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The world ignored the warning signs – and now the Middle East is on the brink | Simon Tisdall | Opinion | The Guardian
Donald Trump’s hostility towards Iran and support for Saudi Arabia has made a delicate situation explosive [...] Old geopolitical faultlines were recklessly aggravated and inflamed. Any sensible policy would seek to balance the regional claims of Shia Muslim Iran and the Sunni house of Saud. But the west – turning a blind eye for decades to pitiless autocracy, legalised misogyny and religious bigotry – has continued to court Riyadh and its corrupting riches.
Iran  Saudi  Arabia 
12 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Princess Haya: Dubai ruler's wife seeks marriage protection order - BBC News
UAE

Princess Haya initially fled to Germany to try and seek asylum there, but it emerged this month that she was living in central London - specifically, in an £85m ($107m) town house in Kensington Palace Gardens.

It's believed that Princess Haya will want to stay in the UK. However, if her husband demands her return to Dubai, this could cause a diplomatic headache for Britain - which has close ties to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

After she fled, Sheikh Mohammed wrote an angry poem accusing an unnamed woman of betrayal and treachery, and posted it on his Instagram page.

Sheikha Latifa
UAE  Dubai  Saudi  Arabia  forced  marriage  Islam  Muslim  Community  Islamophobia  foreign  affairs  diplomatic  relations  Sheikha  Latifa  western  world  Gulf  states  modernity  capitalism  oil  dollars 
july 2019 by asterisk2a
Khashoggi murder exposes Trump administration's dependency on Saudis | US news | The Guardian
It’s not just arms sales and business contacts, Trump needs Saudi Arabia to boost oil production when Iran sanctions kick in and to fund US plans for Syria &! https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/21/death-of-dissident-jamal-khashoggi-mohammed-bin-salman - Jamal Khashoggi: murder in the consulate
USA  Saudi  Arabia  Iran  sanction  Oil  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump 
october 2018 by asterisk2a
Khashoggi case is test for UK-Saudi relationship | Patrick Wintour | Politics | The Guardian
Critics of Saudi regime are at risk – wherever they may be
Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi shows Riyadh has little respect for borders - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/10/critics-of-saudi-regime-are-at-risk-wherever-they-may-be
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7cv0SN6KxI - Remarkable Call From Army Consultant On Why UK Doesn't Intervene On Saudi Arabia
Turkey  Saudi  Arabia  foreign  policy  diplomacy  Russia 
october 2018 by asterisk2a
Saudi princes among dozens detained in anti-corruption purge - BBC News
BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner says Prince Mohammed is moving to consolidate his growing power while spearheading a reform programme. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
Saudi  Arabia 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
Saudi Arabia has 'clear link' to UK extremism, report says - BBC News
The Henry Jackson Society said there was a "clear and growing link" between Islamist organisations in receipt of overseas funds, hate preachers and Jihadist groups promoting violence.
The foreign affairs think tank called for a public inquiry into the role of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations.
The UK's Saudi Arabian embassy says the claims are "categorically false".
Ministers are under pressure to publish a report on UK-based Islamist groups.
The Home Office report into the existence and influence of Jihadist organisations, commissioned by former Prime Minister David Cameron in 2015, has reportedly yet to be completed amid questions as to whether it will ever be published. &! http://henryjacksonsociety.org/2017/03/05/islamist-terrorism-analysis-of-offences-and-attacks-in-the-uk-1998-2015/
Saudi  Arabia  ISIS  Middle  East  War  on  Terror  Military–industrial  complex  vested  interest  UK  USA  Germany  Wahhabism  Islam  Muslim  Sharia  Law  Ideology  Extremism  radicalism  radicalisation 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
(1487) Blaming Russia Goes Deeper Than Hillary Clinton & the Democrats - YouTube
keeping in a permanent state of alarmingness/ "permanent war footing" / readiness preparedness: China South Sea (China) w Japan as Allie. // vs Russia. // Middle East. // Kovalik's new book is "The Plot to Scapegoat Russia: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Russia." --- MANUFACTURING CONSENT - PERCEPTION MANAGEMENT HYPERNORMALISATION
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june 2017 by asterisk2a
The Guardian view on Theresa May’s world: trading on fantasy | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian
[ sacrifice west values for pennies ] The prime minister and senior colleagues have fanned out across the world trying to prove that trade deals with illiberal regimes can compensate for a hard Brexit. They are wrong &! https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/04/liam-fox-meets-philippine-president-rodrigo-duterte
