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Nov 18 09:32

Xi Jinping Pledges To "Strengthen Relationship" Between Saudi Arabia And China

In what can only be described as a masterful play to entice Saudi Arabia to list shares of Aramco in Hong Kong (assuming the kingdom follows through with the listing, which is reportedly in jeopardy) Chinese state media reported Friday that Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged to strengthen the relationship between China and Saudi Arabia as the latter tries to reform its economy.

According to the South China Morning Post, Xi vowed to strengthen cooperation between the two states at a time when the Middle Eastern kingdom is facing a political shake-up at home, and heightened tensions with Lebanon and Iran. Xi’s vow of friendship came with the crucial qualifier that the relationship between the two countries wouldn’t be affected by shifting international circumstances.

Nov 18 09:31

Saudi 'Corruption' Probe Widens: Dozens Of Military Officials Arrested

After jailing dozens of members of the royal family, and extorting numerous prominent businessmen, 32-year-old Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman has widened his so-called 'corruption' probe further still.

Nov 18 08:23

Saudi Arabia recalls ambassador from Germany following Hariri comments

Saudi Arabia has recalled its ambassador to Germany.

This move was made in response to comments by German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel suggesting that Saudi Arabia has detained Saad Hariri.

The German foreign ministry quoted Gabriel on its website as telling his Lebanese counterpart Gebran Bassil “Germany stands firmly by Lebanon’s side”. He reportedly added: “Another trouble spot is the last thing that people in the Middle East need now.”

Nov 18 08:22

Hariri arrives in Paris

The (outgoing) Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has arrived in the French capital city of Paris after finally being allowed to depart Saudi Arabia.

On Saturday morning, a Boeing aircraft carrying Hariri landed at Le Bourget Airport in Paris where a Lebanese delegation was waiting.

Hariri was accompanied only by his wife Lara, however, the Lebanese media said that his eldest son Hossam arrived n France yesterday already.

His two other children reportedly stayed in Saudi Arabia.

Hariri is expected to meet with the French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace later in the day.

Nov 18 04:57

Saudi Arabia’s arrested princes ordered to pay BILLIONS for freedom after Riyadh crackdown

SAUDI Arabia is ordering its super-rich princes to cough up billions of dollars in exchange for their freedom as part of the country’s ongoing crackdown on corruption, according to reports.

Nov 17 11:44

Saudi turmoil

Recent events in Saudi Arabia are truly stunning. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is said to be a reformer on an anti-corruption drive. Others say differently. Saudi Arabia is experiencing a life-threatening crisis that could ignite a region-wide conflict. And the Trump administration appears to be on board.

Nov 17 11:41

The Truth About Why Saudi Arabia and Israel Are Really Working Together

“Russia’s carefully-calibrated weapons sales to the opposing Persian Gulf powers follows a pattern established by China over the past decade. China sells missiles to Iran as well as to the KSA, but it sells more advanced missiles to the Saudis, because the Saudis are the weaker of the two adversaries, and China wants to maintain the balance of power. Russia has been called a ‘spoiler’ in the Middle East so often that the term clings like a Homeric epithet. In recent weeks, Russian policy has shifted to classic balance-of-power politics.”[emphasis added]

China knows this, Russia knows this, and most importantly, Saudi Arabia knows this, too.

That is why on multiple occasions, Saudi Arabia has expressed its desire to “have the battle in Iran rather than in Saudi Arabia.”

Nov 16 11:53

‘Enough is enough’: Riyadh calls on Hezbollah to disarm amid ‘aggressive’ Iranian actions

Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement must disarm and become a regular political party for the situation in Lebanon to stabilize, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said. He added that Riyadh’s policy is a reaction to Iran’s “aggression.”

Nov 16 10:16

Saudi Arabia Offers Arrested Royals A Deal: Your Freedom For Lots Of Cash

As we noted shortly after the Crown Prince’s purge of potential rivals within Saudi Arabia’s sprawling ruling family, while the dozens of arrests were made under the pretext of an "anti-corruption crackdown", Mohammed bin Salman’s ulterior motive was something else entirely: Replenishing the Kingdom’s depleted foreign reserves, which have been hammered for the past three years by low oil prices, with some estimating that the current purge could potentially bring in up to $800 billion in proceeds.

Furthermore, the geopolitical turmoil unleashed by the unprecedented crackdown helped push oil prices higher, creating an ancillary benefit for both the kingdom’s rulers and the upcoming IPO of Aramco.

And, in the latest confirmation that the crackdown was all about cash, the Financial Times reports today that the Saudi government has offered the new occupants of the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton a way out.... and it’s going to cost them: In some cases, as much as 70% of their net worth.

Nov 16 09:58

Israel is ready to share intelligence on Iran with Saudi Arabia – IDF chief

The chief of staff of Israel's military (IDF) told Saudi Alaf newspaper in an unprecedented interview that his country is ready to share intelligence on Iran with Riyadh.
"With President Donald Trump, there is an opportunity for a new international alliance in the region and a major strategic plan to stop the Iranian threat," Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) told the paper. "We are ready to exchange experiences with moderate Arab countries and exchange intelligence to confront Iran."

When asked whether Israel has recently share intelligence with Saudi Arabia, Eisenkot responded by saying: "We are ready to share information if necessary. There are many common interests between us..."

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Webmaster's Commentary: 

WOW! Did pigs discover they were aerodynamic just at the split-second when I wasn't looking?!?

And that bit about Saudi Arabia being a "moderate" country, where professing Judaism or Christianity as one's faith, can be completely hazardous to your health, as in resulting in floggings, amputations, and death?!?

This must be an industrial-strength case of "The enemy of my enemy is my friend", for General Eisenkot to be making these kinds of statements.

Nov 16 09:15

17 million in Yemen need food - now hospitals and water pumps will run out of fuel in three weeks

THE UNITED NATIONS warned today that fuel supplies needed to run Yemen’s hospital generators and pump clean water will run out in less than three weeks unless the Saudi-led coalition lifts its blockade.
The dire forecast came as Yemen battles one of the world’s worst outbreaks of cholera, with nearly one million people infected. Some 2,200 people have died.
Adding to the woes of aid workers on the ground, stocks of diphtheria vaccines will be emptied in two weeks unless aid deliveries are once again allowed in the country, UN spokesman Farhan Haq said.

The Saudi-led military coalition shut down Yemen’s sea and air ports as well as borders on 6 November in response to a missile attack by the Iran-backed Huthi rebels near Riyadh.

UN aid chief Mark Lowcock warned last week that unless the blockade was lifted, Yemen will face “the largest famine the world has seen for many decades, with millions of victims.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You have to understand; this is precisely the outcome the Butcher of Yemen, AKA Saudi Arabia's Prince Salman, wants to see happen; a Yemeni genocide, courtesy of massive malnutrition and disease.

Nov 16 08:58

US to Continue Refueling Saudi Warplanes During Yemen Attacks

The US Air Force plans to keep refueling Saudi Arabian warplanes committing atrocities in Yemen that have led to the world’s most pressing humanitarian crisis, according to the United Nations.
The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in support of House Resolution 599 Monday, passing the measure by a vote of 366-30. The bipartisan bill does not prevent US tankers from providing fuel to Saudi warplanes but does call for a political solution to the crisis, which House Democrats apparently saw as a compromise.

People stand at the site of an airstrike which witnesses said was by Saudi-led coalition aircraft on mourners at a hall where a wake for the father of Jalal al-Roweishan, the interior minister in the Houthi-dominated Yemeni government, was being held, in Sanaa, Yemen October 8, 2016
© REUTERS/ KHALED ABDULLAH
Riyadh Secretly Recognizes Coalition Plane Bombed Funeral in Yemen's Sanaa

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Compromise", MY ASTROLABE!!

It is financially very profitable for the US merchants of death to continue to supply Saudi Arabia with the bombs and bullets which kill, and maim for life, innocent infants, toddlers, women, and the medically fragile elderly.

These same corporations, the heads of which have all had their consciences surgically removed before taking office, contribute generously to both parties, so why shouldn't the assassinations of Yemeni innocents continue, as long as they are profitable?!? That is the only thing that matters anymore in American society, profitability, right?!?

Here is what that "profitability" is looking like to Yemeni kids these days:

Images: Yemeni children, killed or maimed for life from Saudi bombings

More images: Yemeni Children being killed and maimed for life from Saudi Bombings

And BTW, dear reader, how does it make you feel to be a citizen of a country colluding with Saudi Arabia in crimes in Yemen?!?

This is a question every thinking American needs to be asking themselves right now.

Nov 16 07:57

Abbas: Salman’s Palestinian Poodle

We haven’t heard too many new outrages from Saudi Arabia in a few days. So perhaps the ambitious Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is toning down his ambitions after the U.S. warned him he was going too far; or else he temporarily moderated himself preparing for a new onslaught on as yet unspecified targets.

Salman has been doing a lot of summoning of his rivals and satraps in order to apprise them who’s the new sheriff in town and demand broad obeisance. If he doesn’t like the answers he’s getting or doesn’t trust his interlocutors, he has them shipped off to the “spa” for a session with one of his royal masseurs, schooled in the art of relaxation techniques. Many of the royal rivals he arrested received such treatment.

But Salman has treated his foreign satraps a bit more gingerly.

Nov 16 07:17

What are the Saudis really up to with Lebanese ‘hostage’ Hariri?

Riyadh almost certainly forced the resignation of Lebanon's prime minister. As rumors swirl of his being "held against his will" and a complex Saudi drama plays out, Beirut is impatient to know why

Nov 16 06:37

Hariri declines to discuss France travel plans

Prime Minister Saad Hariri told reporters that he would not be answering questions on details of his plans to travel to France, following a meeting with the French foreign minister in Riyadh Thursday.

Nov 16 06:32

Israeli Military Chief Gives Unprecedented Interview to Saudi Media: 'Iran Is Biggest Threat to Mideast'

In an unprecedented move, a Saudi newspaper on Thursday published an interview with the Israeli military chief, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot. This is the first time that an Israeli chief of staff is interviewed by a media outlet in the kingdom, which doesn't have diplomatic ties with Israel.

Nov 16 06:20

Saudi Coup Signals War And The New World Order Reset

For years now, I have been warning about the relationship of interdependency between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia and how this relationship, if ended, would mean disaster for the petrodollar system and by extension the dollar’s world reserve status. In my recent articles ‘Lies And Distractions Surrounding The Diminishing Petrodollar’ and ‘The Economic End Game Continues,’ I point out that the death of the dollar as the premier petrocurrency is actually a primary goal for establishment globalists. Why? Because in an effort to achieve what they sometimes call the “global economic reset,” or the “new world order,” a more publicly accepted centralized global economy and monetary framework is paramount. And, this means the eventual implementation of a single world currency and a single global economic and political authority above and beyond the dollar system.

Nov 16 06:19

War between Iran & Saudi Arabia could send oil to $300 per barrel & impoverish the world

An armed conflict between Riyadh and Tehran would have a major impact on oil markets and the global economy. RT asked experts what a war between the two Middle East superpowers would mean for crude prices.

If a conflict happens, oil prices could increase 500 percent.

Nov 16 06:18

Israel is ready to share intelligence on Iran with Saudi Arabia - IDF chief tells media

The chief-of-staff of Israel's military (IDF) told a Saudi newspaper that his country is ready to share intelligence on Iran with Riyadh, i24 News reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Recalling that much of Israeli "intelligence" is just made up bovine excrement.

Nov 15 16:07

Retired FBI Agent Accuses 9/11 Commission of Lying About Saudi Connections

By Derrick Broze

Sworn testimony from a former FBI investigator claims the 9/11 Commission lied to the American public regarding the relationship between the hijackers and Saudi Arabia.

