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  • Saudi King Abdullah Dies

    01/22/2015 3:27:53 PM PST · by 22202NOVA · 309 replies
    http://www.cnbc.com/id/102292477
  • Saudi Arabia's 'reformer' King Abdullah dies

    01/22/2015 3:32:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    KHOG-TV ^ | January 22, 2015
    (CNN) —Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud has died, according to an announcement on Saudi state TV. He was 90. The next king will be Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, state television reported. The announcement of his death comes several weeks after the state-run Saudi Press Agency said Abdullah was suffering from pneumonia and had been admitted to the hospital....
  • Saudi King gives women the right to vote

    09/25/2011 6:06:31 AM PDT · by AnAmericanAbroad · 44 replies · 1+ views
    Agence France Presse/France24 ^ | September 25, 2011 | Staff
    Saudi King Abdullah announced on Sunday he was giving women the right to vote and run in municipal elections, the only public polls in the ultra-conservative Gulf kingdom.
  • Riyadh Freezes Huge US Arms Deal

    04/26/2011 11:51:05 AM PDT · by jda · 31 replies
    Global Intelligence Center ^ | 11 April 2011 | David Virgil Dafinoiu
    The sixty-year old US-Saudi alliance has had its ups and downs but the differences were never allowed to sink to the icy level which marks them today and is seriously hurting America’s strategic standing in the Arabian Peninsula and Persian Gulf. . . . . . . New ground was also broken by Riyadh’s explanation that it needs to address the military and nuclear threat coming from Iran. For decades, America was accepted without question by all parts of the Gulf region as their as trusty security shield. . . . . . . other officials admitted that the Saudi...
  • Saudi king to press Obama for advanced F-15s to counter 'Iranian threat'

    06/30/2010 5:56:19 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies · 1+ views
    World Tribune ^ | June 29, 2010
    Saudi king to press Obama for advanced F-15s to counter 'Iranian threat' WASHINGTON — Saudi Arabia has submitted an urgent request for advanced F-15 fighter-jets from the United States. Officials said the Saudi request would be discussed during King Abdullah's meeting with President Barack Obama on June 29. They said the 86-year-old king was expected to sign an agreement in principle to purchase the F-15s in a deal estimated at nearly $10 billion. "The Saudis are comfortable with the F-15s, and see them as important to countering the Iranian threat," the official said. Officials said the Saudi royal family has...
  • Firm Tied to Murtha Earmarks Goes Dark

    03/15/2010 10:24:06 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 2 replies · 439+ views
    Roll Call ^ | 03/16/10 | Paul Singer
    A lobbying firm with close ties to the late Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) — and a central player in some of the most questionable earmarks sponsored by Murtha — appears to have closed its doors. KSA Consulting was at the center of a project that led to the first criminal convictions tied to a Murtha earmark. The firm at one point employed Murtha’s brother Kit as a lobbyist, as well as Carmen Scialabba, Murtha’s longtime Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense aide. A database maintained by the Clerk of the House indicates that KSA has not filed lobbying disclosure forms since July...
  • 28 Al-Qaeda Militants Arrested in Kingdom (Saudi Arabia)

    03/03/2008 11:15:42 PM PST · by Stoat · 15 replies · 214+ views
    The Arab News ^ | March 4, 2008 | Abdul Ghafour
    28 Al-Qaeda Militants Arrested in Kingdom P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News   JEDDAH, 4 March 2008 — Saudi Security forces have arrested 28 militants, who were involved in rebuilding the Al-Qaeda network in Saudi Arabia to launch another campaign of terror across the Kingdom, an Interior Ministry spokesman said in a statement.The militants had been collecting funds on the pretext of supporting the needy in Pakistan and Afghanistan — money that was, in fact, being used “to finance their criminal activities,” said the spokesman.One of those arrested was carrying a recorded message of Al-Qaeda’s second-in-command Ayman Al-Zawahri on the...
  • Saudi men arrested for 'flirting' (loud music, indecent clothes,dancing to woo ladies @ Mecca mall)

