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  • Saudi minister confirms warning on proposed U.S. law on 9/11

    05/02/2016 2:33:48 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 26 replies
    reuters ^ | 5/2/16
    Saudi Arabia has warned the United States that a proposed U.S. law that could hold the kingdom responsible for any role in the Sept 11, 2001, attacks would erode global investor confidence in America, its foreign minister said on Monday. The minister, Adel al-Jubeir, speaking to reporters in Geneva after talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, which mainly focused on Syria, denied that Saudi Arabia had "threatened" to withdraw investment from its close ally. The New York Times reported last month that the Riyadh government had threatened to sell up to $750 billion worth of American assets should...
  • Saudi Arabia looks to UK, France and China for help building homes

    05/02/2016 2:42:10 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 6 replies
    reuters ^ | 5/2/16
    Saudi Arabia's government has authorized the housing ministry to seek the assistance of Britain, France and China in building hundreds of thousands of homes to ease a shortage of affordable housing in the kingdom. The housing minister and his deputy were given the power to sign memorandums of understanding with those countries, the official Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday. It gave no details of what the agreements might contain, but in March the ministry signed memorandums with South Korea and a Saudi-South Korean consortium to develop 100,000 housing units in northern Riyadh over 10 years. The consortium includes Daewoo...
  • CIA director: '28 pages' Contain Inaccurate Information

    05/02/2016 6:04:58 AM PDT · by ManHunter · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 1, 2016 | Jessie Hellmann
    CIA Director John Brennan said Sunday that releasing the 28 classified pages from the 9/11 Commission report would be a mistake because they contain inaccurate, un-vetted information that could be used to tie Saudi Arabia to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
  • Prince Mohammed bin Salman being groomed to jump succession line, claim Saudi throne

    05/01/2016 6:52:14 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 1, 2016 | Guy Taylor
    Saudi Arabia’s power behind the throne just took a big step into the spotlight. Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the ambitious, impatient 30-year-old grandson of King Salman, last week was the public face for the launch of “Saudi Vision 2030,” a long-term blueprint designed to steer the kingdom’s economy through a brave new world of falling oil prices and rising competition. The plan marked just the latest move by the prince to put his stamp on the country’s economic, diplomatic and strategic agenda, emerging as the royal to watch as the Saudi ruling family tries to deal with a...
  • Saudi Arabia’s water minister sacked after complaints over tariffs (water crisis)

    04/29/2016 9:52:23 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    The National (UAE) ^ | April 24, 2016
    Saudi Arabia’s water minister sacked after complaints over tariffs April 24, 2016 Updated: April 24, 2016 07:10 PM RIYADH // Saudi Arabia’s King Salman fired the water and electricity minister following public complaints over a surge in prices less than six months after the government cut generous utility subsidies. Agriculture minister Abdel Rahman Al Fadhli will take over the water and electricity post from Abdullah Al Hasin, the official Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday, citing a royal decree. Saudis turned to social media to express their anger after the increase in prices of water and the consumer protection association...
  • Saudis Seize 2,800 Abortion Pills at Airport

    04/29/2016 10:19:39 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, April 28, 2016
    Found in baggage of two passengersSaudi customs authorities seized 2,800 abortion pills which two passengers tried to smuggle into the Gulf Kingdom, a newspaper reported on Thursday. Inspectors at the airport in the Western Red Sea port of Yanbu found 1,792 pills in the baggage of an expatriate passenger arriving in the city. A few hours later, they found 1,008 abortion pills in the bag of another passenger at the same airport, Sada daily said. It said the two passengers were arrested but did not identify them.
  • Saudi Arabia & Turkey more refugees to Europe for support in overthrowing Bashar al-Assad.

    04/27/2016 1:12:08 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 7 replies
    Saudi Arabia & Turkey are the reason why we have this war to begin with: Saudi Prince: We agreed with Turkey to put pressure on Europe using Isis. An England residing Saudi prince who wished to remain unknown said: Saudi and Turkey are upset by European governments' policy towards Syria and complain why Europeans cannot make a firm decision about Syrian developments. According to this report, referring to the issue of Syria he continued: We believe if European governments were seriously working in the field of Syria, Bashar al-Assad would have gone by now and recent events lie the Russian...
  • Saudi to Have Cinemas Again

