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  • Saudi Establishes Camel Milk Firm in California

    07/04/2014 10:37:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    A young Saudi has established a company selling camel's milk in the United States, despite the animals reportedly being the source of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus. According to a report in a Los Angeles newspaper, Walid Abdulwahab, 23, set up the company as part of his class project at the University of Southern California. The lighthearted slogan of his company, Desert Farms, is "Make every day a humpday." Supplied by seven small camel farms, most of them owned by Amish, the Santa Monica-based company recently sold camel milk of $100,000, as it spreads its claims of nutritional...
  • Joke Pushes Man to Marry Again

    06/27/2014 3:29:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, June 26, 2014
    A married young Saudi man attending his sister’s wedding accepted a bet by friends and jokingly asked a man at the party to let him marry his daughter. To his shock, the man quickly agreed and called a Maazoun (marriage performer) to finalize the contract as friends stared in disbelief. “The young man then said he was joking and that he does not have money to pay dowry…but the man told him he would let him marry his daughter even for SRone,” the Arabic language daily Jazan News said in a report from the southern Jazan province. “The young man...
  • Saudi death toll from MERS virus rises to 186

    05/30/2014 7:12:15 AM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 9 replies
    Israel News ^ | Published: 05.29.14 | Staff
    RIYADH - Saudi Arabia's Health Ministry says 13 people have died over the last two weeks from the Middle Eastern respiratory virus. The ministry says 186 people in total have died from the virus since it was discovered in 2012. The ministry said late Wednesday another 565 people had contracted the virus
  • Alwaleed warns of US shale danger to Saudi

    07/29/2013 8:14:52 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    www.ft.com ^ | July 29, 2013 7:23 pm | By Ajay Makan in London and Abeer Allam in Abu Dhabi
    Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the billionaire Saudi Arabian investor, has warned that his country’s oil-dependent economy is increasingly vulnerable to competition from the US shale revolution, setting him at odds with his country’s oil ministry and Opec officials.In an open letter addressed to Ali Naimi, the Saudi oil minister, the prince called on the government to accelerate plans to diversify the economy.
  • Saudi Arabia May Be Tied to 9/11, 2 Ex-Senators Say

    03/05/2012 12:56:02 PM PST · by bayouranger · 21 replies
    post-gazette ^ | 01MAR12 | ERIC LICHTBLAU
    WASHINGTON -- For more than a decade, questions have lingered about the possible role of the Saudi government in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, even as the royal kingdom has made itself a crucial counterterrorism partner in the eyes of American diplomats. Now, in sworn statements that seem likely to reignite the debate, two former senators who were privy to top secret information on the Saudis' activities say they believe that the Saudi government might have played a direct role in the terrorist attacks. "I am convinced that there was a direct line between at least some of the...
  • Saudi Study: Nearly a Quarter of Children Raped; Up to 46% of Students Suffer from Homosexuality

    02/24/2012 8:29:37 AM PST · by bayouranger · 30 replies
    translatingjihad.com ^ | 24FEB12 | translatingjihad
    Video translated from clip posted on YouTube in December 2008. Clip originally aired on the Arabic-language satellite station 'al-Hurra', on the program 'Misawa'. Subtitled video is above, full transcript below (thanks to Nonie Darwish for finding the video): Guest - More than 23% of children in Saudi society have been raped. Host – So about a quarter of Saudi children have been-- Guest - About a quarter of Saudi children have been raped. Sixty-two percent of those people— Host – Those children. Guest - No, I’m sorry, the study was directed at university students. Twenty-three percent had been raped during...
  • Saudi Arabia Makes War On Bangladesh

    01/25/2012 8:55:27 AM PST · by bayouranger · 3 replies
    strategypage.com ^ | 1-24-12 | Rajeev Sharma
    Much to the distress of Indian leaders, on January 19 the Bangladesh army announced it had thwarted a coup attempt against the government, conceived and nearly executed by some mid-ranking officers. Five army officers, including a lieutenant colonel and two Majors have already been arrested, while a top army officer is under investigation. The attempted coup was instigated by Islamic radical military personnel, including some Bangladeshis living abroad and retired and serving officers. Ever since the India-friendly government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina came into office in December 2008, her arch-rival Begum Khaleda Zia and elements of Pakistan’s military establishment...
  • Saudi Journalist: Religious Police Made 15 School Girls Burn to Death

