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Apr 01 21:27

Yemen Echoes of 1930s Aggression and Descent into Barbarism

The latest Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen, overseen by Washington, has been condemned by Iran, Russia and China.

Both the Arab League and the United Nations have fully transformed themselves into the ill-fated League of Nations that more than 70 years ago disgraced itself into oblivion when it failed to condemn foreign aggressions that eventually led to the cataclysm of World War Two.

As delegates gathered in Egypt’s resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh for the Arab League last weekend, nearly half of its member states were at the same time openly engaged in an aerial blitz on one of the League’s weakest countries – Yemen.

Apr 01 21:24

In Yemen, and Middle East, U.S. Needs to Learn When to Quit

Author’s note: The New York Times’ Room For Debate poses the question “Is Yemen America’s fight?” and asks whether the United States should be involved in regional efforts to fight the Houthis in Yemen.

Here’s my short essay on why the US has no business being there – and why Washington needs to rein in the Saudis before they embroil us all in an even bigger mess.

At the rate the Saudis are escalating, any full-on war in Yemen will cripple the entire Arabian Peninsula, and that would be a disaster for all key U.S. policy interests in the region.

Apr 01 15:45

Russian consulate in Aden damaged by coalition airstrikes – embassy source

The Russian Consulate General in the Yemeni sea port of Aden has been hit Saudi-led coalition airstrikes, a source in the Russia embassy in Yemen told Sputnik.

“There is not a single intact window left,” the source said.A possibility of consulate closure and the evacuation of Russian nationals is currently under review, the source added.

Earlier on Wednesday a Russian plane charted for the evacuation of Russian citizens caught in the conflict had been diverted to Cairo, after the coalition denied it landing in the Yemeni capital Sanaa.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Somehow I don't think that was an accident!

Apr 01 13:44

Will Yemen kick-off the 'War of the two Blocs?'

This is not just a regional fight – it is a global one with ramifications that go well beyond the Middle East. The region is quite simply the theatre where it is coming to a head. And Yemen, Syria and Iraq are merely the tinderboxes that may or may not set off the conflagration.

Apr 01 13:05

US warships join Saudi attack on Yemen

The United States Navy has reportedly joined Saudi Arabia’s airstrikes against Yemen, according to a military source.

Apr 01 12:57

At least 62 children killed in Yemen violence over past week: UNICEF

At least 62 children have been killed and 30 injured during fighting in Yemen over the past week, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Tuesday.

Apr 01 12:57

USA and Saudi Arabia invade Yemen to defend their oil

Saudi Arabia, answering the call from Yemeni President Hadi, invaded Yemen. Huthis came out to the Gulf of Aden that raised very serious concerns in Saudi Arabia. The Huthis can take control of the Bab-el-Mandeb - the strait, on which tankers transport oil from the Persian Gulf to Europe and America. As soon as the military operation in Yemen started, oil prices soared.

The Saudis, having used the threat from the Huthis, won the support of the United States for the operation against Yemen. Saudi Arabia has thus struck a mediated blow on Iran that supports the Huthis. The United States is unwilling to ruin its ties with Iran for two reasons. Obama has staked his reputation by negotiating the Iranian nuclear program. He also hopes for Iran's help in curbing the Islamic State in Iraq. Nevertheless, the ally (Saudi Arabia) insisted Obama should announce the "logistical support" for the invasion of Yemen.

Apr 01 12:54

Heavy Clashes Reported on Saudi-Yemen Border

Heavy clashes have been reported throughout Tuesday along the ill-defined border between Yemen and Saudi Arabia, as the Yemeni Houthi fighters clash with the Saudi invasion force in that region.

Apr 01 12:33

Coalition Denies Landing to Russian Evacuation Plane en Route to Yemen

The Arab Mayadeen news channel reported earlier on Wednesday that an international coalition led by Saudi Arabia prevented a Russian plane from entering Yemen to evacuate its nationals from the crisis-hit country.

Apr 01 12:32

EU warns of Saudi attacks’ alarming impact on civilians

EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, has warned about the alarming impact of the ongoing Saudi attacks on the civilian population in Yemen.

“The attacks on hospitals and medical facilities ... as well as the deliberate targeting and destruction of private homes, education facilities and basic infrastructure cannot be tolerated,” Mogherini and EU humanitarian aid commissioner, Christos Stylianides, said in a statement on Wednesday.

Apr 01 09:29

Operation Decisive Storm in Yemen May Not Be So Decisive

The Gulf Cooperation Council, known as the GCC, is continuing its Saudi-led, U.S.-backed air campaign in Yemen to bring Yemeni President Mansur Hadi back to power. He is at this time in exile in Riyadh. Yemeni foreign minister, in the meantime, is calling for ground invasion against the Houthis. According to the UN, so far almost 100 civilians have been killed since the fighting began last week.

Just days after the air campaign began, the Arab League announced the creation of a military force that would intervene in conflicts to protect the national security of Arab states, which probably means to fight against the allies of Iran, and on behalf of the interests of the Saudi-led GCC.

Apr 01 07:36

Saudi channel publishes photo ‘from Yemen’… but really from first Gulf war

The Saudi TV channel Al Arabiya has come under fire for publishing a fake photo online. On Monday, it posted the following photo to its official Twitter account. The description, in Arabic, reads: “Al Arabiya exclusive: Saudi Arabia’s Operation Decisive Storm destroys a Houthi military convoy in Saada [Yemen].”

There’s just one problem: that photo is an iconic photo from the first Gulf War. According to information provided by the US Department of Defense, which put the image in the public domain, it was taken by a military photographer on March 4, 1991 during Operation Desert Storm. The photo shows Iraqi military vehicles that were destroyed by coalition forces.

Readers quickly recognized the photo and started deriding the channel on Twitter. The post was deleted on Monday, but it remained online in cached form.

Apr 01 07:21

Thailand, International Oil, and the Future of Energy

Tony Cartalucci
Activist Post

The Southeast Asian nation of Thailand is currently wrestling with a particularly contentious issue involving international oil concessions. In essence, foreign oil monopolies, particularly Western corporations including Exxon, Chevron, and British Petroleum (BP) have been given access to Thailand’s oil and natural gas supplies, to explore, develop, and exploit for billions in profits year to year.

Much of this money, it is alleged, ends up leaving the country. What remains is often divided up amongst a handful of special interests leaving little if anything at all left for the actual people and nation that has provided this vast source of energy and riches...

Mar 31 22:00

Saudi Arabia prepares for possible ground offensive in Yemen, Iran calls for ‘dialogue’

Yemen’s ousted officials have requested a ground intervention to bolster a Saudi-led air offensive against the country’s Houthi rebels. Meanwhile, neighboring Iran has made calls for diplomacy, saying the military campaign is a “strategic mistake”.

Mar 31 14:31

Mideast powers trade blame as Yemen teeters

Regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran traded accusations Tuesday over the escalating conflict in Yemen, which the UN rights chief warned was on the brink of "total collapse".

Mar 31 14:03

Egyptian Pilot Arrested for Refusing to Bomb Yemen

‘The Egyptian air force has arrested one of its pilots after he disobeyed orders for taking part in airstrikes against Yemen.

“I joined the army and studied to become a pilot to strike Israel and not Yemen,” Arab news website Omran Press quoted the arrested Egyptian pilot as saying.

Mar 31 10:17

Who Spies for Israel in Washington’s Nuclear Negotiations?

All those Zionist ‘wise-guys’ of both genders, who think they have been so clever using their high office to serve Israel, are fooling themselves. More and more citizens are becoming aware that Israel’s espionage, its dictates to the US Congress and its manipulation of Executive powers are harming America. At the present, highly placed Zionist officials hold sway over the Obama Cabinet, but in the future they may find themselves facing charges of being agents of a foreign power, and a threat to US national security. They may find themselves sharing a cell block with Jonathan Pollard!

Mar 31 08:13

Saudi Airstrikes Hit Yemen Refugee Camp, 45 Civilians Killed

Saudi warplanes attacked the al-Mazzrak refugee camp in Yemen’s Hajjah Province today, killing at least 45 civilians and wounding some 200 others, according to aid workers on the ground.

Saudi officials were quick to deny responsibility for the killings, and declared that the Houthis they are at war with inexplicably attacked the camp. This was in spite of Saudi officials bragging only yesterday they’d destroyed every warplane in Yemen.

Doctors Without Borders and other aid groups confirmed that the attack was indeed an airstrike, and there seems no serious doubt it was a Saudi strike, just the latest in an air campaign that is increasingly targeting civilians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

BRILLIANT, SAUDI ARABIA!! Doesn't your military feel really "butch" about killing and wounding non-combatants?!?

And BTW, did you get your training from the IDF, which does this routinely with impunity to Palestinians?!?

One can only speculate.

Mar 31 07:35

Coalition preventing Red Cross from delivering aid to Yemen: spokeswoman

Members of the Saudi-led coalition are preventing a plane carrying medical supplies from landing in Sanaa, a spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross told Reuters on Tuesday.

The Red Cross in a statement called on the coalition to remove "obstacles to the delivery to Yemen of vital medical supplies needed to treat casualties from a week of deadly clashes and airstrikes," according to Reuters.

Mar 30 13:54

“Whose Side Are We on Again?” Jon Stewart Mocks US Teaming up with Iran While Fighting Iran

“We did it. It took decades of destabilizing conflict, but we did it. We finally figured out how to fight a proxy war against ourselves.”

American foreign policy is nothing more than a sick, sad joke.

Mar 30 11:31

Saudi king: Yemen intervention won't stop until country safe

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... for the return of its US puppet ruler!