    04/26/2016 10:44:25 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, April 25, 2016
    Reopening of cinemas is part of social changesSaudi Arabia is expected to give permission to cinema companies to open houses again after all of them were shut down many years ago because of Islamist and social opposition, a newspaper in the Gulf kingdom reported on Monday. “Cinema houses will reopen in Saudi Arabia soon…the decision is not in our hands but they will open again because of social changes and the fact that they do not contradict religion,” said Sultan Al Bazi, Chairman of the Saudi culture and arts association. “The current period in the kingdom is witnessing real changes...
  • Italy’s universities bow to Islam and boycott Israel

    04/25/2016 4:52:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    INN ^ | Sunday, April 24, 2016 12:13 AM | Giulio Meotti
    An Italian academic appeal to boycott Israeli universities succeeded in obtaining 336 signatures. Of these teachers and researchers, a tenth come from the University of Bologna. But in this oldest university in Europe, no one has shown enough concern to raise a moral issue about the big deal that the Alma Mater Studiorum of Bologna has just signed with Saudi Arabia. Not only that, but some of the protagonists of this academic pact appear in the appeal against the Israeli teachers. It should have been enough to read the report of Freedom House on Saudi universities to figure that maybe...
  • Drill will: America, not OPEC, decides the fate of global oil markets

    04/25/2016 2:55:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Economist ^ | April 23, 2016
    “WE DON’T care about oil prices,” Muhammad bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince, recently told Bloomberg, a news agency: “$30 or $70, they are all the same to us.” Such comments by the man calling the shots in the world’s biggest oil power should be taken with a pinch of salt. Low oil prices cost the country billions, threaten its credit rating and are turning it from creditor to debtor: this week it set out to raise $10 billion from global banks. Yet the claim is not entirely hollow, either. Saudi Arabia is determined not to give any succour...
  • The Real Reason Saudi Arabia Killed Doha

    04/25/2016 11:46:55 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 3 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 25-04-2016 | Captain Hook
    Saudi Arabia single-handedly scuttled the Doha meeting, knowing all along that Iran would not participate, with a valid reason. The Russians and others agreed to proceed without Iran, planning to include them at a later date. So if everything was known beforehand, why did the Saudi’s pour cold water on the aspirations of the remaining members, risking its alienation from Russia and the OPEC community? Was it simply Saudi enmity toward Iran? Not exactly. Upon closer scrutiny, we can find the Saudi masterstroke behind Doha. It is well known that Saudi Arabia is heavily dependent on oil revenues, and that...
  • Saudi Arabia Approves Economic Reform Program

    04/25/2016 6:40:41 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 25, 2016 | Margherita Stancati and Dahlia Kholaif
    RIYADH—Saudi Arabia, crimped by low crude prices, approved Monday a long-term blueprint for the kingdom’s economic transformation aimed at reducing its dependence on oil. The multiyear plan, dubbed “Saudi Vision 2030,” was approved by the cabinet, according to Saudi Arabia’s monarch, King Salman. The Saudi cabinet, in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency, said the government’s economic council would be in charge of overseeing the vision’s implementation. Saudi officials later Monday were to present a broad overview of the country’s most extensive economic shake-up in decades. The steep drop in oil prices has given new urgency to...
  • Obama’s Amerika: inciting half-assed revolutions around the world since 2009

    04/24/2016 8:15:47 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 6 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 2-24-2016 | MOTUS
    Is the White House going to release the super secret 9/11 report? Does it implicate Saudi Arabia? Does it implicate the Saudi Royal Family itself? Would releasing the report destabilize the Middle East even more than it already is?Let’s answer these questions backwards, beginning with the last and moving to the first: as soon as you have the answer yell “Bingo!” or, if you’d prefer, “BOZO!”. 1. Would releasing the report destabilize the Middle East even more than it already is? Are you kidding? As we’ve seen for the last 7 years it doesn’t really take that much to destabilize...
  • First, Let’s Get the Facts on Saudis and Iranian Involvement in 9/11

    04/24/2016 5:22:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/23/2016 | Andrew McCarthy
    The 9/11 attacks were not civil torts. They were acts of war. It is important to keep that fact in the front of our minds as we press for long-overdue disclosure of evidence linking the Saudi Arabian government to the mass murder of nearly 3,000 Americans, to say nothing of the even more overdue investigation of Iran’s contributory role — an investigation that should have been in high gear immediately after the planes struck their targets. Over the years in these pages, we have catalogued the damage done to national security by regarding international terrorism as a mere law-enforcement problem...
  • Saudi Arabia is a Cancer on the World (video)