Brexit  Theresa  May  David  Davis  BoJo  Boris  Johnson  Liam  Fox  Saudi  Arabia  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  WTO  trade  teal  free  foreign  relations  foreignaffairs  affairs  diplomacy 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Shift to automation may prevent Trump from delivering on his jobs promise - Chicago Tribune
Can Republicans "create jobs" decrease inequality, increase wages for the 80%. Ian Bremmer Agrees - https://www.facebook.com/ianbremmer/videos/588726201300428/ - ie defence budget is going up? // Saudi Arabia not happy .. // voter turnout anemic! apathetic! // whites less educated saw their livelihoods going away. especially rural area. not the big cities! // dems clintons not going to fix whats wrong. trump choice worse than clinton would have been. // &! econ challenges structural and more coming! http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-economic-challenges-facing-the-next-president/
Donald  Trump  GOP  USA  presidential  election  2016  education  policy  attainment  gap  income  inequality  Establishment  infrastructure  investment  post-racial  America  poverty  1%  10%  20%  Plutocracy  Super  Rich  Republicans  Trickle-down  automation  robotics  technological  unemployment  ISIS  Saudi  Arabia  AI  augmented  intelligence  structural  underemployed  underemployment  part-time  social  mobility  wage  growth  TTIP  globalisation  neoliberal  neoliberalism  Chicago  School  globalization  DonaldTrump  BarackObama  Brexit  TTP  productivity  output 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
Secret World of US Election: Julian Assange talks to John Pilger (FULL INTERVIEW) - YouTube
obamas cabinet choosen by banks and establishment )of powers). saudi financing of middle east instability. // Clinton Foundation - geld und macht waesche machine. // Trump not permitted to win by established forces of power. //
Julian  Assange  Wikileaks  BarackObama  presidency  presidential  election  2016  Hillary  Clinton  USA  Saudi  Arabia  ISIS  Yemen  Iran  Russia  Syria  Plutocracy  1%  Super  Rich  Establishment  Career  Politicians  Foundation 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
The "War on Terror" in Yemen and Beyond: Legal and Ethical Implications - YouTube
USA is at war in Yemen. Is a humanitarian catastrophe. Yet another civil war in Middle East. As in Syria/Irak. And Afghanistan. Under radar screen of international community. United Nations. [bc Saudis own middle east hegemony aspirations! ... oil dollars!/petro dollars are their insurance!] [ France UK USA sell arms to SA ] Drone strikes (civilian casualties and mistaken targets) create anti-american sentiment. Saudi Arabia opposed Iran agreement deeply! Is this all "obscure." Or is it all absurd (as is life, see psychology on existentialism). Creating oh, dear (oh dearism (see Adam Curtis, throwing hands over head giving up to understand followed by covering ones eyes, ears, mouth). Bc it is easier in a selfish world where collectivism and activism has been buried under trillons of selfies and handbags for one season. [...] Another Proxy War, as in Syria (ie Iran backed Houthis, little bit overstated! but there).
Yemen  Saudi  Arabia  Military–industrial  complex  Pentagon  Syria  ISIS  Al-Qaeda  Houthi  UK  Human  Rights  humanity  Hegemony  Russia  Israel  Iran  Turkey  China  Germany  Drone  Warfare  CIA  War  on  Terror  Arms  Trade 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
Syrien: Türkei verschafft dem "Islamischen Staat" eine Atempause - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die türkische Armee kämpft mit ihrer Offensive in Syrien gegen die kurdische YPG-Miliz - den wichtigsten Verbündeten der USA im Kampf gegen den IS. /// Erdogan macht nich was USA will. kaempft jetzt nicht nur im eigenen land gegen die Kurden sondern auch in angrenzenden laendern (nach Putch ... glaubt den rueckhalt des landes zu haben!) ... wird wohl auch verlangen einen teil Syriens zu bekommen.
Turkey  ISIS  Kurds  Syria  Middle  East  USA  Saudi  Arabia  Russia  Vladimir  Putin  Erdogan 
august 2016 by asterisk2a
Keiser Report: Global Energy Crisis (Summer Solutions series E946) - YouTube
last minute; Saudi's thing the oil is worth less in 2-3-10-20 years. than right now. thus, the IPO! extracting the last value out of national resource. gung ho about now now now. thus the OPEC-disablement is a symptom
OPEC  Saudi  Arabia  Oil  Price  Energy 
august 2016 by asterisk2a
UK licences £2.8bn of arms sales to Saudis since kingdom entered Yemen war
theguardian.com/world/arms-trade //&! Civil servants in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills are giving British companies the all-clear to press ahead with contracts even though they are likely to lead to human rights abuses, the foreign affairs select committee will be told on Tuesday. - bit.ly/1RiI3Xk
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Oil exporter talks hit difficulties in Doha
A meeting of leading oil exporting countries in Qatar, called to address the low level of prices, has run into difficulties.