Mar 30 08:19

Israeli Fighter Jets Join Saudi Arabia in War on Yemen

Israel’s fighter jets have taken part in the Thursday Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen, sources in Sanaa disclosed on Friday.

“This is for the first time that the Zionists are conducting a joint operation in coalition with Arabs,” Secretary General of Yemen’s Al-Haq Political Party Hassan Zayd wrote on his facebook page.

He noted that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had issued direct orders for the Israeli air force to send fighter jets to the Saudi-led air raid on Yemen.

Mar 29 06:16

Israeli Fighter Jets Join Saudi Arabia in War on Yemen

Israel's fighter jets have taken part in the Thursday Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen, sources in Sanaa disclosed on Friday.

Mar 28 18:07

The battle for the Middle East's future begins in Yemen as Saudi Arabia jumps into the abyss

Half the Saudi army are Yemeni descent! No wonder they are surrendering in droves.

Saudi Arabia has jumped into the abyss.
Its air attacks on Yemen are a historic and potentially fatal blow to the Kingdom and to the Middle East.

The real “story” is more important. Perhaps half of the Saudi army is of Yemeni tribal origin. Saudi soldiers are intimately – through their own families – involved in Yemen, and the Yemen revolution is a stab in the guts of the Saudi royal family.

Mar 28 16:14

Calls for Diplomacy Unheeded as Saudi-Led Assault Pummels Yemen

Calls for peace and diplomacy in Yemen continue to fall on deaf ears as a Saudi-led coalition launched heavy airstrikes on the impoverished nation Friday evening.

Mar 28 09:37

Yemen’s Houthis Advance Despite Continued Saudi-Led Strikes

Yemen’s Houthi forces, which control the capital city of Sanaa and most of the nation’s west coast, are continuing to make major gains across the nation’s south and east, in spite of a Saudi war against them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder what the Vegas odds are on how soon we will see American boots on the ground in Yemen.

Considering how horrifically badly this is going for the Saudis, I would not bet against such an action by the US government, and soon.

Mar 28 09:11

Saudi navy rescues diplomats from Aden

The Saudi navy has evacuated 86 Saudi, Arab and Western diplomats from the southern Yemeni port city Aden, reported Al Arabiya News Channel on Saturday.

Mar 28 09:03

US-Saudi Blitz into Yemen: Naked Aggression, Absolute Desperation

The “proxy war” model the US has been employing throughout the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and even in parts of Asia appears to have failed yet again, this time in the Persian Gulf state of Yemen.

Overcoming the US-Saudi backed regime in Yemen, and a coalition of sectarian extremists including Al Qaeda and its rebrand, the “Islamic State,” pro-Iranian Yemeni Houthi militias have turned the tide against American “soft power” and has necessitated a more direct military intervention. While US military forces themselves are not involved allegedly, Saudi warplanes and a possible ground force are.

Though Saudi Arabia claims “10 countries” have joined its coalition to intervene in Yemen, like the US invasion and occupation of Iraq hid behind a “coalition,” it is overwhelmingly a Saudi operation with “coalition partners” added in a vain attempt to generate diplomatic legitimacy.

Mar 28 07:37

Cunningham US Actions In Yemen: The Policy Lead By The Laws Of The Jungle

The United States supports the international coalition, which includes Sudan, the US State Department announced the state – sponsor of terrorism, indicating that the duality of Washington’s policy, says the American journalist Finnian Cunningham.

http://whatisusa.info/cunningham-us-actions-in-yemen-the-policy-lead-b...

Mar 28 04:28

Cunningham US Actions In Yemen: The Policy Lead By The Laws Of The Jungle

The United States supports the international coalition, which includes Sudan, the US State Department announced the state – sponsor of terrorism, indicating that the duality of Washington’s policy, says the American journalist Finnian Cunningham.

http://whatisusa.info/cunningham-us-actions-in-yemen-the-policy-lead-b...

Mar 27 12:25

Saudi Arabia says it won't rule out building nuclear weapons

Saudi Arabia will not rule out building or acquiring nuclear weapons, the country’s ambassador to the United States has indicated.

Asked whether Saudi Arabia would ever build nuclear weapons in an interview with US news channel CNN, Adel Al-Jubeir said the subject was “not something we would discuss publicly”.

Pressed later on the subject he said: “This is not something that I can comment on, nor would I comment on.”

The ambassador’s reticence to rule out a military nuclear programme may reignite concerns that the autocratic monarchy has its eye on a nuclear arsenal.

Western intelligence agencies believe that the Saudi monarchy paid for up to 60% of Pakistan’s nuclear programme in return for the ability to buy warheads for itself at short notice, the Guardian newspaper reported in 2010.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With the US Government now officially acknowledging that Israel has nuclear weapons, what did you think those other nations would do?

Mar 27 12:19

3 Very Real Reason Why Lower Oil Prices Could Be The Catalyst For World War III

It is no secret that both oil super powers, Saudi Arabia and the current presidential administration of the United States would welcome the replacement of Russian President Vladimir Putin with someone more to their liking.

With Russia’s economy built almost entirely upon oil, the falling prices of oil will most certainly weaken and ultimately threaten the economic health of one of the most powerful countries on the planet.

With the economic hardships of 1998 still fresh in the minds of many Russian citizens, applying strategic pressure by releasing a glut of oil onto the world market is a move that quickly forces oil prices to drop sharply and could easily result in problems at the poll for Putin in the next election

Mar 27 11:39

Saudis pledge to continue Yemen bombing campaign

Coalition says it has established air superiority over Yemen and accomplished initial goals of destroying air defence systems under Houthi control

Mar 27 11:35

Iraq's Muqtada Sadr Warns S. Arabia to Immediately Halt Attacks on Yemen

Muqtada al-Sadr said in a statement on Friday that nations should decide their fate independently, stressing that the Saudi-led offensive against Yemen is a clear instance of foreign meddling in the Muslim country's internal affairs.

"It [Saudi invasion of Yemen] is at odds with Islamic-Arabic unity," he further added.

Muqtada al-Sadr said that Saudi Arabia ought to put an instant end to the invasion of Yemen, noting that so far dozens of civilians have been killed by the Saudi-led strikes.

Mar 27 11:33

Israeli Fighter Jets Join Saudi Arabia in War on Yemen

"This is for the first time that the Zionists are conducting a joint operation in coalition with Arabs," Secretary General of Yemen's Al-Haq Political Party Hassan Zayd wrote on his facebook page.

He noted that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had issued direct orders for the Israeli air force to send fighter jets to the Saudi-led air raid on Yemen.

Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes against Yemen and killed, at least, 25 civilians early Thursday, one day after the US-backed Yemeni president fled the country.

Mar 27 11:03

5 facts you need to know about Yemen and its conflicts

One of the poorest and most violent countries in the Middle East, Yemen is also an area of strategic importance for regional players – and some of the world’s most dangerous terror groups. RT explains the underlying reasons behind the nation's conflicts.

Mar 27 10:43

Ron Paul: How Will the Yemeni Civil War End?

This idea that we can run an Empire with military threats, missiles, and economic sanctions is a fallacy.

The Civil War in Yemen is rapidly expanding. We have been forced to close our embassy and military base located there. It is now clear that Obama’s optimism for fighting terrorism in Yemen was misplaced. It hardly sets a standard for dealing with constant conflict and chaos throughout the Middle East.

So far the various factions that we have supported over the years have been poor choices, as usual.

Hopefully someday our government officials will wake up. The counterinsurgency doctrine that was supposed to be the answer to all our military shortcomings is a total failure.

Mar 27 09:43

Algeria not to join Saudi invasion of Yemen: FM

Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra says Algiers will not get involved in the Al Saud regime’s military invasion of Yemen, calling for dialogue among all Yemeni political parties in order to resolve the crisis.

Mar 27 09:11

Saudi & US Goal is Occupying Yemen: Abdul-Malik al-Houthi

Houthis leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi on Thursday accused the United States, Saudi Arabia and Israel of launching a campaign aimed at invading and occupying Yemen.

Mar 27 08:30

Saudi-led warplanes attack popular market in Sa’ada

The warplanes of the Saudi-led alliance have attacked a popular market in the northwestern Yemeni city of Sa’ada, killing or injuring at least 15 people, according to Yemen’s al-Massira TV.

The attack occurred as Saudi-led warplanes have pounded the Yemeni capital city of Sana’a for the second consecutive day.

The airstrikes against Sana’a resumed during the early hours of Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The bombing of civilians underscores that the real mission is to punish the people of Yemen for rejecting their appointed US puppet ruler.

Mar 26 19:36

Saudi Arabia sends war planes into Yemen in a terrifying clash with Iran leaving the Middle East on the brink of catastrophe

Truly, it is a terrifying development. The great religious fissure between Sunni and Shia Muslims that dominates the Middle East has erupted into open conflict in Yemen, the region’s poorest country, threatening to engulf the entire area in a wider war.

In a dramatic escalation of the stakes, a Sunni coalition of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes against Iran-backed Shia Houthi rebels who have swept south through the country.

As Yemen veered towards political disintegration, the conflict exploded into a region-wide crisis that could have far-reaching and unpredictable international consequences.

Mar 26 19:24

Did Saudi Arabia Just Suffer Its Largest Foreign Capital Flight In 15 Years?

The last few days have been almost the worst for the Saudi Arabian stock market in 4 years. Between low oil prices, a new King's big social welfare budget, and now "war," it appears this year's dead cat bounce from last year's exuberance is dying rather rapidly. However, what is perhaps even more troublesome for The Kingdom than the net worth destruction and potential blowback from instigating war against the Houthis is the fact that this month saw the largest drop in foreign curreny reserves on record (over 15 years) for the Arab nation... somewhat suggesting capital flight on a scale never seen before in one of the richest states in the world.

