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  • Somebody get these guys in the White House a map

    09/13/2014 7:15:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9/13/2014 | Ed Lasky
    So called “smart power” strikes again - and shows itself to be embarrassingly dumb. There is a great deal of focus on the Middle Easy and has been for years. One would hope our leadership would have at least the basics down. Not true.
  • 9/11's secret 28-page history

    09/11/2014 2:01:50 PM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 19 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 10-Sep-2014 | Robert Kennedy
    The lower Manhattan skyline featuring the ill-fated Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1992 [AP] A secret 9/11 history exists - one that the few who know it say names at least one foreign country that provided support to some of the 19 hijackers on their murderous mission 13-years ago on Thursday. Twenty-eight pages from an official 2002 report detailing foreign-government assistance to the September 11 attackers remain classified. Determined 9/11 family members and sympathetic congressmen are pushing hard, however, for the long-awaited release of the missing history of one of the United States' greatest tragedies. The controversial...
  • Saudi Arabia cracks down on Christians. Will the United States speak up?

    09/15/2014 5:28:34 PM PDT · by xzins · 57 replies
    Red State ^ | September 15th, 2014 | Jake (Diary
    The situation for Christians in the Middle East continues to get worse, but this time, it isn’t at the hands of a terrorist group or band of rebels. It’s from one of our supposed allies in the region: Saudi Arabia. As Fox News reports, this past Friday (September 12th), agents from the country’s Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice rounded up 28 Christians at the home of an Indian national in the city of Khafji, and several Bibles were confiscated as well.. Their condition and whereabouts are currently unknown. As Nina Shea of the Hudson Institute...
  • Dozens of Christians 'including women and children' are arrested in Saudi Arabia

    09/15/2014 9:08:29 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 26 replies
    Mail ^ | 15 Sep 14 | Matthew Blake for MailOnline
    Islamist police in Saudi Arabia have stormed a Christian prayer meeting and arrested its entire congregation, including women and children, and confiscated their bibles, it has been reported. The raid was the latest incident of a swingeing crackdown on religious minorities in Saudi Arabia by the country's hard-line Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice. The 28 Christians were said to be worshipping at the home of an Indian national in the eastern city of Khafji, when the police entered the building and took them into custody. They have not been seen or heard from since,...
  • iraqi leader: no need for arab powers to strike is

    09/14/2014 5:45:52 PM PDT · by keat · 17 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | Sep 14, 6:59 PM EDT | Staff
    PARIS (AP) -- Iraq's president says Arab powers Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia do not need to join airstrikes against the Islamic State group. In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, President Fouad Massoum also expressed regret that Iran was not invited to take part in the 26-nation conference in Paris on Monday to try to counter the Islamic extremists who control vast parts of Iraq and neighboring Syria. The conference of mostly Western and Arab world countries and the five permanent U.N. Security Council members aims to show a united front, especially from majority-Muslim nations....
  • Islamic State crisis: Kerry to lead talks in Paris

    09/14/2014 8:16:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 14 September 2014 Last updated at 21:59 ET
    US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet foreign ministers from around the world in Paris on Monday to discuss how to defeat Islamic State (IS) militants. French President Francois Hollande said the beheading of a British aid worker showed the world must act against IS. About 40 countries, including 10 Arab states, have signed up to a coalition to help fight IS in Iraq and Syria. Several Arab countries have offered to take part in air strikes on IS fighters in Iraq, US officials say. Mr Kerry says he is "extremely encouraged" by promises of military assistance to tackle...
  • 27 Christians in Saudi Arabia Arrested for Using House As a Church

    09/14/2014 9:18:19 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 22 replies
    Saudi authorities have swooped on a house in the eastern province city of Khafji, on the border with Kuwait, and arrested 27 people for using the premises as church last week. Members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) also confiscated copies of the Bible and various musical instruments from the people during the raid. The swoop was prompted by a tip from a citizen, reported the English-language newspaper Saudi Gazette. Those arrested on September 5 were of various Asian nationalities, including women and children, the newspaper reported. "A citizen reported suspicious activities in...
  • Qatar expels Egypt Muslim Brotherhood leaders

