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  • Mitt Romney criticizes Trump — again — for defending Saudi prince accused in journalist's death

    07/02/2019 7:12:33 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 54 replies
    The Deseret News ^ | 07/01/2019 | Dennis Romboy
    SALT LAKE CITY — Sen. Mitt Romney took issue with President Donald Trump defending his relationship with the Saudi Arabian leader who allegedly ordered the hit on a Washington Post columnist. Trump said he was "extremely angry and very unhappy" about the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi but claimed "nobody has directly pointed a finger" at Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, despite U.S. intelligence and a United Nations report saying otherwise. Trump had breakfast with the crown prince in Osaka, Japan, over the weekend, but did not press him on his involvement in Khashoggi's murder. "The President’s praise for MBS,...
  • Mika Brzezinski Fails to Include Pompeo in Her 'Butt Boy' Apology

    12/14/2018 7:28:18 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 30 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    When you apologize for using a term that you yourself call "vulgar, crass and offensive," wouldn't you include in your apology the person against whom you used it? Apparently not, if you're Mika Brzezinski, and the person you insulted is a prominent conservative. Returning to Morning Joe today after a day off for "a family matter," Mika Brzezinski apologized for having on Wednesday's show called Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a "butt boy." NewsBusters editor Scott Whitlock reported the slur here. But whereas Brzezinski apologized "especially to the LGBT community" and to her colleagues, she didn't apologize . . ....
  • First Christian mass held in Saudi Arabia

    12/08/2018 3:10:30 PM PST · by aimhigh · 31 replies
    The Arab Weekly ^ | 12/09/2018 | The Arab Weekly
    CAIRO - Egypt’s Christians are optimistic following the first Coptic mass in Saudi Arabia. Dozens of Coptic Christians attended the mass at a tourist facility in Riyadh. The mass, Egypt’s Christians said, reflects the tremendous changes happening in Saudi Arabia. “It even portends more change in that great country in the future,” said Father Polis Halim, spokesman of the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church. “Saudi Arabia is showing an admirable degree of tolerance that gives us a lot of hope.” The story began in May when Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz visited Saint Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in...
  • Hanson: Beware of Media Spin about Khashoggi; We Need to Make Decisions on KSA Soberly

    11/20/2018 3:46:01 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 30 replies
    Security Studies Group ^ | November 18, 2018 | Security Studies Group (SSG)
    Washington Post is leading a Media Crusade against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman over the Khashoggi killing The CIA has no evidence against him despite all the spin We need to make decisions based on US strategic interests not media attacks Khashoggi Case- Analysis of an Information Operation The killing of Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey caught the attention of the entire world for an extended period of time, much longer than the news of one murder would normally do. Security Studies Group decided to examine why.We took a rigorous look at the actual origins and spread of the unique...
  • CIA reportedly determines Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of Jamal...

    11/16/2018 4:19:38 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 57 replies
    CNBC ^ | 16 NOV 2018 | Christine Wang
    FULL TITLE: CIA reportedly determines Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of Jamal Khashoggi The CIA has determined that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, The Washington Post reported Friday citing people familiar with the matter. Officials told the Post that the CIA has a high degree of confidence in its finding. The conclusion counters Saudi Arabia's explanation for Khashoggi's death. The kingdom claimed that the Washington Post columnist died in an altercation at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month. The Post reported that the CIA looked into a...
  • Jamal Khashoggi was a player, not a bleeding heart liberal

    11/17/2018 11:08:42 AM PST · by Pelham · 43 replies
    Financial Review ^ | November 4, 2018 | Alexander Downer
    So back to the tragic murder of Jamal Khashoggi. My intelligence sources tell me he had worked as an intelligence agent for the Saudi intelligence service, GID, for around 20 years. At one point he was sent by GID to Sudan to meet Osama bin Laden and to try to lure him away from terrorism. He failed. Khashoggi had always been close to the Muslim Brotherhood, the people who took over Egypt under Morsi following the so-called Arab Spring. The Muslim Brotherhood is a hard-line Islamist organisation dedicated to the introduction of Sharia and the creation of an Islamic caliphate....
  • Riyadh would not dare murder Khashoggi without US protection, says Iran's Rouhani

    10/25/2018 9:49:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    France 24 ^ | 10/25/2018
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that Saudi Arabia would not have murdered prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi without American protection, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday Saudi authorities staged the "worst cover-up ever" in the killing of Khashoggi in Turkey this month, as Washington vowed to revoke the visas of some of those believed to be responsible. "No one would imagine that in today's world and a new century that we would witness such an organised murder and a system would plan out such a heinous murder," Rouhani said, according...
  • Don’t Believe the Saudi Lies