    02/23/2008 4:45:00 AM PST · by Stoat · 36 replies · 369+ views
    The BBC ^ | February 23, 2008
    Saudi men arrested for 'flirting'   Relations between the sexes outside marriage is against the law Prosecutors in Saudi Arabia have begun investigating 57 young men who were arrested on Thursday for flirting with girls at shopping centres in Mecca.The men are accused of wearing indecent clothes, playing loud music and dancing in order to attract the attention of girls, the Saudi Gazette reported. They were arrested following a request of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice. The mutaween enforce Saudi Arabia's conservative brand of Islam, Wahhabism. Earlier in the month, the authorities enforced...
  • Muslim school 'that taught pupils from race hate texts made photocopies after order to shred them'

    02/20/2008 5:51:08 PM PST · by Stoat · 21 replies · 271+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | February 21, 2008
    Muslim school 'that taught pupils from race hate textbooks made photocopies after order to shred them'Last updated at 21:50pm on 20th February 2008A prestigious Islamic school in London was forced to shred 2,000 textbooks used to poison pupils' minds with lessons of hate, a former teacher claimed yesterday.  Colin Cook, who taught English at the King Fahad Academy for 18 years, told a tribunal how "incompetent" Ofsted inspectors reported that the school's teaching of Islamic studies was "mostly good".  But their report was wildly inaccurate, he said, because pupils as young as five were being taught by rote from...
  • BAE: Secret Papers Reveal Threats From Saudi Prince

    02/15/2008 8:54:37 AM PST · by Fennie · 90 replies · 156+ views
    The Guardian ^ | February 15, 2008 | David Leigh and Rob Evans
    Saudi Arabia's rulers threatened to make it easier for terrorists to attack London unless corruption investigations into their arms deals were halted, according to court documents revealed yesterday. Previously secret files describe how investigators were told they faced "another 7/7" and the loss of "British lives on British streets" if they pressed on with their inquiries and the Saudis carried out their threats to cut off intelligence. Prince Bandar, the head of the Saudi national security council, and son of the crown prince, was alleged in court to be the man behind the threats to hold back information about suicide...
  • Saudi Arabia to execute woman for 'witchcraft' ("One man claimed she had made him impotent.")

    02/14/2008 9:14:37 AM PST · by Stoat · 45 replies · 229+ views
    The Belfast Telegraph ^ | February 14, 2008
    Saudi Arabia to execute woman for 'witchcraft'  Thursday, February 14, 2008 A leading international human rights organisation is calling on Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah to halt the planned execution of a woman accused of "witchcraft". The woman is due to be put to death on foot of a coerced confession and the statements of witnesses who said she had "bewitched" them. One man claimed she had made him impotent. In another case, a divorced woman reportedly returned to her ex-husband during the month predicted by the witch said to have cast the spell. The court failed to probe alternative explanations...
  • Saudi Daily Arab News: The Saudi Woman Is Always To Blame for Her Problems

    02/11/2008 4:39:19 PM PST · by SJackson · 28 replies · 198+ views
    MEMRI ^ | 2-11-08
    Saudi Daily Arab News: The Saudi Woman Is Always To Blame for Her Problems In December 2007, the Saudi English-language daily Arab News published an op-ed by Dania Al-Ghalib titled "The Saudi Woman is Always Guilty." In it, the author describes the condition of the Saudi woman, depicting her as born unwanted and held accountable for everything that happens to her in life - even though she is always the chattel of a man and has no control over anything. The following is the article as it appeared in the Arab News. [1] "The Saudi Woman is Born Unwanted""The Saudi...
  • Saudis put British defence deals on ice after furore over investigation

    05/02/2007 3:36:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies · 501+ views
    The Times,UK ^ | May 2, 2007 | David Robertson
    May 2, 2007 Saudis put British defence deals on ice after furore over investigation David Robertson Saudi Arabia is understood to be delaying plans to buy British defence equipment after the controversy and public debate surrounding its links with BAE Systems. Defence industry and diplomatic sources said that the Saudis are deeply embarrassed by the furore that followed the Government’s decision to halt an investigation into BAE’s dealings with the Kingdom. Negotiations to buy defence equipment, including two Type 45 destroyers worth £800 million each, have stalled as the Saudis wait for calmer times. Last December the Attorney-General shut down...
  • Saudia Arabia Hails Project To Reform Fighters