    04/23/2016 5:32:54 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 10 replies
    youtube ^ | Apr 19, 2016 | Paul Joseph Watson
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  • The Smoking Gun: "Document 17" Links Saudi Embassy In Washington To Sept 11

    04/20/2016 5:48:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 72 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 4/20/16 | tyler durden
    With the topic of Saudi Arabia's involvement in the Sept 11 attack on everyone's lips, if certainly not those of president Obama who is currently in Riyadh where he is meeting with members of Saudi royalty in what may be his last trip to the Saudi nation as US president, many have been clamoring for the information in the suddenly notorious "28-pages" (following the recent 60 Minutes episode) to be released to the public so the US population can finally relegate all those "conspiracy theories" surrounding the real perpetrator behind the Sept 11 terrorist attack to the "conspiracy fact" pile.It...
  • Bipartisan Push on to Oppose 9/11 Bill

    04/22/2016 9:47:40 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 9 replies
    RollCall.com ^ | 19 April 2016 | John T. Bennett
    A Senate bill that would allow families of those killed in the 9/11 attacks to sue the Saudi government has achieved a rare Washington distinction, by uniting the Obama administration and some of its fiercest GOP critics. President Barack Obama and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., are rallying to kill the bipartisan plan that would make it possible for American citizens to sue foreign governments believed to be linked to terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., said the plan should be reviewed through regular order before decisions are made about advancing the measure. White House Press...
  • Obama Threatens to Veto 9/11 Bill [semi-satire]

    04/22/2016 6:19:57 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 24 Apr 2016 | John Semmens
    Legislation that would declassify a portion of the 9/11 Commission report on the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon in 2001 "will be vetoed by the President" said Press Secretary Josh Earnest "because it would disclose that government officers in Saudi Arabia provided the 'seed money' for al-Qaeda and, thus, do irreparable damage to the relationship between our two countries." "While there is no evidence that aiding al-Qaeda was the official policy of the Saudi government there is evidence that lower ranking government officials may have been involved," Earnest admitted. "Should the Saudi government have done a better...
  • Saudi Influence on Washington Must End if we are going to have any hope of defeating global jihad

    04/22/2016 8:47:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 04/22/2016 | Robert Spencer
    The 28 pages of a Congressional report detailing where the 9/11 hijackers got their financing have been classified for years, but what they contain is an open secret. Former Senator Bob Graham explained: “The 28 pages primarily relate to who financed 9/11, and they point a very strong finger at Saudi Arabia as being the principal financier.” So why keep this information secret? Because the Saudis wield undue influence in Washington, among both parties – an influence that has deformed our response to the global jihad threat, and continues to do so. Responding to a bill that would allow 9/11...
  • RELEASE THOSE 28 PAGES NOW

    04/21/2016 12:29:02 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 27 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 21 April 16 | Scott McKay
    President Obama made his fourth trip to Saudi Arabia Wednesday, ostensibly to “clear the air” in an attempt to repair the damaged relationship with the Kingdom brought about by what many will regard as his administration’s mistakes — cozying up to the Islamic Republic of Iran, for example, and embracing the Arab Spring which toppled the Saudi ally Hosni Mubarak in Egypt. But perhaps the biggest mistake Obama has made with regard to the Saudis is the one they’ll likely thank him for; namely, opposing — and threatening to veto — a bill authored by Sens. John Cornyn and Chuck...
  • ‘Adorned Sheep’ as Gift to Graduate Wife

    04/21/2016 11:18:45 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Wednesday, April 20, 2016
    Described as romantic husbandA Saudi husband, thinking of a creative gift for his wife on her graduation from university, bought a sheep and took it straight to the accessories shop. There, he had the sheep adorned with coloured stripes before taking it home as a surprise present for his wife. “This is very romantic,” commented a man on the picture of the sheep on Twitter, according to the Arabic language daily Sada. The paper did not say where in Saudi Arabia the couple lives.
  • Author: U.S. Official Who Issued Visas to 9/11 Hijackers Still Works for State Department

    04/21/2016 6:19:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | APRIL 20, 2016 | NICHOLAS BALLASY
    The State Department official who issued visas to many of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists is still employed by the federal government, according to J. Michael Springmann, the author of Visas for al-Qaeda: CIA Handouts That Rocked the World. Springmann, former head of the visa section at the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, told PJM that Shayna Steinger approved 11 of the visas granted to the 19 9/11 hijackers. Fifteen received their visas at the Jeddah consulate. Page 7 of the 9/11 Commission report states that “one consular officer issued visas to 11 of the 19 hijackers.” Those visas...
  • Saudi Arabia snubs President Obama at the airport

