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  • Man shoots male doctor for assisting his wifeís delivery in Saudi Arabia

    05/26/2016 10:42:29 AM PDT · by wtd · 23 replies
    Gulf News ^ | May 26, 2016 | Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief
    Man shoots male doctor for assisting his wifeís delivery in Saudi Arabia Riyadh: A Saudi man was arrested after he shot a male obstetrician, arguing that he had no right to assist his wifeís delivery and that a woman gynecologist should have been around. Dr Muhannad Al Zabn, who has a Jordanian father and a Saudi mother, delivered the baby one month ago at the King Fahad Medical City in the Saudi capital Riyadh. According to media reports, the father went to the hospital and told the doctor he wanted to see him to thank him for helping his...
  • Schumer upends 9/11 Saudi suit bill at 11th hour

    05/25/2016 7:09:30 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 32 replies
    Last weekís unanimous passage of a Senate bill making it easier for 9/11 families to sue Saudi Arabia and other foreign terror sponsors was widely heralded as a major victory. Itís more of a cruel hoax. It turns out that just before the vote, Sen. Charles Schumer and other proponents of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act stuffed an amendment into the final draft allowing the attorney general and secretary of state to stop any litigation against the Saudis in its tracks.
  • US House blocks aid to duplicitous Pakistan

    05/20/2016 12:08:54 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 5 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Saturday, May 21, 2016 | Editorial
    US House blocks aid to duplicitous Pakistan The US House of Representatives' decision to incorporate stringent requirements for the release of American aid to Pakistan, even in the face of opposition from the White House, is indicative of a gradual change of heart in Washington, DC, towards what was once its frontline ally in the war on terror. It comes days after the US Congress objected to the sale of American F-16s, which have little value in fighting insurgents but help Pakistan build parity with India. This is not to suggest that the US is anywhere close to changing its...
  • Senate Passes Bill Exposing Saudi Arabia to 9/11 Legal Claims

    05/17/2016 3:29:10 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 15 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | May 17, 2016 | Mark Mazetti
    WASHINGTON ó A bill that would let the families of those killed in the Sept. 11 attacks sue Saudi Arabia for any role in the terrorist plot passed the Senate unanimously on Tuesday, bringing Congress closer to a showdown with the White House, which has threatened to veto the legislation.The Senateís passage of the bill, which will now be taken up in the House, is another sign of escalating tensions in a relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia that once received little scrutiny from lawmakers.Obama administration officials have lobbied against the bill, a view that the White House...
  • 50,000 Laid Off In Saudi Arabia As Oil Crisis Bites Deeper

    05/09/2016 10:01:22 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 19 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 09-05-2016 | Savages
    Saudi construction giant Binladin group has laid off tens of thousands of workers, leading to rare protests, as workers torch seven buses demanding compensation as low oil prices begin to bite in earnest. The numbers of layoffs range from 50,000 to 77,000, many of who say they were not paid for several months. Binladin group, which last year had all of its contracts frozen after a crane fell over the Grand Mosque in Mecca, killing 107, denied that it owed its workers any compensation. The company said the layoffs were a ďroutineĒ adjustment to a slowdown in construction activity in...
  • Saudi Prince Begs America to Reject Trump

    05/07/2016 5:41:42 PM PDT · by mkleesma · 76 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | Breitbart News
    A Saudi prince has urged Americans not to vote for Donald Trump in the upcoming general election. Turki al-Faisal, who served as Saudia Arabiaís ambassador to the US from 2005 to 2007, spoke against the presumptive Republican nominee during a foreign policy dinner in Washington, DC on Thursday.
  • Saudi King Salman Cries During Sonís Graduation in Riyadh

    05/04/2016 4:05:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Wednesday, 4 May 2016
    Saudi King Salman could not hold back his emotions as he attended the graduation of one of his sons, Prince Rakan who finished high school studies in Riyadh. ďI attend this graduation not only as Rakanís father, but a father to all the students,Ē King Salman said during a speech he delivered. King Salman has made a habit of attending all his sons' graduation ceremonies, a sign of the importance the king places on education. Before the ardha (sword dance) ceremony, Prince Rakan presented a sword to his father, which caused the King to get emotional seeing his last son...
  • Saudi IS members killing their own relatives