The question over exactly what role the Saudi Kingdom played in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 is once again a hot topic. The Saudi Kingdom has long been suspected of financing the 9/11 hijackers. A fourteen-year-old lawsuit brought forth by the “9/11 Families and Survivors United for Justice Against Terrorism” seeks to hold the Saudi Kingdom accountable for the attacks. Meanwhile, the Saudi government continues to deny any involvement and calls for the lawsuit’s dismissal...

Nov 15 10:58

Saudi-Israeli Collusion? Is Israel Seeking Role as Leader of the Sunni Bloc?

Israel has instructed its overseas embassies to lobby their respective host countries in support of Saudi Arabia and its apparent efforts to destabilise Lebanon, a recently leaked diplomatic cable shows.

The cable appears to be the first formal confirmation of rumours that Israel and Saudi Arabia are colluding to stoke tensions in the region.

Sent by the Israeli foreign ministry and disclosed by Israel’s Channel 10 news this week, the cable demanded that diplomats stress Iran and Hezbollah’s engagement in “regional subversion”.

That closely echoes accusations Riyadh levelled against Tehran and the Lebanese faction in recent days.

Analysts have noted that diplomatic moves by Israel to intervene directly in a seemingly internal Arab matter are “very rare”.

Yossi Alpher, a former adviser to Ehud Barak when he was Israeli prime minister, called the cable “extremely presumptuous”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You have to remember that Netanyahu is facing a bribery/corruption charge at home. this makes him a very politically vulnerable "wounded animal" in Israeli politics, and and all wounded animals are dangerous.

This new purge by Prince Salman may have been interpreted by Netanyahu as a "the enemy of my enemy (Iran/Hezbullah) is my friend" moment, to further factionalize the Middle East, and potentially give him the momentum to attack both Lebanon and Iran, to misdirect political attention away from his corruption issues, and toward those countries which have been declared Israel's "existential enemies" in the region.

Nov 15 10:22

‘Saudi, Israel Want To Drag US Into War On Iran’

A former American counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer of the CIA says Israel and Saudi Arabia are not in a position to defeat Iran and hence are trying to drag the United States into a war against the Islamic Republic.

Nov 15 08:41

Leaked: Saudis have ‘plans for official ties with Israel’

A Lebanese newspaper has published a secret undated letter from Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that puts forward a plan to normalize ties with Israel despite “risks” of a public backlash.

Lebanon’s al-Akhbar daily released the correspondence on Tuesday in the wake of reports that Riyadh and Tel Aviv are increasingly tilting toward one another in defiance of strong opposition among the Arabs to such rapprochement.

“I have the honor to submit to you the draft of the plan to establish relations between the kingdom and the State of Israel, based on the strategic partnership agreement with the United States of America, which was discussed with the secretary of state,” the letter reads.

Jubeir referred to Israel as a “state” while Saudi Arabia, along with other Arab League states, does not formally recognize the occupying entity.

Nov 15 08:31

Iran Lambasts Saudi Arabia for Asking Israel to Attack Lebanon

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has lashed out at Saudi officials for asking the Zionist regime of Israel to attack Lebanon, saying such moves are a shame for the Muslim world.
Speaking in a cabinet session on Wednesday, Rouhani slammed Saudi Arabia’s clear interference in the affairs of an independent country like Lebanon.

It is a very unprecedented event in the history that a country asks the prime minister of another country to resign and then introduces someone else as his replacement, the Iranian president added.

“In what position do you think you [Saudis] are? Why do you think you have the right to say a party should not be part of another country’s government? How far do you think money can work?”

Nov 15 08:30

(UPDATE) AOUN: NOTHING JUSTIFIES HARIRI'S NO RETURN, THEREFORE WE CONSIDER HIM A CAPTIVE

"There is nothing to justify Premier Saad Hariri's non-return after 12 days, and therefore we consider him to be detained and held captive, what breaches the Vienna Convention and the Human Rights Charter," President Michel Aoun said on Wednesday.

Nov 15 04:08

SAUDI ARABIA BEGINS SYSTEM REFORM

On November 4, 11 princes of the royal Al Saud Family, 38 active and retired ministers, as well as several dozen senior officials, were arrested in Saudi Arabia. This was formally done under the guise of fighting corruption... The action taken to combat corruption is, of course, very distant to these realities. It is simply a convenient way to execute some political maneuvers and reprisals under a specious pretext. The detentions and arrests are most directly related to the struggle that took place years ago under King Abdullah to replace the principle of succession to the throne. The former principle introduced by the founder of the kingdom abdel-Aziz Al Saud, where the power was handed over from brother to brother, has exhausted itself; Salman is actually the last of the first generation of the descendants of abdel-Aziz who can occupy the throne, followed by younger generations.

Nov 14 14:37

‘Saudi, Israel Want To Drag US Into War On Iran’

A former American counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer of the CIA says Israel and Saudi Arabia are not in a position to defeat Iran and hence are trying to drag the United States into a war against the Islamic Republic.

Nov 14 13:54

ISRAEL, SAUDI ARABIA SETTING PRECONDITIONS FOR WAR WITH HEZBOLLAH

The crisis in the Middle East is developing further.

In Saudi Arabia, the purge continued. According to Middle East Eye, senior Saudi figures were tortured and beaten in the purge under the banner of an anti-corruption movement, conducted by current Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

He has overseen arrests of hundreds of people, including senior royals, ministers and tycoons, with some of them reportedly being tortured so badly during their arrest or subsequent interrogations that they required hospital treatment. Even Prince Bandar bin Sultan — Saudi Arabia’s most famous arms dealer, longtime former ambassador to the US, and recent head of Saudi intelligence — was reported to be among those detained as part of the purge.

If confirmed, this will be the most significant and high profile case of this purge, even above that of high profile billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, considering Bandar’s closeness to multiple US administrations.

Nov 14 12:12

Saudi alliance bombs Sanaa airport, blocking aid access

Houthi officials told Al Jazeera two air strikes targeted Sanaa's international airport in the rebel-held capital early on Tuesday, making it unusable for aid flights and further complicating humanitarian efforts into the country.

"This attack is intended to cause maximum damage and deprive millions of Yemenis from receiving life-saving food and medicines," Mohammed, a Houthi official who declined to give his surname, said.

The Saudi-led coalition forced the closure of Sanaa airport in August 2016 to all but a few UN aid flights.

The Houthi-run General Authority for Civil Aviation said in a statement the air strike "led to the total destruction of the VOR/DME radio navigation system, taking it offline and thus halting the only flights at Sanaa airport - those of the UN and other international organisations delivering humanitarian assistance".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am still rather surprised, after the aborted Houthi missile reaching Riadh ast week, that Saudi Arabia has just not hauled off and carpet bombed all of the major cities left standing in Yemen.

That might, however, be the next move on Prince Salman's part, in his ongoing frustration with the intense stalemate going on here in Yemen.

Nov 14 12:03

Saudi Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman welcomes Lebanese Patriarch

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Lebanese Patriarch Bechara Boutros al Rahi, Tuesday, reported Saudi Press Agency.

Saudi king Salman bin Abdulaziz received earlier today the Lebanese Maronite Patriarch at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The meeting tackled brotherly relations between the Saudi kingdom and Lebanon and confirmed the importance of different religions and cultures in strengthening tolerance, rejecting violence, extremism and terrorism and achieving peace and security for the region’s people and the world.

A number of Saudi ministers including Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and Gulf Affairs Minister Thamer al-Sabhan attended the reception.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Great optics for the Prince; but I have to wonder why in the Sam Hill Lebanese Maronite Patriarch Al Rahi actually consented to meet with Prince Salman in the first place.

After all, Saudi Arabia is a country where the profession of Christianity is treated as a crime, potentially punishable by death.

The following article goes on to state:

"here are more than a million Roman Catholics in Saudi Arabia. Most of them are expatriate Filipinos who work there, but are not Saudi Arabian citizens.[1][6] The percentage of Christians of all denominations among the roughly 1.2 million Filipinos in Saudi Arabia likely exceeds 60%.[7] There are also Christians from Canada, the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Italy, Greece, South Korea, Ireland, the United Kingdom, India, China, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Kenya, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and as well a number of Christians from sub-Saharan countries who are working in the Saudi Kingdom.[7]

Saudi Arabia allows Christians to enter the country as foreign workers for temporary work, but does not allow them to practice their faith openly.

Because of that Christians generally only worship within private homes.[7] Items and articles belonging to religions other than Islam are prohibited.[7] These include Bibles, crucifixes, statues, carvings, items with religious symbols, and others.[7]

The Saudi Arabian Mutaween (Arabic: مطوعين‎‎), or Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (i.e., the religious police) prohibits the practice of any religion other than Islam.[7] Conversion of a Muslim to another religion is considered apostasy,[7] a crime punishable by death if the accused does not recant. There have been no confirmed reports of executions for either crime in modern times.

[7] The Government does not permit non-Muslim clergy to enter the country for the purpose of conducting religious services.[7] In spite of this, a 2015 study estimates that there are some 60,000 Christians with a Muslim background living in the country, though that does not mean that all of those are citizens of the country.[8]

International Christian Concern (ICC) protested what it reported as the 2001 detention of 11 Christians in Saudi Arabia, for practicing their religion in their homes.[9] In June 2004, at least 46 Christians were arrested in what the ICC described as a "pogrom-like" action by Saudi police. The arrests took place shortly after the media reported that a Quran had been desecrated in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.[10]

Christians and other non-Muslims are prohibited from entering the cities of Mecca and Medina, Islam's holiest cities.[7]"

Nov 14 09:42

Millions Face Starvation In Yemen Due To US-Ally Saudi Arabia's Blockade

Saudi Arabia is at risk of becoming a major destabilizing influence in the Arab world, German intelligence has warned.

Internal power struggles and the desire to emerge as the leading Arab power threaten to make the key Western ally a source of instability, according to the BND intelligence service.

“The current cautious diplomatic stance of senior members of the Saudi royal family will be replaced by an impulsive intervention policy,” a BND memo widely distributed to the German press reads.

Saudi Arabia has previously been accused of supplying arms and funding to jihadist groups fighting in Syria, including Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil).

Nov 14 09:32

How the Developments in Saudi Arabia May Foretell Collapse of Petrodollar

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has vowed to return his country to "moderate Islam"; the pledge was followed by the dismissal and detainment of many of the country's high-profile princes and businessmen. Turkish energy analyst Dr Volkan Ozdemir commented that it is not about politics but rather about economics and petrodollars.

In his interview with Sputnik Turkiye, Volkan Ozdemir, the Chairman of Ankara-based EPPEN (Institute for Energy Markets and Policies), said that Riyadh is possibly cleaning out the opponents to the oil trade in US dollars and the changes the country is currently living through could be viewed as part of the US' attempt to fight against a strengthening China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China and Russia are already bypassing the dollar as their financial medium of exchange in a number of transactions, and this appears to be becoming a trend, particularly with the BRIC countries; the US government certainly does not want to see that trend accelerated, and will do everything within its power to stop it, including waging war.

Nov 14 08:58

Yemen – Having Lost the War Saudis Try Genocide – Media Complicit

Fakenews:

Saudi Arabia ends its blockade of Yemen’s ports and airports – Daily Mail
Saudi-led coalition says will reopen Yemen ports – Anadolu
Yemeni ports to reopen for aid, says Saudi Arabia – Deutsche Welle

From the last link:

Saudi Arabia reacting to UN famine warnings says ports in Yemen it controls will reopen for aid deliveries. Riyadh shut them down last week after a missile attack blamed on Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Saudi Arabia, enabled by the US military, has been committing war crimes in Yemen over the last 3 years, and it is high time that the American public had a conversation about whether it wants its government to be continuing to commit war crimes, and aiding the Saudis in their genocide of Yemen.

Nov 14 08:30

MIDEAST TURMOIL: FOLLOW THE OIL, FOLLOW THE MONEY

In this scenario, time is running out for Saudi Arabia's free-spending royalty and state - and for all the other free-spending oil exporters.