    09/13/2014 11:36:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 13, 2014 8:13 AM EDT | Maggie Michael
    Leaders of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood group and allied clerics said on Saturday that they are departing Qatar, where they had sought refuge following the ouster of Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and the crackdown on his supporters. Their presence in Qatar had severely strained Doha’s relations with Egypt as well as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, all of which view the more than 85-year-old Islamist movement as a threat. The expulsion threatens to further isolate the group, which rose to power in Egypt through a string of post-Arab Spring elections but suffered a dramatic fall from grace during...
  • Obama and the Corporate Media – Lies and Deception on Syria and ISIL

    09/12/2014 12:18:24 PM PDT · by Noremac · 2 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | September 12, 2014 | Richard Cameron
    The mass media, in their coverage of Obama's speech, outlining his new strategy on managing the crisis of the 'Islamic Caliphate', are acting as retail merchants for the White House and State Department's campaign of deception on Syria and Iraq. The most obvious aspect of this co-operative effort is seen in the repetition of the mythology that Obama hasn't yet tried assisting rebel forces in Syria. Such claims are so divorced from reality they are staggering. Even so, Americans are, in the main, so willfully misinformed, that they are easy targets for the false narratives they are fed in deceitful...
  • Imprisoned Saudi blogger’s 9/11 Islamic extremism critique

    09/11/2014 3:16:54 PM PDT · by Fali_G · 7 replies
    Mid East Faces ^ | 09/11/14 | Lisa Daftari
    Blogger and activist Raif Badawi, currently serving a 10-year prison sentence in Saudi Arabia for his writings, wrote this in 2011 about the Ground Zero Mosque initiative, calling it, “a blatant affront to the memory of American Society in particular and humanity in general.” Badawi was a vocal critic of Islamic extremism and the intolerance and hypocrisy of many Islamic leaders. “Would we accept that a Christian or Jew assaults us in our own house and then build a church or synagogue in the same area of the attack???? I doubt it,” he wrote. As human rights groups continue to...
  • Britain, Germany: We won’t take part in Syria air strikes

    09/11/2014 9:12:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | September 11, 2014 | ED MORRISEY
    Last night, Barack Obama promised America that he would take the fight to ISIS/ISIL, using a four-pronged strategy that he laid out in his much-anticipated war speech. In each phase of this strategy, Obama insisted, we would be “joined by a broad coalition of partners,” emphases mine: Obama ISIS Speech [FULL] 9/10/14: Outlining a Battle Plan | The New York Times First, we will conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists. Working with the Iraqi government, we will expand our efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions, so that we’re hitting ISIL targets as Iraqi forces...
  • Islamic State’s Ultimate Goal: Saudi Arabia’s Oil Wells

    09/11/2014 8:49:30 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/11/14 | Claude Salhani
    The capture of oil wells in Syria and Iraq has made the group financially self-sufficient. Now it's all or nothing For the terrorist group known as the Islamic State, Syria and Iraq were a good place to start their campaign, but in order to survive and prosper it knew from the outset that it had no choice but to set its sights on the ultimate prize: the oil fields of Saudi Arabia. It is in that direction that the battle for control of the world’s largest oil fields is currently heading. Islamic State—which has its origins in al-Qaeda—knows fully well...
  • Turkey refuses US permission for combat missions against ISIS: official

    09/11/2014 5:10:42 AM PDT · by blueyon · 61 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | 9/11/14 | Agence France Presse
    ANKARA: Turkey will refuse to allow a US-led coalition to attack jihadists in neighbouring Iraq and Syria from its air bases, nor will it take part in combat operations against militants, a government official told AFP Thursday. " Turkey will not be involved in any armed operation but will entirely concentrate on humanitarian operations," the official said on condition of anonymity. The decision echoes the country's refusal to allow the US to station 60,000 troops in Turkey in 2003 to invade Iraq from the north, which triggered a crisis between the two allies. Ankara then also refused Washington permission to...
  • Islamic State’s Ultimate Goal: Saudi Arabia’s Oil Wells