    05/03/2016 7:28:29 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | May 2, 2016 | Ibrahim al-Hatlani
    http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/05/saudi-arabia-isis-al-qaeda-killing-soldiers-religion-islam.html Saudi IS members killing their own relatives The Islamic State's (IS) influence has penetrated Saudi Arabia so successfully via social media that some Saudi youth are being persuaded to kill soldiers and police, even when they are family members. Summary: The control demonstrated by the Islamic State over some young Saudi minds apparently exceeds even that of prominent Muslim leaders. Author Ibrahim al-Hatlani Posted May 2, 2016 Translator Pascale el-Khoury Salafists ó ultraconservative Muslims ó believe in the concepts of al-wala wal-bara, which some scholars interpret as loyalty to all that is Islamic and disavowal of everything not considered...
  • Saudi minister confirms warning on proposed U.S. law on 9/11

    05/02/2016 2:33:48 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 26 replies
    reuters ^ | 5/2/16
    Saudi Arabia has warned the United States that a proposed U.S. law that could hold the kingdom responsible for any role in the Sept 11, 2001, attacks would erode global investor confidence in America, its foreign minister said on Monday. The minister, Adel al-Jubeir, speaking to reporters in Geneva after talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, which mainly focused on Syria, denied that Saudi Arabia had "threatened" to withdraw investment from its close ally. The New York Times reported last month that the Riyadh government had threatened to sell up to $750 billion worth of American assets should...
  • Should Women Take Blame if Daughters Stray?

    04/29/2016 7:35:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Saudi Gazette ^ | Apr 30, 2016
    IN the past, traditions and customs were such that mothers used to be blamed if their daughters went astray and engaged in unethical practices. Viewed as the protectors of their daughters, mothers were expected to take care of and raise them to be good citizens. However, such views have changed today and mothers are no longer blamed for the mistakes of their daughters. Al-Riyadh daily reports on the way modern society views the mother-daughter relationship. Dr. Salih Al-Aqeel, a criminology and sociology expert, said it was unfair for society to blame mothers for the mistakes of their daughters. ďIn the...
  • Saudi Influence on Washington Must End if we are going to have any hope of defeating global jihad

    04/22/2016 8:47:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 04/22/2016 | Robert Spencer
    The 28 pages of a Congressional report detailing where the 9/11 hijackers got their financing have been classified for years, but what they contain is an open secret. Former Senator Bob Graham explained: ďThe 28 pages primarily relate to who financed 9/11, and they point a very strong finger at Saudi Arabia as being the principal financier.Ē So why keep this information secret? Because the Saudis wield undue influence in Washington, among both parties Ė an influence that has deformed our response to the global jihad threat, and continues to do so. Responding to a bill that would allow 9/11...
  • Author: U.S. Official Who Issued Visas to 9/11 Hijackers Still Works for State Department

    04/21/2016 6:19:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | APRIL 20, 2016 | NICHOLAS BALLASY
    The State Department official who issued visas to many of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists is still employed by the federal government, according to J. Michael Springmann, the author of Visas for al-Qaeda: CIA Handouts That Rocked the World. Springmann, former head of the visa section at the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, told PJM that Shayna Steinger approved 11 of the visas granted to the 19 9/11 hijackers. Fifteen received their visas at the Jeddah consulate. Page 7 of the 9/11 Commission report states that ďone consular officer issued visas to 11 of the 19 hijackers.Ē Those visas...
  • Fresh evidence links Saudi government to 9/11: Flight certificate of would-be bomber found

    04/20/2016 8:50:39 AM PDT · by LNV · 20 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 4/20/2016 | Lydia Willgress
    "Officials have revealed that the flight certificate of Al-Qaeda bomb maker Ghassan Al-Sharbi was discovered hidden in an envelope from the Saudi embassy in Washington when they arrested him in 2002...The cache was discovered by US authorities and details, written in a memo known as Document 17 in 2003, were released without fanfare by investigators last year. They were only brought to the public's attention when an activist discovered them and wrote about them on his website earlier this week."
  • Trump: 9/11 Report Pages Should Have Been Released a Long Time Ago