    04/20/2016 2:03:57 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 51 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 20, 2016 | BY JOHN SEXTON
    CNN is reporting that Saudi Arabia appears to have snubbed President Obama when he arrived in Riyadh for his farewell tour. It is customary for a U.S. president to be greeted by a high-ranking government official. In Saudi Arabia that would be a high-ranking member of the royal family, perhaps the king himself or the crown prince. Today, Obama was greeted by the governor of Riyadh. CNN reports: When Obama touched down in Riyadh shortly after 1 p.m. local time, there were no kisses with the kingdom’s ruler as President George W. Bush once exchanged. The Saudi government dispatched the...
  • Report: Obama Seeks Meeting With Iranian President

    04/20/2016 2:13:06 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 31 replies
    Report: Obama Seeks Meeting With Iranian President Adam Kredo April 20, 2016 4:06 pm President Barack Obama has sent two letters to senior Iranian leaders in recent months requesting a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, according to Persian language reports recently translated by a Middle East research organization. “President Obama asked to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in two secret letters sent in late March to both Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Rouhani,” according to the Middle East Media Research Institute, or MEMRI, which translated a Farsi-language report published Tuesday by a website affiliated with Iran’s...
  • Obama to host late Passover seder this year; President to be in Saudi Arabia on first and second

    04/20/2016 6:32:01 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 4/20/16 | JTA
    President Barack Obama will host a Passover seder this year, but not on either of the nights it is required according to Jewish custom. A spokeswoman told JTA that Obama will host the seder next week following his return from travel overseas. Obama will be in Saudi Arabia on the first and second nights of Passover, Friday and Saturday, attending a regional cooperation summit.
  • 200M Barrels Of Oil Sit In Idle Tankers Waiting To Unload At Chinese Ports

    04/20/2016 1:33:56 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    Oil Price ^ | 17 April 2016 | Irina Slav
    There is a new drama on the oil front: those who have it in excess can’t get it to those who want it—at least not quickly enough for everyone to be happy. A recent Reuters story reveals that tankers carrying around 200 million barrels of crude are waiting to leave or dock at ports around the world, creating “the world’s biggest traffic jam.” One would think that producers and consumers of the world’s most abundant commodity would have had time enough to adjust their port capacities, but apparently this is not the case. Middle East ports are choking on the...
  • Saudis snub Obama on Riyadh arrival amid growing tensions

    04/20/2016 11:52:27 AM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies
    cnn ^ | 4/19/16 | cnn
    (CNN)President Barack Obama received a chilly reception from Saudi Arabia's leaders as he landed in Riyadh Wednesday, a clear sign of the cooling relations between once-close allies amid regional upheaval and dropping oil prices. When Obama touched down in Riyadh shortly after 1 p.m. local time, there were no kisses with the kingdom's ruler as President George W. Bush once exchanged. The Saudi government dispatched the governor of Riyadh rather than a senior-level royal to shake Obama's hand, a departure from the scene at the airport earlier in the day when King Salman was shown on state television greeting the...
  • Lindsey Graham blocks Saudi 9/11 bill

    04/19/2016 3:41:06 PM PDT · by kevcol · 81 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 19, 2016 | Julian Hattem
    Sen. Lindsey Graham has placed a hold on legislation that would open the door for victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks to sue Saudi Arabia. Graham (R-S.C.), who is a co-sponsor of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, put the hold on his own bill over concerns that new changes could expose the U.S. to legal attacks.
  • Trump: 9/11 Report Pages Should Have Been Released a Long Time Ago

    04/19/2016 7:14:48 AM PDT · by bobsunshine · 66 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 19, 2016 | Jeff Poor
    Tuesday on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump discussed the unreleased classified portion of the 9/11 report, which some have some speculated ties Saudi Arabia to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Trump argued for their release, adding “it’s sort of nice to know” who your friends and enemies are. “I think we should have seen it a long time ago,” Trump said. “And you know, I think I know what it’s going to say. It’s going to be very profound having to do with Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia’s role on the World Trade Center...
  • The Saudis Practice Mafia Tactics

