Tag: Saudi Arabia

Yemen’s Deadly Seas: Fishermen Come Under Fire in Saudi War

KHOKHA, Yemen — The first sign of trouble was the helicopter that hovered over the small Yemeni fishing trawler as it cut across the Red Sea. Then a warship appeared, its guns pointed at the boat. Bullets thumped into the water around the boat, the Afaq, then rippled through its […]

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McKinsey, the standard-bearer for autocrats, looters and torturers

In a deeply researched longread, New York Times investigative reporters Walt Bogdanich and Michael Forsythe document in fine detail the role played by the ubiquitous McKinsey and Company in legitimizing, coordinating, and supercharging the world’s most notorious human-rights-abusing regimes, from Saudi Arabia to China to Russia. In these countries, McKinsey consultants confer […]

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Houthis: Yemen Truce in Hodeida a Victory for Iran-Allied Shiite Group

The Iran-backed Shiite Houthis and the Saudi-led coalition on Thursday agreed on an immediate ceasefire in Yemen’s port city of Hodeida, considered the lifeline of the country as the primary entry point for food and humanitarian aid. Houthi fighters attacked a village in Hodeida (or Hudaydah) hours after the warring parties announced the truce, which […]

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Trump Inaugural Fund and Super PAC Said to Be Scrutinized for Illegal Foreign Donations

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors are examining whether foreigners illegally funneled donations to President Trump’s inaugural committee and a pro-Trump super PAC in hopes of buying influence over American policy, according to people familiar with the inquiry. The inquiry focuses on whether people from Middle Eastern nations — including Qatar, Saudi […]

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Exclusive — Rand Paul: ‘Extraordinary Moment’ When Senate Passed Resolution Invoking War Powers to Stop Illegal Yemen War

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told Breitbart News it was an “extraordinary moment” when the U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a resolution to invoke the War Powers act expressing congressional disapproval of U.S. backing of Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. The resolution passed 56-41 on final passage, over the objections of many establishment Republicans, but with […]

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America First: Senate Advances Resolution to End American Assistance in Yemen

The Senate advanced a resolution on Wednesday that called for the end of American assistance in Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. The Senate passed a motion to proceed on S.J. Res. 54, 60-39, featuring strong bipartisan support for the advancement of the resolution. The bill would direct President Donald Trump to remove American armed forces […]

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Why Is Qatar Leaving OPEC?

The surprising declaration by Qatar about leaving OPEC on Jan. 1 is a strategic response by the country to a changing energy landscape and the 18-month old ongoing boycott of Qatar by Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt. Qatar’s decision to move away from a regionwide consensus among […]

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The War on Truth Spreads

A free and unfettered news media has long been anathema to authoritarian rulers, but even George Orwell might not have anticipated that some of the most unscrupulous assaults on press freedoms would one day be perpetrated by democratically elected governments. Witness these recent events: Earlier this week Maria Ressa, founder […]

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The Wooing of Jared Kushner: How the Saudis Got a Friend in the White House

Senior American officials were worried. Since the early months of the Trump administration, Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and Middle East adviser, had been having private, informal conversations with Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the favorite son of Saudi Arabia’s king. Given Mr. Kushner’s political inexperience, the private exchanges could make […]

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OPEC and Allies, Defying Trump, Agree to Cut Oil Output to Prop Up Prices

VIENNA — OPEC and its oil-producing allies, moving to prop up falling prices, agreed on Friday to cut production levels by 1.2 million barrels a day despite pressure from President Trump to maintain output at current levels for the benefit of American consumers. Saudi Arabia, OPEC’s de facto leader, will […]

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o: U.S. Tax Dollars Help to Starve Children

ADEN, Yemen He is an eight-year-old boy who is starving and has limbs like sticks, but Yaqoob Walid doesn’t cry or complain. He gazes stolidly ahead, tuning out everything, for in late stages of starvation the human body focuses every calorie simply on keeping the organs functioning. Yaqoob arrived unconscious […]

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Saudis to Press OPEC for a Million-Barrel Cut in Oil Production

VIENNA — Saudi Arabia is poised to advocate that OPEC cut oil production by about a million barrels a day — roughly 1 percent of the global oil supply — as the group begins discussions on Thursday on ways to keep supply and demand in balance. Khalid al-Falih, the Saudi […]

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Yemen Peace Talks Begin With Agreement to Free 5,000 Prisoners

CAIRO — Yemen’s warring sides agreed on Thursday to exchange prisoners, starting peace consultations in Sweden that aim to end a conflict that has killed tens of thousands of civilians and pushed millions to the brink of famine. The United Nations envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, opened the talks, saying […]

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The Tangled Web of Saudi Influence in Washington

At this point,the evidence that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman knew about—andlikely ordered—the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is compelling. AfterCIA Director Gina Haspel’s presentation to Congress earlier this week, SenatorBob Corker told reporters that a jury would find the prince guilty “inthirty minutes.” The only holdout is the […]

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As OPEC Meets, Sizing Up Its Power and Its Politics

VIENNA — On Thursday, over 200 oil industry representatives, financial analysts and journalists are expected to crowd into a basement auditorium at the headquarters of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. It is a tricky time for OPEC at its twice-yearly gathering, and, more important, for the oil industry […]

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Graham: I Told Trump He’s Been Played by Saudis

On Tuesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “The Story,” Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said he told President Trump that he has been played by Saudi Arabia and the Saudis don’t respect the president or the U.S. Graham called for a suspension of arms sales to Saudi Arabia “until those responsible for Mr. Khashoggi’s murder […]

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C.I.A. Director to Brief Senators on Khashoggi Killing

WASHINGTON — The director of the Central Intelligence Agency briefed leading senators on Tuesday about the death of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi — an attempt to mollify lawmakers who last week signaled they might not continue military support for the Saudi-backed war in Yemen without more information about the Saudi […]

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Qatar Says It Will Withdraw From OPEC

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The tiny, wealthy Persian Gulf state of Qatar will withdraw from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries in January, the country’s energy minister said on Monday. The minister, Saad Sherida al-Kaabi, said the move would allow Qatar to focus on its gas industry and dismissed the […]

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Israeli Software Helped Saudis Spy on Khashoggi, Lawsuit Says

LONDON — A Saudi dissident close to the murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi has filed a lawsuit charging that an Israeli software company helped the royal court take over his smartphone and spy on his communications with Mr. Khashoggi. The lawsuit puts new pressure on the company, the NSO Group, and […]

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Intercepts Solidify C.I.A. Assessment That Saudi Prince Ordered Khashoggi Killing

The C.I.A. has evidence that Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince, communicated repeatedly with a key aide around the time that a team believed to have been under the aide’s command assassinated Jamal Khashoggi, according to former officials familiar with the intelligence. The adviser, Saud al-Qahtani, topped the list […]

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Watch—Emmanuel Macron Complains to Saudi Crown Prince: ‘You Never Listen to Me’

A Saudi newspaper filmed French President Emmanuel Macron complaining to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman about the young ruler’s unwillingness to take his advice as world leaders met in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the G-20 Summit on Friday. Citing a French official, Reuters reports the pair discussed the Yemeni Civil War and killing of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi […]

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The Senate Steps Up on Saudi Arabia

The Senate delivered a sharp rebuke to President Trump and his see-no-evil support for the rulers of Saudi Arabia on Wednesday by advancing a measure that would cut American military support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen. But unless Congress enacts and enforces the bill, which is unlikely, it will […]

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