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  • Report: US sailors ill-prepared for Iran encounter in Gulf

    06/30/2016 7:12:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 30, 2016 9:58 AM EDT | Robert Burns
    Weak leadership, poor judgment, a lack of “warfighting toughness” and a litany of errors led to the embarrassing capture and detention by Iran of 10 U.S. sailors in the Persian Gulf in January, according to a Navy investigation released Thursday. Six officers and three enlisted sailors have been disciplined or face disciplinary action. The trouble began even before the sailors left port in Kuwait aboard two 50-foot boats on a short-notice, 300-mile journey to Bahrain. They were delayed, unprepared, poorly supervised and ill-suited for the mission, the report said. …
  • No Comment Required

    06/27/2016 4:54:09 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 8 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 6-27-2016 | MOTUS
    Did you ever - and I mean ever - think the San Francisco Gay Pride parade would be boycotted for not being queer enough? Because it was too corporate, too straight and too white…to “feel like an appropriate setting to show LGBT solidarity?” Yeah, me either. And not only that butt it’s apparently too racist as well: The Bay Area’s chapter of Black Lives Matter (BLM) has officially pulled out of San Francisco’s gay pride parade because the city is providing an increased police presence for security. –Breitbart Don’t you hate it when your identity groups fight amongst themselves?Meanwhile, in international...
  • Israel wants someone to build a $5 billion island off Gaza — for a seaport, hotels, airport

    06/20/2016 11:52:21 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    The Israeli government is considering a proposal to build an artificial island off the Gaza Strip that a top official says would give Palestinians living in the besieged enclave their one and only seaport — and maybe a hotel and an international airport, too. The Israeli minister of intelligence who is promoting the plan, Israel Katz, said the Jewish state is actively seeking financial partners for the $5 billion project. Katz mentioned the Saudis and Chinese as possible builders of the port — or maybe a mysterious Israeli entrepreneur. He declined to name names. ... He said the plan is...
  • Nervous of IS, Saudi Arabia Building Border Fence with Iraq (older but timely)

    06/02/2016 7:49:23 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 3 replies
    Saudi Arabia has launched the construction of a high-security five-layered fence on the border with Iraq to protect the desert kingdom from “infiltrators and smugglers,” according to state media quoted by RT. The fence will cover 900 km (560 miles) of Saudi Arabia’s northern frontier, SPA state news agency reported. Watchtowers, night vision and radars will provide surveillance along the fence. The project was unveiled by King Abdullah late Friday. It was announced the fence’s purpose was to cut the "number of infiltrators, drug, arms and cattle smugglers to zero." Saudi Arabia already deployed some 30,000 troops to its border...
  • U.S. Officials Fear Saudi Collapse If New Prince Fails

    06/18/2016 4:38:11 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 52 replies
    NBC News ^ | 17 June 2016 | Robert Windrem, William M. Arkin
    The Saudi prince who seems to have won a family power struggle is meeting with U.S. officials this week -- some of them the same officials who are concerned his reign could be ruinous and hurt the regional security U.S. officials crave. Officials in the national security establishment believe Saudi Arabia is at a crossroads, and that if the prince doesn't succeed, now and later as king, there could be chaos in the Kingdom. "It's him or it's ISIS," said one Saudi expert who asked that his name not be used. Mohammed Bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's 30-year-old deputy crown prince,...
  • Saudi Imam, 2 Hijackers and Lingering 9/11 Mystery

    06/17/2016 7:37:12 PM PDT · by Theoria · 17 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 17 June 2016 | Scott Shane and Mark Mazzetti
    Inside an opulent palace in Riyadh late one evening in February 2004, two American investigators interrogated a man they believed might hold answers to one of the lingering mysteries of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks: What role, if any, did officials in Saudi Arabia’s government play in the plot? The man under questioning, Fahad al Thumairy, had been a Saudi consular official based in Los Angeles and the imam of a mosque visited by two of the hijackers. The investigators, staff members of the national 9/11 commission who had waited all day at the United States Embassy before being summoned...
  • Podesta Group Claims Story Of Saudis Funding Hillary's Campaign Was Due To A "Hack"

