July, the highest ever recorded in JODI data for the month of July and the highest overall since August 2010. Saudi Arabia used an average of 0.7 million bbl/d of crude oil for power generation during the summers from 2009 to 2013. During...
  • The Islamic State . . . of Saudi Arabia

    09/20/2014 7:53:25 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 13 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 9-20-2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    The beheadings over the last several weeks were intended to terrorize, to intimidate, to coerce obedience, and to enforce a construction of sharia law that, being scripturally rooted, is draconian and repressive. And let’s not kid ourselves: We know there will be more beheadings in the coming weeks, and on into the future. Apostates from Islam, homosexuals, and perceived blasphemers will face brutal persecution and death. Women will be treated as chattel and face institutionalized abuse. Islamic-supremacist ideology, with its incitements to jihad and conquest, with its virulent hostility toward the West, will spew from the mosques onto the streets....
  • Record Beheadings And The Mass Arrest Of Christians – ISIS? Or Saudi Arabia!

    09/17/2014 2:48:00 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 12 replies
    In the past month, a group of radical Islamic extremists based in the Middle East beheaded at least 23 people and enforced a ban on Christianity by arresting a group of people for practicing the faith in a private home. No, I’m not talking about ISIS. The real culprit is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, one of the America’s closest global allies. Dozens of Christians arrested at a prayer meeting in Saudi Arabia need America’s help, according to a key lawmaker who is pressing the State Department on their behalf. Some 28 people were rounded up Friday by hard-line Islamists...
  • Huffington Post: Isis Horror Explained By Saudi Wahhabism

    08/29/2014 5:08:26 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 2 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | Breitbart News
    The dramatic arrival of Da'ish (ISIS) on the stage of Iraq has shocked many in the West. Many have been perplexed -- and horrified -- by its violence and its evident magnetism for Sunni youth. But more than this, they find Saudi Arabia's ambivalence in the face of this manifestation both troubling and inexplicable, wondering, "Don't the Saudis understand that ISIS threatens them, too?"
  • Saudi Man Dies After Allegedly Trying To Sodomize A Donkey

    08/13/2014 4:01:03 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 116 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | 8/13/2014 | Opposing Views
    The bizarre story of a man who died after trying to have sex with a donkey is circulating all over Middle Eastern news sites. Lebanese website Beiruting recently reported that a Saudi Sheikh man died after attempting to sodomize a donkey. But other sites have picked it up as well. Reports say that the man tied the donkey to his car, took off his pants and attempted the have sex with the animal. The donkey, however, was not about to let that happen, and allegedly, it proceeded to kick the Sheikh man in the face following by three strong kicks...
  • Saudi Confirms He Took Sons to Syria to Fight

    08/12/2014 2:19:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, August 12, 2014
    Man sends photo to ex-wife saying: ‘Consider your sons as birds in paradise’A Saudi father has confirmed his ex-wife’s accusations that he had smuggled his two little sons to join the war in Syria by sending her a picture of them with their weapons and telling her consider them as “birds in paradise”. The picture, published in Ajel and other Saudi newspapers, showed the bearded man hugging his two sons, aged 10 and 11 years, as they clutched their guns and holding up their finger, indicating they have joined the infamous militant Daesh group. The picture showed one the two...
  • Saudi Men Need Wife's Nod to Marry Moroccan Women

    08/09/2014 5:03:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, August 09, 2014
    Would-be husband must also have clean police recordMarried Saudi men need to have prior approval from their wives to marry Moroccan women in line with new rules enforced by the North African Arab country. Morocco has told Saudi authorities that citizens from the oil-rich Gulf Kingdom can have a Moroccan wife even if they are married, provided their wives agree to the new marriage. The new rules also stipulate that any Saudi seeking to have a Moroccan wife must present have police clearance in Saudi Arabia. “The new rules are intended to ensure Saudi men seeking to marry Moroccan women...
  • Pakistan troops to defend jittery Saudis

    08/02/2014 8:00:11 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 15 replies
    The Times ^ | 0/8/02/14 | Hugh Tomlinson
    Saudi Arabia has deployed thousands of troops from Egypt and Pakistan along its frontier with Iraq, amid fears of invasion by the al-Qaeda splinter group that has declared a radical Islamic state across the border. Panicked by the advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (Isis), Riyadh has taken the drastic step of calling in military assistance from its close allies to shore up the porous 500-mile border, Gulf security sources said.
  • Saudi beating foreign worker for using the telephone (disturbing)

    07/28/2014 9:29:50 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 13 replies
    Muldersworld/Youtube ^ | 7/28/2014 | Muldersworld/Youtube
    Video Link Here
  • Rookie judge to preside over Benghazi trial