While there are numerous dynamics at work in the turmoil roiling Saudi Arabia and by extension, the Mideast, one way to cut to the chase is to follow the oil, follow the money. Correspondent B.D. recently posited a factor that has been largely overlooked in the geopolitical / fate-of-the-petrodollar discussions:

Perhaps the core dynamic is a technical one of diminished oil production. Here is Bart's commentary:

"I think the Saudis may be quickly running out of profitable oil to produce/export.

I think they tried to over-produce for a while to damage the competition... and they now have production issues resulting from that. (As has happened in the past)

Nov 14 08:14

Israel instructs diplomats to support Saudis: Cable

Israel has instructed its overseas embassies to lobby their respective host countries in support of Saudi Arabia and its apparent efforts to destabilise Lebanon, a recently leaked diplomatic cable shows.

The cable appears to be the first formal confirmation of rumours that Israel and Saudi Arabia are colluding to stoke tensions in the region.

Sent by the Israeli foreign ministry and disclosed by Israel's Channel 10 news this week, the cable demanded that diplomats stress Iran and Hezbollah's engagement in "regional subversion".

That closely echoes accusations Riyadh levelled against Tehran and the Lebanese faction in recent days.

Nov 13 12:00

Will Lebanon become Saudi's next Yemen?

A week after the surprise resignation of Saad Hariri broadcast on Saudi-owned Al-Arabiyya from Riyadh, Lebanon has stopped asking where he is and has started demanding his release.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun called the circumstances of his disappearance "ambiguous and mysterious" and asked Saudi Arabia for clarification. In meetings with foreign ambassadors, he has gone further and declared Hariri "kidnapped".

Nov 13 07:53

What Craziness Is Going on in Saudi Arabia?

But behind all this lies the stalemated Saudi war against wretched Yemen, the Arab world’s poorest, most backwards nation. Saudi Arabia has been heavily bombing Yemen for over two years, using US-supplied warplanes, munitions, including cluster bombs and white phosphorus, and US Air Force management. A Saudi blockade of Yemen, aided by the US, has caused mass starvation and epidemics such as cholera.

When I first explored Yemen, in the mid 1970’s, it was just creeping out of the 12th century AD. Today, it’s been bombed back into the 6th Century.

In spite of spending over $200 million daily (not including payoffs to `coalition’ members like Egypt) the Saudis are stuck in a stalemated conflict against Yemen’s Shia Houthi people. The US and Britain are cheerfully selling bombs and weapons to the Saudis. President Donald Trump has been lauding the destruction of Yemen because he mistakenly believes Iran is the mainstay of the anti-Saudi resistance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We could well be looking at a regional, if not a world war here, particularly if Russia intervenes on Iran's behalf, which should well be a large part of Prince Salman's calculus here, but most probably is not.

Nov 13 07:39

"Orgies with underage girls, heavy drug and alcohol abuse" - Saudi princess unveils the Kingdom's dark side

Amira Bint Aidan Bin Nayef, the ex-wife of the Saudi Prince Al Waleed bin Talal (who was recently arrested in scope of the anti-corruption purges in the country), went on a rampage against the ruling Saudi regime in her exclusive statements to the French newspaper Le Monde, saying that those who accuse others of corruption and money laundering, are in fact highly corrupted themselves.

The princess said they’ve turned the city of Jeddah into a slave market where underage girls are being exploited for noisy sex parties involving drug and alcohol abuse.

Nov 13 07:38

Russia blows UN lies out of the water

The recent report of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations accused the Syrian government troops of being responsible for the Khan Sheikhoun chemical attack, without providing any evidence.

The fact that the OPCW has not properly acknowledged the possibility that sarin gaas was in the possession of the rebels in Khan Sheikhoun, on April 4, 2017, is yet another major issue with regard to the veracity of the OPCW report and its findings.

There have been multiple sources of evidence in the past that the terrorists in Syria were getting toxic substances the same way they were getting many of their arms - from Saudi Arabia through Turkey.

Nov 13 07:26

Hariri says will return to Lebanon 'in days', denies being detained

Holding back tears, Saad al-Hariri, who announced his resignation as Lebanon’s prime minister about a week ago while in Saudi Arabia, says he would return to his country within days; adds he will return to his post only if Hezbollah agrees to remain neutral on regional conflicts.

Nov 13 07:09

ARAB LEAGUE SET TO HOLD EMERGENCY MEETING, AS SAUDI ARABIA AND ISRAEL PREPARE FOR WAR AGAINST “IRANIAN EXPANSION”

Egypt-based Ahram Online reports that the Arab League is set to hold an emergency meeting on Iran at Saudi Arabia’s request in order to discuss “Iranian interference” in the region at League headquarters in Cairo.

Early unconfirmed reports indicate the meeting could take place next Sunday.

According to Zerohedge, news of the Arab League extraordinary session comes as tensions are at breaking point as regional powers – especially Saudi Arabia and Israel – talk war against perceived Iranian expansion and domination in the Middle East.

Via Reuters…

Saudi Arabia has called for an urgent meeting of Arab League foreign ministers in Cairo next week to discuss Iran’s intervention in the region, an official league source told Egypt’s MENA state news agency on Sunday.

The call came after the resignation of Lebanon’s prime minister pushed Beirut back into the center of a rivalry between Sunni kingdom Saudi Arabia and Shi‘ite Iran and heightened regional tensions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Saudis may not have have much of an appetite for a direct confrontation with Hezbollah in Syria, but Israel will use any excuse to claim the Litani River in Lebanon as its own.

Such a war will most probably include Russia, on Iran's side, and the US and Saudi Arabia against Iran, and has all the potential of going global.

Even if you think such a war has no potential to affect you, please think again.

IF there is no quick end to this, look for a reinstitution of the draft in this country, coming after both our young men, and our young women.

Nov 12 13:50

What Really happened in Saudi Arabia

Nov 12 08:45

US declines comment on Hariri’s status in Saudi Arabia

The United States has declined to comment on the status of Lebanon’s former prime minister who suddenly announced his resignation from the Saudi capital last week and has yet to return to Beirut.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told a press briefing on Thursday that Chris Henzel, the US charge d’affaires in Riyadh, met Saad Hariri on Wednesday, but refused to comment on where the meeting took place or to elaborate on Hariri’s status.

“[The talks] were sensitive, private, diplomatic conversations,” Nauert said.

“We have seen him. In terms of the conditions of him being held or the conversations between Saudi Arabia and Prime Minister Hariri, I would have to refer you to the government of Saudi Arabia and also to Mr Hariri’s office.”

Nov 12 08:43

Tension mounts in Lebanon as Saudi Arabia escalates power struggle with Iran

In Beirut’s southern suburbs, where buildings scarred with wars of old blend with posters of the latest dead, talk of another conflict has taken hold. A fight on a scale not seen before may be brewing, say locals like Hussein Khaireddine, a barber who says he and his family in the Shia suburb of Dahiyeh have grown used to tensions over decades.

“This one’s different,” he said. “It could lead to every valley and mountain top. And if it starts, it may not stop.”

Nov 12 08:41

Saudi Arabia 'scrambles fighter jets' amid fears of WAR in Middle East

The kingdom has mobilised its F-15 fighter jet fleet ito launch a military operation against the Iranian-backed terrorist militia of Hezbollah in Lebanon, regional news website The Baghdad Post reports.

Nov 12 08:41

Yemenis to give 'unprecedented' response to Saudi possible attack on Hudaydah

The chairman of Yemen’s Supreme Revolutionary Committee has warned the Saudi-led coalition against launching a military assault on the country’s strategic western port city of Hudaydah, stressing the Yemeni forces’ response would be “unprecedented” in such a case.

Nov 12 08:26

Geopolitical Tsunami: Pax Americana, Petrodollar, & The Coming Crisis In The Gulf

How to make sense of this all?

An author on twitter by the handle Black Pigeon Speaks beautifully outlines today’s events in an easy to understand video titled: PAX AMERICANA, PetroDollar & the Coming CRISIS in the GULF…

The author of the video focuses on the Middle East and says a perfect storm is gathering upon the horizon, as the whole world is changing and the only way to change it for the better is to understand the world around you.

The video opens up with a brief understanding of the stunning purge in Saudi Arabia and how it has cleared any potential obstacles for King Salman’s son ascension to the throne.

This was done by a widespread arrest of royals, ministers and businessmen who have large sums of money and control key parts of the economy and parts of the military. Such an unorthodox move is bound to force internal conflict with-in the country that could very well spillover.

Nov 12 08:16

Trump’s CIA Is Laying the Groundwork for a Devastating War on Iran, with Help from Neocon Think Tank

President Donald Trump has, since the beginning of his term, made aggressive opposition to Iran a key feature of his foreign policy. He has surrounded himself with anti-Iran hawks in the White House, and pledged to unilaterally “tear up” the nuclear deal agreed to by major world powers.

Saudi Arabia, a key U.S. proxy in the Middle East, has in recent weeks escalated its campaign against Iran. The Saudi monarchy pressured Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to resign, and has been accused of holding him hostage. The kingdom then effectively declared war on Lebanon, in the name of countering Iran and its ally Hezbollah.

President Trump has praised Saudi Arabia’s belligerent intervention and foreign meddling, even while accusing Tehran of doing exactly what Riyadh is doing. The U.S. government is working very closely with the Saudi monarchy and Israel to, in Trump’s words, “counter the regime’s destabilizing activity.”

Supposed Al Qaeda links

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are only two teensy tinsy problems with this scenario.

And President Trump, attempting to go to this well of lies, in attempting to "win" American opinion to the point where they will volunteer their kids to be slaughtered in such an upcoming meatgrinder, will not work.

First, it wasn't Bin Laden who was assassinated in May 2011 in Abbottabad, Pakistan; Bin Laden died of natural causes in December of 2001.

Osama bin Laden: A dead nemesis perpetuated by the US government

Read more: Osama bin Laden: A dead nemesis perpetuated by the US government | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/osama_dead.php#ixzz4yEJbSO8A

Bin Laden's Obituary Notice

Bin Laden already dead

The Big Lie: Obama did not kill Bin Laden

Therefore, the "allegedly" previously unreleased CIA docyments, attempting to link Iran to Al-Qaeda cannot possibly be real.

Remember; it is the job of the US government to lie to you to create narrative to further its agenda. Right now, the agenda is regime change in Tehran.

And Presidend Trump, I know you are getting cheerled by Riyahd and Tel Aviv toward this end, but please understand; these actions, to accomplish such an outcome, will only come at the costs of American blood, and American money.

And as a footnote, Mr. President, for decades, Russian politicians and military professionals have pledged that if Iran is attacked, they will come to its aid militarily.

Is Iran worth fightng World War III with Russia over potential regime change in Tehran?!? Please think about this very seriously.

Nov 12 08:10

THE (OUT)HOUSE OF SAUD: THE COUP, THE OIL, AND THE MONEY

Among the many articles I received this past week about the coup (and chaos) in Saudi Arabia, this one shared by Mr. V.T. is perhaps the one that gets down to the deep fissures that are beginning to show within the desert kingdom. Certainly the Saudis are not stupid: investments have allowed them to penetrate significant portions of the media, of technology and space, and so on, but the bottom line for the kingdom is oil, money, and a form of Islam that has remained extreme, though in the latter instance, we're seeing some (slow) signals of royally-approved change.

Nov 12 07:50

Lebanon in Limbo: Saad Hariri Steps Down

Nasrallah said that he personally believed that Hariri was forced to resign under Saudi pressure, but he assured everyone that Riyadh won't be successful in destabilizing Lebanon. President Aoun also chimed in on the same day to say that he won't act on Hariri's resignation until he returns to the country to explain himself. Although Hariri claimed that he stepped down while abroad because he feared that Iran was plotting to assassinate him back home, the Lebanese Armed Forces confirmed that they had no knowledge whatsoever about any potential threat to his life, throwing into question the former Prime Minister's entire narrative and adding credence to the suspicions that it was Saudi Arabia which is behind this political crisis.

