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  • Saudi Arabia: Man Shoots Doctor For Assisting Wife’s Labor

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

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

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

    05/28/2016 4:11:53 AM PDT · by reaganaut1
    New York Times ^ | May 27, 2016
    "The Coming War In the South China Sea" - Naval War College Prof. James Holmes As China continues to posture in the South China Sea, tensions rise between China, Vietnam, Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and other regional powers such as Japan and India. At the defense blog War is Boring, US Naval War College Professor James Holmes discusses recent developments in the South China Sea and the risk of regional conflict. What do you think about his predictions relative to the buildup in the S. China Sea and alliances with Japan/Vietnam/Philippines, etc? Read/listen to the whole podcast here
  • Saudi Arabia and Iran Fail to Reach Hajj Deal

    05/28/2016 1:24:40 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Saturday, 28 May 2016
    An Iranian delegation wrapped up its visit to Saudi Arabia on Friday without signing a final agreement on arrangements for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has said. The ministry said the delegation decided to return to Tehran without signing the final agreement despite two days of extensive talks. “The Iranian Organization of Hajj and Visit will be held responsible before God and the people of Iran for the inability of its pilgrims to perform Hajj this year,” the ministry said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency. The ministry said it offered...
  • Donald Trump Reveals "America First Energy Plan"

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

    05/26/2016 10:42:29 AM PDT · by wtd · 23 replies
    Gulf News ^ | May 26, 2016 | Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief
    Man shoots male doctor for assisting his wife’s delivery in Saudi Arabia Riyadh: A Saudi man was arrested after he shot a male obstetrician, arguing that he had no right to assist his wife’s delivery and that a woman gynecologist should have been around. Dr Muhannad Al Zabn, who has a Jordanian father and a Saudi mother, delivered the baby one month ago at the King Fahad Medical City in the Saudi capital Riyadh. According to media reports, the father went to the hospital and told the doctor he wanted to see him to thank him for helping his...
  • Why Did Saudi Arabia Kill OPEC?

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

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

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

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

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

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

    05/18/2016 9:42:39 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | 05/17/2016 | MARK MAZZETTI
    WASHINGTON — A bill that would let the families of those killed in the Sept. 11 attacks sue Saudi Arabia for any role in the terrorist plot passed the Senate unanimously on Tuesday, bringing Congress closer to a showdown with the White House, which has threatened to veto the legislation. The Senate’s passage of the bill, which will now be taken up in the House, is another sign of escalating tensions in a relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia that once received little scrutiny from lawmakers. Administration officials have lobbied against the bill, a view that the White...
  • Senate Passes Bill Exposing Saudi Arabia to 9/11 Legal Claims

    05/17/2016 3:29:10 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 15 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | May 17, 2016 | Mark Mazetti
    WASHINGTON — A bill that would let the families of those killed in the Sept. 11 attacks sue Saudi Arabia for any role in the terrorist plot passed the Senate unanimously on Tuesday, bringing Congress closer to a showdown with the White House, which has threatened to veto the legislation.The Senate’s passage of the bill, which will now be taken up in the House, is another sign of escalating tensions in a relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia that once received little scrutiny from lawmakers.Obama administration officials have lobbied against the bill, a view that the White House...
  • Muslim states block 11 LGBT groups from attending UN Aids meeting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    05/08/2016 2:55:11 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 08 May 2016 | Angus McDowall and Katie Paul
    Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Saturday replaced his veteran oil minister and restructured some big ministries in a major reshuffle apparently intended to support a wide-ranging economic reform programme unveiled last week. The most eye-catching move was the creation of a new Energy, Industry and Natural Resources Ministry under Khaled al-Falih, chairman of the state oil company Aramco. He replaces the 80-year-old oil minister Ali al-Naimi, in charge of energy policy at the world's biggest oil exporter since 1995. But major changes were also made to the economic leadership, with Majed al-Qusaibi named head of the new Commerce and Investment...
  • Saudi Prince Begs America to Reject Trump

    05/07/2016 5:41:42 PM PDT · by mkleesma · 76 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | Breitbart News
    A Saudi prince has urged Americans not to vote for Donald Trump in the upcoming general election. Turki al-Faisal, who served as Saudia Arabia’s ambassador to the US from 2005 to 2007, spoke against the presumptive Republican nominee during a foreign policy dinner in Washington, DC on Thursday.
  • Dad Seeking Bride for Son; Marries Himself