    09/10/2014 11:21:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    OIL PRICE ^ | 09/10/2014 | By Claude Salhani
    For the terrorist group known as the Islamic State, Syria and Iraq were a good place to start their campaign, but in order to survive and prosper it knew from the outset that it had no choice but to set its sights on the ultimate prize: the oil fields of Saudi Arabia. It is in that direction that the battle for control of the world’s largest oil fields is currently heading. Islamic State -- which has its origins in al-Qaeda – knows fully well that in order to sustain itself as a viable and lasting religious, political, economic and military...
  • COLUMN-Worst time for Saudi Arabia's giant new oil refinery: Russell

    09/10/2014 9:43:33 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 10, 2014 | Clyde Russell
    If you could pick the worst set of circumstances in which to start up a giant, export-oriented oil refinery, you might well have them right now. Saudi Aramco and joint venture partner Sinopec have started test runs at their 400,000 barrel per day (bpd) Yanbu refinery, located in the oil-rich Middle Eastern kingdom. This puts the new plant on schedule to begin commercial exports in November, possibly even by the second half of October, according to trade sources. Yanbu will be the second major refinery to come online in Saudi Arabia in little more than a year, following the September...
  • ALAS, BABYLON, Post your "post-attack" conditions of YOUR CITY here. Thread 01

    09/11/2001 12:33:38 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 131 replies · 1,553+ views
    AP, UPI, CNN, Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS, BBC ^ | 11 SEP 01 (PEARL HARBOR PART 2) | DCBRYAN1
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  • Saudis building 560 mile long border fence to keep out ISIS infiltrators

    09/08/2014 1:32:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/08/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Undeterred by political correctness, Saudi Arabia is taking a step that makes common sense, yet has been difficult to accomplish in America: building a border fence. Israel National News reports: 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...
  • Saudi Arabia building high-tech fence to secure border with Iraq

    09/06/2014 8:15:56 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 25 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Sep. 6, 2014 | Staff
    Fence expected to extend along 900 kilometers of the northern border; state press agency says it will secure 'against infiltrators and smugglers.' Saudi Arabia is building a sophisticated fence along its northern border to secure the desert kingdom “against infiltrators and smugglers,” according to the Saudi Press Agency. The first stage of the border security program was announced by Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Friday. The first phase will stretch for 900 kilometers (560 miles) on the country’s northern frontier. The project includes five layers of fencing, reinforced by watch towers, night-vision cameras and radar. Control complexes...
  • Riyadh Roots Of Isis Horror

    09/04/2014 5:34:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    The People's Daily Morning Star ^ | SEP 2014 Thursday 4TH
    The savage murder of a second US journalist, Steven Sotloff, combined with threats to kill a British hostage are a stark reminder of the monster our governments have created in the Middle East. Few groups historically match the nihilist barbarity of the so-called Islamic State (Isis), the terror group responsible for so much death and destruction in Syria and Iraq. Their vicious sectarian ideology, taken from the Wahhabi sect whose Western-sponsored dominance in Saudi Arabia has made that country the least free on Earth, encourages the wholesale slaughter of anyone — including Muslims — who does not share it. As...
  • Student Fails Exam, Shoots Teacher

    09/04/2014 11:32:37 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Gulf News ^ | September 4, 2014 | Habib Toumi
    Failure to pass exam triggered classroom murder bidManama: A university student in Saudi Arabia has shot his Jordanian teacher in an apparent act of "revenge" after he failed his exams. The student, who failed last year to pass the orientation exam in preparatory English as demanded by the university in the northern Saudi city of Ha’il to fulfil the enrolment requirements, had to take the course again and with the same teacher. On the first day, the student reportedly brought a gun to class, hiding it in his clothes, local daily Al Eqtisdaiya reported. Ten minutes into the course, the...
  • Saudis Announce Plan to Build 1st Nuclear Reactor