    07/13/2014 4:47:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    wa po ^ | July 7, 2014 | Al Kamen and Colby Itkowitz
    Casey Cooper is new to the bench, but he’s well-connected . Just three months into his tenure on the federal bench, and before his formal investiture ceremony later this week, newly minted — but well-connected — U.S. District Judge Christopher “Casey” Cooper has been handed one of the most high-profile and politically sensitive American terrorism cases in recent years ... Cooper, 47, was part of the Obama administration’s transition team and is one of the more connected people in D.C. legal circles, Marimow notes. His wife, Amy Jeffress, worked at the Justice Department as a national security adviser to the...
  • Saudi Arabia's Armed Forces on High Alert as ISIS Approaches

    06/27/2014 9:01:26 PM PDT · by Deathtomarxists · 28 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 6-27-14 | NA
    Saudi reconnaissance planes have found ISIS terrorists heading for the Saudi border, aiming to seize control of the Iraqi-Saudi border crossing at Ar Ar
  • King orders high alert to fight terror (worried about ISIS)

    06/27/2014 1:35:40 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 13 replies
    Arab News ^ | 6/27/2014 | Arab News
    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah ordered all necessary measures to protect the Kingdom against potential "terrorist threats," a Royal Court statement said Thursday. The king gave the order after chairing a meeting of the National Security Council to discuss fallout from developments in neighboring Iraq. “Concerned for the Kingdom’s national security against any measures that terrorist organizations or any other groups might resort to, that could destabilize security of the homeland, he (the king) has ordered all necessary measures to protect the gains of the homeland and its stability, and the security of the Saudi people," the...
  • Saudi armed forces on high preparedness. Egyptian troops ready to defend kingdom

    06/26/2014 10:17:04 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 6 replies
    Debka ^ | June 26, 2014 | Debka
    Thursday, June 26, the day before US Secretary of State John Kerry was due in Riyadh, King Abdullah summoned a National Security Council meeting “upon the current security events in the region, especially in Iraq,” and ordered “all necessary measures to protect the kingdom against terrorist threats.” This meant a general call-up of military units for a high level of preparedness. DEBKAfile’s military sources disclose that Egypt is assembling an expeditionary commando force to fly to Saudi Arabia and bolster its border defenses. This flurry of Saudi-Egyptian military steps comes in the wake of intelligence gathered by Saudi reconnaissance planes...
  • Jihadi Recruitment in Riyadh Revives Saudi Arabia's Greatest Fear

    06/16/2014 8:24:22 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 10 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 06/16/2014 | Glen Carey and Deema Almashabi
    The al-Qaeda breakaway group that has captured Iraq's biggest northern city is on a recruitment drive in Saudi Arabia. The evidence showed up last month in Riyadh, where drivers woke up to find leaflets stuffed into the handles of their car doors and in their windshields. They were promoting the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, which has grabbed the world's attention by seizing parts of northern Iraq. The militant group is also using social media, such as Twitter and YouTube, to recruit young Saudi men. ISIL, known as Da'esh in Arabic, has "territorial ambitions and is far more...
  • Saudi Graduate Student Vandalizes & Destroys Ancient Buddha Statues in Japan (Video)

    06/12/2014 5:36:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    The Gateway Pundit. ^ | June 12, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Sudden Jihad Syndrome Japan– A Saudi graduate student vandalized and destroyed several ancient Buddhas that were designated as important Japanese cultural symbols in downtown Tokyo. One of the statues was 300 years old. The incident happened around midnight. The man said he carried out a similar attack at another temple.
  • Florida MERS Patient Visited Two Hospitals

    05/15/2014 2:06:02 AM PDT · by blueplum · 29 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | May 13, 2014 | Chelsea Rice
    On Tuesday morning in Florida, Orlando Health physicians and a state public health official spoke with reporters about the second MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) case at Dr. Phillips Hospital, where the patient is currently being treated. The patient with MERS initially came to Orlando Regional Medical Center to bring a relative in for testing, according to Dr. Ken Michaels, the health system’s medical director for occupational health. The care team admitted him to the hospital on May 8, when Dr. Michaels said the patient came to the emergency room at Dr. Phillips Hospital displaying possible symptoms of pneumonia. (The...
  • Saudi liberal gets 10 years in jail, 1,000 lashes

    05/07/2014 8:17:39 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 15 replies
    Daily Star ^ | May 7, 2014
    RIYADH: A Saudi court sentenced Raef Badawi, the founder of a human rights group, to 10 years in jail and 1,000 lashes Wednesday over "insulting Islam," an activist said. Badawi, who has been behind bars since June 2012, has also been ordered to pay a fine of one million riyals ($266,666/191,846 euros), said the head of the network, Suad al-Shamari. "He is a prisoner of conscience," said Badawi, pointing out that there is "no criminal charge against him." The ruling is unjust," she told AFP. Badawi was sentenced in July 2013 to more than seven years in jail, in addition...