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

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

    05/03/2016 9:40:41 AM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/3/16 | Cristina Corbin
    The man at the helm of the USS Cole when it was attacked by an Al Qaeda cell in 2000 said last month's release of a Guantanamo Bay detainee linked to the bombers denies justice to the 17 people killed aboard the ship. Kirk Lippold, who was commanding officer of the U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer when suicide bombers aboard a small fishing boat blew a hole in the side of the ship, told FoxNews.com Mashur Abdallah Ahmed al Sabri's release was a mistake. "I would have liked to have seen him receive a military commission where he was tried,...
  • Ramallah conference calls for Egypt, Jordan to invade Israel

    05/02/2016 4:10:49 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 29 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/5/16 | Dalit Halevi
    The radical Islamist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir, which has pursued an Islamic Caliphate since 1953, held a massive conference in Ramallah on Saturday, calling upon the armies of Jordan and Egypt to intervene directly and “free Palestine." Thousands participated in the event, which was billed as “Tent of Believers: the Caliphate Through the Path of the Prophet, and the Tent of Hypocrites, Heretics, and Imperialists." Black-and-white flags bearing the pledge of allegiance to Allah and Mohammed were waved while participants chanted slogans calling for the “liberation” of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. “Officers and soldiers, break down the borders [of Israel],"...
  • Saudi minister confirms warning on proposed U.S. law on 9/11

    05/02/2016 2:33:48 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 26 replies
    reuters ^ | 5/2/16
    Saudi Arabia has warned the United States that a proposed U.S. law that could hold the kingdom responsible for any role in the Sept 11, 2001, attacks would erode global investor confidence in America, its foreign minister said on Monday. The minister, Adel al-Jubeir, speaking to reporters in Geneva after talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, which mainly focused on Syria, denied that Saudi Arabia had "threatened" to withdraw investment from its close ally. The New York Times reported last month that the Riyadh government had threatened to sell up to $750 billion worth of American assets should...
  • Saudi Arabia looks to UK, France and China for help building homes

    05/02/2016 2:42:10 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 6 replies
    reuters ^ | 5/2/16
    Saudi Arabia's government has authorized the housing ministry to seek the assistance of Britain, France and China in building hundreds of thousands of homes to ease a shortage of affordable housing in the kingdom. The housing minister and his deputy were given the power to sign memorandums of understanding with those countries, the official Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday. It gave no details of what the agreements might contain, but in March the ministry signed memorandums with South Korea and a Saudi-South Korean consortium to develop 100,000 housing units in northern Riyadh over 10 years. The consortium includes Daewoo...
  • CIA director: '28 pages' Contain Inaccurate Information

    05/02/2016 6:04:58 AM PDT · by ManHunter · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 1, 2016 | Jessie Hellmann
    CIA Director John Brennan said Sunday that releasing the 28 classified pages from the 9/11 Commission report would be a mistake because they contain inaccurate, un-vetted information that could be used to tie Saudi Arabia to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
  • Prince Mohammed bin Salman being groomed to jump succession line, claim Saudi throne

    05/01/2016 6:52:14 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 1, 2016 | Guy Taylor
    Saudi Arabia’s power behind the throne just took a big step into the spotlight. Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the ambitious, impatient 30-year-old grandson of King Salman, last week was the public face for the launch of “Saudi Vision 2030,” a long-term blueprint designed to steer the kingdom’s economy through a brave new world of falling oil prices and rising competition. The plan marked just the latest move by the prince to put his stamp on the country’s economic, diplomatic and strategic agenda, emerging as the royal to watch as the Saudi ruling family tries to deal with a...
  • Saudi Arabia’s water minister sacked after complaints over tariffs (water crisis)

    04/29/2016 9:52:23 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    The National (UAE) ^ | April 24, 2016
    Saudi Arabia’s water minister sacked after complaints over tariffs April 24, 2016 Updated: April 24, 2016 07:10 PM RIYADH // Saudi Arabia’s King Salman fired the water and electricity minister following public complaints over a surge in prices less than six months after the government cut generous utility subsidies. Agriculture minister Abdel Rahman Al Fadhli will take over the water and electricity post from Abdullah Al Hasin, the official Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday, citing a royal decree. Saudis turned to social media to express their anger after the increase in prices of water and the consumer protection association...
  • Saudis Seize 2,800 Abortion Pills at Airport

    04/29/2016 10:19:39 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, April 28, 2016
    Found in baggage of two passengersSaudi customs authorities seized 2,800 abortion pills which two passengers tried to smuggle into the Gulf Kingdom, a newspaper reported on Thursday. Inspectors at the airport in the Western Red Sea port of Yanbu found 1,792 pills in the baggage of an expatriate passenger arriving in the city. A few hours later, they found 1,008 abortion pills in the bag of another passenger at the same airport, Sada daily said. It said the two passengers were arrested but did not identify them.
  • Saudi Arabia & Turkey more refugees to Europe for support in overthrowing Bashar al-Assad.