Nov 12 05:22

Bahrain Blames Iran For ‘Terrorist Sabotage’ After Oil Pipeline Explosion

The Kingdom of Bahrain has claimed that Friday’s explosion on the only pipeline that supplies oil from Saudi Arabia was somehow linked to Iran, opening a new chapter of hostilities between Tehran and the Sunni Gulf states.

“The incident was an act of sabotage and a dangerous act of terrorism aimed at harming the higher interests of the nation and the safety of the people,” read a statement from Bahrain’s interior ministry. “Terrorist acts witnessed by the country in the recent period are carried out through direct contacts and instructions from Iran,” the statement claimed.

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Nov 11 18:32

Saudi Arabia 'scrambles fighter jets' amid fears of WAR in Middle East

SAUDI Arabia has scrambled its air force for strikes in Lebanon amid fears of a new war in the Middle East, according to reports.

Nov 11 09:50

Muhammd Bin-Salman’s Purge in Saudi Arabia Is the Prelude to Something Bigger

Muhammad Bin-Salman’s domestic purge, including the detention of 11 princes and scores of businessmen and former officials under the banner of fighting corruption, is only a first phase. It seems to haves proceeded smoothly so far, without encountering any serious obstacles.

The man now has now brought the four major pillars of state power – the economy, the security and military forces, the media and the religious establishment (both the official Council of Senior Ulema and the unofficial ‘awakening’ clerics) — totally under his control. He has thrown all his opponents, and anyone who uttered any criticism of his rule, behind bars (or, in the case of the princes and other high-ranking figures, incarcerated them in a luxury hotel for now). The latest round of detentions is unlikely to be the last, for we are dealing here with a bulldozer that levels everything that stands in its path.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is one factor which the writer absolutely misses in his analysis of the situation, and that is the question of what Russia is willing - and prepared - to do if Iran gets attacked by a Saudi coalition.

Russian military and civilian leadership has always pledged to come to Iran's aid if it is attacked militarily; so I think the question here, has to be what will Russia do, and how far will it go, to prevent regime change in Tehran?!?

Nov 11 09:28

Saudis 'declared war on Lebanon' - Hezbollah leader

The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah has accused Saudi Arabia of declaring war on his country, days after Lebanese PM Saad al-Hariri announced his resignation in the Saudi capital.

Hassan Nasrallah said Saudi Arabia was holding Mr Hariri against his will.

He also accused the Saudis of inciting Israel against Lebanon.

Nov 11 09:10

Japan's biggest warship to drill with U.S. carriers near Korean peninsula

Japan said on Friday it would send one of its two big helicopter carriers, the largest warship in its fleet, along with two escorts to join three U.S. aircraft carriers for exercises in waters close to the Korean peninsula.

The Japanese ships Ise, Inazuma and Makinami will sail with the USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Sea of Japan and East China Sea on Sunday, Japan’s Maritime Self Defence Force said in a press release.

It is the first time three American carriers have trained together in a decade. The show of force comes as U.S. President Donald Trump meets with regional leaders at an Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Vietnam.

Trump is on a 12-day tour of Asia and has already made stops in Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing.

His administration has demanded that North Korea halt ballistic missile and nuclear tests. The naval exercise will be a potent reminder to Pyongyang of the U.S. ability to rapidly mobilize military force.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly think that the signals President Trump got from Beijing put the issue of North Korea on the proverbial "back burner", at least for the time being; the infinitely more rapidly emerging and volatile struggles are happening in the Middle East, between angagonists Saudi Arabia and Iran, where a war of words may spill out into a hot war, and very quickly.

Nov 11 09:02

What If The Saudis, The US And Israel Attack Lebanon?

Recent events in the Mideast are rather disturbing even to people like me whose baseline position is that the professionals in both the Israeli and US military will reject war with Lebanon and its allies as unwinnable. But there are some disturbing events all over the Mideast that give us all reason for concern.

Even Dov Zakheim wrote an article in the Chicago Tribune speculating that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MSB), Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law, and PM Netanyahu were plotting something. MSB had gone to Israel in September. Kushner has gone to Saudi Arabia 4 times. Kushner had been going to Israel but the cover story was that he was negotiating with the Palestinians. Some speculate that he wants the Palestinian leader Abbas to support Israel in a war with Lebanon.

Nov 11 08:59

Does Trump Want a New Middle East War?

Does Donald Trump want a new Middle East war, pitting Saudi Arabia against Iran in a conflict that could lay waste to the world's oil region and drag the United States into a conflict that would make the war in Iraq look like a minor skirmish? It sure looks like it.

Indeed, it's reasonable to suspect the Trump administration had a direct hand in Saudi Arabia's newfound muscular policies. Just a few days before all of this unfolded, Jared Kushner – Trump's son-in-law, who's been given a vast portfolio for Middle East policy – made an unannounced and still unexplained visit to Saudi Arabia, where he powwowed with Mohammed bin Salman. Kushner, 36, and MBS, 32, reportedly spent long hours, just the two of them, deep in conversation. "MBS is emboldened by strong support from President Trump and his inner circle, who see him as a kindred disrupter of the status quo — at once a wealthy tycoon and a populist insurgent," wrote David Ignatius in The Washington Post.

Nov 11 08:53

Saudis Reopen Yemen Border Crossing, Still Block Aid

Growing complaints about the humanitarian catastrophe in Saudi-blockaded Yemen have led the Saudi government to announce that the al-Wadea border crossing is being reopened. Last week the Saudis closed all ports, airports, and land crossings.

Despite the reopening of Wadea, however, and the allowing of limited ships into southern Aden port, UN officials say that the Saudi-led coalition is still blocking all of their aid deliveries into the country, continuing the siege.

The near-term concern is for the lack of medicine, as northern Yemen is essentially out of everything at this point, and doctors say several hundred patients will die within the next week simply for lack of medicine.

The long-term prospects are even worse, with northern Yemen having an estimated six weeks of food left, and UN officials warning that “millions” could be killed by starvation if the blockade continues past that point, causing one of the worst famines in generations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You have to understand that this is precisely what Prince Salman, the Butcher of Yemen, wants to see happen here; and that is, a complete genocide and obliteration of the Yemeni people.

I am utterly amazed, understanding how intensely he wants this to happen, that he has not carpet-bombed the country, so that no Yemeni is left standing.

But that may well be the next phase of his operation in Yemen.

Nov 11 08:52

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri is being HELD in Saudi Arabia after shock resignation, Beirut official says as country demands his return

Former Lebanon Prime Minister Saad Hariri is being held in Saudi Arabia after his shock resignation, a Beirut official has claimed.

Officials in Lebanon are now reportedly planning to work with foreign states to secure the politician's return to the country in the latest twist in an extraordinary resignation.

Hariri resigned as prime minister on Saturday in a shock declaration read from Saudi Arabia, pitching Lebanon into deep political crisis and pushing the country back to the forefront of a regional struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

'Lebanon is heading towards asking foreign and Arab states to put pressure on Saudi to release Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri,' said the official, who declined to be identified because the government had yet to declare the initiative.

Nov 11 08:52

Saudi arrest of Binladin family scion shatters royal entente

Among those caught in the unprecedented arrests this week of top princes, wealthy businessmen and senior officials was the scion of one of Saudi Arabia’s most recognizable families: Bakr Binladin, the chairman of the kingdom’s pre-eminent contractor — and Osama bin Laden’s half-brother.

It was a stunning end to a decades-old alliance between the ruling Al Saud and Binladin families that saw the Saudi Binladin Group secure a near-monopoly on mega-expansion projects in Islam’s two holiest sites, Mecca and Medina, throughout the reigns of successive Saudi monarchs.

Nov 11 08:47

Saudi Warplanes Attack Yemeni Capital, Wounding Civilians

Saudi warplanes circled the Yemeni capital of Sanaa throughout the day, carrying out multiple attacks against the defense ministry and the surrounding area, with a number of the strikes hitting a residential area next to the ministry building.

Several homes were damaged in the strikes and one was totally destroyed, leaving only a crater. Despite this, locals could confirm no deaths from the strikes, though a substantial number of wounded were being rescued from the ruins.

These are the latest in a long series of attacks on the Yemeni capital during the Saudi war, and while the defense ministry has been targeted occasionally in the past, this appears to be the most concerted effort against the building.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF the Houthi rebels are smart, this building may well be symbolic at this point, and not a center of communications at all for their activities.

But that the killing and maiming of Yemeni civilians continues, 3 years on, enabled by US military collusion, is a war crime, pure and simple, and cannot be allowed to stand by an allegedly civilised world.

Nov 11 08:47

EXCLUSIVE: Senior Saudi figures tortured and beaten in purge

Several detainees taken to hospital with torture injuries, while sources tell MEE scale of crackdown is bigger than authorities have revealed

Nov 11 08:45

Does Trump Want a New Middle East War?

Does Donald Trump want a new Middle East war, pitting Saudi Arabia against Iran in a conflict that could lay waste to the world's oil region and drag the United States into a conflict that would make the war in Iraq look like a minor skirmish? It sure looks like it.

Nov 11 08:44

UK Government Signs Off $2 Billion Loan to Saudi Aramco as Listing Race Heats Up

Saudi Aramco has been preparing for a Western stock market listing for some time, and the US and UK have both gone to great lengths to court the company - now, Theresa May's government has signed off on a US$2 billion dollar loan guarantee for the firm.

Nov 11 08:44

Mohammad bin Salman Can Trigger a World War - Depending on What Russia Will do?

Since 2006 Israel has tried weakening Hezbollah, the main reason for the Syrian war, and all the actions we are now seeing in Saudia are also designed to weaken Hezbollah. This can lead to global war depending on what russia may choose to do in the event of conflict. Westerners living under the current monetised order could hope that it could be replaced. And If Hezbollah is required through conflict to withdraw to Lebanon from fighting with the Assad forces, then the Kurds will be freer to fight for independence.

Nov 11 08:20

"ISRAEL WILL NOT LET THIS HAPPEN": IRAN IS REPORTEDLY BUILDING A MILITARY BASE IN SYRIA

On Friday, the "western press" started to set the stage for war between Lebanon (and Iran) and Saudi Arabia (and Israel).

Just a few hours later, a far more provocative report was published by the BBC, according to which Iran is establishing a permanent military base inside Syria, citing a Western intelligence source. The report, predictably, comes amid growing tensions over Iranian influence in Syria and across the region, and as the Saudi-Israel "alliance" is desperate to find a pretext to begin war.

As the BBC adds, the Iranian military is said to have established a compound at a site used by the Syrian army outside El-Kiswah, 14 km (8 miles) south of Damascus.

Needless to say, for Israel this would constitute the crossing of a "red line" by Iran: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu recently warned that Iran wanted to establish itself militarily in Syria. "Israel will not let that happen," he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So let me get this straight; Israel intends to go in, guns blazing, to invade a foreign country (Syria) to get rid of the presence of another foreign country (Iran) with absolutely zero credible proof as to what the purpose of these buildings are, other than some dodgy half-claims, convenient to Israel's case for invasion, which utterly cannot be backed up by facts?!?!?

Prime Minister Netanyahu, a word, please; if the IDF goes forward and attacks, Israel will never, ever have any credibility in the world, ever again. That might not particularly matter to you, but it will matter to future generations of Israelis.

Nov 11 07:37

Saudi “deep state” Prince Bandar among those arrested in purge: Report

According to a new report by Middle East Eye, Prince Bandar bin Sultan – Saudi Arabia’s most famous arms dealer, longtime former ambassador to the US, and recent head of Saudi intelligence – was among those detained as part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s (MBS) so-called “corruption purge” that started with the initial arrests of up to a dozen princes and other top officials last weekend.

