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Saudi Arabia jets ‘bomb Iranian embassy in Yemen’, Tehran claims | Daily Mail Online

Our moderate Saudi allies: via Saudi Arabia jets ‘bomb Iranian embassy in Yemen’, Tehran claims | Daily Mail Online. Also,via the BBC …some later reports in Iran said missiles had struck only in the vicinity of the embassy. Residents and … Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia funds and exports Islamic extremism: The truth behind the toxic U.S. relationship with the theocratic monarchy – Salon.com

If we’re allied with an authoritarian regime that is the world’s greatest sponsor of terrorism, what are we fighting for? Saudi Arabia is the world’s leading sponsor of Islamic extremism. It is also a close U.S. ally. This contradiction, although … Continue reading

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Al Jazeera Blocks Anti-Saudi Arabia Article

Via The Intercept | Cora Currier THE CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS of Al Jazeera appears to have blocked an article critical of Saudi Arabia’s human rights record from viewers outside the United States. The news network, which is funded by the government … Continue reading

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People Want To Bomb The Fictional Kingdom In ‘Aladdin,’ But Don’t Panic Yet

Americans are deeply divided over whether to bomb the kingdom of Agrabah, according to a new poll, with Republicans more likely to be in favor and Democrats tending to be opposed. But here's the problem: "Agrabah" happens to be the … Continue reading

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Dr. Al Suwaidi and the Mirage of Reform

In his book The Mirage, Dr Al Suwaidi claims that Gulf Cooperation Council states (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates) are in the process of separating religion and state. What he doesn’t mention: At current … Continue reading

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Inside the surreal world of the Islamic State’s propaganda machine – The Washington Post

What they described resembles a medieval reality show. Camera crews fan out across the caliphate every day, their ubiquitous presence distorting the events they purportedly document. Battle scenes and public beheadings are so scripted and staged that fighters and executioners … Continue reading

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Terrorism worldwide: When did it all start?

Via the Independent | Patrick Cockburn How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country Some time before 9/11, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, once the powerful Saudi ambassador in Washington and head of Saudi intelligence until a … Continue reading

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