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Saudi Arabia

A narcissistic US, an anxious Saudi Arabia and a hysterical Israel

Source : Amal Saad-Ghorayeb | Al Jazeera | 03 Dec 2013

For far too long now, members of the Resistance Axis (Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas) have been the objects of the West's psychopathologising gaze, as I have documented on my blog, ASG's Counter-Hegemony Unit. While the Syrian government has been pathologised as "delusional" and "detached from reality", Iran has similarly been anthromorphised and classified as an "irrational" actor whose foreign policy behaviour closely resembles a person suffering from Anti-Social Personality disorder.

Saudi Arabia illegal worker crackdown leaves ‘shops closed, streets empty’

Source : Saudi Gazette | 06 Nov 2013

Residents and citizens woke up in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to a day crippled by a lack of necessary services as illegal expat workers, who failed to rectify their status, stayed indoors for fear of being arrested.

Streets were less crowded and taxi drivers charged exorbitant fares, markets were near-deserted, many commercial establishments and hospitals reported no-shows, shutters were down on many grocery stores and eateries, street vendors largely absent.

Saudi religious leader urges youths not to fight in Syria

By Mahmoud Habboush, Reuters/Dubai | 29 Oct 2013

Saudi Arabia's grand mufti, the highest religious authority in the birthplace of Islam, has urged young Saudis to refrain from fighting in Syria.

The kingdom has backed the rebels battling President Bashar al-Assad, publicly calling on the world powers to “enable” Syrians to protect themselves, but is wary that fighters could return home ready to wage war on their own dynastic rulers.

What impact would Saudi Arabia have had on the U.N. Security Council?

By Paul Crompton, Al Arabiya | 18 Oct 2013

For the first time, Saudi Arabia on Thursday won a seat as a non-permanent member in the U.N. Security Council. 

The kingdom  joined Chad, Chile, Lithuania and Nigeria who took seats in an election.

Saudi Arabia funds terrorists in Syria: Russia

Source : Presstv / 28 June 2013

Russia says Saudi Arabia and some other Persian Gulf Arab states are supporting "international terrorists and extremists" fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

On Thursday, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement, responding to the accusations that Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal had previously leveled against Russia.

"Of course, we are not going to justify ourselves before anyone. Our fundamental position on Syria is well known,"the statement said.

Clear or nuclear: Will Saudi Arabia get the bomb?

By Naser al-Tamimi | Al Arabiya | 22 May 2013

As the impasse over Tehran’s nuclear program worsens, those most likely to be directly affected by an Iranian bomb are showing greater alarm. While the media fixates on Israel and its possible reaction, other regional players have no less at stake.

US Lines Up $10b 'Major' Arms Deal with Israel, Saudi Arabia, UAE

By Jacob Chamberlain | 20 Apr 2013

The U.S. Defense Department will soon finalize a $10 billion arms deal with Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, supplying missiles, warplanes and other tools of war to the nations, the New York Times reported Thursday.

Freedom fatwa? Saudi cleric says women don’t need to veil, can travel alone

By Al Arabiya | 01 Mar 2013

An influential Saudi cleric has issued a religious edict, commonly known as Fatwa, allowing women to travel without a male guardian, uncover their faces and eat alongside men.

In statements posted on Twitter, Sheikh Ahmed Bin Qassim al-Ghamdi, the former head of Mecca's Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice committee, said: “It is permissible for people to look at what is not forbidden in women like their faces and their arms.”

Caviar enthusiasts gather for Riyadh exhibition

By Al Arabiya | 20 Feb 2013

Riyadh is hosting one of the biggest gatherings of caviar enthusiasts, where hundreds have come to sample products worth up to 1 million Saudi riyals ($270,000) per kilogram.

Managed by three young Saudis, the caviar is being touted as a source of vitamins and male sexual potency.

“Many people don’t know much about caviar. They mostly think it’s only consumed by rich people and has no health benefits,” Golden Caviar CEO Abdullaziz al-Jowai’ai told Al Arabiya.

Saudi Arabia’s plan to demolish Masjid al-Nabawi, Israel plan: Iran MP

Source : Presstv / 12 Feb 2013

An Iranian lawmaker has warned that Saudi Arabia’s plan to demolish Masjid al-Nabawi [the Prophet Mohammad’s Mosque] is part of a US and Israeli scenario.

In a Monday interview, Seyyed Nasser Mousavi Largani pointed to the plans by the Wahhabis and Al Saud regime to bulldoze three of the world’s oldest mosques around Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina under the pretext of expanding the holy site.

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