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Steaming Pile

While not intending any disrespect to the deceased King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia or his family, I have to applaud the intervention of Scotland's Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, who described the flying of flags at half mast on government buildings as a 'steaming pile of nonsense'. Show More Summary

Germany halts arms exports to Saudi Arabia: report

57 minutes agoIndustries / Military : Defence Talk

Germany has decided to stop arms exports to Saudi Arabia because of “instability in the region,” German daily Bild reported on Sunday. Weapons orders from Saudi Arabia have either been “rejected, pure and simple,” or deferred for further consideration, the […]

The Shadow of Crisis Engulfs the United States In case anyone missed it, the worst case scenario – a trifecta from hell – just occurred. Yemen has fallen to the rebels; the King of Saudi Arabia just

Security at Taj Mahal was Secret Service concern: reports

Security at the Taj Mahal would have been inadequate for President Obama, fueling a last minute trip to Saudi Arabia, Indian reports said.

Make a Deal With Assad?

So opines Leslie Gelb over at the Daily Beast – also noting that we’d have to do some sort of deal with Iran, while also keeping Saudi Arabia and Turkey on-side. Which is, well, a rather muddleheaded thing to try because, just as one for-instance, Iran and Saudi Arabia are not going to see eye […]

Brent Closes Up, U.S. Crude Down After Saudi King Dies

Brent crude was buoyed on Friday by market uncertainty over the future of Saudi oil output, while U.S. crude fell on more signs of oversupply. Saudi Arabia's new king,

Saudi Arabia Proclaims the Death of $100 Oil: What It Means for These 5 High-Yield Offshore Drillers

A Saudi Prince has stated that $100 per barrel oil is dead. Find out why this might signal years of much cheaper oil -- and what that means for these five companies.

Obama Heads To Saudi Arabia To Offer Condolences

Going to Paris would have been nice, too. “Like” us on Facebook Now read this:Saudi Arabian King Abdulla Dead At 90 (Jan 22, 2015) Saudis Postpone Second Flogging Of Blogger After Learning It Would Kill Him (Jan 17, 2015) FreakOutNation: Saudi Blogger To Get 1,000 Lashes For Insulting Islam (Jan 8, 2015) ‘Movement’ To Declassify [...]

‘Left, Right & Center’: Tumult in the Arab Peninsula, SOTU, N.Y. Corruption

17 hours agoNews : Truthdig

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right and Center” panelists ask how will Saudi Arabia’s new king manage the challenges of the region after Abdullah’s death? New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is indicted on corruption charges. Also, the European Central Bank announced an aggressive bond-buying program.

How Stable Is Saudi Arabia?

17 hours agoNews : Truthdig

The kingdom faces a severe budget shortfall because of the plummeting price of petroleum, and all this instability takes place against a backdrop of substantial regional turmoil.

Obama to meet, pay respects to new Saudi King

U.S. President Barack Obama will travel to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday in order to meet the newly appointed monarch, King Salman, and pay his respects to the family of the late King Abdullah, the White House said Saturday. Vice President Joe Biden was originally set to have led a delegation to Saudi Arabia on Obama’s […]

Obama will head to Saudi Arabia, trim time in India

18 hours agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

President Obama is cutting short his trip to India in order to make a short trip to Saudi Arabia to pay respects to the family of the late king.

Washington sighs relief at Saudi succession

Finally, something went right for the United States in the Middle East. Relief is palpable in Washington over the well-planned and seamlessly executed transfer of Saudi Arabia’s throne to King Salman bin Abdulaziz, 79, following the death of his 90-year-old half brother King Abdullah. The kingdom, despite signaling rare public dissent with the Obama administration […]

Saudi King Abdullah laid to rest in an unmarked grave

As rumors about the health of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah started swirling over social media before midnight on Thursday, many people here didn’t want to believe them. The king was personally popular, with many Saudis seeing him as a fatherly figure who cared deeply about his people and spoke to them in honest and plain […]

Obama ending India trip early, will join world leaders to pay respects to Saudi king

U.S. President Barack Obama will shorten his trip to India so he can join other world leaders to pay respects in-person, following the death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah on Friday. WHITE HOUSE: Obama has decided to change his plans...Show More Summary

In Saudi Arabia, partnership with Wahhabi clerics key to conservatism

21 hours agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

The anointment of the House of Saud more than three centuries ago came with a pledge to rule in tandem with the austere clerics of Wahhabi Islam whose puritanical theology has provided some of the underpinnings for extremist groups throughout the Middle East.

Obama cuts short India visit to meet new Saudi king

22 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

US President Barack Obama has cut short his visit to India, cancelling a planned trip to the Taj Mahal, to “pay respects” to new King Salman in Saudi Arabia, the White House said Saturday. Obama was scheduled to go to India’s famed monument to love accompanied by First Lady...

Obama to cut short India trip to pay call on Saudi Arabia

President Barack Obama will cut short his three-day trip to India and visit Saudi Arabia to pay respects after the death of King Abdullah, U.S. and Indian officials said Saturday. The schedule change,...

Death Of Saudi King Abdullah: Reaction Angers World

Reaction to the death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah demonstrates that the modern western world respects oil above all else. That’s a view of many, angered by what is seen as global leaders pandering to an economically powerful, but morally questionable nation. Show More Summary

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