Mar 26 15:59

Yemen: Egyptian Navy Chases Iranian Warships to Retreat from Port of Aden

Senior editor of Saudi online paper Arab News, Siraj Wahab, has just tweeted that Egyptian ships forced Iranian retreat from Bab Al-Mandab strait near the Port of Aden.

A statement issued by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry stated that Egypt is coordinating with Saudi Arabia, together with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for the participation of its Air Force, Navy, and ground forces, should it prove necessary.

However, it should be noted that Iran threatened Saudi Arabia today (Thursday), announcing that its foray into Yemen would end up costing it dearly.

Mar 26 14:02

As Saudi Arabia and Allies Continue Airstrikes, Sorrow and Rage in Yemen

Saudi Arabia discusses deploying as many as 150,000 troops and 100 warplanes in operation receiving coordination from the Pentagon and supported by Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain

Mar 26 11:31

Saudis, Allies Plan Massive Invasion of Yemen

An air war that is already taking its toll on the civilian population of the Yemeni capital city of Sanaa is just the beginning, as Saudi Arabia is telegraphing their planned ground invasion of Yemen, and touting the number of Sunni Arab allies who will be going along.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

While the White House insists that the previous intervention and installation of a puppet ruler in Yemen was a great success!

Mar 26 11:27

Another Middle East War Breaks Out: Saudis Begin Bombing Yemen, US Military Taking Action

OBAMA AUTHORIZED LOGISTICAL AND INTELLIGENCE SUPPORT TO GULF, U.S. MILITARY TAKING MILITARY ACTION TO DEFEND SAUDI BORDER, TO DEFEND AGAINST HOUTHI VIOLENCE

Mar 26 10:13

Saudi ‘Decisive Storm’ waged to save Yemen

Saudi Arabia waged early Thursday “Operation Decisive Storm” against the Houthi coup in Yemen and in support of legitimate President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

i.e. they are supporting the installed US puppet.

Mar 26 10:06

Terrified Sana'a residents say: 'The bodies are starting to fill the streets'

Yemenis in Sana'a have taken to social media as the city comes under air strikes from Saudi Arabia and its anti-Houthi alliance allies.

Residents described a city that was not expecting conflict and has little infrastructure to deal with it, as bombs level houses and kill civilians on the ground.

They report long lines for fuel and the sound of gunfire, with one Twitter user @amera_al_5581, saying they received a text from a friend in Yemen, saying: "The sound of bullets can be heard clearly...[he says] bodies have started to fill the streets. Prayers for your brothers".

Mar 26 09:09

Saudi Attack on Yemen - The New Normal?

Tony Cartalucci
Activist Post

Saudi Arabia, in an unprecedented act of unprovoked unilateral military aggression against Yemen by the autocratic absolute monarchy, was allegedly triggered in a US-backed attempt to restore what Riyadh is calling the "legitimate government of Yemen."

What exactly constitutes a legitimate government is not clear for a despotic regime where elections are not held, women cannot drive, and enemies of the state are beheaded in medieval displays of public barbarism not entirely unlike their ideological ambassadors among the so-called "Islamic State" or ISIS...

Mar 26 08:14

Kuwait intensifies security at oil facilities over Yemen events

Kuwait has intensified security measures at its oil facilities after Saudi Arabia raids neighboring Yemen.

Acting chief executive officer of Kuwait Petroleum Corp, Mohammad al-Farhud, made the remarks on Thursday, describing the measures as precautionary.

Mar 26 08:04

Russia: Nationwide Dialogue Must Replace Military Actions in Yemen

Russia will continue to stay in contact with all parties involved in the conflict to quickly find a way to peacefully settle the conflict, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Mar 26 06:03

Bibi Wins with Racism and Revoked Promise

Reality crashed down on those who had hoped the March 17 Knesset elections might lead to a more moderate future Israeli leadership.

The election returns brought the news, Benjamin Netanyahu had won again.

He won in large part by revoking his earlier pledge to support a Palestinian state, and by using last-hour racist warnings to bring out hard right voters.

“Something like scales” must be made to fall from the eyes of the American public which has been endorsing, funding and supporting a brutal military occupation for almost five decades. How will that be accomplished?

God works in mysterious ways, and sometimes She causes scales to fall and opens the eyes of those who do not yet see.

Mar 26 06:01

OIL SURGES, GOLD AND SILVER SPIKE AS SAUDI ARABIA BOMBS YEMEN

Geopolitical tensions escalated dramatically over night as Saudi Arabia launched military operations including air strikes in Yemen. The Saudis claim the action is to counter Iran-allied forces besieging the southern city of Aden where the U.S. backed Yemeni president had taken refuge. Oil surged and gold rose nearly 2% following a sharp drop in stocks on Wall Street globally in response to the bombing in Yemen.

Mar 26 05:59

Conference Program to Scrutinize Israel Lobby on April 10 at National Press Club

Conference organizers are the American Educational Trust, publisher of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy.

This unprecedented gathering will focus on the Israel lobby in America. How big is it? How fast has it grown? How interconnected are the organizations and individuals? How much revenue does it raise and where does the money go? What are the common objectives of the lobby? What laws apply to lobbying to benefit a foreign government and are they vigorously enforced? Do coordinated campaign contributions cause American policymakers to act more on behalf of Israel than the United States? What fallacies underlie the assertions that U.S. and Israeli interests are the same? What are the Israel lobby’s public and private, short-and-medium-term policy objectives? And what can Americans who do not believe pro-Israel slogans, activities and policy objectives do?

Mar 26 05:55

The Roots of Netanyahu’s Electoral Victory: Colonial Expansion and Fascist Ideology

Netanyahu has established the fact that Israel and its people embrace a racist ideology and receive the endorsement of most Western leaders, and mass media and the unconditional support of its overseas fifth column.

There is no question that the majority of Israeli Jewish leaders and parties support Netanyahu’s racist pronouncements and ‘no-state’ solution and joined him in a coalition government. But the larger issue is the positive mass response to Netanyahu’s call to action. Nearly three quarters of the electorate turned out (73%) to elect him. Moreover, Netanyahu has been elected prime minister for four terms: between 1996-99 and more recently 2009-20.

What is more, the opposition has not differed from the Netanyahu coalition regime’s Judeo-centric policies and pronouncements. In other words, ‘racist’ ideology per se is not what drives the Israeli majority to repeatedly support Netanyahu.

Mar 25 18:28

Breaking News - Saudi Arabia starts bombing Yemen - envoy

Saudi Arabian forces, joined by nine other countries, have launched a military operation in Yemen against Shiite Houthi rebels, the Saudi ambassador to the US said. The offensive, which started with airstrikes, will also involve “other military assets.”

According to Ambassador Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, the military operation in Yemen started at 7 p.m. EST (11 p.m. GMT). The US is not participating in the operation, the envoy stressed.

Al Arabiya reported that warplanes of the Royal Saudi Air Force bombed positions of Yemen’s Houthi militia, targeting their air defenses.

Mar 25 12:13

Bibi Wins with Racism and Revoked Promise

He won in large part by revoking his earlier pledge to support a Palestinian state, and by using last-hour racist warnings to bring out hard right voters.

Because Netanyahu’s Likud party won the largest number of seats (30) in the new Israeli parliament (120 total), he will play the major role in organizing the next government.

Even liberal Zionist Thomas Friedman had to acknowledge that Netanyahu won with “dirty” politics and the use of “dog-whistle” language. Friedman wrote in his New York Times column that “You cannot win that dirty and just walk away like nothing has happened”.

God works in mysterious ways, and sometimes causes scales to fall and opens the eyes of those who do not yet see.

Mar 25 11:07

Saudi Arabia moves heavy arms to border with chaos-stricken Yemen

Saudi Arabia is deploying a significant task force to the border with neighboring Yemen, where Houthi Shiite rebels allegedly forced the president to leave the country. President Hadi has been asking the UN to approve the use of foreign forces in Yemen.

Mar 25 07:24

Conference Program to Scrutinize the Israel Lobby on April 10 at the National Press Club

The April 10 conference “The Israel Lobby: Is It Good for the US? Is It Good for Israel?” at the National Press Club will present the following panels:

1.0 What Is the Israel Lobby and How Does It Work? 9:00 AM
2.0 Are Critical Voices Silenced? 10:10 AM
3.0 Is Freedom of Speech Encouraged on American Campuses? 11:35 AM
4.0 Is the Lobby Good for Israel? 1:15 PM
5.0 How Does the Lobby Influence Congress? 2:25 PM
6.0 Is There an Iraq-Iran Continuum? 3:50 PM

Speaker biographies are available at http://IsraelLobbyUS.org/speakers/.

Mar 25 07:19

ISIL helps Israel conceal its historical origin

Find out why neither Egypt was the land of the Israelites’ Exodus nor Palestine their promised land.

“The Zionist paradigm is founded on the distorted story of the Israelites’ Exodus from Egypt and their persecution by the Assyrians and Captivity by Babylonians. But the truth is that the Israelites never set foot in Egypt or Palestine. Actually they never left Ancient Arabia and North Yemen, their origin land, before the Babylonian Captivity”

Mar 25 07:13

Armed With US Weapons, Yemen Rebels Advance On President As Saudi Arabia Prepares For War

Previously we reported that in the latest "coup" for US foreign policy, the US had "lost" over $500 million in weapons in Yemen, until recently an Obama administration foreign policy "success story", following the abrupt evacuation of the US embassy there, all of which ended up in local rebel and al-Qaeda hands.