    01/20/2012 2:58:37 PM PST · by bayouranger · 12 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | 1-18-12 | Tiffany Gabbay
    ..Because They Were Not Wearing Hijabs During an interview that aired on Egyptian Dream2 TV January 10, Saudi journalist Nadin Al-Badir relayed horrific instances of abuse and murder — including forcing over a dozen school girls to perish in a fire because they were not wearing traditional Islamic head coverings — carried out by the country’s religious police or, the “Authority for the Promotion of Virtue.” The journalist also revealed that most of these police are “ex-cons who used to be drug users or drug dealers.” Al-Badir explained that, “Even Sheik Abd Al-Muhsen Al-Abikan, advisor to the royal court, suggested...
  • Saudi Textbook: The Enmity between the Muslims and the Jews Is Everlasting

    12/09/2011 8:31:09 AM PST · by bayouranger · 9 replies
    memri.org ^ | 12-08-11 | Not Listed
    A twelfth-grade Saudi textbook titled Studies from the Muslim World includes a chapter on Palestine and the Palestinian cause, which deals extensively with the Jews. The chapter presents the conflict over Palestine as a religious struggle between the Jews and the Muslims that goes back to the era of the Prophet Muhammad. It states that there is no hope of ever making peace with the Jews because they do not believe in peace, but only strive to spread corruption and instability throughout the world, for they are liars, connivers and cheats by nature. It also stresses that these negative traits...
  • Saudi prince to launch news channel in 2012 (JihadTV)

    09/15/2011 7:11:16 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Khaleej Times ^ | Sept 14, 2011 | A koranimal
    Saudi tycoon Prince Alwaleed bin Talal on Tuesday announced plans to launch a pan-Arab news channel in 2012, saying the television network will promote freedom of speech. “The region is experiencing dramatic changes which will probably continue and cause significant developments” and Alarab “channel will follow up on these changes,” Alwaleed told a news conference in Riyadh. A company statement said: “Alarab will focus editorially on the important shifts taking place across the Arab world with an emphasis on freedom of speech and freedom of press.” The Arab world has been rocked a wave of protests that have toppled autocratic...
  • Trumped Up

    04/01/2011 5:32:07 AM PDT · by lakeprincess · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 1, 2011 | Jennifer Harper
    It’s billed as a “Birther Conference.” Republican presidential hopeful Andy Martin will convene the “Third National Conference on President Barack Obama’s Missing Birth Certificate and College Records” this weekend at the Capital Hilton, just blocks from the White House. Naturally, Mr. Martin has asked Donald Trump — some call him a “birther,” some a “proofer” — to speak at the conference, which begins Friday.
  • Saudi Arabia sends tanks to riot-hit Bahrain – paper

    03/01/2011 5:35:17 AM PST · by BossLady · 32 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 3/1/11 5:54AM | RIA Novosti (none stated)
    Saudi Arabia has sent dozens of tanks to Bahrain, where anti-government protests continue for about two weeks, Egypt's Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper said on Tuesday. Eyewitnesses reported seeing "15 tank carriers carrying two tanks each heading towards Bahrain" along the 25-km King Fahd causeway, which links the small island nation of Bahrain to Saudi Arabia. Protestors are mainly Shiites account for about 70% of the Bahraini population, but have long complained of discrimination and other abuses by the Sunni Khalifa dynasty that has ruled the tiny Gulf nation for more than two centuries. In the worst unrest in the kingdom since...
  • Hundreds detained in Saudi Arabia over protests (Unrest spreading?)

