Category Archives: Saudi Arabia – Dubious Ally

I’m putting America first: Defiant Trump refuses to sanction Saudi Arabia and its crown prince over Jamal Khashoggi’s death saying he will not risk losing ‘hundreds of billions of dollars to Russia and China’

Donald Trump said Tuesday he was putting ‘America first’ by defiantly refusing to sanction Saudi Arabia and its de facto leader, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, for the torture and murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Speaking before he boarded Marine One for the first leg of a trip to Mar-a-Lago for Thanksgiving, he refused to retreat from a claim he had made in a written statement that there was no certainty bin Salman ordered the brutal killing of the dissident Washington Post columnist — and that sanctioning him and the kingdom would cost American jobs.

Russia and China would sweep in and take Saudi investments for themselves, he claimed.


Brazilian pilot converts during flight in Saudi Arabia

Captain Amalo, a Brazilian pilot for an unidentified airline

A Brazilian pilot is making headlines in the Arab world after he reportedly took a brief break from guiding the plane to convert to Islam as he flew a passenger jet above Saudi Arabia.

I’m calling BS, and why is a new follower of ROP making the ISIS gesture?


Trump says not considering extraditing Erdogan foe

NBC News reported Thursday the Trump administration had explored whether it could extradite Gulen, as a way to persuade Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to ease pressure on Saudi Arabia over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month.


CIA Concludes Saudi Crown Prince Ordered Khashoggi Killing, Report Says

The Post says the CIA had multiple sources of intelligence, which included a call between Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and Saudi expatriate, with the crown prince’s brother, Khalid bin Salman, the country’s ambassador to the U.S. Khalid reportedly reassured Khashoggi that it would be safe to visit the embassy to pick up documents the writer needed to marry his fiancée, a Turkish citizen.


Nine-in-ten Canadians say ‘no’ to future arms deals with Saudi Arabia; divided over cancelling current one

While Canadians express almost total unanimity about prohibiting future sales of weapons and defence equipment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the latest public opinion survey from the Angus Reid Institute shows they are evenly divided over the question of what to do about the current, 15-year, $15 billion dollar agreement between this country and the KSA to exchange military goods for cash.


Sisters whose drowned bodies were found duct-taped together in Hudson River a DAY after they were ordered to return to Saudi Arabian as it’s revealed they ran away a year ago and begged police not to tell their parents where they were

Police have released the first photographs of Saudi Arabian sisters who were found drowned and duct taped together in the Hudson River last week in a plea for information about their mysterious lives and murky deaths.

I’ll take Honor Killing for $200, Alex.


Canadian PM says it would be hard to scrap big Saudi arms deal

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, under pressure to punish Saudi Arabia after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, said on Tuesday it would be very hard to scrap an arms deal with Riyadh worth up to $13 billion as critics have demanded.