Posts Tagged ‘Saudi Arabia’

Saudi ArabiaThat’s what Dennis Fetcho, host of Inside the Eye Live!, did on September 8, 2013, with his first broadcast from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, after hosting his show from Amman, Jordan, for several years.

Seven minutes into the show, he said what we already knew, but is good to hear direct confirmation of, that there is an unwritten rule, and a “chill” in the American ex-pat community of talking politics and religion while living in Saudi Arabia.

Despite that, he went on to talk about much of the politics in the region, and about some of his observations while living there.

Listen in to get a first-hand perspective of living and working in the capital of one of the world’s most tightly-controlled societies.

For more on Saudi Arabia, see my articles:

1) Rachael Rudolph says she feels at home in Saudi Arabia, just like in the United States.

2) Shariah-compliant Saudi Arabia and UAE are no strangers to international banking hegemony.

3) Russia surpassed Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest oil producer in 2009

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Rachael RudolphRachael Rudolph, professor of political science, was on The Progressive Radio News Hour with Stephen Lendman on the January 26, 2012 episode, and said of Saudi Arabia, where she is researching her upcoming book (at 12:01 of the archive):

This is one place, this is one country that I feel at home, just like I do in the United States.

She completely evaded his direct question about whether you can travel there as a tourist (you can’t, since there are no tourist visas), and she said she wishes more Americans would travel there. But if you feel at home there just like in the United States, what’s the point of traveling so far?

Yes, it’s just like the United States — except for those small details about women not being able to vote, hold office or drive a car.

Lendman asked her, whether he as a Jew, was allowed to visit there, saying he didn’t think he could. She embarrassingly responded that she thought that’s since changed. What a progressive country — to allow Jews to travel there now! Nevermind that it’s completely un-Islamic to bar all Jews from any Islamic country, since they are considered ahl al-Kitab (People of the Book), and accorded a special status in Islam, according to the Qur’an itself.

She got miffed when he asked her the customary question about women not being permitted to drive, saying how liberating it is to not have to worry about that. Yes, it’s great when you have the money to afford a driver, I suppose.

I’ve been to that part of the world — specifically Jordan several times, but you’re not going to hear me say I feel at home there just like I do in Canada.

While there are some aspects of Jordan’s economy that are more free enterprise than Canada’s, I’m not going to say I feel at home there just like I do here.

While women can vote, hold office and drive a car in Jordan, it doesn’t come anywhere close to the freedom of speech and of the press that Canada has, and those are among my highest priorities in feeling comfortable in living in another country as more than just a visitor.

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English: Osama bin Laden interviewed for Daily...

On March 8, 2012, Canada’s largest newspaper, the Toronto Star, published Osama bin Laden’s final days: Revealing new account tells of squabbles in Pakistan hideout.

Here are two of the eight comments posted by readers:

that’s what I thought.. As soon as the article comes out on Statfor debating the details of his death (the largest private Intelligence firm in USA), this comes out.. It’s clearly a distraction.

This is all propoganda B.S. He was dead long before this. The lies are starting to uncover themselves..ie burial at sea. Articles like this are intended to distract us.

Previously, I wrote The Osama bin Laden killing: where was the kidney dialysis equipment or the DNA results of his kidneys?

For more on 9/11, see my article, Rudi Dekkers drops some bombshell 9/11 revelations on the tenth anniversary of the attacks.

As for my question on April 29, 2011 — Will Ron Paul throw 9/11 Truth under the bus again, like he did in 2008? — I haven’t heard of him throwing it under the bus in this campaign season, but he hasn’t embraced it, either. The fact that he hasn’t won a single Republican primary shows that embracing it wouldn’t have cost him a primary that he would’ve otherwise won, and that was a point I was making in writing that article.

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BIS Headquarters in Basel

The Bank for International Settlements, the central bank for the central bankers, was established in 1930, and its purpose was described by Georgetown professor Carroll Quigley in his 1966 book, Tragedy and Hope:

[T]he powers of financial capitalism had another far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent private meetings and conferences. The apex of the system was to be the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the world’s central banks which were themselves private corporations.

BIS rules, according to Ellen Brown, prohibit governments from borrowing from their own central bank or issuing their own money.

Among its current 60 members there are five Muslim-majority countries: Algeria, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates.

The most significant of the five, to me, are Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Despite pretenses of both being presented as challenges to the current world power structure, with Saudi Arabia controlling so much oil reserves and having a very different society than the liberal Western societies of today, and the UAE being a regional financial and business powerhouse, both are members of this private central banking cartel whose purpose, as mentioned earlier, is to “[dominate] the economy of the world as a whole.”

Note that among all the Muslim-majority countries that have had massive uprisings (Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain and Syria) or U.S. bombings (Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Libya), none of them were members of the BIS.

The U.S. and NATO turned a blind eye to BIS member Saudi Arabia suppressing an uprising in neighbouring Shiite-majority Bahrain.

Despite pretenses of Saudi Arabia and the UAE promoting Shariah-compliant banking as a strong challenge to the current world banking system, their membership in the BIS should indicate otherwise.

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Bloomberg reported this on January 2, 2010, however, as of June, the CIA hadn’t updated their production figures showing Russia at the top as they now have.

From their top 10 list, only three are OPEC nations: Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq.

Russia 9,920,000 barrels/day (2009 est.)
Saudi Arabia 8,146,000 barrels/day (2008 est.)

Saudi Arabia is reported to have 264.1 billion barrels of “proved” oil reserves, as of the January 1, 2009 estimate, with Russia having 79 billion barrels, or less than a third of Saudi Arabia’s.

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North Korea, formally known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, is often referred to in the mass media as “The Hermit Kingdom.” There is much justification for that designation.

It came as a surprise to me that you can actually obtain a tourist visa for North Korea. I first read an article in 2007 about how there are a few Canadians who visit each year on a tourist visa.

That is unlike Saudi Arabia, for instance. From visahq.com, “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia does not issue tourist visas.” There is the irony that you can get a tourist visa to visit an “Axis of Evil” country, as branded by the George W. Bush administration, yet can’t get one to visit a designated ally.

The travel advisories issued by the Canadian government, which has among the best relations with most nations of the world, North Korea has the second-lowest travel risk, with 22 countries having a higher level of risk.

The countries with an “avoid all essential travel” advisory are: Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, East Timor, Eritrea, Iran, Lebanon, Liberia, Madagascar, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, and Pakistan.

The countries with an “avoid all travel” advisory are: Afghanistan, Chad, Guinea, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.

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