Reports from Qatar's capital Doha, say the problem is tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
The agenda for the meeting is whether to freeze production levels.
Iran has consistently refused to take such steps but Saudi officials have at times appeared willing to take such action only if Iran were to as well. //&! failed at the end to come to, what would have been, a historic agreement - bit.ly/1SfbyYF
OPEC  Oil  price  commodity  prices  secular  stagnation  2016  global  economy  western  world  Saudi  Arabia  Iran 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Saudi Arabia Threatens To Liquidate Its Treasury Holdings If Congress Probes Its Role In Sept 11 Attacks
[...] But the threat is another sign of the escalating tensions between Saudi Arabia and the United States. [...] "Obama has been lobbying so intently against the bill that some lawmakers and families of Sept. 11 victims are infuriated. In their view, the Obama administration has consistently sided with the kingdom and has thwarted their efforts to learn what they believe to be the truth about the role some Saudi officials played in the terrorist plot." //&! http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-04-15/one-man-asks-why-was-tritium-found-911-ground-zero
9/11  Saudi  Arabia  gwbush  georgewbush  bush  China  Japan  USA  reserve  currency  USD  Dollar  petrodollar  Middle  East  Taliban  al-Qaeda  al-Qaida  osamabinladen  OPEC  sovereign  wealth  fund  geopolitics  diplomacy  barackobama  foreign  affairs  Intelligence  foreign  relations  War  on  Terror  Pakistan  India  Hegemony  arms  trade  UK 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
IEA warns consumers of spike in oil prices - BBC News
[ Saudie's playing game of who has the deepest pockets against USA and Canada ] The International Energy Agency (IEA) is warning consumers not to let cheap oil lull them into a false sense of security amid forecasts of a price spike by 2021. In a report, the IEA said it expects prices to start recovering in 2017. But it forecasts that will be followed by a sharp jump in price as supply shrinks following under-investment by struggling producers.
OPEC  shale  gas  fracking  Saudi  Arabia  aggregate  demand  BRIC  China  credit  bubble  commodity  prices  secular  stagnation  Russia  Middle  East  Iran  Iraq  Oil  price  petrodollar  petrodollars  Petroleum  Industry  fossil  fuel  underinvestment 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Koch Brothers Declare War On Electric Cars - YouTube
introduce a carbon tax, rather than cherry picking! // who is also invested in their "ventures"? Arabs! See also Fahrenheit 9/11 documentary by Michael Moore. //&! Koch Bros Behind Solar Power Fines - youtu.be/E3SDcOZLksk --- ALEC lobby group. //&! Koch Bros Slammed By Billionaire T. Boone Pickens - youtu.be/65Y1RWDdQBI //&! Koch Brothers Caught On Tape - Obama & Osama Compared - youtu.be/hTUjYyae2zw //&! Koch Brothers Destroyed By Bloomberg Report - youtu.be/ENuN2R0je0k //&! Letters Expose Agenda Of Billionaire Koch Brothers - youtu.be/1JdhyI8mmqY //&! Koch Bros Tried To Shut Up Maddow, Bad Idea - youtu.be/J4XQO6bH7_k //&! Zach Galifianakis Slams Koch Brothers - youtu.be/fW96KEbeGTw //&! Koch Brothers EXPOSED: 2014 (ft. Bernie Sanders) - youtu.be/2N8y2SVerW8 //&!
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Flüchtlinge an der Grenze zur Türkei: "Sind wütend auf die ganze Welt" - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Tausende Syrer harren an der Grenze zur Türkei aus, seit Russland Aleppo bombardiert. Doch nur Krankenwagen mit Schwerverletzten dürfen passieren. Eine neue Mauer offenbart das Scheitern der Weltpolitik.
Syria  Syrien  Turkey  UN  UNHCR  United  Nations  United  Nations  Security  Council  NATO  Russia  USA  UK  France  Germany  European  Union  Jordan  Lebanon  Israel  refugee  crisis  civil  war  Assad  Aleppo  Iran  Saudi  Arabia  geopolitics  Hegemony  Japan 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
UN suspends Syria peace talks until end of February | World news | The Guardian
Mediator Staffan de Mistura says he will not ‘talk for the sake of talking’, citing opposition anger at Syrian government and Russian airstrikes //&! Wer ist verantwortlich für die Vertagung der Syrien-Gespräche? Frankreich und die USA beschuldigen nun auch Russland: Moskau behindere mit seinen Luftangriffen im Bürgerkriegsland die Suche nach politischen Lösungen. - bit.ly/1nOAVbT //&! Die Syrien-Gespräche sind unterbrochen - schuld ist laut Außenminister Steinmeier das Assad-Regime. Die Regierungstruppen rücken weiter auf die Stadt Aleppo vor. - bit.ly/20scodI //&!bbc.in/1KtsvR3 &! bbc.in/1NTdzGw Syria could have political solution &!
