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  • Saudis Bet Big On Houston As Drilling Activity Picks Up

    03/22/2017 2:57:01 PM PDT · by bananaman22
    Oilprice.com ^ | 22-03-2017 | PARA
    A Saudi logistics company has just opened a Houston office to seize the opportunity to ship increased volumes of oilfield and plant construction equipment to the Port of Houston as the Texas and U.S. drilling activity is gaining momentum. Bahri Logistics – which had opened its U.S. headquarters in Baltimore back in 1992 – is now opening an office in Houston to take advantage of expected higher demand for oilfield equipment, called breakbulk cargo in the shipping industry: these are large items that need to be loaded and shipped individually rather than in containers. Bahri, or the National Shipping Company...
  • U.K. follows U.S. with laptop ban on some flights from Mideast

    03/21/2017 11:51:57 AM PDT · by Enchante · 18 replies
    CNN.com ^ | March 21, 2017 | Charles Riley
    The United Kingdom has followed the United States in preventing passengers on flights from some countries in the Middle East and Africa from carrying devices such as laptops and tablets in the cabin. The restrictions affect 14 airlines, six of which are based in the U.K. As in the U.S., the ban covers any electronic devices larger than a typical smartphone.
  • Saudi Prince Emerges from Meeting with Trump Using Words Like 'Unprecedented' and 'Unimaginable'

    03/16/2017 12:18:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | 03/16/2017 | Jason Howerton
    Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman praised President Donald Trump’s “great understanding” of the Middle East and even defended his administration’s so-called travel ban.The glowing statement came after Prince Salman’s meeting with Trump to discuss relations between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.According to the statement, the meeting “put things on the right track“ and “marked a significant shift in relations, across all political, military, security and economic fields,” all due to “President Trump’s great understanding of the importance of relations between the two countries and his clear sight of problems in the region.”Salman and Trump discussed the controversial travel...
  • Trump’s Meeting with the Saudi Prince Is Being Praised as a ‘Historical Turning Point’

    03/15/2017 1:11:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    Fortune ^ | March 14, 2017 | Reuters
    Saudi Arabia hailed a "historical turning point" in U.S.- Saudi relations after a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman highlighted the two leaders' shared view that Iran posed a regional security threat. The meeting on Tuesday appeared to signal a meeting of the minds on many issues between Trump and Prince Mohammed, in a marked difference from Riyadh's often fraught relationship with the Obama administration, especially in the wake of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. "This meeting is considered a historical turning point in relations between both countries and which had passed through...
  • ISIS terror group boasts Saudi nationals as its largest group of fighters

    03/08/2017 11:01:10 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 08, 2017 | Hollie McKay
    Saudi Arabia may be a key U.S. ally in the Middle East, but the oil-rich kingdom is also the No. 1 supplier of fighters for the Islamic State terror group in Iraq, according to Iraqi military sources. “The Saudi presence in ISIS is very large. What we have left are mainly Iraqis and Saudis,” one high-ranking Iraqi counterterrorism intelligence officer, who requested anonymity, told Fox News.
  • Now is the time for your walk of Faith[Charismatic Caucus]

    03/06/2017 1:33:37 PM PST · by Jedediah · 3 replies
    bible, Holy Spirit, The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 3-6-17 | bible, The Joshua Chronicles
    I wait upon the waters for you in the midst of your storm. Now is the time for your walk of Faith . . . Step out of doubt and find your trust knowing I am The finisher of your faith and come to me even now for I have laid a table before you to eat from, for my showbread "declares" life everlasting "IS" yours right now ! "Come" for I AM The Peace for your heart. I have met you with a Yes and Amen now walk in your answer for you have received your request. Matthew 14:22-33...
  • Malaysia details submarine training with Saudi Arabia