    04/27/2016 1:12:08 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 7 replies
    Saudi Arabia & Turkey are the reason why we have this war to begin with: Saudi Prince: We agreed with Turkey to put pressure on Europe using Isis. An England residing Saudi prince who wished to remain unknown said: Saudi and Turkey are upset by European governments' policy towards Syria and complain why Europeans cannot make a firm decision about Syrian developments. According to this report, referring to the issue of Syria he continued: We believe if European governments were seriously working in the field of Syria, Bashar al-Assad would have gone by now and recent events lie the Russian...
  • Saudi to Have Cinemas Again

    04/26/2016 10:44:25 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, April 25, 2016
    Reopening of cinemas is part of social changesSaudi Arabia is expected to give permission to cinema companies to open houses again after all of them were shut down many years ago because of Islamist and social opposition, a newspaper in the Gulf kingdom reported on Monday. “Cinema houses will reopen in Saudi Arabia soon…the decision is not in our hands but they will open again because of social changes and the fact that they do not contradict religion,” said Sultan Al Bazi, Chairman of the Saudi culture and arts association. “The current period in the kingdom is witnessing real changes...
  • Italy’s universities bow to Islam and boycott Israel

    04/25/2016 4:52:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    INN ^ | Sunday, April 24, 2016 12:13 AM | Giulio Meotti
    An Italian academic appeal to boycott Israeli universities succeeded in obtaining 336 signatures. Of these teachers and researchers, a tenth come from the University of Bologna. But in this oldest university in Europe, no one has shown enough concern to raise a moral issue about the big deal that the Alma Mater Studiorum of Bologna has just signed with Saudi Arabia. Not only that, but some of the protagonists of this academic pact appear in the appeal against the Israeli teachers. It should have been enough to read the report of Freedom House on Saudi universities to figure that maybe...
  • Drill will: America, not OPEC, decides the fate of global oil markets

    04/25/2016 2:55:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Economist ^ | April 23, 2016
    “WE DON’T care about oil prices,” Muhammad bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince, recently told Bloomberg, a news agency: “$30 or $70, they are all the same to us.” Such comments by the man calling the shots in the world’s biggest oil power should be taken with a pinch of salt. Low oil prices cost the country billions, threaten its credit rating and are turning it from creditor to debtor: this week it set out to raise $10 billion from global banks. Yet the claim is not entirely hollow, either. Saudi Arabia is determined not to give any succour...
  • The Real Reason Saudi Arabia Killed Doha

    04/25/2016 11:46:55 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 3 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 25-04-2016 | Captain Hook
    Saudi Arabia single-handedly scuttled the Doha meeting, knowing all along that Iran would not participate, with a valid reason. The Russians and others agreed to proceed without Iran, planning to include them at a later date. So if everything was known beforehand, why did the Saudi’s pour cold water on the aspirations of the remaining members, risking its alienation from Russia and the OPEC community? Was it simply Saudi enmity toward Iran? Not exactly. Upon closer scrutiny, we can find the Saudi masterstroke behind Doha. It is well known that Saudi Arabia is heavily dependent on oil revenues, and that...
  • Saudi Arabia Approves Economic Reform Program

    04/25/2016 6:40:41 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 25, 2016 | Margherita Stancati and Dahlia Kholaif
    RIYADH—Saudi Arabia, crimped by low crude prices, approved Monday a long-term blueprint for the kingdom’s economic transformation aimed at reducing its dependence on oil. The multiyear plan, dubbed “Saudi Vision 2030,” was approved by the cabinet, according to Saudi Arabia’s monarch, King Salman. The Saudi cabinet, in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency, said the government’s economic council would be in charge of overseeing the vision’s implementation. Saudi officials later Monday were to present a broad overview of the country’s most extensive economic shake-up in decades. The steep drop in oil prices has given new urgency to...
  • Obama’s Amerika: inciting half-assed revolutions around the world since 2009