    04/01/2007 6:36:54 PM PDT · by blam · 1 replies · 411+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-2-2007 | David Blair
    Saudi Arabia hails project to reform fighters By David Blair in Riyadh Last Updated: 1:59am BST 02/04/2007 As American jets bombed his last stronghold in the mountains of Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden ordered a young supporter from Saudi Arabia to flee to safety. Aged only 27, the young man had already spent seven years as a "holy warrior" in countries as far flung as the Philippines and Afghanistan. Prince Turki al-Faisal praised the rehabilitation project's contribution to reducing terrorist threats He obeyed his leader's command and retreated over the border into Pakistan - where he was swiftly captured. That was...
  • Saudi gang-rape victim faces 90 lashes

    03/05/2007 5:22:30 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 27 replies · 1,479+ views
    AFP ^ | March 5 2007
    - A Saudi woman who was kidnapped at knifepoint, gang-raped and then beaten by her brother has been sentenced to 90 lashes -- for a meeting a man who was not a relative, a newspaper reported on Monday. In an interview with the Saudi Gazette, the 19-year-old said she was blackmailed a year ago into meeting a man who threatened to tell her family they were having a relationship outside wedlock, which is illegal in the ultra-conservative desert kingdom. After driving off together from a shopping mall near her home, the woman and the man were stopped and abducted by...
  • {Saudi] Partygoers to be Flogged

    02/06/2007 5:25:02 PM PST · by abu afak · 48 replies · 1,562+ views
    news24 ^ | 2/4/07
    Riyadh - A Saudi Arabian court has convicted and sentenced 20 foreigners to receive lashes and spend several months in prison for attending a party where alcoholic drinks were served and men and women danced, a Saudi newspaper reported on Sunday. The kingdom's religious police arrested 433 foreigners, including more than 240 women, for attending the "impudent" party in Jiddah, the state-guided newspaper Okaz reported. It did not identify the foreigners, give their nationalities or say when the party took place. Judge Saud al-Boushi sentenced the 20 to three to four month in prison and ordered them to receive an...
  • Saudi Arabia casts wary eye on its Shiites

    01/17/2007 6:11:56 PM PST · by Flavius · 8 replies · 389+ views
    csmonitor ^ | January 18, 2007 | Michael B. Farrell | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
    With a Sunni-Shiite cold war descending on the Middle East, Saudi Arabia appears to be hardening its sectarian battle lines. By Michael B. Farrell | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor AL HUFUF, SAUDI ARABIA - Sadek al-Jubran says he's all too familiar with fatwas that declare him an infidel. As a member of a religious minority in a country without religious freedom, Mr. Jubran grew up with discrimination. It's something Shiites like him have regularly faced in this conservative Sunni-ruled kingdom – in the streets and at school, in courtrooms and at the office.
  • Will Saudis Ban the Letter ‘X'? [Exxon is worried]

    01/15/2007 8:28:56 AM PST · by aculeus · 95 replies · 2,709+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | January 15, 2007 | BY YOUSSEF IBRAHIM
    The letter "X" soon may be banned in Saudi Arabia because it resembles the mother of all banned religious symbols in the oil kingdom: the cross. The new development came with the issuing of another mind-bending fatwa, or religious edict, by the infamous Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice — the group of senior Islamic clergy that reigns supreme on all legal, civil, and governance matters in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The commission's damning of the letter "X" came in response to a Ministry of Trade query about whether it should grant trademark protection to...
  • Orgies in Wahabi Saudi Arabia: Western culture blamed

    11/03/2006 12:55:42 PM PST · by Risha · 92 replies · 3,375+ views
    worldtribune ^ | Nov. 2, 2006
    Orgies in Wahabi Saudi Arabia: Western culture blamed Thursday, November 2, 2006 Known as a modest and pious man, Saudi King Abdullah has been hearing steady reports of a sharp decline in morals in his country. In Jeddah, the Mawadda Social and Family Reconciliation and Counseling Center has been processing requests for help from thousands of married couples on the verge of breaking up. The threat is not divorce, heavily frowned upon in the kingdom, but of the husband establishing a second home with a concubine or prostitute. "Our youths are not, unfortunately, educated on the importance of leading a...
  • Saudi Court Sentences Rape Victim to 90 Lashes

