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  • The Rise of a Prince Ends Doubts Over Saudi Arabia’s Direction

    06/22/2017 8:46:03 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 10 replies
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  • Egypt Parliament Agrees Island Transfer to Saudi Arabia

    06/14/2017 10:42:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway
    Al Arabiya ^ | Wednesday, 14 June 2017
    The Egyptian parliament approved on Wednesday the demarcation of the maritime border with Saudi Arabia, which includes handing over the islands of Tiran and Sanafir located in the Red Sea at the southern entrance of the Gulf of Aqaba to Saudi Arabia. Parliament Speaker Ali Abdelaal announced the parliament's approval of the agreement after the vote. The approval of the Parliament is the last step before the final ratification of the Convention by the President of the Republic and thus its entry into force. The National Defense and Security Committee of the Egyptian parliament had agreed earlier today to unanimously...
  • Tiff between Egypt and Saudi Arabia endangers new Arab alliance

    06/12/2017 8:44:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Hot ^ | June 12, 2017 | JAZZ SHAW
    The government of Egypt is in the midst of carrying out a deal which would return two islands in the Straits of Tiran (the stretch of water between the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba) to Saudi Arabia. It seems that Egypt’s president (and the legislature which his party largely controls) is ready to turn over the islands which Saudi Arabia gave to them for protection more than half a century ago, but the public is largely and loudly opposed to the move. (Associated Press) In a raucous and tense meeting, Egyptian lawmakers on Sunday began reviewing a disputed...
  • Senate votes to support Trump's weapons sale to Saudi Arabia

    06/13/2017 1:32:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | June 13, 2017 | Richard Lardner, The Associated Press
    The Senate on Tuesday narrowly turned back a bipartisan bid to rebuke Saudi Arabia and reject President Donald Trump's plan to sell the kingdom more than $500 million in precision-guided munitions, sparing the new Republican administration an embarrassing defeat. The vote Tuesday was 53-47, clearing the way for the sale to be finalized. The precision munitions are part of Trump's proposed $110 billion arms package to Riyadh, which the administration said would create U.S. jobs while also improving a key ally's military capability. But opponents of the deal, led by Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., have been...
  • Schumer will vote to block Trump's arms sale to Saudi Arabia

    06/12/2017 12:38:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 12, 2017 | Jordain Carney
    Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is throwing his support behind a push to block part of President Trump's $110 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia. “The human rights and humanitarian concerns have been well documented and are important: of equal concern to me is that the Saudi government continues to aid and abet terrorism via its relationship with Wahhabism and the funding of schools that spread extremist propaganda throughout the world," Schumer said in a statement. The Senate is expected to vote this week on a resolution of disapproval from Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Al...
  • Amir on Qatar events, from Mexico, June 9

    06/10/2017 7:55:33 AM PDT · by firebrand · 6 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube ^ | June 9, 2017 | Amir Tsarfati
    Amir gives some background information on Qatar and why this conflict has arisen. His usual brilliant analysis that we find nowhere else. And of course his more general message to us in these troubled times.
  • Saudi Arabia footballers ignore minute's silence for London attack victims

    06/09/2017 8:57:45 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 23 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9 June 2017 | Michael Safi
    Saudi Arabia’s national football team have been criticised for failing to observe a minute’s silence held before Thursday’s match against Australia in Adelaide. The [Australian] Socceroos lined up in the centre of the pitch before the World Cup qualifier and held the brief silence as a tribute to the two Australians killed in the terrorist attack in London at the weekend. As they did so, the Saudi Arabia team continued jogging, passing the ball between each other and taking their positions on the field.
  • Saudi Super Eagle has landed in Riyadh

    06/08/2017 7:08:43 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Arabian Aerospace ^ | 8 June 2017 | Jon Lake
    It was a treble celebration in Riyadh at the King Faisal Air Academy (KFAA) as the college celebrated its 50th anniversary, marked the graduation of its 91st course of students, and welcomed the first of the Boeing F-15SA tactical fighters developed for the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF). King Salman attended the celebrations with his son, Defence Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and Omar Al-Bashir, president of Sudan. The day’s ceremonial included a parade and a flypast, which featured one of the first four F-15SAs delivered, while two more aircraft were displayed on the ground. The king...
  • Saudi Arabia Prepares for War: Issues 24-Hour Ultimatum to Qatar

