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Nov. 15, 2017

(AUDIO) BANNON: SAUDI EVENTS SHOCK TO GLOBALISTS




Breitbart News Executive Chairman Steve Bannon analyzed the dramatic weekend events in Saudi Arabia on Monday’s edition of Breitbart News Daily on the SiriusXM Patriot Channel. Bannon said a driving force behind the transformation of Saudi Arabia and other major events in the Middle East is the recognition by many regional powers that “President Trump and the United States of America have had enough of it and are just not going to tolerate anymore this financing, the exporting of radical Islamic terror into Western Europe and the United States.” He recalled Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s giving a landmark speech several years ago about “how Islam had to reform itself internally to Islam, just like Christianity went through a huge reformation.” (More)



  • Dawn: Saudi crown prince’s revolution is the real Arab spring (Source)
  • Breitbart: Saudi Arabia Wants Sanctions Against Iran for Terrorism, Supporting Hezbollah (Source)




April 25, 2016 Al Arabiya interviews Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.





Nov. 6, 2017


THE SAUDI PURGE IS NOT "A COUP"


Democracy often being their moral standard sadly many on the Right are misled interpreting the events in Saudi Arabia as a coup. It's not! It is exactly the opposite. The concentration of power in one man may not seem like the paramount of democracy, it is a lot better when the people being deposed are responsible of all kinds of evil, least of which is not the covert support of radical Islamic terrorism and globalist politics on the geopolitical level! The consolidation of power in the hands of the modernist crown prince MBS sure as hell is in the interests of human rights in KSA, peace in the Middle East and the values of Liberty in general. It is estimated that some $500 billion has been taken out of the money pool that is corrupting our banks, our media, social media and covert Islamism!






Nov. 5, 2017


8 SAUDI OFFICIALS DIE IN CHOPPER CRASH


The shocking latest twist in what has been a chaotic weekend in Saudi Arabia is news that a helicopter transporting 8 high-ranking Saudi officials (including prince Mansour bin-Muqrin) has crashed in the south of the Kingdom, near the border with Yemen. Details are few for now but some headlines report that the high-ranking officials aboard included Crown Prince Mansour bin-Muqrin, deputy Emir of Asir province. There are sources saying all aboard have died. (More)









(ANALYSIS) THE GREAT SAUDI CORRUPTION PURGE


Yesterday it became clear what the effects of President Trump's deal with Saudi Arabia entail. From the part of the Saudis it comprises fighting Islamic radicalism and corruption. The purge can be seen as the consolidation of the new heir, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) taking charge of the modernization drive aimed at turning Saudi Arabia into a 'normal state', as he put it himself not long ago. A number of events happening yesterday are related. We string them together:

1. President Trump mysterious early morning tweet. 


2. Five days ago President Trump’s primary, and most trusted, emissary to the mid-east region, Jared Kushner, made a trip to Egypt and Saudi Arabia. 

3. Earlier yesterday Saudi Arabia used a US provided patriot missile defense system to intercept and strike down a ballistic missile fired from Yemen. The target of the missile was King Khalid international airport in Riyadh. (More




4. Former Lebanese prime minister Saad al-Hariri announced his surprise resignation on Saturday, citing a plot to kill him, and saying the climate in Lebanon resembled that before the assassination of his father Rafik al-Hariri, who was also prime minister, in 2005. He mentioned Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah for their role in Lebanon and other Arab countries. (More)

5. Eleven princes, four sitting ministers and ‘tens’ of former ministers have been arrested on orders from the new anti-corruption committee headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. 

Conservative Tree House has an excellent explanation. Let's start there.

Major developments happening in Saudi Arabia including the arrest of former King Abdallah chief of staff, prince Al Walid Bin Talal, and heads of the main three Saudi owned television stations. It’s important to understand the use of the word “corruption” as it pertains to the domestic consumption of news in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In these examples, “corruption” is expressed as self-interested financial corruption as in: ‘activity against the people’. However, within [Saudi] politics, adverse political action targeted against the state is framed as ‘corruption’ through internal broadcast. 
President Trump, May 2017: “Drive Them Out” … “Our goal is a coalition of nations who share the aim of stamping out extremism and providing our children a hopeful future that does honor to God.” I’ll outline some recent actions we’ve been tracking that will highlight today’s events, and yet encapsulate some larger issues. It is critically important to remember, KSA is in a state of realignment away from extremism –REMINDER– and President Trump has committed his support to the reform agents King Salman, and more importantly, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the future leader of Saudi Arabia. You can easily connect-the-dots. (More)





Sep. 12, 2017


(TERRORISM) HOW SAUDI ARABIA HAS CHANGED SINCE 9/11


Author Thomas Wiktor has a few interesting, historical observations related to the political situation in Saudi Arabia and its role in terrorism. Stringing a thread on Twitter together we learn the following. 


