Tag Archives: Saudi Arabia

Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 222

Source: Libertarianism.org

“Emma Ashford gives us a primer on Saudi Arabia, the oil-rich Middle Eastern nation that is one of the last remaining absolute monarchies in the world.” [various formats] (01/12/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/kingdom-saudi-arabia

2017 review: Yemen

Source: Libertarian Institute
by Kyle Anzalone

“On the night of Trump’s inauguration, he approved a raid on al-Qaeda in a village in central Yemen. Two Americans were killed in the raid: Chief Petty Officer Ryan Williams and 8-year-old Nawar Anwar al-Awlaki. Nawar was hit in the neck with a bullet and died in her grandmother’s arms. … Another early move for Trump was to reinstate precision-guided munition sales to Saudi Arabia. Late in Obama’s Presidency, Obama blocked a sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia as a punishment for Saudi massacring over 150 people at a Yemeni funeral. Other than those small changes Trump’s policy on Yemen has been the same as Obama’s: provide the Saudi’s with the military support and diplomatic cover needed to enforce Saudi’s will over the people of Yemen or to kill them all.” (12/29/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/blog/2017-review-yemen/

Saudi Arabia: Explosion heard over capital as witnesses claim ballistic missile was “intercepted and destroyed”

Source: The Mirror [UK]

“Saudi Arabia’s air defence forces [claim to] have shot down a ballistic missile fired towards the capital by Yemen’s Houthi rebels [sic]. The Saudi-led military coalition [invading] Yemen [claimed] it had intercepted the missile south of Riyadh. A spokesman for the Houthis wrote on Twitter that the rebels had fired a Volcano 2-H missile towards the al-Yamama royal palace in the capital. Witnesses described hearing an explosion as the missile was destroyed overhead. Footage posted on social media shows a plume of smoke in the air after the projectile was intercepted by Saudi Arabia’s military.” (12/19/17)

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/riyadh-explosion-blast-heard-capital-11720389

Arabian chaos

Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Deutsche Well reports from Yemen that the on-going war has shifted as Saudi invaders back Saleh loyalists against Houthis. It is more than a bit confusing: ‘A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes against Shiite rebel targets on the outskirts of Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, on Sunday in an apparent move to bolster forces loyal to ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh against their former allies, the Houthis. On Saturday, Saleh said he is open to discussing the conflict with Saudi leaders, after his alliance with Iran-aligned Shiite rebels known as Houthis collapsed earlier this week, marking a major turning point in the conflict. … Saudi Arabia entered the conflict in March 2015 to prop up [the Saudi puppet regime] of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.’ Is anyone else reminded of the bizarre switches in alliances (and the propaganda) from the novel 1984?” (12/13/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/12/13/arabian-chaos/

Yemen: Saudi invaders kill at least 30 prisoners with air strikes

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“At least 30 prisoners have been killed in Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen’s rebel [sic]-controlled capital, Sanaa, according to local media. Al Masriet, an online publication, reported on Wednesday that dozens of people were also injured in seven raids targeting facilities controlled by the Houthi rebels [sic], including the prison housing about 180 prisoners at the time of the attack. There was no immediate reaction by the Saudi-led coalition.” (12/13/17)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/12/houthis-saudi-led-raid-kills-prisoners-sanaa-171213114332935.html

Saudi Arabia: Regime lifts 35-year ban on movie theaters

Source: CNN

“Saudis will soon be able to go to the movies for the first time more than 35 years. From early next year, commercial movie theaters will be granted licenses, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture and Information said in a statement on Monday. It expects the first cinemas to open their doors in March. … The government hopes that opening movie theaters will act as a catalyst for economic growth and diversification, creating new employment opportunities and providing Saudis with a greater range of entertainment options.” (12/11/17)

http://money.cnn.com/2017/12/11/media/saudi-cinemas/index.html

Why is there no “Saudi-gate?”

Source: Antiwar.com
by Branko Marcetic

“Politicians and pundits have clamored to label the alleged Russian interference an ‘act of war.’ Several have compared it to Pearl Harbor, and Tom Friedman declared it a ‘9/11 scale event.’ Even more of a 9/11 scale event was the actual 9/11. Fifteen of the nineteen hijackers were Saudi nationals, and the attack was planned by a scion of one of the country’s wealthiest and politically connected families. The hijackers … had ties to members of the Saudi government, including the Saudi ambassador to the United States …. recently, newly unearthed FBI files describe a 1999 ‘dry-run’ for 9/11 carried out by Saudi government agents with tickets bought by the Saudi embassy. … if we’re talking about national security threats, Russia can’t compete with the chaos Saudi Arabia has facilitated — and still does, given the weapons it’s been sending to extremists in Syria. But you’re not likely to see any US officials or citizens hauled before Congress to testify about their relationship with Saudis anytime soon.” (12/05/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/branko_marcetic/2017/12/04/no-saudi-gate/

Yemen: War shifts as Saudi invaders back Saleh loyalists against Houthis

Source: Deutsche Well [Germany]

“A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes against Shiite rebel targets on the outskirts of Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, on Sunday in an apparent move to bolster forces loyal to ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh against their former allies, the Houthis. On Saturday, Saleh said he is open to discussing the conflict with Saudi leaders, after his alliance with Iran-aligned Shiite rebels known as Houthis collapsed earlier this week, marking a major turning point in the conflict. … Saudi Arabia entered the conflict in March 2015 to prop up [the Saudi puppet regime] of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.” (12/03/17)

http://www.dw.com/en/yemens-war-shifts-as-saudi-led-airstrikes-back-saleh-loyalists-against-houthis/a-41633073

Saudi Arabia: Prince freed after reportedly paying bribe of more than $1 billion

CNBC

Source: CNBC

“Saudi Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, detained earlier this month in a corruption crackdown, has been released after paying authorities more than $1 billion for his freedom, according to media reports. Once seen as a contender to the throne, Prince Miteb was among hundreds of other political and business figures rounded up in a sudden anti-corruption purge at the start of November. The 64-year old cousin of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was said to have been released on Tuesday after reaching an ‘acceptable settlement agreement’ …” (11/29/17)

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/29/saudi-prince-miteb-bin-abdullah-freed-after-1-billion-settlement-deal.html

After cheerleading for invasion of Iraq, Tom Friedman glorifies Saudi Arabia’s war criminal

Source: Antiwar.com
by Muhammad Sahimi

“Thomas [Tom] Friedman, the supposedly liberal columnist of the New York Times and the ‘imperial messenger’ of the US establishment, needs no introduction. This is the same man who was the leading cheerleader for the illegal and criminal invasion of Iraq in 2003 that set the Middle East on the path of bloodshed and destruction. … he has learned that it is toxic for the career of the so-called pundits, especially someone like him who is paid handsomely by the New York Times to act as a war cheerleader for war and propagandist for war criminals, to ever admit wrongdoing. So, what does he do instead? He blames everyone and everything, from the people of Iraq to Iran, Arabs, incompetence of the US occupying forces, etc., but never people like himself … Against this background, Friedman suddenly publishes a fictional story — more precisely, a ‘love letter’ — about a ‘great’ Arab ‘reformer,’ none other Mohammad bin Salman or MBS, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia who is deeply in trouble, both internally and externally.” (11/28/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/sahimi/2017/11/27/cheerleading-invasion-iraq-tom-friedman-glorifies-saudi-arabias-war-criminal/