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  • Saudi banks freeze more than 1,200 accounts in probe, number still rising: sources

    11/07/2017 6:31:24 PM PST · by bitt · 39 replies ^ | nov.7, 2017 | Tom Arnold
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabian banks have frozen more than 1,200 accounts belonging to individuals and companies in the kingdom as part of the government’s anti-corruption purge, bankers and lawyers said on Tuesday. They added that the number is continuing to rise. Dozens of royal family members, officials and business executives have been detained in the crackdown and are facing allegations of money laundering, bribery, extorting officials and taking advantage of public office for personal gain. Since Sunday, the central bank has been expanding the list of accounts it is requiring lenders to freeze on an almost hourly basis, one...
  • Saudi Arabia's duplicity

    05/25/2017 9:16:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | May 25, 2017 | Cal Thomas
    Trusting Saudi Arabia to combat terrorists and extremists and "drive them out," as President Trump called on the kingdom and other Arab and Muslim nations to do in his Riyadh speech, is akin to forging an alliance with the Ku Klux Klan to combat racism and anti-Semitism. Saudi Arabia has for years promoted the very evil they now "commit" to fighting through a newly established Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology. Never forget that 15 of the 9-11 hijackers were citizens of Saudi Arabia. President Trump's speech was written by Westerners, delivered by a westerner and based on a...
  • Trump touches orb in Saudi, lights up internet

    05/22/2017 9:51:40 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | May 22, 2017 | Lauren Said-Moorhouse
    Saudi Arabia rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on his inaugural overseas trip, but a moment involving a glowing orb had observers scratching their heads. Trump attended the opening of the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology on Sunday alongside his host, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, reported the state-run Saudi Press Agency. As the lights dimmed, the three leaders officially "activated" the new center by placing their hands on an illuminated globe as a four-minute introduction video displayed on large screens behind them, according to local media.
  • Classy and conservative: US First Lady Melania Trump praised for ‘elegantly respectful’ KSA look

    05/21/2017 10:46:32 AM PDT · by bobsunshine · 37 replies
    Arab News ^ | May 21, 2017 | AISHA FAREED
    The first lady’s decision to visit Saudi Arabia without a wearing a head covering prompted headlines across the globe on Saturday — but many in the Kingdom took to social media to comment on her classy and conservative look. Melania Trump landed in the Saudi capital of Riyadh wearing a Stella McCartney jumpsuit adorned with a statement belt, which was the most eye-catching feature of the all-black overall. The stretch cady jumpsuit — with wide-leg silhouette, keyhole cut-out at the bust, and cuffed sleeves — caught the attention of many international media outlets and was admired by Saudis who appreciated...
  • The significance of Trump’s visit (told by Muslim)

    05/21/2017 10:37:16 AM PDT · by bobsunshine · 67 replies
    Arab News ^ | May 21, 2017 | Sheikh Mohammad Abdulkarim Al-Issa
    There is undoubtedly a positive message being sent when a US president chooses Saudi Arabia, the land of the Two Holy Mosques, as his first foreign destination. This positivity, shown by Donald Trump, deserves our sincere gratitude for choosing to endorse the moderate Islamic world. Moderates in the Kingdom and worldwide have always wanted a serious partner to help reclaim the narrative from extremists, and a clear distinction between those who believe Islam is against terror and those who use it to justify terror. Some people with twisted minds have used our religion to create confusion and obscure its real...
  • 9/11 widow sues Saudi Arabia

    09/30/2016 8:42:51 PM PDT · by CMB_polarization · 56 replies
    Gulf News Saudi Arabia ^ | September 30, 2016
    A woman widowed when her husband was killed at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 sued Saudi Arabia just two days after the US Congress enacted legislation allowing Americans to sue foreign governments for allegedly being involved in terrorist attacks on US soil.
  • Saudi Arabia's Navy Arms Up -- With American Weapons

    03/05/2016 9:39:01 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | March 05, 2016 | Rich Smith
    From chasing down and firing on commercial shipping vessels, to conducting live missile firings in close proximity to U.S. aircraft carriers, to actually seizing and holding U.S. naval boats, Iran's military has been behaving pretty badly since its government signed its nuclear arms deal last year. To date, the U.S. hasn't elected to take any reprisals for these actions -- but Saudi Arabia, for one, isn't prepared to sit idle. Kit up! Last year, as you may recall, Saudi Arabia announced the formation of an Islamic military alliance in the Persian Gulf region. Ostensibly, the purpose of that alliance is...
  • Saudi Arabia, Russia sign nuclear power cooperation deal

    06/21/2015 9:13:05 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/19/15 | Reem Shamseddine
    Saudi Arabia and Russia have signed an agreement to cooperate on nuclear energy development, a Saudi government body in charge of such projects said. The government body, the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy, announced the cooperation deal on its website on Thursday but gave no further details. Saudi-owned al-Arabiya TV, citing unnamed sources, said the kingdom planned to build 16 nuclear reactors in which Russia would play a significant role in operating them. The Saudi atomic and renewable energy body has already signed nuclear cooperation deals with countries able to build reactors, including the United States, France,...
  • Saudi King Abdullah Dies

    01/22/2015 3:27:53 PM PST · by 22202NOVA · 309 replies
  • 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...