    04/19/2016 2:30:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | April 19, 2015 | Cal Thomas
    The Mafia, in its heyday, ran lucrative protection rackets. Pay them and your business would be kept safe from "unforeseen" threats. Don't pay them and your business might go up in smoke with you inside. Today, things are more sophisticated. The New York Times reports that Saudi Arabia, playing the role of Mafia extortionist, has threatened to "...sell off hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of American assets held by the kingdom if Congress passes a bill that would allow the Saudi government to be held responsible in American courts for any role in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks." The...
  • U.S. poised to approve Boeing fighter jet sales to Qatar, Kuwait

    04/19/2016 12:22:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 18, 2016 | Andrea Shalal
    WASHINGTON • The U.S. government is poised to approve two long-delayed sales of Boeing Co. fighter jets to Qatar and Kuwait, and could announce the multibillion-dollar deals during President Barack Obama's visit to the Gulf this week, according to two sources familiar with the matter. The decision would mean more job security for thousands of workers at Boeing's sprawling plant in north St. Louis County, where the F-15 fighter and F/A-18E/F Super Hornets are made. Both deals have been stalled amid concerns raised by Israel that equipment sent to Gulf states could fall into the wrong hands and be used...
  • Obama's big damage-control tour

    04/19/2016 1:06:11 AM PDT · by TroutStalker · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/18/16 | Michael Crowley
    President Barack Obama will drop in on three of America's most important allies this week, possibly for the last time. But he isn't expecting an adoring reception in any of them. The U.S. relationship with all three nations is distressed, and Obama will be doing more than a little damage control. In Saudi Arabia, where he lands on Wednesday, Obama will try to soothe anger over his nuclear deal with Iran and his increasingly public complaints about the Saudi kingdom. In London, he’ll make amends for comments about British foreign policy that rattled the teacups at 10 Downing Street. And...
  • Here’s why Doha failed to deliver an oil deal

    04/18/2016 5:12:45 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    marketwatch.com ^ | Apr 18, 2016 2:40 a.m. ET | WilliamWatts
    No incentive for Saudis to let up Getty Saudi Arabia's minister of Oil and Mineral Resources Ali al-Naimi (C) arrives for the OPEC meeting, in the Qatari capital Doha, By WilliamWatts Deputy markets editor Why would the Saudis give up now?That’s the question crude oil bulls should have been asking themselves ahead of the Sunday meeting of major oil producers that failed to produce an agreement to put a lid on production. Prospects for a deal fell apart after Iran refused to sign up, prompting Saudi Arabia, the world’s swing producer, to effectively walk away. Those that believed Riyadh had...
  • White House signals veto on Saudi 9/11 bill

    04/18/2016 6:11:13 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 18, 2016
    The White House on Monday signaled President Obama would veto legislation to allow Americans to sue the government of Saudi Arabia for any role officials played in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. “Given the long list of concerns I have expressed ... it’s difficult to imagine a scenario in which the president would sign the bill as it's currently drafted,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters. Earnest argued the legislation could jeopardize U.S. citizens overseas if other countries were to pass reciprocal laws that remove foreign immunity in their courts. “It could put the United States and...
  • Obama Administration Makes Stunning Admission: "Seed Money For Al Qaeda Came From Saudi Arabia"

    04/18/2016 5:00:30 PM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 151 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | April 18, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Following a dramatic deterioration in official diplomatic channels between the US and Saudi Arabia when over the weekend the Saudis threatened the U.S. with dumping billions in Treasuries if Congress were to pass a bill probing into their alleged support of Sept 11 terrorists in the aftermath of last weekend's 60 Minutes report on the classified "28 pages" from the Septemeber 11 commission, moments ago the Obama administration made a stunning admission, when for the first time it revealed on the record that the Saudis were the original source of funding for Al Qaeda. As Politico reports, Obama's deputy national...
  • Half Of Kuwaiti Oil Production Offline After Massive Strike

    04/18/2016 9:22:28 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 5 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 18-04-2016 | Ali
    While everyone is talking about the failure of the Doha negotiations, Kuwait has more than made up for OPEC’s failure all on its own. Kuwait’s oil workers walked off the job this weekend, flexing their muscles over a pay dispute. The state-owned Kuwait Oil Company took to Twitter to report the damage done by the workers strike, announcing that oil production fell to 1.1 million barrels per day on Sunday, a catastrophic development considering it normally produces nearly 3 mb/d. Also, Kuwait Petroleum Corp., the state-owned refining company, said that its production of refined products dropped from 930,000 to 520,000...
  • Saudi Arabia turns oil weapon on Iran: Kemp