    01/28/2011 8:35:34 PM PST · by americanophile · 21 replies
    Tehran Times ^ | January 29, 2011 | Tehran Times
    Saudi authorities detained hundreds of demonstrators on Friday in Jeddah who gathered to protest against poor infrastructure after deadly floods swept through Saudi Arabia's second biggest city, police and witnesses said. Some Jeddah streets remained submerged on Friday, and electricity was still out in low-lying parts of the city two days after torrential rains caused flooding that killed at least four people and swept away cars. The protest came after mass messages sent over BlackBerry smart phones called for popular action in response to the flood, an unusual move in the Arab state at a time of spreading anti-government unrest...
  • Twilight of the Arabs - The contest for leadership in the Muslim world

    02/13/2010 2:39:57 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies · 690+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | February 22, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 22 | Hillel Fradkin and Lewis Libby
    For nearly a century, the West has seen the Muslim world primarily through the prism of the Arab states that stretch from North Africa to the Persian Gulf. Born of decaying empires, these states still carry echoes of desert war and ancient calls to glory. Yet for more than a thousand years after the founding period of Islam, Arabs did not lead the Muslim world, or even the Middle East. For that millennium, non-Arab Muslim rulers to the east and north marked the course of these Islamic lands. Then, the late 19th and early 20th centuries brought both the “Arab Awakening”...
  • White House Claims Obama Didn't Bow to King (with video)

    04/09/2009 3:55:03 PM PDT · by Turret Gunner A20 · 27 replies · 1,078+ views
    Newsmax ^ | April 8, 2009 | Staff
    Barack Obama's White House says the president did not bow to the Saudi King when they met during the recent G-20 meeting in London. If you think he did, you're just believing your lying eyes. Snip http://www.newsmax.com/insidecover/obama_bows_to_saudi/2009/04/08/201290.html?s=al&promo_code=7DB6-1
  • Saudi Woman, 75, Sentenced to Lashings

    03/09/2009 11:54:00 AM PDT · by Chet 99 · 42 replies · 1,344+ views
    An elderly Saudi Arabian woman, who had two unrelated men in her house at the same time, was sentenced to 40 lashes, UPI reported. Khamisa Mohammed Sawadi, 75, was charged with offenses against Islam by the religious police after having a man she considers her son because he she breastfed him as a baby, and friend who was with him, in her house at the same time, UPI reported. They were delivering bread to the woman, Sawadi told local media. She is appealing her sentence.
  • Bill Clinton: Bought and paid for (Clinton For Sale in Middle East)

    12/18/2008 1:53:45 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 4 replies · 780+ views
    JihadWatch ^ | 12/18/08
    Clinton for sale By posting this am I saying that Bill Clinton is different from any other powerful politician, in taking money from foreign donors who obviously hope to influence the political process? No, in this Bill Clinton is not singular. But look at this list: $10 million to $25 million from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Between $1 million and $5 million each from Saudi businessman Nasser Al-Rashid, Friends of Saudi Arabia, the Dubai Foundation, and the governments of Kuwait, Qatar, Brunei and Oman. And the New York Post here is worried about money from India keeping Hillary from...
  • Canadian Govt Backs Saudi Hate of Jews

    12/07/2008 10:11:18 AM PST · by Islaminaction · 16 replies · 446+ views
    Islam in Action ^ | Dec. 7Th 2008 | Christopher Logan
    This story is just outrageous as the obviously politically correct Canadian government cannot even bring themselves to condemn the act of Saudi Arabia not allowing Jews or anyone who has traveled through Israel to enter their country.
  • Fed Bails Out Rich Arabs in Citigroup Deal

    11/25/2008 10:25:47 AM PST · by vietvet67 · 24 replies · 970+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | November 25, 2008 | Cliff Kincaid
    For several days there was a fierce national debate over whether American car companies in Detroit deserved $25 billion of taxpayer money and whether American jobs should be saved. The automakers and a union representative were ridiculed, didn’t get the money, and were told to come up with a “plan” to save the companies. After backing the $700-billion Wall Street bailout, Bill O’Reilly of Fox News said Detroit didn’t deserve any federal money because the car companies had been mismanaged. This was a point made by many in the media. But Citigroup got $20 billion over the weekend from the...
  • U.S. Interest in Shariah Finance Opens Dangerous Doors, Critics Say

    11/13/2008 6:06:07 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 5 replies · 470+ views
    Fox News ^ | 11/13/08
    Shariah-compliant banking, sometimes called Islamic banking, is growing in popularity in the Western and Islamic worlds. But critics say American interest in the system at a time of economic crisis is opening the door to increased Islamic influence in the American banking system. Worse yet, some fear the banks may be helping to finance international terrorism. In Shariah-compliant banking, lenders may not charge interest and investors cannot make money from forbidden industries like gambling, alcohol, pork and pornography. Selling debt, devising derivatives and short selling are also prohibited, and investments must be closely tied to actual assets. In the U.S.,...
  • Saudi Infiltration into U.S. Education