Nov 11 06:48

ON THE BRINK OF WAR

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/48176.htm

The latest developments in Saudi Arabia are just the prelude to an imminent war that will reshape the region and affect the entire world

We should not let minor details such as Hariri’s resignation or the detention of [Saudi] princes and former ministers divert our attention from the real developments that are taking place in secret. Nor should we let these minor details distract us from the more dangerous phase that will follow Prince Mohammad bin Salman ‘purge’ on the domestic Saudi front. For such ‘purges’ are the preliminary move to scenarios for a war that may be the most dangerous in the region’s history. And we are not exaggerating here.

Nov 11 04:51

Hezbollah chief: Saudi Arabia 'declared war' on Lebanon, PM Hariri 'forced to resign & detained'

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah says Saudi Arabia has declared war on Lebanon, adding that the “detention” and “house arrest” of Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri an “unprecedented Saudi intervention” in Lebanon’s internal affairs.
The reports of the assassination plot were fabricated by the Saudis, Nasrallah said, while the PM’s resignation speech was also written by them, he claimed in a televised speech.

The Hezbollah leader also stated that the Lebanese government is still legitimate and urged all the parties to cooperate with it>>>

Nov 10 12:00

Trump backs purge of Saudi royal family – at a price

US President Donald Trump has swiftly followed up his Tuesday tweet in support of the great Saudi purge of the kingdom’s elite. A White House statement on Wednesday “welcomed” the allegation by Riyadh that Iran is supporting the Houthi militias of Yemen “including the supply of illegal arms such as ballistic missiles.”

In his tweet, Trump plunged straight into the heart of the power struggle in the House of Saud, saying “I have great confidence in King Salman and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, they know exactly what they are doing … Some of those they are harshly treating have been “milking” their country for years!”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So that was the quid pro quo on the part of President Trump; support of the Saudi purge, in exchange for an ARAMCO listing on the NYSE!!

Nov 10 11:45

Documents Reveal KSA Behind Damascus Shelling, U.S. Prior Knowledge In 2013; Nothing Has Changed In 2017

By Brandon Turbeville

As Damascus residents are once again suffering under indiscriminate shelling and mortars launched by terrorists, it is important to once again draw attention to a recent secret document released by Edward Snowden showing that previous indiscriminate missile launches against civilians were entirely controlled and ordered by foreign powers like Saudi Arabia. These attacks were also known in advance by the United States which evidently had no qualms with them...

Nov 10 11:40

US Air Force official: Missile targeting Saudis was Iranian

Iran manufactured the ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Shiite rebels toward the Saudi capital and remnants of it bore “Iranian markings,” the top U.S. Air Force official in the Mideast said Friday, backing the kingdom’s earlier allegations.

The comments by Lt. Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian, who oversees the Air Force’s Central Command in Qatar, further internationalizes the yearslong conflict in Yemen — the Arab world’s poorest country.

Saudi Arabia long has accused Iran of giving weapons to the Shiite rebels known as Houthis and their allies, though Tehran has just as long denied supplying them. Riyadh quickly backed up Harrigian’s allegations in a statement to The Associated Press.

“There have been Iranian markings on those missiles,” Harrigian told journalists at a news conference in Dubai ahead of the Dubai Air Show. “To me, that connects the dots to Iran.”

There was no immediate reaction from Tehran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lt. Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian, a word, sir, please: have you not recieved the memo that the "big lie" went out with the whoopie cushion and the dribble glass?!?

Yemen's Defense Ministry said the missile attack "shook the Saudi capital" and the operation was successful. The attack was conducted using a Yemeni-made, long-range missile called the Burqan 2H, it said.

Yemeni missile strikes Saudi capital cith Riyadh

Sir, this is rather like pregnancy; either the weapon was Yemeni manufactured and launched, or it was not. You cannot have this both ways. And so far, both Yemeni and Saudi military experts claimed that the weapon was Yemeni in origin.

Yes, we all know what the agenda here is; to lie the American people into yet another bloody war in the Middle East against Iran for its oil resources, for which the Saudis and Israelis have been cheerleading for quite some time.

But you and your colleagues, pushing for this war, are facing a far more war-skeptical, and war-weary nation than you were right after 9/11, when the US was lied into swallowing whole that bit of codswallop that Saddam Hussein had "weapons of mass destruction."

The price for lying to the American people, and the world, Lt. Harrigian, is to never be believed again; and in your "taking one for the team" on this assertion that the missile was Iranian, and not Yemeni in origin, you have just sacrificed every bit of professional credibility you ever had, sir.

And please understand the following; while Riyadh and Tel Aviv have been advocating for regime change in Tehran, they fully expect this do be accomplished at the costs of American blood, and American money.

And please remember; should we go to war against Iran, Russian military and civilian leadership has vowed to protect it militarily; war with Russia ...over Iran?!?

For whom, sir, would this really be worth the cost?!? Not for the American kids who will die and get maimed for life in such a war; thank you, no.

Nov 10 10:49

The Saudi blockade of Yemen is starving kids and killing thousands, so why is Washington still defending it?

Yemen is considered the world’s worst humanitarian disaster by the U.N.

Now, at this point, you may be thinking, “This is shocking, but ultimately not surprising. The Middle East is a chaotic and violent place, and it has been for some time. What’s happening in Yemen is an extension of the broader Sunni vs. Shiite conflict, and while it’s incredibly tragic, this is a regional conflict that we as Americans obviously can’t solve.”

True enough, but here’s the thing: That Saudi-led coalition is made possible by Washington. The blockade is happening with our government’s endorsement, and the entire Saudi intervention is happening with our government’s material and intelligence support. Washington is selling the Saudis weapons, refueling their bombers, planning their flights and using our Navy to bolster the blockade in Yemen’s ports. Ending U.S. support wouldn’t magically make Yemen peaceful, but it would let in the food and medicine ordinary people desperately need.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Prince Salman, the principal architect of this genocide, has many honorifics by which he is described, due to his damned good luck in having been born into the House of Saud; however, there is one which will haunt him to his grave and beyond, and that is the following: the Butcher of Yemen.

Yes I said it, and out loud. It is absolutely impossible not to say, looking at the ongoing carnage in Yemen.

As someone who loves people in general, and hates to see people hurting or suffering, I am thoroughly appalled and disgusted to see the US government enabling Saudi war crimes in Yemen. And yet, under President Trump's watch, this is precisely what I am seeing happening in Yemen.

In fact, I am surprised that the Saudi Arabian military hasn't carpet bombed the country, killing every single Yemeni infant, woman, and medically fragile elderly person still standing; but perhaps, that is what is to come, particularly if Saudi Arabia plans to go in to Lebanon to goad Iran into fighting for Lebanese integrity, so Saudi Arabia can declare war against it.

Nov 10 10:30

Macron makes surprise trip to Saudi Arabia as tensions rise with Iran over Lebanon & Yemen

FRENCH President Emmanuel Macron held hastily scheduled talks in Riyadh with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman amid rising tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran, notably over Lebanon and Yemen.

Nov 10 10:13

Video: ‘Anti-Corruption Push’: Dozens Of Saudi Royals Detained Unexpectedly

Saudi Arabia has detained dozens of royal figures and ministers – in what it calls Phase One of its ‘anti-corruption push’.

Nov 10 10:08

Rats abandon ship - Saudi billionaires withdraw money, fearing new King

Anti-corruption raids in Saudi Arabia continue, the number of arrested persons exceed 200 people. They are accused of laundering and withdrawing more than $ 100 billion from the country.

However, according to many experts, the ultimate goal of apprehending the elite of Saudi Arabia is not stopping anti-corruption activities, but fighting those who can prevent Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman from taking the throne of the King of Saudi Arabia.

Nov 10 10:05

Abbas in Riyadh: Saudis court Palestinian support for grand alliance with Israel

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman sees peace deal as key to building regional alliance to confront Iran, officials and diplomats tell MEE

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Saudis and other allies in the Gulf want to recognize Israel and to establish relationship with Israel as an ally against Iran..The blocking stone is the Palestinian issue which is sacred to their peoples.

They're trying to court Abbas to sign a phony deal like Oslo Accord so they can have the door wide open to start allying with Israel . To convince their peoples, Abbas is their first step..But Gaza leaders were in Tehran not too long ago.

That's why Abbas was surprisingly invited to give Saudis the green light to ally with Israel...But it will not work and the Arab man in the street will not buy it, because Arab street does not trust Israel.

Nov 10 09:45

Hezbollah Leader Says Saudi Arabia Wants to Impose New PM on Lebanese People

Saudi Arabia has "blatantly interfered" in Lebanon's local issues by allegedly detaining Saad Hariri and putting him "under house arrest," Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said, as quoted by Al Manar broadcaster, adding that the former Lebanese prime minister's "forced" resignation was unconstitutional because it had been done "under duress."

Nov 10 09:43

Saudi Arabia kidnapped Hariri on Israeli order: Analyst

The Israeli regime has put pressure on Saudi Arabia to abduct Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in order to drag Hezbollah and Iran into a new war, says a commentator.

“It looks as if Israel is now desperate to create a pretext for war with Iran,” E. Michael Jones told Press TV on Thursday.

The expert said Tel Aviv thinks the kidnap "will serve as a pretext for the war that Israel wants to break up Hezbollah in Lebanon.”

The Saudis have always been “junior partners” in several Israeli-US operations in the Middle East, the editor of the Culture Wars online magazine noted.

Nov 10 09:36

SAUDI BILLIONAIRES SCRAMBLE TO MOVE CASH OFFSHORE, ESCAPE ASSET FREEZE

Over the weekend, Saudi King Salman shocked the world by abruptly announcing the arrests of 11 senior princes and some 38 ministers, including Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, the world’s sixty-first richest man and the largest shareholder in Citi, News Corp. and Twitter. The purge was orchestrated by a new “supreme committee” to investigate public corruption created by King Salman but under the control of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who chairs the committee and is widely suspected of being the driving force behind the purge.

In addition to the arrests, two Royals have died since the purge began. Prince Mansour bin-Muqrin reportedly perished in a helicopter crash near the Yemen border earlier this week, and Prince Abdul Aziz bin Fahd - killed during a firefight as authorities attempted to arrest him.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The big question here, outside of the lootings, confiscations of assets, and assassinations of various Saudi princes, is when Saudi Arabia is going to invade Lebanon, as the feint for getting Iran to defend it, then declaring war against Iran for doing so.

Both the Kuwaiti and Saudi governments have called for their nationals to leave Lebanon immediately; this cannot be interpreted as anything other than a screaming telegraphing of the reality that there is an imminent Saudi war against Lebanon and Hezbullah, and ultimately Iran, coming.

Nov 10 05:45

Rep. Ro Khanna: Stop All Weapons Sales to Saudi Arabia Now

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Yes, I do,” Khanna said. “I don’t think the Saudis’ human rights record or their record in military conflicts are consistent with our values. I don’t think that we should be engaged in interventionism in the Middle East. … We have this record of interventionism that has not made us any safer. And I view our pragmatic, or expedient, alliance with Saudi Arabia in the same way.”

Earlier this year, Khanna introduced a resolution that condemned the war and would have used a provision of the War Powers Act to halt U.S. support for Saudi Arabia.>>>

(*Typical Democrat; only thinking of himself What about everybody elses stock portfolios in the mega=-rallying stock market , you knob ?)

Nov 09 16:54

Video: ‘Anti-Corruption Push’: Dozens Of Saudi Royals Detained Unexpectedly

Saudi Arabia has detained dozens of royal figures and ministers – in what it calls Phase One of its ‘anti-corruption push’.

Nov 09 16:30

How Saudi Arabia Sows Instability

The anachronistic family enterprise known as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has long been politically fragile. In some respects it is remarkable that this entity has endured into the Twenty-first Century. A clan of royals lives on rake-offs from the country’s petroleum wealth, while using more of that wealth to buy off a fast-growing population.