    06/08/2017 11:15:04 AM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 75 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | June 7, 2017 | Benjamin Arie
    The situation in the Middle East may be heating up rapidly. Not long after several countries cut ties with Qatar and enacted a blockade against its shipments, one of the most powerful Arab nations has just issued a serious ultimatum. “Saudi Arabia gives Qatar 24 hr ultimatum to fulfill 10 conditions that have been sent,” stated Reza H. Akbari from the Institute for Peace and War Reporting. The indications are that if Qatar ignores those conditions, Saudi Arabia is prepared to take military action. Sky News Arabia confirmed Akbari’s report. “Our sources: Saudi Arabia has informed Kuwait of 10 conditions...
  • Finland: Now We Want a Mega-Mosque

    06/07/2017 7:20:22 PM PDT · by Oatka · 29 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | June 6, 2017 | Judith Bergman
    The mosque boasts that it has been "able to organize many activities". One of these, it says, "is to spread Islam to the non-Muslims in Finland". Now Muslims in Finland want a mega-mosque. The idea that mega-mosques "prevent radicalization" is clearly popular among proponents of Finnish mega mosques, but on what evidence is this view based? Can they name one country where this was actually the case? Finland would be wise to look at what the establishment of Saudi and Gulf state-funded mosques in the rest of Europe has already done to the continent in terms of Islamization and radicalization.
  • Qatar's $21B deal to buy F-15s moving forward amid diplomatic battle

    06/07/2017 10:46:07 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Fox Business ^ | June 07, 2017 | Matthew Rocco
    A plan to sell $21.1 billion worth of Boeing (BA)-made F-15 fighter jets to Qatar appears to be moving forward, despite several countries cutting diplomatic ties with the Middle Eastern nation this week. A State Department official said the diplomatic battle and President Donald Trump’s criticism of Qatar, which is under fire for allegedly supporting terrorist groups, has not affected the pending deal to deliver 72 F-15QA multirole fighters, according to Fox News. In a statement, Boeing said it’s “closely following recent developments.” “We have been working closely with the U.S. and Qatari governments on this proposed sale. We continue...
  • Turkey to fast track bill to send troops to Qatar.

    06/07/2017 10:35:57 AM PDT · by Eyes Unclouded · 47 replies
    Cnbc ^ | 6/7/2017 | Staff
    Turkey's parliament is expected to fast-track on Wednesday a draft bill allowing its troops to be deployed to a Turkish military base in Qatar, officials from the ruling AK Party and the nationalist opposition said. The move appears to support the Gulf Arab country as it faces diplomatic and trade isolation from some of the biggest Middle Eastern powers.
  • Adnan Khashoggi, Saudi arms merchant and world-class playboy, dies

    06/07/2017 4:07:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 6, 2017 | Brian Murphy
    Adnan Khashoggi, a Saudi middleman-for-hire who amas­sed huge wealth and influence peddling everything from American weapons to favors for Riyadh’s rulers and CIA spymasters, only to see his fortunes collapse amid the Iran-contra affair and other scandals, died June 6 at a hospital in London. He was 81, by most accounts. The cause was complications from Parkinson’s disease, the family said in a statement reported by the Associated Press. Mr. Khashoggi’s name may have lost its luster since his peak in the 1970s and 1980s, but not so the list of misdeeds and abuses that remain defining events of the...
  • Saudi Arabia has given Qatar 24 hours to meet the following 10 demands:

    06/06/2017 6:55:49 PM PDT · by Tea Party Terrorist · 99 replies
    Twitter ^ | June 7, 2017 | @faisaledroos
    1. Immediately break diplomatic relations with Iran. 2. Expel all Hamas members. 3. Freeze bank accounts of Hamas members and stop dealing with them. 4. Expel all Muslim Brotherhood members from Qatar. 5. Expel all anti-GCC members from Qatar. 6. End support of 'terrorist organisations.’ 7. Stop interfering in Egyptian affairs. 8. Cease broadcasting the Al Jazeera news channel. 9. Apologise to all Gulf governments for 'abuses' by Al Jazeera. 10. Qatar must pledge that will not carry out any actions that contradict the policies of the GCC and adhere to its charter.
  • UK Government in Apparent Cover-up of Saudi Terror Financing