    09/22/2008 5:56:44 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies · 108+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/18/2008 | Hillel Fendel
    Sarah Stern, who heads EMET, the Washington, D.C.-based Endowment for Middle East Truth think-tank, says the Saudi Arabians are using their petrodollars to make major inroads into the American educational system, from elementary school and up. Speaking with Eve Harow on Israel National Radio, Stern said the Saudis are making use of a clause in the little-known Higher Education Law called Title VI to train teachers from kindergarten through 12th grade with an anti-American, anti-Israel bent. Stern explained that Title VI was legislated in 1958, "in the midst of the Cold War, when it was felt that American youngsters did...
  • Saudis Walk Out of OPEC

    09/11/2008 12:43:20 PM PDT · by gaggs · 28 replies · 200+ views
    Saudi Arabia walked out on OPEC yesterday, saying it would not honor the cartel's production cut. It was tired of rants from Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and the well-dressed oil minister from Iran. As the world's largest crude exporter, the kingdom in the desert took its ball and went home. As the Saudis left the building, the message was shockingly clear. “Saudi Arabia will meet the market’s demand,” a senior OPEC delegate told the New York Times. “We will see what the market requires and we will not leave a customer without oil."
  • Oil Change : The other face of Saudi Aramco

    08/22/2008 5:53:18 AM PDT · by bert · 11 replies · 282+ views
    Forbes ^ | August 11, 2008 | Christopher Helman
    To engineer a huge expansion in the chemicals business, the oil giant has put a woman in charge Nabilah Al-Tunisi was wrapping up an executive M.B.A. at Stanford University two summers ago when she got an urgent call from Saudi Aramco headquarters in Dhahran. Pack your bags, she was told, and move to Houston. Al-Tunisi had just been put in charge of the engineering on a new $25 billion refinery and petrochemicals plant--the Ras Tanura Integrated Project. Ras Tanura, a tiny finger in the Persian Gulf, already has a 550,000-barrel-per-day refinery, Aramco's biggest. Under a joint venture with Dow Chemical...
  • Khurais on schedule to raise oil capacity ( Saudi Arabia boosting Oil production )

    06/29/2008 10:09:33 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies · 146+ views
    Arab News ^ | Wednesday 25 June 2008 | K.S. Ramkumar | Arab News K.S. Ramkumar | Arab News K.S. Ramkumar | Arab News
    Khurais on schedule to raise oil capacityK.S. Ramkumar | Arab News   br>MEDIA TOUR: Workers look at journalists during a media tour of the Khurais oilfield, located between Riyadh and Dhahran, on Monday. (AP)   KHURAIS OILFIELD: Saudi Aramco has assured that it would fulfill its commitment to raise oil capacity by 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd) by June 2009 through the new Khurais oilfield.“This is the biggest new field in our plan to raise oil capacity and we are on schedule,” Amin Nasser, Saudi Aramco’s senior vice president for exploration and production, told a large group of national...
  • Hands Off Lebanon, Saud Tells Iran

    05/13/2008 7:59:58 PM PDT · by Flavius · 3 replies · 85+ views
    arab news ^ | 5/13/08 | Mohammed Rasooldeen, Arab News
    RIYADH/BEIRUT, 14 May 2008 — Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal yesterday warned that Iran’s support for Hezbollah’s “coup” in Lebanon would affect Tehran’s relations with Arab and Islamic countries. The Lebanese Army, meanwhile, expanded its troop deployment to several tense areas around the country, hours after it said soldiers would use force if needed to impose order after almost a week of clashes between government supporters and Hezbollah followers. “Of course, for Iran to back the coup that happened in Lebanon and support it will have an impact on its relations with all Arab countries,” Prince Saud said, addressing a...
  • An Exercise In Discrimination At Harvard (a.k.a. "Sharia U.")