Nov 09 11:58

Kuwait Orders Citizens To Leave Lebanon Immediately "As Precaution Against Any Negative Impact That Might Take Place"

The drums of war are beating at a deafening pace: with Saudi Arabia ordering its citizens to immediately leave Lebanon on Thursday, just a few hours later Kuwait joined in.

According to the Kuwait News Agency, citing a foreign ministry statement, Kuwait citizens currently in Lebanon are urged to leave the country immediately.

The statement said the order is due to the "circumstances experienced by Lebanon at the moment, as well as a precautionary measure against any negative impact that might take place."

The ministry also urged citizens not to travel to Lebanon, "wishing at the same time security and stability for the Arab country."

At this point it is safe to assume that war between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia/Israel is just a matter of time.

Nov 09 11:05

Saudi-Led Coalition Removes Blockade on Major Yemeni Port of Aden - Source

The port has been closed in the wake of a missile launched by Houthi rebels targeting Saudi Arabia.

A local source has told Sputnik that the Saudi-led coalition had removed the blockade of the major Yemeni port of Aden, which will now be able to resume receiving humanitarian aid.

"The leadership of the port has received the consent of the Arab coalition to resume work after three days since the announcement by the coalition on the closure of all sea, air and land harbors in Yemen," the source said.

According to the Saudi Foreign Ministry’s Twitter account, the coalition "took care of continuing the passage of aid and humanitarian goods" in Yemen.

Nov 09 10:41

BRITISH ARMS SALES TO SAUDI ARABIA JUMP 500% AS COALITION SEALS OFF YEMEN BORDERS

The sale of UK-made bombs and missiles to Saudi Arabia has leapt by almost 500 percent, according to new data from Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT). British munitions have been used in the Saudi-led coalition war in Yemen, contributing to the humanitarian catastrophe there.

Data collated by CAAT shows the UK government had made £4.7 billion from exporting arms and other controlled goods to Saudi since the start of the Yemen war in March 2015, compared to £6 billion worth in the period from January 2008 to April 2015 – a 457 percent increase.

The news comes as Saudi-led coalition forces made the decision on Monday to close temporarily all entry points to Yemen, effectively sealing the country off from the rest of the world.

The UK Government had been widely criticized for its continued assistance in the war on Yemen while simultaneously spending millions on humanitarian aid. In 2017, it sent £155 million to the war-torn country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These Merchants of Death and the British Parliament have one huge thing in common; before accepting their positions as captains of the assassination club, or as members of the British House of Commons, or House of Lords, they have all had their conscience surgically removed.

It's Profits Uber Alles, baby, and who gives a damn about women, children, infants, and the medically fragile eldely getting blown to smithereens!! It's...commerce! That's the way the world is supposed to work, right?!?

Nov 09 10:28

Satellite Images Reveal Saudis May Be Lying How Much Oil They Have In Storage

A little over a year ago, specialized satellite imaging company Orbital Insight which uses its proprietary imaging and algorithms to track above-ground oil storage, confirmed something we had alleged earlier in the year: that China was vastly under-representing the amount of oil it had stored in its Strategic Petroleum Reserve (with significant implications for prices). As we said last September "according to Orbital Insight, China had not only misrepresented how much oil it has stored, it has done so at a massive scale, with the real number dwarfing even JPM own estimate: the real amount of Chinese oil in storage, according to Orbital, was a whopping 600 million barrels as of May" an amount nearly 3 times greater than the official, at the time, number of 234 million barrels.

Nov 09 10:26

THE SAUDI PURGE: THE MIDDLE-EAST IS ON THE VERGE OF A NEW WAR

Other high-ranking members of the establishment and the royal family - the two tend to be one and the same in Saudi Arabia - get arrested on charges of corruption, with their bank accounts frozen.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri unexpectedly resigns after he was summoned to Riyadh by his Saudi-backers.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia accused Iran of conducting acts of “direct military aggression” and accused Lebanon of “declaring war” on Riyadh by allowing Hezbollah “aggression” against the kingdom.

All this happened in a span of just a few days.

With ever-growing security challenges and problems at the regional level, the crisis that took hold of Saudi Arabia does not seem to be slowing down.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This "attack against corruption", with which these imprisoned princes are accused, was simply a way for the Crown Prince to consolidate his power; seize about 88 billion dollars' worth of assets; and leave him a free hand to finish the job in Yemen according to his will (which will probably mean carpet bombing the country very soon), and tricking the Iranian military into invading Lebanon to defend Hizbullah as an excuse to declare war against Iran.

We have just seen the Saudi decree that all Saudi nationals need to leave Lebanon immediately; they could not be telegraphing any more loudly that something wicked this way comes for Lebanon.

But Prince Salman had better get his geopolitical ducks in somewhat of a row before he attacks Iran.

Russia's military and civilian leadership has pledged, consistently, that should Iran be attacked, Russia will come to its aid militarily.

Does Prince Salman really believe, seriously, that he could win a military confrontation with Russia over Iran, even with the US's and Israel's military assistance?!? Were I he, and his advisors, I would rethink that scenario through, very, very carefully before he starts World War III.

Nov 09 10:14

How Broke Is The House Of Saud?

Trying to figure out what on earth is happening in the Middle East appears to have gotten a lot harder. Perhaps (because) it’s become more dangerous too. There are so many players, and connections between players, involved now that even making one of those schematic representations would never get it right. Too many unknown unknowns.

A short and incomplete list of the actors: Sunni, Shiite, Saudi Arabia, US, Russia, Turkey, ISIS, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Kurds, Lebanon, Hezbollah, Hamas, Qatar, Israel, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Houthis, perhaps even Chechnya, Afghanistan, Pakistan. I know I know, add your favorites.

So what have we got, or what do we know we’ve got?

Nov 09 09:40

Trump Plays with Fire in Saudi Arabia

The crown prince’s foolhardy decisions date back further than the Trump administration. In 2015, mere months after his father’s ascension to the throne, the prince, as newly appointed defense minister, was the driving force behind the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen. Though the Saudis and their partners promised a quick victory against the Houthi rebels, the campaign has instead become bogged down in a quagmire, with little prospect of military victory.

Nov 09 09:08

Hariri’s capture was instrumental to the “Red Prince’s” rise to power

Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman forced the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri and subsequently detained him not just to destabilize Lebanon, but because the foreign leader is a dual-Saudi national who was plotting against the future King and could have granted “political asylum” to fleeing royals eager to one day exact their revenge on the “Red Prince”.

Nov 09 08:59

Riyadh Asks Saudi Nationals to Leave Lebanon Immediately

The call comes in the wake of the shock resignation of former Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri, who is currently in Saudi Arabia.
"We recommend our citizens, who live in Lebanon to leave the country immediately and to refrain from visiting it," the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Thursday.

Nov 09 08:59

British Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia Jump 500% As Coalition Seals Off Yemen Borders

The sale of UK-made bombs and missiles to Saudi Arabia has leapt by almost 500 percent, according to new data from Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT). British munitions have been used in the Saudi-led coalition war in Yemen, contributing to the humanitarian catastrophe there.

Nov 09 08:57

Trump Says Saudi Elites Caught In Anti-Corruption Probe Were ‘Milking’ Kingdom For Years

The US president has backed Saudi Arabia’s corruption purge initiated by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman against influential princes, military and business elites. The Pentagon praised Riyadh for exposing “Iran’s destabilizing influence” in the region.

Nov 08 16:49

Trump Says Saudi Elites Caught In Anti-Corruption Probe Were ‘Milking’ Kingdom For Years

The US president has backed Saudi Arabia’s corruption purge initiated by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman against influential princes, military and business elites. The Pentagon praised Riyadh for exposing “Iran’s destabilizing influence” in the region.

At least 11 Saudi princes, four ministers and dozens of prominent business figures were among those taken into custody over the weekend as part of the corruption probe by Riyadh that is being led by the crown prince. On Monday, Donald Trump voiced his support for the ongoing corruption investigation.

Nov 08 16:30

British Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia Jump 500% As Coalition Seals Off Yemen Borders

The sale of UK-made bombs and missiles to Saudi Arabia has leapt by almost 500 percent, according to new data from Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT). British munitions have been used in the Saudi-led coalition war in Yemen, contributing to the humanitarian catastrophe there.

Nov 08 14:09

"Explosive" Leaked Secret Israeli Cable Confirms Israeli-Saudi Coordination To Provoke War

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The explosive classified Israeli cable reveals the following:

On Sunday, just after Lebanese PM Hariri's shocking resignation, Israel sent a cable to all of its embassies with the request that its diplomats do everything possible to ramp up diplomatic pressure against Hezbollah and Iran.
The cable urged support for Saudi Arabia's war against Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen.
The cable stressed that Iran was engaged in "regional subversion".
Israeli diplomats were urged to appeal to the "highest officials" within their host countries to attempt to expel Hezbollah from Lebanese government and politics.
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Nov 08 12:15

Saudi Arabia’s King to 'stand down and hand power to son after purging' rivals

KING Salman is reportedly preparing to make his son Prince Mohammed bin Salman the ruler of Saudi Arabia in a shock move following a corruption purge, reports claim.

Saudi expert James Dorsey, a senior fellow at Singapore's S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, said: "The most recent crackdown breaks with the tradition of consensus within the ruling family whose secretive inner workings are equivalent to those of the Kremlin at the time of the Soviet Union.

"Prince Mohammed, rather than forging alliances, is extending his iron grip to the ruling family, the military, and the National Guard to counter what appears to be more widespread opposition within the family as well as the military to his reforms and the Yemen war.”

The news comes after the US promised to aid Saudi Arabia in neutralising “Iran’s destabilising influence” and battle extremism in the Middle East, the Pentagon has announced.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These events are moving a breakneck speed.

The Saudi-led, US-government enabled genocide in Yemen will continue unabated now, and will soon spread into both Lebanon, and Iran.

Nov 08 11:59

SAUDIS, IRAN ON PATH TO 'VERY, VERY BLOODY' WAR

While the world tries to interpret Saudi Arabia’s moves to clamp down on corruption and watches the kingdom accuse Iran of an “act of war,” a former Reagan administration Pentagon official says Saudi Arabia is gearing up for the very real possibility of a “very, very bloody” war with Iran.

Within the past several days, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is next in line to the Saudi throne, has ordered the arrests of many government officials, including 11 princes, on allegations of corruption. More recently, the crown prince accused Iran of an “act of war” after Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen launched an Iranian missile toward the Saudi capital of Riyadh.

The Houthis admit firing the missile, and Saudi investigators say the fragments prove the missile is from Iran. Furthermore, the Saudi-friendly prime minister of Lebanon abruptly resigned, and many other elements of the Lebanese government are loyal to the Shiite regime in Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No, the fragment was adjudged by both Saudi and Yemeni military officials to be Yemeni-manufactured, and Yemeni fired; it was absolutely NOT Iranian in origin.

Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missile over capital

The article goes on to say that the missile was Yemen's Defense Ministry said the missile attack "shook the Saudi capital" and the operation was successful. The attack was conducted using a Yemeni-made, long-range missile called the Burqan 2H, it said.

So if, in fact, it was a Yemeni made and launched missile, how could it, please, have been Iranian in origin?!? What is the Saudi "proof" that this is the truth?!?

No: this is an absolute lie.

And the reason for this lie is that this article is setting forth a narrative, one of "Good little Saudi Arabia (with a known "human rights record" just to the right of that of Attila the Hun) getting "beat up" by a nasty, horrible Iran, and therefore, the US has to get dragged into this fight on the side of Saudi Arabia, cheerled by Israel which, like Saudi Arabia, labels Iran as its "existential threat" in the region.

And also, like Saudi Arabia, Israel is expecting that regime change in Tehran will primarily be purchased at the costs of only American blood, and American money.

