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  • U.S. Ties Iran to Plot to Kill Saudi Envoy (DC bomb plot)

    10/11/2011 2:15:50 PM PDT · by PapaBear3625 · 58 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/11/2011 | EVAN PEREZ
    WASHINGTON—U.S. authorities said Tuesday they had charged two men in an Iranian-directed plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the U.S. The alleged assassination plot would represent an escalation in the confrontation between mostly Shiite Iran and mostly Sunni Saudi Arabia, two longtime Middle East rivals. The charges are also a rare instance of Washington accusing Iranian groups of fomenting terrorism on U.S. soil. Elements of the Iranian government were ready to spend $1.5 million to hire what they believed was a drug-cartel hit squad from Mexico, said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Prosecutors filed several criminal charges against...
  • U.S. official: Saudi Crown Prince dies (Sultan)

    10/21/2011 10:19:26 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 71 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | 10-22-11 | Jamie Crawford
    (CNN) -- Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has died, a State Department official told CNN on Friday. There were no more immediate details about his death.
  • No One Is Buying Iranian Terror Allegations

    10/14/2011 7:56:30 AM PDT · by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity · 26 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 10/14/11 | George Washington
    Iran Terror Plot: No Evidence The day before Attorney General was subpoenaed about what he knew about the Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Agency's "Fast and Furious" operation to get weapons to Mexico's largest drug cartel, the U.S. government announced that the Iranians planned to kill a Saudi ambassador on U.S. soil. And they said - you guessed it - that it was DOJ and DEA who broke up the plot. But no one is buying it ... not even the pro-war mainstream media. The New York Times notes in a post entitled "U.S. Challenged to Explain Accusations of...
  • Iran Orders Attacks on Saudi Interests Worldwide

    10/13/2011 9:23:08 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 19 replies
    Bahrain Views ^ | On October 13, 2011 | By RZ
    The Iranian leaders, furious over the Saudi intervention in Bahrain and what they call crimes against the Shiites of that country, have openly created centers to recruit volunteers for suicide bombings against Saudi ArabiaÂ’s interests worldwide: Several grand ayatollahs in Iran have issued a fatwa for Muslims to come to the aid of their Shiite brothers in Bahrain, who they claim are suffering horrific crimes from their government in collaboration with the Saudi armed forces. They further emphasized that the people of Bahrain have every right to demand freedom and their fair share from the state. Shia-News, a site associated...
  • U.S. Talks Tough to Iran, but Holds Off on Harsher Moves (Big Surprise!)

    10/13/2011 10:07:15 AM PDT · by mojito · 16 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | 10/12/2011 | MARK LANDLER and HELENE COOPER
    WASHINGTON — Despite issuing harsh calls for Tehran to be held to account, the Obama administration does not plan to shift its policy of pressure on the Iranian government after disrupting what officials said was a plot to assassinate a Saudi Arabian envoy in Washington, administration officials said on Wednesday. The combination of tough talk and cautious action underscores the administration’s limited options toward a hostile government with which the United States has had little contact for more than three decades. While the United States has mounted an intense diplomatic effort with its allies and other countries to condemn Iran,...
  • Saudi prince says 'overwhelming proof' Iran behind US plot

    10/12/2011 5:30:55 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 47 replies
    AFP ^ | 12 Oct 2011
    LONDON, Oct 12, 2011 (AFP) - A former chief of Saudi intelligence said Wednesday there was overwhelming evidence that Iran was behind a plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington and must "pay the price". "The burden of proof is overwhelming... and clearly shows official Iranian responsibility for this. Somebody in Iran will have to pay the price, whatever the level of these persons is," Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal told a conference on oil in London. The prince, who has also served as Saudi ambassador to the United States and Britain, said the alleged plan to kill the kingdom's...
  • US: Iran’s Quds force involved in terror plot

