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Al-Arabiyya website

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The website of Al-Arabiyya (the news station of King Fahd’s brother-in-law) is even worse than the TV Al-Arabiyyah.  It reminds me of the yellow–very yellow–journalism of the Kuwaiti press (post 1991, when the top gifted Palestinian editors and journalists were driven out of the country).  It basically promotes rumors, innuendos, fabrications, lies, exaggerations, distortions, and falsifications.  It basically uses the sleazy techniques of Elaph (another Saudi politics and sleaze website).  They often have headlines and stories that suddenly disappear after the lies get exposed.  One day, someone will write a book about the journalism of the House of Saud: the book will be as dirty as a book on the sex life of King Fahd or King Abdullah.

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Saudi Repression is not news in the West

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An Edmonton imam was assaulted and arrested early Sunday morning while on a pilgrimage in the Saudi Arabian city of Medina, a witness says.  Usama Al-Atar, a prominent Islamic scholar and post-doctoral fellow at the University of Alberta chemistry department, was leading a group of 10 pilgrims in prayer at a religious burial site in Medina when a group of Saudi religious police began to harass the group, said Michael Hayward, who witnessed the incident.  Al-Atar was injured and arrested during the incident, which has stunned the Shiite Muslim community in Edmonton where the popular scholar regularly lectures and teaches Sunday school.” (thanks Sumayah)

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Public and Private

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Comrade Madawi Rasheed writes on the “public and private acclamation in Saudi Arabia.”

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TF1 Express Poll: ‘Are you for a war on Syria?’

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“…Eh oui, la chaîne commerciale par excellence, celle qui selon la belle formule de son ex-président directeur général Patrick Le Lay avait pour objectif de « vendre à Coca Cola (…) du temps de cerveau humain disponible« , la chaîne consumériste grand public qui a donné à la culture française Koh Lanta etSecret story , TF1 donc sonde à présent ses téléspectateurs sur la pertinence d’une guerre contre la Syrie !

… ….  Cette démarche s’inscrit assez bien, il est vrai, dans ce climat général de dégradation du politique, de démagogie télévisée, de politique d’émotion et d’ignorance qui caractérise la France sarkozyste.

Pour la (toute) petite histoire, sachez qu’au soir du 28 octobre, soit 24 heures après sa mise en ligne, 480 personnes avaient participé à ce vote historique, et que 52,3% se prononçaient pour une intervention, quand 47,7% s’y opposaient. …”

 ’Pro-Assad protesters in Paris’



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America’s new Middle East ‘mini-Nato’

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“… Exactly what the Pentagon might do with its expanded Kuwait and Gulf-based forces, should Iraq implode again at some future date or become destabilised by the unrest in Syria, is unclear. A second invasion would not command much public support, to put it mildly. If, on the other hand, the new American deployments are primarily about containing, intimidating or potentially attacking Iran, the emerging picture becomes more comprehensible, although not more reassuring.Maliki and his government maintain strong lines of communication to Tehran. The prime minister has spoken out in support of Iran’s suspect nuclear programme. And he shares Iran’s dual aim of keeping President Bashar al-Assad in power in Syria while keeping its Sunni population at bay. While Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other Arab states have distanced themselves from Assad, Iraq, egged on by Iran, has sought in recent months to strengthen political and trade ties with the Damascus regime.
Iran’s influence in Iraq and Syria, wielded directly and indirectly through powerful proxies such as the hardline Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, may be expected to grow in the wake of the US pullout. This will not only encourage Assad to hang on; it is also likely to increase tensions between Iran and neighbouring, pro-western Gulf Co-operation Council states.
Hence the third pillar of the Pentagon’s evolving strategy, as disclosed by the New York Times: a plan to develop new “security architecture” that would potentially conjoin Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE and Oman with the US in a sort of Middle East “mini-Nato”. Just as Nato was created to counter the Soviet threat, so this new grouping’s main aim in life would be to push back against Iran.
Specifically, it is suggested the Gulf allies would integrate air and naval patrols and missile defences. Arming all of them with compatible, US-made weapons systems would neatly serve an additional purpose: boosting American arms sales while lessening the impact of coming Pentagon budget cuts. Above all else, such a development would help compensate for the de facto loss of Iraq and reassure Israel, ….. Nobody in Washington is talking about an October surprise, mainly because October just finished. But October, 2012 may be a month to watch.…”



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‘Obama cuts off funding for UNESCO after it defied American warning & approved Palestinian membership’

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America Loves Democracy. America Loves aspiring Arabs!

“…“Today’s vote by the member states of UNESCO to admit Palestine as a member is regrettable, …” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters. …”



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Palestine becomes member of UNESCO, US cuts funds (AP)

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Permanent delegate of the US to UNESCO David Killion, center, reacts as delegates vote on the Palestinian membership, during a session of UNESCO's 36th General Conference, in Paris, Monday Oct. 31, 2011. Palestine became a full member of the U.N. cultural and educational agency Monday, in a highly divisive move that the United States and other opponents say could harm renewed Mideast peace efforts. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)AP – Palestine won its greatest international endorsement yet on Monday, full membership in UNESCO, but the move will cost the agency one-fifth of its funding and some fear will send Mideast peace efforts off a cliff.

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U.S. stops UNESCO funding over Palestinian vote (Reuters)

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Reuters – The United States said on Monday it had stopped funding UNESCO, the U.N. cultural agency, following its vote to grant the Palestinians full membership.
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Palestine made full member of UNESCO

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Palestine has become a full member of UNESCO.
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NATO ends mission over Libya, hails civilian victory

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NATO officially ended its seven month mission in Libya on Monday ending an aerial bombing campaign that helped depose longtime ruler Moammar Gaddafi.
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