Mar 23 09:08

48 people beheaded so far in 2015, but not by ISIS

Saudi Arabia beheaded three men on Tuesday bringing the total decapitations carried out by the Saudi government in 2015 to 48

Mar 22 10:51

Wall Street Journal Reporter Found Dead After Controversial OPEC Investigation

Just before his disappearance, Bird was investigating a supply imbalance in the oil industry, and was reporting in a way that was extremely controversial and possibly threatening to elements within that industry.

NBC reported that “the family believes that his coverage of OPEC may be related to his disappearance.”

Mar 19 19:56

CrossTalk: Recognizing Palestine

Why have Western countries only now decided to vote to recognize the state of Palestine? What will be the outcome? Will a legitimate Palestinian state bring peace to the region? Is an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan a dead end?

CrossTalking with Amir Oren and Norman Finkelstein (author of the new book ‘Method and Madness: The Hidden Story of Israel’s Assaults on Gaza’).

Mar 19 08:13

NATO allies Saudi Arabia and Israel edge closer to War with Iran

Steven MacMillan
Activist Post

A recent report by an Israeli TV station revealed that Saudi Arabia would allow Israeli jets to use its airspace to attack Iran, demonstrating the clandestine strategic alliance between Saudi Arabia and Israel. As the Times of Israel reported in an article titled: Saudis ‘would let Israeli jets use their air space to attack Iran’...

Mar 17 11:28

Saudi woman sentenced to 70 lashes for insulting man on Whatsapp

A court in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday sentenced a woman to 70 lashes and a fine of 20,000 Saudi Riyals (SR) for insulting a man on instant-messaging application WhatsApp, said a report published on Gulf News.

Mar 16 23:40

Bibi and 47 Senators Strike Dark Discordant Note

Newly-elected Senator Cotton and neocon leader Bill Kristol are now doing the work of AIPAC, and their pro-Israel, anti-Iran funders are standing with a foreign leader on a foreign policy issue against their own president.

It could be Netanyahu again, even if he runs second in the final results. If the Herzog-Livni coalition is successful, they have already announced that they will rotate the office of Prime Minister.

Whatever the final outcome, AIPAC will be standing by, awaiting its marching orders.

Mar 16 14:29

West losing up to €40bn from sanctions war– leading Russian MP

Western countries are experiencing loses of up to €40 billion as the sanctions imposed by them on Russia impede productive cooperation, claims Aleksey Pushkov, Chairman of Russian State Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Mar 16 08:54

Bahraini Activist: Al Khalifa Implementing Saudi Plans to Confront Bahrain's Revolution

"The Al Khalifa regime is trying to derail Bahrain's Revolution to a direction that is favored by the US and its regional allies," Ebrahim al-Ghoreifi told FNA on Monday.

He, however, noted that the people of Bahrain are vigilant and hold rallies everyday demanding the overthrow of the Al Khalifa regime.

"The Al Khalifa regime has committed big crimes against the Bahraini nation and it has violated their sovereignty and territorial integrity by allowing the occupying Saudi troops into their country …," Al-Ghoreifi said.

In a relevant development on Friday, Bahraini regime forces attacked protesters marking the fourth anniversary of Saudi Arabia’s military intervention to crush the uprising in the Persian Gulf country.

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of al-Daih, al-Musalla, Bilad al-Qadeem, and Diraz to denounce the occupation of Bahraini land by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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Note that you have most probably not seen any whisper of this conflict on any of the talking heads shows, chaired by commercial media's presstitutes.

But this is an explosion/revolution waiting to happen, unless the Al-Khalifa monarchy bends a little, and when the situation here does explode, it will be monumental in scope and breadth.

The largely Shiite population of Bahrain wants to see the country move into the present by creating a Constitutional Monarchy, with rights and privileges, including the right to petition the government.

Even the peaceful protesters were shot, beaten, and then the first responders who treated them were imprisoned, and tortured to confess to whatever narrative the Al-Khalifa monarchy wished them to. These people were also jailed and tortured.

And here is where the situation gets ugly/nasty for the US government.

The US government has been supporting both the Saudi and Bahraini government, because the US, ultimately, needs Saudi oil, and the US Navy's 5th fleet is hosted by Bahrain. Both governments have been brutally oppressive to their own people.

IF there is a revolution in Bahrain which spills over into Saudi Arabia (and although there has been little talk of it in the US press, there have been demonstrations in Saudi Arabia against the government), it is very likely that Saudi's oil may not be "available" for the US government, and will be purchased for other than the US dollar.

And in Bahrain, if a revolution is successful there, I would not bet against the US Navy being "uninvited" from its base in that kingdom.

So what does this government do?!?! Double down heavily on the side of two oppressive monarchies, because it is the geopolitically expedient thing to do, and democracy be DAMNED!!

Bad US foreign policy decisions are pushing the world to new heights of instability; and if you don't believe me, look how hard we are pushing Ukraine to go to war with Russia, and look at the failed state nation of Yemen.

It appears to me to be painfully clear that, within the last two administrations, absolutely no one in government had the ability to think a scenario through to its logical conclusion.

Mar 14 22:34

US to Shut Embassy, Consulates in Saudi Arabia Over Security Concerns

The US diplomatic mission in Saudi Arabia said that the United States is planning to shut down its Saudi embassy in Riyadh and two consulates general for the next two days.

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Very convenient if Israel attacks Iran's power station through Saudi Arabian airspace1

Mar 13 06:56

How Iran and the US intersect in “Syraq”

The self-described “Don’t Do Stupid Stuff” Obama administration, with its rambling foreign policy, is driving the real Masters of the Universe who control the current world system absolutely crazy.

A cliffhanger debate will take place this Wednesday at the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Picture Secretary of State John Kerry, new Pentagon supremo Ashton Carter, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey all testifying in the same room.

The meat of the matter: the House of Cards, sorry, US Congress mulling over what’s the real deal behind the Obama administration’s proposal to use “military force” in Syria, and whether to impose a no-fly zone to protect Syrian “rebels”.

Mar 12 07:29

Saudi Arabia beheads two foreigners, own citizen for drug trafficking

Saudi Arabian authorities have beheaded two foreigners and a Saudi man after sentencing them to death over drug trafficking.

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I'll bet that slows down the drug trafficking in their country a bit!

Mar 12 05:24

Removing Israel from American politics

It is writing such as this, which illustrates and illuminates the extent of Zionist infiltration in the "Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave," which will drive home to the "American" public what has happened to their "dream, which may eventually stir them to action of some sort to bring it to an end... if anything will!

It is certainly past time to push back against an organization that is brazenly promoting the interests of a foreign government at the expense of the American people.

Shutting Down AIPAC

I would like to concentrate on two issues. First is the nature of the special relationship between Israel and the United States and second is the role of the Israel Lobby and most particularly AIPAC in shaping that relationship.

Mar 12 05:19

Iran Foreign Minister: We Believe We Are ‘Very Close’ to Nuke Deal

Ian’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, spoke with NBC News’ Ann Curry Wednesday (March 5th 2015).

Iran's FM: I read the American constitution, I believe the– executive has the prerogative over foreign policy and for any foreign government, it has to lead with the executive. That’s the only way you can have international affairs. So I will accept the commitment of the U.S. government, the U.S. administration, about what– going to do. And I will– I mean if they have an agreement, I will hold them accountable.

ANN CURRY: Where’s the area of the major stumbling block?

Mar 11 18:03

Getting Past the Issue of Being Jewish

In the United States we may be approaching a tipping point in the struggle against Zionist racism and Israeli oppression.

The struggle is against racism, discrimination, oppression, occupation and illegal colonization because they are evils no matter who perpetrates them.

The Israeli case has to be prioritized because Israel and its Zionist allies have bought and bullied our own government and political parties in a corrupting manner.

Mar 11 15:54

CHART: Saudi Arabia Is Now The World’s Largest Arms Importer

The world's top exporter of global terrorism is now the world's largest arms importer...

Mar 10 06:05

The Power of Israel over the United States

There is much idle chatter from liberals, leftists and progressives, claiming that Netanyahu’s ‘brazen intervention’would backfire;

There have been times when history has played tricks with man and…has magnified the features of essentially small persons into a parody of greatness--Rabindranath Tagore(on Benito Mussolini)

How is it that the ruler (Benjamin Netanyahu) of a puny country (Israel) of 8.2 million (6.2 million Jews) with the 37th biggest economy (GDP in current prices) in the world dictates war policy and secures the willing submission of the legislature of the largest economy and most powerful military empire in the world?

What significance does Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress have, beyond the fact that he uses it as a platform to attack the elected President of the US, to denounce US peace negotiations and to demand that Congress adopt policies designed to precipitate a war with Iran?

Mar 09 04:47

Berlin Rumbles Washington’s Hidden War Agenda

Berlin and the rest of Europe need to move fast to underpin diplomacy with Russia and to head off Washington’s death-wish plunge into the abyss.

Washington’s reckless attempts to scuttle the shaky ceasefire in Ukraine are unnerving Germany. The German government feels, with good reason, that the Americans are trying to undermine its recent efforts to mediate a political solution to the nearly year-old conflict, which has caused at least 6,000 deaths and up to one million refugees. Not only that but the violence between the ultranationalist regime in Kiev and the pro-Russian separatists in the east is threatening to spillover into a wider war that could involve Russia and the rest of Europe.

Mar 08 10:17

BEX ALERT - Iran and Houthis Going to Attack Saudi Arabia

Mar 08 07:05

Crosstalking: Bibi’s dud

Iran and the West are close to accomplishing what so many in Washington and Tel Aviv are terrified of – a negotiated end to the Western standoff with Iran.