    10/13/2011 1:34:27 AM PDT · by freedom44 · 10 replies
    IGM via Reuters ^ | 10/13/11 | IGM via Reuters
    The White House said on Wednesday that senior members of Iran's Quds force participated in the alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington, and that the United States would hold Tehran accountable. "It's clear that senior levels of Quds force were engaged in the plotting," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters, saying that Washington would respond by intensifying efforts to isolate Iran. The Quds Force (Persian: نیروی قدس, translit. Niru-ye Qods), (or Qods Force) is a special unit of Iran's Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution (Revolutionary Guard). It has been described as "tasked with...
  • Police: Saudi Passenger Tried To Get Into Cockpit

    10/06/2011 1:18:17 PM PDT · by Abathar · 65 replies
    theindychannel.com/AP ^ | October 6, 2011 | Staff
    <p>INDIANAPOLIS -- A Saudi Arabian passenger who tried to get into the cockpit of an American Airlines flight from New York to Indianapolis didn't appear on any terror-related watch lists, authorities said.</p> <p>Indianapolis airport police said another passenger grabbed the 20-year-old man's arm and directed him back to his seat on the flight before 10 p.m. Wednesday.</p>
  • Saudi Man Arrested at JFK After TSA Discovers Stun Weapons in Luggage

    09/25/2011 12:06:33 AM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Christopher Santarelli
    A 54-year-old Saudi man was arrested in a first-class lounge at JFK airport outside New York City Friday. Mohamed Hefni was apprehended after Transportation Security Administration agents spotted a stun gun and four other weapons in Hefni’s checked bag for a flight to Riyadh. After TSA agents first noticed the gun’s outline during a routine screening, they opened Hefni’s package. Inside they discovered a fully operable battery-powered electric stun gun, three electric stun batons, an electric stun pen, and a large can of pepper spray, authorities told the New York Post. Hefni’s lives in New York City and was arrested...
  • Saudi Arabia’s ‘ethical’ oil issue leaves the left in the lurch

    09/22/2011 1:29:13 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 8 replies
    National Post (Canada) ^ | Sep 21, 2011 | Tasha Kheiriddin
    A non-profit group has managed to enrage an entire kingdom, put an army of lawyers to work, and make the front page of newspapers across Canada. All thanks to a television ad which states facts, and posits a choice between one product produced “ethically” and the other “unethically”. The ethical product is Canadian oil sands crude, while the unethical stuff flows from the oil fields of Saudi Arabia. As the ad points out, Saudi doesn’t allow women to drive, leave their homes without a male guardian present, and values their court testimony at half that of a man. As a...
  • After 10 years, few changes in Saudi extremist textbooks

    09/14/2011 12:35:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    CNA/EWTN News ^ | Sep 14, 2011 | Benjamin Mann
    A new report shows that Saudi Arabia, home to 15 of the 19 terrorist hijackers of 9/11, continues to promote a violent form of Islam through its school system and textbooks 10 years after the attacks. “The Saudi government has given over its textbooks to the clerical Wahhabi extremists that it partners with to maintain control of the country,” ... As a consequence, the texts continue to teach students that “the Jews and the Christians are enemies” of Muslims, and that “the struggle of this (Muslim) nation with the Jews and Christians … will continue as long as God wills.”...
  • Saudi Arabia: The Teflon kingdom

    09/14/2011 5:16:03 AM PDT · by ml/nj · 7 replies
    Vancouver Sun ^ | September 10, 2011 | Jonathan Manthorpe
    While Afghanistan and Iraq were targeted quickly after 9/11, it's a mystery why Riyadh's support for bin Laden was a non-starter Late in the day of Sept. 11 10 years ago, someone asked me who I thought the United States would blame for what had just happened in New York and Washington. Without thinking about it too much I replied: "They'll attack Afghanistan, but they should bomb Riyadh." A decade later I don't see much reason to change my off-the-cuff judgment that it is in the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh, that the real source of global Islamic radicalism and support...
  • Saudis own Obama & Fox News

    08/19/2011 4:12:00 PM PDT · by Roger-SD · 22 replies
    Stop Obama Now - San Diego ^ | 10/19/2011 | Roger-SD
    A spike in the price of oil, the spigot of which is largely controlled by the Saudis, was instrumental in the financial collapse which resulted in the election of Obama as president. At the same time, a Saudi Prince, pulls the strings at Fox News, though he is nominally not the largest shareholder. He saved them from a hostile takeover and continues to provide protection. This provides a leash on Fox News to prevent them from becoming too aggressive in their attacks on Obama. Notice that Fox News does not support Obama's impeachment/removal and their commentators have openly openly mocked...
  • Following A Saudi Lead On Syria