    06/17/2016 4:22:06 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 22 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 06/14/2016 | Tyler Durden
    In what may have been the most surprising news yesterday, we cited a report by Middle East Eye, which caught a release posted on the official Jordan News Agency (Petra), which was subsequently promptly taken down, according to which Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman made various traditionally diplomatic statements about the US ahead of his visit to the US, which also included the stunning claim that Riyadh has provided 20% of the total funding to the prospective Democratic candidate's campaign, something which is considered illegal. This is what bin Salman was quoted as saying: "Saudi Arabia always has...
  • Obama Admin. On Pace to Issue One Million Green Cards to Migrants from Majority-Muslim Countries

    06/17/2016 9:40:53 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 58 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | Jue 17,2016 | CAROLINE MAY
    Green cards, or Lawful Permanent Residency, puts immigrants on the path to citizenship and allows for lifetime residency, federal benefits, and work authorization. Included in the totals are refugees, who are required to apply for a green card after one year of residency in the U.S. Unlike other types of immigrants, refugees are immediately eligible for welfare benefits including Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), food stamps, and Medicaid Green Card Totals, FY09-FY14: Pakistan (102K), Iraq (102K), Bangladesh (90K), Iran (85K), Egypt (56K), Somalia (37K), Uzbekistan (30K), Turkey (26K), Morocco (25K), Jordan (25K), Albania (24K), Afghanistan (21K), Lebanon (20K), Yemen...
  • The Nations Clinton Bashes For Terrorism Funding Gave UP TO $40 MILLION To Clinton Foundation

    06/16/2016 7:07:26 AM PDT · by detective · 6 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 06/16/2016 | Eric Owens
    Earlier this week, Hillary Clinton harshly criticized three countries for directly funding terrorists who are actively seeking to attack the United States and Western Europe. The governments of this trio of nations have contributed between $16 million and $40 million to the Clinton Foundation. Clinton sharply denounced the three countries — Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar — in a speech in Cleveland on Monday. It was her first public speech after Saturday night’s terrorist massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. (RELATED: Hillary Clinton Urges National Unity, Gun Control, Better Spying In Post-Orlando Speech)
  • Saudi Arabia Has Funded 20% Of Hillary's Presidential Campaign

    06/15/2016 10:40:22 AM PDT · by rriz · 27 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Jun 14, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    “Saudi Arabia always has sponsored both Republican and Democratic Party of America and in America current election also provide with full enthusiasm 20 percent of the cost of Hillary Clinton’s election even though some events in the country don’t have a positive look to support the king of a woman (sic) for presidency,” the report quoted Prince Mohammed as having said
  • Hillary Clinton Saudi Arabia’s president of choice

    06/14/2016 8:28:42 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/14/16 | Judi McLeod
    Saudi Arabia Has Funded 20% Of Hillary's Presidential Campaign While she’s riding full speed, the mare called ‘America’s 1st female president’ to election 2016, in reality Hillary Clinton is Saudi Arabia’s preferred, bought-and-paid-for presidential candidate. Chills should run down the collective spine of the sisterhood that the presidential campaign of self-proclaimed Defender of Women is financed some 20 percent by one of the most repressive to women countries anywhere in the world—Saudi Arabia. A prince’s kiss to the cheek of Hillary Rodham Clinton, the loudest gob-smack in Election 2016, is today being heard around the world:
  • Trump demands Clinton Foundation return $25 million from Saudis

    06/13/2016 4:40:21 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 87 replies
    Politico ^ | 13 Jun 2016 | Nolan D. McCaskill
    Donald Trump on Monday demanded that Hillary Clinton return $25 million the Clinton Foundation reportedly received from Saudi Arabia. “Crooked Hillary says we must call on Saudi Arabia and other countries to stop funding hate,” Trump posted to Facebook. “I am calling on her to immediately return the $25 million plus she got from them for the Clinton Foundation!” The Wall Street Journal reported last year that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had donated between $10 million and $25 million to the Clinton foundation since it was created in 1999. Other donors included the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Australia and...
  • Saudi Arabia Has Funded 20% Of Hillary's Presidential Campaign, Saudi Crown Prince Claims

    06/13/2016 12:28:36 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 68 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | June 13, 2016
    In what may be the pinnacle of hypocrisy, moments ago Hillary Clinton, while speaking live on national security and addressing the Orlando shooting took some time from her constant bashing of the Second Amendment and calling for a ban on assault rifles, to say some less than kind words about Saudi Arabia whom it accused of supporting radical organizations. This is what she said: The third area that demands attention is preventing radicalization and countering efforts by ISIS and other international terrorist networks to recruit in the United States and Europe. For starters, it is long past time for the...
  • Saudi Official: Orlando Shooter Came for Umra in 2011/2012

