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What You’re Reading About the NSA in Some Newspapers May Be Purely Propaganda

Shocking revelations in the Los Angeles Times and Washington Post could merely be attempts by the National Security Agency to justify its activities; a new law in Saudi Arabia labels all atheists as terrorists; meanwhile, Mississippi passed an anti-gay segregation bill. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE



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Saudi King Channels John McCain, Demands Obama Take Hard Line on Iran, Syria, Muslim Brotherhood

President Obama met late Friday with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at the latter’s desert camp, flying out from Riyadh by helicopter.

Posted on Mar 29, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Pavel Golovkin

The Long Telegram: Imaginary Friends and Phantom Enemies

The result of the obsessive vilification of Russia is a tragic waste of opportunities for two major nations to join in the actual wars at hand.

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 READ MORE



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The War on Terror Jumps the Shark as Everyone in the Mideast Accuses Everyone Else of Terrorism

In early December, Lebanese Shiite leader Hassan Nasrallah of Hezbullah accused Saudi Arabia of being behind the bombing of the Iranian embassy in Beirut—i.e., charged Riyadh with terrorism.

Posted on Mar 11, 2014 READ MORE



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A New Arab Cold War: Saudi Arabia Pressures Qatar on Muslim Brotherhood, American Think Tanks

Saudi Arabia’s listing of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization and the withdrawal of the Saudi, Kuwaiti and Bahrain ambassadors from Qatar signal a big geopolitical realignment in the Middle East.

Posted on Mar 10, 2014 READ MORE



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Iran Breakthrough a Triumph for Pragmatists and a Defeat for the Warmongers

As with all good diplomacy, the Iran accord is a win-win for that country and the United Nations Security Council’s permanent members.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE



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The Drone Next Door

Drones are wonderful, said almost all the Americans I have talked to in recent weeks.

Posted on Dec 13, 2013 READ MORE



How Much Health Care Is Too Much?

While many Americans were uninsured, others were being forced to undergo a series of unnecessary tests that hurt both them and the medical system; the creator of the TV program “The Wire” calls America a “horror show”; and, despite what many believe, technology will not save us from the apocalypse. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 10, 2013 READ MORE


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Why Isn’t Anybody Talking About the Major Oil Discovery in Australia?

Crude found outside a small town in the land down under nearly outnumbers all the reserves in Saudi Arabia; former Cuban President Fidel Castro believes JFK’s assassination was part of a larger conspiracy; meanwhile, French President Francois Hollande stands up to Israel. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 READ MORE



McDonald’s Heartless Advice to Its Low-Wage Workers

As many of the fast food chain’s employees struggle to feed their families, the company suggests they “break food into pieces” to feel full; Israel and Saudi Arabia join forces against Iran; meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security is funding a $2.6 million mesh network surveillance grid that has its eye on us all. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Losing Friends, Influencing No One, and Alienating the Middle East

The raids in Libya and Somalia last month, targeting an alleged al-Qaeda fugitive and an alleged kingpin of the al-Shabab Islamist movement, were less a sign of America’s awesome might than minor exceptions that proved an emerging rule: that the power, prestige, and influence of the United States in the broader Middle East and its ability to shape events there is in a death spiral.

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Jason Reed

Pay No Attention to That Imperialist Behind the Curtain

What John Kerry did this week in Egypt and Saudi Arabia is nothing short of despicable.

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Saudi Women’s Fight to Drive Will Go On

What started out as a global “drive-in” to protest Saudi Arabia’s laws against women behind the wheel turned into a feat for the courageous few who dared to start up their engines and defy authorities.

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 READ MORE



Chinese Doctors Violently Attacked Over Medical Costs

China’s government is trying to enhance security in hospitals to protect health care providers from patients’ furious relatives; Obama seems completely indifferent to outrage over the NSA leaks; meanwhile, Wikipedia’s volunteer workforce is dwindling. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Saudi Arabia’s First Female Director Wants ‘Wadjda’ to Speak for Itself

It’s the first movie filmed entirely inside the kingdom, the first directed by a woman, and the first submitted by Saudi Arabia for an Academy Award, but Haifaa al-Mansour wants her film to do its own talking.

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 READ MORE



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The Hill to the Rescue on Syria?

John F. Kennedy once remarked that defeat is an orphan. Here was a war bereft of parents even before it had begun.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Evan Vucci

Truthdiggers of the Week: Skeptics of Obama’s Syrian Weapons Claims

This week we honor those who retain their commitment to truth in the face of easy answers, incomplete reporting and official misinformation, such as former Rep. Dennis Kucinich.