    08/10/2011 5:59:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 10, 2011 | Staff
    Mideast: In his first-ever condemnation of another Arab state, Saudi King Abdullah has taken Syria to task for the atrocities it has committed on its own citizens. And where was the U.S.? Leading from behind, of course. The Saudi king startled the world over the weekend by blasting dictator Bashar al-Assad and recalling his ambassador after Syria's massacre of democracy protestors during the holy month of Ramadan. "Stop the killing machine," Abdullah demanded in a statement read Sunday on Al-Arabiya satellite television. "What's happening in Syria is not acceptable to Saudi Arabia." Within hours, Bahrain and Kuwait followed, and the...
  • Unruly Passenger that Diverted Plane to Cleveland Arrested

    07/11/2011 5:34:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 59 replies
    fox 8 cleveland ^ | 7/11/11 | Jessica Dabrowski |
    CLEVELAND— The unruly passenger that caused United Airlines flight 944 headed from Chicago to Frankfurt, Germany to make an unscheduled stop in Cleveland was arrested Monday. According to Stephen D. Anthony, the special agent in charge of the Cleveland Division of the FBI, and Chief Michael McGrath with the Cleveland Police Department, Saleh Ali S. Alramakh, 21, repeatedly disobeyed orders from flight attendants Friday and his behavior eventually escalated to shoving, kicking and spitting. Related Flight Diverted to Cleveland Due to Unruly Passenger Flight Diverted to Cleveland Due to Unruly Passenger Cleveland Police Department Cleveland Hopkins Airport Status Updates Cleveland...
  • Saudi Arabian dollars buying American influence Delta Air Lines profits just tip of Shariah iceberg

    07/12/2011 11:16:09 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    WND ^ | 7/12/11 | Bob Unruh
    The profits that Delta Air Lines logically expects from its plans to work with Saudi Arabian Airlines on flights from New York and Washington to Jeddah are just a tip of the Shariah iceberg that is lurking for the ship of the United States, according to an expert in Islam and its influences on America. Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch and author of nearly a dozen books on Islam, including, "The Truth About Muhammad," told WND today that Muslims, especially those from Saudi Arabia, are moving with their monetary muscle into the United States to create an acceptance of...
  • Saudi plans to lift arms purchases from US to $90 bln

    07/07/2011 1:27:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06 Jul 2011 | Amena Bakr
    Saudi plans to lift arms purchases from US to $90 bln 06 Jul 2011 16:20 Source: reuters // Reuters * Extra $30 bln will be used to upgrade the Saudi navy * Riyadh jostling with Iran for influence in the Gulf By Amena Bakr RIYADH, July 6 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia plans to raise its arms purchases from the United States to $90 billion from the $60 billion announced last year, as the kingdom seeks to upgrade it navy, diplomats in the Gulf said this week. Last year, U.S. officials said Riyadh planned to buy $60 billion worth of military...
  • Saudi embassy on Delta rumors: American Jews are always welcome!

    06/24/2011 4:02:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    hot air ^ | 6/24/11 | Allahpundit
    I’m overstating it a little. Even so, good news for Jewish readers: If you haven’t made any vacation plans this summer, there’s an exciting new option on the table. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today issued the following statement regarding the false story being circulated on the Internet regarding implications of Saudi Arabian Airlines membership in the Delta Airlines SkyTeam Alliance: “Rumors being circulated via the Internet regarding passenger flight restrictions on Saudi Arabian Airlines are completely false. The Government of Saudi Arabia does not deny visas to U.S. citizens based on their religion.” This has been their official policy...
  • Saudi Suggests 'Squeezing' Iran Over Nuclear Ambitions

