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The Greater Middle East Reacts to Britain’s Exit From the EU (Video)

The oil-rich countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council may see additional buying opportunities in the British market in the wake of Brexit.

Posted on Jun 26, 2016 READ MORE


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Obama Strategist Helps Uber Secure $3.5 Billion From Saudi Arabia

As part of the deal, the managing director of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund will take a seat on the controversial car-hailing company’s board.

Posted on Jun 2, 2016 READ MORE



NYT Editors: Saudi Arabia Spends ‘Untold Millions’ Promoting Militant Islam

Influential groups within the Islamic country have undermined U.S. interests abroad for years, and their exploitation of U.S.-aided Kosovo as a breeding ground for violent reactionaries is only the “latest chapter in this long, sorrowful history,” writes the editorial board of The New York Times.

Posted on May 28, 2016 READ MORE



Look at the Lobbyists Clinton and Wasserman Schultz Picked to Write the Democratic Party’s Platform

The leading Democratic presidential candidate and the party chair appointed influence peddlers with ties to weapons makers, hedge funds and Wal-Mart to the committee responsible for drafting the party’s policies.

Posted on May 26, 2016 READ MORE



The Desperate Plight of Petrostates

Once so wealthy from oil sales that they could finance wars, megaprojects, and domestic social peace simultaneously, Russia, Saudi Arabia and others are now beset by internal strife or are on the brink of collapse as oil prices remain at ruinously low levels.

Posted on May 26, 2016 READ MORE



The Real 9/11 Conspiracy

Despite recent claims that U.S.-Saudi relations are strained, close ties between the two countries count for far more than uncovering what really happened on Sept. 11, 2001.

Posted on May 19, 2016 READ MORE



Undeterred by Veto Threat, Senate Passes Bill Allowing 9/11 Survivors to Sue Saudi Arabia

“Look, if the Saudis did not participate in this terrorism, they have nothing to fear about going to court,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer.

Posted on May 17, 2016 READ MORE



Russia Declines to Ask Syria to Halt Bombardment of East Aleppo (Video)

Russia’s stance on rejecting condemnation of the regime for bombing doctors and patients in hospitals is horrible.

Posted on May 3, 2016 READ MORE



Reinventing Saudi Arabia After Oil: The Prince’s $2 Trillion Gamble

Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, 30, the deputy crown prince of Saudi Arabia, laid out his vision for Saudi Arabia on Monday in a plan called “Vision 2030.”

Posted on Apr 27, 2016 READ MORE



The Real Hillary Clinton

Where she stands now isn’t where she’s always stood. As CNN’s Anderson Cooper once asked her, “Will you say anything to get elected?”

Posted on Apr 24, 2016 READ MORE



Here Are Six Policies Obama Wants Saudi Arabia to Change (Video)

After his critical comments in an interview in The Atlantic last month, Barack Obama’s visit to Saudi Arabia is going to be awkward.

Posted on Apr 19, 2016 READ MORE



Will the U.S. Confront Saudi Leaders About Their Country’s Role in 9/11? Sanders, Clinton Weigh In

A 9/11 victim’s widow: “It’s stunning to think that our government would back the Saudis over its own citizens.”

Posted on Apr 17, 2016 READ MORE



Thousands Protest Egyptian Government’s Island Deal With Saudi Arabia

Egyptians poured into the streets of Cairo on Friday in the first major demonstrations in 2½ years, protesting the government’s agreement on Saudi ownership of Red Sea islands Tiran and Sanafir.

Posted on Apr 17, 2016 READ MORE



Saudi King’s Visit to Turkey Signals a Thaw in Tensions Between the Two Countries

King Salman made a stop in Turkey on Tuesday, after finishing a trip to Egypt over the weekend.

Posted on Apr 13, 2016 READ MORE



When Will the ‘28 Pages’ From 9/11 Commission Report Be Declassified?

The redacted chapter could prove a direct link to 9/11 hijackers and Saudi Arabia, long considered a source of funding for al-Qaida.

Posted on Apr 12, 2016 READ MORE



American Bombs Are Killing Civilians in Yemen, Report Finds

“One of the deadliest strikes against civilians in Yemen’s yearlong war involved U.S.-supplied weapons,” Human Rights Watch says.

