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  • Saudi prince denies Kushner is ‘in his pocket’

    03/23/2018 1:07:06 AM PDT · by blueplum · 6 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 23 Mar 2018 | Karen D. Young
    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said Thursday it would be ‘‘really insane’’ for him to trade classified information with presidential son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner, or try to use Kushner to promote Saudi aims within the Trump administration. Having that kind of relationship ‘‘will not help us’’ and does not exist, he said. Speaking in a meeting with Washington Post editors and reporters, Mohammed denied U.S. media reports that he had claimed Kushner was ‘‘in his pocket,’’ or that he had sought or received a green light from Kushner, when the two met in Riyadh in October,...

    03/21/2018 9:30:43 AM PDT · by b4its2late · 19 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 3/21/2018 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    The Left's romance with the Islamic Republic ensues. The Senate debated on Tuesday a resolution introduced by Vermont Socialist Bernie Sanders that would require the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Yemen. The surprising support the resolution won from 44 U.S. Senators handed a big win to Iran, which is engaged in a hot war with Saudi Arabia on the Arabian Peninsula. And it was a huge slap in the face to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who was meeting with President Trump in the White House as the Senate debated the motion on the floor. It also showed the...
  • Trump Hosting Saudi Prince at the White House Tuesday

    03/20/2018 8:07:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | March 20, 2018 | Katie Pavlich
    President Donald Trump will host Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for a working lunch at the White House Tuesday afternoon. The two leaders are expected to discuss ongoing threats in the Middle East. Specifically, the expansion of Iranian power and destabilization efforts will be a main focus. “The President looks forward to discussing ways to strengthen ties between the United States and Saudi Arabia and to advance our common security and economic priorities,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said about the meeting. Bin Salman has been in the United States for a number of days and participated in...
  • Saudi prince makes first visit to US, seeks more cooperation

    03/19/2018 3:19:06 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 28 replies ^ | March 19, 2018 | COMPILED FROM WIRE SERVICES
    The Saudi crown prince is making his first visit to Washington to shore up investments and political support from Riyadh's closest Western ally. Ten months after the last face-to-face meeting between Trump and Prince Mohammed bin Salman as deputy Crown Prince in Riyadh, the 71-year-old president and the 32-year-old strongman prince are expected to deepen an already warm and congenial relationship. Several dozen Saudi chief executives have joined to tout investment opportunities in the kingdom, particularly in the areas of technology, entertainment and tourism, a Washington source said. Talks will also include a U.S. bid to build two nuclear reactors...
  • Caroline Glick: Firing Rex Tillerson Removed an Obstacle to Middle East Peace

    03/16/2018 12:20:11 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 Mar 2018 | Caroline Glick
    the White House held a Middle East summit that demonstrated Tillerson’s basic assumptions have the problems of the Middle East precisely backwards.Under the leadership of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, along with Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s senior negotiator, Israeli officials sat in the White House for the first time with Arab officials from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, and Qatar. Representatives from Egypt and Jordan, with which Israel enjoys open diplomatic relations, were also in attendance. Canadian and European officials participated as well. Although they were invited, the Palestinians chose to boycott the conference. Their boycott was...
  • Saudi Arabia Would Acquire Nuclear Weapon if Tehran Develops a Bomb, Crown Prince Says

    03/15/2018 12:16:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    Newsweak ^ | 3/15/18 at 12:52 PM | Tom O'Connor
    Comparing Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to Nazi ruler Adolf Hitler, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud accused his regional foe of trying "to expand" and "create his own project in the Middle East." The monarch then said he would not hesitate to attain nuclear capabilities if he suspected Iran was doing the same. ... While Iran has always maintained its nuclear program was solely for energy purposes, rival nations such as the U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia have thought otherwise. The 2015 deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, saw Iran agree to...
  • Saudi Prince Bandar bin Khalid dies (suicide upon being ordered to leave the UK)

    03/13/2018 2:32:25 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 148 replies
    Gulf Business ^ | 3/13/18 | Staff
    Saudi Prince Bandar bin Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud passed away on Monday, March 12, the Royal Court announced in a statement. His funeral prayers will be performed at the Grand Mosque in Makkah following Asr (afternoon) regular prayer on Tuesday, March 13, the official Saudi News Agency (SPA) reported.UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a cable of condolences to Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Prince Bandar bin Khalid’s death, official news agency WAM reported. Similar cables were also dispatched by the UAE’s Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed...
  • Green Light for Follow-on Saudi Typhoon Deal