    06/23/2011 12:47:00 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 12 replies
    WSJ ^ | 6/22/11 | Jay Solomon
    A leading member of Saudi Arabia's royal family warned that Riyadh could seek to supplant Iran's oil exports if the country doesn't constrain its nuclear program, a move that could hobble Tehran's finances. In closed-door remarks earlier this month, Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal also strongly implied that Riyadh would be forced to follow suit if Tehran pushed ahead to develop nuclear weapons and said Saudi Arabia is preparing to employ all of its economic, diplomatic and security assets to confront Tehran's regional ambitions.
  • Maid's beheading in Saudi Arabia halts Indonesian domestic worker scheme

    06/23/2011 11:51:28 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 12 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 6/23/11
    Indonesia will suspend sending domestic helpers to Saudi Arabia after the beheading of a maid convicted of murdering her Saudi employer.Migrant worker Ruyati binti Sapubi, 54, was executed after she was convicted of murdering her Saudi employer, Khairiya bint Hamid Mijlid, with a meat cleaver. The maid carried out the killing after she was denied permission to leave the kingdom and return to her family in Indonesia, according to officials in Jakarta.
  • Delta adopts Saudi 'no-Jew' fly policy Challenge to discrimination building as Congress, lawyers

    06/22/2011 7:44:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 47 replies
    wnd ^ | 6/22/11 | Bob Unruh
    Delta Air Lines' plan to add Saudi Arabian Airlines to its SkyTeam Alliance of partnering companies would require the American carrier to ban Jews and holders of Israeli passports from boarding flights from New York or Washington bound for Jeddah, prompting outraged accusations of illegal religious discrimination. The issue, which has caught the attention of the American Center for Law and Justice already, was raised when Washington attorney Jeffrey Lovitky was perusing airline procedures for travel.
  • Saudi Arabian Women Use Their Cars to Call for End to Ban

    06/17/2011 9:55:49 AM PDT · by 49parallel · 7 replies
    Business Week ^ | june 17, 2010 | Donna Abu-Nasr
    "Al-Sharif, a 32-year-old computer security consultant, was arrested last month in the city of al-Khobar... The human-rights organization said al- Sharif was forced to sign a pledge that she wouldn’t drive again and was released 10 days later..." “Since her arrest, several women have reportedly been arrested on various occasions for driving..."
  • Revealed: Weiner’s In-Laws’ Secret Muslim Brotherhood Connections

    06/16/2011 9:01:59 PM PDT · by Never A Dull Moment · 38 replies · 1+ views
    PajamasMedia ^ | June 16, 2011 | Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack Page 1 of 2 Next -> View as Single Page
    Was Huma Abedin — wife of Anthony Weiner and deputy chief of staff to Hillary Clinton — unaware that her mother was reported as a member of the Muslim Brotherhood? Did Western media miss what has been revealed in several Arab newspapers and left secret in American government circles? Al-Liwa Al-Arabi (translated here) claims to have leaked an extensive list, partially published by Al-Jazeera and several other major Arab newspapers, that includes Huma’s mother, Saleha Abedin, in the Brotherhood’s secret women’s division — known as the Muslim Sisterhood or International Women’s Organization (IWO).
  • Saudi Men Plan to Beat Female Drivers

    05/28/2011 11:17:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies · 1+ views
    INN ^ | 5/28/11 | Maayana Miskin
    Activist Manal Alsharif recently jump-started a campaign to allow Saudi women to drive when she filmed herself behind the wheel. Now Saudi men are planning to put a stop to the fight for women's rights by beating female drivers until they give up. A Saudi group has launched what it is calling “The Iqal Campaign,” a reference to the rope (iqal) used to hold men's headdresses in place. The group suggests that men use the ropes to hit female drivers. Women are planning to take to the streets on June 17 to protest the driving ban. According to Algerian news...
  • Saudi Prince Alwaleed: Israel Should Abide By Obama Plan -Fox Business

    05/20/2011 9:30:27 AM PDT · by opentalk · 28 replies
    Dow Jones Newswires ^ | May 19, 2011 | Angel Gonzalez
    HOUSTON -(Dow Jones)- Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said Thursday that Israel should follow U.S. President Barack Obama's recommendation of an independent Palestinian state based on the borders that existed before the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. In an interview with the Fox Business Network, Prince Alwaleed said Obama's plan, which was set out Thursday, was "straight to the point," and that for Israel "to be in peace with the Arab world, it has to abide by the roadmap Obama has established today." The Saudi royal also said that Obama's "wait-and-see" approach towards the revolts that have shaken Egypt, Libya, Syria and...
  • Where is Khalid?

