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King Abdullah: Royal Pain

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Posted on Jan 29, 2015 READ MORE



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New Saudi King to Obama: Lower-Price Oil Policy Won’t Change

That Saudi Arabia is treated with kid gloves only has one explanation: It pumps over 10 percent of the petroleum produced daily in the world.

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 READ MORE



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Dozens of Top U.S. Officials Swarm Saudi Arabia to Hail the New King

President Obama cut short his trip to India, where he lectured the locals on women’s rights, to personally express his warm wishes to the new monarch of Saudi Arabia, a country where women are not allowed to drive and where women and men are beheaded for crimes including sorcery.

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Tumult in the Arab Peninsula, SOTU, N.Y. Corruption

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right and Center” panelists ask how will Saudi Arabia’s new king manage the challenges of the region after Abdullah’s death? New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is indicted on corruption charges. Also, the European Central Bank announced an aggressive bond-buying program.

Posted on Jan 24, 2015 READ MORE



How Stable Is Saudi Arabia?

The kingdom faces a severe budget shortfall because of the plummeting price of petroleum, and all this instability takes place against a backdrop of substantial regional turmoil.

Posted on Jan 24, 2015 READ MORE


‘He Was Not a Benevolent Dictator, He Was a Dictator’

Dead at age 90, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (at right) was praised by President Obama “as a force for stability and security in the Middle East and beyond.” But analysts accuse him of turning the Syrian uprising into a proxy war with Iran, and U.S. diplomatic cables identified the country as the world’s largest funder of militant Islamist groups.

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 READ MORE



Hypocrisy Abounds: Free Speech as Cover for Islamophobia

The dominant narrative that has emerged from the horrific massacre at Charlie Hebdo is that the very foundation of freedom itself was attacked last week in Paris, and that the best way to fight Islamic fundamentalism is to uphold the ethos of the French weekly’s irreverence and satire.

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 READ MORE



ISIS—the New Israel

ISIS is employing the same brutal tactics used in the late 1940s to create the Jewish state. As the Zionist guerrillas did, it is swiftly and perhaps permanently redrawing the map of the Middle East.

Posted on Dec 15, 2014 READ MORE



Oil Price Fall: Saudi Arabia Targets U.S. Shale Oil, Iran, Iraq, Russia

It is clear that among the major losers in the fall in the price of Brent crude petroleum are Russia, Iraq and Iran. But the big loser will likely be shale oil producers and prospectors in the U.S.

Posted on Nov 29, 2014 READ MORE



Did Saudi Arabia Wage an Economic War on Iran, Russia and North Dakota at the G-20?

What did Saudi Arabia have to say at the recently concluded G-20 conference?

Posted on Nov 17, 2014 READ MORE



Islamic State Calls for Terror Attacks on Saudi Arabia

A voice recording has surfaced, attributed to Ibrahim al-Samarra’i, the leader of the brutal terrorist group Islamic State.

Posted on Nov 15, 2014 READ MORE



How Lowering Oil Prices Could Actually Change the World

If oil goes lower and stays there for a while, what are the implications?

Posted on Oct 14, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Navy/MC1 Trevor Welsh

10 Myths About Obama’s Latest War

Reese Erlich was in northern Iraq at the start of the U.S. bombing campaign against Islamic State. He says the reality on the ground is far different from the propaganda coming out of Washington.

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 READ MORE


The Beheading Coalition

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Posted on Sep 18, 2014 READ MORE



Middle East ‘Allies’ Decline to Commit Forces, Resources Against IS

Secretary of State John Kerry’s meeting in Jedda with 10 Middle Eastern foreign ministers produced a communique Friday, but little more.

Posted on Sep 13, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Hasan Jamali

Terrorizing a Family of Human Rights Champions

Bahrain, a key U.S. ally in the Mideast, is building a symbolic wall against freedom. Part of that odious effort is the longtime persecution of Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and two of his daughters.

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 READ MORE


Pentagon Hymn, the Shores of Tripoli

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Posted on Aug 29, 2014 READ MORE



Why Washington’s War on Terror Failed: The Underrated Saudi Connection

By continuing contradictory policies in Iraq and Syria, the U.S. has ensured that ISIS can reinforce its fighters in those countries and vice versa. So far, Washington has been successful in escaping blame for the rise of ISIS by putting all the blame on the Iraqi government. In fact, it has created a situation in which ISIS can survive and may well flourish.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE



Iraq: Al-Abadi Garners Iranian, U.S., Saudi Support but Can He Unite Iraq?

Middle Eastern regional powers joined the U.S. in welcoming the appointment of Haider al-Abadi as Iraq’s next prime minister, creating a dorm full of strange bedfellows.

Posted on Aug 13, 2014 READ MORE



Are More Saudi Arabians Wandering Away From Islam?

“The appearance of atheists, a growing wariness of religious controls on society, as well as the continuing lure of jihad and ultraconservatism signal a breakdown in the conformity and consensus that has marked the Saudi religious field in the recent past,” Caryle Murphy writes at GlobalPost.

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 READ MORE



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The Obama Effect? Are Iran and Arab Oil Monarchies No Longer on a War Footing?

There are signs of a diplomatic thaw between Iran and the Arab oil monarchies of the Gulf.

Posted on May 21, 2014 READ MORE



‘Friends of Syria’ Vow to Step Up Aid to Opposition

Western and Arab nations vowed Thursday to step up assistance for Syria’s moderate opposition, while the U.S. said “raw data” suggested chlorine had been used as a chemical weapon in the conflict.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE



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



AP/Presidency Office, Rouzbeh Jadidoleslam

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


Nulear Accord With Iran

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Posted on Nov 30, 2013 READ MORE



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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