    03/03/2017 5:54:41 PM PST · by gandalftb · 1 replies
    Malay Mail Online ^ | 3/1/17 | Bernama
    Malaysia is detailing its military cooperation with Saudi Arabia, including training in skills to operate submarines. Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said this was among matters discussed on the sidelines of the four-day visit of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. “The understanding to train the Saudi Arabian navy is due to the country’s preparations to receive their first submarine fleet,” he said. “They do not have any submarine fleet and in their planning may want to expand the submarine classes there, but while waiting for the submarines for Saudi Arabia, we (Malaysia) probably can ensure training...
  • Former Palestinian FM and Chief Negotiator: Saudi King Abdullah Financed the Second Intifada

    02/28/2017 6:09:21 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 12 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 2/7/17
    Former Palestinian Foreign Minister and chief negotiator Nabil Shaath said that in 2000, Saudi King Abdullah, then the Crown Prince, had given the Palestinians half a billion dollars and had collected another half a billion from the Arab League in order to keep the Intifada going. "That was the money that enabled us to survive in the three years of the Intifada," said Shaath in the ON TV interview, which aired on February 7.   Nabil Shaath: When [the second] Intifada broke out in Jerusalem, on September 28, 2000, after [Israeli MP Ariel] Sharon and his forces stormed the Al-Aqsa...
  • McCain Cuts Off Questions About $1M Saudi Donation To McCain Institute

    02/27/2017 9:39:28 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 52 replies
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  • Veterans Groups Concealed Saudi Sponsorship Nixing 9/11 Lawsuit Legislation (McCain & Graham)

    02/24/2017 8:39:50 AM PST · by AC Beach Patrol · 13 replies
    28pages.org ^ | 02/23/2017 | By Brian P. McGlinchey
    Three veterans who were flown to Washington as part of a Saudi-sponsored campaign to lobby for changes to the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) say organizers of the event concealed the Saudi role in the initiative. Enacted in September 2016 over President Obama’s veto, JASTA altered the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act in a way that cleared the path for 9/11 families and survivors to sue the kingdom for its alleged support of the hijackers... ...“The guy didn’t tell us what we were doing or what side we should take,” says Tim Cord “He just said, ‘Hey you’re going...
  • Donald Trump, Saudi Arabia, and the Petrodollar (Economic must read)

    02/22/2017 8:26:58 PM PST · by Tours · 40 replies
    International Man ^ | 2/22/2017 | Nick Giambruno
    Obama pulled out his veto pen 12 times during his presidency. Congress only overrode him once… In late 2016, Obama vetoed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA). The bill would allow 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in US courts. With only months left in office, Obama wasn’t worried about the political price of opposing the bill. It was worth protecting Saudi Arabia and the petrodollar system, which underpins the US dollar’s role as the world’s premier currency. Congress didn’t see it that way though. Those up for reelection couldn’t afford to side with Saudi Arabia over US...
  • ‘’U.S. Oil Production To Soar By 3.5 Million Bpd Over The Next Five Years’’

    02/21/2017 1:42:46 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 19 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 21-02-2017 | 21-02-2017
    Two years ago, when Saudi Arabia launched an unprecedented campaign to crush high-cost oil producers, in the process effectively putting an end to the OPEC cartel (at least until last year's attempt to cut production), it made a bold bet that U.S. shale producers would be swept under when the price of oil tumbled, leading to a tsunami of bankruptcies, as well as investment and production halts. To an extent it succeeded, but where it may have made a glaring error is the core assumption about shale breakeven costs, which as we reported throughout 2016, were substantially lower than consensus...
  • The River of Life flows from Grace not works[Charismatic Caucus]

    02/20/2017 2:28:16 PM PST · by Jedediah · 12 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles, Bible ^ | 2-17-17 | Jedediah
    My River flows for you my children and not by any works of your hands but it is by my Grace , if nothing else was done by you " Behold I AM complete in my sacrifice for all " ,therefore die to self and just allow Me to be your first fruit in and through all for I AM your very breath and spirit ! Now just abide in Me " The Vine" and allow Me to love on you where you are right now by just releasing your yoke of works to Me for I AM your Glory...
  • Saudi Cleric Warns Men of Abusing Right of Divorce