    06/13/2016 10:42:36 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Monday, 13 June 2016
    Omar Mateen, who killed 49 people in a gun attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, travelled to Saudi Arabia in 2011 and 2012, Saudi Interior Ministry security spokesman Major General Mansour Turki said on Monday. He said Mateen performed the Umrah Islamic pilgrimage for 10 days in March 2011, and eight days the following March. A US official said his travel records indicate that he apparently also visited the United Arab Emirates on one of the trips. Umrah is a lesser pilgrimage to Mecca than the haj, which unlike Umrah is mandatory for all Muslims.
  • Orlando Shooter Traveled to Saudi Arabia in 2011, 2012: MSNBC

    06/13/2016 7:17:58 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 56 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 6-13-2016 | NewsMax
    Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen made two trips to Saudi Arabia in 2011 and 2012, MSNBC reported Monday, citing federal officials.
  • Saudi King Salman Calls on Muslims to Close Ranks, Renounce Extremism

    06/06/2016 10:48:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Monday, 6 June 2016
    Saudi King Salman on Sunday greeted Muslims all over the world on the occasion of the start of the holy month of Ramadan, the Saudi Press Agency reported. Muslims begin their month-long dawn to dusk fast at the sighting of the Ramadan crescent. In his speech read out by Minister of Culture and Information Adel Al-Turaifi and addressed to Muslims everywhere, the Saudi King emphasized the urgent need to realize Islamic unity at a time when the whole world reels under the scourge of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. He reiterated Saudi Arabia’s determination to close Muslims ranks...
  • Saudi Authorities Panic As Speculators Drive Currency Down

    06/06/2016 1:26:43 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 19 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 06-06-2016 | ZH
    With Saudi Riyal forwards plunging back below 3.81, dramatically weaker than the current peg, Bloomberg reports that Saudi authorities are cracking down on currency traders as speculation mounts that the world’s biggest oil exporter won’t be able to maintain the riyal’s peg to the dollar as revenue plunges. Saudi Arabia ordered banks in the kingdom to stop selling some products that allow speculators to bet against its currency peg just days after demanding information from lenders on the offerings, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The Saudi Arabia Monetary Agency sent a circular to banks this week saying...
  • Saudi central bank bans use of options against riyal: executive

    06/06/2016 1:22:30 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05 June 2016 | Faisal Al Nasser
    Saudi Arabia's central bank has told banks it is banning the use of options and other derivatives to speculate against the riyal, in a new effort to reduce pressure on its currency peg, a senior executive at a Saudi bank told Reuters on Sunday. The Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency "wants to make sure that there is no snowball effect against the riyal in the forwards markets", the executive said, declining to be named because of commercial sensitivities. "So now banks in the country are banned from accepting any options against the riyal." Non-speculative trade in the riyal forwards market is...
  • Oil Prices Down As OPEC Fails To Agree Output Ceiling

    06/02/2016 8:35:11 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 10 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 02-06-2016 | Nick
    The much anticipated OPEC meeting in Vienna on June 2 ended pretty much as expected: the group once again failed to put any production targets in place. Without a ceiling on output, all OPEC members will continue to produce as they see fit, leaving the oil market to sort itself out. The result was largely anticipated, given the lack of agreement at several prior meetings. However, the meeting in Vienna was not without some news. OPEC members managed to agree on several small bore issues, which could be viewed as a modest success, especially after the apparent hostility on display...
  • Human Rights in KSA Secure

    06/01/2016 11:01:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Arab News ^ | Thursday 2 June 2016
    Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, president of the Human Rights Commission, has confirmed the Kingdom’s commitment to the protection and promotion of human rights, and its steadfast methodology derived from Islamic law. This necessitates the protection of human rights in a way that balances the interests of the individual with that of the community. He stressed that security, stability and prosperity are key factors in the movement of civilization toward sustainable development that respects and protects human rights through the enactment of laws and regulations. This must be accompanied by the establishment of government institutions and support for civil society institutions....
  • 14 Terrorists Get Death (Sentence)