    03/04/2008 4:32:00 AM PST · by suspects · 17 replies · 338+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | March 5, 2008 | Michael Graham
    What can a 19-year-old guy in jogging shorts do at Harvard that a rich Saudi sheik who sponsors terrorism can’t? Get banned from the building. Six times a week, Harvard kicks all the guys out of the Quadrangle Recreational Athletic Center at the request of the Harvard Islamic Society. This is to accommodate those female Muslim students whose faith won’t let them work out in front of men. In the old days, Harvard would have laughed if some Catholic or evangelical mother urged “girls-only” campus workouts in the name of modesty. Today, Harvard happily implements Sharia swim times in the...
  • Radical Islam Is Growing in the US: Where’s the American Anger?

    03/01/2008 10:22:56 AM PST · by K-oneTexas · 77 replies · 1,148+ views
    New Media Journal ^ | March 1, 2008 | Thomas D. Segel
    Radical Islam Is Growing in the US: Where’s the American Anger? by Thomas D. Segel It is very difficult to understand why Americans are not enraged at the thought of any radical Islamic movement, particularly in the United States. But, being unconcerned seems to be an understatement, for Islam is rapidly expanding in this country and there is already evidence that from evening prayer to the teachings of Islamic schools the tone is anti-American and anti-Christian. We have already seen the growth of the Muslim faith in Europe. Even in England there are already calls for the country to adopt...
  • No red roses for Saudi sweethearts on Valentines Day

    02/11/2008 9:26:25 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 35 replies · 100+ views
    Reuters ^ | 02-11-08
    RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's religious police have banned red roses ahead of Valentine's Day, forcing couples in the conservative Muslim nation to think of new ways to show their love. The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice has ordered florists and gift shop owners in the capital Riyadh to remove any items coloured scarlet, which is widely seen as symbolising love, newspapers said. "They visited us last night," the Saudi Gazette quoted an unidentified florist as saying. It is not unusual for the Saudi vice squad to clamp down ahead of Valentine's Day, which it...
  • What Terrorism Does Best .... (we are truly at war with -- Islamism)

    12/28/2007 4:17:05 AM PST · by IrishMike · 24 replies · 467+ views
    Human Events ^ | Friday 12/28/2007 | Mac Johnson
    Although the war we’ve been in since September 11 is called “The War on Terror,” in truth it is not terror or terrorism with which we’re at war. Terrorism, after all, is just a tactic or a tool. It’s not a movement or an ideology per se, just the favored weapon of the movement we are truly at war with -- Islamism. Saying we’re at war with “Terror” makes about as much sense as calling World War II “The War on Blitzkrieg.” We’re stuck with “War on Terror” because the media and the administration were made queasy by the idea...
  • Islam vs. Free Speech ... (free speech and freedom of the press are dead - in Britain)

    12/28/2007 4:06:47 AM PST · by IrishMike · 25 replies · 238+ views
    Human Events ^ | Friday 12/28/2007 | Jed Babbin
    Under assault by Muslims and multiculturalists, free speech and freedom of the press are dead in Britain. The same sorts of people who killed them in Britain are killing them in Canada. They and their allies are using the British and Canadian courts and tribunals to bury our First Amendment rights in America. Muslims -- individually and in pressure groups -- are using British libel laws and Canadian “human rights” laws to limit what is said about Islam, terrorists and the people in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere who are funding groups such as al-Queda. The cases of Rachel Ehrenfeld and...
  • Saudi Arabia Frees 1,500 'Sorry' Al Qaeda Terrorists

    11/28/2007 10:27:05 AM PST · by STARWISE · 32 replies · 120+ views
    Fox News ^ | John Gibson
    JOHN GIBSON, CO-HOST: It is the big outrage. Fifteen hundred terrorists are on the loose after Saudi Arabia sets them free. The United States just gave the kingdom big props for taking part in today's high-stakes summit to broker a peace between neighboring Israelis and Palestinians but the same country that is attempting to make the world a better place has just made the world a more dangerous place. JAIME COLBY, GUEST CO-HOST: The homeland of Osama bin Laden and 16 of the 9/11 hijackers reportedly releasing more than a thousand terrorists and you will not believe the reason why....
  • Textbooks from Saudi school in US to be revised [will feature less killing of Jews]