CrossTalking with Mohammad Marandi, Gareth Porter, and Chuck Freilich.

Mar 08 07:00

The Enemy is Not Russia or Putin

The enemy is not Russia or Vladimir Putin. The enemy is hypocrisy.

It has been just over a year of growing and escalating crisis in Europe since the Maidan Square protests in Kiev succeeded in toppling Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014.

It saw the likes of US Senator John McCain – a man whose quest for a new Vietnam War never ends – travelling to the country to personally urge on the demonstrators in Kiev alongside Britain’s Catherine Ashton, representing the EU.

Mar 08 06:56

We saved Jews 3 times, Netanyahu should revise history lessons – Iranian FM

Iran has no intention of destroying Israel and has actually saved the Jews three times in history, but the current Israeli regime is a threat to Tehran, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said.

“Israel threatens to use force against Iran almost on a daily basis… Of course, if they did use force against Iran, we would defend ourselves, as we have done with great sacrifice in the past. But we are not invading, we are not threatening anybody. We have not threatened anybody for 250 years,” the Iranian FM said.

“We never had the bomb. We will never have a bomb. We’re not looking to have a bomb. We do not believe a bomb is in our interest. Whereas [Netanyahu] does have a bomb. He has 200 nuclear weapons,” he said.

Mar 07 05:44

Bibi Joffrey and the Flower of Zion

The walls are thick and strong beyond imagining, but the elders who sleep in the bowels of Zion know that this rumbling at their foundation marks well their inevitable fall.

The first great stone has hit the ramparts of Zion. The elders within the walls, down in the bowels of the fortress, have sat bolt upright, as they have felt the unmistakable rumbling vibration. Their eyes, which are usually narrow with the self-regard of the power of their own devious cunning, have suddenly gone wide with fear, as instantly they know that the inevitable has arrived upon them.

As another great stone finds the wall, and shakes the very air, these elders fly from their beds with great alarm.
The walls are thick and strong beyond imagining, but the elders who sleep in the bowels of Zion know that this rumbling at their foundation marks well their inevitable fall.

Mar 04 09:34

Iraqi Forces Seize Saudi Foodstuff from ISIL in Tikrit

Iraqi security forces discovered several tons of Saudi supplied foodstuff and dried fruits in ISIL hideouts in the city of Tikrit in Salahuddin province after winning back control over the city.

Mar 03 09:34

American jailed in United Arab Emirates for Facebook posts made in the USA

Frustrated with his employer in the United Arab Emirates, Ryan Pate, a civilian helicopter mechanic from Belleair Bluffs, criticized the company and made a rash, derogatory comment toward Arabs on Facebook while back home in January.

Mar 03 06:45

Mystery of U.S. defense contractor who fell to his death from Saudi hotel room just minutes after sending frantic text begging friend for help

An American defense contractor found dead at the bottom of a Saudi Arabian hotel in January had injuries consistent with homicide, according to a medical exam carried out after his body was returned to the U.S.

Christopher Cramer, 50, of New Hampshire, was found dead on January 15 outside the Sahara Makarim Hotel in the city of Tabuk. Saudi police have classified Cramer's death as suicide, but just hours before his death he had frantically texted friends in the U.S. begging for help.

Feb 25 08:44

Israelis Report Saudis Willing to Help Them Attack Iran

Israel’s Channel 2 is claiming Saudi Arabia is close to agreeing to let Israel use their airspace to attack Iran, something Israel has been reported to be seeking for many years.

The latest report says that Saudi Arabia would be willing to let them use their air space, but only if Israel makes some progress on a peace deal with the Palestinians.

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The Saudis cannot be that stupid. Israel will make concessions to Palestine, use Saudi Arabia to attack Iran (possibly escalating WW3) then Israel will simply take back the concessions made to Palestine when it is all over!

Feb 13 14:00

Debunking the "The Saudis did 9-11" nonsense!

Remember that Saudi Arabia was being framed for 9-11 right from the start. One of the accused hijackers, a Saudi Pilot named Saeed Al-Ghamdi, was still alive after 9-11 and sued the US Government for defaming him.

And finally, here is some common sense that totally undermines the attempt to frame Saudi Arabia for 9-11. If Saudi Arabia really wanted to hurt the United States, they don't need to fly airplanes into skyscrapers to do it. All they have to do is ask for their money back, all at once. The resulting damage to the US financial system would make 9-11 look like a minor inconvenience in comparison.

And it would be perfectly legal for Saudi Arabia to ask for their money back.

Which is why we know that the claim that Saudi Arabia was behind 9-11 has no more basis in fact than the claim that Saddam had nuclear weapons or that Assad gassed his own people right in front of the UN chemical weapons inspectors.

Feb 11 17:06

Standard & Poor's downgrades Kazakhstan, Bahrain, Oman and even Saudi Arabia

International rating agency Standard & Poor's downgraded credit ratings of Kazakhstan, Bahrain and Oman on Monday amid a sharp drop in oil prices, a press release from the agency said.

Kazakhstan's rating was lowered to "BBB" with a negative outlook from "BBB +". The agency downgraded Bahrain's rating to "BBB-" with a negative outlook from "BBB". Oman's rating was downgraded from "A" to "A-" with a negative outlook.

Feb 10 08:13

NY Times Changes Tune on Oil Price Drop Motive – NOW: Saudis (& USA) vs Russia

Those relying on the notoriously servile NY Times are now learning, several weeks late, that the recent drop in oil prices is likely politically motivated.

Mike Whitney reports (“The Fallujah Option for East Ukraine”):

Until this week, the mainstream media dismissed the idea that the Saudis were deliberately pushing down oil prices to hurt Russia. They said the Saudis were merely trying to retain “market share” by maintaining current production levels and letting prices fall naturally. But it was all bunkum as the New York Times finally admitted on Tuesday in an article titled: “Saudi Oil Is Seen as Lever to Pry Russian Support From Syria’s Assad”. Here’s a clip from the article:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And like so much of US foreign policy, this one was not thought all the way through as to the harm it would cause the rest of the world.

Feb 05 10:15

Debunking the "The Saudis did 9-11" nonsense!

Saudi Arabia does not have a history of dirty tricks, nor a demonstrated ability to carry out such deceptions. More to the point, Saudi Arabia has no motive to attack the United States. The Saudi princes have grown very rich indeed through the Petrodollar arrangement. Saudi Arabia buys many American products and weapons ($61 billion in 2011), and unlike Israel, the American taxpayer does not have to give them the money first with which to buy those weapons. Whereas Israel constantly takes money out of the US, the Saudis pour it in! Private Saudi investment in the US economy is over $400 billion. Saudi Arabia is a major creditor to the US Government. Exact figures are hard to find but Saudi Arabia has loaned the US Government hundreds of billions of dollars.

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Once again Israel's supporters are trying to frame another country for 9-11. But to detect a lie, look for what should be there and isn't. And what isn't here is a MOTIVE for Saudi Arabia to attack the US and rick losing their investments here. What isn't here is a REASON for Saudi Arabia to crash airplanes into skyscrapers when by simply taking all their money out of the US financial system they could cause much more damage, and it would be perfectly legal for them to do so.

It wasn't Saudis arrested for cheering and clapping as the towers fell in New York. It wasn't Saudi companies that got advance warning. It wasn't Saudi companies in charge of security at all of the airport gates the flights departed from.

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Feb 05 07:30

Why Is A Saudi Prince Selling Out Of News Corp?

Few individual investors have quite as much capital to deploy as Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal of Saudi Arabia. Through his Kingdom Holding , he holds significant stakes in companies including Citigroup C -0.98%, Twitter TWTR +2.34% – and, until recently, News Corporation.

The Prince hasn’t sold out completely – he still owns about 1% of the company, as well as a separate 6.6% shareholding in 21st Century Fox Inc which in itself is worth about $1.7 billion – but he previously also held 6.6% of News Corp NWSA -0.06%, or a total of 13.184 million class B shares. He’s shed all but two million of them.

Jan 30 07:46

ANYTHING DUMB ISRAELIS CAN DO DUMBER SAUDIS CAN DO BETTER

After haredi newspaper photoshops female leaders out of Paris picture, Saudi producers take it a step further.

Jan 27 12:25

‘Empire of Chaos’ in the House

The White House and the Pentagon did not bother to “pay their respects” in person to the people of France after the Charlie Hebdo massacre. The House of Saud – “our” top bastards in the Persian Gulf – is of course much more valuable.

Jan 23 14:46

Maintain Economy - China refuses to Saudi Oil

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In short, increased Russia/China oil cooperation may have added pressure for Saudi Arabia to lower oil prices.

Jan 23 11:11

Western Politicians and Media Rush To Issue Tributes To King That Led The World In Beheadings, Whipped Bloggers For Criticism & Banned Women From Driving

American politicians and mainstream media are falling all over themselves praising the late Saudi King Abdullah.

Jan 23 09:55

New Saudi Deputy Crown Prince marks generational shift

Saudi Arabia’s Interior Minister, Prince Mohammad Bin Nayef, a close friend of the United States and a scourge of Islamist militants, will be the country’s first king from the third generation of its ruling dynasty.

King Salman moved swiftly to appoint Prince Mohammad Bin Nayef as Deputy Crown Prince on Friday, hours after he took the throne following the death of King Abdullah. The decision appeared to settle for many years to come tough decisions over the kingdom’s future succession.

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So there will be no dramatic shifts in policy coming from Saudi Arabia. With King Salman being of great age and mentally challenged, Crown Prince Bin Nayef is the real power now.

Jan 23 09:00

Who is Saudi Arabia's new King Salman?

