In 1981 the US and Saudi governments spearheaded an effort to create the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), consisting of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and UAE. All except Oman are members of OPEC. The elite families of the six GCC nations; Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and UAE are heavily invested in Western economies. High volume crude oil production keeps this investment capital flowing to Wall Street while allowing the GCC elites to live opulent lifestyles, in this way the volume of oil production is much more important than the price received for the oil for Western bankers and the GCC monarchs alike.
The kingdom's top religious authorities, including the Grand Mufti, have accepted the decision; however dozens of Saudi clerics have staged a protest against the decision to appoint women to the Shura Council.
Analysts attribute the US support to the huge reserves of natural resources in Saudi Arabia, while the ruling Al Saud family has proven to be a reliable and staunch ally for Washington over the past decades.
The absolute monarchy seeks to quell any instability in the region by resorting to heavy-handed crackdowns in confronting critics at home and supporting despotic regimes in neighboring countries, the observers add.
Anti-regime protest in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province
The comments come as the Al Saud regime forces have arrested dozens of prominent figures in the Persian Gulf kingdom in a two-day period as Riyadh intensifies its campaign of terror on dissidents. According to reports, security forces raided homes and offices across the capital city of Riyadh, detaining a number of religious scholars, doctors, professors, students and civil workers. Regime forces also launched similar crackdowns in the kingdom's Eastern Province and the cities of Mecca and Jeddah.
Since February 2011, demonstrators have held anti-regime protest rallies on an almost regular basis in Saudi Arabia, mainly in the Qatif region and the town of Awamiyah in Eastern Province, primarily calling for the release of all political prisoners, freedom of expression and assembly, and an end to widespread discrimination.
Press TV has conducted an interview with Ali al-Ahmad, director of the IGA from Washington DC, to shed more light on the issue at hand.
The king ordered the house arrest from Morocco where he was on a visit. The monarch cut short the trip and flew home to deal with the issue.
The investigation was carried out by a committee comprising six different security agencies. It revealed that the officers, in cahoots with the prince and the former governor of the Eastern Province Mohammed bin Fahad bin Abdul Aziz, currently residing in the United States, were planning to stage a coup d'état.
The website also said that the former defense minister is suspected of having a role in the coup.
Prince Khaled was dismissed by royal decree on April 21, 2013. Prince Fahd Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Abdulrahman, who was commander of Saudi naval forces since 2002, succeeded him.
There has been a power struggle within Al Saud as younger members of the royal family are vying to snatch power in case the ailing king dies.
Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal
By: Finian Cunningham
A “pseud” is a poser, a pretender, and this term is eminently applicable to a regime that rules by fear, terror and tyranny, yet which claims to represent the Muslim World - the Ummah - by pointing to itself as the “Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques of Islam”.
The truth is that this “custodian” has inflicted more suffering and violence among Muslims than perhaps any other agency in history, through its sponsorship of sectarianism, hatred and terrorism. The Saudi rulers with their obscurantist Wahhabi version of Islam are anathema to the worldwide diversity and collectivism that truly reflects the religion and spirit of “Islam” - meaning “peace”.
Syria’s information minister Omran al-Zoubi hit the nail on the head this week when he lambasted the Saudi regime for “betraying” the Arab world and Islam.
Indeed, one could say that since its inception as a state in 1932 at the hands of the British Empire, Saudi Arabia has continually betrayed the Arab people, including its own population, in the service of imperialist interests. The Saudi rulers, from the first so-called King Ibn Saud to the present King Abdullah, have siphoned off the oil riches of the Arabian Peninsula while the ordinary people struggle with unemployment, homelessness and poverty. The lion’s share of wealth of the world’s biggest oil exporter feeds the Saudi elite and their foreign patrons, and what’s more this wealth is used to suppress and oppress.