civil  war  Russia  Syrien  Syria  Assad  United  Nations  UN  ISIS  islamic  radicalism  islamic  extremism  Middle  East  Iran  Saudi  Arabia  Turkey  Israel  negotiation 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Iran nuclear deal: 'New chapter' for Tehran as sanctions end - BBC News
Iran "has opened a new chapter" in its ties with the world, President Hassan Rouhani said, hours after the US and EU lifted nuclear sanctions. The move came after the international nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, said Iran had complied with a deal designed to prevent it developing nuclear weapons. Mr Rouhani said the deal did not harm any nation. Most Western governments hailed the move, but Israel's PM says Tehran still wants to build a nuclear bomb.
Saudi  Arabia  USA  Hegemony  China  Russia  Iran  Israel  ISIS  Syrien  Syria  civil  war  Middle  East  Iraq  geopolitics 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Al Jazeera America to shut down cable news channel - BBC News
Al Jazeera promised to expand its coverage of the US online after the channel shuts down in April. The network replaced Current TV, a network founded by former US Vice President Al Gore. The Qatar-based broadcaster bought Current TV for around $500 million (£308 million). Al Jazeera America was available in about 60 million American homes. Politico notes that the channel reached an average of 19,000 viewers each day in 2015, far fewer than its competitors. The channel struggled with internal turmoil, as well, including multiple discrimination lawsuits that ended up ousting its founding CEO.
Al  Jazeera  Cuttent  TV  Russia  TV  Saudi  Arabia  Hegemony 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Gay British man avoids extradition to Dubai | Law | The Guardian
Court finds the United Arab Emirates failed to give sufficient assurances that Michael Halliday’s human rights would be respected. A gay man has avoided extradition to Dubai – where homosexuality is outlawed – after a London court ruled there was a risk he would be tortured and was unlikely to receive a fair trial on theft charges. In a strongly worded ruling, a judge at Westminster magistrates court said the United Arab Emirates had not given the court sufficient assurances that Michael Halliday’s human rights would be respected. In district judge Jeremy Coleman’s ruling, which sets a significant precedent, he said: “The trial, treatment and conditions of those accused or convicted of criminal offences in the UAE is still the subject of complaint and is often alleged to fall well below the required standards … Taking into account Mr Halliday’s own circumstances, I cannot be satisfied that he would not be at significant risk.
UAE  human  rights  LGBT  Religion  Islamic  Law  Sharia  Law  Qatar  Bahrain  Saudi  Arabia  Dubai  Islamophobia  homosexuality  homophobic  Homophobia  transphobia  Transphobic  Justice  System  travel  advice 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
A glut of crude politics - BBC News
It turns out US unconventional oil and gas production is more resilient, at a lower price, than the Saudis and others had predicted. Break-even for the new Texas and Dakota wells is higher than current prices (US West Texas Intermediate is below $37.50). So there is some expectation that supply from that American source will fall away in the next few months, as fracked wells lose pressure. But given the technology, it takes not much time to crank it back up again - once the price rises. [...] But the word from Oil and Gas UK is that there is now a "sustained fear" that prices will stay low for a long time. One of the trade body's senior managers told BBC radio on Wednesday that fields are losing money at current prices, and some aren't even covering their production costs. The consequence, says, Mike Tholen, will be fewer fields producing by the end of 2016. And with exploration all but dried up, there won't be fields to replace them. //&! bbc.in/1O0Rj4d
OPEC  Oil  price  commodity  prices  commodities  recovery  global  economy  Saudi  Arabia  unintended  consequences  energy  price  energy  policy  short-termism  unknown  unkown 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
NATO says won't send ground troops to fight IS: report | Reuters
via https://redd.it/3vss9j - Stoltenberg stressed that the conflict was not a war between the West and the Islamic world, but rather against "extremism and terrorism". "Muslims are on the front line in this war. Most victims are Muslims, and most of those who fight against the IS are Muslims. We can not carry on this struggle for them," he said. //&! UK and USA public not having the appetite for boots on the ground ... The chancellor, George Osborne, touches on the fight against Isis in Syria during an event for the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Replying to whether he thinks deploying British and US troops in Syria is an answer he says: “No I don’t.” He adds that “there is absolutely no appetite for that” from either country’s political system - bit.ly/1m7zEeS - Osborne/Western analysis suggests boots on the ground will radicalise further people ... //&! After Paris and Beirut and San Bernardino, It’s Time to Rein in Saudi Arabia - redd.it/3vqlyc
NATO  United  Nations  Security  Council  United  Nations  ISIS  military–industrial  complex  military  intervention  Drone  Strike  Drone  Warfare  War  on  Terror  islamic  radicalism  islamic  extremism  al-Nusra  Boko  Haram  UK  USA  France  Germany  Iraq  War  Afghanistan  Iraq  Syrien  Syria  civil  Assad  history  crime  Russia  Turkey  diplomacy  Middle  East  Arab  League  Saudi  Arabia 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Yemen conflict: Governor of Aden killed in Islamic State attack - BBC News
Islamic State militants say they are responsible for a blast that killed the governor of Yemen's port city of Aden. Jaafar Mohammed Saad and several aides died when their convoy was hit. IS says it detonated a car laden with explosives as he drove by. The group has established a presence in Yemen since its civil war broke out. It is opposed to the government and Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who have seized much of the country, including the capital Sanaa. Earlier this year, Aden was recaptured by government troops backed by a Saudi-led coalition.