    02/13/2017 2:56:04 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Arab News ^ | 12 February 2017
    The imam of the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah warned men against blackmailing their wives and of abusing their right to divorce, according to the Alriyadh daily newspaper. Speaking at his Friday sermon, imam Saleh Al-Bedeir criticized overusing the threat of divorce and deemed such behavior impermissible in Islam. He labeled it a bad habit that Muslims should avoid. The marriage contract obliges couples to treat each other decently; “women shall have rights similar to the rights against them, according to what is equitable,” (Surah Al-Baqarah 2:228) the imam cited in the sermon. He said Muslims must be patient, as few...
  • Saudi Arabia Sending Vets To DC On 'Luxury Trips' To Oppose 9/11 Law

    02/08/2017 5:01:52 PM PST · by muktar96 · 12 replies
    NH ^ | 02/08/2017 | joey jewsacky
    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is paying at least one large public relations firm in Washington, D.C. to recruit American military veterans who will agree to visit Capitol Hill to tell members of Congress — in person — that they oppose a new federal law allowing civil lawsuits against state sponsors of terrorism. Saudi Arabia’s government also appears to be funding luxurious, all-expenses-paid trips to Washington, D.C. for the veterans which include stays at the $500-per-night Trump International Hotel. The law is the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), which creates a way for American citizens to file civil...
  • Trump to approve weapons packages to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain blocked by Obama

    02/08/2017 7:26:12 AM PST · by GonzoII · 37 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, February 7, 2017 | Guy Taylor
    The Trump administration is poised to move quickly to approve major weapons packages for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain that President Obama blocked during his final months in office over human rights concerns in both nations, U.S. officials and congressional sources say.
  • Yes, The Iraq War and the 9/11 Attacks ARE Related

    09/11/2009 11:02:18 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 9 replies · 920+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 09-11-09 | Scott Malensek
    History-like hindsight-is supposed to be 20:20, but the deliberate partisan, political divide regarding the invasion of Iraq makes that hard. It's not a new phenomenon. Long ago it was said that the true story of a war can't be told until the last of its veterans has passed away, and only a few months ago did the last World War One veteran go to his great reward. For decades after the Civil War (and some would argue even today) the debate raged on, and the healing of Southern Reconstruction didn't really start culturally until the unity of the Spanish-American War...
  • Breaking: Ballistic missile strikes Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    02/05/2017 1:56:26 PM PST · by lafroste · 92 replies
    AMN ^ | 2/5/2017 | Suliman Mulhem
    According to emerging reports from Yemen, a surface-to-surface missile fired by the Yemeni Army has hit the Saudi capital, Riyadh. The missile was launched on Sunday evening, and sources in Yemen have described the missile test as successful. It is unclear exactly what missile was used, and casualty figures, if any, are yet to be reported. Saudi Arabia intervened military in the Yemeni Conflict in 2015, leading a coalition of almost 10 Middle Eastern countries. In October 2016, a Yemeni activist warned that Riyadh was the next target for a Yemeni missile attack. Update: More information has emerged, suggesting that...
  • Saudi Women Stunt Hard (And Dis Men) In A Music Video Gone Viral

    02/02/2017 9:41:59 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    NPR ^ | February 1, 2017
    There's a music video that's been racking up millions of views for the last few weeks — and it comes from Saudi Arabia. NPR Music's Anastasia Tsioulcas describes the scene: "There's this amazing setup. You see women wearing full niqab — so they've got their faces covered, their hair covered, clad in black, it seems. And then they burst out in super-colorful outfits and doing all kinds of silly things, playing basketball and riding bumper cars," she says. In a conversation on All Things Considered, Tsioulcas tells Ari Shapiro how the visual, inspired by a lesser-known, low-budget clip from 2014,...
  • Amid refugee ban, Trump recruits Saudis, Emiratis to support Syria safe zones