    11/03/2006 8:51:33 AM PST · by libertylovinactivist · 31 replies · 1,422+ views
    A Saudi court has sentenced a gang rape victim to 90 lashes of the whip because she was alone in a car with a man to whom she was not married.
  • Saudi Court Sentences Vctim of Gang Rape to 90 Lashes

    11/02/2006 4:56:41 PM PST · by Racehorse · 38 replies · 1,403+ views
    Fox News ^ | 2 November 2006 | Brit Hume (Political Grapevine)
    A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced the victim of a gang rape to 90 lashes of the whip because she was alone in a car with a man other than her husband. The Jerusalem Post reports the high-profile and controversial trial ended with the convicted rapists sentenced to punishments ranging from one thousand lashes to as little as 80 — 10 fewer than the victim — along with prison terms of between one and five years. The woman's family says it will appeal what it considers inadequate sentences for the rapists.
  • Saudi court sentences rape victim to 90 lashes

    11/02/2006 8:39:44 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 47 replies · 1,801+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Nov. 2, 2006 | DPA
    A Saudi court has sentenced a gang rape victim to 90 lashes of the whip because she was alone in a car with a man to whom she was not married. The sentence was passed at the end of a trial in which the al- Qateef high criminal court convicted four Saudis convicted of the rape, sentencing them to prison terms and a total of 2,230 lashes. The four, all married, were sentenced respectively to five years and 1,000 lashes, four years and 800 lashes, four years and 350 lashes, and one year and 80 lashes. A fifth, married, man...
  • The Muslim Brotherhood, Nazis and Al-Qaeda

    10/16/2006 12:09:07 AM PDT · by fishhound · 13 replies · 1,133+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Wednesday, October 11, 2006 | John Loftus, Jewish Community News 4/10/06
    had an unusual education in the Holocaust. When I was working for the Attorney General, I was assigned to do the classified research about the Holocaust, so I went underground to a little town called Suitland, Maryland, right outside Washington, D.C., and that's where the U.S. government buries its secrets -- literally. There are twenty vaults underground and each vault is one acre in size. Anyone see the movie "Raiders of the Lost Ark"? The last scene of that movie is what the underground vaults are really like, only not as organized as they are in the movie. And in...
  • Saudi sympathy for al-Qaeda still runs strong

    09/05/2006 7:01:08 AM PDT · by Dark Skies · 8 replies · 319+ views
    Mail & Guardian Online ^ | 9/5/2006 | Andrew Hammond
    Two jailbreaks and a series of arrests in recent months suggest that sympathy for al-Qaeda militants in Saudi Arabia still runs strong despite a government crackdown, analysts said this week. The authorities in the world's biggest oil exporter say they have seized nearly 80 al-Qaeda members or sympathisers from around the country over the last three months. Four of them are among six men who escaped from a detention centre in Riyadh in June. The authorities also said that prisoners who escaped a higher level prison earlier this year could also be linked to al Qaeda. Saudi commentators say there...
  • Murtha speech gets cheers and jeers (Cut & Run Tour Fizzles on Home Turf)

    05/14/2006 9:21:57 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 90 replies · 2,207+ views
    The Pitssburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 5-14-06 | Richard Robbins
      Murtha speech gets cheers and jeers By Richard Robbins TRIBUNE-REVIEW Sunday, May 14, 2006 U.S. Rep. John P. Murtha -- one of the most vocal critics of President Bush's handling of the war in Iraq -- drew cheers and boos during his commencement speech at Seton Hill University on Saturday when he once again called for the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops. "We don't care. This isn't about graduation," Leonard Pierce, of North Huntingdon, the parent of a graduate, called out several times from the audience. The catcalls prompted shouts from other audience members that Murtha should be allowed...
  • The Saudi Role in the Cartoon Protests

