Saudi warmongering crown prince, darling of British corporate media

This video from London, England says about itself:

Saudi crown prince’s visit to UK sparks protests in London
7 March 2018

There were crowds of protesters and supporters of the royal visit on Downing Street, being separated by police. They gathered as Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held the first of two meetings with British Prime Minister Theresa May and her senior ministers.

By Ben Cowles in Britain:

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Media: The Saudi prince’s state visit was a clear example of propaganda

The adverts for Mohammed bin Salman that smeared the papers last week show how the corporate media serves as a mouthpiece for the powerful, writes BEN COWLES

LAST week showed up the Orwellian nature of Britain’s so-called free press.

The corporate newspapers ran advertisements declaring that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was “empowering women” and “bringing change to Saudi Arabia”.

And while the Guardian ran stories last week entitled “The crown prince doesn’t listen to Saudis — why would he listen to Theresa May?” and “A national disgrace: fury over £100m aid deal between UK and Saudi Arabia”, its edition of Wednesday March 7 included three half-page ads in praise of the man at the front of the paper.

What change is the crown prince of a theocratic, absolutist monarchy bringing to 21st-century Saudi Arabia? Well, his regime is allowing women to drive, apparently.

With no thanks to this crown prince and his misogynist regime. 100% of thanks to the courageous Saudi women’s movement, persisting in spite of being jailed, flogged and tortured for driving.

Hurray. Next he’ll be empowering women by allowing them to go outside without a male chaperone, to wear whatever they chose, hang around with whomever they want whenever they want, and maybe even vote.

Oh wait, no-one gets to vote for anything in a despotic kingdom, do they?

The country’s human rights record is atrocious. Amnesty International’s summary of last year notes: “The authorities severely restricted freedoms of expression, association and assembly. Many human rights defenders and critics were detained and some were sentenced to lengthy prison terms after unfair trials … Torture and other ill-treatment of detainees remained common.

“Despite limited reforms, women faced systemic discrimination in law and practice and were inadequately protected against sexual and other violence. The authorities used the death penalty extensively, carrying out scores of executions. The Saudi-led coalition continued to commit serious violations of international law in Yemen.”

Oh yes, Yemen. Since 2015, the Saudis have led an international bombing campaign in the country, killing at least 10,000 people and regularly carrying out what observers say are war crimes — all with British weapons, British training and even British advisers in the Saudi war room.

Oxfam reported last year that “the number of people with cholera in Yemen is now the largest ever recorded in any country in a single year since records began.”

The world’s major arms exporters — which include the UK and US — are making more money from arming the Saudi-led coalition force than they are spending on Yemen’s humanitarian appeal.”

Oxfam pointed out that, in 2016, Saudi Arabia spent nearly £2.1 billion on British and US weapons and, as of last July, those same governments had given just £446m towards the £1.15bn UN appeal for Yemen.

Could the reason why Theresa May, US President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and other neoliberal leaders don’t harp on about regime change in Saudi Arabia — as opposed to, say, Iran — be because it supports Western capitalism by dishing out its oil, buying up Western weapons and backs imperialist foreign policy in the region?

With friends like these, how can the British Establishment wag its fingers at Venezuela, Cuba or anyone for that matter? Imagine the uproar in the corporate press if the Morning Star were to carry advertisements for Raul Castro or Nicolas Maduro.

Why then did British newspapers — especially the Guardian, which presents itself as the world’s leading liberal voice — agree to smear their newspapers with Saudi propaganda during Mohammed bin Salman’s state visit to Britain? The answer of course is money.

Corporate media is dependent on advertisers to survive and the reason why the mainstream press can sell their papers below the cost of production. In effect, the readers of the Sun, Mail, Express, Independent, Metro, Guardian and so on are the product sold to corporate advertisers. The nature of this business model means profits come before truth.

In their seminal 1988 book Manufacturing Consent, US dissident academics Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky describe how the corporations which own the media shape and control news coverage so that it is framed in a favourable way to their interests.

The authors describe how every story passes through five filters before making it into print. Articles are influenced — though largely not directly meddled with — by the owners, the advertisers, the sources used to gather and comment on the news, the flak newspapers face for stepping out of line, and a prevailing acceptance of the dominant ideology — anti-communism at the time the book was written.

Herman and Chomsky highlight the differences in news coverage between those killed by the West and its allies and those killed by the West’s enemies.

They state that “worthy victims will be featured prominently and dramatically, that they will be humanised, and that their victimisation will receive the detail and context in story construction that will generate reader interest and sympathetic emotion. In contrast, unworthy victims will merit only slight detail, minimal humanisation, and little context that will excite and enrage.”

One example they give is that of Archbishop Oscar Romero, recently confirmed as a saint by Pope Francis, who was assassinated in a El Salvador hospital chapel by a US-armed and trained death squad but whose murder was played down by the US media.

The corporate media’s role as a propaganda mouthpiece for the Establishment is the reason why the war in Yemen, Turkey’s attacks on the Kurds, and the Western-backed al-Qaida forces in Syria received such scant coverage. It’s also the reason why the blood-soaked crown prince of a medieval state has his face all over our papers.