    09/04/2014 4:57:16 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | SEPTEMBER 2, 2014 | Algemeiner
    Energy officials in Saudi Arabia announced Tuesday that they are embarking on a plan to build a nuclear reactor “for peaceful purposes,” Israel’s NRG News reported, quoting the London-based “Al-Hayat” Arabic-language daily. Senior sources in the Muslim kingdom told the newspaper that construction of the reactor is expected to begin before the end of the calendar year. “Construction of the first Saudi nuclear reactor will take ten years, according to the plan, although we hope that we can complete the task in less time,” the newspaper said, quoting Saudi sources. The kingdom’s ultimate goal, the report stated, is to establish...
  • Saudi Woman Cleans Shop: Picture Branded 'Provocative' (Exploitation of Women)

    09/03/2014 12:23:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, September 02, 2014
    Picture circulated on social networksA Saudi newspaper published a picture of a local woman told to clean a shop owned by an expatriate man, describing it as a “provocative picture". Sada said the picture was circulated on social networks and said authorities should act immediately to stop what it described as “the exploitation of the woman". “Many viewers considered the picture as provocative and stressed the need for authorities to act now to stop the exploitation of this woman and other Saudi women who need jobs. "Authorities should also strictly enforce laws banning women from working at men’s shops,” the...
  • Saudi King Warns ISIS "Will Reach Europe In One Month, US In Two"

    09/01/2014 2:39:29 PM PDT · by blam · 52 replies
    Fox News - Zero Hedge ^ | 9-1-2014 | Tyler Durden
    <p>As if the fearmongery and vitriol of UK, Europe and the US were not enough, the Middle-East's 'allied' leaders are now opining on the threat of ISIS. As FOX News reports, The king of Saudi Arabia has warned that jihadists could target the United States and Europe if leaders across the globe do not react to growing terrorist threats as Islamic State militants make advances across Iraq and Syria. "If neglected, I am certain that after a month they will reach Europe and, after another month, America," blasted King Abdullah, adding Cameron-esquely, "they know no humanity." Of course, this is quote ironic given the Saudi's funding of various terror groups throughout the region.</p>
  • Saudi king warns West will be jihadists' next target

    08/30/2014 6:50:19 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 34 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Augusy 30,2014
    Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) - King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has warned that the West will be the next target of the jihadists sweeping through Syria and Iraq, unless there is "rapid" action. "If we ignore them, I am sure they will reach Europe in a month and America in another month," he said in remarks quoted on Saturday by Asharq al-Awsat daily and Saudi-backed Al-Arabiya television station. "Terrorism knows no border and its danger could affect several countries outside the Middle East," said the king who was speaking at a welcoming ceremony on Friday for new ambassadors, including a...
  • The Trouble Is that Obama DOES Have a Strategy

    08/30/2014 10:19:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    PJ Media's Spengler ^ | August 29, 2014 | David P. Goldman
    Obama’s “we-don’t-have-a-strategy” gaffe was so egregious as to distract attention from the fact that he does indeed have a strategy, which has blown up in his face. His strategy is accommodation with Iran at all costs. As I wrote earlier this month, our ISIS problem derives from our Iran problem: Bashar Assad’s ethnic cleansing, which has displaced 4 million Syrians internally and driven 3 million out of the country, was possible because of Iranian backing. The refugee flood in Iraq and Syria gives ISIS an unlimited pool of recruits. Iraqi Sunni support for ISIS, including the participation of some of...
  • Obama's Logical, Fanatical Foreign Policy