    04/19/2016 7:14:48 AM PDT · by bobsunshine · 66 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 19, 2016 | Jeff Poor
    Tuesday on Fox News Channelís ďFox & Friends,Ē Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump discussed the unreleased classified portion of the 9/11 report, which some have some speculated ties Saudi Arabia to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Trump argued for their release, adding ďitís sort of nice to knowĒ who your friends and enemies are. ďI think we should have seen it a long time ago,Ē Trump said. ďAnd you know, I think I know what itís going to say. Itís going to be very profound having to do with Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabiaís role on the World Trade Center...
  • Obama Responds To Saudi Threat To Dump Treasuries If Its Role In Sept 11 Is Probed

    04/18/2016 12:56:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 39 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 4/18/16 | tyler durden
    This weekend's biggest, and most shocking story, was the report that in response to a proposed Congressional Bill that would allow a probe into the Saudi role behind the Sept 11 terrorist attack, Saudi Arabia had threatened the US with dumping its roughly $750 billion in Treasury holdings. What was curious about the story is that while Saudi Arabia implicitly admitted it had a role in the September 11, the Obama administration was actively doing everything in its power to prevent the Bill from passing, and thus to keep the truth under wraps, leading many to wonder if Obama was...
  • Saudi Arabia turns oil weapon on Iran: Kemp

    04/18/2016 7:27:28 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 18, 2016 | John Kemp
    Saudi Arabia turns oil weapon on Iran: Kemp By Reuters Published: 13:22 GMT, 18 April 2016 | Updated: 13:22 GMT, 18 April 2016 By John Kemp LONDON, April 18 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's decision to scupper negotiations on a coordinated oil output freeze in Doha on Sunday seems to confirm a significant shift in the kingdom's oil policy. For decades, the kingdom has insisted it does not wield oil as a diplomatic weapon, but at the weekend it did just that as part of an intensifying conflict with Iran. ("Saudi-Iran tensions scupper deal to freeze oil output", Reuters, April 17)...
  • Secret 28 pages of 9/11 report under new scrutiny

    04/17/2016 7:49:19 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 27 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 17 Apr 2016 | Kristin Donnelly
    When the president leaves for a trip to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday an unresolved issue will go with him: did the Saudis play some role in supporting the hijackers responsible for the attacks on September 11th? The question is being raised in the wake of a renewed push to declassify 28 pages of a 838-page congressional report on the worst terror attack on American soil. The so-called ď28 pagesĒ are locked away in a secure basement room at the Capitol and although they can be read by members of Congress, the pages remain classified. That the two of the hijackers...
  • Saudi Arabia Warns of Economic Fallout if Congress Passes 9/11 Bill

    04/16/2016 4:44:08 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 57 replies
    Saudi Arabia has told the Obama administration and members of Congress that it will sell off hundreds of billions of dollarsí worth of American assets held by the kingdom if Congress passes a bill that would allow the Saudi government to be held responsible in American courts for any role in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The Obama administration has lobbied Congress to block the billís passage, according to administration officials and congressional aides from both parties, and the Saudi threats have been the subject of intense discussions in recent weeks between lawmakers and officials from the State Department and...
  • Report: Saudis vow to sell US assets if Congress decides gov was involved in 9/11

    04/16/2016 7:55:04 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 188 replies
    Fox News ^ | 16 Apr 2016
    Saudi Arabia has reportedly told the Obama administration and congressional leaders that it will sell billions of dollars in U.S. financial assets if Congress passes a bill to make the Saudi government legally responsible for any role in the 9/11 attacks. The administration has tried to stop Congress from passing the legislation, a bipartisan Senate bill, since Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir last month told Washington lawmakers his countryís position, according to The New York Times. Al-Juberi purportedly informed the lawmakers during a trip to Washington that Saudi Arabia would be forced to sell as much as $750 billion in...
  • Willful Blindness and Our Saudi ĎFriendsí