ISIS  Africa  Middle  East  Lybia  Yemen  Boko  Haram  islamic  radicalism  islamic  extremism  War  on  Terror  history  radicalization  radicalisation  poverty  Perspektivlosigkeit  Iraq  War  Drone  Strike  Drone  Warfare  Afghanistan  destabalisation  destabilization  Egypt  Arab  League  Saudi  Arabia 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Saudi Arabia 'destabilising Arab world', German intelligence warns - Telegraph
[ who are they supporting officially and inofficially? - are they supporting ISIS and Syrian Rebel Forces same time? ] We wrote in June that Saudi "has also become a menace to its neighbours and itself." Germany's BND now agrees //&! German Vice Chancellor Gabriel:'Saudi Arabia must stop financing Wahabi Mosques throughout the world. They are a breeding ground of Terrorism. In Germany many extremists considered dangerous persons emerge from these communities. I say to them that the time of looking the other way is over.' - https://redd.it/3vnkd3 &! https://redd.it/3vqvgd
Saudi  Arabia  Arab  League  Middle  East  BND 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Die Syrien-Falle | Dokumentation von Hubert Seipel - YouTube
[ IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN will be viewed as foreplay, child's play, skirmish. This type of civil war wil last at least another 10 years (said GER military intel chief) ... maybe ... some say military solution impossible, says Kofi Annan ] Interview w Assad. - 2012/2013 - Turkey wants protection from Assads Scud missiles. 1 year before the exorbitant rise of ISIS mid 2014 into 2015. Russia likes to keep Addad regieme in Syria, now fighting ISIS and Free Syrian Army aka the rebel group/coalition ( bit.ly/1jGhVJx ) to help Assad. Turkey wants to get rid of Assad. UN resolution unlikely as Russia will veto everything west (no future for Assad) proposes. // https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_armed_groups_in_the_Syrian_Civil_War // that doesn't include Iraq forces; PKK, Pershmerga, Iraq Army, [yazidi, christians) - vs ISIS. //& Add Egypt and Lybia still unstable and no democracy since the Arab Spring. // Even Iran joins Russia propaganda that Turkey supports ISIS; Propaganda War.
civil  war  Syrien  Syria  Assad  UN  United  Nations  Security  Council  barackobama  presidency  NATO  al-Nusra  Unesco  Middle  East  Free  Syrian  Army  Turkey  Russia  vladimirputin  Putin  history  propaganda  war  crime  human  tragedy  humanitarian  crisis  humanity  Iraq  Afghanistan  al-Qaida  Taliban  Hegemony  Arab  League  Saudi  Arabia  Erdogan  diplomacy  military–industrial  complex  military  intervention  refugee  crisis 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Bundesregierung geht auf Distanz zum Bundesnachrichtendienst - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die öffentliche Kritik des BND an der saudischen Außenpolitik sorgt für einen Eklat: Die Bundesregierung distanziert sich ungewohnt deutlich von der Einschätzung des Nachrichtendiensts. Intern fürchtet man eine Eiszeit mit Riad.