    06/01/2016 10:26:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Saudi Gazette ^ | Jun 2, 2016
    The Special Criminal Court in Riyadh sentenced 14 from the Awamiyah cell of 24 terrorists to death Wednesday. The Awamiyah cell members were convicted of carrying out several terror activities, including killing a security man, in Al-Qatif governorate of the Eastern Province. Another nine people were given jail sentences of three to 15 years and one was acquitted. The charges against the 24 defendants in the Awamiyah cell included forming a terrorist cell in the Kingdom that embarked on armed operations, disturbed security and tried to destabilize the country by causing disunity, carried out armed attacks and targeted and shot...
  • Saudi TV Host Takes to Task Apologists Who Claim Terrorists Have Nothing to Do with Islam

    04/08/2016 5:01:01 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 25 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 4/3/16 | Rotana Khalijiya TV (Saudi Arabia)
    Saudi TV Host Nadine Al-Budair Takes to Task Apologists Who Claim Terrorists Have Nothing to Do with Islam and the Muslims: They Emerged from Our Schools and Universities Saudi journalist and TV host Nadine Al-Budair recently criticized the "hypocrites" who say that the terrorists "do not represent Islam or the Muslims." After the abominable Brussels bombings, it's time for us to feel shame and to stop acting as if the terrorists are a rarity," she said, in an address that aired on the Saudi Rotana Khalijiyah TV on April 3. "Why do we shed our own conscience?" she asked. "Don't...
  • Saudi Arabia: Man Shoots Doctor For Assisting Wife’s Labor

    05/28/2016 4:53:47 PM PDT · by Lera · 28 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 5/26/16 | Jack Moore
    Saudi authorities have arrested a man for shooting a male doctor who had helped his wife's delivery, after arguing that a female doctor should have overseen the birth. The doctor, Muhannad Al Zabn, delivered the baby in April at the King Fahad Medical City in Riyadh, Gulf News reported. The father offered his thanks to the doctor and asked to meet him at the hospital to show him his appreciation in person for the delivery. The pair proceeded to meet in the hospital garden to talk about the delivery when the father unveiled a firearm and shot at the doctor,...
  • Losing Their Bottle? 22,000 Alcoholic Drinks Seized From Saudi Dealers

    05/28/2016 4:34:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Wednesday, 25 May 2016 | Mishal Al-Otaibi
    Over 22,000 bottles of alcohol were seized from a drug dealer and later during a raid on a Saudi-owned warehouse in Riyadh on Tuesday, the General Directorate of Narcotics Control said. The directorate’s spokesman, Col. Abdulaziz Kadasah, said the Saudi owner was apprehended following leads from the arrest of a drug dealer who was caught in possession of 2,735 alcohol bottles. Another Saudi and two Pakistanis were arrested during the warehouse raid wherein 19,600 bottles of alcohol were seized. Penalties for the possession of, or trade in alcohol are severe in Saudi Arabia. Both result in prison sentences.
  • Saudi Claims He Invented e-Commerce, Intends to Sue Firms Which Use It

    05/28/2016 11:38:33 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Friday, 27 May 2016
    A Saudi man who claims he invented the concept of e-commerce during the early days of the internet says that he is talks with big firms who wish to avoid litigation for stealing his world-changing idea. “There are now undergoing negotiations with big companies inside [the kingdom] and abroad to find a solution without opting to head to international judiciary,” Faisal bin Fahd al-Osaimi told the local Saudi daily Okaz. Osaimi said he presented the concept of e-commerce to the late King Fahd in 1991, the same year the internet was born. The late king reportedly referred him to the...
  • The World Reaps What the Saudis Sow

    05/28/2016 4:11:53 AM PDT · by reaganaut1
    New York Times ^ | May 27, 2016
    <p>As China continues to posture in the South China Sea, tensions rise between China, Vietnam, Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and other regional powers such as Japan and India.</p> <p>At the defense blog War is Boring, US Naval War College Professor James Holmes discusses recent developments in the South China Sea and the risk of regional conflict.</p>
  • Saudi Arabia and Iran Fail to Reach Hajj Deal

    05/28/2016 1:24:40 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Saturday, 28 May 2016
    An Iranian delegation wrapped up its visit to Saudi Arabia on Friday without signing a final agreement on arrangements for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has said. The ministry said the delegation decided to return to Tehran without signing the final agreement despite two days of extensive talks. “The Iranian Organization of Hajj and Visit will be held responsible before God and the people of Iran for the inability of its pilgrims to perform Hajj this year,” the ministry said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency. The ministry said it offered...
  • Donald Trump Reveals "America First Energy Plan"

