Saudi Arabia

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Group.png Saudi Arabia   Sourcewatch WikiquoteRdf-icon.png
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Saudi Arabia (orthographic projection).svg
Location Middle East
Type nation state
Subgroups Al Mukhabarat Al A'amah
Member of Arab League, Global Counter Terrorism Forum, Safari Club
SubpageSaudi Arabia/Ambassador to the UN
Saudi Arabia/Ambassador to the United States
Saudi Arabia/Visa fraud
Longtime political ally of the USA, Saudi Arabia possesses larger easily accessible oil reserves than any other nation state.

Saudi Arabia is a large nation state in the Middle East with a strict form of Sharia law. It has huge oil reserves. The US struck a deal [When?][Where?] to keep the Saudi Royal family in power as long as they have easy access to Saudi oil. The Saudi intelligence service assisted the US deep state in carrying out the September 11th attacks.

In 2013, Saudi Arabia was #4 in the world in terms of military expenditure.[1]

Official narrative

Commercially-controlled media do not say much about the human rights record of the Saudi government. The country has what was termed in Vice an "antiquated legal system based primarily around sharia law", and beheaded dozens of its citizens in 2014, for example.[2]

Fossil fuel reserves

Saudi Arabia has the largest easily accessible oil reserves in the world, which it sells for petrodollars. Saudi Arabia also has the 6th largest gas reserves of any nation state, nearly 5% of total global reserves.[3]

Human rights

Saudi Arabia has Islamic Sharia laws which allow the death penalty to be imposed for murder, rape, apostasy, armed robbery, drug trafficking and repeated drug use.[4] Amputations and public floggings are also carried out, leading to criticism by the United Nations Committee against Torture.[5] Saudi Arabia is reported to have killed 48 people in the first 4 months of 2018, half for non-violent drug charges.[6]

Sheikh Nimr

Abby Martin takes us inside the brutal reality of the Saudi police-state monarchy

In 2012, the prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr, who had called for free elections in Saudi Arabia, was arrested and subsequently tortured. On 15 October 2014, he was sentenced to death by the Specialised Criminal Court for "seeking 'foreign meddling' in Saudi Arabia, 'disobeying' its rulers and taking up arms against the security forces" and his brother, Mohammad al-Nimr, was arrested on the same day for tweeting information about the death sentence. His nephew, Ali Mohammed Baqir al-Nimr, who also participated in the 2011–12 Saudi Arabian protests, was arrested in 2012, sentenced to death in 2014, and expected ratification of his sentence by King Salman of Saudi Arabia, to be carried out by beheading and crucifixion. The hacker collective, 'Anonymous', protested the plan to kill him and later launched DDOS attacks in protest.[7]

In January 2016, Saudi Arabia executed Sheikh Nimr.[8]

UNHRC

In September 2015, Faisal bin Hassan Trad, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the UN in Geneva, was elected Chair of the UNHRC Advisory Committee, the panel that appoints independent experts.[9][10] UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer said:

"It is scandalous that the UN chose a country that has beheaded more people this year (2015) than ISIS to be head of a key human rights panel. Petro-dollars and politics have trumped human rights."[11] Saudi Arabia also shut down criticism, during the UN meeting.[12]

In September 2017, US President Donald Trump said:

"It is an 'embarrassment' that there are countries on the UN human rights panel that have themselves committed atrocities", but not naming any particular country.[13]

Meet the new head of the United Nations panel on Human Rights: the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Abby Martin takes us inside the brutal reality of this police-state monarchy, and tells the untold people's history of resistance to it. With a major, catastrophic war in Yemen and looming high-profile executions of activists, The Empire Files exposes true nature of the US-Saudi love affair.[14]

Foreign policy

Saudi minister of Gulf affairs, Thamer al-Sabhan, said on 6 November, 2017 that Lebanon had declared war against Saudi Arabia because of what he described as aggression against the Kingdom by the Iran-backed group Hezbollah.[15]

Sponsorship of "Terrorism"

“Saudi Arabia is the Arab world’s leading state sponsor of terror. It backs ISIS, al-Qaeda, its al-Nusra offshoot and other terrorist groups – supplying them with weapons (including CWs), munitions, funding and other material support.”
Stephen Lendman (27 November 2017)  - [16]

The report of the US government's first inquiry into 9/11 contained 15 pages that were redacted before publication, outlining Saudi sponsorship of the "19 hijackers". A July 2018 article in Zerohedge commented that "the Saudis are constantly maneuvering to keep the American public in the dark concerning their role in 9/11".[17]

US special relationship

As noted by John Perkins in Confessions Of An Economic Hitman, the US has a long standing secret deal to support the Saudi government as long as it has easy access to Saudi oil. CIA/Deep State operative Frank Terpil admits working for the government of Saudi Arabia.[18]

Since President Obama took power, the US has been distancing itself from Saudi Arabia. The most notable single step in this process was probably the Obama administration's decision to declassify the 28 pages of the9-11/Joint Congressional Inquiry, which indicate that Saudi Arabia was involved in 9-11.[19]

