The CEO of Amnesty International UK, Sacha Desmukh, described the deal as “an extremely bitter blow for human rights.” Great football clubs, she claimed, were “being used to sportswash human rights abuse.” Saudi Arabia had undertaken this move as part of an “aggressive move into sport as a vehicle for image-management and PR plain for all to see.”
Source: Sportswashing at Tyneside: Saudi Arabia moves into English Football – » The Australian Independent Media Network
The eagerness to tag the Saudi government with 9/11 comes from many quarters. The victims want someone rich to sue for damages. Rivals for influence in Washington like the Israelis and the Turks and their lobbies in DC have an interest in taking the Saudis down a peg. The Saudis are widely disliked because of their brand of Wahhabi fundamentalism. Islamophobia plays into it. That you have someone like Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman at the helm of the kingdom now probably hurts after the CIA leaked their conclusion that he was behind the murder of dissident Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. But the case against the Saudi government of being involved in 9/11 is non-existent.
Source: No, Saudi Arabia wasn’t behind the 9/11 Attacks; That is a conspiracy Theory
The lingering questions beg for answers, families of 9/11 victims say. Kristen Breitweiser, whose husband was killed in the attacks, said in an interview that the families are fighting not just the Saudis, but their own government, which she said appears more intent on protecting an important foreign ally than aiding the victims’ families. “We’re fed up. We want accountability and transparency,” Breitweiser said. “I want to know why the Department of Justice is protecting the Saudi kingdom. I’m being robbed of justice for the murder of my husband. It’s just a cover-up, I’m sorry to say.”
Source: 9/11 and the Saudi Connection
Despite copious evidence of Saudi complicity in the September 11 attacks, the Bush administration and its successors have spent twenty years shielding the country’s elite from accountability while making war on an ever-growing list of other Middle East countries.
Source: Twenty Years Ago, the Saudis Got Away With the Crime of the Century
The pickle Australian policy makers find themselves in lies in the obligations of the Arms Trade Treaty, which insists on a ban on exports of weapons to countries where evidence can be shown of use against civilians. The Saudi-led campaign in Yemen against the Houthis, featuring a true orgy of civilian-targeted destruction, qualifies. But Yemen hardly qualifies as a humanitarian disaster in Australian political discourse (distant places have a certain ethical irrelevance to the plodders in Canberra). To make sure her bases are covered, Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne, in reference not to the war in Yemen but the killing of Khashoggi, suggested that, “All options are on the table”. It is already clear what option Canberra prefers: ignore the complicity of the House of Saud, and keep the procession of defence contracts going.
via Masquerading Reforms: The Tricks of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Trump had aligned US foreign policy with Saudi Arabia’s vision of the Middle East. This has unleashed a dangerous recklessness from the Gulf state
via Khashoggi’s fate isn’t a surprise: Trump has emboldened Saudi Arabia | Mohamad Bazzi | Opinion | The Guardian
“The moments when Khashoggi was interrogated, tortured and murdered were recorded in the Apple Watch’s memory,” the paper said, adding that the watch had synched with his iPhone, which his fiancee was carrying outside the consulate
via Saudi journalist’s death recorded on his Apple Watch: Turkish newspaper
Saudi Arabias leadership has arrested 11 senior princes, four current ministers and tens of former ministers.
Saudi Arabia is purging its princes. Heres why – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
State department says it is ‘mystified’ by lack of clarity from Gulf states in latest sign of gap between Trump’s comments and foreign policy
Source: US rebukes Saudi Arabia over Qatar embargo in reversal after Trump comments | World news | The Guardian
The obvious solution to this problem, of instability, extremism and climate change emanating from Riyadh, is electric vehicles, wind turbines and solar panels. They should be adopted as quickly as humanly possible.Cambridge Econometrics concluded that Europe could make its energy supplies secure by “decarbonization,” that is, getting off gasoline/ petrol, coal and natural gas. Transport & Environment, reporting on the study, added, “A shift to electric vehicles would lead to a 1% increase in EU GDP, create up to 2 million new jobs and reduce emissions from cars and vans 83% by 2050, according to the study.”
Source: Why Saudi Extremism, Instability is an Argument for EVs, Wind and Solar Energy | Informed Comment
The Saudis step deeper into trouble almost by the week. Swamped in their ridiculous war in Yemen, they are now reeling from an extraordinary statement issued by around two hundred Sunni Muslim clerics who effectively referred to the Wahhabi belief – practiced in Saudi Arabia – as “a dangerous deformation” of Sunni Islam.