    04/24/2016 8:15:47 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 6 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 2-24-2016 | MOTUS
    Is the White House going to release the super secret 9/11 report? Does it implicate Saudi Arabia? Does it implicate the Saudi Royal Family itself? Would releasing the report destabilize the Middle East even more than it already is?Let’s answer these questions backwards, beginning with the last and moving to the first: as soon as you have the answer yell “Bingo!” or, if you’d prefer, “BOZO!”. 1. Would releasing the report destabilize the Middle East even more than it already is? Are you kidding? As we’ve seen for the last 7 years it doesn’t really take that much to destabilize...
  • First, Let’s Get the Facts on Saudis and Iranian Involvement in 9/11

    04/24/2016 5:22:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/23/2016 | Andrew McCarthy
    The 9/11 attacks were not civil torts. They were acts of war. It is important to keep that fact in the front of our minds as we press for long-overdue disclosure of evidence linking the Saudi Arabian government to the mass murder of nearly 3,000 Americans, to say nothing of the even more overdue investigation of Iran’s contributory role — an investigation that should have been in high gear immediately after the planes struck their targets. Over the years in these pages, we have catalogued the damage done to national security by regarding international terrorism as a mere law-enforcement problem...
  • Saudi Arabia is a Cancer on the World (video)

    04/23/2016 5:32:54 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 10 replies
    youtube ^ | Apr 19, 2016 | Paul Joseph Watson
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  • The Smoking Gun: "Document 17" Links Saudi Embassy In Washington To Sept 11

    04/20/2016 5:48:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 72 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 4/20/16 | tyler durden
    With the topic of Saudi Arabia's involvement in the Sept 11 attack on everyone's lips, if certainly not those of president Obama who is currently in Riyadh where he is meeting with members of Saudi royalty in what may be his last trip to the Saudi nation as US president, many have been clamoring for the information in the suddenly notorious "28-pages" (following the recent 60 Minutes episode) to be released to the public so the US population can finally relegate all those "conspiracy theories" surrounding the real perpetrator behind the Sept 11 terrorist attack to the "conspiracy fact" pile.It...
  • Bipartisan Push on to Oppose 9/11 Bill

    04/22/2016 9:47:40 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 10 replies
    RollCall.com ^ | 19 April 2016 | John T. Bennett
    A Senate bill that would allow families of those killed in the 9/11 attacks to sue the Saudi government has achieved a rare Washington distinction, by uniting the Obama administration and some of its fiercest GOP critics. President Barack Obama and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., are rallying to kill the bipartisan plan that would make it possible for American citizens to sue foreign governments believed to be linked to terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., said the plan should be reviewed through regular order before decisions are made about advancing the measure. White House Press...
  • Obama Threatens to Veto 9/11 Bill [semi-satire]

    04/22/2016 6:19:57 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 24 Apr 2016 | John Semmens
    Legislation that would declassify a portion of the 9/11 Commission report on the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon in 2001 "will be vetoed by the President" said Press Secretary Josh Earnest "because it would disclose that government officers in Saudi Arabia provided the 'seed money' for al-Qaeda and, thus, do irreparable damage to the relationship between our two countries." "While there is no evidence that aiding al-Qaeda was the official policy of the Saudi government there is evidence that lower ranking government officials may have been involved," Earnest admitted. "Should the Saudi government have done a better...
  • Saudi Influence on Washington Must End if we are going to have any hope of defeating global jihad

    04/22/2016 8:47:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 04/22/2016 | Robert Spencer
    The 28 pages of a Congressional report detailing where the 9/11 hijackers got their financing have been classified for years, but what they contain is an open secret. Former Senator Bob Graham explained: “The 28 pages primarily relate to who financed 9/11, and they point a very strong finger at Saudi Arabia as being the principal financier.” So why keep this information secret? Because the Saudis wield undue influence in Washington, among both parties – an influence that has deformed our response to the global jihad threat, and continues to do so. Responding to a bill that would allow 9/11...
  • RELEASE THOSE 28 PAGES NOW

    04/21/2016 12:29:02 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 27 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 21 April 16 | Scott McKay
    President Obama made his fourth trip to Saudi Arabia Wednesday, ostensibly to “clear the air” in an attempt to repair the damaged relationship with the Kingdom brought about by what many will regard as his administration’s mistakes — cozying up to the Islamic Republic of Iran, for example, and embracing the Arab Spring which toppled the Saudi ally Hosni Mubarak in Egypt. But perhaps the biggest mistake Obama has made with regard to the Saudis is the one they’ll likely thank him for; namely, opposing — and threatening to veto — a bill authored by Sens. John Cornyn and Chuck...