    11/14/2007 10:21:42 PM PST · by camerakid400 · 6 replies · 242+ views
    Al Arabia News ^ | Nov 14 2007
    DUBAI (Alarabiya.net) American syllabus checkers will revise textbooks from the Islamic Saudi Academy in Washington after a federal human rights panel charged that the books incited violence and hatred, according to America in Arabic news agency. In its report, the committee recommended closing down the school until the syllabus was revised and discriminatory insinuations eliminated. "The texts imply that protecting Islam necessitates the suppression of 'the other,' its findings read." The committee said it sent a delegation to Saudi Arabia to follow up on the kingdom's promises to promote religious freedom and human rights, which included revising its textbooks. The...
  • United Saudis of Arabia

    11/08/2007 11:08:19 AM PST · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 55+ views
    Campus Report ^ | November 8, 2007 | Emmanuel Opati
    United Saudis of Arabia by: Emmanuel Opati, November 08, 2007 The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USIR) has asked the State Department to shut down the Islamic Saudi Academy (ISA) in Fairfax County, Northern Virginia for concerns about whether “what is being taught at ISA promotes religious intolerance.” The USIR found that ISA “is the only school in the United States that is operated with direct authority of the Saudi Embassy” and that the Saudi Ambassador is the Chairman of the school’s Board of Directors. However, the major concern of USIR is that the official textbooks used in...
  • Report: Saudi Gitmo Detainees Get Gift ($2600)

    10/06/2007 7:30:58 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 18 replies · 767+ views
    AP/Breitbart ^ | 10-6-07
    The Saudi Arabian government will temporarily release 55 prisoners recently transferred from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and will give each of them about $2,600 to celebrate the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, a newspaper reported Saturday. Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz granted the temporary releases from detention centers in Saudi Arabia so the prisoners could spend time with their families during the holiday in mid-October, the Okaz newspaper reported. They will return to police custody after the holiday and will be referred to Saudi courts at end of this month for upcoming...
  • Saudis Arrest 172 Militants, Seize Arms ~ Foiled Plot to attack Oil Fields...

    04/27/2007 7:48:59 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 46 replies · 975+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | April 27, 2007 at 6:15:11 PDT | AP
    AIRO, Egypt (AP) - Police have arrested 172 militants who were plotting to attack Saudi Arabia's oil fields, Saudi state television reported Friday, showing video of explosives, ammunition and firearms found buried in the desert. The Interior Ministry said more than $32.4 million was seized in the operation, one of the largest sweeps against terror cells in the kingdoms. Al-Ekhbariyah, the Saudi state television network, showed investigators breaking tiled floors with hammers to uncover pipes packed with weapons. In one scene, an official upends a plastic pipe, and bullets and little packets of plastic explosives spill out. Interior Ministry spokesman...
  • AP: Rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia Now Talking ~

    02/05/2007 5:17:59 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies · 316+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | February 05, 2007 at 11:55:4 PST | SCHEHEREZADE FARAMARZI and DONNA ABU-NASR ASSOCIATED PRESS
    BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) - Relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia are bumpy at the best of times, but violence between Shiites and Sunnis in Lebanon and Iraq is prompting the two Mideast heavyweights to engage in new talks seeking to head off a regional crisis. The clearest sign of the new diplomacy has been in Lebanon, where a joint Saudi-Iranian effort defused a general strike called by the pro-Iranian Shiite militant group Hezbollah after the country erupted into violence two weeks ago, according to state-guided Saudi media. Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal has said the two nations began working together...
  • Protecting ties with Saudis trumped BAE bribery probe, Blair says[UK]

    01/18/2007 8:01:00 PM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 13 replies · 573+ views
    AP ^ | 17 Jan 2007 | Associated Press
    LONDON -- Prime Minister Tony Blair said yesterday that Britain needed Saudi Arabia's help in fighting terrorism, and that ending a probe of Saudi arms deals with BAE Systems PLC was the right decision. Mr. Blair has come under criticism for calling off the Serious Fraud Office's probe of allegations that BAE made unauthorized payments to members of the Saudi royal family to secure a contract in the 1980s. In Paris, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development's anti-bribery panel said yesterday that it has asked Britain to explain its reasons for halting an investigation into Saudi arms deals. The...
  • Crude tumbles as Saudis play down output cut ~ reward for Bushes Surge?

