Trump wants nuclear Saudi absolute monarchy


This 14 February 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Trump Lobbying for Saudi Arabia to Have “Path to Nuclear Power”

Trump Wants Saudi Arabia to Have Nuclear Power. Here Are 5 Ways That Can Go Very Wrong: here.

WHITE HOUSE WANTS TO SHARE NUCLEAR TECH WITH SAUDIS Senior White House officials pushed to share nuclear power technology with Saudi Arabia despite the objections of ethics and national security officials, according to a new congressional report. Whistleblowers told investigators it could destabilize the Middle East with nuclear weapons proliferation. [AP]

This 14 February 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Congress Votes To End US Assistance In Yemen Slaughter

The House on Wednesday passed a measure aimed at withdrawing all U.S. military support for the Saudi Arabia-backed war in Yemen, the latest in a series of rebukes by Congress to President Donald Trump’s foreign policy.

The Democratic-led House advanced the bill, 248-177, as its first major vote on foreign policy, making it priority even as the administration resists congressional involvement in the conflict. Last year, with Republicans in the majority, the House refused to take up the measure in order to keep the president’s hands from being tied on a key foreign policy area.

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Apple, Google helping Saudi regime oppressing women


This 29 January 2019 video says about itself:

Activists urge Mariah Carey to cancel her performance in Saudi Arabia

Mariah Carey is performing in Saudi Arabia on January 31. But human rights activists are calling on the American singer to cancel her concert over the kingdom jailing women’s rights advocates, the ongoing war in Yemen and the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Apple and Google criticized for hosting Saudi “control women app”

Human rights groups have criticized Apple and Google for offering a controversial app developed by the Saudi Ministry of the Interior. With the Absher app, men can follow their wives, sisters or daughters, give permission to travel and receive an SMS if they use their passport at the border.

The app is available in iTunes and Google Play. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch say to the US American news site Insider that the tech giants have to reconsider hosting Absher. The two corporations have not yet responded to the site. …

According to activists, the app is one of the reasons why women trying to flee the country are caught. In Saudi Arabia, women are only allowed to travel with permission from their male guardian, whom they must have according to the law.

‘Morocco stops helping Trump-Saudi war on Yemen’


This 12 May 2015 video says about itself:

One day before a five-day humanitarian cease-fire is supposed to take effect in Yemen, a Moroccan war plane is shot down near the Saudi border.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Morocco withdraws from the military coalition that is fighting in Yemen under the leadership of Saudi Arabia. This is reported by anonymous government sources to news agency AP. They also say that the ambassador in Riyadh has been recalled. In recent times the relationship between the kingdoms has been strained, including about the course of the war in Yemen and the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Further details are not known. …

Last month, the Moroccan foreign minister already said that Rabat then had another role within the coalition.

He also suggested that the government frowned upon the recent visits of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed to other Arab countries. Mohammed bin Salman was under heavy pressure at the time of his travels, because of the strong suspicions about his involvement in the killing of Khashoggi.

A government official says to AP that Morocco has refused to receive the crown prince. The reason for this was the busy agenda of the Moroccan king.

‘Saudi government sabotages Khashoggi murder inquest’


This 28 January 2019 video says about itself:

What can investigation into Khashoggi’s murder achieve? Inside Story

Jamal Khashoggi was a critic of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The journalist was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul almost four months ago. But his body or remains have never been recovered, and the murder case remains unresolved.

Turkey’s not satisfied by the Saudis own investigations and wants a full international inquiry.

What it’s got is an independent investigation led by the UN’s special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions. Agnes Callamard and her team are in Turkey for a week-long mission. She also wants to visit Saudi Arabia. But will this independent international inquiry make any difference anyway?

Can Saudi Arabia be held to account?

Presenter: Richelle Carey

Guests: Sultan Barakat, Director For Conflict and Humanitarian Studies at the Doha Institute
Carl Buckley, Barrister at Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Criticism by United Nations on Saudi sabotage of Khashoggi inquiry

The UN accuses Saudi Arabia of having seriously obstructed the investigation into the murder of the Saudi journalist Khashoggi. UN rapporteur Callamard expressed her criticism of the Saudi authorities after a visit to Turkey, the country where the murder last year was committed.