    03/05/2006 8:12:29 AM PST · by Dark Skies · 9 replies · 495+ views
    StrategyPage.com ^ | March 5, 2006 | Colonel B. Wayne Quist and Dr. Ali H. Alyami
    Why did it take until January for Muslim protests to erupt in violence, after the initial non-violent reaction to the publication of the Prophet Mohammed cartoons in Denmark on September 30, 2005? The answer lies within the enigmatic and schizophrenic Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. By designating themselves Custodian of Islam's holy shrines, Mecca and Medina, the Saudi royal family and its uncompromising Wahhabi-Salafist religious partners have declared to the Muslim world that they are the true defenders of Islam and its Prophet. The issue of the cartoons provided the Saudi royal family with an unprecedented opportunity to reinforce their Muslim...
  • Zogby Says Saudis Need Better PR Strategy in US

    02/21/2006 6:28:07 PM PST · by ncountylee · 37 replies · 484+ views
    arabnews ^ | 22 February 2006 | Javid Hassan
    RIYADH, 22 February 2006 — The Kingdom needs to hone the communication skills of “smart Saudi women” to put across its message effectively to the American audience, said a prominent Arabist intellectual from the US during a press conference here yesterday. “The country is wasting its resources in trying to reach out to the Americans through their media. Such a strategy has turned out to be counter-productive,” James Zogby, president of the Arab-American Institute (AAI), told mediapersons at the Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce & Industry (CSCCI). Pointing out that Saudi Arabia should review its communication strategy, Zogby said...
  • Airline bans Bibles to avoid offending Muslims (PC war against Christianity alert)

    01/26/2006 8:01:36 PM PST · by Proud_USA_Republican · 26 replies · 1,110+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 1/9/2006 | WorldNetDaily
    A British airline banned its staff from taking Bibles and wearing crucifixes or St. Christopher medals on flights to Saudi Arabia to avoid offending the country's Muslims. British Midland International also has told female flight attendants they must walk two paces behind male colleagues and cover themselves from head to foot in a headscarf and robe known as an abaya, the Mirror newspaper of London reported. Teddy bears or other cuddly toys also are not allowed. Airline officials, who have sparked outrage, the paper says, explain the Islamic kingdom's strict laws – enforced by religious police – prohibit public practice...
  • In Search of Murtha's Army

    12/12/2005 9:13:27 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 45 replies · 1,488+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 12-13-05 | Jed Babbin
    In Search of Murtha's ArmyBy Jed Babbin Published 12/13/2005 12:10:46 AM Last week, I went to Iraq to search for John Murtha's army. You know: the one he described as "broken, worn out," and "living hand to mouth." Thanks to the help of some friends in low places, I met with a lot of the troops and almost all of the commanders around Baghdad and at Camp Fallujah. Murtha was not just wrong, but damnably wrong. And so, unsurprisingly, is Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean, who declared the war unwinnable. I promised to bring back as many of the facts...
  • Rep. John Murtha May Face Ethics Investigation

    12/05/2005 7:41:51 AM PST · by ncountylee · 72 replies · 4,968+ views
    sierratimes ^ | Dec 5, 2005 | Jim Kouri
    One of the mysteries these days is the about-face of a supposed Democrat war hawk, Representative John Murtha of Pennsylvania. Considered a supporter of the Iraq conflict, the decorated former Marine suddenly came out with statements calling for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq and that the war is not winnable. After the liberal media feasted on his sudden burst on the national scene, Murtha became the new lightning rod for the antiwar, anti-American movement. Recently, he said that the US military was worn out and unable to protect Americans should a security crisis emerge. And the media again...
  • GOP Lawmakers Float Ethics Probe of Murtha

    11/18/2005 6:23:51 PM PST · by pittsburgh gop guy · 145 replies · 15,518+ views
    Roll Call ^ | Friday, Nov. 18 | John Bresnahan
    Republican lawmakers say that ties between Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) and his brother's lobbying firm, KSA Consulting, may warrant investigation by the House ethics committee... According to a June 13 article in The Los Angeles Times, the fiscal 2005 defense appropriations bill included more than $20 million in funding for at least 10 companies for whom KSA lobbied. Carmen Scialabba, a longtime Murtha aide, works at KSA as well. KSA directly lobbied Murtha's office on behalf of seven companies, and a Murtha aide told a defense contractor that it should retain KSA to represent it, according to the LA Times....
  • Lobbyist's Brother Guided House Bill