BND  Saudi  Arabia  ISIS  Arab  League  Middle  East  Germany  UK  foreign  affairs  foreign  policy  foreign  relations  War  on  Terror 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Why Cameron's case for Syria airstrikes is highly contentious | Politics | The Guardian
There is no clear strategy, objective or endgame, with one US commander describing the campaign in Syria and Iraq as a stalemate //&! bit.ly/1MT50MH - He claims the terror group has an external operations group dedicated to causing mass casualty attacks around the world. He insists the strikes against Isis will be part of a comprehensive political and diplomatic plan to deny the group space and create the circumstances for an end to the civil war in Syria. The aim, he says, must be to close down ungoverned space. //&! bit.ly/1LBsvrP &! bbc.in/1Nv0ZDO
War  on  Terror  ISIS  civil  Assad  Syrien  Syria  USA  NATO  Russia  United  Nations  Security  Council  United  Nations  presidency  barackobama  France  UK  David  Cameron  Turkey  Arab  League  Saudi  Arabia 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
WikiLeaks: Saudis Largest Source of Terror Funds - CBS News
(via Wikileaks) Hillary (in private): Saudi Arabia is the largest source of terrorist funding (archive)
ISIS  Arab  League  Saudi  Arabia 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
Syria civil war: Russian airstrikes force 35,000 to flee - YouTube
Understanding the syrian crisis in 5 minutes - youtube.com/watch?v=-l44KUQHoVY - goes back to arab spring // is cold war, holy war, cicil war. is the culmination of middle east politics/geopolitics by the west in the making for decades. going back to ww2.
refugee  crisis  Syrien  Syria  Russia  Assad  ISIS  civil  war  Middle  East  USA  NATO  foreign  policy  foreign  affairs  foreign  relations  Iraq  Afghanistan  Iraq  Germany  European  Union  diplomacy  Sunni  Shia  war  crime  geopolitics  Arab-Spring  Lybia  Muammar  Gaddafi  Iran  Saudi  Arabia  Arab  League  Turkey  PKK  al-Qaida  Taliban  Hezbollah 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
For Osborne, foreign policy is strictly business - BBC News
There are few more precarious positions than prime minister-in-waiting. // Tories don't like human rights, 1 that deal with Saudi Arabia, and 2 want to abolish eu human rights act and replace it with british bill of rights to make it legal to spy on everyone and read everyones communication. oh and then there is the Brexit catastrophe.
George  Osborne  Tories  human  rights  Conservative  Party  Saudi  Arabia  Internet  Privacy  Privacy  GCHQ  general  election  2020  British  Bill  of  David  Cameron  Brexit  China  NSA  Surveillance-Industrial  Complex  surveillance  state  Orwellian 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Afghan air strike: Kunduz MSF clinic workers killed - BBC News
western world (politicians and vast majority of public) is not comfortable with boots on the ground (since WMD's/Iraq War catastrophe). so it is in the name of war on terror, the drone strikes, with minimal intelligence, making it a hit and miss. = collateral damage. no wonder why uneducated illiterate people join radicalist and extremist movement (funded and stocked w weapons by Arab League through the backdoors) against the west and other religious minorities in the middle east and other governments that hold local power ... when the west drone strike/bombs their village and family to smithereens ... the west wth no accountability. no transparency. bordering war crime. bordering carpet bombing. // US military apologises for bombing - Afghan President's Office - bit.ly/1VufFa8 &! bit.ly/1VuIC5E &! MFS calls it a war crime - bit.ly/1j8hwQO &! bit.ly/1PXynQt Obama promises internal investigation.
Drone  Strike  Drone  Warfare  Afghanistan  Taliban  USA  NATO  Middle  East  presidency  barackobama  history  War  on  Terror  ISIS  al-Qaida  UN  United  Nations  Security  Council  human  rights  crime  collateral  damage  United  Nations  Career  Politicians  accountability  Pakistan  Syrien  Syria  Iraq  War  Iraq  smoking  gun  smoke  mirror  Turkey  PKK  Sunni  Shia  Religion  extremism  islamic  radicalism  State  Arab  League  Saudi  Arabia 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
UK and Saudi Arabia 'in secret deal' over human rights council place | UK news | The Guardian
Britain conducted secret vote-trading deals with Saudi Arabia to ensure both states were elected to the UN human rights council (UNHRC), according to leaked diplomatic cables.