    01/29/2017 8:40:38 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 24 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/29/17 | Michael Wilner
    US President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abd Al-Aziz "agreed to support safe zones in Syria" in a phone call on Sunday, the White House said, marking a potentially dramatic shift in Washington's posture toward the civil war there. The White House cast Trump's support for safe zones in Syria as just one of many policy ideas that will "help the many refugees who are displaced" from the war, which has prompted the worst refugee crisis since World War II. The two leaders also agreed to support similar humanitarian corridors in Yemen, where Riyadh has been waging...
  • Saudi king agrees in call with Trump to support Syria, Yemen safe zones: White House

    01/29/2017 4:51:52 PM PST · by bobsunshine · 76 replies
    Reuters via The Conservative Treehouse ^ | January 29, 2017 | Reuters via Sundance
    This is a jaw-dropping exhibition of the scope of President Trump’s strategic leverage. Remember how Secretary of State Rex Tillerson refused to take the bait from Senator Marco Rubio regarding Saudi Arabia? Put this outcome in the dividend column. Those who have not followed the back-story of non-extremist politics in the middle-east will miss the obvious play identified more readily by those who have followed closely. One of the major influences and advisers for King Salman of Saudi Arabia is Egyptian President Fattah Abdel el-Sisi. El-Sisi has already established a productive relationship with President Trump both before and after the...
  • Trump, Saudi King Agree on Safe Zones in Syria & Yemen

    01/29/2017 1:44:37 PM PST · by JPX2011 · 44 replies
    AFP ^ | January 29, 2017 | N/A
  • Saudi Arabia receives first F-15SA fighter of record-setting weapons order

    01/26/2017 11:03:07 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 25, 2017 | Katie-Paul
    Jan 25 Saudi Arabia flaunted its new F-15SA fighter jet at an airshow in Riyadh on Wednesday, demonstrating that it has begun receiving items purchased six years ago in the priciest-ever U.S. arms sale to a foreign country. King Salman and his son, Defence Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, watched the spectacle as graduates of the King Faisal Air College performed military marches and fighter jets swooped overhead. The Obama administration approved the $60 billion deal in 2010 amid mounting U.S. and Saudi tensions with Iran. The deal dwarfed previous multibillion-dollar sales to Saudi Arabia, which for...
  • Women's march organizer Linda Sarsour says Saudi Arabia's treatment of women "puts us to shame"

    01/23/2017 11:28:21 PM PST · by grundle · 46 replies
    wordpress ^ | January 24, 2017 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Women’s march organizer Linda Sarsour says Saudi Arabia’s treatment of women “puts us to shame” Linda Sarsour organized the recent women’s march.Below is a screen capture of a tweet that she made, which says the following:“10 weeks of PAID maternity leave in Saudi Arabia. Yes PAID. And ur worrying about women driving. Puts us to shame.” And this woman is a role model for millions of U.S. women?In my opinion, that’s pretty scary.She also made this tweet, which says“shariah law is reasonable and once u read into the details it makes a lot of sense. People just know the basics”and this...
  • Glad To See Obama Go, Gulf Arabs Expect Trump To Counter Iran

    01/23/2017 7:07:34 AM PST · by mandaladon · 8 replies
    OAN ^ | 23 Jan 2017 | William Maclean
    DUBAI (Reuters) – Gulf Arab states are quietly applauding the arrival in the White House of a hawkish leader opposed to their adversary Iran, even if they suspect Donald Trump’s short temper and abrasive Tweets may at times heighten tensions in the combustible Middle East. While many countries around the world listened with concern to his protectionist inaugural address, Gulf Arab officials appear optimistic. They see in Trump a strong president who will shore up Washington’s role as their main strategic partner in a region central to U.S. security and energy interests. In Gulf Arab eyes, that involves above all...
  • Saudi says Trump stance on Iran and IS cause for optimism