    04/18/2016 7:27:28 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 18, 2016 | John Kemp
    Saudi Arabia turns oil weapon on Iran: Kemp By Reuters Published: 13:22 GMT, 18 April 2016 | Updated: 13:22 GMT, 18 April 2016 By John Kemp LONDON, April 18 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's decision to scupper negotiations on a coordinated oil output freeze in Doha on Sunday seems to confirm a significant shift in the kingdom's oil policy. For decades, the kingdom has insisted it does not wield oil as a diplomatic weapon, but at the weekend it did just that as part of an intensifying conflict with Iran. ("Saudi-Iran tensions scupper deal to freeze oil output", Reuters, April 17)...
  • Nine Gitmo detainees transferred to our "friends" the Saudis

    04/18/2016 9:15:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/18/2016 | Larry O'Connor
    President Obama is desperate to empty the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay before the end of his presidency. In fact, he’s so desperate he’s decided to hand over 9 prisoners to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia even in the midst of several media reports suggesting the Saudis were either complicit or possibly even involved in the 9/11 terror attacks.More on the 9/11 angle in a moment. First, the details on the nine detainees.According to the Washington Post, they’re all Yemeni and include one Tariq Ba Odah, a detainee since 2002 who has gained media attention recently for a hunger...
  • Obama's first farewell tour starts with damage control

    04/18/2016 8:57:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 18, 2016 4:00 AM EDT | Kathleen Hennessey
    President Barack Obama sets out this week on his first in a series of international farewell tours, a sometimes wistful tradition for presidents in legacy mode. But in a reminder of this president’s uneven ties to allies, Obama's first stop will involve more damage control than nostalgia, more friction than fondness. When Obama lands in Riyadh on Wednesday for a Persian Gulf summit, he’ll be met by leaders roiled by his recent public complaints about global “free riders” and harboring deep distrust of his dealings with Iran and his posture in Syria. Before heading on to what will likely be...
  • Obama's First Legacy Tour

    04/18/2016 8:40:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2016 | Rich Galen
    resident Barack Obama, who can now count the remainder of his Presidency in months (nine months to be exact) is going overseas to, if not mend fences, then to attempt to fix large holes in his legacy. He will be traveling to Saudi Arabia, England, and Germany, allies all. When it comes to American allies, we tend to believe that they should act in a way that furthers America's interests. In the case of the Saudi's we sell them military equipment and share intelligence and we expect the Saudis to use them to keep Iran at bay. We want the...
  • Botched Doha deal undermines OPEC credibility, oil prices tumble

    04/18/2016 6:27:34 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 18 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | April 18, 2016 | By Henning Gloystein
    Oil prices tumbled on Monday after a meeting by major exporters in Qatar collapsed without an agreement to freeze output, leaving the credibility of the OPEC producer cartel in tatters and the world awash with unwanted fuel. Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran were blamed for the failure, which revived industry fears that major government-controlled producers will increase their battle for market share by offering ever-steeper discounts. "OPEC's credibility to coordinate output is now very low," said Peter Lee of BMI Research, a unit of rating agency Fitch. "This isn't just about oil for the Saudis. It's as much about...
  • How United States covered up Saudi role in 9/11

    04/18/2016 5:05:50 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 24 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 17, 2016
    In its report on the still-censored “28 pages” implicating the Saudi government in 9/11, “60 Minutes” last weekend said the Saudi role in the attacks has been “soft-pedaled” to protect America’s delicate alliance with the oil-rich kingdom. That’s quite an understatement. Actually, the kingdom’s involvement was deliberately covered up at the highest levels of our government. And the coverup goes beyond locking up 28 pages of the Saudi report in a vault in the US Capitol basement. Investigations were throttled. Co-conspirators were let off the hook.
  • Guantanamo Bay one step nearer to closing as nine prisoners moved to Saudi Arabia

    04/17/2016 8:39:55 PM PDT · by kevcol · 9 replies
    Express-UK ^ | April 17, 2016 | Fraser Moore
    The notorious Guantanamo Bay came one step closer yesterday to shutting its doors after nine Yemeni prisoners were transferred to Saudi Arabia. The US-controlled prison camp on Cuban soil now has 80 detainees, with 26 expected to be released in the summer. The prisoners were unable to be sent back to their native Yemen due to a bloody civil war in the country. A Pentagon spokesperson said: "The United States is grateful to the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its humanitarian gesture and willingness to support ongoing US efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility."
  • Watch Stephanopoulos in disbelief when Hillary claims she’s ignorant about 9/11 legislation