    04/16/2016 8:06:48 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/16/2016 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    ... When 9/11 finally happened, killing nearly 3,000 of our fellow Americans, al-Qaeda credited none other than the Blind Sheikh with issuing the fatwa ó the sharia edict ó that authorized the attack. We had imprisoned him, but we had not stopped him. That is mainly why I finally wrote the memoir in 2008. I called it Willful Blindness . . . and not just because my infamous defendant was both blind and willful. American counterterrorism, even seven years after 9/11 (and fully 15 years after the jihadists declared war by bombing the World Trade Center), had bored its head...
  • í60 MINUTESí: Lawmakers Say Redacted Pages Of 9/11 Report Show Saudi Official Met Hijackers In LA

    04/12/2016 5:22:12 PM PDT · by WENDLE · 35 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | April 11. 2016 | Steve Kroft
    Bob Graham won't discuss the classified information in the 28 pages, he will say only that they outline a network of people that he believes supported the hijackers while they were in the U.S. Steve Kroft: You believe that support came from Saudi Arabia? Bob Graham: Substantially. Steve Kroft: And when we say, "The Saudis," you mean the government, the-- Bob Graham: I mean-- Steve Kroft: --rich people in the country? Charities-- Bob Graham: All of the above. Graham and others believe the Saudi role has been soft-pedaled to protect a delicate relationship with a complicated kingdom where the rulers,...
  • Islamic Military Alliance Vows To "Dry Up Terrorists" [Daniel 11]

    03/31/2016 3:13:43 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 9 replies
    Newsroom America ^ | 3/28/28/2016 | Staff
    The first meeting of the Islamic Military Alliance to combat terrorism has been held in Saudi Arabia. with military chiefs from the member states vowing to "dry up terrorists' resources." Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asiri, spokesman for the alliance, said the representatives of the 34-country Islamic alliance discussed a unified strategy to degrade terrorism. Ideological, media, financial and military aspects to combat terrorism were discussed. "Today's meeting is to put the foundation stone for the coalition," he said. "Today we did not discuss any individual cases." However, Gen. Asiri said "Saudi Arabia has presented a paper to follow the resources of...
  • Saudi government Ďwants to EXECUTE gay people who show their sexuality in public & online'

    03/30/2016 7:30:40 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 43 replies
    UK Express ^ | 03/30/2016 | Charlie Peat
    SAUDI law makers could impose the death penalty on gay people who show their sexuality in public and on social media, according to reports. The government in the Sunni Kingdom is reportedly demanding tougher punishments on those found guilty and claimed social media has caused a boom in homosexuality. According to Okaz newspaper, the last six months has seen 35 cases of homosexuality and 50 cases of cross-dressers as well as cases of "sexual perversionĒ in Saudi Arabia. The judiciary reportedly also claimed there has been a large rise in "perverts" displaying "sins and obscenities" on social media in the...
  • A trillion dollars and counting: total value of U.S. crude oil imports from Saudi Arabia since '73

    03/28/2016 7:10:21 AM PDT · by doldrumsforgop · 4 replies
    am thinker ^ | 3/28/16 | s rayne
    Donald Trump has said that "if elected, he might halt purchases of oil from Saudi Arabia and other Arab allies unless they commit ground troops to the fight against the Islamic State or 'substantially reimburse' the United States for combating the militant group." So just how much money has the U.S. sent to the Saudi kingdom by way of oil purchases? While U.S. crude oil imports from Saudi Arabia have declined substantially over the past decade, they remain above 1 million barrels per day. Converting the historical oil imports from 1973 to 2015 into constant dollars using inflation adjusted average...
  • Not Destroying ISIS: The true reason there are no "moderate" Muslim armies killing ISIS terrorists

    03/25/2016 12:21:20 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 15 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | October 13, 2015 | Nonie Darwish
    Obama and Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdońüan Western media, President Obama, all Muslim countries, and myriad groups and individuals have been telling us that ISIS does not represent Islam. Muslims, especially in the West, insist that their beloved faith has nothing to do with the terrorists who are embarrassing the good and peaceful Muslims and who are giving Islam a bad name and dishonoring the real Islam. It is a fact that Arab/Islamic culture highly values honor and pride and has little tolerance for those who dishonor Islam and Islamic "family values." Because honor is so vital in Islamic culture,...
  • Senior Arab Diplomat: Saudis See Putin, Not Obama, as Key to Syriaís Future