Weapons

Saudi Arabia was the recipient of arms in the corrupt multi-billion dollar Al-Yamamah arms deal with the UK. In 2011, the USA sold $33.4 billion of weapons to the kingdom, just over half its total weapons sales that year.[20] In 2017, the US agreed a $350 billion arms deal for the next 10 years.[21] Between 2012-2016, Saudi was one of only 2 states to account for over 5% of global weapons imports (the other being India).[22]

Nuclear Weapons

In May 2015, the Sunday Times reported that Saudi Arabia had decided to buy nuclear weapons from Pakistan.[23]

 

Groups Headquartered Here

A Group Headquartered HereDate
Al Mukhabarat Al A'amah1957 - Present
Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority
Saudi Aramco
 

Citizens of Saudi Arabia on Wikispooks

TitleBornDiedDescription
Shaker Aamer12 December 1968
Hani Hanjour13 August 197211 September 2001A poor pilot who supposedly piloted a 747 into the Pentagon.
Adnan Khashoggi25 July 19356 June 2017
Jamal Khashoggi13 October 19582 October 2018
Osama bin Laden10 March 1957December 2001A CIA operative, heavily involved in CIA covert operations such as Operation Cyclone and Gladio plan B.
Al-Waleed bin Talal7 March 1957
Ahmed Zaki Yamani30 June 1930
Omar al-Bayoumi
Saeed al-Ghamdi
Waleed al-Shehri20 December 197811 September 2001
 

Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Bandar ibn Israelarticle28 August 2013Sharmine NarwaniThe collusion of Saudi Arabia's Bandar bin Sultan with Israel in acts of terrorist violence in the Middle East through 2013.
Document:Bangkok Blast - Who the Liars Say Did It, Says it Allarticle18 August 2015Tony CartalucciAnalysis of the 18 August terrorist bombing in Bangkok illustrating western media (especially the BBC) bias by omission of major salient points
Document:Hushing Up - and Profiting from - Saudi Aggressions while Warmongering against Russiaarticle29 August 2015Stephen GowansThe gross hypocricy inherent in the foreign policy actions of Anglo-US-NATO governments
Document:Invasion of Saudi Arabiaarticle9 July 2004Tanya C. Hsu
Document:Outside In: The Trump Administration’s Plan to Remake the Middle EastArticle10 October 2018Ted SniderBenjamin Netanyahu refers to his doctrine as Outside In: first you pacify the Outside and ally with the Sunni Arab states (Egypt and Saudi Arabia) outside of Israel, then, in exchange, you extract a peace plan out of them that you then impose Inside on a Palestine now devoid of allies and leave it helpless to hold out against a peace plan forced on the Palestinians by Donald Trump.
Document:Remembrance Day and the truths that dare not speak their nameblog post8 November 2018John WightIf Remembrance Day imparts a message worthy of our collective intelligence it is that war should be made a crime, with those who instigate it punished as criminals. In the last analysis it does not determine who is right only who is left. We have met the enemy and he is us. End.
Document:Sept 11 Widow Is First American To Sue Saudi Arabia For Terrorism: Her Full LawsuitArticle1 October 2016'Tyler Durden'Widow of 9-11 victim Navy Commander Patrick Dunn sues Saudi Arabia
Document:The Dog That Didn't BarkArticle30 November 2017Israel ShamirThe Jared Kushner-Mohammed bin Salman peace plan for Palestine is likely to misfire, as have all MBS plans, from pressuring Qatar to vanquishing Yemen. A lot of blood and a lot of money will flow, adding to miseries in the Middle East and elsewhere. The only satisfaction is that now you know who owns the dog that did not bark.
Document:Theresa May's personal role in facilitating terror attacksvideo5 June 2017Dan GlazebrookTheresa May and her Cabinet are complicit in murder. They are war criminals. If the principles established by the Nuremberg Tribunal after World War II were applied, they would be hung.
Document:Under Trump, the Israel lobby is a Hydra with many headsArticle30 May 2018Jonathan CookSince Trump took office, the Israel lobby has mobilised four other powerful lobbies: Christian evangelicals, the alt-right, the military-industrial complex and Saudi Arabia


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  2. https://news.vice.com/article/saudi-arabia-beheaded-59-people-so-far-this-year-but-hardly-anyone-is-talking-about-it
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_natural_gas_proven_reserves
  4. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2966790.stm
  5. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/1992027.stm
  6. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/26/saudi-arabia-criticised-over-executions-for-drug-offences
  7. http://theantimedia.org/anonymous-attacks-saudi-government-over-crucifixion-of-protester/
  8. "Saudi execution of Shia cleric sparks outrage in Middle East". The Guardian. 2 January 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  10. "When Beheading Won’t Do the Job, the Saudis Resort to Crucifixion"
  11. "UN Watchdog Slams 'Scandalous' Choice of Saudi Arabia to Head Human Rights Panel"
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  13. Donald Trump attacks UN human rights council for including human rights abusers – like US ally Saudi Arabia
  14. "Inside Saudi Arabia: Butchery, Slavery & History of Revolt"
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  20. Peter Dale Scott, The American Deep State
  21. http://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/20/us-saudi-arabia-seal-weapons-deal-worth-nearly-110-billion-as-trump-begins-visit.html
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