(5) The headline and much of the story are misleading. We're talking a total of maybe five Saudi government employees.
(6) We're told that al-Qaeda had connections to the Senior Council of Ulema, who are between 30 and 40 men. 
(7) The GOAL of 9/11 was to completely drive the US from the Middle East. 
(8) On October 23, 1983, a Hezbollah suicide bomber destroyed US Marine barracks in Lebanon, killing 241 Americans. We pulled out. 
(9) If the US had withdrawn from the Middle East in 2001, the Saudi government would've been overthrown. 
(12) Saudi Arabia has three armed forces: the military, the internal-security troops, and the Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG). 
(13) To defeat al-Q!aeda, the Saudis had to UNITE their armed forces. They'd always refused to do that, out of fear of a coup. 
(14) The reason Saudi Arabia had adopted Wahhabism in the first place was a twin uprising in 1979. 
(15) The Wahhabists AND the Shia minority took up arms at the same time, November 20 to December 4, 1979. 
(16) Saudi security forces put down the rebellions, but King Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud then gave in to Wahhabist demands.
(17) September 11, 2001, happened on the watch of King Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. TWO KINGS AGO.
(18) King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud took steps to reduce the power of Wahhabists in the kingdom. xxx













Nov. 6, 2017


THE SAUDI PURGE IS NOT "A COUP"


Democracy often being their moral standard sadly many on the Right are misled interpreting the events in Saudi Arabia as a coup. It's not! It is exactly the opposite. The concentration of power in one man may not seem like the paramount of democracy, it is a lot better when the people being deposed are responsible of all kinds of evil, least of which is not the covert support of radical Islamic terrorism and globalist politics on the geopolitical level! The consolidation of power in the hands of the modernist crown prince MBS sure as hell is in the interests of human rights in KSA, peace in the Middle East and the values of Liberty in general. It is estimated that some $500 billion has been taken out of the money pool that is corrupting our banks, our media, social media and covert Islamism!






Nov. 5, 2017


8 SAUDI OFFICIALS DIE IN CHOPPER CRASH


The shocking latest twist in what has been a chaotic weekend in Saudi Arabia is news that a helicopter transporting 8 high-ranking Saudi officials (including prince Mansour bin-Muqrin) has crashed in the south of the Kingdom, near the border with Yemen. Details are few for now but some headlines report that the high-ranking officials aboard included Crown Prince Mansour bin-Muqrin, deputy Emir of Asir province. There are sources saying all aboard have died. (More)









(ANALYSIS) THE GREAT SAUDI CORRUPTION PURGE


Yesterday it became clear what the effects of President Trump's deal with Saudi Arabia entail. From the part of the Saudis it comprises fighting Islamic radicalism and corruption. The purge can be seen as the consolidation of the new heir, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) taking charge of the modernization drive aimed at turning Saudi Arabia into a 'normal state', as he put it himself not long ago. A number of events happening yesterday are related. We string them together:

1. President Trump mysterious early morning tweet. 


2. Five days ago President Trump’s primary, and most trusted, emissary to the mid-east region, Jared Kushner, made a trip to Egypt and Saudi Arabia. 

3. Earlier yesterday Saudi Arabia used a US provided patriot missile defense system to intercept and strike down a ballistic missile fired from Yemen. The target of the missile was King Khalid international airport in Riyadh. (More




4. Former Lebanese prime minister Saad al-Hariri announced his surprise resignation on Saturday, citing a plot to kill him, and saying the climate in Lebanon resembled that before the assassination of his father Rafik al-Hariri, who was also prime minister, in 2005. He mentioned Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah for their role in Lebanon and other Arab countries. (More)

5. Eleven princes, four sitting ministers and ‘tens’ of former ministers have been arrested on orders from the new anti-corruption committee headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. 

Conservative Tree House has an excellent explanation. Let's start there.

Major developments happening in Saudi Arabia including the arrest of former King Abdallah chief of staff, prince Al Walid Bin Talal, and heads of the main three Saudi owned television stations. It’s important to understand the use of the word “corruption” as it pertains to the domestic consumption of news in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In these examples, “corruption” is expressed as self-interested financial corruption as in: ‘activity against the people’. However, within [Saudi] politics, adverse political action targeted against the state is framed as ‘corruption’ through internal broadcast. 
President Trump, May 2017: “Drive Them Out” … “Our goal is a coalition of nations who share the aim of stamping out extremism and providing our children a hopeful future that does honor to God.” I’ll outline some recent actions we’ve been tracking that will highlight today’s events, and yet encapsulate some larger issues. It is critically important to remember, KSA is in a state of realignment away from extremism –REMINDER– and President Trump has committed his support to the reform agents King Salman, and more importantly, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the future leader of Saudi Arabia. You can easily connect-the-dots. (More)





Sep. 12, 2017


(TERRORISM) HOW SAUDI ARABIA HAS CHANGED SINCE 9/11


Author Thomas Wiktor has a few interesting, historical observations related to the political situation in Saudi Arabia and its role in terrorism. Stringing a thread on Twitter together we learn the following. 