    05/27/2016 6:43:35 PM PDT · by Rabin · 7 replies
    Oilpro ^ | 5/27/16 | Jeff Reed posted
    Trump's plan presents a stark contrast between the visions of Democrat candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Trump said, American energy dominance will be a strategic, economic, and foreign policy goal of the United States... "We will become, and stay, totally independent of any need to import energy from the OPEC cartel or any nations hostile to our interests...At the same time, we will work with our Gulf allies to develop a positive energy relationship as part of our anti-terrorism strategy."
  • Man shoots male doctor for assisting his wife’s 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 wife’s 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 wife’s 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...
  • Why Did Saudi Arabia Kill OPEC?

    05/26/2016 9:31:53 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 4 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 26-05-2016 | Len
    The OPEC meeting is only a week away, but the chances of a positive result are as remote as ever. Rising oil prices, the heightened rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and Saudi Arabia’s willingness to go it alone will make a deal all but impossible. First of all, Iran is not in a cooperative mood. According to the IEA, Iran has managed to boost oil production to 3.56 million barrels per day in April, its highest level since November 2011. Oil exports also jumped 600,000 barrels per day to 2 million barrels per day. Importantly, Iran’s output now stands...
  • Mixed-Gender Party Sparks Furore in Saudi

    05/25/2016 11:56:27 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, May 24, 2016
    Medical students celebrate their graduation A film showing male and female medicine graduates together at a party in Saudi Arabia has triggered furore, with some viewers calling for their punishment. The film, carried by Ajel newspaper and social networks, showed several men and women celebrating their graduation from the faculty of medicine at a shopping mall in the Western Saudi town of Taif. “Many viewers called for the punishment of the participants and the mall which allowed the organization of the party,” the paper said. “The participants in the party defended themselves, saying the event was characterized by respect...
  • Saudi Arabia Delays Payment to Contractors, Considers IOUs: Liquidity Crunch at Best

    05/20/2016 6:48:17 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 32 replies
    Mish Talk ^ | 18 May 2016 | Mike “Mish” Shedlock
    Liquidity Crunch or Worse Saudi Arabia burnt through its reserves faster than anyone thought. In signs of a huge liquidity crunch, at best, the country has delayed paying contractors and now considers paying them in IOUs and tradable bonds. In retrospect, the Saudi threat to dump US assets looks more ridiculous than ever. Please consider Saudi Arabia Considers Paying Contractors With IOUs. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-18/saudi-arabia-said-to-consider-paying-contractors-with-ious
  • Saudi Arabia Admits To A Full-Blown Liquidity Crisis

    05/19/2016 1:38:49 PM PDT · by Braak · 24 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 5/18/2016 | Tyler Durden
    Previously we documented that as a result of the still low oil prices, largely a result of Saudi Arabian strategy to put high cost producers out of business and to remove excess supply, none other than Saudi Arabia has been substantially impacted, with the result being dramatic state budget, a sharp economic slowdown and mass worker layoffs. Just three weeks ago we reported that the biggest construction conglomerate in the middle east, the Saudi Binladin Group had announced it would layoff 50,000 workers ot a quarter of its workforce, slammed by the weak economy. Now, Saudi Arabia has admitted that...
  • Saudi Arabia holds $117B in US debt

    05/19/2016 9:16:10 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    CNBC ^ | 16 May 2016 | Jacob Pramuk
    The Treasury Department said Monday that Saudi Arabia held $116.8 billion in U.S. debt at the end of March, revealing for the first time the holdings of the world's biggest oil exporter. The pile puts Saudi Arabia among the largest foreign nation holders of American debt. Still, it sits well behind countries like China and Japan, which both had more than $1 trillion in Treasury securities at the end of March. Saudi Arabia's holdings could be even larger than officially listed, according to Bloomberg, which first reported the total. Saudi Arabia has about $587 billion in foreign reserves and central...
  • Bob Graham: 9/11 support goes to the top of Saudi government