    06/05/2017 1:59:11 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 10 replies
    Shariah Finance Watch ^ | 5 June 17 | Christopher W. Holton
    First it was the suppression of the 28 pages of the 9/11 report. Now, 16 years after 9/11, the West still has not learned its lesson. The British government reportedly is suppressing a report which shows that Jihad in the U.K. is largely funded by Saudi Arabia. Once again, the treacherous Saudis get a free pass.
  • Saudis Spent $270K At Trump Hotel In Lobbying Campaign Against 9/11 Bill

    06/05/2017 9:31:03 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 37 replies
    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has paid Trump International Hotel nearly $270,000 through its Washington, D.C. lobbying firm over the past several months, new foreign lobbying disclosure filings show. The payments, from Qorvis MSLGroup, were made for hotel rooms and catering services for dozens of U.S. veterans who the lobbying firm recruited as part of an influence campaign aimed at watering down legislation that could put Saudi Arabia on the hook financially for the 9/11 attacks. Disclosures filed with the Justice Department under the Foreign Agents Registration Act show that Qorvis MSLGroup paid $190,272 to Trump International for lodging expenses,...
  • Saudi, Egypt lead Arab states cutting Qatar ties, Iran blames Trump

    06/05/2017 6:16:45 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 18 replies
    Rooters Reckless Reporting ^ | June 5, 2017 | Noah Browning, Projectionist
    Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed their ties with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of supporting terrorism and opening up the worst rift in years among some of the most powerful states in the Arab world. Iran -- long at odds with Saudi Arabia and a behind-the-scenes target of the move -- immediately blamed U.S. President Donald Trump for setting the stage during his recent trip to Riyadh. Gulf Arab states and Egypt have already long resented Qatar's support for Islamists, especially the Muslim Brotherhood which they regard as a dangerous political enemy.
  • The Dangers of Indulging Reckless Clients

    06/05/2017 7:15:03 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 5 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | June 5, 2017 | Daniel Larison
    Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, and Bahrain have all cut ties with Qatar: Saudi Arabia and three other Arab countries severed diplomatic and some commercial links with Qatar Monday, a dramatic move that exposed divides among U.S. allies in the Middle East over policy toward Iran and the role of political Islam in the region. Qatar has been a destructive actor in the region by promoting jihadist and Islamist groups in Libya and Syria at least since the time of the Libyan war six years ago, but it is telling that this public rift is happening now. These governments are...
  • ‘Terrorism, meddling in affairs’: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia & Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar

    06/04/2017 8:07:27 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 50 replies ^ | June 5, 2017
    Bahrain announced early Monday that it is severing diplomatic relations with neighboring Qatar and cutting air and sea connections with Doha, accusing it of meddling in its internal affairs. Saudi Arabia then did the same, citing “national security.” Bahrain’s state news agency said in a brief statement that Qatari citizens have 14 days to leave the country. It accused Doha of supporting terrorism and meddling in Manama’s internal affairs. Citing “protection of national security,” Riyadh then announced it was also severing ties with Doha and closing off all land, sea and air contacts, the Saudi state agency said in a...
  • A word from Amir, May 29, 2017

    05/30/2017 9:04:15 PM PDT · by Lera · 4 replies
    Behold Israel ^ | 5/29/2017 | Amir Tsarfati
    Amir’s commentary on recent reports on Abbas-Trump meeting, Saudi Arabia in relation to the peace process and Merkel’s EU comments last week Last week I reported that during the behind closed-door meeting while visiting Bethlehem, President Trump shocked Palestinian President Abbas and told him of his intention to first push for a regional peace between Israel and the Arab world with the hope to reignite the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Saudi Arabia had already agreed to this move. More details have leaked from that tense meeting. Trump, while banging his fist on the table, yelled at Abbas “You lied to me...