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  • Saudi Arabia official: If all else fails, remove Syria's Assad by force

    02/13/2016 8:25:58 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    CNN ^ | 02/13/2016 | Mick Krever
    Saudi Arabia's foreign minister says if the Syrian political process fails, President Bashar al-Assad will have to be removed "by force." "I believe Bashar al-Assad is weak and I believe Bashar al-Assad is finished," Saudi Arabia's foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir told CNN's Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview in Munich, Germany. Saudi Arabia is prepared to contribute ground troops to the fight in Syria, but only as part of a U.S.-led coalition, he said. "Bashar al-Assad will leave - have no doubt about it. He will either leave by a political process or he will be removed by force." "We...
  • The End of Saudi Arabia?

    01/21/2016 3:46:07 PM PST · by ChessExpert · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 20, 2016 | Mike Konrad
    A more detestable regime than Saudi Arabia could not be found. Arguably the most repressive regime on earth. An absolute monarchy. A Wahhabist theocratic nightmare that arms ISIS. Only North Korea may be worse, and North Korea does not put women in burqas or have any areas where female genital mutilation (FGM) is practiced. It is a close call. At least North Korea does not ban alcohol. Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/01/the_end_of_saudi_arabia.html#ixzz3xvSaCmLo Follow us: @AmericanThinker on Twitter | AmericanThinker on Facebook
  • Saudis not ruling out nuclear bomb in response to Iran

    01/19/2016 2:36:39 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 26 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/1/16 | Ben Ariel
    Saudi Arabia is not ruling out developing a nuclear bomb if its regional rival Iran obtains one, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told the Reuters news agency on Tuesday. Asked if Saudi Arabia had discussed seeking a nuclear bomb in the event Iran managed to obtain one, al-Jubeir replied the country would do "whatever we need to do in order to protect our people". "I don't think it would be logical to expect us to discuss any such issue in public and I don't think it would be reasonable to expect me to answer this question one way or another,"...
  • Saudi king ‘plots to bypass nephew’ in handover of crown

    01/19/2016 7:33:43 AM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    Sunday Times ^ | January 17, 2016 | Toby Harnden
    KING Salman of Saudi Arabia could be preparing to upend the succession of the House of Saud by abdicating in favour of his controversial 30-year-old son Prince Mohammed bin Salman, bypassing his designated successor, according to American diplomatic sources. At present Salman, 80, is due to be succeeded by his nephew, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, 56. A report by the Washington-based Gulf Institute, supported by Saudi dissidents, claimed last week that the king could change the rules and install his son.
  • 2 Saudi Arabian Nationals Plead Guilty to Renting Guns, Buying Ammunition Illegally...

    01/18/2016 3:55:12 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 20 replies
    NBCSANDIEGO.com ^ | 1/18/16 | Samantha Tatro and Paul Krueger
    Full title..."2 Saudi Arabian Nationals Plead Guilty to Renting Guns, Buying Ammunition Illegally at Poway Shooting Range" Two Saudi Arabian nationals pleaded guilty to federal weapons charges stemming from an incident at a shooting range in Poway. Two men were arrested and a third is wanted for illegally renting firearms and purchasing ammunition at the Poway Weapons and Gear gun range for target practice. Saad Mutlak Alsahli, Muath Ahmed Alraqibah and Abdulrahman Abdullah Alolaymi rented a Sig Sauer 9mm pistol and a Bravo .223 caliber rifle and bought 100 rounds of .223 caliber ammunition and 50 rounds of 9mm ammunition...
  • Saudi Arabia: A Weak Kingdom On Its Knees?