    12/02/2005 11:27:25 AM PST · by george76 · 33 replies · 1,613+ views
    LA Times ^ | June 13, 2005 | Ken Silverstein and Richard Simon
    A family member's ties to special interests raise questions in the case of Democrat John Murtha. When Congress passed the $417-billion Pentagon spending bill last year, Rep. John P. Murtha, the top Democrat on the House defense appropriations subcommittee, boasted about the money he secured ... But the bill Murtha helped write also benefited at least 10 companies represented by a lobbying firm where his brother, Robert "Kit" Murtha... Clients of the lobbying firm KSA Consulting — whose top officials also include former congressional aide Carmen V. Scialabba, who worked for Rep. Murtha for 27 years — received a total...
  • Will The Real Murtha Stand Up?

    12/02/2005 11:01:39 AM PST · by george76 · 43 replies · 2,052+ views
    National Security: Contrary to popular opinion, Rep. John Murtha, the decorated ex-Marine who called for an immediate withdrawal from Iraq, is no hawk. He may also soon be probed for misusing defense appropriations. "If you want anything done on the committee, you go to Murtha." He's delivered so much pork to his congressional district, an airport and a major highway are named after Murtha. Ashdown and his nonpartisan watchdog group criticized Murtha for using the $417 billion fiscal 2005 Pentagon spending bill to give business to his lobbyist brother. The Los Angeles Times in June reported that Murtha funneled nearly...
  • PRINCE TURKI SAYS U.S. REMARKS FALSE

    11/17/2005 8:25:28 AM PST · by Valin · 5 replies · 400+ views
    Saudi Gazette ^ | 11/11/05
    Reacting to negative statements released by members of the US Senate at the hearing held Tuesday to discuss Saudi Arabia s cooperation in fighting terrorism and extremism, Prince Turki Al-Faisal, the Saudi Ambassador to the US, said that these statements promote false impressions and partial facts. Citing tangible efforts made by the Saudi government in the past few years to fight terrorism, Prince Turki said that the statements of the committee members and of witnesses undermine the will of both the Saudi and the US people, according to Al-Riyadh, the Arabic language daily newspaper. He added that the international community...
  • Saudi Accountability? (It's high time to make Saudi Arabia pay for its doubletalk.)

    11/14/2005 5:07:45 AM PST · by SJackson · 11 replies · 616+ views
    FrontPage Magazine.com ^ | November 14, 2005 | Rachel Ehrenfeld
    Responding to last week’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Saudi Arabia’s role in the war on terror, entitled “Saudi Arabia: Friend or Foe in the War on Terror?”, Riyadh’s ambassador to the U.S., Prince Turki al-Faisal, charged the committee members with ignorance. "Judging by the statements made at the hearing, it appears that the members of the Committee are not fully aware of the significant steps Saudi Arabia has taken in the war on terrorism and extremism.” Worse, according to the prince, U.S. senators “chose to ignore the realities for the sake of political expediency.” Did they really? The U.S....
  • US lists Saudi among religious freedom violators

    11/09/2005 7:13:12 AM PST · by Valin · 3 replies · 244+ views
    Middle-East-Enline ^ | 11/09/05 | Peter Mackler
    Washington renews blacklist of eight countries considered violators of religious freedoms including Saudi Arabia, Iran. The United States on Tuesday renewed its blacklist of eight countries considered violators of religious freedoms, turning back requests to add Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice extended the designation of US ally Saudi Arabia as a "country of particular concern" as well as that of China, Iran, Myanmar, North Korea, Vietnam, Eritrea and Sudan. "These are countries where governments have engaged in or tolerated particularly severe violations of religious freedom over the past year," Rice told a news conference. "We are...
  • DIPLO WON'T TESTIFY IN SAUDI PROBE