Riedel says Salman has had a stroke, Simon Henderson of the Washington Institute says the new king's brain is "ravaged by dementia," and The Economist reports he's believed to be suffering from Alzheimer's.

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Okay, so who is REALLY calling the shots in Saudi Arabia right now?

Jan 22 16:43

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah Dead

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has died, Saudi state television announced early on Friday local time.

Abdullah's designated successor is Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, his 79-year-old half-brother.

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There is a little wrinkle in the Saudi system called the Allegiance Council, which has the authority to bypass Prince Salman and choose a younger man to be the new king.

Jan 22 13:13

The Death Sentence That Could Inflame Sectarian Tensions Across the Middle East

While many experts doubt that the Saudi Arabian authorities will actually carry out the execution, it is important to take stock of the political context in which the Special Criminal Court issued the death sentence.

Jan 19 13:19

"Next Time Around The Feds Are Going To Have To Confiscate Stuff"

In short, enjoy the $2.50-a-gallon fill-ups while you can, grasshoppers, because when the current crop of fast-depleting shale oil wells dries up, that will be all she wrote. When all those bonds held up on their skyhook derivative hedges go south, there will be no more financing available for the entire shale oil project. No more high-yield bonds will be issued because the previous issues defaulted. Very few new wells (if any) will be drilled. American oil production will not return to its secondary highs (after the 1970 all-time high) of 2014-15. The wish of American energy independence will be steaming over the horizon on the garbage barge of broken promises. And all, that, of course, is only one part of the story, because there is the social and political fallout to follow.

Jan 18 09:11

Saudi Arabia declares all atheists are terrorists in new law to crack down on political dissidents

Saudi Arabia has introduced a series of new laws which define atheists as terrorists, according to a report from Human Rights Watch.

In a string of royal decrees and an overarching new piece of legislation to deal with terrorism generally, the Saudi King Abdullah has clamped down on all forms of political dissent and protests that could "harm public order".

The new laws have largely been brought in to combat the growing number of Saudis travelling to take part in the civil war in Syria, who have previously returned with newfound training and ideas about overthrowing the monarchy.

To that end, King Abdullah issued Royal Decree 44, which criminalises "participating in hostilities outside the kingdom" with prison sentences of between three and 20 years, Human Rights Watch said.

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It appears that no matter WHAT issue is vexing the sclerotic House of Saud, you can always, always bet that they will get it wrong.

Royal Decree # 44 is absolutely no exception to this reality.

And I am sorry, however; we hear the propaganda about Isis, characterizing it as "brutal" in their torture and killings of prisoners. They flog, stone, amputate, and behead, with wild abandon.

And YET, the US's second BBF in the Middle East (after Israel, of course) does precisely the same things, and no one in DC dares speak a whisper here.

IF any one of our readers happens to know any of the younger members of the House of Saud, please remind them of the following statement, which I think was one of the most profound statements ever said by the late President Kennedy: "where peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution is inevitable."

And as a Christian Pacifist, I abhor violence; I can, however, understand the circumstances through which it might come about.

Through this decree, and cracking down on peaceful protestors, the Saudi Government and the House of Saud are creating the perfect storm for a potentially very nasty and turbulent future.

That which is most rigid and hidebound,(and governmental policiy is no exception here) eventually, shatters.

Jan 08 12:56

Saudi War On Shale Goes Nuclear - "No Chance OPEC Will Cut Output" Even With Brent Under $50

For those hoping that the recent brief dip in Brent crude below $50 - most notably Venezuela's intrepid socialist leader Nicolas Maduro whose numbered days get shorter with every day Brent closes red, and countless bondholders of junk- debt capitalized shale companies - would mean that Saudi Arabia's vendetta against OPEC would finally be put on hiatus, we have bad news: the vendetta just wen nuclear because as Reuters reports, there is "no chance of OPEC output cut."

As Reuters further adds, Saudi Arabia and its Gulf OPEC allies are showing no sign of considering cutting output to boost oil prices, despite Brent's dip below $50 a barrel this week, where it is surely headed once again in the coming days.

Jan 07 07:04

King Abdullah ‘recovering from illness’

Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, on Monday reassured the public about the health of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.

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Someone started a Twitter rumor that the King had dies, sparking a jump in oil prices.

Jan 05 07:46

Lawmakers seek Saudi 9/11 smoking gun

Some members of Congress are ramping up their call for the public release of 28 classified pages from the government’s 9/11 report. The top-secret pages reportedly reveal Saudi funding of the terrorist attack.

On Wednesday, Reps. Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., and Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., will join former Democratic Sen. Bob Graham of Florida for a Capitol Hill press conference on House Resolution 428, demanding that President Obama declassify the 28 pages of the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 2001.

The 28 pages were initially classified by President George W. Bush and have remained under seal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Saudi Arabia does not have a history of dirty tricks, nor a demonstrated ability to carry out such deceptions. More to the point, Saudi Arabia has no motive to attack the United States.
The Saudi princes have grown very rich indeed through the Petrodollar arrangement. Saudi Arabia buys many American products and weapons ($61 billion in 2011), and unlike Israel, the American taxpayer does not
have to give them the money first with which to buy those weapons. Whereas Israel constantly takes money out of the US, the Saudis pour it in! Private Saudi investment in the US economy is over $400 billion. Saudi Arabia is a major creditor to the US Government. Exact figures are hard to find but Saudi Arabia has loaned the US Government hundreds of billions of dollars.

Saudi Arabia is not going to risk an attack on the US because all that wealth would vanish. The Saudi wealth inside the US would be frozen or seized, and the outstanding loans to the US would never be repaid.
The "useful idiots" trying to save Israel by blaming 9-11 on Saudi Arabia have yet to come up with a motive for the Saudis to do something like 9-11 that risks losing all that cash.

Remember that Saudi Arabia was being framed for 9-11 right from the start. One of the accused hijackers, a Saudi Pilot named Saeed Al-Ghamdi, was
still alive after 9-11
and sued the US Government for defaming him.

And finally, here is some common sense that totally undermines the attempt to frame Saudi Arabia for 9-11. If Saudi Arabia really wanted to hurt the United States, they don't need to fly airplanes into skyscrapers to do it. All they have to do is ask for their money back, all at once. The resulting damage to the US financial system would make 9-11 look like a minor inconvenience in comparison.

And it would be perfectly legal for Saudi Arabia to ask for their money back.

Jan 03 11:21

Political Crisis in Bahrain: Major Protests Following Arrest of Opposition Movement Leader

The Secretary General of Al Wefaq Society was arrested on Monday 29th December and remained in custody for one week. He had been summoned by the Alkhalifa torturers and questioned for two days before the dictator decided to exact revenge from him by detaining him for one week. Sheikh Salman is known for his soft language and tone, and has steered Al Wefaq within the Alkhalifa laws. But the tyrant has been enraged by the decision of the political societies led by Al Wefaq to boycott the regime’s hollow elections in November. It was a strong slap on his face because it showed the lack of popular support or legitimacy to his rule. The Alkhalifa and their Saudi and British backers had hoped that those elections would provide a plausible exit from the political crisis that has engulfed the country since the eruption of the 14th February Revolution.

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You didn't need a crystal ball to see this coming, over the last several years.

In 2015, we may well see peaceful movements for change in Bahrain turn violent.

And Saudi Arabia, with a projected budget deficit of $38.6 billion for this year, may not have the money to send in Saudi troops to put down demonstrations, as it did a couple of years ago.

The US Navy's 5th Fleet calls Bahrain its home. So what will the Al Khalifa monarchy ask the US government to do, I wonder, and to what degree will the the US government comply in suppressing unrest in order to keep the Navy's Fifth Fleet there?!?

It will be curious to see how this unfolds.

Jan 01 12:03

Home> InternationalSaudi Beheads 83 People in 2014, the Most in Years

Saudi authorities beheaded a Pakistani man on Wednesday convicted of smuggling "large quantities" of heroin, the kingdom's state news agency reported, bringing the number of publicly announced executions to its highest level in at least five years.

An Associated Press tally of announcements from the official Saudi Press Agency shows 83 people have been beheaded in Saudi Arabia in 2014, including Wednesday's execution. Most were executed for drug smuggling.

Amnesty International says Saudi Arabia has one of the highest execution rates in the world.

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In talking about the barbarism of ISIS, rarely a word is stated regarding Saudi Arabia's penchant for lopping off the heads of their prisoners.

Dec 31 11:39

Saudi King undergoing medical tests in Riyadh hospital: state TV

Saudi Arabia's elderly King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz was admitted to a hospital in the capital Riyadh on Wednesday for medical tests, state media reported on Wednesday, citing a royal court statement.

King Abdullah was born in the court of his father, King Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, in the early 1920s.

The softly-spoken monarch, who took power in 2005 after the death of King Fahd, has undergone surgery in the past few years related to a herniated disc.

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This is a critically important juncture for the House of Saud, because should the king die, succession is not yet clear. And it will be King Abdullah's successor who, most likely, will be calling the shots on foreign and domestic policies.

And one has to wonder; after the US vetoed the establishment of a Palestinian state at the UN Security Council yesterday, just how western-centric Abdullah's successor might be, and whether they will still insist on selling their oil in US dollars?

As reported in wickipedia.com:

The order of succession to the throne of Saudi Arabia is determined by, and within, the House of Saud. It follows agnatic (a relative whose connection is traceable exclusively through males) seniority, but a prince may be surpassed or another elevated. The Allegiance Council was created in 2006 to facilitate the royal transfer of power.