    05/18/2011 9:47:25 AM PDT · by Madistan · 2 replies
    Youtube ^ | 5/8/2011 | Madistan
    Khaled Mohammed is a Saudi who is interviewed by the BBC on a square in Riyadh where a protest was to be held. But because of the large police presence including helicopters, nobody showed up. Showing no fear, Khaled speaks freely about his desire for freedom and democracy. When the interview ends, Khalid tells the BBC crew that he expects to be in prison soon, and that he won't even bother going home. A few days later, his cell phone is disconnected... Youtube video at link: WHERE IS KHALID?
  • Police: Woman Spat On Walmart Shoppers

    05/16/2011 2:31:19 PM PDT · by NonValueAdded · 104 replies
    WESH 2 Orlando ^ | May 16, 2011 | WESH.com
    Saudi Woman Charged With Hate Crime PALM BAY, Fla. -- Police in Palm Bay said a woman originally from Saudi Arabia was spitting on Walmart shoppers over the weekend. "Americans are pushing us around," 21-year-old Nuha Mohammed Al-Doaifi allegedly told police. Al-Doaifi now faces a charge of a felony hate crime after a Walmart security guard reported the woman's spitting. A couple of customers claim Al-Doafi, who is a student at the Florida Institute of Technology living in Melbourne, spat on them. o o o Spitting on someone is considered a misdemeanor, but police said they elevated her charge to...
  • US drone 'kills two in attack on Saudi Qaeda chief' (Yemen)

    05/05/2011 4:51:16 AM PDT · by csvset · 9 replies
    France24 ^ | 05 May 2011 | AFP
    A US drone attacked a Saudi Al-Qaeda leader in southern Yemen on Thursday, but missed and killed two local Al-Qaeda members, a security source and witnesses told AFP. The drone had targeted the Saudi as he drove to the home of local Al-Qaeda men, the security source said, asking not to be identified. When the two local Qaeda men rushed out in their own car, they were hit and killed by the drone. The security source did not specify that the unmanned aircraft was American and there was no official word from the Yemeni authorities on who carried out the...
  • Russia kills 'Saudi Al-Qaeda envoy' in Chechnya

    04/22/2011 1:52:35 AM PDT · by csvset · 1 replies
    France24 ^ | April 22, 2011 | AFP
    Russian security forces in Chechnya killed a Saudi militant who was the top envoy of Al-Qaeda in the Northern Caucasus and responsible for deadly attacks, the national anti-terror committee said Friday. The militant -- known by the nom-de-guerre of Moganned -- was one of three rebels killed in a clash with Russian security forces around the village of Serzhen-Yurt in Chechnya on Thursday afternoon, it said. "One of the eliminated bandits has been identified as the main emissary of the international terrorist organisation Al-Qaeda in the Northern Caucasus, a citizen of Saudi Arabia by the name of Moganned," the committee...
  • Commodity Corner: Crude Tumbles on S&P Debt Outlook

    04/18/2011 7:15:49 PM PDT · by Rabin · 19 replies
    Rigzone ^ | Monday, April 18, 2011 | Saaniya Bangee
    Front-month crude futures plummeted Monday after Standard & Poor (S&P) changed its outlook for U.S. debt from stable to negative... the greenback rose against the euro and other currencies further pressuring prices... Saudi Arabia's Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi said Sunday that the kingdom has reduced oil production by 800,000 barrels due to lack of demand.
  • Saudi slashes oil output, says market oversupplied (BOHICA)

    04/17/2011 1:20:43 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 63 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/17/2011 | Amena Bakr and Reem Shamseddine
    (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's oil minister said on Sunday the kingdom had slashed output by 800,000 barrels per day in March due to oversupply, sending the strongest signal yet that OPEC will not act to quell soaring prices. Consumers have urged the exporters' group to pump more crude to put a cap on oil, which surged to more than $127 a barrel this month, its highest level in 2 1/2 years amid unrest in North Africa and the Middle East. Oil Ministers from Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates echoed Saudi Arabia's Ali al-Naimi's concerns about oversupply and said rocketing...
  • Did Trump just telegraph to the world that he has Obama's college papers and grade?