    04/17/2016 8:01:51 PM PDT · by kevcol · 59 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | April 17, 2016 | Michael Dorstewit
    Hillary Clinton claimed surprising ignorance of a bill she should be intimately acquainted with as a former secretary of state and New York senator. ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos brought up the legislation introduced by Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer, which would allow 9/11 victims to sue state sponsors of terror for the attack that took nearly 3,000 lives in 2001. "Your senior senator here in New York, Chuck Schumer has sponsored a bill backed by the 9/11 families that would give them the right to sue state sponsors of terror in federal court," he said Sunday on "This Week." "Now,...
  • Saudi Arabia Warns of Economic Fallout if Congress Passes 9/11 Bill

    04/17/2016 6:19:41 AM PDT · by detective · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | APRIL 15, 2016 | MARK MAZZETTI
    Saudi Arabia has told the Obama administration and members of Congress that it will sell off hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of American assets held by the kingdom if Congress passes a bill that would allow the Saudi government to be held responsible in American courts for any role in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The Obama administration has lobbied Congress to block the bill’s passage, according to administration officials and congressional aides from both parties, and the Saudi threats have been the subject of intense discussions in recent weeks between lawmakers and officials from the State Department and...
  • Saudis threaten US economy if 9/11 truth is revealed

    04/17/2016 6:18:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/16/2016 | James Lewis
    Fox News and other sources have reported that Saudi Arabia just threatened the United States with economic retaliation if the truth is reported.  That truth is that the Saudi royals (and maybe others) were directly responsible for the biggest, most murderous attack on civilians on American soil.  Ever.  On par with Pearl Harbor.  We have all sensed that something was terribly wrong in the country.  Most people who paid attention understood that the Saudis (or some of them) were behind  9/11/01.  The mass terror attackers of 9/11/01 were all indoctrinated Wahhabi suicide fanatics.  Wahhabism is the official war theology of...
  • Egypt-Saudi Deal for Red Sea Bridge Triggers Massive Protests in Cairo

    The trigger for the riots was the joint plan by Egypt and Saudi Arabia to build a bridge across the Red Sea, but the riots were not triggered by the bridge plan itself, but by other terms of the same deal that we described in “10-Apr-16 World View — Egypt, Saudi Arabia to build a huge bridge where Moses parted the Red Sea”
  • Saudis warn U.S. of asset sell-off for 9/11 bill

    04/16/2016 7:03:27 PM PDT · by Celerity · 72 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/16/16 | Smerconish
    CNN article is video only. "A report in the New York Times says that Saudi Arabia is threatening to sell off billions in U.S. assets if the U.S. Congress passes a bill that would allow 9/11 victims to sue foreign governments"
  • Egypt protests after el-Sissi gives islands to Saudi Arabia

    04/16/2016 2:02:42 PM PDT · by BeadCounter · 4 replies
    Sioux City Journal ^ | April 16 2016 | HAMZA HENDAWI and MAGGIE MICHAEL
    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian security forces arrested dozens and fired tear gas Friday at thousands of demonstrators protesting President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's decision to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. Chants of "leave, leave!" directed at el-Sissi marked the first significant wave of street protests since the former army chief became president in 2014. Riot police first cracked down on protesters in Cairo's twin city of Giza, where demonstrators had gathered at two mosques after Friday prayers and started marching toward Tahrir Square, birthplace of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Many carried signs reading, "Land...
  • Report: Saudis vow to sell US assets if Congress decides gov was involved in 9/11

    04/16/2016 7:55:04 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 188 replies
    Fox News ^ | 16 Apr 2016
    Saudi Arabia has reportedly told the Obama administration and congressional leaders that it will sell billions of dollars in U.S. financial assets if Congress passes a bill to make the Saudi government legally responsible for any role in the 9/11 attacks. The administration has tried to stop Congress from passing the legislation, a bipartisan Senate bill, since Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir last month told Washington lawmakers his country’s position, according to The New York Times. Al-Juberi purportedly informed the lawmakers during a trip to Washington that Saudi Arabia would be forced to sell as much as $750 billion in...