Roughly, the lifetime of the Saudi state parallels the genocide of the Palestinians since at least the 1930s. Yet in all that time, the Saudi rulers have done nothing to alleviate or defend the rights of their Arab brothers and sisters in Palestine. Indeed, as the Zionist regime now turns to dispossessing the Ummah of its third holiest site - al Aqsa Mosque in East Al Quds (Jerusalem), the Saudi royals have not bothered to raise even a whimper of objection.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Sites is hardly in any position to complain since the Saudi rulers are also busy demolishing religious sanctities in Mecca and Medina to make way for new apartments and shopping malls for their family’s profiteering.
Moreover, no sooner had the Saudi crocodile tears for the Palestinians dried up than reports emerged of the kingdom’s intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan al Saud, holding secret meetings in Jordan with his Israeli counterpart, Tamir Bardo, the director of Mossad. Such a meeting is, as it turns out, a matter of routine between the Israeli regime and the Saudis, as well as the latter’s Wahhabi clients in Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.
All of these reactionary, dictatorial regimes collude with each other in their heinous common interest of destroying democracy across the Middle East.
This illustrates the real political motives of the Saudi rulers. Religion and the fraternity of Arabs and Muslims do not, remotely, come into their calculus. They operate on the basis of preserving their elite class interests of material privilege and luxury. Those interests are preserved by working assiduously with the enemies of Muslims and the mass of Arabs.
The greatest immediate enemy of the Arabs is the Western-backed Zionist regime and yet the Saudi rulers do not have any compunction about colluding with this enemy. In fact, they are impelled to collude in order to preserve their own corrupt position.
Earlier this week, Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal again repeated his country’s dissatisfaction with the United States and Europe for not intervening more in Syria. “We can’t have these high moral values if we do nothing here,” he said during a meeting with US secretary of state John Kerry.
Meanwhile, the Saudi minister’s brother, Prince Turki al-Faisal, who was formerly the kingdom’s intelligence chief, told US media that the way to stop violence in Syria was for the US and Europe to send more arms to the militants fighting in that country. “We need to level the playing field,” he said, adding: “to checkmate the military superiority of [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad and force him to come to the negotiating table.”
As for the proposed peace talks at Geneva, the Saudis have done everything to ensure that there will be no negotiations. They have instructed the artificial opposition, the pampered exile group known euphemistically as the Syrian National Coalition, to snub the process at every opportunity. And the Western governments and media have gone along with this charade by ignoring several legitimate internal Syrian opposition groups who are willing to attend a Geneva conference.
The fact is Saudi Arabia, like the Zionist genocidal regime and the other Wahhabi monarchies, does not want peace, justice or democracy anywhere in the Middle East. They need and thrive on conflict, enmity, hatred and division. That is why the Saudi rulers have emerged as partners in crime with Tel Aviv in sponsoring conflict and terrorism in Bahrain, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Iraq and Iran, as well as crushing dissent within their own domains.
The House of Pseud is anything but the “Custodian of the Two Holy Sites of Islam”. It is the centre of state-sponsored terrorism against Muslims, Arabs, Christian and anyone else who dares challenge their tyrannical despotism.
And yet this week, US secretary of state John Kerry groveled and indulged these despots with ridiculous compliments about being the region’s “senior players”. Which just goes to show, Kerry and his Western ilk are also honorary members of the “House of Pseud”.
“Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency is working with Saudi officials on contingency plans for a possible attack on Iran if its nuclear programme is not significantly curbed in a deal that could be signed in Geneva this week,” the British newspaper The Sunday Times reported .
The report added that the Saudi and Israeli officials are convinced that the international talks to place limits on Tehran’s nuclear program “amount to appeasement and will do little to slow its development.”
“As part of the growing co-operation, Riyadh is understood already to have given the go-ahead for Israeli planes to use its airspace in the event of an attack on Iran,” it said.
Iran has repeatedly warned that it will retaliate with its utmost power against any attack on its soil.
According to the reports, Riyadh and Tel Aviv have both united in worry that the West may come to terms with Iran, easing anti-Iran sanctions and allowing Tehran to continue its nuclear program.
“The Saudis are furious and are willing to give Israel all the help it needs,” an unnamed diplomatic source told the paper.
