Tag: Saudi Arabia

Twitter kills pro-Saudi “botnet” spreading Khashoggi disinformation tweets

Twitter today pulled down a disinfo bot network that was amplifying pro-Saudi talking points about disappeared journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who is presumed to have been tortured and killed on orders of the government of Saudi Arabia. NBC reports that Twitter became aware of the crisis Thursday, when an NBC News reporter presented the social media […]

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U.S. got $100 million from Saudi Arabia on the same day Pompeo was in Riyadh

No wonder he was smiling. The United States received $100 million from Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, which coincidentally, so weird!, was the same day Secty. of State Mike Pompeo landed in Riyadh to laugh and smile with Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman about missing Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The money arrived, but not […]

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Graham: If Saudi Arabia Murdered Khashoggi, Everything Should Be on the Table

On Thursday’s broadcast of CNN’s “OutFront,” Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said that if Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi was murdered by Saudi Arabia there should be “all-out sanctions” and everything should be on the table. Graham said that if Saudi Arabia is responsible for Khashoggi’s death, there will be “hell to pay.” He added that this “means […]

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Saudi prince MBS ordered operation to lure and detain Jamal Khashoggi, U.S. intelligence intercepts reveal

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered an operation to lure Washington Post contributing journalist Jamal Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia where he was to be detained, U.S. intercepts show. The whole torture, dismemberment, and death inside the Saudi embassy thing that apparently happened was a rendition gone bad, according to this report. From […]

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Washington Post worried about Saudi writer missing in Turkey

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Saudi journalist critical of the kingdom’s new assertive crown prince in columns for The Washington Post has gone missing after visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, the newspaper said Wednesday, raising concerns over his safety. Jamal Khashoggi’s personal website bore a banner saying “Jamal has been arrested at […]

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Flashback: Seven 9/11 Hijackers Overstayed Their Visas, Were Never Deported

Nearly half of the September 11, 2001, Islamic terrorist hijackers who flew planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were able to remain in the United States, undetected, despite having overstayed their visas. For 13 of the 19 terrorists, driver’s licenses were obtained after they arrived in the U.S. from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, […]

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Democrats’ Responsibility for America’s Forever War

Earlier this month, 40 Yemeni schoolchildren and 11 adults were killed by a bomb—one that has a legible genealogy. As CNN reported, it was a 500-pound laser-guided MK 82 bomb. And while Saudi Arabia was responsible for dropping it on a school bus, the United States was responsible for providing […]

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Elon Musk: ‘Funding Secured’ Meant I Was Confident Saudi Govt. Would Buy Out Tesla

Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk admitted Monday that his claim of “funding secured” did not mean that he had a deal in place to fund a private buyback of the electric car company’s outstanding stock. Musk published a blog post confirming a report that Saudi Arabia’s Public Interest Fund would be the previously unknown party bankrolling the move […]

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Report: Saudi Arabia May Back Tesla’s $420-per-Share Buyout

Bloomberg News reported on Sunday that Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund is interested in participating in a potential Tesla Inc. buyout for up to $82 billion. The Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute, which tracks stock purchase by national funds, reported on August 7 that J.P. Morgan had helped Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund acquire between 3 and […]

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Google Play adds billing methods for Colombia and Tanzania, tweaks payments in other countries

We take the ease of billing on the Play Store for granted here in the US, but many other countries don’t have as many or as flexible options when it comes to picking up apps, movies, books, or music via the service. But for customers in Colombia, Tanzania, Thailand, Chile, and Peru, new payment methods […]

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The worst may be over for the Saudi economy

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Can the Saudis Break Up With Wahhabism?

The speed and magnitude of change in Saudi Arabia has accelerated considerably after the consecration of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. To legitimize his ascent, fulfill his absolutist ambitions and face various internal and external challenges, Prince Mohammed has presented and positioned himself as the champion of “modernization.” Several of the crown prince’s statements and […]

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Trump Says Saudi Arabia Will Increase Oil Production

President Trump tweeted on Saturday that Saudi Arabia, a major international oil supplier, has agreed to increase oil production. Mr. Trump has repeatedly called for an increase in production to ease rising oil prices. Saudi Arabia is the de facto leader of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, and had previously been wary of […]

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Uber is helping Saudi Arabia drive its cultural transformation

Uber has about 95,000 monthly active drivers in Saudi Arabia. And right now, only one is a woman. But that’s about to change. Uber (as well as Middle East ride-hailing rival Careem) is launching programs aimed at leveraging the sweeping cultural and economic changes afoot in the country. On Sunday, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman lifted […]

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Saudi Women Can Now Drive. Overcoming Beliefs on Gender Will Be Harder.

JIDDA, Saudi Arabia — What if, for 40 years, government-run schools and mosques taught the same refrain — that women’s brains were smaller than men’s and couldn’t process complex information, that it was shameful for women to interact publicly with strangers, that sitting behind the wheel of a car could cause birth defects for a […]

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A Moment to Savor: A Saudi Woman Rejoices as Driving Ban Ends

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — While Saudi Arabia counted down the hours until midnight for the ban on women driving to be lifted, Hessah Alajaji ran out of patience. She put on some lipstick, jumped in the driver’s seat of her parents’ Lexus, and at 9:10 p.m. drove out for dinner. “I’m a bit naughty,” she […]

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Offsides: The Group of Death. And Torture. And Incarceration.

This is part of Offsides, a newsletter on the broader issues and hidden stories around the World Cup. You can sign up here to receive it in your inbox. In the first round of the World Cup, there is a phenomenon called “the Group of Death,” which refers to a grouping of four teams that […]

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Saudi Women Can Drive Now. Will That Hurt Saudi Women?

Concessions on women’s rights in Saudi Arabia often appear during times of turmoil or transition. In the wake of Sept. 11, when Saudi ties to Islamist militants were under scrutiny, the kingdom decided that women could be appointed as consultants to the Royal Advisory Council. It began offering scholarships for women to study abroad — […]

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