    04/15/2011 6:26:03 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 236 replies
    04/15/2011 | TMMT
    Did I read what Trump just told Hannity right? That he has Osama's college grades and papers? Now that would be a treasure trove, cuz I firmly believe that regardless of where Osama was born be attended college as a foreign student, lied all thru college and claimed various affiliations which he benefited from. Did I hear Trump right?
  • Dallas Target: Texas Resident Arrested on Charge of Attempted Use of Weapon of Mass Destruction

    02/24/2011 8:55:02 AM PST · by fightinJAG · 50 replies
    KDAF ^ | Feb. 24, 2011 | DOJ
    Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, 20, a citizen of Saudi Arabia and resident of Lubbock, Texas, was arrested late yesterday by FBI agents in Texas on a federal charge of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction in connection with his alleged purchase of chemicals and equipment necessary to make an improvised explosive device (IED) and his research of potential U.S. targets. The arrest and the criminal complaint, which was unsealed in the Northern District of Texas, were announced by David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; James T. Jacks, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas; and Robert...
  • Riyadh Scores One for Tehran

    03/24/2011 12:10:11 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 2 replies
    The National Interest ^ | March 21, 2011 | Doug Bandow
    The democratic currents sweeping the Middle East have created unease, even consternation, in Washington and European capitals. These democratic governments all formally welcome democracy in the Arab world, but fear losing friendly tyrants with whom the West long did business. Libya was an easier case, at least in the U.S., since American support for Muammar Qaddafi was minimal. Despite the lack of U.S. security interests at stake, a no-fly zone seemed to offer the possibility of defenestrating a corrupt and anti-Western tyrant. The real test of American commitment to democracy is long-time ally Saudi Arabia. U.S. and Saudi Arabian troops...
  • Libyan rebellion has radical Islamist fervor: Benghazi link to Islamic militancy

    03/17/2011 7:36:29 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 82 replies
    Asian Tribune ^ | March 17, 2011 | Daya Gamage
    Well known to the United States policymakers in Obama White House and Clinton State Department along with the National Security Council but not widely known to American mainstream media, the U.S. West Point Military Academy’s Combating Terrorism Center document reveals that Libya sent more fighters to Iraq’s Islamic militancy on a per-capita basis than any other Muslim country, including Saudi Arabia. Perhaps more alarmingly for Western policymakers, most of the fighters came from eastern Libya, the center of the current uprising against Muammar el-Qaddafi. The analysis of the Combating Terrorism Center of West Point was based on the records captured...
  • The Real Battle of Bahrain: Saudi Arabia Vs. Iran

    03/14/2011 1:50:21 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/14/11 | John Ellis
    The Real Battle of Bahrain: Saudi Arabia Vs. Iran John Ellis | Mar. 14, 2011, 2:53 PM As George Friedman points out at Stratfor, there are two levels to what is happening in Bahrain. There are the legitimate complaints of the Shiite minority. And there's Iran's initiative to destabilize the Gulf in hopes of expanding its sphere of influence. By sending troops to help the Bahrain government "calm" the Shia, Saudi Arabia has essentially checked Iran's initiative, at least for the time being. Friedman's analysis is characteristically sharp:
  • Saudi reports spur safety bid, auction supports(money from Saudi to T-bills?)