    10/21/2018 2:26:16 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 75 replies
    National Review ^ | October 21, 2018
    Nineteen days after Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, the Saudi regime has at last acknowledged the obvious, that Khashoggi is dead. After first insisting that he had left the consulate of his own accord despite video evidence to the contrary, and then slamming the allegations of his murder as “baseless” and threatening oil sanctions against those claiming otherwise, the kingdom has finally settled on its official story: Khashoggi was inadvertently killed inside the consulate during a fistfight that just happened to break out in the midst of an otherwise standard meeting with...
  • Saudi king dismisses top officials as it admits missing journalist was killed at consulate

    10/19/2018 4:08:57 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/19/18 | JUSTIN WISE
    Saudi Arabia's King Salman reportedly dismissed a key royal adviser and a senior intelligence official the same day the country's state-run media admitted that journalist Jamal Khashoggi died in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. King Salman ordered for Saud al-Qahtani, an adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to be removed, according to the state-run Ikhbariya television, which was reported by Bloomberg News. The news came as reports surfaced that the Saudis acknowledged that Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and Washington Post columnist, died after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month. The Saudi government stated that 18 Saudi...
  • U.S. Spy Agencies Are Increasingly Convinced of Saudi Prince’s Ties to Journalist’s Disappearance

    10/18/2018 12:24:07 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 17, 2018 | Julian E. Barnes, Matthew Rosenberg and Gardiner Harris
    WASHINGTON — American intelligence officials are increasingly convinced that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia is culpable in the killing of the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, an appraisal that poses challenges to a White House intent on maintaining a close relationship with the kingdom. Intelligence agencies have not yet been able to collect direct evidence of the prince’s involvement, American and European officials said. They also have not been able to conclude whether Prince Mohammed directly ordered the killing of Mr. Khashoggi, or whether his intention was to have Mr. Khashoggi captured and taken back to Saudi Arabia,...
  • Saudi Crown Prince admits Saudis "financed terrorist groups"

    04/08/2018 11:07:51 AM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 23 replies
    https://nexusnewsfeed.com ^ | 04/08/2018 | Tyler Durden
    Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) admitted in a wide-ranging interview in The Atlantic that Saudi nationals have funded terrorist groups, and quite stunningly - that Israelis are entitled to live peacefully on their own land - yet another indicator that the relationship between Riyadh and Tel Aviv is strengthening. When it comes to financing extremist groups, I challenge anyone if he can bring any evidence that the Saudi government financed terrorist groups. Yes, there are people from Saudi Arabia who financed terrorist groups. This is against Saudi law. Bin Salman's comments come days after a U.S. judge...
  • Saudi Crown Prince Bragged That Jared Kushner Gave Him Intel About Other Saudis Before Crackdown

    04/05/2018 2:13:01 PM PDT · by ethom · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10:58 EDT, 5 April 2018 | Ryan Parry West Coast Correspondent For Dailymail.com and Josh Boswell For Dailymail.com
    Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman bragged of receiving US intelligence from Jared Kushner and using it as part of a purge of 'corrupt' princes and businessmen, DailyMail.com can disclose. Sources have told DailyMail.com that the prince – known by his initials MBS – has been boasting about his close relationship with the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, and the intelligence which he has told his circle Kushner passed to him. Despite Kushner's denial sources have told DailyMail.com how MBS boasted in private that Kushner was the source of intelligence used in the round-up. He also told members of his...
  • Saudi crown prince declares Israel has a 'right' to its homeland

    04/03/2018 7:52:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/03/2018 | Thomas Lifson
    Important history was made yesterday, and the tectonic plates of Middle East moved, as the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, explicitly acknowledged Israel's right to exist, in a homeland alongside a Palestinian state.  In a wide-ranging interview with Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic: He told me he recognizes the right of the Jewish people to have a nation-state of their own next to a Palestinian state; no Arab leader has ever acknowledged such a right. Later in his account of his interview, Goldberg judges: If Prince Mohammed actually achieves what he says he wants to...
  • Saudi Crown Prince: Iran's Supreme Leader 'Makes Hitler Look Good'