    01/16/2007 8:37:44 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 40 replies · 1,398+ views
    Marketwatch ^ | 11:29 AM ET Jan 16, 2007 | Myra P. Saefong & Ciara Linnane, MarketWatch
    SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Crude-oil futures tumbled as much as 3% Tuesday after Saudi Arabia's oil minister said major oil producers need not cut production further, disappointing hopes that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries would intervene to prop up prices. Crude for February delivery was last down $1.39, or 2.6%, at $51.60 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract struck a 20-month intraday low of $51.25. Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi told reporters at an oil conference in India that the market is "significantly healthier" now than it was in October, when OPEC agreed to...
  • Oil plunges below $51

    01/16/2007 1:12:14 PM PST · by Signalman · 80 replies · 1,348+ views
    CNNMoney.com ^ | January 16, 2007 | Unk.
    LONDON (Reuters) -- Oil prices plunged more than 3 percent back near $51 a barrel Tuesday after Saudi Arabia said OPEC production cuts were working well and that there was no need for an emergency meeting of the producer group. U.S. light crude for February delivery tumbled $1.78 to $51.21 a barrel after touching $50.93, the lowest since May 2005, in earlier New York Mercantile Exchange trading. In London, Brent futures shed 82 cents to $52.30. The price of crude has plunged more than 16 percent this year in part due to warm weather in the Northeast, the world's top...
  • Oil Falls to 19-Month Low on Saudi Rejection of More OPEC Cuts (almost in the $40/barrel range)

    01/16/2007 1:09:18 PM PST · by 2banana · 113 replies · 2,247+ views
    Bloomberg | January 16th, 2007 | Mark Shenk
    Can't post but good news as Saudi Arabia's oil minister rejected calls for more production cuts... http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20602099&sid=ap9i3C_FTkR4&refer=energy
  • Oil plunges below $51( Saudi is flodding the market )

    LONDON (Reuters) -- Oil prices plunged more than 3 percent back near $51 a barrel Tuesday after Saudi Arabia said OPEC production cuts were working well and that there was no need for an emergency meeting of the producer group.
  • Britain buckles before Saudi threats

    12/20/2006 6:28:38 AM PST · by Paul Ross · 15 replies · 833+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | 12/19/2006 | Phillip Stevens
    Britain buckles before Saudi threats Financial Times 12/19/2006 Author: Philip Stephens Consider the dry explanation of Britain's most senior law officer: "It has been necessary to balance the need to maintain the rule of law against the wider public interest." Now translate: "Faced with serious threats to the nation's security from the rulers of Saudi Arabia, I have decided to put aside the fundamental principles at the heart of our democratic system of government." Little wonder that Lord Goldsmith, the attorney-general, sounded almost contrite when he called a halt to the long-running criminal investigation into whether a British defence company...
  • Pope Benedict in the Lion's Den

    11/29/2006 3:45:46 AM PST · by Molly Pitcher · 21 replies · 604+ views
    Townhall ^ | 11/29/06 | Tony Blankley
    Pope Benedict XVI's trip to Turkey was characterized by the Associated Press thusly (in one of their increasingly rare exercises in objective journalism): "Benedict's journey is extraordinarily sensitive, a closely watched pilgrimage full of symbolisms that could offer hope of religious reconciliation or deepen what many say is a growing divide between the Christian and Islamic worlds." While we must hope for the former, it is hard not to expect the latter. Lamentably, the time is past (if it ever existed) when mere benign expressions of convivial tolerance could have any lasting, positive effect on inter-religious and inter-cultural relations. Pope...
  • Saudi Girl Sentenced to More Lashes Than Her Rapists ....(more on tolerence /Religion of PEACE!!)