    01/17/2017 10:11:15 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 16, 2017 | By John Irish
    PARIS--Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Monday he was positive about the way the incoming U.S. administration wanted to restore American influence in the world, contain Iran and fight Islamic State. "We are optimistic about the incoming administration and look forward to working with it in all areas that are a concern for both of us," Jubeir told reporters in Paris. "We will look at the Trump administration's view as articulated. Wanting to restore America's role in the world, we welcome this. Wanting to defeat ISIS (Islamic State), absolutely. Wanting to contain Iran ... absolutely." Jubeir said the interests...
  • The Saudi women afraid to go home

    01/16/2017 12:24:28 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | January 16, 2017 | Donie O'Sullivan
    Every woman in Saudi Arabia, regardless of age, has a legal male guardian, often a father or brother or son. Guardians have the power to make a range of critical decisions on a woman's behalf. Women need to get their permission to travel abroad, marry and sometimes to work or access health care. ... The guardianship system is "the most significant impediment to realizing women's rights in the country. ... Throughout the summer Saudi women began tweeting, detailing the injustices of the guardianship system -- risking the wrath of their guardians and the government in doing so. They got noticed....
  • Saudi's Flynas to buy 80 Airbus A320neo planes in $8.6B deal

    01/16/2017 8:20:02 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    hurriyetdailynew ^ | January/16/2017 | ap
    Riyadh-based Flynas is a low-cost airline previously known as Nas Air that flies to domestic Saudi and regional destinations. Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal's Kingdom Holding Company owns just over a 34 percent stake in the airline. It announced the value of the deal Thursday but did not disclose details of the aircraft involved.
  • For-Profit Univer. Cashed In On Access To Clinton Insiders, Paying Bill Millions

    11/04/2016 4:38:12 AM PDT · by Lewis Stone · 4 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/3/2016 | Peter Hasson
    A for-profit university that paid former president Bill Clinton more than $17.6 million for his role as its “honorary chancellor” utilized access to Clinton insiders at the Clinton Global Initiative to advance its financial interests, leaked documents reveal. Laureate International Universities — also referred to as Laureate Education — has faced scrutiny over its financial relationship with the Clintons, who have faced a string of pay-to-play allegations related to the Clinton Foundation and Hillary’s time as secretary of state. The organization has the financial backing of major Clinton donor George Soros and has donated between $1 million and $5 million...
  • Four Guantanamo detainees transferring to Saudi Arabia, as part of final wave

    01/04/2017 5:20:18 PM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 4, 2017 | Lucas Tomlinson
    Four Gitmo detainees are slated to be transferred to Saudi Arabia in the next 24 hours, the first of the final wave of up to 20 transfers expected before Inauguration Day, two U.S. officials tell Fox News. The identities of the four detainees are not immediately known. The transfers are proceeding despite renewed opposition from President-elect Donald Trump, who tweeted on Tuesday: “There should be no further releases from Gitmo. These are extremely dangerous people and should not be allowed back onto the battlefield.”
  • BREAKING: Obama Makes Deal With Saudi Arabia To Allow Their ISIS Soldiers To Retreat To Safety

    12/29/2016 4:35:19 PM PST · by detective · 53 replies
    Conservative Daily Post ^ | Dec 29, 2016 | Allison Hillman
    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi became leader in 2010 of what was then known as Islamic State in Iraq (ISI). By 2013, the terrorist organization was carrying out dozens of attacks a month in Iraq. In April 2013, Baghdadi announced the merger of his forces in Iraq and Syria and the creation of the now feared “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL). The end of 2013 brought the opportunity to take control of the central city of Falluja, aided by tribesmen and former Saddam Hussein loyalists. In June 2014, Isis overran the northern city of Mosul, and then advanced southwards...
  • New FBI doc shows active probe of support network for 9/11 hijackers in 2012