    03/12/2011 8:01:39 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03/10/11 | Chris Reese
    Saudi reports spur safety bid, auction supports By Chris Reese NEW YORK | Thu Mar 10, 2011 5:10pm EST NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury debt prices soared on Thursday as reports of unrest in Saudi Arabia deepened concerns over tensions in the Middle East and North Africa, driving a safety bid that analysts said could dominate the market over the short term. Reports that Saudi police had dispersed a protest, with shots heard at the scene, fueled worries over possible oil supply disruptions and the potential impact of soaring oil prices on the economic recovery. "The entire Treasury market...
  • Saudi police patrol Riyadh ahead of demonstrations

    03/11/2011 5:35:37 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    BBC News ^ | March 11, 2011
    Hundreds of police have been deployed in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, ahead of anti-government rallies planned for after Friday prayers. Security forces have blocked roads and set up checkpoints, while reports suggest some protesters have begun to gather in the eastern town of Hofuf. On Thursday, police opened fire at a rally in the eastern city of Qatif, with at least one person being injured. Analysts have warned that any violence could have a big impact on global oil prices.
  • Saudi police open fire at rally

    03/10/2011 10:51:41 AM PST · by illiac · 85 replies
    AP ^ | 3/10/11 | AP
    in the east after government warns it won't tolerate protests - AP Headline only.....
  • Cathay cabin crew want Riyadh layover dropped (Flight attendants fear Arab 'hotel lizards')

    03/08/2011 7:31:08 PM PST · by PGR88 · 34 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | March 9, 2011 | Simon Parry
    Cathay Pacific's cabin crew union has called for a halt to overnight crew stays in Saudi Arabia after a male guest tried to force his way into a female flight attendant's hotel room late at night. The incident at the Marriott in Riyadh, which left the woman terrified and crying, took place days after the airline started doing "layovers" in Saudi Arabia rather than Bahrain because of political unrest there. The junior flight attendant answered a knock on the door of her room on February 28 to find a local man standing there who tried to force his way in....
  • Muslims pour money into universities in U.K., U.S. to change intellectual climate and push Islam

    03/07/2011 7:59:17 AM PST · by opentalk · 20 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | March 6, 2011 | Jihad Watch
    Prince Alwaleed has given considerable amounts of money to American universities as well -- notably Georgetown, where dhimmi pseudo-academic John Esposito heads the Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. This story shows why the intellectual climate in Middle East Studies departments all over the U.S., as well as the U.K., is so pro-jihad and anti-freedom, and doesn't allow for any dissenting voices. "Libya and the LSE: Large Arab gifts to universities lead to 'hostile' teaching," by Stephen Pollard in the Telegraph, March 3: ...Yet, on the most conservative estimate, other British universities have received hundreds of millions of pounds from...
  • Saudi security forces to crack down on any unlawful protesters(Shiite protests)

    03/05/2011 6:47:10 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    CNN ^ | 03/05/11 | Mohammed Jamjoom
    Saudi security forces to crack down on any unlawful protesters From Mohammed Jamjoom, CNNMarch 5, 2011 -- Updated 1838 GMT (0238 HKT) (CNN) -- Coming off two days of demonstrations, Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry warned Saturday that it would crack down on protesters who continue to take their grievances to the streets. Saudi security forces will be "authorized to take all measures against anyone who tries to break the law and cause disorder," the ministry said, according to the country's state-run news agency. /snip An outspoken Shiite prayer leader who demonstrators say was arrested more than a week ago was...
  • Saudi Arabia contagion triggers Gulf rout(mass exodus of money?)

    03/05/2011 3:59:26 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 03/02/11 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Saudi Arabia contagion triggers Gulf rout Fears of sectarian uprisings in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia have set off the first serious wave of investor flight from the Gulf, compounding market turmoil as civil war in Libya pushes Brent crude over $116 a barrel. By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, International Business Editor 8:47PM GMT 02 Mar 2011 Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul stock index has tumbled 11pc in wild trading over the past two days, led by banks and insurers. Dubai’s bourse has hit a 7-year low. The latest sell-off was triggered by the arrest of a Shi’ite cleric in the Kingdom’s Eastern Province after...
  • Saudi Arabia drafts in up to 10,000 troops ahead of protests