    03/13/2018 7:49:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    AIN online ^ | March 12, 2018 | David Donald
    Typhoons from the original Saudi batch have seen action over Yemen. (Photo: Jamie Hunter/Eurofighter) On March 9 the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia signed a Memorandum of Intent (MoI) with the UK government to purchase 48 Eurofighter Typhoon swing-role fighters. Leading the sale on behalf of the Eurofighter partner companies, BAE Systems—along with the UK government—had been pursuing a follow-on Saudi buy for several years, having earlier sold 72 Typhoons to the Kingdom. For the partner companies and their suppliers throughout Europe the deal, if finalized, represents a major boost, coming on top of a Qatari order for 24 Typhoons signed...
  • Israeli officials meet Qatari, Saudi and UAE counterparts at White House

    03/13/2018 10:41:21 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies ^ | March 13, 2018 17:13 | By Michael Wilner
    Palestinian Authority officials did not attend the meeting, which focused on the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. WASHINGTON – Israeli national security officials sat around the same table on Tuesday morning with their counterparts from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, discussing a dire humanitarian situation unfolding in the Gaza Strip. The summit on Gaza, called by Jared Kushner, the US president’s son-in-law and senior adviser on Middle East peace, as well as Jason Greenblatt, his special representative for international negotiations, marks an unprecedented moment for Israeli diplomacy, as their dialogue with officials from Arab states is...
  • Man with hotel room overlooking Women’s March caught with ‘tricked out’ assault rifle...

    03/12/2018 8:26:28 PM PDT · by semaj · 146 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | March 12, 2018 | Jared GIlmour
    ...Alaklouk — a Saudi citizen and native of Tunisia — had no gun permit, an expired Indiana driver’s license and had been living in Indiana illegally on a terminated student visa since September 2017, according to the criminal complaint. He’s now facing federal charges for possessing a gun while living in the country illegally. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in federal prison.... Realizing his room overlooked the march, the hotel asked police to remove Alaklouk. Indianapolis police had Alaklouk and two unidentified men leave the room, according to the criminal complaint, and then authorities monitored Alaklouk...
  • 'No Dancing': Saudi Concert Edict Stirs Ridicule

    03/07/2018 1:27:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | March 07 2018
    A "No dancing or swaying" instruction on tickets to Egyptian pop sensation Tamer Hosny's upcoming concert in Saudi Arabia has triggered an avalanche of mockery and ridicule on social media. Thousands of fans were taken by surprise when tickets for Hosny's first-ever Saudi concert in the western city of Jeddah on March 30 came with the edict that dancing was "strictly prohibited". "Ladies and gentlemen, please fasten your seat belts," one Twitter user said. "The corridors and seats will be equipped with sway detectors. Anyone who thinks about swaying will be kicked out."
  • Arabsat's Latest Communications Satellite Assembled In Preparation For Flight

    03/04/2018 11:24:06 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Spaceflight Insider ^ | February 20th, 2018 | Jason Rhian
    The Arabsat-6A satellite has completed primary assembly and has been shipped to Lockheed Martin's Sunnyvale, California facilities to begin testing in preparation for flight... When Arabsat-6A was transported from Denver to Sunnyvale, the satellite was housed inside of a "mobile clean room." This container ensures that the spacecraft was kept safe and secure. "Arabsat-6A and its companion satellite, Hellas Sat 4/SaudiGeoSat-1 are the most advanced commercial communications satellites we've ever built," said Lisa Callahan, vice president and general manager of Commercial Civil Space for Lockheed Martin via a statement issued by the company... If everything goes according to plan, Arabsat-6A...
  • Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives in Egypt

    03/04/2018 9:58:06 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    al-Jazeera ^ | Sunday, March 4, 2018 | news agencies
    Saudi Arabia's crown prince arrived in Egypt as he begins his first official trip overseas since assuming the powerful role last June. Mohammed bin Salman, 33, was greeted by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi as he disembarked from the plane on Sunday. After meeting with Egyptian officials during his three-day visit, Prince Mohammed - known as MBS - will head to the United Kingdom before making a final stop in Washington DC. His visit comes a day after Egypt's top court upheld a deal to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. The agreement was first announced during a...
  • For the Gulf states, diplomacy involves buying weapons they don’t need