She described the death of the Saudi as a cruel, planned murder, conceived and executed by Saudi officials. Callamard will publish a report about the murder, which caused great indignation internationally, in June.

Jamal Khashoggi wrote columns for The Washington Post, in which he criticized the powerful Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. He disappeared after a visit on 2 October last year to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Soon it became clear that he was killed in that building, after which his body was smuggled away in parts.

Saudi Arabia has only admitted after a long time that the journalist was killed in the consulate. Khashoggi’s body is still missing.

‘Too little time’

According to Callamard, after the disappearance of Khashoggi, Turkish investigators were given “woefully little time and limited access” to the consulate where the crime was committed, not enough to do proper research. The UN rapporteur also wanted to visit the consulate herself, but was not admitted.

In the week that Callamard spent in Turkey she also listened to a “terrifying and horrific” sound recording of the execution of Khashoggi, which is in the hands of the Turkish secret service.

The UN rapporteur also said that she was concerned about the fate of the eleven people who are jailed in Saudi Arabia in connection with this case.

These are the eleven scapegoats to take attention away from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. They are scapegoats now, not because of participation in murder, but because they did a poor job of covering up the murder.

The death penalty has been demanded against them. Callamard has asked Riyadh if she can visit the eleven people, but so far without result.

SAUDI PRINCE THREATENED TO SHOOT KHASHOGGI Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in 2017 told a top aide he would use “a bullet” on Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi journalist killed in October, according to a report by The New York Times. [HuffPost]

TRUMP ALLY APOLOGIZES FOR KHASHOGGI COMMENTS Tom Barrack, Trump’s longtime confidant, issued an apology following backlash over comments he made a day earlier that appeared to defend Saudi Arabia’s role in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. [HuffPost]

Mariah Carey, Tiësto, as ‘progressive’ fig leaves for Saudi regime


This 14 January 2019 video about Saudi Arabia says about itself:

While US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Riyadh, he is expected to bring up sensitive issues like the wars in Yemen and Syria and the backlash against the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Many are hoping that human rights will be among them.

Alia al-Hathloul is calling on Pompeo to raise the plight of all activists in Saudi jails. She describes how her sister Loujain has spent months in prison without being charged. In the New York Times article, her sister accuses royal advisor Saud al-Qahtani of laughing while he watched the torture being carried out. Al Jazeera’s Raheela Mahomed reports.

This 15 January 2019 video says about itself:

The sister of detained women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul has revealed for the first time the details of her alleged torture in Saudi Arabia.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Controversial Saudi performance by Tiësto and Mariah Carey will go on

A controversial performance by Dutch DJ Tiësto and singer Mariah Carey will go on tonight. …

Human rights organizations had urged the artists to withdraw, because the kingdom is acting harshly against dissidents. Women are oppressed, activists end up in prison and crown prince Mohammed is allegedly behind the notorious murder of the Saudi journalist Kashoggi in Istanbul.

And the killing of yet another journalist … the killing of pro-democracy demonstrators … Saudi armed forces killing in Bahrain … killing in Yemen. Etc.

“Tiësto can not pretend that Saudi Arabia is a country where nothing is going wrong”, said a spokesperson for Amnesty International. “If the DJ will perform, then he must be aware that he is being used by the Saudi public relations machine, which wants to pretend that the country is progressive.”

The Brabant province DJ has not yet responded to the commotion; Mariah Carey has. She points out that she is the first big female star to perform in the country, after years of strict rules about music and entertainment. …

Carey and Tiësto are performing tonight at a golf tournament in King Abdullah City, a city specially founded for trade, a two-hour drive from Mecca. The concert fits in with the efforts of the Saudi royal family to give the country a more modern image.

Basically, what is ‘modern’ about the Saudi government are the ‘modern’ royal palaces constructed in Mecca after destruction of historic buildings there from the time of the prophet Mohammed. And their ‘modern’ warplanes and other weapons, sold to them by merchants of death from NATO countries. Also ‘modern’ is the electricity with which women, arrested for activism for the right of women to drive cars, are tortured now.

Recently, shows by DJ David Guetta, The Black Eyed Peas and US American wrestlers were also staged.