I frankly do not want to see one more American kid killed or maimed for life in a war over resources in the Middle East, yet I see this war coming, and frightully soon.

Mike and I have been speculating about precisely when such a war would start. The Israeli military and its coalition (which probably includes Saudi Arabia, but un-named for geopolitical reasopns) are doing a massive military exercise, over the period of the next two weeks.

Israel begins largest military drill as Saudis consider Missle Strike by Iran as an Act of War

the only, slightly, minor problem with this headline is that it wasn't the Iranian military which launched this missile; it was the Yemeni Houthis who did this.

People, we are being "groomed" for a war against Iran, taking Saudi Arabia's and Israel's side in it, there is no mistake about it; Iran is getting villified, and Saudi Arabia is getting held up high as a shining example of "moderate Muslim behaviour".

The facts on the ground in Yemen speak a very different and horrific narrative, with the US government colluding in Saudi war crimes, such as the assassination of Yemeni children; deaths from complications of malnutrition in Yemeni children, courtesy of the duel US-Saudi blockading of Yemeni harbors; and now, a massive outbreak of cholera, most probably weaponised.

IF the US government does go to war against Iran, to mollify Saudi Arabia and Israel, we may very well looking at miilitary confrontation with Russia as well, as historically, their political and miilitary leaders have vowed to protect it, should it become militarily threatened.

And lastly, should the US government go to war against Iran, it will absolutely not be on the right side of either history, nor any kind of true regional "justice".

Nov 08 10:45

US Demands UN Action Against Iran Over Yemen Missile

Though Saudi Arabia accused Iran (and Lebanon for that matter) of being behind a Yemen missile strike over the weekend, they offered no evidence that this was the case. Indeed, while they claimed Iran provided the missile, they also confirmed the missile was a Burqan 2H, which is a Yemen-made design, and which Yemen’s Defense Ministry confirmed firing themselves.

Still, one allegation from the Saudis was enough for US Ambassador Nikki Haley to come to the UN Tuesday to demand international action against Iran, claiming the missile “may be of Iranian origin” and that would be a violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

Saudi Arabia has been frustrated by how poorly the war in Yemen is going, and has been keen to pick fights with Iran. The Trump Administration has very much been supportive of that idea, and subsequently is backing the Saudi allegations against Iran, even though they are transparently untrue.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ambassador Haley, a word, please: the "big lie" went out with the whoopie cushion and the dribble glass, and this seems to be understood by every UN member country's Ambassador....except for yourself, the Ambassador from Saudi Arabia, and the Ambassador from Israel.

Unfortuntely, it appears that you are violently allergic to the truth, and in a massive depth of geopolitical denial which is going to ultimately get the US sleepwalking into a war against Iran, using Saudi Arabia, as a proxy, which will most likely ultimately involve Russia on Iran's side.

And although Saudi Arabia and Israel's political leadership have been cheerleading for a war against Iran, regime change in Tehran is most apt to be borne at the costs primarily of American blood, and American money.

Nov 08 10:36

EU, U.S. affirm Lebanon support, diverging from Saudi

The European Union and the United States on Wednesday reaffirmed support for Lebanon after the resignation of its prime minister, striking a sharp contrast to Saudi Arabia, which accuses Beirut of declaring war because of the Shi'ite group Hezbollah.

Statements of support from EU ambassadors to Lebanon and the United States have set a different tone to their Sunni Gulf ally Saudi Arabia, which has lumped Lebanon together with the Iran-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah as parties hostile to it.

Nov 08 10:31

Shakeup In Saudi Arabia, Hariri Resignation, And Threats Of War Spell Possible Chaos In Middle East

By Brandon Turbeville

Over the past few days, a series of events have occurred which rocked the geopolitical scene and have affected a number of countries specifically such as Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Yemen, and Iran. Naturally, the events that taking place in these locations are immensely important for the rest of the world and, for that reason, other regional and international players are being drawn into the drama as well.

While it would be foolish to pretend to know all the details taking place behind the scenes, we are still able to analyze current events in order to attempt to gain a greater understanding of where the situation is heading and thus have a better understanding of how to respond to them. The article that follows is simply an attempt to point to the most logical conclusion regarding these events...

Nov 08 10:30

WATCH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ATTEMPT TO EXPLAIN WHY THEY WON’T VOTE ON WAR IN YEMEN

THE BRUTAL WAR in Yemen has intensified in recent days, with the Saudi-led coalition backed by the United States increasing its bombing campaign and blockade of ports. Meanwhile, the architect of the war, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has launched a widespread purge of the government, while using a missile launched from Yemen as a pretext to threaten war with Iran.

Yet American lawmakers are still avoiding a vote on authorizing U.S. involvement in the conflict.

Saudi Arabia relies heavily on the U.S. military for intelligence sharing, refueling flights for coalition warplanes, and the transfer of American-made cluster bombs, rockets, and other munitions used against targets in Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is one factor that Mr. Fang misses in this article and video, and the other reason why Congressional representatives may be "punting" on this; they may be making a "killing", literally and figuratively, from their investments in the military/industrial complex which have sold Saudi Arabia billions of dollars worth of weapons since the war began in 2015.

Congressional representatives are not bound by American law to put their financial estates into a blind trust, when they assume office, as is the President, so can make beaucoup bucks through tips and inside trading.

Nov 08 10:29

Saudi Arabia and Iran move closer to war - how does each side's military strength compare?

Long term rivals, the two nations have seen tensions escalate in recent days after a series of explosive incidents.

The latest has seen Saudi Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman accuse Iran of arming militias - something he warned could be considered “an act of war”.

It comes after Saudi Arabia intercepted a rocket fired by militia near the airport in its capital city, something they blamed Iran for.

Meanwhile Iran has done little to calm the situation, mocking Saudi Arabia and accusing it of hypocrisy.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif posted on Twitter this week: “KSA bombs Yemen to smithereens, killing 1000s of innocents including babies, spreads cholera and famine, but of course blames Iran.

“KSA is engaged in wars of aggression, regional bullying, destabilising behaviour & risky provocations. It blames Iran for the consequences.”

Nov 08 10:23

Saudi Airstrikes Kill Over 30 Civilians in Northern Yemen

Saudi warplanes targeted a residential area in Yemen’s Hajj Province Tuesday, leveling a large building that served as housing for an extended family, killing all within. Over 30 people were killed in the attacks, overwhelmingly women and children.

The attacks took place against a village not far from the Saudi border, and left a number of other civilians wounded. It’s not clear why the attacks were carried out in the first place, and Saudi officials have not commented on the matter.

Saudi airstrikes have been killing dozens of civilians on a regular basis since early 2015, leading to a massive death toll. This has fueled international criticism of Saudi war crimes, and both the US and British governments for selling the Saudis such arms when they’re used so recklessly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is simply a matter of revenge against the Houthis, who lobbed a Yemeni home-made missile at Riyadh, which was intercepted, a couple of days ago.

The killing of innocent women, children, and infants is standard stock in trade for the Saudi military; but this senseless act of murderous revenge will only inflame Houthi resolve to hit Saudi Arabia harder, unfortunately.

Nov 08 10:12

Syria endgame forces Saudi Arabia’s hand

The Syrian conflict is rapidly coming to a conclusion, as demonstrated by the government’s retaking of the strategic Deir Ez-Zor province. The Syrian government has pressed home its advantage by wresting control of the border town of Abu Kamal away from Daesh.

The retaking of Abu Kamal is critically important at many levels, not least because it points to passive acquiescence by the United States to the eastward march of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies. Previously the US had appeared to be committed to denying Syria the opportunity to retake the eastern part of the country.

Nov 08 09:59

Saudi Arabia ends blockade on Yemen’s Port of Aden

The war in Yemen is not over, but this could be a sign of Saudi war fatigue.

Nov 08 09:55

"Explosive" Leaked Secret Israeli Cable Confirms Israeli-Saudi Coordination To Provoke War

As is already well-known, the Saudi and Israeli common cause against perceived Iranian influence and expansion in places like Syria, Lebanon and Iraq of late has led the historic bitter enemies down a pragmatic path of unspoken cooperation as both seem to have placed the break up of the so-called “Shia crescent” as their primary policy goal in the region. For Israel, Hezbollah has long been its greatest foe, which Israeli leaders see as an extension of Iran’s territorial presence right up against the Jewish state’s northern border.

Nov 08 09:55

Iran says Saudi meddling in Lebanon 'unprecedented'

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani added his voice to those who suspect Saudi Arabia forced Lebanon's prime minister to resign.

Nov 08 09:37

Saudi Arabia Says Lebanon, Iran Declare War

Over the weekend, Saudi Arabia intercepted a ballistic missile fired by north Yemeni forces at their capital city. The missile was identified as a Burqan 2H, a Yemeni design, and Yemen’s Defense Ministry confirmed firing it.

Rather than just the latest retaliation in Saudi Arabia’s two and a half year war in Yemen, however, Saudi officials seem to be looking to turn the incident into the start of a region-wide war, saying it amounted to a declaration of war against them by both Lebanon and Iran.

Nov 08 09:36

Trump Administration Backs Saudi Crown Prince’s Housecleaning

President Donald Trump and his administration are offering a public vote of confidence for Saudi Arabia's young crown prince who, in just days, has upended the royal family, ramped up the kingdom's confrontation with Iran and issued war threats against Lebanon.

Nov 08 09:34

US urges UN action after Saudi blames Iran over missile

The United States has called on the United Nations to act against Iran after Saudi Arabia, a Washington ally, accused Tehran of "direct military aggression" through the Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Amid an escalating war of words, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman pointed the finger on Tuesday to Iran for supplying a ballistic missile that was fired on Saturday from Houthi-held territory towards Riyadh's international airport.

Webmaster's Commentary: 
Nov 07 16:25

Yemen's Houthis threaten to hit ports, airports in Saudi Arabia, UAE

Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement, which aids the country's army in its fight against Saudi Arabia’s deadly military campaign, has threatened to launch more missile attacks on ports and airports in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in retaliation for the massacre of thousands of Yemenis.

“All airports, ports, border crossings and areas of any importance to Saudi Arabia and the UAE will be a direct target of our weapons, which is a legitimate right,” the Houthi political office said in a statement on Tuesday.
“We will not stand idly by, we will seek more radical means to prevent both the tightening of the blockade and all acts aimed at starving and humiliating the people of Yemen,” the statement added.

The development came a day after the Saudi-led coalition against Yemen announced that it had “decided to temporarily close all Yemeni air, sea and land ports.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please note that it was not an Iranian official making this threat; it was a member of Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement.

Nov 07 15:16

Saudi Arabia Says Lebanon, Iran Declare War

Over the weekend, Saudi Arabia intercepted a ballistic missile fired by north Yemeni forces at their capital city. The missile was identified as a Burqan 2H, a Yemeni design, and Yemen’s Defense Ministry confirmed firing it.

Rather than just the latest retaliation in Saudi Arabia’s two and a half year war in Yemen, however, Saudi officials seem to be looking to turn the incident into the start of a region-wide war, saying it amounted to a declaration of war against them by both Lebanon and Iran.

This claim centers on Saudi claims, which appear to have started Monday but weren’t mentioned over the weekend when the interception happened, that the missile was an “Iranian” missile, fired at the Saudi capital by Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement, which is part of the Lebanese government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is insane; this charge has been proven absolutely wrong by its identification by Saudi and Yemeni military as a Burqan 2H, of Yemeni manufacturing, and Yemeni design.

This is not an Iranian designed or manufactured missile.

But we have a two week huge military exercise by Israeli and "coalition" forces,in one of the most dense, integrative natures ever conducted by the Israeli military; the purge of Saudi royalty and businessmen who didn't like where Prince Salman was going; and the resignation of the Prime Minister of Lebanon, which is going to leave that country in great geopolitical turmoil.