(5) The headline and much of the story are misleading. We're talking a total of maybe five Saudi government employees.
(6) We're told that al-Qaeda had connections to the Senior Council of Ulema, who are between 30 and 40 men. 
(7) The GOAL of 9/11 was to completely drive the US from the Middle East. 
(8) On October 23, 1983, a Hezbollah suicide bomber destroyed US Marine barracks in Lebanon, killing 241 Americans. We pulled out. 
(9) If the US had withdrawn from the Middle East in 2001, the Saudi government would've been overthrown. 
(12) Saudi Arabia has three armed forces: the military, the internal-security troops, and the Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG). 
(13) To defeat al-Q!aeda, the Saudis had to UNITE their armed forces. They'd always refused to do that, out of fear of a coup. 
(14) The reason Saudi Arabia had adopted Wahhabism in the first place was a twin uprising in 1979. 
(15) The Wahhabists AND the Shia minority took up arms at the same time, November 20 to December 4, 1979. 
(16) Saudi security forces put down the rebellions, but King Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud then gave in to Wahhabist demands.
(17) September 11, 2001, happened on the watch of King Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. TWO KINGS AGO.
(18) King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud took steps to reduce the power of Wahhabists in the kingdom. xxx
















Background

(TERRORISM) WHY THE TRUMP DEAL IS DIFFERENT




May 21, 2017 President Trump addressing the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

In what way is the Trump deal different from the globalists' ideas? The globalists are dumping taxdollars, for example in the Palestinian hellhole, thinking that combating poverty will deter young Muslim men from choosing the path of terrorism. It won't of course, when the indoctrination and tribalist mentality continue. The deal that Trump offered Muslim nations on Sunday from the pulpit in Saudi Arabia, is different. President Ttump says, if you disavow terrorism, we will help you combatting it and will cooperate with you to make your country prosperous in the process. It's isn't a pay-off, it is a trade between equal traders. This is why President Trump could say, we are not here to dictate how you must live. The globalist idea is top down and is for this fact alone, not attractive. What's more, causality matters. Globalists are habitually reversing cause and effect. They think the cause will emerge once you mimic the effects! Much trouble is rooted in that fallacy.



TRUMP SPEECH CHANGES TERRORISM PARADIGM

Today President Trump gave his much anticipated speech at the Arab Islamic American Summit on cooperation against terrorism. Over 50 Arab leaders were in attendance, representing 1,5 billion Muslims (only Morocco and Sudan cancelled). The importance of the speech cannot be overestimated. Full transcript. The effort includes the establishment of the Global Center to Combat Extremist Ideology, which serves as a hub against cyber terrorism. 

President Trump is conceptualizing the fight against radical Islamic terrorism differently from what has been Western doctrine in the past 40 years. Islamic terrorism is not "the West's fault", blowback from Western colonial history. The fight against terrorism does not bread more terrorism.

President Trump does not blame the Islamic ideology as such, but he does lay the responsibility firmly at the feet of Muslim nations when it comes to combating extremism. Ignoring the root of Jihad in Islam does not persuade Muslims of the attractions of Western culture. 

Muslims must change their attitude towards religiously inspired conquest themselves if they want their children and grandchildren to prosper. Casting terrorism as stealing the beauty, dreams and prosperity from generations of childreb is a powerful argument. 

This is to be the new standard for the relationship between the West and the Islamic world. The speech was conciliatory in tone, but did not mince words. The message that peace is a prerequisite for prosperity is clear. He called on the summit to support life, rather than death as the barbarians do.

"Drive them out of your Holy Land, and drive them out of this Earth". The speech is a call to the Muslim world to unite against common enemies of humanity and strengthen the partnership. The onus is now clearly on Iran as the state sponsor of terrorism.


US, Saudis issue joint terrorist designation

On May 19, 2017 the United States and Saudi Arabia issued a first-of-its-kind joint terrorism designation on Friday in combating the financing of terrorism. The move freezes the assets of Hashem Safieddine, a leader of the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah. The announcement was made on the cusp of President Trump's first overseas trip since taking office, a nine-day itinerary that will begin in Saudi Arabia and continue through Israel and Europe. It's symbolic of a broader effort to arrange an "Arab NATO" to counteract Iran, backed by American arms deals to the Saudis.

"The Safieddine designation is also consistent with the U.S. government's ongoing effort to expose and apply pressure against the actions of Hezballah, which is supported by the foremost State Sponsor of Terrorism, Iran," the State Department emphasized. "Designations of terrorist individuals and groups expose and isolate organizations and individuals and result in denial of access to the U.S. financial system." The State Department also gave the leader of an ISIS-affiliate in the Sinai peninsula a terrorist label. (More)


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