    01/14/2016 4:10:02 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 21 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 14-11-2015 | Tom
    The great Kingdom of Saudi Arabia—the long-time dictator of crude oil prices for the world—is struggling on all fronts. The Saudis are losing their proxy wars in both Syria and Yemen; their OPEC leadership is under threat; they are not winning the crude oil price war; and its long-running alliance with the West is in question. From Saudi Arabia’s perspective, Iran seems to be gaining ground everywhere. Saudi Arabia has several weaknesses that help explain the current anxiety emanating from Riyadh. 1. Saudi Arabia losing its leadership in the OPEC Saudi Arabia has been the default leader of OPEC; however,...
  • Several Blasts Rock Aramco Oil Facilities [Saudi]

    01/12/2016 5:55:42 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Farsi News ^ | Jan 12, 2016
    Tue Jan 12, 2016 7:18 Several Blasts Rock Aramco Oil Facilities TEHRAN (FNA)- A number of blasts hit Baqiq industrial city in the Southern Saudi province of Jizan where the kingdom's giant Aramco oil facilities is located. The local residents of Al-Sharqiya region where the Baqiq industrial city and the Aramco oil facilities are located confirmed huge explosions near the huge oil facilities, the Arabic-language media outlets reported on Tuesday. Baqiq industrial city belongs to Aramco oil company which itself is Saudi Arabia's biggest economic enterprise. The oilfields of Aramco, including Qawareh oilfield, are located in Shiite-populated Eastern Saudi Arabia....
  • Saudi Arabia stews in policy hell: Spengler

    01/04/2016 9:21:48 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 63 replies
    Asia Times ^ | January 3, 2016 | David P. Goldman
    Saudi Arabia stews in policy hell: Spengler By David P. Goldman on January 3, 2016 in David P. Goldman, Spengler, China, Middle East, AT Top Writers Last week's mass executions in Saudi Arabia suggest panic at the highest level of the monarchy. The action is without precedent, even by the grim standards of Saudi repression. In 1980 Riyadh killed 63 jihadists who had attacked the Grand Mosque of Mecca, but that was fresh after the event. Most of the 47 prisoners shot and beheaded on Jan. 2 had sat in Saudi jails for a decade. The decision to kill the...
  • Saudi Arabia Bans Flights, Travel To Iran

    01/04/2016 7:40:41 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 55 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 1-4-2016 | Durden
    Over the weekend, a series of dramatic events stemming from Saudi Arabia’s execution of Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr plunged the Mid-East further into chaos. The torching of the Saudi embassy in Tehran prompted Riyadh to cut diplomatic ties with the Iranians and on Monday, Bahrain quickly followed while the UAE recalled its ambassador. Now, the stage is set for a full blown sectarian showdown complete with protests by oppressed Shiites in the Gulf states, anti-Sunni sentiment in Iran and Iraq, and, in a worst case scenario, a direct (as opposed to a proxy) conflict between the Saudis and the Iranians....
  • Saudi Arabia Cuts Ties With Iran Amid Fallout From Cleric’s Execution

    01/03/2016 12:58:31 PM PST · by TroutStalker · 88 replies
    NY Times ^ | JAN. 3, 2016 | BEN HUBBARD and THOMAS ERDBRINK
    BAGHDAD — Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic ties with Iran on Sunday and gave all Iranian diplomats 48 hours to leave the kingdom, as escalating tensions over the execution of an outspoken Shiite cleric in Saudi Arabia marked a new low in relations between the two Middle Eastern powers. The surprise move, announced in a televised news conference by Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi foreign minister, followed harsh criticism by Iranian leaders of the Saudi execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr and the storming of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran by protestors in response. Mr. Jubeir said that the kingdom would not allow...
  • Saudi Arabia severs diplomatic relations with Iran

    01/03/2016 1:10:45 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 58 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 1-3-2015 | Al Jazeera Staff
    Saudi Arabia has announced that it is severing diplomatic ties with Iran following Saturday's attack of its embassy in Tehran during protests. Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi foreign minister, made the announcement on Sunday as the foreign ministry announced that it would ask the Iranian diplomatic mission to leave the kingdom within 48 hours. The Saudi foreign ministry has also announced that the staff of its diplomatic mission have been evacuated, and are now on their way back to Saudi.
  • Iran reveals true face by defending terror acts: KSA (Saudi hits back)

    01/03/2016 2:45:08 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Arab News ^ | 3 January 2016
    Iran reveals true face by defending terror acts: KSA Published -- Sunday 3 January 2016 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's Foreign Ministry on Sunday said Tehran revealed its true face "by its defense of terrorist acts" after Iran criticized the Kingdom's execution of a Shiite cleric convicted of terrorism charges. In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the ministry accused Tehran of "blind sectarianism" and said Iran's reaction only shows that it is a "partner in their crimes in the entire region." The ministry summoned Iran's ambassador to the kingdom to protest Iran's criticism of the execution, saying it...
  • ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi says 'caliphate' well despite strikes