UN  United  Nations  human  rights  Career  Politicians  Politics  No  Representation  UNHRC  Saudi  Arabia  Arab  League  Middle  East 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Syria crisis: Russia begins air strikes against Assad foes - BBC News
Russia has begun carrying out air strikes in Syria against opponents of President Bashar al-Assad, Moscow has confirmed. The strikes reportedly came in the rebel-controlled area of Hama province. Washington was informed in advance that they were about to take place. Syria's civil war has raged for four years, with armed groups - some of them Islamist, including the Islamic State (IS) group - fighting to overthrow the government. The US and its allies have insisted that President Assad should leave office, while Russia has backed its ally remaining in power. The latest developments came amid reports that President Assad had formally requested Russian military support. //&! The risk of accidental clash is real, but Russia’s first airstrikes signal the desire to be treated as a global player and to protect the Syrian state - bit.ly/1N4Qu9C //&! Information War is ON! //&! Russia hit US-supported rebel camp? - bit.ly/1Lm1S0u
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
ECFR's World in 30 Minutes: Refugee Crisis by ECFR
&! EU East - West divide on refugee crisis? - bit.ly/1iyR1Ut //&! [Instability in Libya contributes to the migration crisis - bit.ly/1Qs2Upt - also mentions Lybia - bit.ly/1NG5cCq "crisis everywhere" europe is engulfed and involed in their own crises: sovereign debt, refugees, brexit, grexit, Brussels, political crisis, low growth (deflation fear) ... // &! bit.ly/1OJNA9n - The 550 million dollar program launched last year to train moderate Syrian rebel forces did not bring any results. According to the White House "he [ POTUS] had never believed in the strategy, anyway". &! bit.ly/1JjNy0O &! bit.ly/1QG0bti - 'Europe is responsible for the current refugee crisis, because it supported the West’s aggressive foreign policy in the Middle East. Such a statement was made by Syrian President Bashar Assad in an interview with Russian media outlets.' // [ EU seems 2be fucked bc only NATO soldiers on ground will work. who will bite bullet first? & also HAVE TO cooperate w Assad-Regime. ]
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Michael Lüders über den Krieg in Syrien - 10.09.2015 - YouTube
- Russia about to support Assad!? If Assad falls, ISIS all across Syria. West Airstrike tactic/offinsive is only for public posturing. And Saudi Arabia is supplying ISIS. And West has a foot in Iran after atom-negotiations. Israel is another political/geopolitical/religious player. And NATO gives green light to bomb PKK which fights against ISIS. ... LOL. // ISIS, Taliban, al-Qaida is made in USA. // Europe pays price for USA foreign policy! trying to export western values and democracy into Middle East. // 20 year civil war in Middle East followed by decades of USA military intervention. // USA training fighter to fight against ISIS and Assad is not working! // Diplomacy is falling short. Especially w current sactions against Russia by West because of Ukraine/Crimea Crisis. // Complexity of situation can not be solved w bombs and military invasion ... // &! youtu.be/mLm6Yn5lrX4 - Book - Middle East history.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Die Story: Zehn Jahre Kanzlerin: Mysterium Merkel | Kontrovers | BR - YouTube
6:20 - nicht falsch stehen wollen ... // macht sich unberechenbar und flexibel // but no long-term vision and mission >> thus no long-term future of germany in globalised digital economy and marginal cost and economic abundance! // no Principles. No spine. // Teflon Kanzlerin. Und andere muessen dann gehen. // "hat immer die Kontrolle behalten." 10 Jahre lang.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
So Wrong for So Long | Foreign Policy
[T]heir earlier support for the Iraq War and their opposition to the Iran deal stem from the basic neoconservative worldview that informs their entire approach to foreign policy. [...] To be more specific, the problem isn’t that these people just happened to be embarrassingly wrong about Iraq. After all, plenty of other people were equally misguided back then, including many people who now support the deal today. Nor is the problem the neocons’ stubborn and morally dubious refusal to admit they were wrong and take responsibility for the lives and money they squandered. No, the real problem is that the neoconservative worldview — one that still informs the thinking of many of the groups and individuals who are most vocal in opposing the Iran deal — is fundamentally flawed. [...] they think weaker states are easy to bully and never stand up to powerful adversaries. ...
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Flüchtlings-Drama: Europa trägt Mitschuld - Kommentar - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Europa hält sich von Kriegen lieber fern, beutet arme Länder aus, spart an Entwicklungshilfe - und trägt dadurch eine Mitverantwortung für das Flüchtlingsdrama.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
The "Great Accumulation" Is Over: The Biggest Risk Facing The World's Central Banks Has Arrived | Zero Hedge
PBoC’s rapid liquidation of USTs over the past two weeks has added fuel to the fire and effectively boxed the Fed in. On Tuesday, Deutsche Bank is out extending their "quantitative tightening" (QT) analysis with a look at whats ahead now that the so-called "Great Accumulation" is over.  "Following two decades of unremitting growth, we expect global central bank reserves to at best stabilize but more likely to continue to decline in coming years," [...] Less reserve accumulation should put secular upward pressure on both global fixed income yields & USD. [If the shadow actor in Belgium doesnt buy it up @rate everyone else is selling (divesting) ] [...] The current secular shift in reserve manager behaviour represents the equivalent to Quantitative Tightening, or QT. This force is likely to be a persistent headwind towards developed market central banks’ exit from unconventional policy in coming years, representing an additional source of uncertainty in the global economy. ...