    12/22/2016 11:30:23 AM PST · by AC Beach Patrol · 4 replies
    Florida Bulldog ^ | 12/19/2016 | Dan Christensen
    As late as October 2012, federal prosecutors and FBI agents in New York City were actively exploring filing charges against a suspect for providing material support to the 9/11 hijackers and other crimes. The suspect’s identity and many details of the New York investigation are blanked out of a FBI summary report that discusses “Updates and Initiatives (as of 5 October 2012)” about 9/11. The document was released to Florida Bulldog amid ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation that seeks access to records of the 9/11 Review Commission. The report was heavily redacted for national security, privacy and other...
  • Saudi Arabia Switches From Islamic Calendar to Jesus Birth Date-Based Gregorian

    12/18/2016 2:56:48 PM PST · by NYer · 37 replies
    Christian Post ^ | December 17, 2016 | ANUGRAH KUMAR
    The Islamic Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has switched from the lunar-based Islamic calendar, which starts with the emigration of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina, to the "Western" Gregorian calendar, named after Pope Gregory XIII and based on Jesus Christ's birth.The decision, taken during a recent cabinet session chaired by King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, is an austerity measure to deal with its budget deficit, according to reports, which say the drop in crude oil prices beginning 2014 has hit the world's top oil exporter hard.The Muslim calendar, also known as Hijri, loses some 11 days a year so that Islamic...
  • A Saudi woman tweeted a photo of herself without a hijab. Police have arrested her.

    12/18/2016 3:08:26 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 12 replies
    <p>The Saudi woman was going out for breakfast when she decided to make a statement. Violating the country’s moral codes, she reportedly stepped out in public wearing a multicolored dress, a black jacket and ankle boots — without a hijab or abaya, a loosefitting garment.</p>
  • Senators Betray 9/11 Victims’ Families

    12/17/2016 9:58:50 PM PST · by 54fighting · 22 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 12/17/16 | Bruce Fein
    Jesus had his Judas, General George Washington had his Benedict Arnold, and the 9/11 victims’ families have their betrayers in Republican Senators Lindsey Graham (S.C.), John McCain (Ariz.), and Orrin Hatch (Utah). The Senators are attempting infanticide of the 10-weeks-old Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) which was enacted with their support to assist the 9/11 families in obtaining judicial redress for the 9/11 terrorist abominations. To paraphrase attorney Joseph Welch’s rebuke of Senator Joseph McCarthy during the Army-McCarthy hearings, have Senators Graham, McCain, and Hatch no sense of decency in putting the interests of the misogynist, religiously bigoted,...
  • Journalists and unions accuse EU-backed Euronews of pandering to oppressive regimes

    12/17/2016 6:08:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 18 December 2016 • 12:57AM | Rory Mulholland
    Euronews, the rolling news channel which was set up to provide a European counterpoint to the American news network CNN, has been reduced to a second-rate news service broadcasting “sponsored” propaganda programs for oppressive regimes, its journalists and unions say. Staff at the multi-language channel — which gets about a third of its funding in subsidies from the European Union — went on strike this week after workers backed a no-confidence motion against the station’s management. […] Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan are among a list of undemocratic regimes — where human rights abuses are widespread — which have paid...
  • German minister refuses to cover her head in Saudi Arabia

    12/15/2016 5:28:13 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 79 replies
    INN ^ | 12/15/16 05:15 | Ben Ariel
    German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen angered Saudi Arabians this week when she refused to wear traditional Muslim attire during her official visit to the kingdom, The Independent reported on Wednesday. Von der Leyen shunned the abaya, the black full length dress that covers the entire body but not the face, during her diplomatic visit in Riyadh, according to the report. The defense minister, who is a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party and the first woman in German history to hold the defense portfolio, was meeting Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman al Saud during...
  • Al Qaeda Boss: Saudi Terrorist Rehab Praised by Obama is “Hidden Radicalization Program”

    12/14/2016 10:07:22 AM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 14, 2016
    An Al Qaeda operative incarcerated at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo has confirmed what Judicial Watch has been reporting for years, that a Saudi Arabian “rehabilitation” program that supposedly reforms jihadists is really a terrorist training camp. The U.S. has released dozens of Gitmo captives to the comical jihadist rehab and earlier this year considered sending another, senior Al Qaeda boss Ghassan Abdullah al-Sharbi, a dangerous Saudi national with a U.S. college education. During a hearing before President Obama’s Gitmo parole board, al-Sharbi said “you guys want to send me back to Saudi Arabia because you believe there is...
  • Two Major Fighter Deliveries to Middle East Mark Big Changes in Region (Israeli F-35, Saudi F-15SA)