Dec 27 09:04

Putin: It Is Time To Play Your Ace In The Hole

The entire world is watching Putin play poker with the Western politicians lead by Obama and followed by Washington quislings in London, Brussels and Berlin. America's goal since the end of the Cold War has been to weaken by financial, economic and, if necessary, military means any real competition to its global financial and resource domination through the petrodollar and dollar world reserve currency status.

Dec 26 08:37

Anti-driving-ban activists in Saudi Arabia 'to face terrorism tribunal'

Two women’s rights campaigners detained in Saudi Arabia will face a tribunal on charges of “terrorism”, following their campaigning activities, which led to one being arrested for trying to drive over the border from the UAE.

According to the activists who spoke to AFP, the ruling was issued in the city of Al-Ahsa, in the Eastern Province.

The initial attempt to cross the border, carried out by Loujain Hathloul, 25, was designed as a statement of sorts, while the other woman, a journalist from the United Arab Emirates, appeared at the scene later to show support, before also being arrested. They have now been in detention for nearly a month.

Dec 22 08:05

Saudi oil chief: No conspiracy behind oil prices

Saudi Arabia's oil chief on Sunday dismissed allegations that his kingdom conspired to bring down oil prices in order to harm other countries and told a summit of Arab energy leaders that he was confident the market would stabilize.

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"There is no conspiracy. We just decided to sell twice as much of our oil for half as much money. We do things like that. Honest!"

Dec 21 08:33

How the CIA Launched the «Financial Pearl Harbor» Attacks on Russia and Venezuela

The net result of the CIA-inspired fracking operations, which the Saudis were warned not to pursue by petroleum engineers working for some foreign-based firms like Schlumberger, is that there will be an oil supply glut for the next 5 years. The glut will be followed by a reduction in Saudi oil production unless new oil fields are brought on line. There is now a major push by U.S. and Canadian oil companies to bring online the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the United States to offset the expected sharp rise in oil prices in four to five years. But with Canada suffering financially from the drop in oil revenues, the Keystone XL project is also on financially shaky ground.

Dec 17 15:46

The Engineered Fall of the Russian Ruble

Saudi Arabia, the most influential member of OPEC, and the United States are working together to destroy the Russian economy and destabilize the country.

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The problem with waging an economic war is how easily it can become a shooting war.

Dec 07 07:35

FBI charges Saudi-born naval engineer over plans to sink aircraft carrier

A Naval engineer is facing federal charges for allegedly giving an undercover FBI agent secret documents on a new aircraft carrier being built in Norfolk, Va.

Saudi-born Mostafa Ahmed Awwad, 35, of Yorktown, Va., was arrested Friday on an FBI affidavit claiming he planned to use a dead-drop location along a secluded hiking trail to hand off secret information about the Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier, set to be delivered to the Navy in 2016, Fox News reported Saturday.

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If this obvious entrapment doesn't wake the Saudis up and make them realize they are on the US Government's list of nations to eventually invade, nothing will!

Dec 01 10:58

Saudi Arabia Declares Oil War on US Fracking, hits Railroads, Tank-Car Makers, Canada, Russia; Sinks Venezuela

When OPEC announced on Thanksgiving Day that it would maintain oil production at 30 million barrels per day, chaos broke out in the oil market, and the price of oil around the globe spiraled into a terrific plunge. The unity of OPEC, if there ever was such a thing, was in tatters with Saudi oil minister smiling victoriously, and with a steaming Venezuelan oil minister thinking of the turmoil his country is facing [OPEC Refuses to Cut Production, Oil Plunges off the Chart].

During the closed-door meetings in Vienna, Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi told OPEC members that OPEC had to combat the US fracking boom. If OPEC cut output to raise the price of oil, it would lose market share, he argued. The way to win would be to allow overproduction to depress prices to the point where they would destroy the profitability of North American producers. And they’d have to cut production, rather than OPEC.

Dec 01 09:55

"Panic Selling" Saudi Stocks Crash Into Bear Market Following OPEC Decision

It's not just Shale oil stocks in the US that are hurting. Following the OPEC decision to not cut production and squeeze US producers, Saudi Arabia's major stock market index has tumbled into a bear market, giving up all the year's gains. As one analyst noted, "investors are afraid if oil stays where it is, it will negatively impact the government revenues, thus creating potential headwinds on government spending." Dubai stocks - our long-time favorite bubble index - has also been hammered, down over 7% intraday at its worst...

Nov 19 14:46

US Prepares to Sell Saudi Arabia Warships to Help Take Down Iran

Saudi Arabian officials say they are preparing to move forward with an upgrade to the country’s navy that could include a multibillion-dollar contract for Bath Iron Works, the Reuters news service reported Wednesday.

BIW’s DDG-51 destroyer is one of at least two ship designs being considered for the long-discussed Saudi Naval Expansion Program II, or SNEP, which has an estimated value of roughly $20 billion, Reuters said.

Patrick Dewar, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin, told the news service that Saudi officials were planning to release new information over the next several months about how the country plans to proceed with SNEP.

Dewar told Reuters that the Saudis are considering whether to buy up to a dozen of Lockheed’s steel monohull Littoral Combat Ship or the larger DDG-51 destroyer built by BIW, a subsidiary of General Dynamics Corp.

Nov 19 06:51

9/11 terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui claims Saudi involvement

The 46-year old French national is claiming that Saudi Embassy officials were involved in a plot to shoot down Air Force One to assassinate Bill Clinton and/or Hillary Clinton during a trip to the United Kingdom.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"And it only took 286 waterboardings to get him to admit it, too!" -- Official White Horse Souse

This is getting obvious,. No matter what oil nation the United States plans to invade next, they always start by claiming they were part of 9-11. First Afghanistan, then Iraq, now it is Saudi Arabia, and next month it will be Venezuela!

Nov 05 11:18

Saudi Oil Pipeline Catches Fire But It Was Brought Under Control

Prices briefly jumped after rumors circulated on Twitter that a pipeline exploded in Saudi Arabia, raising fears that the country’s crude production and exports could be curtailed.

An oil pipeline belonging to Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s oil company, caught fire earlier Wednesday during construction repairs but the fire was limited and has been brought under control, a source at the company said. The source didn't give further details but said the company is expected to issue a statement soon.

Nov 04 10:19

Crude oil at four-year low after Saudi Arabia price cut

Crude oil prices have hit a four-year low after Saudi Arabia unexpectedly cut the price of oil sold to the US.

Brent crude fell to near $82 a barrel in midday trading, as worries about global growth also spooked investors.

Earlier, the European Commission reduced its growth forecasts for the eurozone.

Investors are concerned about the US oil industry, in the face of slowing growth and lower prices.

Nov 04 07:02

Are The Central Bankers Pushing Ukraine To Start The War Again?

Euro zone manufacturing is in decline. US manufacturing declined. GM is channel stuffing once again to boost sales. US construction is down, showing housing is imploding on itself. First time home buyers collapsed to a 27 year low. Spain wants to impose a Google tax. Those who purchased a policy last year from Obamacare do not want to signup again because of the higher premiums. Canada is banning visas from West Africa. FEMA drill scheduled for Nov for Ebola. Morocco on high alert over terrorist attacks from al-Qaeda. Central bankers pushing Ukraine back into war with the South Eastern people. The Islamic State flowing into Lebanon which allows the US to bomb in this region.

Oct 31 08:52

The US Economy Runs Into A Problem If Oil Hits $75

US shale oil is now the marginal swing barrel in the new world oil order, and as Goldman Sachs warns (despite Larry Kudlow apparently knowing better), a decline in WTI to $75/bbl would start to significantly slow US shale growth (and thus employment, capex, and the entire US economy).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama was intent on harming Russia's oil exports and made a deal with Saudi Arabia to increase production to crush oil prices. But, as has become the hallmark of decision-making by the White House, nobody thought this all the way through as to what harm it might bring to the US. And Saudi Arabia is laughing that US attempts at oil independence are being crushed under the anti-Russian agenda and US dependence on Saudi Arabia will increase!

Oct 31 08:12

9/11 Was NATO’s License to Expand Globally

The 9/11 attacks on the United States undoubtedly benefited a number of actors, including the American military-intelligence complex, Israel, and most definitely, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The Cold War-era, the area of responsibility for which had long been confined to Europe and North America, used the provisions of Article 5 of the NATO Charter – which states that an attack on one member is an attack on all – to extend NATO’s power deep into Eurasia, particularly in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Kyrgyzstan.

After engaging in out-of-area invasions and occupations of Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, and Syria and, again in Iraq, against the «Islamic State,» the «North Atlantic» military bloc has transformed itself from a Cold War defensive alliance into a global offensive axis of nations that acts with or without United Nations authorization.

Oct 17 06:43

Saudi death sentence against Sheikh Nimr draws wide condemnation

Human rights organizations and activists called on Saudi Arabia to overturn the death sentence handed down to prominent Saudi cleric and pro-democracy activist Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, accusing the Saudi regime of curbing freedom of speech and opinion.

Nimr, who has repeatedly criticized the lack of basic freedoms in Saudi Arabia and has called for greater rights for Saudi minorities, including the Shia, was convicted on Wednesday of multiple charges, including “delivering anti-government speeches” and “breaking allegiance with the ruler,” and was sentenced to death by The Specialized Criminal Court, Saudi Arabia's “terrorism tribunal.”

Oct 16 12:30

Did The Saudis Just Get A Tap On The Shoulder?

The US-Saudi "secret" plan that was supposed to crush Putin quickly turned sour when as we reported several days ago, one after another America's own shale plays, which recently entered a very sharp bear market, started appearing on various death watches (case in point today's MHR Second Lien refi which repriced from L+500 to L+750 in minutes).