    05/19/2016 4:44:40 AM PDT · by detective · 12 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 18, 2016 | Alex Bregman
    Is there a smoking gun in the 28 pages that were redacted from the congressional joint inquiry on intelligence from before and after the 9/11 attacks that links the Saudi Arabian government to the attacks? A co-chair of that inquiry, former Forida Sen. Bob Graham thinks there is one. He also says the link goes all the way to the top of the Saudi government and that the government’s funding of terrorist groups continues to this day. Graham, who has been advocating for the release of those pages for over a decade, sat down with Yahoo News host Stephanie Sy...
  • Senate Passes Bill Exposing Saudi Arabia to 9/11 Legal Claims

    05/18/2016 9:42:39 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | 05/17/2016 | MARK MAZZETTI
    WASHINGTON — 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 Senate’s 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. Administration officials have lobbied against the bill, a view that the White...
  • 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 — 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 Senate’s 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...
  • Muslim states block 11 LGBT groups from attending UN Aids meeting

    05/17/2016 1:06:44 PM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 23 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 5/17/2016 | Staff
    A group of 51 Muslim states has blocked 11 gay and transgender organizations from attending a high-level meeting at the United Nations next month on ending Aids, sparking a protest by the US, Canada and the EU. Egypt wrote to the president of the 193-member general assembly on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to object to the participation of the 11 groups. It did not give a reason in the letter, which Reuters has seen. Samantha Power, US ambassador to the UN, wrote to the general assembly president, Mogens Lykketoft, and said the groups appeared to have been...
  • Bride Goes to Honeymoon With Gun… (Groom Divorces Her)

    05/16/2016 1:00:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Sunday, May 15, 2016
    A Saudi groom who took his bride to a new home for their honeymoon got the shock of his life when he discovered that she brought with her a gun. When he recovered from the shock, he immediately divorced her. The unnamed groom had just moved into the new home with his wife in the Southern Saudi town of Baha when he found that there was a gun in her bag. “He was shocked…just after getting into his new house, he decided to take the bride back to her home after divorcing her,” Sada newspaper said. “The bride’s father blamed...
  • Kingdom’s First Woman Pilot Has High ‘Hopes’ to Soar With Saudia

    05/13/2016 6:25:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Arab News ^ | Saturday 14 May 2016
    The Kingdom’s first woman pilot, Hanadi Zakaria Al-Hindi, 37, is optimistic about receiving the green signal from Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) to fly its commercial aircraft. “I am studying offers from various UAE airlines to fly commercial planes, but still hope to be able to enter into a contract with Saudia,” she told the Emirati site, Seven Days. About those who might mock her dream to work as a pilot in a country that does not allow women to drive four-wheelers, she responded, “I think it’s better to have a driver in order to avoid the suffering of looking for...
  • UN panel against torture flags 'excessive force' by Israel

    05/13/2016 8:55:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 13, 2016 8:39 AM EDT | Jamey Keaten
    A U.N. panel against torture on Friday expressed concerns about allegations of “excessive use of force,” including deadly force, by Israeli security forces in Palestinian areas, and warned about authorities barring access to detained suspects, including minors. The Committee Against Torture, which works under the office of the U.N. human rights chief, released its “concluding observations” about Israel and five other countries — France, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the Philippines — as part of regular reviews by the panel. […] In a 12-page segment on Israel, the committee pointed to “allegations of excessive use of force, including lethal force,...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Persian Gulf Sheikhs Gave Bill & Hillary $100 Million

    05/12/2016 4:29:39 AM PDT · by Mechanicos · 45 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/11/2016 | Richard Pollock
    A Daily Caller News Foundation investigation reveals that Bill and Hillary Clinton received at least $100 million from autocratic Persian Gulf states and their leaders, potentially undermining Democratic presidential candidate Hillary’s claim she can carry out independent Middle East policies. http://dailycaller.com/2016/05/11/exclusive-persian-gulf-sheikhs-gave-bill-hillary-100-million/
  • Hillary’s Latest Scandal: She And Bill Siphoned $100 Mil From Mideast Leaders

    05/13/2016 2:28:29 AM PDT · by detective · 47 replies
    IBD ^ | April 13, 2016
    Scandal: A new investigation reveals that Bill and Hillary Clinton took in at least $100 million from Middle East leaders. Can such a financially and ethically compromised candidate truly function as our nation’s leader? The investigation by the Daily Caller News Foundation has uncovered a disturbing pattern of the Clintons’ raising money for the Clinton Foundation from regimes that have checkered records on human rights and that aren’t always operating in the best interests of the U.S. By the way, the $100 million we mentioned above doesn’t appear to include another $30 million given to the Clintons by two Mideast-based...
  • What OPEC Has To Fear From The New Saudi Oil Minister