    03/04/2018 5:55:51 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Economist ^ | Mar 1st 2018
    WHEN Qatar celebrated its national day in December, warplanes whizzed over the seaside corniche in quick succession: six French-made Mirage fighters, six cargo planes and a squadron of propeller-powered trainers. That was half of the air force. The world’s wealthiest state, with a native population of only 300,000, has never been known for its martial prowess. The first three aircraft deployed to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya in 2011 had to make emergency landings in Cyprus. Yet Qatar plans to increase the size of its air force. Since June it has signed $20bn in contracts to buy 96 new...
  • The Harvest is ready now [charismatic caucus]

    02/25/2018 8:22:06 AM PST · by Jedediah · 6 replies
    The time to plow is over for the seeds are bearing fruit for I have gone before you as David in the Valley of Breakthrough . So speak and declare My Words of Righteousness given to all those that believe on Me for "Truly" The Harvest is ready to be brought into the Storehouse That is , "My Kingdom on Earth as it is in Heaven" for "Truly" You "ARE " My Keepers of My Love and ONE True Light EMMANUEL ( God with us ) JOHN 4:34-38 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will...
  • Saudi, UAE, Qatari leaders to visit Trump in March, April

    02/24/2018 7:04:51 AM PST · by Eddie01 · 1 replies
    Middle East Monitor ^ | Feb 24, 2018 | staff
    Senior Saudi, Emirati and Qatari leaders will meet with US President Donald Trump in the next couple of months, Reuters reports US officials as saying, amid efforts by Washington to try to resolve a dispute between the Gulf neighbors. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates and Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani are all planning to have bilateral visits with Trump in March and April, a senior US official said. The agenda will include setting up a Gulf Cooperation Council summit, the official said, which...
  • Foreign leaders seek fresh ties with US governors, mayors

    02/21/2018 10:09:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 22, 2018 12:42 AM EST | Ken Thomas and Zeke Miller
    When Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrives in Washington this week for consultations with President Donald Trump, he won’t be traveling solo. Turnbull is bringing the most senior Australian political and business delegation ever to visit the United States in a trip aimed at building stronger relationships with America’s governors. While he’ll talk trade and security concerns with Trump, Turnbull will spend the weekend courting U.S. governors at their annual gathering. Turnbull, a Goldman Sachs executive-turned prime minister, is the latest world leader to extend outreach to U.S. governors and big-city mayors in the age of Trump’s “America First” policies....
  • Lindsay Lohan to Shoot All-Women Film in Saudi Arabia

    02/19/2018 5:30:49 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    The National ^ | Felicity Campbell Felicity Campbell
    The American actress plans to star in the film about an American woman in Riyadh. She's also in talks to design her own island in DubaiDuring an appearance on American talk show The Wendy Williams Show on Friday, Lindsay Lohan announced that she has plans to shoot a film in Saudi Arabia soon, and that she's also looking into designing an island in Dubai. She said that the movie will be called Frame and will follow the story of an American photographer who leaves her husband in America to move to Riyadh. The character becomes immersed in Saudi culture, said...
  • Life-sized sculptures of dromedaries found in Saudi Arabia

    02/16/2018 12:23:24 PM PST · by Red Badger · 19 replies ^ | February 13, 2018 | CNRS
    High relief of standing dromedary on sandstone spur at center of image. Credit: © CNRS/MADAJ, R. Schwerdtner _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ At a remarkable site in northwest Saudi Arabia, a CNRS archaeologist and colleagues from the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) have discovered camelid sculptures unlike any others in the region. They are thought to date back to the first centuries BC or AD. The find sheds new light on the evolution of rock art in the Arabian Peninsula and is the subject of an article published in Antiquity (February 2018). Located in the province of Al Jawf in northwest...
  • Tillerson Says US Mideast Peace Plan ‘Fairly Well Advanced’

    02/16/2018 4:26:00 AM PST · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 2-16-18
    US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Photo: Wikicommons. The US administration’s work on a new Middle East peace plan is “fairly well advanced” and President Donald Trump will decide when to announce it, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday during a visit to Jordan. Tillerson also signed a five-year aid package that extends US support to Jordan, a key regional ally, despite Trump’s threat to withhold support from states opposed to his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Commenting on the peace plan, Tillerson said: “I have seen the plan. … It’s been under development...