Source: For the first time, Saudi Arabia is being attacked by both Sunni and Shia leaders | The Independent
By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – The Houthi Ansarullah Movement that controls most of north and west …
Source: Saudis bomb Sanaa during “Million-Person march”
Iran is seriously mistrusted by Israel and America. North Korea protects its nuclear secrets and is ruled by an erratic, vicious man. Vladimir Putin’s territorial ambitions alarm democratic nations. The newest peril, Isis, the wild child of Islamists, has shocked the whole world. But top of this list should be Saudi Arabia – degenerate, malignant, pitiless, powerful and as dangerous as any of those listed above.
Source: The evil empire of Saudi Arabia is the West’s real enemy
By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – The Egyptian news site the Arab Observer Network reports that the …
Source: Arab Street Shocked as Saudi Delegation Visits Israel | Informed Comment
For Saudi Arabia to break its “addiction” to oil sounds a bit like the Catholic Church trying to end its addiction to Christianity. It is not only the world’s largest oil exporter; it also sits on the world’s largest oil reserves. But this was indeed what the man overseeing the Saudi economy, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, proposed in the Vision 2030 plan, launched last week.
Source: Saudi Arabia’s retreat from oil places it on the right side of history | Voices | The Independent
Just like his adventure in Yemen, Saudi Arabia’s young Deputy Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman got it all wrong this week. It’s not Saudi Arabia which suffers from “oil addiction”, it’s we who are addicted. The unique Saudi drug – a cocktail of wealth, arrogance and infantile Puritanism – is far more dangerous, since it depends on the arithmetic (or myth) of its 716 billion barrels of oil reserves.
Source: Saudi efforts to ‘modernise’ its economy away from oil are just PR tactics – and the West is lapping them up | Voices | The Independent
When President Barack Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday for a meeting of Gulf leaders, he was greeted at the airport by the governor of Riyadh, instead of the Saudi king. Unlike his previous visits, Obama’s arrival was not broadcast on Saudi state television with its usual pomp and circumstance.
Source: Obama May Be Preaching ‘Tough Love’ to Saudi – But Arms Sales Tell Another Story | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community
Until now the US didn’t seem to be ready to exert the necessary pressure on the Saudis to stop the export of the Wahhabist takfiri ideology which Saudi Arabia tries to spread through madrasas, says Middle East expert Ali Rizk.
Source: ‘Saudi-backed Wahhabist ideology: The root cause of terrorism’ — RT Op-Edge
Mohammed al-Nimr, the son of Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, executed in Saudi Arabia in the beginning of the year, has told RT how his father fought for the rights of “all the people” while having been allegedly tortured after his arrest by Riyadh.
Source: ‘He knew they’d kill him in the end’: Son of prominent Shia cleric al-Nimr speaks to RT — RT News
America’s BFF relationship with the corrupt, vicious and oil-rich Saudi despots might be our worst mistake of all
Source: Oil, money, politics and evil: Our leading Middle East ally is the worst country imaginable – Salon.com
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, released an incendiary cartoon comparing Saudi Arabia to Islamic State, after Riyadh carried out a death sentence against opposition Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.
Source: ‘Any differences?’ Iran Supreme Leader’s cartoon equates ISIS with Saudi Arabia after executions — RT News
Set up as a modern Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr’s death needs to be seen as a harbinger of war – a ploy that would allow for an all-out war against the new Axis of Resistance against imperialism. Forget sectarianism!
Source: Why a freedom fighter was killed to fit Saudi Arabia’s hawkish narrative — RT Op-Edge
Saudi Arabia on Saturday executed 47 people convicted of “terrorism”, including a prominent Shiite cleric behind anti-government protests, the interior ministry sa
Source: Saudi executes 47 including top Shiite cleric – Your Middle East
There are three anti-terrorist coalitions in the world that do not work together to destroy terrorism
Source: Saudi Arabia creates another anti-terrorist coalition to clear its name – PravdaReport
Courts have found this to be a simple case of a Saudi millionaire falling on and accidentally penetrating a teen girl.
Source: Saudi Millionaire Cleared of Rape Charge Because He ‘Accidentally Fell’ on Victim
The Saudi monarchy executes someone over drugs every four days while princes smuggle tons and hold decadent parties
Source: Saudi Arabia executes people over drugs while its princes are caught with tons of drugs at the airport – Salon.com
Dead at age 90, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia 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.
“Democracy Now!” discusses Abdullah with Toby Jones, director of Middle Eastern studies at Rutgers University and the author of “Desert Kingdom: How Oil and Water Forged Modern Saudi Arabia.”
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.