    12/26/2015 4:32:45 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 13 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Saturday, December 26, 2015 | PTI
    Beirut - In the 24-minute audio posted on Saturday, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi says airstrikes by the international coalition only increase his group's determination and resolve. The Islamic State group has released a new message purportedly from its reclusive leader, claiming his self-styled "caliphate" is doing "well" despite an unprecedented alliance against it. In the 24-minute audio posted on Saturday, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi says airstrikes by the international coalition only increase his group's determination and resolve. He also mocks a recently announced Saudi-led Islamic alliance against "terrorism" and warns Israel that "we are getting closer to you" every day. To Israeli...
  • Saudi millionaire beats rape charge after claiming he ‘fell into’ teen

    12/16/2015 10:07:48 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 39 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/16/15 | Michael Morrow, News.com.au
    A millionaire businessman has been found not guilty of rape after claiming he accidentally penetrated her when he tripped and fell. Ehsan Abdulaziz, 46, was initially accused of forcing himself on the 18-year-old as she slept on a couch at his London flat after a night of drinking. The Saudi property developer said he had already had sex with the young woman’s 24-year-old friend and it was possible his penis may have been poking out of his underwear when he tripped. The Mirror reported the group had met at an exclusive West End club last year where he entertained them...
  • Saudi millionaire cleared of raping teenager

    12/16/2015 12:00:02 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 69 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 12/15/15 | Stephanie Linning, Lucy Crossley
    Full title: Saudi millionaire cleared of raping teenager after telling court he may have accidentally penetrated 18-year-old when he tripped and fell on her A Saudi millionaire has been cleared of raping a teenager after claiming he might have accidentally penetrated the 18-year-old when he tripped and fell. Property developer Ehsan Abdulaziz, 46, was accused of forcing himself on the young woman as she slept off a night of drinking on the sofa in his plush flat in Maida Vale, west London. He had already had sex with her 24-year-old friend and said he might have fallen on top of...
  • Hackers trace ISIS Twitter accounts back to internet addresses linked to ..

    12/15/2015 1:41:11 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 8 replies
    Mirror ^ | December 15, 2015 | JASPER HAMILL
    Full Title: Hackers trace ISIS Twitter accounts back to internet addresses linked to ..Department of Work and Pensions Teenage computer experts unveil astonishing web of unpublicised interactions linking extremist social media mouthpieces to the British government. Hackers have claimed that a number of Islamic State supporters' social media accounts are being run from internet addresses linked to the Department of Work and Pensions. A group of four young computer experts who call themselves VandaSec have unearthed evidence indicating that at least three ISIS-supporting accounts can be traced back to the DWP's London offices.
  • Trump Breaking the Rules of Washington's Money Game

    12/15/2015 11:50:53 AM PST · by xzins · 37 replies
    Townhall ^ | Dec 15, 2015 | Rachel Marsden
    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump got into an interesting war of words on Twitter last week with a Saudi prince. "Dopey Prince (Al-Waleed bin Talal) wants to control our U.S. politicians with daddy's money. Can't do it when I get elected," Trump tweeted. Trump's social-media salvo was truly provocative, and not because he called a billionaire member of the Saudi royal family "dopey." What made Trump's outburst on Twitter so interesting was his willingness to call out the tacit and longstanding subversion of the U.S. political system by foreign interests. "You are a disgrace not only to the GOP but...
  • Did Saudi Arabia Just Clear The Way For An Invasion Of Syria And Iraq?