    08/29/2014 7:16:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | John Ransom
    After World War I the third rate minds who brought us the conflict to begin with came up with another stupid idea: They decided to divide up former German, Austrian and Turkish empires into separate countries, like Czechoslovakia, and create makeshifts, like the Danzig Corridor. Germany lost territory to Poland to create a land corridor to Danzig that gave Poland access to the sea.Never mind that it cleaved a country in two. It was these territorial wedges-- wedges that diced up ethnicity-- that Hitler used to gain legitimacy in the eyes of Germans. By cutting up countries in defiance of...
  • Saudi king warns of terror threat to the world

    08/29/2014 8:20:08 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 89 replies
    Al Arabiya News ^ | August 29, 2014 | Staff Writer
    Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz warned on Friday that the threat of terrorism will reach Europe and America if the world does not unite to confront it, Al Arabiya News Channel reported. The king made the statement during a reception of foreign ambassadors to the kingdom in the coastal city of Jeddah. Britain on Friday raised the terror threat level to severe, the second-highest level. The decision was related to developments in Iraq and Syria, but there was no information to suggest an attack was imminent. “What we are facing in Iraq now with ISIL is a greater threat...
  • Pentagon: Arms flow to Kurds increases; 7 nations join effort

    08/26/2014 8:20:40 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | August 26, 2014 | Jon Harper
    WASHINGTON — The international effort to help Iraqis fight Islamic militants is heating up, with seven additional countries agreeing to provide arms to the Kurdish peshmerga forces. Albania, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Italy and the U.K. have committed to giving weapons and equipment to the embattled Kurds, the Pentagon announced Tuesday. The announcement comes about two weeks after Hagel set up a working group to find ways to accelerate arms deliveries to the Kurds. The Defense Department said the materiel is “urgently needed” as the Kurds take on the militant group known as the Islamic State, which has taken over...
  • Royal Saudi Navy would be interested to procure 6 FREMM Frigates from France

    08/27/2014 11:36:05 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | August 26, 2014
    According to French financial newspaper La Tribune Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, could sign a letter of intent (LOI) with the French Government for 6 FREMMs during his visit in Paris in early September. French Navy's FREMM multi-mission frigates are designed and built by DCNS. Five hulls have already been launched, with three Frigates delivered to the French Navy and one to the Royal Moroccan Navy. Contacted by Navy Recognition, no DCNS representatives were available to comment the information at the time of publishing. The information would confirm however that Saudi Arabia is currently seeking...
  • Saudi Foreign Minister: Time for Islamic World to Recognize Israel

    08/27/2014 8:48:07 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 36 replies
    Breitbart Big Peace ^ | 8-27-14 | Jordan Schachtel
    Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister said that now is the time to recognize Israel as a legitimate entity in the Middle East, stressing that the Palestinian arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, terror group Hamas, is responsible for fanning the flames of war between Israelis and Palestinians. Speaking at the world assembly of Islamic scholars in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Saud bin Faisal Al Saud reiterated that the Arab world must also reject Hamas as the representatives of the Palestinian movement, AWDnews reports. Saudi media has consistently been against Hamas in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, according to the Middle East...
  • Small Apples (Saudis souring on Hamas, warming to Israel?)

    08/26/2014 9:21:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    PJ Media's Belmont Club ^ | August 25, 2014 | Richard Fernandez
    Perhaps it is only syntactic sugar, but this statement advocating eventual co-existence with Israel from the Saudi Foreign Minister is worth noting. Speaking on the sidelines of the world assembly of Islamic scholars in Jeddh, Saud bin Faisal Al Saud said that the Middle-East needs peace and co-existence more than ever and Saudi Arabia as a leading Islamic country is ready to make sacrifices in peace negations and encourages President Abbas to follow the same policy. Referring to the ongoing war in Gaza strip, the Saudi foreign Minster stressed that Hamas authority is the sole responsible for Palestinian calamity and...
  • Poll: 92% of Saudis believe that Islamic State “conforms to the values of Islam and Islamic law”