    05/10/2016 3:45:13 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 2 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 10-05-2016 | Ali
    In a surprise move, Saudi Arabia sacked its long-time oil minister over the weekend, an event that illustrates the near-total control that the new young Saudi prince has obtained over the country’s energy industry. For many years, Ali al-Naimi, the outgoing Saudi oil minister, was the voice of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry and policy. Even seemingly insignificant remarks from al-Naimi could move oil prices up or down. But the 80-year old oil minister has seen his power eclipsed by the 30-year old Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. In April, when al-Naimi was forced to backtrack on the Doha oil...
  • Saudi Arabia To List Aramco Shares In New York, London, Hong Kong

    05/09/2016 2:57:12 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 3 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 09-05-2016 | Ahmed Al Chemicali
    Saudi Arabia revealed more details about its planned initial public offering of the state-owned oil company Saudi Aramco. As part of Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s vision to diversify the Saudi economy over the next decade and a half, the IPO of Aramco could raise cash while also making the company more transparent. The Telegraph reported that Saudi Aramco plans a three-way listing, with shares listed in London, New York, and Hong Kong. Also, Aramco hopes to convince some of the oil majors, including ExxonMobil, BP and China’s Sinopec, into taking “strategic stakes” in Aramco, “offering them long-term access...
  • Saudi Arabia's oil 'maestro' exits as young prince flexes his muscles

    05/08/2016 2:37:13 PM PDT · by Lorianne
    CNBC ^ | 07 May 2016 | Tom DiChristopher | Patti Domm
    The end of Ali al-Naimi's more than two-decade tenure as Saudi Arabia's oil minister signals a new era for crude markets, analysts said on Saturday, and appeared to be a reaffirmation of Saudi policy to let oil set its own pricing. On Saturday, Saudi Arabia issued a royal decree that replaced al-Naimi with Khalid al-Falih, chairman of Saudi Aramco, as part of a broad reshuffling of the cabinet. The move came as the world's largest oil producer continues to grapple with the fallout from the global bear market in crude oil. Al Naimi was the most watched figure in the...
  • Saudi shake-up rolls on with big reshuffle of economic posts

    05/08/2016 2:55:11 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 08 May 2016 | Angus McDowall and Katie Paul
    Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Saturday replaced his veteran oil minister and restructured some big ministries in a major reshuffle apparently intended to support a wide-ranging economic reform programme unveiled last week. The most eye-catching move was the creation of a new Energy, Industry and Natural Resources Ministry under Khaled al-Falih, chairman of the state oil company Aramco. He replaces the 80-year-old oil minister Ali al-Naimi, in charge of energy policy at the world's biggest oil exporter since 1995. But major changes were also made to the economic leadership, with Majed al-Qusaibi named head of the new Commerce and Investment...
  • 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 Arabia’s ambassador to the US from 2005 to 2007, spoke against the presumptive Republican nominee during a foreign policy dinner in Washington, DC on Thursday.
  • Dad Seeking Bride for Son; Marries Himself

    05/04/2016 2:20:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Wednesday, May 04, 2016
    Son’s bid to marry was rejectedA Saudi father who accompanied his son for a planned marriage, himself married after the son’s plan bogged down, a newspaper reported on Wednesday. The father went with his son to the would-be bride’s home but the girl’s mother rejected the proposal on the grounds she wants her elder daughter to marry first. “The son was mad and stormed out of that house. His father stayed behind and asked to marry the elder daughter. Her mother quickly agreed,” Sada newspaper said in a report from the Southern Saudi province of Jazan.
  • UN needs $80 million for schools for Palestinian refugees

    05/03/2016 7:42:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May. 3, 2016 9:27 PM EDT | Edith M. Lederer
    The head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees expressed hope Tuesday that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait will come up with $80 million to ensure that 500,000 boys and girls who are refugees can start the next school year on time in August. Last year, a $101 million shortfall in the budget of the agency, known as UNRWA, almost led to a delay in starting school. […] UNRWA operates 700 schools for Palestinian refugees with 22,000 education staff in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. Last year’s funding crisis almost led to a delay...