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Why It Really All Comes Down To The Death Of The Petrodollar | Zero Hedge
What might not be as clear (on the surface anyway) is how recent events in developing economy FX markets following the devaluation of the yuan stem from a seismic shift we began discussing late last year - namely, the death of the petrodollar system which has served to underwrite decades of dollar dominance and was, until recently, a fixture of the post-war global economic order. In short, the world seems to have underestimated how structurally important collapsing crude prices are to global finance. For years, producers funnelled their dollar proceeds into USD assets providing a perpetual source of liquidity, boosting the financial strength of the reserve currency, leading to even higher asset prices and even more USD-denominated purchases, and so forth, in a virtuous loop. [...] For the first time in decades, exported petrodollar capital turned negative. [...] the world is now beginning to feel the impact of the petrodollar's quiet demise. // &! Follow-on! bit.ly/1IGh4O3
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to $80 Oil - Bloomberg View
[ new duopoly? - USA - OPEC, and OPEC not wanting that?! ] I'm sticking with my forecast of $10 to $20 a barrel. The logic behind that February projection still seems valid. Cartels exist to keep prices above equilibrium. But that encourages cheating, as cartel members want more than their allotted share and outsiders sell more to take advantage of the artificially elevated price. So the job of the cartel leader -- in OPEC's case, Saudi Arabia -- is to cut its production to accommodate the cheaters and prevent a price collapse. The Saudis had been doing that for decades, and as a result, OPEC production over the last 10 years has been flat, with all the growth instead enjoyed by non-OPEC producers, including U.S. frackers and Canadian oil-sands companies. [...] In Texas's Permian Basin and in the Persian Gulf, the marginal cost is $10 to $20 a barrel, and even lower for some Saudi oil fields. [...] Russia is desperate for anything that will earn foreign exchange. // &! bv.ms/1yKiZBs
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Foreign Affairs Expert Leslie Gelb: Masters in Business (Audio) by Bloomberg View | Free Listening on SoundCloud
Leslie Gelb, wrote Pentagon Papers. Which Ellsberg leaked (Whistleblower) - bit.ly/1Lgsq2D // Back in the days, national interests and force was expressed in war and seldomly in economic embargos (Napoleon tried that against British Empire) and there were economic skirmishes (oil/diesel, rubber) in the run-up to WW2 and the first couple of months before USA officially entered WW2. TODAY! National interests are only expressed in economic terms with trade embargoes, tariffs, trade deals and protectionism. Only little military skirmishes here and there and when, the nation tries to hide them from the publics eye (through rouge nations for hire army/special forces, a nations secret services supplying the underground arms trade that doesn't show up on its balance sheet or one of their nations manufacturers. West excluded Russia from recent G8 summit in Munich and made it G7. Russia/Europe/USA playing game of chicken of economic escalation. Or using corporate actors & new cyber war!
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Saudi Arabia will need deep pockets if it is to win its oil war with US | Larry Elliott | World news | The Guardian
Riyadh’s plan to raise $27bn from bond sales is a sign that its economic battle with United States is taking its toll [...] Saudi Arabia is an expensive country to run for the House of Saud. Fearful of Iran, it has imported the latest military kit to show that it is the Middle East’s regional superpower. Higher defence spending has also been needed to fund action in Yemen and to counter the threat from Islamic State. In addition, Saudi Arabia has an unemployment problem that it fears may become a social unrest problem. Two-thirds of the population is under 30 and the unemployment rate for the 16-29 age group is 29%. [...] [IMF] estimates that Saudi Arabia is on course to run a budget deficit of 20% of national income this year. [...] oil accounts for almost 90% of Saudi Arabia’s revenues, [...] Saudis are now embroiled in a long – and expensive – war of attrition. And one they may not win. // &! /bbc.in/1gmHu0V
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Sweden’s feminist foreign minister has dared to tell the truth about Saudi Arabia. What happens now concerns us all » The Spectator
You might think of Swedes as upright social democrats, who have never let worries of appearing tedious stand in the way of their righteousness. But that has never been wholly true, and is certainly not true when there is money at stake. [...] No less a figure than His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf himself hauled Wallström in at the weekend to tell her that he wanted a compromise. Saudi Arabia has successfully turned criticism of its brutal version of Islam into an attack on all Muslims, regardless of whether they are Wahhabis or not, and Wallström and her colleagues are clearly unnerved by accusations of Islamophobia. The signs are that she will fold under the pressure, particularly when the rest of liberal Europe shows no interest in supporting her. [...] Finally, and most revealingly in my opinion, the non-affair shows us that the rights of women always come last. [...] an embarrassed and hugely revealing silence. // via http://redd.it/30el3h
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march 2015 by asterisk2a
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