    08/25/2014 7:15:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 8/25/2014 | Robert Spencer
    Now where did they get this idea? Haven’t they been listening to Barack Obama and David Cameron, the Pope of Rome and the Archbishop of Brisbane, who tell them that the Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam, and to all the Muslim groups in the West who have condemned (in vague, non-specific terms) the Islamic State? Is the Kingdom of the Two Holy Places, dedicated to implementing Islam in every detail of life, somehow filled with misunderstanders of Islam? What an odd turn of events! How could it possibly have come about?“92% of Saudi’s believe that ‘IS(IS) conforms...
  • Arab ministers in Saudi discuss Syria, IS crises

    08/24/2014 7:04:01 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    AFP ^ | 8/24/2014
    Arab foreign ministers held a meeting in Saudi Arabia on Sunday to discuss the Syrian conflict and the rise of "extremism" in the region, the official SPA news agency reported. The meeting came as US media reported that Washington, which has launched air raids in northern Iraq against Islamic State, could consider similar action against IS jihadists in Syria. The closed-door talks in the Red Sea city of Jeddah was attended by the foreign ministers of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar, as well as an advisor to Jordan's foreign minister, said SPA.
  • Siege of Mecca, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Syria: US and Gulf Destabilization Policies

    08/23/2014 10:07:26 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 15 replies
    Modern Tokyo Times ^ | August 24, 2014 | Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker
    Siege of Mecca, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Syria: US and Gulf Destabilization PoliciesMurad Makhmudov and Lee Jay WalkerModern Tokyo Times In the 1980s the United States, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, the United Kingdom and some other nations began to fund Sunni Islamic terrorism in Afghanistan. This meddling came hot on the heels of the Siege of Mecca in Saudi Arabia in 1979. Therefore, funding radical Sunni Islamism in Afghanistan came at a very opportunistic time for the rulers based in Saudi Arabia. Pakistan became the central base in training international jihadists and spreading Islamism in Afghanistan. Irrespective of the motives in...
  • Understanding the Israeli-Egyptian-Saudi alliance

    08/22/2014 7:39:57 AM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 08/21/2014 | CAROLINE B. GLICK
    The partnership that has emerged in this war between Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia is a direct consequence of Obama’s abandonment of the US’s traditional allies. Hamas’s war with Israel is not a stand-alone event. It is happening in the context of the vast changes that are casting asunder old patterns of behavior and strategic understandings as actors in the region begin to reassess the threats they face. Hamas was once funded by Saudi Arabia and enabled by Egypt. Now the regimes of these countries view it as part of a larger axis of Sunni jihad that threatens not only...
  • Arabs go for air power to counter Iran

    11/18/2009 11:45:59 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 495+ views
    Space War ^ | 11/17/2009 | Space War Via UPI
    Arab states, particularly in the Gulf, are seeking to build up their air power and missile defenses to counter any challenger from Iran. Mostly they're looking to their traditional arms suppliers in the West, the United States, Britain and France, but Russia is pushing hard for a piece of the action. This year's biennial Dubai air show, which opened Sunday in the United Arab Emirates, provided a showcase for the latest technology on offer. Air power has been the deciding factor in most Middle Eastern conflicts since the 1967 Arab-Israeli conflict, when Israeli warplanes annihilated the air forces of Egypt,...
  • New Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim 'set to announce reshuffle'

    09/01/2013 11:56:50 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | 6/26/2013 | Staff
    Qatar's new Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani is set to announce a cabinet reshuffle, a day after taking over from his father Sheikh Hamad, officials say. ... Sheikh Hamad seized power from his father Sheikh Khalifa in a bloodless coup in 1995, with the support of the armed forces and cabinet, and also neighbouring states. ... In 2003, he named Sheikh Tamim - his second son by his second wife Sheikha Moza bint Nasser - as his heir apparent. ... In foreign policy, the emirate is expected to maintain its alliance with the West while at the same...
  • Saudis Must Stop Exporting Extremism

