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Tag: Saudi Arabia

After Profiting From Weapons Sales and Then Bombing Yemen, U.S. Calls for a Cease-Fire

The United States and United Kingdom call for an unconditional cease-fire in the conflict “within hours.”

Posted on Oct 16, 2016 READ MORE


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U.S. Is Now Openly at War With Houthis in Yemen (Video)

The Obama administration should dissociate itself from the Saudi-led war and open its own lines of communication with the Houthis, because seeing the insurgents as proxies for Iran is geopolitical paranoia.

Posted on Oct 16, 2016 READ MORE

Photo of the Week: Rockets Explode as Media Spin Escalation of a U.S. War in Yemen

Mainstream internet, print and broadcast journalists reported a recent U.S. attack on rebel-controlled radar facilities in Yemen as though the White House hasn’t supported Saudi Arabia’s war there for 18 months.

Posted on Oct 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Is the U.S. Vulnerable to War Crimes Charge for Supporting Saudi Bombing of Innocents in Yemen?

Internal government documents exposed Monday by Reuters reveal that the Obama administration has long known that the 18-month military campaign in Yemen is killing thousands of civilians and could implicate the United States in war crimes.

Posted on Oct 11, 2016 READ MORE

How the Override of the Veto of the 9/11 Lawsuit Bill Could Come Back to Bite Americans

President Obama vetoed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, but Congress has for the first time in his presidency over-ridden his veto. This is a disastrous law with potentially ruinous effects on the U.S. economy and U.S. policy.

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 READ MORE

Former Sen. Bob Graham: FBI Covered Up Saudi Leaders’ Role in 9/11 Attacks

What a difference 28 pages can make—especially when they are a recently declassified portion of the 2002 congressional inquiry, chaired by Graham, into the horrific events of Sept. 11, 2001. (Pictured, then-President George W. Bush with a Saudi diplomat.)

Posted on Sep 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

What Was Saudi Arabia’s Involvement in 9/11?

The Sept. 11, 2001, attacks were a direct outgrowth of the fundamentalist Wahhabist ideology that defines the oil-rich kingdom. For this reason alone, the Saudi regime should be held accountable.

Posted on Sep 10, 2016 READ MORE

Saudi Bigot-in-Chief Declares Iranian Shiites ‘Not Muslim’ (Video)

The statement by the chief mufti for the interpretation of Muslim law in Saudi Arabia is a huge step back from the limited progress the Saudis had made toward being a more inclusive country.

Posted on Sep 7, 2016 READ MORE

Glenn Greenwald: Regardless of Trump, Journalists Must Do Their Homework and Investigate Clinton

Donald Trump has become “such a kind of dangerous presence on the American landscape that a lot of people have become afraid of doing their jobs and scrutinizing his opponent,” the Intercept co-founder told “Democracy Now!”

Posted on Aug 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Mainstream Media Are Ignoring U.S. Accountability in Saudi Arabia’s Destruction of Yemen

Journalist Andrew Cockburn has written extensively on the slaughter of Yemeni people at the hands of the Saudis. In a recent interview on “Democracy Now!”, he argues that this is a “very cruel war that we are helping to wage.”

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Death to the Death Penalty in California

Voters will be confronted with competing death penalty proposals on the November ballot: the praiseworthy Proposition 62 and the defective Proposition 66.

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 READ MORE

The Man Who Captured Abu Zubaydah Says It’s Time to End His Ordeal and Send Him Home

If the government decides you are an “enemy combatant,” you cannot defend yourself in court. It’s a terrible precedent and a threat even to U.S. citizens. We should immediately release the alleged terrorist.

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 READ MORE

Saudis Bomb Yemen’s Capital City During ‘Million-Person March’

During a massive demonstration by members of the Houthi Ansarullah movement Saturday, Saudi Arabian fighter jets targeted downtown Sanaa—arguably a war crime.

Posted on Aug 21, 2016 READ MORE

Arab Street Shocked as Saudi Delegation Visits Israel (Video)

The visit to Israel of a former Saudi military intelligence officer, Gen. Anwar Eshki, came as a body blow to the Arab in the street.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 READ MORE

Force Reform in Saudi Arabia With a Thousand Cuts

Despite new evidence of Saudi complicity revealed in the 9/11 report’s “28 pages,” the Saudis keep getting a free ride from the lemmings in Congress. Here’s how to ratchet up pressure on the regime.

Posted on Jul 19, 2016 READ MORE

‘28 Pages’ on Saudi Links to 9/11 Are Declassified

The documents, which the United States kept secret for years, show the relationship between financial backers of the 9/11 hijackers and individuals connected to the Saudi government.

Posted on Jul 16, 2016 READ MORE

It Is Time to Notice That Horrible Mass Bombings Are Targeting Muslims

It is necessary to call the brutal actions of mass murderers deviant behavior, not radical Islam.

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 READ MORE

Islamic State’s Attacks on Saudi Arabia Are Aimed at Undermining the Monarchy’s Legitimacy

Saudi Arabia was rocked Monday by three terrorist attacks, presumably the work of Islamic State, that were symbolically orchestrated to cause maximum tension in the kingdom.

Posted on Jul 5, 2016 READ MORE

Rights Groups Urge U.N. to Boot Saudi Arabia From Human Rights Council

“What’s particularly shocking is the deafening silence of the international community, which has time and again ceded to pressure from Saudi Arabia,” said Philippe Bolopion, deputy director for global advocacy at Human Rights Watch.

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 READ MORE

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

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


Posted on Jan 4, 2016 ENLARGE

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

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