Saudi Secret Police Should Release 18 Women and 10 Children To Avoid Feeding “Saudi Spring”

Saudi Women Protesters Arrested, Spark Arab Spring II?

A group of protesting Saudi Arabian women arrested this month prompted a groundswell of outrage that may lead to a new Arab Spring II.

By Chana Ya’ar

A group of protesting Saudi Arabian women were arrested earlier this month, prompting a groundswell of outrage that may ultimately result in a sequel to the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings.

In what is seen as a new phenomenon in the kingdom, a ripple of outrage has begun following the arrests that came in response to demonstrations protesting the detention of male family members.

The incident, which took place in the town of Buraida, was reported by CNN, which quoted Saudi activists who said the kingdom has been trying to silence the women. Buraida is the provincial capital of Qassim Province, a conservative area of the country in which the detention of women is seen as a red line not to be crossed.

Mothers, daughters, sisters and wives had gathered to demand rights denied to their male relatives by the Board of Grievances.

A female Saudi journalist covering the story, Iman Al Qahtani, told CNN that she was stopped by Saudi secret police – the Mubahith – when she tried to gain access to those who had been arrested, and was warned to leave town.

The Amnesty International human rights organization documented the incident, calling in a statement for the release of the 18 women and 10 children who were arrested and detained. “There is no way the Saudi Arabian authorities can justify detaining people if they have simply peacefully exercised their rights to freedom of expression and assembly,” said Phillip Luther, Middle East and North Africa AI program director.

Thus far, just seven women have been released. But the incident may have finally brought a new ‘Arab Spring’ to the kingdom, having also inspired a groundswell of demonstrations in support for the women from protesters as far away as Riyadh, the capital, and even in Mecca,  the religious center of the country.

Such protesters have included men, many of whom are related to thousands of inmates being held with no access to lawyers and  without trials in connection with ‘counter terrorism’ sweeps throughout the kingdom. They are beginning to chant a new slogan around the country: “The people call for the liberation of the prisons.”

Saudis Panic Hold Arab Economic Summit Seeking Price-Tag To Buy-Off “Arab Springers”


[The House of Saud’s days are numbered.  Anything any of us can do to shorten those days of Saudi tyranny would be greatly appreciated by many.]

Economic upheaval of Arab Spring dominates Riyadh meet 


BEIRUT/RIYADH: Prime Minister Najib Mikati called on Arab leaders to seek tangible solutions as he arrived in Saudi Arabia Sunday to attend Monday’s opening of the major two-day Arab Economic and Social Development summit.

Mikati is met by Deputy Emir Mohammad bin Saad upon his arrival at Riyadh airport.
Mikati is met by Deputy Emir Mohammad bin Saad upon his arrival at Riyadh airport.

“We are invited to meet the challenges presented in this summit … and move to a time of inclusive growth,” Mikati wrote on his Twitter page.

“We need to produce practical results beyond promises or decisions that remain without executive frameworks,” he added.

Mikati was accompanied by Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour, Finance Minister Mohammad Safadi, Economy Minister Nicolas Nahhas and Industry Minister Vreij Sabounjian.

Sources ruled out any political agenda behind the prime minister’s visit to Saudi Arabia, Lebanese local media outlets reported.

Mikati’s ties with Saudi Arabia have reportedly deteriorated after he agreed to take over from former Prime Minister Saad Hariri in office. Hariri, who has close ties with the Saudi royal family, was toppled by Hezbollah.

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister told Agence France Presse that the summit must break with tradition and tackle people’s aspirations in the wake of the Arab Spring uprisings.

“Our meeting should not be mired in routine,” Prince Saud al-Faisal said at a meeting Saturday ahead of the summit.

“The Arab world has faced these past two years upheavals of a political dimension … but we cannot ignore their economic dimension,” he added.

Poverty, unemployment and social inequalities were among the causes that triggered a Tunisian uprising in late 2010 that later spread throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

Experts have warned that the Arab world risks losing the fragile gains made by the uprisings, which brought an end to decades of iron-fisted rule by leaders in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen.

A recent economic report noted that unemployment in 2011 stood at 16 percent in Arab countries, with 17 million people out of 300 million jobless.

At the same time inter-Arab investments stood at a mere $25 billion across the region.

The summit in oil-rich Saudi Arabia is expected to discuss the amendment of an Arab convention on investments in a bid to bolster the role of the private sector, Faisal said.

The meeting would also examine means of drawing up new financial resources to support impoverished Arab states, he added.