Posted on Apr 7, 2016 READ MORE



Three Surprising Reasons Saudi Arabia May Be Getting Out of the Oil Business (Video)

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman announced Friday that Saudi Arabia would use its oil assets to back a $2 trillion sovereign wealth fund.

Posted on Apr 3, 2016 READ MORE



Students Challenge Canadian Government on Arms Deal With Saudi Arabia, Citing Kingdom’s Rights Abuse

A lawsuit led by their professor charges that the $15 billion contract violates Canadian law, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau claims his government’s credibility would be harmed if he broke the agreement.

Posted on Mar 31, 2016 READ MORE



Senator, the Problem of Saudi Arabia Is Much, Much More Than Lack of Equality

Stanley Heller, executive director of the Middle East Crisis Committee, emphasizes in a letter to Sen. Richard Blumenthal that human rights violations in the kingdom run deep. They include “[beheading] people and [crucifying] them for non-crimes such as witchcraft, apostasy and defiance or criticism of the king.”

Posted on Mar 30, 2016 READ MORE



More Than Half the World’s Population Faces Severe Water Scarcity

A new study indicates that global water shortages are much more severe than previously thought, finding that 4 billion people suffer water scarcity during at least one month during the year, while half a billion experience it throughout the year.

Posted on Feb 13, 2016 READ MORE



Oxfam Says Close-Fisted Wealthy Nations Are ‘Failing the People of Syria’

While some small European countries are donating more than their fair share to aid Syrians, the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Russia are still far behind.

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 READ MORE



Obama’s Iranian Missile Sanctions Were Deceptive and Hypocritical

The president’s decision to impose new sanctions on Iranian individuals and entities was merely a way of justifying and continuing the U.S. denunciation of the missile program—a denunciation that is demanded by domestic politics and U.S. alliances with Israel and Saudi Arabia. 

Posted on Jan 29, 2016 READ MORE



Doubling Down on a Failed Strategy: The Pentagon’s Dangerous ‘New’ Base Plan

The Obama administration’s consideration of a Pentagon proposal to create a “new” and “enduring” system of military bases around the Middle East confirms that the military intends to stay in the region for decades, if not generations, to come.

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 READ MORE



Political Turmoil in a Time of Low Energy Prices

The current rout in oil prices threatens a profound shift in the geopolitical fortunes of major energy-producing countries. Many are already experiencing economic and political turmoil, and the longer low prices persist, the more devastating the consequences are likely to be.

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 READ MORE



Deaths Reported as Hospital Linked to Doctors Without Borders Is Bombed in Yemen

The medical charity said it cannot confirm the identity of the attacker but noted that the Saudi-led coalition was responsible for two other airstrikes in the last three months.

Posted on Jan 10, 2016 READ MORE



Islamic State Threatens to Attack Saudi Arabia After Executions

Islamic State has pledged to attack and destroy two Saudi political prisons where Muslim radicals are typically held and release their inmates.

Posted on Jan 6, 2016 READ MORE



Iraqi Shiites Up in Arms, Claim Saudi Arabia Is ‘Spying on Behalf of Islamic State’

Saudi Arabia’s execution on Saturday of prominent Shiite cleric Nimr Baqir al-Nimr has so far not created a crisis between Riyadh and the Shiite-dominated Baghdad government. But Saudi Arabia’s name with the rank-and-file Shiites and parliamentary backbenchers is mud.

Posted on Jan 5, 2016 READ MORE



The Execution of Nimr al-Nimr: One More Reason to Re-evaluate the Toxic U.S.-Saudi Alliance

Instead of insisting on al-Nimr’s release during his years in prison and echoing Amnesty International’s condemnation of his “deeply flawed” trial, the U.S. government was silent. Even after the execution, the U.S. refused to issue a strong denunciation.

Posted on Jan 4, 2016 READ MORE


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Saudi Arabia Executes 47, Including Prominent Shiite Cleric

The influential cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr (at right), a vocal critic of Saudi Arabia’s ruling royal family, was among 47 people put to death in one day. The executions have provoked international outrage and sharply escalated diplomatic tensions in the region.


 

Posted on Jan 2, 2016 READ MORE



The San Bernardino Massacre Isn’t Part of a ‘World War’

In most mass shootings, politicians shrug that “stuff happens”—unless the shooters are Muslims.