And I hope President Trump understands that even though Prince Salman and Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu have been "cheerleading" for regime change in Tehran, it will primarily be bought, if Trump is foolish enough to sign on to this, at the costs of American blood and American money.

Think about it, Mr. President, please, before you sign off on this; and please remember that Russian military and political personnel have long pledged to come to Iran's aid militarily, should it be attacked.

And on top of this, comes this very sad statement about how President Trump is characterizing this purge:

Trump Endorses Saudi Crackdown to "neutralize" Iran.

Nov 07 12:56

DEFEATED ELSEWHERE, SAUDI TYRANT DECLARES WAR ON LEBANON

The Saudi clown prince Mohammed bin Salman is purging all potential internal resistance and solidifies his dictatorial position. (The move includes a huge money grab. All assets of those accused of corruption are confiscated by the state which, in Saudi Arabia, is the tyrant himself.) The internal consolidation of power is the prelude for a larger external venture.

At the same time as the internal purges proceed, MbS implements an extremely aggressive foreign policy agenda targeted at Iran and its allies. Having been defeated in Iraq and Syria and at stalemate in Qatar and Yemen the Saudi ruler decided to try his luck in Lebanon. The Saudi declares war on Lebanon and will put enormous economic and political pressure on it. But all of that will be to no avail. The war will only cause Lebanon to move deeper into the "resistance" camp and join its forces with Syria, Iran and Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, please; don't panic here.

But do plan.

The situations in both the Middle East and Asia are getting about as serious as is a heart attack, and you need to make contingency plans in order to keep your family as safe as possible.

If you do not already have resources in place for long term storable food and water, and any medication you and the family needs, get them now. If the cell system goes down, you will need long-range, walkie-talkies. Start working with them now, and make sure you are comfortable, so that if you need to use them, you can.

IF you and the family get separated, have a plan to get back together. Have a bugout kit, which gets reviewed episodically, to make sure your equipment, or food, has not expired. Non-leaking batteries are a must on the equipment side.

If you have kids in school, find out their policy regarding taking them out of school before the end of the school day, if you see that you are looking at some kind of emergency coming forward.

IT is always better to have and not need, rather than need and not have...

Nov 07 12:43

"EXPLOSIVE" LEAKED SECRET ISRAELI CABLE CONFIRMS ISRAELI-SAUDI COORDINATION TO PROVOKE WAR

Early this morning, Israeli Channel 10 news published a leaked diplomatic cable which had been sent to all Israeli ambassadors throughout the world concerning the chaotic events that unfolded over the weekend in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, which began with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri's unexpected resignation after he was summoned to Riyadh by his Saudi-backers, and led to the Saudis announcing that Lebanon had "declared war" against the kingdom.

The classified embassy cable, written in Hebrew, constitutes the first formal evidence proving that the Saudis and Israelis are deliberately coordinating to escalate the situation in the Middle East.

The explosive classified Israeli cable reveals the following:

On Sunday, just after Lebanese PM Hariri's shocking resignation, Israel sent a cable to all of its embassies with the request that its diplomats do everything possible to ramp up diplomatic pressure against Hezbollah and Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to shake my head and ask: how are Saudi Arabia and Israel defining "regional subversion"?!?!? Is there anything concrete at all to this?!?

And a quick question; do both Netanyahu and Prince Salman understand, even remotely, that such an attack against Iran will most probably bring Russia into the war on Iran's side, as its military and civilian leadership has long promised to come to Iran's aid if attacked militarily?!?

War with Russia over Iran?!? Gentlemen, please think about it...long and hard.

And to President Trump, a word, please; the Saudis and Israelis are cheerleading for regime change in Tehran, but primarily at the costs of American blood and American money.

Mr. President, those Americans who put you into the White House last November, simply will not tolerate yet another war, this time for the conquest of Iran's oil, when all the previous military misadventures over the last 16 years in places like Niger; Libya; Aftghanistan; Iraq; and Somalia have gone so miserably badly for the American military.

Nov 07 12:33

The Coming Break Up Of The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)

Five months after the diplomatic spat between the so-called Anti-Terror Quartet and Qatar kicked-off, the ante is being upped. Bahrain, one of the quartet alongside Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt, has called for Qatar to be frozen out of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). As the council starts to unravel, what will this mean for Qatar and the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region?

Nov 07 12:29

A LIST OF SAUDI OFFICIALS ARRESTED OVER THE WEEKEND…AND THEIR TIES TO PODESTA GROUP

The Duran reported yesterday that happened over the weekend in Saudi Arabia wasn’t just a “deep state” coup or counter-coup (depending on one’s angle), but a brilliant plan straight out of the movies where an up-and-coming young leader disrupts the entire power structure in his country by jailing its top oligarchs and then redistributing their wealth to the masses via ambitious socio-economic programs.

Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman had to make sure that all of the targeted individuals were in the capital at the same time, which would ordinarily be very difficult to do considering that most of them likely have foreign penthouses and other better priorities than to come together on a random occasion for a cup of tea in the Kingdom.

Considering that he was dealing with oligarchs, however, Mohammed Bin Salman knew that the best way to get them all in one spot was to appeal to their inner greed, and that’s exactly what the recent tech-investment forum in Riyadh accomplished.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My, how times change!!!! Looks like Prince Talal is about to experience a "reversal of fortunes", big time.

Nov 07 09:39

Making Sense Of Saudi's 'Game Of Thobes'

Was Saturday a "Red Wedding" moment for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia? As the plot thickens in Riyadh, here's a roundup of the chatter on the streets...

Nov 07 09:38

Saudi Arabia Is About To Confiscate $33 Billion From Four Of Its Richest People

Earlier today, when discussing the Saudi bank account and asset freeze (and confiscation) of dozens of princes and ministers, we said that just the haul of billionaire prince Alwaleed's $19 billion in various holdings, including nearly a billion dollars in jewelry, plans, yachts, furniture and cash...

Nov 07 09:38

Saudi 'Purge' Paves Way for Aggressive Policy Towards Iran - Ex-US Army Officer

The purge of former Saudi intelligence chiefs and government ministers boosts the danger of war with Iran and permanently higher oil prices, former US Army officer Todd Pierce told Sputnik.

Nov 07 09:36

UN: Saudi blockade hindering aid delivery to starving Yemenis

The United Nations has said that Saudi Arabia’s decision to shut down Yemen’s air, sea and land borders has prevented the UN from sending aid to the war-torn country.

Nov 07 08:39

Expert: Hariri's resignation is a sign that Saudis and U.S-Israel are pursuing a disastrous 'Plan B'

To contextualize the resignation of Hariri in Lebanon, we must understand the ongoing development of the liberation of Syrian land as a result of the work of the Syrian Arab Army and their allies especially that of Hezbollah, where their elected leadership has already said that soon enough there would be the total liberation of Syria from ISIS, and we have already seen it this week in Iraq now in Iraq, and we are supposed to see it again between today and tomorrow when the SAA and allies reach Al Bukamal, which is a border area between Iraq and Syria.

So all of these events happening inside of Syria which indicate that the Saudis have indeed lost their war, especially with their proxies being a total failure inside of Syria, it has shown that now it's time for 'Plan B'.

Nov 07 08:30

Ritz roundup is dark side of grand Saudi ambition

Not two weeks ago, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince declared before thousands of his subjects and invited guests that his country needed to move to a more just, open and moderate Islamic society. On Sunday, Mohammed bin Salman turned the same venue – the Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh – into a posh detention center for princes, ministers and other elites rounded up in a sudden anti-corruption drive. It could do the likely next Saudi king’s ambitious economic and social reforms more harm than good.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If, as has been reported elsewhere, the arrested princes and ministers were doing business with the US (including Hillary) then it stands to reason that western media will take the side of those prisoners.

Nov 07 08:23

DOZENS OF PRINCES ARRESTED IN SAUDI SWEEP

Prince Alwaleed is one of the Middle East’s richest people, with investments in Twitter, Apple, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., Citigroup, and the Four Seasons, Fairmont and Movenpick hotel chains. He is also an investor in ride-sharing services Lyft and Careem, both competitors to Uber in the U.S. and the Middle East, respectively.

The prince, often pictured on his multimillion dollar 85.65-metre (281 foot) superyacht in the Mediterranean, is also known for being among the most outspoken Saudi royals, long advocating for women’s rights. He is also majority owner of the popular Rotana Group of Arabic channels.

Official state media have not reported on the arrests, but the kingdom’s top council of clerics issued a statement saying it is an Islamic duty to fight corruption— essentially giving religious backing to the high-level arrests being reported.

Nov 07 08:19

Speaker's Advisor Warns of US, Israel's Attempts to Launch War between Iran, S. Arabia

Senior Advisor to the Iranian Parliament Speaker Hossein Amir Abdollahian warned that Washington and Tel Aviv are after fomenting tension and launching a war between Tehran and Riyadh, stressing that their attempts are doomed to failure.

Nov 07 08:16

Ex-Lebanese Minister: Saad Al-Hariri under Detention in S. Arabia

A former Lebanese minister revealed that Saad al-Hariri, the country's prime minister who resigned from his post during his Riyadh trip on Saturday, is under detention in Saudi Arabia.

Nov 07 08:16

Hariri Resigned after Failing to Carry Out Saudi Plots: Lebanese Analyst

A senior political analyst said the Riyadh regime has forced Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri to resign after he failed to carry out the kingdom’s seditious plots in Lebanon.

Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency, Abdo al-Laqqis said Hariri, in fact, did not resign but the Saudi government ousted him.

His resignation was a decision taken by Riyadh because the Saudi regime saw him inefficient to implement its seditious plots, the analyst said.

He further said that one of the main reasons behind the resignation is that Riyadh was dissatisfied with the presence of Hezbollah Resistance Movement in Hariri’s administration.

Hariri resigned on Saturday, saying in a televised broadcast he sensed a plot to target his life.

Nov 07 08:15

We Will Use All Power to Confront the ‘Party of Satan': Saudi Minister on Hezbollah

Riyadh will never accept to see Lebanon involved in a war on Saudi Arabia, the Saudi State Minister for Arabian Gulf Affairs has said.

"We will treat the government of Lebanon as a government declaring war because of Hezbollah militias," Thamer Al Sabhan said.

“The Hezbollah militias affect all decisions taken by the Lebanese government,” he told Al Arabiya Television late on Monday.

Al Sabhan added that King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud had informed Lebanon’s outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri of the details of Hezbollah's aggression against Saudi Arabia, pointing out that the Lebanese government should be aware of the dangers of these militias against his country.

Nov 07 07:59

"Explosive" Leaked Secret Israeli Cable Confirms Israeli-Saudi Coordination To Provoke War

The classified embassy cable, written in Hebrew, constitutes the first formal evidence proving that the Saudis and Israelis are deliberately coordinating to escalate the situation in the Middle East.

The explosive classified Israeli cable reveals the following:

On Sunday, just after Lebanese PM Hariri's shocking resignation, Israel sent a cable to all of its embassies with the request that its diplomats do everything possible to ramp up diplomatic pressure against Hezbollah and Iran.

The cable urged support for Saudi Arabia's war against Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen.

The cable stressed that Iran was engaged in "regional subversion".
Israeli diplomats were urged to appeal to the "highest officials" within their host countries to attempt to expel Hezbollah from Lebanese government and politics.

Nov 07 07:58

'Time not right to challenge Hizballah,' says Sisi as Riyadh accuses Lebanon of declaring war

Egypt's president has urged for calm in the region as tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran flare, saying it is not the right time to challenge Lebanese Shia group Hizballah.

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi made the appeal in an interview with CNBC over the weekend that aired on Tuesday morning.

"The stability of the region is very important and we all have to protect it... I am talking to all the parties in the region to preserve it," Sisi said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What al-Sisi is saying is that Egypt will not take part in any war between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.

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