    03/18/2016 6:54:36 AM PDT · by C19fan · 2 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 17, 2016 | Aaron Klein and Ali Waked
    Russiaís decision to withdraw some of its forces from Syria was made thanks to reassurances provided by Saudi Arabia, the main sponsor of militias fighting President Bashar Assadís regime, a senior Arab diplomat told Breitbart Jerusalem.
  • Largest U.S. Refinery Now Belongs To Saudi Arabia

    03/17/2016 12:58:57 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 29 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 17-03-2016 | Harvey
    Royal Dutch Shell and Saudi Aramco appear to be getting a divorce, breaking up their joint venture in U.S.-based refining assets. The two companies joined together to create Motiva Enterprises LLC in 1998, a 50-50 joint venture that operated three refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast. But Shell and Saudi Aramco have seen their interests head in different directions. "It is now time for the partners to pursue their independent downstream goals," said Abdulrahman Al-Wuhaib, a senior vice president of Saudi Aramcoís downstream unit. Reuters reported that the relationship started to fray after Motiva announced a $10 billion expansion of...
  • Saudi Oil Minister Says Oil Production Cut ‚ÄúNot Going To Happen‚ÄĚ

    02/23/2016 10:29:31 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 7 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 23-02-2016 | Ali
    Saudi Arabia’s oil minister spoke in Houston at the IHS CERAWeek conference, where he poured cold water on the prospect of a production cut. Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi, one of the most important voices in the oil world, spoke at the conference on Tuesday. He first suggested that the production freeze being negotiated between several key OPEC members and Russia could be a building block. “Freeze is the beginning of a process, and that means if we can get all the major producers to agree not to add additional balance, then this high inventory we have now will probably...
  • Donald Trump on 9/11: "You Will Find Out Who Really Knocked Down The World Trade Center"

    02/18/2016 8:38:36 AM PST · by gridlock · 339 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 2/18/16 | RCP
    At a Wednesday morning campaign event in Bluffton, SC, Donald Trump takes his relitigation of the Bush administration's record on 9/11 and Iraq to the next level, seeming to imply that we don't currently know who "really" committed the 9/11 attacks. Trump says if he is elected: "you will find out who really knocked down the World Trade Center." "It wasn't the Iraqis," he explained. "You may find it's the Saudis." "They have papers in there that are very secret," he also said, referencing the 28 still-classified pages of the 9/11 commission report. "But you will find out."
  • Road To World War III: Turkey Shells Syria For Second Day As Saudi Warplanes Arrive [Update]

    02/14/2016 7:59:55 AM PST · by amorphous · 32 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 14 Feb 2016 | Tyler Durden
    On Saturday, the geopolitical world was shocked when Turkey began shelling Aleppo, where the Syrian opposition has its back against the wall in the face of an aggressive advance by Hezbollah and the IRGC supported, of course, by Russian airstrikes. To be sure, everyone knew Ankara and Riyadh would have to do something quick if they wanted to preserve the rebellion. Their proxies are being rolled up rapidly by Hassan Nasrallah's army and Vladimir Putin's air force juggernaut. But few expected the escalation would come so quickly. But Recep Tayyip Erdogan is unpredictable (just ask the lone surviving pilot of...
  • Saudi deploys jets in Turkey for anti-IS fight

    Dubai (AFP) - Saudi Arabia has deployed warplanes to a Turkish airbase in order to "intensify" its operations against the Islamic State group in Syria, a senior Saudi defence official has said. "The Saudi kingdom now has a presence at Incirlik airbase in Turkey," brigadier general Ahmed al-Assiri was quoted as saying by Al-Arabiya television late on Saturday. "Saudi warplanes are present with their crews to intensify aerial operations along with missions launched from bases in Saudi Arabia," Assiri said, without providing further details. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Saturday that Saudi jets would be deployed at Incirlik, and...
  • 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 ‚Äėplots to bypass nephew‚Äô 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‚ÄĒthe long-time dictator of crude oil prices for the world‚ÄĒis 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs Execution

    01/03/2016 12:58:31 PM PST · by TroutStalker · 88 replies
    NY Times ^ | JAN. 3, 2016 | BEN HUBBARD and THOMAS ERDBRINK
    BAGHDAD ‚ÄĒ 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 ‚Äėfell into‚Äô 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...