    12/13/2016 9:29:55 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    THE DRIVE ^ | Dec 13, 2016 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    It is only fitting that the long-awaited deliveries of both Israel’s and Saudi Arabia’s newest jet fighters are occurring at the same time. For many decades, the US has carefully armed the two foes heavily, always giving Israel the qualitative advantage. This continues to today as the IAF will not only be the first foreign operational user of the F-35, it will also be the only country to get the jet in the Middle East. Turkey, a NATO ally, will be the closest country geographically to also operate the type. Still, Saudi Arabia did not get any sort of consolation...
  • Saudi police arrest woman for posting photo without veil on Twitter

    12/13/2016 5:32:55 PM PST · by Leaning Right · 28 replies
    Times of India ^ | Dec 13, 2016 | AFP
    RIYADH: Police in the Saudi capital said on Monday they had arrested a woman for taking off her veil in public and posting pictures of her daring action on Twitter. Police spokesman Fawaz al-Maiman did not name the woman, but several websites identified her as Malak al-Shehri, who triggered a huge backlash on social media after posing without the hijab in a main Riyadh street last month. Maiman said in a statement that the police in the ultra-conservative kingdom acted in line with their duty to monitor "violations of general morals".
  • Here’s what happens when a woman fails to wear a hijab in an actually repressive country

    12/13/2016 4:40:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 13, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    We’ve had our fair share of hijab news in the United States this year. You may recall that back during the Olympics, one Muslim athlete said that she didn’t feel safe in our country while wearing her traditional Muslim garb. In the heat of the election and the weeks which followed, we heard continual stories of “hate crimes” against women wearing such apparel, even though at least some of them turned out to be hoaxes. So I suppose wearing a hijab can be considered controversial. But not wearing one can cause even more issues depending where you live. If’ you’re...
  • The Coming Fracture Of Saudi Arabia

    12/13/2016 3:00:53 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 1 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 13-12-2016 | Saudis
    The Bible’s book of Galatians, VI teaches, «as you sow, so shall you reap». And for Saudi Arabia, which has overtly and covertly supported rebellions in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Ethiopia, Philippines, and Lebanon that have led to civil wars and inter-religious strife, the day of reckoning may soon be at hand. The present Saudi king, Salman bin Abdul Aziz, is the last of the sons of the first Saudi king, Abdul Aziz al Saud, who will ever sit on the Saudi throne. After Salman dies, Saudi leadership will pass to a new generation of Saudi royals. But not all...
  • Saudi arms money is running out

    12/12/2016 12:35:00 AM PST · by Cronos · 32 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 11 Dec 2016 | Richard Wilson
    Saudi Arabia is certainly fighting proxy wars in the Middle East (Allies rally to Johnson over Saudi gaffe, 9 December), as well as promoting its form of Islam in many countries around the world. But it is not just for their oil and for their lucrative custom, for as long as they can pay, that we court Saudi Arabia. We were friendly with the Shah of Persia and selling him aircraft only weeks before he fled his country. The west found itself needing the stability the Saudi regime provides in the region. But it can now be predicted that all...
  • Saudi Arabia Has Funded 20% Of Hillary's Presidential Campaign, Saudi Crown Prince Claims

    12/12/2016 5:13:23 AM PST · by xzins · 70 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | Jun 14, 2016 3:57 AM | Tyler Durden
    As a reminder, It is illegal in the United States for foreign countries to try to influence the outcome of elections by funding candidates. That appears not to have stopped the Saudis, however. “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. According to the US Federal Election...
  • PETER HITCHENS: No. 10 disaster! Minister is caught telling us the TRUTH