    11/08/2005 10:13:16 AM PST · by Sabramerican · 8 replies · 586+ views
    New York Post ^ | November 8, 2005 | NILES LATHEM
    DIPLO WON'T TESTIFY IN SAUDI PROBE By NILES LATHEM WASHINGTON — The State Department abruptly pulled a top official from testifying at a Senate hearing on Saudi links to terrorism today amid a massive lobbying campaign by Saudi agents to discredit the proceedings, The Post has learned. A State Department spokeswoman confirmed that Alan Misenheimer, the department's director of Arabian Peninsula and Iran Affairs, had bowed out of testifying at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing exploring whether Saudi Arabia was a friend or a foe in the war on terrorism. Other officials said Misenheimer's appearance was scrapped due to concerns...
  • Saudi Arabia's Tentacles-America's school children are the victims this time.

    11/03/2005 5:32:58 AM PST · by SJackson · 18 replies · 518+ views
    The Saudis are at it again, and this time America's school children are the victims. It's no secret that the princes in Riyadh fund anti-American, anti-Israel, and anti-Semitic propaganda in mosques and madrassas across the globe. But now a yearlong investigation by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency exposes that the oil kingdom's virulent tentacles also stretch into America's public school system. The JTA says textbooks used in public schools across the country "are highly critical of democratic institutions and forgiving of repressive ones." The books also "praise and sometimes promote Islam, but criticize Judaism and Christianity and are filled with false...
  • Should Kids Be Allowed To Watch Beheadings?

    10/30/2005 9:24:32 PM PST · by Lorianne · 66 replies · 1,508+ views
    The Saudi Gazette ^ | 12 September 2005
    EDUCATORS and religious scholars are mostly against letting children watch Shariah court verdicts like beheading, stoning to death, amputation or lashing, a report said Sunday. Exposing children to violent and gruesome scenes may make them aggressive and effect their personality, he said. am of the view that children must be forbidden from watching the execution of Shariah penalties so that we are able to protect our future generations from negative effects, in the same way as some countries that prevent children from watching films with horrifying scenes, Dr. Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah Al-Dakheel, Assistant Professor of Social Service in King...
  • Saudis Funded Clinton After Nixing OBL Offer

    10/08/2005 9:55:46 AM PDT · by beyond the sea · 26 replies · 1,404+ views
    Newsmax.com ^ | 10/8/05 | unknown
    Ex-president Clinton's decision to ask Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah for a high-dollar donation to his presidential library came just months after Saudi leaders rebuffed his request to take custody of Osama bin Laden - when officials in Sudan, where the al Qaeda chief was then living, offered him to the U.S. Former FBI director Louis Freeh revealed on Thursday that Clinton personally put the touch on Abdullah after failing to get the Saudi leader's cooperation in the probe into the June 1996 Khobar Towers bombing, which - according to the 9/11 Commission - was a joint al Qaida-Hezbollah operation. The...
  • Saudi Arabia Denies Secret Arms Talks With Britain

    10/02/2005 5:10:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies · 544+ views
    Arab News ^ | 3 October 2005 | P.K. Abdul Ghafour
    JEDDAH, 3 October 2005 — Saudi Arabia yesterday denied press reports that it was engaged in secret negotiations with Britain over a $70 billion arms deal. However, it pointed out that London had expressed its desire to sell Typhoon fighter planes to the Kingdom. “There are no secret negotiations between the two countries on the deal to sell the Typhoon planes,” the Saudi Press Agency quoted a Defense Ministry spokesman as saying. “But the British side has openly expressed a desire to supply Saudi Arabia with these planes, like any of the many friendly countries which produce sophisticated weapons systems,”...
  • Saudi Government Official on Iqra TV: All Muslims Must Support Jihad (Some "ally")

    09/24/2005 8:36:03 PM PDT · by DCWatson · 15 replies · 1,085+ views
    Jihad Watch ^ | 9/24/2005 | MEMRI
    In support of Jihad Watch News Editor Eric Schwappach's post below, here is a MEMRI report -- "Saudi Government Official on Iqra TV: All Muslims Must Support Jihad – Send Money to the Saudi Committee for Support of the Al-Quds Intifada, Account No. 98" -- indicating once again that nothing much has changed in Saudi Arabia, despite Saudi protestations to the contrary in the face of the Saudi Arabia Accountability Act: An August 29, 2005 program on Saudi Iqra TV was devoted to supporting Jihad in Palestine. The program host began by telling all Saudis that they must donate and...
  • Saudis reject nuclear inspections