    08/23/2014 5:01:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 23, 2014 | By Ed Husain
    ALONG with a billion Muslims across the globe, I turn to Mecca in Saudi Arabia every day to say my prayers. But when I visit the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, the resting place of the Prophet Muhammad, I am forced to leave overwhelmed with anguish at the power of extremism running amok in Islam’s birthplace. Let’s be clear: Al Qaeda, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Boko Haram, the Shabab and others are all violent Sunni Salafi groupings. For five decades, Saudi Arabia has been the official sponsor of Sunni Salafism across the globe. What is religious...
  • State Department Spokesman Caught in MAJOR LIE about ISIS and Turkey

    08/22/2014 8:31:15 AM PDT · by george76 · 45 replies
    Walid Shoebat ^ | August 21, 2014 | Ben Barrack
    In another heated exchange between State Department spokesman Marie Harf and AP reporter Matt Lee, the issue of whether any governments are funding ISIS / ISIL is proving to be a hot button issue. In this particular exchange, Qatar is the focus but other countries – specifically Turkey – should start getting spotlighted soon. Harf contends that there is “no evidence” of governments funding ISIL but Lee calls her on that assertion based on a quote from President Obama. To say there is “no evidence” that any government is “supporting this group (ISIS)” is a major lie ... Let’s go...
  • Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti denounces Iraq's Islamic State group

    08/20/2014 8:09:20 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/19/2014
    Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh, the highest religious authority in the country, said on Tuesday the militant groups Islamic State and al Qaeda were "enemy number one of Islam" and not in any way part of the faith. Although the mufti and other senior Saudi clerics have condemned Islamic State, al Qaeda and other groups before, the timing of Al al-Sheikh's statement is significant given the gains by militants in Iraq. "Extremist and militant ideas and terrorism which spread decay on Earth, destroying human civilisation, are not in any way part of Islam, but are enemy number...
  • Saudi grand mufti denounces ISIS [highest religious authority in the country]

    08/20/2014 12:54:56 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul-Aziz Al al-Sheikh, the highest religious authority in the country, said Tuesday that the militant groups Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) and Al-Qaeda were "enemy number one of Islam" and not in any way part of the faith. Although the mufti and other senior Saudi preachers have condemned ISIS, Al-Qaeda and other groups before, the timing of Sheikh's statement is significant given the gains by militants in Iraq. "Extremist and militant ideas and terrorism which spread decay on Earth, destroying human civilization, are not in any way part of Islam, but...
  • The U.N. Year of Solidarity With the Palestinian Cause

    08/18/2014 2:59:51 PM PDT · by juliosevero · 1 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    The U.N. Year of Solidarity With the Palestinian Cause By Julio Severo By a United Nations resolution, 2014 is the “Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People,” an occasion that has been used by the U.N. to organize special activities along with governments and non-governmental organizations to promote the Palestinian cause. The resolution was passed on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People in 2013, a very busy year for the U.N., which adopted a total of 21 resolutions singling out Israel for criticism. In contrast, the rest of the world combined received just 4 of such condemnatory resolutions...
  • Top Saudi preacher calls for action to curb violence

    08/17/2014 12:42:22 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 10 replies
    The Daily Star (Lebanon) ^ | August 15, 2014 | Reuters
    DUBAI: A top Saudi Muslim preacher called Friday for a global code of conduct for leaders, scholars and young people to halt a further slide into violence and "terror" in the Middle East. The U.S.-allied kingdom has grown increasingly alarmed since militants from an offshoot of Al-Qaeda captured large areas of neighboring Iraq and Syria and declared an Islamic caliphate. At his Friday sermon in Mecca, the imam and preacher of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Sheikh Abdul-Rahman al-Sudais, decried "mass massacres against humanity" in Gaza, Syria and Iraq. "All of this happens under the sight and hearing of the...
  • Saudi Beheads Convicted Pakistani Drug Trafficker