    11/22/2006 4:55:09 AM PST · by IrishMike · 77 replies · 2,970+ views
    AP via AOL ^ | 2006-11-22 | DONNA ABU-NASR
    AL-AWWAMIYA, Saudi Arabia (Nov. 21) - When the teenager went to the police a few months ago to report she was gang-raped by seven men, she never imagined the judge would punish her - and that she would be sentenced to more lashes than one of her alleged rapists received. The story of the Girl of Qatif, as the alleged rape victim has been called by the media here, has triggered a rare debate about Saudi Arabia's legal system, in which judges have wide discretion in punishing a criminal, rules of evidence are shaky and sometimes no defense lawyers are...
  • 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...
  • Makkah's Imam Questions World Response to ME Crisis

    07/22/2006 9:48:27 AM PDT · by tessalu · 7 replies · 291+ views
    Arab News ^ | July 22, 2006 | Arab News Journalist
    MAKKAH, 22 July 2006 — Imam and Khatib at the Holy Mosque in Makkah Sheikh Abdul Rahman ibn Abdul Aziz Al-Sudais exhorted believers to unite and hold to the Holy Qur'an and the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet, peace be upon him, at these trying times, referring to the current crisis in the Middle East. Sheikh Al-Sudais made this call while delivering his Friday sermon at the Haram Mosque yesterday. Al-Sudais questioned the silence of the international community as the bombardment of Lebanon and Gaza continues. "Why do people howl at the top of their voice to protest the silliest...
  • Myths, Mosques and Iraq (Saudi built: enthusiastic supporters of Islamic terrorism)

    06/05/2006 9:03:15 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 8 replies · 551+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | June 2, 2006
    A primary breeding ground for Islamic terrorism is the 1,359 mosques that Saudi Arabia has established, at an average cost of $160,000 each, throughout the world over the past few decades. In the West, where costs are higher, millions of dollars were spent on individual "Islamic Centers." Since the 1970s, Saudi Arabia has spent billions of dollars to spread their form of conservative Islam (Wahabbism). Most of this effort was directed as countries that already had a majority Moslem population. There, the Wahabbi clerics often ran into problems with other Islamic sects, which Wahabbis consider, to various degrees, heretical. That,...
  • Abdullah to hold oil talks in China

    01/22/2006 8:36:42 PM PST · by Tyche · 1 replies · 182+ views
    Khaleej Times Online ^ | 23 Jan 2006 | Reuters
    Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia is greeted by well-wishers at the airport in China's capital Beijing yesterday. King Abdullah arrived in Beijing for his first ever state visit to hold talks on oil, energy and trade cooperation. It was Abdullah’s maiden trip outside the region since he ascended to the throne last August, and the first by a Saudi monarch to China since the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries in 1990. He is scheduled to meet Chinese President Hu Jintao today and Premier Wen Jiabao on Tuesday. Analysts said...
  • Saudis Warn Iran that its Nuclear Plan Risks Disaster

    01/17/2006 9:48:41 AM PST · by robowombat · 44 replies · 929+ views
    The Times ^ | January 16, 2006 | Richard Beeston
    Monday, January 16, 2006 Saudis Warn Iran that its Nuclear Plan Risks Disaster Richard Beeston, The Times: Saudi Arabia broke its silence yesterday in the growing row between the West and Iran by warning Tehran that its nuclear ambitions could bring disaster to the region. Prince Saud al-Faisal, the veteran Saudi Foreign Minister, criticised President Ahmadinejad’s Administration, urging him to forgo atomic energy, to moderate his foreign policy and resist the temptation of interfering in Iraq. READ MORE Speaking before a terrorism conference in London, which he will be attending today, Prince Saud spoke for many in the Arab world...
  • Israel Acting PM Olmert Speaks to Israel Cabinet

    01/05/2006 3:30:55 AM PST · by IsraelBeach · 9 replies · 1,705+ views
    Israel News Agency ^ | January 5, 2006 | Joel Leyden
    Israel Acting PM Olmert Speaks to Israel CabinetBy Joel Leyden Israel News Agency Jerusalem----January 5.....The following was communicated by the Israel Government Press Office in regards to Israel Prime Minister Ariel Sharon stay in hospital. Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's stated at the start of the special Israel Government Cabinet meeting this morning: "Today, Thursday, we are holding an extraordinary Cabinet meeting in light of the state of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's health. At this time, we are all praying and full of hope for the Prime Minister's quick recovery. We are all closely monitoring developments in these difficult hours...