    06/15/2005 11:04:16 AM PDT · by Dubya · 8 replies · 311+ views
    starnewsonline ^ | Jun 15, 2005 | Jun 15, 2005
    VIENNA, AUSTRIA - Saudi Arabia is defying the United States, the European Union and Australia by resisting U.N. efforts to verify that it has no nuclear assets worth inspecting, according to a confidential EU document obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday. There is little concern the Saudis are trying to make nuclear arms, but Riyadh’s resistance to inspections adds another worry for a top-level meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency this week that is focusing on North Korea and Iran. Those two countries are the world’s major concerns about the spread of atomic weapons. On Tuesday, the IAEA...
  • Shoura Demands US Apology - if true apologize to avoid hatred and violence (Newsweek story)

    05/16/2005 11:19:46 AM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 87 replies · 1,322+ views
    Arab News ^ | 16 May 2005 | P.K. Abdul Ghafour
    JEDDAH, 16 May 2005 — The 150-member Shoura Council yesterday strongly condemned the reported desecration of the Holy Qur’an at the hands of US officials at Guantanamo Bay and asked the United States, if the incident was true, to apologize in order to avoid hatred and violence. The Shoura urged the US authorities to launch a prompt investigation into a May 9 Newsweek magazine report that investigators probing abuses at the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay found that interrogators had desecrated the Qur’an to rattle Muslim prisoners. “If the report proved true, it would become important that an apology...
  • 'They will burn in hell for what they have done to me' [Our Saudi friends)

    05/14/2005 7:26:39 PM PDT · by aculeus · 37 replies · 1,830+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph (UK) ^ | May 15, 2005 | By Alasdair Palmer
    'I'm self-sufficient now. I earn enough to support my family and I'm not dependent on benefits." The pride in Sandy Mitchell's voice is unmistakable. Given what he has been through, it is also justified. Five years ago, the tough Glaswegian was earning his living working in a hospital in Saudi Arabia as an anaesthetic technician, putt-ing in canulas, checking doses and weighing patients before they had operations. He and his Thai wife had just had a baby. He was happy and prosperous. Then, on December 17 2000, he was kidnapped by Saudi Arabian police as he got out of his...
  • Saudi Arabia's cousin-marriage epidemic

    05/11/2005 5:59:08 PM PDT · by NavVet · 9 replies · 462+ views
    Saudi Arabian men's habit of marrying their first cousins is creating a health and cultural crisis in the kingdom, says an analyst of international affairs who has studied demographic issues in the Muslim state.
  • Seeking Saudi Safe Haven

    04/12/2005 5:01:08 AM PDT · by Molly Pitcher · 3 replies · 422+ views
    NY Post ^ | 4/12/05 | Amir Taheri
    -- WHEN the Taliban fell, two visions emerged within the Islamist terror movement. One vision, identified with Osama bin Laden, wants the movement to continue targeting the West, especially the United States. The other, advocated by Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda's No. 2, wants the "holy war" concentrated in Muslim countries, especially Afghanistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Iraq.
  • Saudi princess charged with forcing women to be domestic servants

    03/30/2005 2:55:34 PM PST · by Shermy · 15 replies · 1,701+ views
    AP ^ | March 30, 2005
    BOSTON— A Saudi princess was arrested Wednesday on charges she forced two women to be her domestic servants and threatened to harm them if they tried to leave, according to federal prosecutors. Hana Al Jader, a Saudi national, is married to Prince Mohamed Bin Turki Alsaud, according to a source close to the case, speaking on condition of anonymity. It wasn't immediately clear what relationship, if any, the couple has to the Saudi royal family. Al Jader, 39, is accused of confiscating the passports of two Indonesian women who worked as domestic servants at the family's homes in Arlington and...