    12/11/2016 6:57:35 AM PST · by Nextrush · 7 replies
    DailyMail.com ^ | 12/11/2016 | Peter Hitchens
    What fun it is on the rare occasions when a Cabinet Minister tells the truth. It upsets all the right people. The Government squawks and flaps and tries to drown out the revelation with fresh lies. The semi-official political press starts babbling about how the culprit has mad a 'gaffe', a word used by nobody else, meaning 'embarrassing but honest statement'. And the rest of us can enjoy it. So it is with Foreign Secretary Johnson's attack on Saudi Arabia's nasty, violent meddling in other countries, mainly responsible for turning Syria into a wasteland of ruins, full of corpses and...
  • Opposition parties condemn German defense plan with Saudi Arabia

    12/08/2016 7:00:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 8 December 2016 17:24 CET+01:00 | AFP/DPA/The Local
    The German Defense Minister was in Saudi Arabia on Thursday aiming to conclude a training deal for Saudi military officers, eliciting sharp criticism from German left-leaning parties. Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen held talks with her Saudi counterpart, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, on boosting the “excellent bilateral relations” between the two countries, the German embassy said. “In addition to that, the visit aims to finalize the talks on enhanced cooperation in the training sector. Beginning from next year, the German Defense College will host several young officers and staff from the Saudi military,” the embassy said in...
  • Trump’s Energy Advisor Hamm: We Are So Much Stronger Than The Saudis

    12/08/2016 10:36:44 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 8 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 08-12-2016 | Hamm
    U.S. crude oil production is not expected to rise much next year from the current levels of around 8.6 million bpd, energy mogul Harold Hamm said at the S&P Global Platts Global Energy Outlook Forum on Thursday. If the United States were to go all out with oil production, it could probably double to 20 million barrels per day, according to Hamm, but that it would be “foolish for us to do that” precisely because it would create an oversupply. Hamm called the OPEC deal that lifted prices wise on their part, but that OPEC’s previous attempt to out-stay and...
  • Old Article: McCain-Nonprofit with ties to Sen. John McCain got $ 1 million from Saudi Arabia

    11/23/2016 4:33:17 PM PST · by Freedom of Speech Wins · 20 replies
    ABC15.com ^ | 4-04-16 | Anthony Cave
    PHOENIX - Saudi Arabia's government donated $1 million to a nonprofit that has ties to Sen. John McCain, according to federal tax filings obtained by ABC15. As first reported by Bloomberg on Thursday, the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia donated $1 million to the McCain Institute Foundation in the 2014 tax year. http://www.abc15.com/news/state/nonprofit-with-ties-to-sen-john-mccain-got-1-million-from-saudi-arabia
  • Saudis Bankroll Taliban, Even as King Officially Supports Afghan Government

    12/06/2016 12:11:26 PM PST · by Theoria · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 06 Dec 2016 | CARLOTTA GALL
    Fifteen years, half a trillion dollars and 150,000 lives since going to war, the United States is trying to extricate itself from Afghanistan. Afghans are being left to fight their own fight. A surging Taliban insurgency, meanwhile, is flush with a new inflow of money. With their nation’s future at stake, Afghan leaders have renewed a plea to one power that may hold the key to whether their country can cling to democracy or succumbs to the Taliban. But that power is not the United States. It is Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is critical because of its unique position in...
  • Saudi Arabia Surrenders To U.S. Shale

    12/06/2016 8:56:05 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 23 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 06-12-2016 | CityAM
    “Ending wars is very simple if you surrender.” – PJ O’Rourke The new OPEC deal to cut oil output – the cartel’s first since 2008 – amounts to nothing less than Saudi Arabia’s surrender to the power of American shale. It has come about due to Riyadh’s belated, horrified understanding that it has utterly lost control over the energy market, running through its capital reserves in the process. Rather than young, feckless Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman using Saudi Arabia’s John D Rockefeller strategy to permanently drive U.S. shale out of the energy market, the exact opposite result has...