Recently, Saudi Arabia’s spy chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the director of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency, Tamir Pardo, reportedly have held a secret meeting in Jordan’s Aqaba city.
The likelihood of an agreement between Iran and the permanent members of the UN Security Council- the US, Britain, China, France and Russia- plus Germany has made, enraged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who has denounced a possible agreement with Iran as a “historic blunder.”
Israel began its lobbying efforts after it found out that the latest talks in Geneva were coming close to an agreement between Iran and the P5+1.
The two sides did not reach an agreement in the talks, but stressed that significant progress had been made and expressed optimism about the prospect of a possible deal in the future talks set for November 20 in Geneva .
Saudi Labor Minister Adel Faqih says 170,000 foreign workers have been deported in the past 40 days. He's admitted that the vacuum following the mass expulsion of foreign workforce has damaged the Saudi market. The minister says now it's time to attract Saudi nationals to fill the gap. But he complained of the Saudi youth's reluctance to get jobs that were occupied by foreign workers. Expelled foreign workers say they've been mistreated by police.
Russian President Vladimir Putin
By: Finian Cunningham
terrorist acts connected to Saudi-sponsored radicals in the North Caucasus. Back in October, another suicide bomb on a packed bus in Volgograd left six dead.
By: Tahmineh Bakhtiari
The intense internal conditions of Saudi Arabia is in such a way that even the US intelligence agencies have recently warned of the risk of a bloody coup in this country.
After the collapse of the Soviet Russia, the US tried to use al-Qaeda to disrupt the regional equations in Middle East, and that was their reason for not disarming them.
After the US attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq, not only al-Qaeda did not become weak, but it also nested in most of the Middle Eastern countries and even Russia. In a move contradictory to their past slogans, the US and some Arab countries sent money and weapons to the terrorists in Syria.
By: Rodney Shakespeare
Yet the USA and UK are continuing to feed the monster partly because they like monsters and partly because monsters provide justification for more spying, more arms and more war.
At first sight, nothing because Takfiri/Wahhabism is integral to the continuing existence of the Saudi state and the regime ruthlessly maintains its grip.
Photo - Reuters/Enrique De La Osa
Saudi oil minister Ali Al-Naimi (AFP Photo/Yasser Al-Zayyat)
Saudi Arabia has also made clear that it is unwilling to cut down production, even if oil prices continue to fall further. Last week, the country’s oil minister, Ali Al-Naimi, said that output would not be reduced, even if prices fall to $20 a barrel.
The thing is these executions happen all the time and for what many would consider no crime at all. People get beheaded for sorcery, women jailed for driving and posting online. But this draws no international condemnation. Why? John Wight says it’s simple: Money.
Video Source: Russia Today
A Playlist of news reports and opinion (2011 to 2015) on Yemen’s struggle for freedom against the backdrop of Saudi backed puppet governments (now deposed) and the resulting Saudi war campaign on the Yemeni people. Just like in Lybia, Palestine and Syria, the Saudi regime’s actions speak for themselves, they are out of control and do not respect human rights. It is a war crime to invade and attack another country, PERIOD! Let us hope they will be brought to account for their war crimes and crimes against humanity throughout the Middle East and Africa. The people will not forget these Saudi attrocities...
UPDATE: 2015 - May 01
UPDATE: 2015 May 09
UPDATE: 2015 May 14
UPDATE: 2015 June 20
UPDATE: 2015, July 29
UPDATE: 2015 Aug 03
UPDATE: 2015 Sept 06th
UPDATE: 2015, Sept 23rd
UPDATE: 2015 Sept 26th
UPDATE: 2015 - September 29
UPDATE: 2015 October 23
The prince also predicted that eventually either King Salman will step down or Prince Ahmed will become Crown Prince, with full control over the whole country. The prince, who was not named for quote-security reasons, is reportedly the author of two recently published letters calling for the royal family to replace the current Saudi leadership.
UPDATE: 2015 Nov 27
UPDATE: 2016 Jan 02
UPDATE: 2016 Jan 13