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British press point finger at Saudi

Posted by seumasach on May 13, 2013

The mood music of the Salafist, regime change in Syria groove has stopped but the Saudis are still standing- an appropriate moment to suddenly remember “9/11 hijacker” Mohamed Atta after all those years

Saudi Arabia – ally of the UK and US – is inciting Syria’s civil war

Nabila Ramdani

Evening Standard

13th May, 2013

As massacre follows massacre in Syria, the civil war there will be a central focus for David Cameron as he meets President Obama in Washington today. Not only have 70,000 died since the start of the fighting in 2011 but the conflict now threatens the stability of the Middle East and the wider world. Yet while concentrating on Assad’s Syria, Cameron and Obama should not underestimate the destructive potential of a country to which they are diplomatically far closer: Saudi Arabia.

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Obama’s Benghazi moment

Posted by seumasach on September 24, 2012

M.K.Bhadrakumar

24th September, 2012

The “Benghazi moment” is likely engendering a rethink in the United States’ regional strategies in the Middle East. One is inclined to agree with the Time magazine’s assessment that a Libya-style intervention by the US in Syria now becomes highly unlikely. A curious aspect of Tony Karon’s analysis is that he tosses the Syrian ball into the court of the Arab governments.

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Saudi judges resign in protest at regime pressure

Posted by seumasach on September 23, 2012

PressTV

23rd September, 2012

At least 50 Saudi judges have resigned in protest at the pressure exerted on them by the Riyadh regime to sentence political activists, Press TV reports.

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Syria reportedly eliminated Bandar bin Sultan in retaliation for Damascus bombing

Posted by seumasach on July 30, 2012

Voltairenet

29th July, 2012

hough not yet announced by the Saudi authorities, the death of Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has been confirmed to Voltaire Network by unofficial souces.

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Saudi anti-regime protesters stage rallies in Riyadh, Mecca

Posted by seumasach on July 29, 2012

PressTV

28th July, 2012

Saudi anti-regime protesters have held fresh demonstrations across Riyadh as well as the holy city of Mecca to protest against the arrest of political prisoners.
Chanting anti-regime slogans on Saturday, the angry protesters demanded the release of political prisoners and the downfall of the US-backed monarchy.

On Friday, Saudi security forces opened fire and injured several demonstrators in the eastern city of Qatif.

Similar demonstrations were also held against the regime in the village of Awamiyah and the city of Buraydah.

Tensions have been running high in Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich Eastern Province over the past weeks following the detention of Saudi Shia cleric Sheikh Nemr al-Nemr.

Sheikh Nemr was attacked, injured, and arrested by Saudi security forces, while driving from a farm to his house in the province’s Qatif region on July 8.

Since February 2011, protesters have held demonstrations on an almost regular basis in Saudi Arabia, mainly in the Qatif region and Awamiyah, also in the Eastern Province, primarily calling for the release of all political prisoners, freedom of expression and assembly, and an end to widespread discrimination.

However, the demonstrations have turned into protests against the Al Saud regime, especially since November 2011, when Saudi security forces killed five protesters and injured many others in the province.

According to Human Rights Watch, the Saudi regime “routinely represses expression critical of the government.”

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Explosion rocks Saudi intelligence headquarters

Posted by seumasach on July 25, 2012

Fars

22nd July, 2012

EHRAN (FNA)- Reports from Saudi Arabia said an explosion rocked the Arab country’s intelligence headquarters and killed the Saudi deputy intelligence chief.

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Egypt’s Mursi visits Saudi Arabia to mend ties

Posted by seumasach on July 22, 2012

“The Saudi and Egyptian leadership greatly realize the importance of tidying up the ‘geo-political house’ of the region and to prepare things for a new Syria,” Yasir ba Amer wrote in al-Watan.

Reuters

12th July, 2012

Saudi Arabia gave a lavish reception to Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi on Thursday, a gesture analysts said indicated the Arab world’s wealthiest country was ready to put old tensions behind it to do business with the new Islamist president.

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Saudi Kingdom rocked by protests

Posted by seumasach on July 22, 2012

Stephen Lendman

Rense

22nd July, 2012

On February 14, 1945, Franklin Roosevelt met with Saudi King Ibn Saud on the USS Quincy. A nearly seven decade relationship followed.

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Saudi protesters hold massive anti-regime rally in Qatif

Posted by seumasach on July 11, 2012

PressTV

11th July, 2012

Tens of thousands of Saudi Arabian protesters have held a demonstration against the Al Saud regime in the Qatif region of oil-rich Eastern Province.

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Saudi Arabia-Bahrain union reflects Gulf rivalry

Posted by seumasach on June 19, 2012

Chris Zambelis

Asia Times

20th June, 2012

In the new Middle East, formerly suppressed political parties, movements, and ideas are increasingly shaping a political and ideological discourse that departs from previous paradigms. An equally important trend that is receiving less attention, however, is the mobilization of counter-revolutionary and reactionary forces opposed to the changes taking place in the region. In this regard, Saudi Arabia’s proposal to forge a formal union with Bahrain, a subject that topped the agenda in a summit of the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states in Riyadh last month, warrants a closer look.

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Death in Arabia: Saudi conundrum

Posted by seumasach on June 19, 2012

M.K.Bhadrakumar

17th June, 2012

The sudden death of the Saudi Crown Prince Nayef brings to focus the Saudi conundrum. The problems facing the country are challenging — archaic monarchic system, rampant corruption and venality, growing socio-economic challenges, Shi’ite empowerment, regional upheaval and a tough neighborhood. But the mother of all ironies is set to unfold in the next 30-day period when Nayef is laid to rest and a new Crown Prince to be selected.

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