Posted on Dec 17, 2015 READ MORE



How Saudi Arabia Could Fight Terrorism—Without a Vague Coalition (Video)

Over the past three days, Saudi Arabia has abruptly put together a 35-nation Muslim coalition to fight terrorism.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE



Woman in San Bernardino Mass Shooting Made Pledge to Islamic State on Facebook (Updated)

UPDATE: The female suspect in the deadly shooting in San Bernardino pledged allegiance to Islamic State on Facebook, authorities said Friday. Meanwhile, friends and colleagues remember those who died.

Posted on Dec 4, 2015 READ MORE



The Common Denominator in Mass Shootings: Guns

Until our society recognizes that death comes from a gun, the list of place names that recently added Colorado Springs and San Bernardino will have no end.

Posted on Dec 3, 2015 READ MORE



Saudi Arabia Plans to Behead More Than 50 People in a Single Day

Already this year, the desert kingdom has carried out at least 151 beheadings, but these would be the first that deal with allegations of terrorism.

Posted on Nov 27, 2015 READ MORE



Islamic State Wants Us to Reject Refugees and Increase Airstrikes

The West’s knee-jerk reactions to the Paris attacks are based on ignorance of what the jihadi organization is and what its motives are.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE



Despite Atrocities, U.S. Approves $1.29 Billion Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia

But it is “illegal under U.S. and international law to transfer weapons to human rights abusers, or to forces that will likely use it to commit gross violations of human rights,” says a representative of a Quaker group.

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Manufacturing Terror: How Saudi Arabia Helped Create Islamic State

In light of the latest terrorist attacks in Paris, we take a look back at an interview with CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, who singled out Saudi Arabia for its role in creating radical extremism in the Middle East.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



As the Missions Creep in Iraq and Syria, Lawmakers Ask: Will We Ever Vote on War?

A bipartisan group of 35 House members issued an open letter calling for a congressional vote on war authorization “as quickly as possible.”

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 READ MORE



Did Russia Change the Facts on the Ground in Syria on the Eve of the Vienna Summit? (Video)

Russia went into Friday’s Vienna talks on Syria in a much strengthened position and could not be very easily dismissed by the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

Posted on Nov 1, 2015 READ MORE



Saudi Prisoner Raif Badawi, Flogged for Blogging, Is Awarded the EU’s Top Human Rights Prize

The president of the European Union’s Parliament calls on Saudi Arabia’s king to free Raif Badawi “so he can accept the prize.”

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 READ MORE



Soaring Heat and Humidity Pose Deadly Threat

Parts of the Arabian Gulf region—a prime source of the oil that helps fuel climate change—are most at risk of becoming uninhabitable for humans unless global warming is tackled.

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: U.S. Ally Saudi Arabia Prepares to Behead, Crucify Young Pro-Democracy Protester

Sixteen people “who are merely protesting for more democracy … are set to die, including several children,” says public advocate Clive Stafford Smith.

Posted on Oct 22, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



American Hypocrisy: GOP Against Sharia Law at Home but Sees Its Backers as ‘Moderates’ in Syria

The same GOP politicians who denounce all U.S. Muslims for allegedly wanting to impose Sharia on all Americans are talking about the Syrian rebels who want a Sharia society as “moderates” and “U.S. allies” being targeted by Russia. 

Posted on Oct 20, 2015 READ MORE



The Backstory on Bernie Sanders and Israel-Palestine: Why Is He So Quiet About the Mideast Tragedy?

Considering the elevated role of the Israel-Palestine issue in progressive circles, and Sanders’ continued success leading up to the primaries, it’s worth revisiting the candidate’s history on the topic and his early approach to foreign policy.

Posted on Oct 12, 2015 READ MORE



U.S. to Ax $500 Million Scheme to Train Syrian Rebels

As the Russian military intervenes directly to support the Syrian government, the U.S. will end a $500 million program to train and equip “moderate” Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State.

Posted on Oct 9, 2015 READ MORE



Why the U.S. Owns the Rise of Islamic State and the Syria Disaster

Over the past three decades, U.S. covert operations and wars have entered repeatedly and powerfully into the chain of causality leading to Islamic State’s present power.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE



Saudi Arabia Continues Hiring Spree of U.S. Lobbyists and Public Relations Experts

Foreign lobbying disclosure documents reveal that the government of Saudi Arabia, known for its grotesque human rights abuses, is aggressively seeking to expand its influence in Washington, D.C.

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 READ MORE


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