NATO governments support Saudi dictatorship

This video says about itself:

Western Governments Whitewash Saudi Dictator Mohammed bin Salman as “Reformer”

12 March 2018

While the U.S. and European governments claim Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is dedicated to “reform”, analyst Ali al-Ahmed says this is propaganda that covers up his crimes in Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

This video says about itself:

Will Trump Help Saudi Arabia Build a Nuclear Program?

12 March 2018

Media reports say the U.S. is considering selling nuclear reactors to Saudi Arabia. Analyst Ali al-Ahmed is skeptical, and says Trump has just removed the fig leaf of concern for human rights abuses by the Gulf dictatorship.

London demonstration against warmongering Saudi crown prince

This video from England says about itself:

Demonstrators Condemn Visit by Saudi Crown Prince and UK Complicity in War on Yemen

9 March 2018

Politicians, activists and every day members of the public attended a rally during which they condemned British support for the Saudi led war on Yemen, as well as the red carpet being rolled out for its chief architect, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohamed ibn Salman.

This video from England says about itself:

Saudi Prince Visits UK as Britain Boosts Murderous Arms Sales

9 March 2018

The UK gave a royal welcome to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as Saudi Arabia wages a bloody war in Yemen. Analyst Ali al-Ahmed says the British government is making the humanitarian catastrophe even worse.

Saudi Arabia heads the UN human rights panel, cartoon

Cartoon, Saudi Arabia heads the UN human rights panel, by Skelf

This cartoon, by Skelf in Britain, is called Saudi Arabia heads the UN human rights panel.

Saudi warplanes kill mother, child in Yemen

This 20 April 2018 video is called 20 civilians killed in airstrike in Yemen.

Now, a video, censored/deleted by YouTube:

While the Saudi crown prince is in England to buy weapons for his bloody war on Yemen, this video says about itself:

Saudi warplanes kill mother, child in Yemen’s Sa’ada

7 March 2018

Saudi warplanes have conducted a series of air raids against Yemen’s northern province of Sa’ada, killing a woman and a young girl, residents say.

Residents said the airstrikes early on Wednesday morning killed a woman and a young girl and injured several children from the same family in the suburbs of the city of Sa’ada, according to a witness at the local hospital.

Stop Saudi-British war crimes in Yemen

This video from Britain says about itself:

Hundreds protest visit of Saudi crown prince to Britain

7 March 2018

Britain’s rolling out the red carpet for the Saudi Crown Prince, who’s arrived for a three-day visit.

But a lot of protests are also planned against Saudi Arabia’s deadly bombing campaign in Yemen, which has been going on for three years.

Read more here.

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Bin Salman Visit: Corbyn urges May to end ‘collusion’ in Saudi war crimes

Despite the country’s appalling human rights record, the PM said the Saudi’s have ‘saved the lives of potentially hundreds of people” in Britain’

JEREMY CORBYN pressed Theresa May today to cancel arms deals and demand a ceasefire in Yemen at her upcoming private dinner with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The British government is “colluding” in war crimes by selling weapons to Saudi Arabia, the Labour leader said during Prime Minister’s Questions.

Britain also has military officers advising and training the coalition bombing Yemen.

The royal’s red-carpet welcome, before he lunched with Elizabeth Windsor, triggered protests this evening outside Downing Street.

Saudi Arabia is Britain’s biggest arms customer, having licensed £4.6 billion-worth of equipment since beginning its bombardment of its southern neighbour Yemen in early 2015.

Mr Corbyn pointed out that Germany has suspended arms sales to the warmongering monarchy.

Ms May claimed that Britain’s relationship with Saudi Arabiahelping it kill thousands in Yemen — has “saved the lives of potentially hundreds of people in this country”.

She attempted to justify the Saudi blitz by saying it was requested by the Yemeni government

in Saudi exile (house arrest in Riyadh)

— a puppet of Riyadh. She said Britain also supports the war

Only 6 per cent of British people support arms sales to Saudi Arabia, according to a Populus poll of 2,000 people published today.

Meanwhile Saudi Arabia has doubled its rate of executions to 133 since Mohammed bin Salman was appointed to his position last July, according to new research by human rights charity Reprieve.

If this rate of an average of just over 16 per month continues, this year could see 200 executions, the highest number ever recorded in Saudi Arabia in one year.

Reprieve director Maya Foa said: “Beneath his glossy public image, Mohammed bin Salman is one of the most brutal leaders in the kingdom’s recent history.”

She called on Ms May to urge him to “commute the sentences of all child protesters facing execution”.

Mohammed bin Salman is behind Saudi Arabia’s modernisation programme Vision 2030, dismissed as a “mirage” by Amnesty International.

An inaugural annual meeting of a UK-Saudi strategic partnership council will be held at No 10 during his three-day visit to discuss £100bn of Saudi investment.

During an urgent question in the Commons, shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry accused the British government of “bowing and scraping” to Prince Salman and his oppressive regime.

Saudi-occupied Aden in Yemen’s south is the city of tortured and dead bodies, March 7, 2018: here.