    04/02/2018 3:13:51 PM PDT · by bitt · 31 replies
    the atlantic ^ | 4/2/2018 | jeffrey goldberg
    In a wide-ranging conversation, Prince Mohammed bin Salman also recognized the Jewish peoples’ right to “their own land.” This much, at least, can be said for Mohammed bin Salman, the putatively reformist crown prince of Saudi Arabia: He has made all the right enemies. Among those who would celebrate his end are the leaders of ISIS, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, and Hamas, as well as Yemen’s Houthi rebels, and the entire clerical and military leadership of the Islamic Republic of Iran. As a bonus, there are members of his own family, the sprawling, sclerotic, self-dealing House of Saud, who would like to...
  • Saudis Are Hoping Mohammed bin Salman Will Drain the Swamp

    11/22/2017 1:51:45 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | NOVEMBER 21, 2017 | STEVEN A. COOK
    Saudis Are Hoping Mohammed bin Salman Will Drain the Swamp A road trip among ordinary Saudis revealed high hopes, and hardly any worries, about the country's new political era. BY STEVEN A. COOK | NOVEMBER 21, 2017, 12:46 PM We must be doing 80 miles per hour on a rutted road outside the northwestern Saudi town of Ula. It is late and I am tired, but I’ve got one eye on the road and one eye on the dashboard indicator light signaling that the Chevy Tahoe in which I am traveling has low tire pressure. What would happen if this...
  • Saudi Arabia king to step down and hand over the crown to his 32-year-old son [tr]

    11/16/2017 9:58:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 16, 2017 | Ryan Parry and Josn Boswell
    The King of Saudi Arabia plans to step down and announce his son as his successor next week, a source close to the country's royal family has exclusively told DailyMail.com. The move is seen as the final step in 32-year-old Prince Mohammed bin Salman's power grab, which began earlier this month with the arrests of more than 40 princes and government ministers in a corruption probe. The source said King Salman will continue only as a ceremonial figurehead, handing over official leadership of the country to his son - often referred to as MBS.
  • If The Saudi Arabia Situation Doesn't Worry You, You're Not Paying Attention

    11/11/2017 12:30:33 PM PST · by JP1201 · 61 replies
    While turbulent during the best of times, gigantic waves of change are now sweeping across the Middle East. The magnitude is such that the impact on the global price of oil, as well as world markets, is likely to be enormous. A dramatic geo-political realignment by Saudi Arabia is in full swing this month. It’s upending many decades of established strategic relationships among the world's superpowers and, in particular, is throwing the Middle East into turmoil. So much is currently in flux, especially in Saudi Arabia, that nearly anything can happen next. Which is precisely why this volatile situation should...
  • 'Mortgage crisis' is coming this winter: Bove

    09/11/2014 2:02:42 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 27 replies
    CNBC ^ | 02 September 2014 | Jeff Cox
    A toxic brew is bubbling in the housing market that will lead to a mortgage crisis by winter, banking analyst Dick Bove said. Now that the Federal Reserve is nearly done with its monthly bond-buying program, which includes mortgage-backed securities, and Washington continues on its quest to unwind Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, conditions could get dicey in the home loan market. Bove envisions a scenario in which long-term financing, like the ubiquitous 30-year mortgage, that has come with fixed interest rates is endangered as mortgage buyers dry up. As part of its quantitative easing program, the Fed had been...
  • Ranieri Says Tight Mortgage Lending May Be Worse Than Crisis (How About Borrowers??)

    10/28/2013 10:44:52 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 2 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 10/28/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Mortgage-backed securities legend Lew Ranieri made an impassioned plea for regulations to loosen credit standards on home loans at the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) annual conference in Washington D.C. The U.S. mortgage market has experienced an “irrational restriction” of credit as lenders and regulators overreact to the loose lending during the bubble that burst in 2007, mortgage-bond pioneer Lewis Ranieri said. mtgvol1998 “If this legacy persists the consequences will be more profound for the country than the economic losses” caused by the bust, Ranieri said today at an annual conference hosted by the Mortgage Bankers Association in Washington. Ranieri, the...
  • Fed: Forward Guidance Or Crony Capitalism? (The Case Of PIMCO)

    09/27/2013 9:26:35 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 2 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 09/27/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Carrick Mollenkamp had an interesting piece today called “Special Report: Pimco shook hands with the Fed – and made a killing.” In short, the fund-management firm, led by co-founder Bill Gross, started buying tens of billions of dollars in mortgage-backed securities guaranteed by federally sponsored agencies like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In the third quarter of 2011 alone, Pimco’s flagship Total Return Fund, the world’s largest mutual fund, doubled its holdings of these securities to $80 billion, according to a Reuters review of trading and other data. While Pimco was building its hoard, the Fed, in a surprise move...