As a result, one wonders: did Obama realize that Russian "costs" which as everyone knows by now include a Eurpoean triple-dip recession, could also very soon include an insolvent US shale industry, and thus may be just a little too much, and, one further wonders, if he is the one who just tapped Saudi Arabia on the shoulder?

Oct 16 10:42

Saudi Arabia sentences reformist Shiite cleric to ‘crucifixion’

Raising fears of renewed sectarian tensions in the region, Saudi Arabia’s top court has sentenced a charismatic opposition leader to death for speaking out against the kingdom’s ruling family.

Nimr Baqer al-Nimr, a reformist cleric, has repeatedly called for an end to corruption and discrimination against minorities. He has a wide following, particularly among young people in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, home to most of the country’s minority Shiites, who are considered heretics by the Sunni-ruled government.

After being imprisoned for nearly two years, al-Nimr appeared in Riyadh’s Specialized Criminal Court Wednesday with his lawyer and two brothers. Charged with terrorism offences and “breaking allegiance to the king,” the judge upheld the country’s harshest sentence — “crucifixion” — where the decapitated body is publicly displayed. His brothers were reportedly detained after the sentencing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WOW!! The Saudi government and its royalty have almost caught up with ISIS in terms of Medieval barbarism, and that is just my point.

And it is THIS government with which the US is BFF in the Middle East?!? IF we are judged by the company we keep, as a nation, we are in deep trouble here.

Because Saudi Arabia and the US government are inextricably entwined geopolitically, I would almost be willing to bet that you will get absolutely no corporate coverage of the execution itself, or the aftermath, the parading of the headless corpse, in US corporate non-news stations.

And a memo to the House of Saud and its judiciary: making a martyr out of this guy may well up the ante for religious unrest and demonstrations in your country, rather than smothering it.

In the 21st century, the parading of his corpse may well cause riots, intense enough that your military personnel will not be able to put them down.

Oct 15 06:27

US national shot dead in Saudi capital Riyadh -UPDATED

A Saudi Arabian gunman killed a U.S. national and wounded another in the capital Riyadh on Tuesday, officials said, heightening Western concerns over security in the world's top oil exporter as regional unrest rises.

Police later shot and wounded an assailant and then arrested him, said a statement from the police carried by state media. No motive for the attack was given, but a source familiar with the situation said the gunman may have been taking revenge after being sacked from his job.

Oct 14 09:19

US security contractor shot dead in Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh

A US national was shot dead and another wounded in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh on Tuesday, police said, in what appeared to be the first killing of a westerner in years in a gun attack in the kingdom.

Police later shot and wounded an assailant and then arrested him, said the brief statement, carried by SPA, the state media agency said.

“The attack resulted in the killing of one person and the wounding of another and it turned out they were of American citizenship,” it said.

A US official said both victims were working with a private security contractor, Vinnell Arabia. The company was working with the Saudi national guard, the official said.

Oct 14 07:53

Saudis Dump Oil To Increase Leverage Over U.S. Middle East Policies

During the last years U.S. president Obama talked a lot about energy independence:

In his fifth State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Barack Obama celebrated the efforts his administration has made to cut greenhouse gas emissions, while also praising recent increases in domestic oil and gas production.

Obama said early in his address that there is now more "oil produced at home than we buy from the rest of the world," for the first time in two decades.

Obama did not say that the increase in U.S. fossil fuel production was only possible because international oil and gas prices had increased above the magic $100 per barrel equivalent. Below that price shale gas and oil extraction as well as oil production from tar sands are only marginally profitable or not profitable at all.

Oct 13 09:45

China, Russia Sign CNY150 Billion Local-Currency Swap As Plunging Oil Prices Sting Putin

One place where Russia has been hit the hardest as a result of tumbling oil prices, is the crashing currency, with the Ruble hitting new record lows against the USD on a daily basis. In fact, as Bloomberg reports, Russia has been forced to spend a whopping $6 billion in just the past 10 days to slow down the tumble of the RUB.

Russia’s central bank intervened in the past 10 days to stabilize the ruble, central bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina told lawmakers in Moscow today. The action, which comes as President Vladimir Putin orders a withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukraine’s border, has so far failed to halt the ruble’s decline amid a domestic foreign currency shortage stemming from sanctions. The cost of swapping rubles into dollars widened to a record.

Oct 13 07:30

A Maid’s Execution

On Wednesday, the Saudi Arabian government beheaded Rizana Nafeek, a Sri Lankan woman who had worked as a maid in the kingdom, holding her responsible for the death of the four-month-old baby of her employer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, where is the constant airing of the video by ABCNNBBCBSFOX followed by outraged demands for bombing and invasion?

Oh, that's right, we LIKE Saudi Arabia. It is only [staged] beheadings by people the US wants to invade that make the evening news! :)

Oct 11 07:21

Why Oil Is Plunging: The Other Part Of The "Secret Deal" Between The US And Saudi Arabia

Two weeks ago, we revealed one part of the "Secret Deal" between the US and Saudi Arabia: namely what the US 'brought to the table' as part of its grand alliance strategy in the middle east, which proudly revealed Saudi Arabia to be "aligned" with the US against ISIS, when in reality John Kerry was merely doing Saudi Arabia's will when the WSJ reported that "the process gave the Saudis leverage to extract a fresh U.S. commitment to beef up training for rebels fighting Mr. Assad, whose demise the Saudis still see as a top priority."

Oct 11 07:20

Russia dumping dollars to use to protect currency and falling oil prices

As the United States expands its proxy war against Russia and the BRICS nations through a newly discovered secret deal with Saudi Arabia to force down global oil prices, Russia is firing back to this monetary attack against their currency and economy.

Oct 11 07:18

Saudi Arabia Unleashing 'Systematic and Ruthless' Repression Against Dissenters: Report

Front row, left to right: Dr Abdullah al - Hamid, Waleed Abu al - Khair, Dr Mohammad al - Qahtani , Sheikh Suliaman al - Rashudi, Dr Abdulkareem al - Khoder, following a trial session on al - Hamid and al - Qahtani. (Photo Courtesy of Amnesty International Report)

U.S. ally Saudi Arabia is methodically harassing, detaining, and abusing human rights campaigners, going to "extreme lengths to hound critics into silent submission," according to a report released Thursday by Amnesty International.

"The Saudi Arabian authorities have consolidated their iron grip on power through a systematic and ruthless campaign of persecution against peaceful activists in a bid to suppress any criticism of the state in the aftermath of the 2011 Arab uprisings," said Said Boumedouha, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

While the US decries beheadings by ISIS, Saudi Arabia beheads and amputates limbs with impunity, not to mention their treatment of human rights campaigners.

And yet, Saudi Arabia is a "partner" for the US government and the West, just as is Bahrain, which has the same human rights problems?!?

I love the smell of US government hypocrisy in the morning!!!

Oct 10 06:39

Last year Saudi Arabia, Canada's ally against ISIS, beheaded more than 79 people

The barbarity of those beheadings combined with the online availability of ISIS's videos has made this war an easy sell for the U.S. and Canadian governments.

There is another group in the Middle East that uses beheadings as a preferred method of execution. That is the government of Saudi Arabia.

Canada is entering this latest war in the Middle East as part of a U.S.-led coalition of which Saudi Arabia is a member.

Sep 25 09:48

Bahraini fighter jets join Syria strikes

Bahraini fighter jets have joined US-led air strikes in Syria to prevent extremist fighters from expanding throughout the region.

The US operation included the Royal Bahrain Air Force (RBAF) and military forces from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE and Jordan, which was part of an international action plan to stamp out the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organisation, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I try to stay as logically focused as humanly possible, when I am posting.

But there is one thing I want to share with our readers, because I am pretty sure that some of you will have a resonance with this.

Monday, when we got the news here on Oahu that President Obama had begun a a series of air strikes against Syria, I felt as though he had knocked on our door; I had graciously let him in; and then he proceeded to knock this 65 year old gal to the floor with a sucker punch to my gut.

That is how completely betrayed I feel by this government right now.

And for God's sake, look at the company the US government is keeping in this Administration's "Coalition of the (allegedly) Willing, 2014"!!!

Saudi Arabia, which carries out beheadings frequently, and Bahrain are two of the worst human rights abusers on this planet, and probably on a couple of others as well. (do we call that Species rights abuse on other planets?!?)

So THESE are our allies, chosen in order to take out Bashar Al Assad, who has done absolutely NOTHING to the United States?!?

President Obama, there is nothing that can take the moral stench out of this decision you have made, nothing whatsoever.

The country I used to believe I lived in exists no more; that is one hell of a hard reality to get my head around, but it is the absolute, stone cold truth.

Sep 25 08:05

A Look Inside The Secret Deal With Saudi Arabia That Unleashed The Syrian Bombing

And, not surprising, it is once again Assad whose fate was the bargaining chip to get the Saudis on the US' side, because in order to launch the incursion into Syrian sovereign territory "took months of behind-the-scenes work by the U.S. and Arab leaders, who agreed on the need to cooperate against Islamic State, but not how or when. The process gave the Saudis leverage to extract a fresh U.S. commitment to beef up training for rebels fighting Mr. Assad, whose demise the Saudis still see as a top priority."

In other words, John Kerry came, saw and promised everything he could, up to and including the missing piece of the puzzle - Syria itself on a silver platter - in order to prevent another diplomatic humiliation.

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For me, the wild card in this equation is, how far will Russia allow the regime in Damascus to fall before they feel they feel compelled to act?!?

And what, precisely, is Putin prepared to do?

Wish I had a "Vulcan mind-meld" capability - at a distance - on this.

The way Obama has gone in with bomb strikes in Iraq and Syria, it does not appear that there is any way he can, or will, de-escalate any time soon.

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