NATO means: North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
Like the Gulf of Aqaba, Saudi Arabia also is not at the Atlantic, let alone the North Atlantic. But NATO and its militarist fans don’t mind. After all, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. where NATO sends soldiers to wage wars, are not North Atlantic either.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
Saudi Arabia has appointed a female ambassador for the first time. Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud will become the new ambassador of the country in the United States. She succeeds a son of King Salman, who will return to Saudi Arabia to become Deputy Minister of Defense.
‘Defense’ in Saudi Arabia means: killing your own people for demonstrating for democracy; invading Bahrain to kill Bahraini pro-democracy demonstrators; waging bloody war on the civilians of Yemen; trying to get nuclear weapons, to which United States President Trump agrees; and, jointly with Donald Trump, planning a catastrophic war on Iran which might escalate into a nuclear World War Three killing all life on earth.
Princess Reema is the daughter of Prince Bandar bin Sultan, who worked as a Saudi ambassador to the US from 1983 to 2005
and became then director at the Saudi intelligence service.
In a reaction to Twitter she writes that she “wants to serve her country, the leaders and all children” with the permission of God.
‘All children’. Presumably with exceptions like the Yemeni children killed by the Saudi royal air force with United States bombs, etc.
The princess is seen as a champion of women’s rights.
Seen as ‘a champion of women’s rights’ by the NOS and other NATO countries’ establishment media. Relatives of Her Royal Highness Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud, other Saudi royal princesses, daughters of the king, not of the secret police boss, are closer to being such champions than Her Royal Highness Reema. However, these king’s daughters are locked up and tortured; they don’t become ambassadors as pseudo-feminist fig leafs to hide the oppression of most Saudi women.
That the Saudi regime of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman now makes Her Royal Highness Reema ambassador is about as ‘feminist’ as their brother in misogyny Donald Trump making the torturing Gina Haspel CIA boss.
She … paid attention to breast cancer.
Dear NOS: almost all the worst misogynist male chauvinists in the world don’t mind opposition to breast cancer. Whether they are Saudi Wahhabi ultra-fanatical Muslims, United States ultra-fanatical Christians, etc. If all women would die from breast cancer, then who would be left for male chauvinists for domestic oppression? Maybe ‘incel’ murderers of women are an exception to that rule.
Women’s rights are often still taboo in Saudi Arabia. Women have been allowed to drive [cars] … since last year.
At last, because even dictatorships sometimes have to make concessions to prevent revolutions which might overthrow them.
Meanwhile, Her Royal Highness Reema’s relative, the crown prince who lifted the driving ban, had the women activists who had made that possible imprisoned, tortured and threatened with beheading.
but men still have custody of women. Eg, a man must give permission if a woman wants to apply for a passport, leave the country or open a bank account.
The new ambassador is starting her job in a difficult period for Saudi Arabia. The country has been under attack … for months because of the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who wrote for the Washington Post. In columns in that newspaper he criticized the powerful Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. After a visit on 2 October to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Khashoggi vanished without a trace.
The Saudis only admitted after a long time that he was killed in that consulate. It is unclear where his body is. Experts about Saudi Arabia deem it unlikely that the crown prince knew nothing about the operation in Istanbul.
The United States and key ally Saudi Arabia saw their lobbying efforts pay off on Friday after the European Commission’s proposed dirty money blacklist—which included the oil-rich kingdom and several American territories—fizzled: here.
U.S. CITIZEN TORTURED IN SAUDI An American citizen has been detained and tortured in Saudi Arabia, according to The New York Times. The outlet reported Saturday that Walid Fitaihi, a doctor with citizenship in both Saudi Arabia and the U.S., has been held since November 2017, when he was apprehended along with roughly 200 other individuals in a so-called corruption crackdown. [HuffPost]