    03/04/2011 5:38:48 PM PST · by chickadee · 26 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/5/2011
    Saudi Arabia is drafting in up to 10,000 security forces to the north eastern Muslim Shia provinces ahead of mass protests planned next week. Desperate to avoid mass uprisings against the House of Saud, security forces have deployed in huge numbers across the region. King Abdullah is also reported to have told neighbouring Bahrain that if they do not put down their own ongoing Shia revolt, his own forces will.
  • Leadership And The Middle East Crisis

    03/04/2011 9:01:16 AM PST · by Starman417
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-04-11 | James Raider
    In one generation our world has shrunk immeasurably, yet it has also exploded unrecognizably. The Internet and the social media superimposed on it has claimed responsibility for igniting revolutions and/or demonstrations throughout Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Oman and Bahrain. Overthrown governments in Tunisia and Egypt are a problem, however, revolutions in countries such as strategically critical Libya and Bahrain present a whole different set of even more troubling uncertainties. Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, and United Arab Emirates are implementing measures to snuff out those potential fires of unrest by “buying” segments of their populations before they get out of...
  • 9/11 May Pale in Comparison to 3/11

    03/03/2011 11:43:42 AM PST · by HMS Surprise · 20 replies
    tea party tribune ^ | 3/3/11 | jim funkhouser
    Maybe we should prepare for the possibility that the Middle East might someday descend into chaos… Too late, someday has arrived. How about this nightmare scenario? Cairo-style riots in Riyadh. Few pundits think it’s impossible now, and many talking heads of the intelligensia actually think the prospect of an Arabia sans the House of Saud is all but inevitable. Good riddance of course, but as with other Muslim Nations that are currently in flux: who or what will replace the sweet angels of the Saudi Fiefdom?
  • Sentence Reduced For Man Who Kept Housekeeper A Virtual Slave ( Saudi Muslims in Colorado )

    02/26/2011 6:06:55 AM PST · by george76 · 22 replies
    TheDenverChannel ^ | February 25, 2011 | Deb Stanley
    A Saudi linguist convicted of sexually assaulting a housekeeper and keeping her a virtual slave for four years has won a partial reduction of his prison sentence from a Colorado judge. Homaidan al-Turki was resentenced on Friday to between eight years and life in prison for his convictions on sexual assault and other charges. His original sentence was 28 years to life.
  • Saudi Visa Bombshell

    02/25/2011 4:31:53 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 2/25/11 | Staff
    Immigration: The Saudi charged in a plot to bomb U.S. targets entered the country under the same student visa deal we knocked President Bush for brokering with Saudi King Abdullah. We warned in a series of editorials starting in November 2005 that the generous Saudi immigration program would import potentially more terrorists into the country. How right we were — Bush himself was one of the targets of Khalid Aldawsari. The FBI last week arrested the 20-year-old Saudi college student in Lubbock, Texas, for allegedly plotting to bomb the ex-president's Dallas home, as well as nuclear plants and several other...
  • Oil surges to near $120, then eases on Saudi assurance to pump more

    02/24/2011 12:33:04 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Oil surged to 2-1/2-year highs near $120 a barrel on Thursday as the revolt in Libya choked exports, then eased as Saudi Arabia assured European refiners the kingdom could step in to fill any supply shortfalls. Brent crude jumped 7.5 percent as the revolt in Libya cut off up to three quarters of the OPEC nation's 1.6 million barrels per day of production, according to Italian oil company ENI, a top player in Libya's oil sector. The International Energy Agency said, however, that the loss could be smaller. The Paris-based energy adviser to 28 industrialized nations estimated that between 500,000...
  • Nervous Dictators from Riyadh to Havana Rushing Out Populist Concessions...

    02/24/2011 9:39:10 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 5 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | February 24, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Recent developments in North Africa have tyrants spooked worldwide At this rate North Korea's scrawny, gnarled slaves  might even see an extra bowl of gruel or two... Saudi Arabia (FT): King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia announced financial support measures, worth an estimated $36B US in a bid to avert the kind of popular unrest that has toppled leaders across the region and is now closing in on Libya’s Muammer Gaddafi. The measures include a 15% salary rise for public employees to offset inflation, reprieves for imprisoned debtors, and financial aid for students and the unemployed. Saudi Arabia’s ruling family has thus...