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Physical and Sexual Abuse Finally Illegal in Saudi Arabia

A law passed by the Saudi Arabian cabinet this week bans violence against women and children in the home as well as in the workplace. Such behavior, which up until now had been considered a “private matter” in the country, will be punishable with penalties of $1,300 to $13,000 and as much as a year in prison.

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Hassan Ammar

The Prince: Meet the Man Who Co-Opted Democracy in the Middle East

Now that the Arab Spring has been turned into a totally owned subsidiary of the Saudi royal family, it is time to honor Prince Bandar bin Sultan as the most effective Machiavellian politician of the modern era.

Posted on Aug 27, 2013 READ MORE



U.S. Navy/MC2 Matthew D. Leistikow

Conflicts Within Islam Complicate U.S. Foreign Policy

The unforeseen consequences of American Middle Eastern policy since the Second World War are now making themselves apparent.

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Jacob N. Bailey

Egypt Coup Earns $8 Billion Reward From Neighboring States

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have given Egypt $8 billion in cash, loans and fuel since military leaders arrested President Mohamed Morsi and shot dead dozens of his supporters.

Posted on Jul 9, 2013 READ MORE


Foreign Governments Turn Syrian Conflict to Their Own Advantage

Governments in the Middle East and across the world are exploiting the long chaos of Syria’s populist uprising to gain influence in the region. And Syrians—70,000 of whom have been killed in the conflict—are paying the price with their bodies and lives.

Posted on Mar 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Dumb and Dumber

Last week there was a perfect drone storm of a story, only a year or so late. The most striking thing is that it should have set everyone’s teeth on edge, yet next to nobody even noticed.

Posted on Feb 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Your Newspaper Works for the State

Major papers such as The New York Times and The Washington Post have complied with requests from the Bush and Obama administrations to conceal sometimes-illegal acts performed by the government in the name of national security, writes Glenn Greenwald at The Guardian.

Posted on Feb 8, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. Could Overtake Saudi Arabia as World’s Biggest Oil Producer

By the end of the decade, the United States will produce more barrels of oil per day than Saudia Arabia and more gas than Russia, according to a report by the intergovernmental International Energy Agency.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 READ MORE



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Stifled Lives in the Kingdom

On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines—and Future” depicts a society paralyzed by an economy based almost solely on oil and government handouts. 

Posted on Oct 3, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Army/Pfc. Ryan Hallgarth

Iraq Is ‘Hell on Earth’ for Gays

With hostile families, militias and even police on the hunt for gay people, conditions in Iraq are worse than in Saudi Arabia and Iran, the BBC reports.

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 READ MORE


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AP / Hasan Sarbakhshian

Obama Makes Room for New Sanctions Against Iran

On Friday, President Obama prepared to put the squeeze on Iran’s international oil business as an oblique, but not ambiguous, means of pressuring Tehran about its nuclear program by laying the groundwork for more sanctions.

Posted on Mar 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Pakistan Denies Taliban Ties in Afghanistan

Claims made by NATO that Pakistan is in cahoots with the Afghan Taliban are tantamount to “old wine in an even older bottle,” according to Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar. However, this particular batch of wine represents thousands of mandatory conversations (read: interrogations) versus Khar’s official denial.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Gerald Herbert

Arms Dealer Obama Will Win by Default

Barack Obama will be re-elected not as a vindication of his policies but because the Republicans are incapable of providing a reasonable challenge to his flawed performance.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Airman 1st Class Jeffrey Schultze

America’s Christmas Present to Her Favorite Despots

Hold that thought about democracy in the Middle East while we sell $60 billion of military hardware to the princes of Saudi Arabia. The U.S. closed the first $30 billion half of a major arms deal Thursday to send 84 F-15 fighter jets to a country that only this month beheaded a woman convicted of witchcraft. (more)

Posted on Dec 29, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Muzaffar Salman

Arab League Lands in Syria

Delegates from the Arab League arrived in Syria on Monday in yet another attempt to resolve the crisis that’s only intensified since the Syrian government made the evidently hollow gesture last week of agreeing to stop military-enabled assaults on its own people and allow observation from outside its borders.