SOCOM Manufactured French Invasion of Mali, Training the Man Behind the Coup

[SEE:  Watching American Special Forces Setting the World On Fire]

‘Pentagon’s hand behind French intervention in Mali’

French soldiers walk past a hangar they are staying at the Malian army air base in Bamako. (Reuters / Joe Penney)

French soldiers walk past a hangar they are staying at the Malian army air base in Bamako. (Reuters / Joe Penney)

As French soldiers pour into Mali in the fight to push back the advancing Islamist militants, questions have been raised as to the motives behind the intervention. Author William Engdahl told RT the US was using France as a scapegoat to save face.

RT: At a time when France and the rest of the Eurozone are trying to weather the economic crisis, what’s Paris seeking to gain by getting involved in another conflict overseas?

William Engdahl: Well, I think the intervention in Mali is another follow-up to the French role in other destabilizations that we’ve seen, especially in Libya last year with the toppling of the Gadhafi regime. In a sense this is French neocolonialism in action.

Sanogo Amadou Sanogo – Leader of Malian Coup d’Etat

But, interestingly enough, I think behind the French intervention is the very strong hand of the US Pentagon which has been preparing this partitioning of Mali, which it is now looming to be, between northern Mali, where al-Qaeda and other terrorists are supposedly the cause for French military intervention, andsouthern Mali, which is a more agricultural region. Because in northern Mali recently there have been huge finds of oil discovered, so that leads one to think that it’s very convenient that these armed rebels spill over the border from Libya last year and just at the same time a US-trained military captain creates a coup d’état in the Southern capital of Mali and installs a dictatorial regime against one of Africa’s few democratically elected presidents.

So this whole thing bears the imprint of US Africom [US Africa Command] and an attempt to militarize the whole region and its resources. Mali is a strategic lynchpin in that. It borders Algeria which is one of the top goals of these various NATO interventions from France, the US and other sides. Mauritania, the Ivory Coast, Guinea, Burkina Faso. All of this area is just swimming in untapped resources, whether it be gold, manganese, copper.

RT: Why was France the first Western country to get involved to such an extent? And what sort of message is this military initiative sending to its allies?

WE: Well I think that’s the Obama Administration’s strategy – let France take the hit on this as they did in Libya and other places in the past year and-a-half and the US will try and play a more discrete role in the background rather than being upfront as they were in Iraq and Afghanistan which cost the US huge amounts of credibility around the world. They’re playing a little bit more of a sly game here, but the rush for the US to announce its support the French military intervention and the actions of Africom over the past year and-a-half, two years ,in Mali make clear that this is a US operation with the French as a junior partner.

RT: How far could this conflict potentially escalate? Could the French get bogged down, and who else is likely to get involved?

WE: The other European countries are loath to get involved in an Afghan-type ground situation with their troops. The Germans are providing humanitarian aid and some special forces training so far, but, frankly, I think al-Qaeda in northern Maghreb is a very suspicious operation and the timing of its activities coming over the border suggests that perhaps some NATO countries might be helping the al-Qaeda group to get military weapons and create the Chaucer’s belly that justifies NATO intervention. I think we’re seeing a very cynical game being played out here in Mali and it’s a very dangerous one when Africa is suddenly becoming a continent that’s been discovered by China, by the US and Europe and the rest of the world as the next place where untold wealth and resources can be captured.

‘Cascade of consequences’

When France started the intervention in Mali, it should have been prepared to face a “cascade of unnecessary consequences”, such as the hostage situation in Algeria, political analyst Alex Korbel from Contrepoints, has told RT.

“We are trading a potential threat by an actual count of casualties, and we are talking about civilians here,” he said to the channel.

As the rebels are engaging the forces, the conflict is bound to cross borders into the neighboring states, that could potentially engulf the entire West Africa, the analyst believes. Korbel thinks that France has made a mistake by getting involved in a conflict which he says is bound to escalate.

“Are we really prepared to fight a war in the whole of Western Africa? I do not think so,” Korbel told the viewers.

The French public also does not support the approach of the French government, “because when he was elected 64 percent of the French public considered that Francois Hollande would not be able to tackle an international crisis”adding that soon the public will “realize that it is an unnecessary war, costly war.”

The analyst believes that France simply cannot finance this war.

“We are now in 16 different military operations around the world and Mali is the last one. The public debt represents a real problem and the budget has not been balanced since 1974, clearly we do not have a cent to finance another unnecessary war,” he told RT.