    12/15/2015 11:35:15 AM PST · by amorphous · 31 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 15 Dec 2015 | Tyler Durden
    While it's still far from common knowledge among the Western public that Washington's closest allies in the Mid-East are funding, arming, and otherwise enabling the Sunni extremists (including ISIS) battling for control of Syria and working to destabilize Iraq, the massacre that unfolded earlier this month in San Bernardino has managed to focus some much needed attention on the role Saudi Arabia plays in promoting extremism. As we noted in the immediate aftermath of the California mass shooting, the fact that Tashfeen Malik spent 25 years in Saudi Arabia living with a father who, according to family members who spoke...
  • Saudi Arabia to lead Muslim coalition against terrorism

    12/14/2015 8:04:50 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 49 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/14/2015 | Reuters
    DUBAI - Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced the formation of a 34-state Islamic military coalition to combat terrorism, according to a joint statement published on state news agency SPA. "The countries here mentioned have decided on the formation of a military alliance led by Saudi Arabia to fight terrorism, with a joint operations center based in Riyadh to coordinate and support military operations," the statement said. A long list of Arab countries such as Egypt, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, together with Islamic countries Turkey, Malaysia, Pakistan and Gulf Arab and African states were mentioned. The announcement cited "a duty...
  • Saudi Prince Silent Amid Tweeted Jabs From Trump, Coulter and Stone

    12/14/2015 10:55:09 PM PST · by entropy12 · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Dec 2015 | Neil Monueo
    Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is ducking for cover amid a light barrage of tweeted jeers from Donald Trump, Ann Coulter and Roger Stone.
  • What Stinks in Saudi Ain’t the Camel Dung

    12/12/2015 8:05:02 PM PST · by amorphous · 14 replies
    New Eastern Outlook ^ | 12 Dec 2015 | F. William Engdahl First appeared: http://journal-neo.org/2015/12/08/what-stinks-in-saudi-aint-the-
    In recent weeks one nation after another is falling over themselves, literally, to join the turkey shoot known, erroneously, as the war in Syria, ostensibly against the Islamic State or Daesh. The most wanted but most feared question is where will this war frenzy lead, and how can it be stopped short of dragging the entire planet into a world war of destruction? On September 30, responding to a formal invitation or plea from the duly-elected President of the Syrian Arab Republic, the Russian Federation began what was an initially highly effective bombing campaign in support of the Syrian Government...
  • Prince Of Beheading Champ Saudi Arabia Calls Trump "Disgrace To America"

    12/11/2015 12:12:45 PM PST · by amorphous · 22 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11 Dec 2015 | Tyler Durden
    You know you've 'made it' when the prince of one of the world's biggest human rights abuser (and leading 'beheader') nations calls you a "disgrace to America."
  • Mumbai Court pardons David Headley, makes him approver in 26/11 case

    12/10/2015 1:14:31 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 1 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Thursday, December 10, 2015 | PTI
    From the order of the US court, which convicted Headley for his role in 26/11 conspiracy, it can be seen that the plan could not have reached its logical end without his involvement, the judge noted, saying this was one of the aspects to be considered while tendering pardon to Headley. Mumbai - A Mumbai court on Thursday pardoned Pakistani-American LeT operative David Headley, who had surveyed targets for the 26/11 attacks, and made him an approver in the case, a move that may unravel the conspiracy behind the brazen terror assault. "Accused David Headley is tendered pardon as per...
  • How the Pakistani Islamic terrorist entered the American Homeland

    12/04/2015 9:20:18 PM PST · by Cronos · 24 replies
    Times of India ^ | 5 Dec 2015 | Chidanand Rajghatta
    WASHINGTON: She was so private and conservative that there are no photographs of her even though she operated a Facebook account under a false name. Even her in-laws never saw her outside a full-faced orthodox burka. And nursing a newborn infant at home didn't stop her from stocking up an arsenal at home, under cover and possibly with help from a husband, who she knew, always been interested in shooting and weapons, and who she likely radicalized.In a dramatic twist to the San Bernardino shooting case that resulted in 35 casualties, including 14 dead, investigators are now focusing on...
  • 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...
  • IMF PREDICTS SAUDI ARABIA BANKRUPT BY 2020

    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 Arabias cash reserves are in free-fall, with a new estimate that the worlds 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 votepointing to, among other things, the thousands of Muslims in the key state of Michigan. By all appearances, the Bush campaign heeded Norquists 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 mens 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 Moscows 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 Moscows 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 states 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 countrys 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 weeks hajj tragedy. The prince, one of the grandsons of the states 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 dont 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 Arabias 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 Arabias 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 authors 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 2015s 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 Arabias 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...