Pharaoh Salman bin Abdel Aziz: Hustling “crown prince”
Condemned by French Court
Al-Saud Mafia-House: US, Saudi and Qatari Bloody “Ramadan” Paving the Path for
Pharaoh Salman bin Abdel Aziz and Hustling “crown prince”,
Ironically enough, while the Al Saud Mafia House Pharaohs continue – publically, inside and outside of Saudi Arabia - to disgrace our Islamic “Sharia”, Saudi authorities, anew, warned non-Muslim expatriates on Friday, the first day of Ramadan, not to eat, drink, or smoke in public until the end of the Muslim holy month’s sunrise-to-sunset fast - or face expulsion. This “warning” is issued at the beginning of Ramadan every year!!! With challenges to the established order growing bolder from a population nearly half of which is under 30, the Interior Ministry called on expatriates to “show consideration for feelings of Muslims” and “preserve the sacred Islamic rituals.” Otherwise, a ministry statement said, Saudi authorities will cancel violators’ work contracts and expel them!!! Saudi Arabia’s population of 27 million includes some 8 million expatriates, including Asians, Arabs, and Westerners, according to government figures. Saudi Arabia is wary of the wave of Arab Spring uprisings that has toppled longtime authoritarian leaders in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and neighboring Yemen. It followed a carrot-and-stick strategy to contain unrest by pledging around $120 billion for the kingdom’s lower income groups. It has heavily cracked down on protests, especially in eastern regions dominated by Shiites demanding greater rights, and is steering a middle course between conservatives and reformers among the Sunni majority (I am a Sunni).
I have the pleasing epiphany that so called “religious hard-liners” (who do not dare to approach any “Royal Mafia House Palace) has begun to lose control of the young generation that is hungry for freedom. Much has changed in Saudi society in the past decade. For a brief time, Saudi human rights activists had hoped that religious conservatives could agree with reformists on a general framework of human rights, including the demand for a constitutional monarchy, the release of prisoners of conscience, the fight against official corruption and civil rights for all. Many thousands of activists from across the political spectrum signed petitions for reform, most notably the 2011 statement “A State of Rights and Institutions.” Unfortunately in Saudi Arabia, just because some people signed petitions does not mean that they genuinely believed in a system of human rights.
Making use of social-media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, religious hard-liners in Saudi Arabia have launched an online inquisition against those who dare to think freely. In a frightening development, a judge and some clerics demanded in February that certain “free thinker” be given the death penalty for allowing guests at their salon to speak freely. Many are unable to leave Saudi Arabia, but the sun of humanity shines upon them every day; they bask in its rays, gaining strength against the darkness of Pharaoh’s oppression. Their voices (and mine) are reaching the world, no matter how hard they try to silence us. We shall say, consistently and proudly continue until our Saudi Islamic Republic is realized.
But many young Saudis insist on freedom of expression and belief, and they are proud of their values of justice, tolerance and human rights. They give us hope. Their resolve is unshakable, whatever difficulties lie ahead. While Saudi Arabia has managed to squelch protests over political rights from spreading in the country, largely by spending billions on welfare, there are indications those efforts may no longer be working. Why does the US government not speak out against the kind of despotic inhumanity reported daily in Saudi Arabia, while it takes punitive action against other sovereign nations like Egypt and Libya? Control over petroleum supplies? That only affects the despised millions serving the America's rich upper class.
In a surprise and unexpected move, Saudi Arabia said it has replaced its intelligence chief with the country’s former ambassador to Washington amid growing pockets of unrest in the kingdom. The official Saudi Press Agency cited a royal decree shifting Pharaoh Prince Muqrin bin Abdul-Aziz from the powerful intelligence post to become a special adviser to Pharaoh King Abdullah. No reason for the move was given Thursday, but it comes as Saudi authorities faces increasing protests and clashes with minority Shiite factions claiming discrimination by the Sunni leadership. Pharaoh Prince Muqrin is replaced by Pharaoh Prince Bandar bin Sultan, who served as ambassador to the U.S. from 1983 to 2005. Pharaoh Prince Bandar retains his role as secretary general of the National Security Council.
Pharaoh Salman bin Abdel Aziz and Hustling “crown prince”,
Stability for the business world at all costs, at any cost, because governments can't afford to dry up their sources of unearned income. Any business person will tell you that what is not illegal is perfectly okay because there is only one ethic for the business world: the bottom line of profit. Only profits are right; only losses are wrong. If a business grows, that's always good; if a business fails, that's always bad.
At the same time, one must not that in the old days, whenever oil prices got bumpy, the United States could ask Saudi Arabia to pump out more crude and calm the markets. But that’s increasingly no longer the case. Saudi production is struggling to keep up with rising demand in places like China. What’s more, Saudi Arabia is growing so fast that it’s consuming its own oil at a shocking rate: With domestic electricity demand rising 10% per year in Saudi Arabia, the kingdom now devours more than a quarter of its oil production - nearly three million barrels per day. International Energy Agency figures show that Saudi Arabia now consumes more oil than Germany, an industrialized country with triple the population and an economy nearly five times as large. Worries about Saudi excess capacity are one reason why Iran-related tensions have driven crude prices up so high. By one estimate, this spare capacity could vanish entirely by 2020. If that happens, oil prices will get seriously volatile.
The kingdom’s oil minister insisted this week that oil markets are amply supplied and that it stands ready to boost output. Its council of ministers asserted that excessively high petroleum prices threaten the global economy and that a downturn would lead to an abrupt pullback in prices, hurting the interests of oil exporters and consumers!!