    08/14/2014 10:29:02 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | Aug. 14, 2014
    Saudi authorities beheaded a Pakistani Thursday after sentencing him to death for drug trafficking, the Interior Ministry said, taking to 25 the number of executions announced this year.
  • Saudi FM Slams Israel, Pledges $500 Million to Gaza

    08/12/2014 2:42:41 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 37 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-12-14 | Ari Yashar
    On the heels of reports that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) promised funds to Hamas in order to procure the current 72-hour ceasefire, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal openly pledged $500 million to "rebuild" Gaza. Speaking at an Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting in Jeddah on Tuesday, al-Faisal accused Israel of trying "to wipe off Palestinian existence," and blamed the world for supporting "Israel's savagery against the people of Gaza." Calling for Arab unity at a time when internecine bloodbaths are raging throughout the Middle East, al-Faisal urged the Arab nations to stand together on...
  • Spectacularly Wrong

    08/10/2014 6:35:59 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/10/14 | Alan Caruba
    Obama's Cairo Speach: A self-deluded fool gave it, a man determined to avoid confronting the enemies of mankind until an Islamic-inspired genocide required it “A greeting of peace from Muslim communities in my country: assalaamu alaykum” The speaker had what one might imagine, given his background, a better insight into Islam, Muslims, and the Middle East than others who had preceded him. He said he was seeking “a new beginning” that was “based on mutual interests and mutual respect” because his nation and those in the Middle East shared “common principles—principles of justice and progress, tolerance and dignity of all...
  • Revealed: the man deported from Saudi Arabia for being too handsome (true story)

    08/09/2014 1:36:07 PM PDT · by Innovative · 45 replies
    The Week, UK ^ | 2013 Apr 25 | The Week, UK
    WITH HIS dreamy eyes, well-groomed beard and razor-sharp cheekbones, Omar Borkan Al Gala is undeniably handsome. And according to US website Jezebel he’s one of three men who were deported last week from Saudi Arabia - reportedly because of his good looks. The first images of the swoonsome Dubai-based actor and photographer emerged after Arabic newspaper Elaph reported a trio of hunks had been deported from Saudi Arabia over fears women would find them irresistible.
  • Doctors Pulled a Tooth Out of a Man's ... What?

    08/09/2014 9:46:27 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    LiveScience ^ | August 7, 2014 | Bahar Gholipour
    Nosebleeds are common among children and young adults, but one young man's frequent nosebleeds turned out to have a rather unusual cause: He had a tooth in his nose, according to a new report of his case. After suffering from nosebleeds once or twice a month for three years, the 22-year-old man in Saudi Arabia consulted a doctor, who found an ivory-white, bony mass, about half an inch (1 centimeter) long in the man's nose. The doctors then consulted with dentist colleagues, who concluded that the mass was actually an extra tooth that had somehow ended up growing in his...
  • Saudi Men Can’t Marry Women from Pakistan, Bangladesh... Gulf Kingdom Bans Brides From 4 Countries

    08/07/2014 2:15:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Friday, 8 August 2014
    Saudi men have been banned from marrying women from three Asian and one African country as the Gulf state toughens the rules restricting marriage with foreigners, a local daily said. Marrying women from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Myanmar and Chad is no longer permissible, Makkah newspaper reported. It said the total population of these communities in Saudi Arabia has exceeded 500,000 people, citing unofficial statistics, implying that this might be the reason.
  • Saudi Arabia Erupts as News Anchor Appears on National TV without Headscarf

    08/06/2014 7:46:52 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 45 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 8-7-2014 | Sounak Mukhopadhyay
    There was uproar in Saudi Arabia after a female news anchor appeared on national television without wearing a headscarf. The news anchor, name undisclosed, read the headlines for the Al Ekhbariya news channel. Probably the only reason she was allowed to appear on a Saudi channel without the headscarf was that she read news from a London studio. The The "uncovered" girl, whose body is completely covered in a jacket until the neck, has now become a part of a national scandal for the orthodox Muslim country. She apparently wore a hijab on her previous reading sessions as photos appeared...