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Yemen’s President Signs Off

After enduring a couple of unsuccessful attempts to get him to sign his power away, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh finally put pen to paper Wednesday, effectively ending his 33-year tenure after months of unrest and bloodshed in his home country. In exchange, he’ll reportedly be granted ... (more)

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 READ MORE



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Clinton Denies Designs on Biden’s Throne

What’s a secretary of state to do in the face of international terrorism and domestic unrest? Why, she should set the record straight on the “Today” show, which is just what Hillary Clinton did Thursday to tackle cloak-and-dagger rumors that she might replace Vice President Joe Biden in 2012 ... (more)

Posted on Oct 13, 2011 READ MORE


Alleged Murder Plot Fans U.S.-Iran Tensions

Figuring in among the lineup of top stories on Wednesday’s broadcast of “Democracy Now!” is the alleged assassination plot against Saudi Arabia Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir, for which the U.S. has charged two Iranian agents. Meanwhile, government officials in Tehran are accusing the Obama administration of ... (more)

Posted on Oct 12, 2011 READ MORE



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U.S. Names Iranians in Alleged Assassination Plot

As if relations between Tehran and Washington weren’t troubled enough, Tuesday brought news of a purported plan by Iranian government operatives to kill one Adel al-Jubeir (above), Saudi ambassador to the United States. The alleged bomb plot was shut down by American authorities after two agents apparently recruited the wrong … (more)

Posted on Oct 11, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Hassan Ammar

Saudi Arabia’s Radical King Gives Women the Right to Vote

Only 118 years after New Zealand kicked off this dangerous trend, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has decided to allow women to vote and run in municipal elections as soon as 2015. (more)

Posted on Sep 25, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Tara Todras-Whitehill

How to Save the United States and Israel From Themselves

Most Americans would likely agree that the main shock delivered to Americans and the American government by the 9/11 attacks was that of vulnerability. Another such shock is impending.

Posted on Sep 13, 2011 READ MORE



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Bin Laden’s Unintended Legacy

Ten years on, Osama bin Laden, were he not at the bottom of the sea, could be reasonably satisfied with what he has accomplished.

Posted on Sep 6, 2011 READ MORE



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Tunisian Court Finds Former President Guilty of Financial Crimes

He wasn’t present to hear the verdict in person, but Monday a local court found Tunisia’s deposed president, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, guilty of embezzlement and making personal use of public funds, according to The New York Times.

Posted on Jun 20, 2011 READ MORE



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Yemen Celebrates as Saleh Leaves for Medical Treatment

Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh, nursing wounds from a rocket attack Friday on the presidential mosque, arrived in Saudi Arabia on Sunday for medical treatment as street celebrations and renewed violence erupted back home in the capital of Sanaa. (more)

Posted on Jun 5, 2011 READ MORE



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U.K. Cheers On Arab Spring While Training Its Opponents

Just days after the British government pledged $181 million in grants and loans to foster economically viable democratic transitions in Egypt and Tunisia, a Freedom of Information Act report confirmed that British military personnel are training the same Saudi security forces that were used to crush recent popular uprisings in Bahrain. (more)

Posted on May 29, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Obama Responds to a Changing Mideast in Arab Spring Speech

Addressing the upheavals that have occurred and transformations still in progress in the Middle East (except for one notable omission), President Barack Obama put the big shifts that the Arab Spring brought in a broader context during a major speech on Thursday ... (more)  Updated

Posted on May 19, 2011 READ MORE


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Osama bin Laden Is Dead (Updated)

President Obama has confirmed that a U.S.-led operation has killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden near the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, and his body is in U.S. custody. Update: In a related development, early Monday the State Department issued a worldwide warning to American travelers.

Posted on May 1, 2011 READ MORE


A Tale of Two Hospitals: Kuwait 1991, Bahrain 2011

Scene: The Human Rights Caucus of the U.S. Congress hears the testimony of a 15-year-old girl, introduced by only her first name, Nayira, in order, the audience is told, to protect the safety of her family.

Posted on Apr 24, 2011 READ MORE


U.S.-Backed Bloodshed Stains Bahrain’s Arab Spring

One month into Bahrain’s uprising, Saudi Arabia sent military and police forces over the 16-mile causeway that connects the Saudi mainland to Bahrain, an island. Since then, the protesters, the press and human-rights organizations have suffered increasingly violent repression.

Posted on Apr 12, 2011 READ MORE



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Saudis Play Into Radical islam’s Hands

When the secret history of the current “Arab Spring” is written, we may learn that one of the many unintended consequences of U.S. attempts to keep up with—and influence—the historic events was to provide a flood of new recruits to radical Islam.

Posted on Apr 8, 2011 READ MORE



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The Sleeping Giants of Tiny Bahrain

Washington’s tendency to handle the Bahraini monarchy with kid gloves and to defer to the Saudis is ill serving the stability of the Persian Gulf. Risking the radicalization of Bahrain’s Shiite community may be a very bad idea.

Posted on Mar 29, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jerome Delay

Be Consistent—Invade Saudi Arabia

Once again an American president summons the passions of a human rights crusade against a reprehensible ruler whose crimes, while considerable, are not significantly different than that of dictators the U.S routinely protects.

Posted on Mar 23, 2011 READ MORE


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