The Saudi oil minister, Ali al-Naimi, recently said that the kingdom was producing 9.9 million barrels a day, about three-quarters of which is exported. Naimi said that Saudi Arabia could boost output to 12.5 million barrels a day to meet demand but that customers are not interested in buying more than they are now. Yet oil markets remain unimpressed; the price of the West Texas Intermediate grade of crude oil for May delivery rose $1.20 to $107.27 a barrel - about where it was a week earlier. Expensive crude is driving up gasoline prices - a fact the Obama team worries will hurt the president’s reelection prospects. What the Saudis are trying, in vain, to do is to change the psychology of the market and demonstrate that the market is well supplied. If Saudi Arabia really wanted to tamp down prices it could lower its asking prices and then customers might buy more. Saudi prices are adjusted monthly, but Saudi Aramco is “extraordinarily inflexible” in the terms it offers buyers. That makes it difficult for them to turn their rhetoric about supply into a signal to the market.
The U.S. has received assurances from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait that they would raise oil production to help offset the effect of economic sanctions on Iranian exports, according to participants in discussions between the U.S. and oil-producing countries.
Pharaoh Salman bin Abdel Aziz and Hustling “crown prince”,
On the other hand, the growing role played by Washington in organizing the arming of elements attacking Syrian government forces is linked to a perspective that “an expanding military confrontation is inevitable.” While formally supporting the cease-fire and political transition plan brokered by former UN Secretary General, the administration is stoking a violent confrontation with the obvious aim of scuttling this plan and opening the way to more direct military intervention.
Saudi Arabia and Qatar, both among Washington’s closest allies in the region, openly called for arming the anti-Assad forces and have poured Billions of dollars into this effort; the decisions as to who receives these weapons are being made in Washington, which “has expanded contacts with opposition forces to provide the gulf nations with assessments of rebel credibility and command-and-control infrastructure.”
Obama administration officials hosted lately talks with representatives of the Kurdish opposition centered in eastern Syria, who have so far refrained from joining the armed revolt against Assad. This is in large part due to their distrust of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Sunni sectarian elements which dominate the leadership of the opposition, and who are hostile to Kurdish demands.
The aim of the talks was to discuss “opening a second front against Assad’s forces that would compel him to move resources from the west.”
Nothing could more graphically underscore the cynicism of the warriors for “human rights” and “democracy” in the Obama administration. While seeking to foment an armed revolt by Kurds in Syria, Washington is simultaneously aiding the Turkish military in the crushing of such a revolt just across the border in Turkey; a US drone being used to spot Kurdish targets for Turkish warplanes passed on intelligence that led to an air strike in which 35 civilians were slaughtered last December!!
While fomenting civil war and terrorist attacks within Syria - such as last week’s Damascus bombings that killed 55 people and wounded nearly 400 more - Washington and its allies are also ratcheting up the threats of direct military intervention.
A few weeks ago, just miles from Syria’s southern border in Jordan, some 11,000 soldiers, led by American special operations troops, are staging war games dubbed “Eager Lion 2012.” Among the participants are the armed forces of the Gulf powers openly backing Assad’s armed overthrow, including Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
US imperialism is waging a not-so-secret war for regime-change in Syria. For all of its rhetorical expressions about supposed concern in the White House for the violence in Syria and the democratic rights of the Syrian people, the Obama administration is prepared to sacrifice as many Syrian lives as necessary to advance its strategic aims.
The Syrian intervention is part of an increasingly militaristic and reckless policy being pursued in the region under the Democratic president. It is simultaneously orchestrating a war in Yemen to prop up a US-backed regime, using dozens of drone missile attacks and military assaults directed by American special forces troops deployed inside the country.
At the same time, the Obama White House has ordered the resumption of US military aid to Bahrain and last week hosted the Gulf oil emirate’s crown prince at the White House, even as reports of torture and ruthless repression of the country’s Shia majority population by the US-backed Sunni monarchy continue to pour out of the country.
What links these superficially discordant American interventions - one being carried out in Syria under the banners of “democracy”, “human rights” and “regime-change” and the others in Yemen and Bahrain under less stirring slogans of “stability” and “security” - is a broader US policy of militarily encircling and preparing for war against the country seen as US imperialism’s principal rival for hegemony over the oil-rich Persian Gulf: The Islamic Republic of Iran.
In Syria, it seeks to topple Iran’s closest ally in the Arab world and install a US client regime. In Yemen it is backing a regime that is seeking to quell multiple rebellions that are viewed as threatening to expand Iranian influence. And in Bahrain, it is supporting the apartheid-style repression of 70 percent of the population because it is Shi’ite, co-religionists of the Iranians, and their achieving democratic rights is seen as a threat to the US-backed despot Pharaohs of the Gulf.
In remarks delivered on the eve of his trip to the US for the G-8 summit, Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev warned Washington against “hasty military operations in foreign states,” adding that these actions “could result in a fully-fledged regional war. And even - although I do not want to scare anyone - the use of a nuclear weapon.”
This is the grim reality behind all of the talk of the Obama administration about a “receding tide of war.” The continuing and deepening attempt by US imperialism and its Gulf Pharaoh Allies (Saudi Arabia and Qatar) to offset its historic crisis and decline by military means is bringing mankind face to face with the threat of a new world conflagration: World War III.
Dr. Walid Amin Ruwayha
Your Saudi “Dissident” Paris Neighbor