Saudis warn of ‘disastrous consequences’ after Obama’s veto of 9/11 bill overturned

Saudis warn of ‘disastrous consequences’ after Obama’s veto of 9/11 bill overturned

by WorldTribune Staff, September 30, 2016 A U.S. law allowing victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to sue Saudi Arabia will lead to “disastrous consequences,” the kingdom warned on Sept. 29. The House of Representatives approved the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) earlier this month. It was passed by the Senate in […]

Saudi elites humbled by pay cuts, told to buy their own cars, as oil prices drop

Saudi elites humbled by pay cuts, told to buy their own cars, as oil prices drop

by WorldTribune Staff, September 28, 2016 The unwritten rule in Saudi Arabia’s labor force has long been that private sector employees, in return for lifetime employment, would look the other way as public sector elites collected massive salaries and huge bonuses and enjoyed lavish perks. As the price of crude oil continues to plunge, however, […]

Something significant is going on in Saudi Arabia

Something significant is going on in Saudi Arabia

Special to WorldTribune.com By Norman Bailey A recent report from the kingdom indicates that dropping hostility to Israel is part of the Saudi regime’s far-reaching reform plans. Israel should respond. In the Sept. 14 issue of POLITICO magazine, retired U.S. diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad published a report on his most recent trip to Saudi Arabia and […]

Oil prices slide as Iran refuses to freeze output levels

Oil prices slide as Iran refuses to freeze output levels

by WorldTribune Staff, September 27, 2016 The political rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia spilled into OPEC’s informal meeting in Algeria as Iran said it would not freeze oil output and Saudi said the meeting was merely “consultative”. Saudi has said it would support a production freeze only if all OPEC producers are committed to […]

Iran’s Rouhani says West, Saudis are responsible for spread of terrorism

Iran’s Rouhani says West, Saudis are responsible for spread of terrorism

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has blamed world powers for the spread of terrorism over the past 15 years and what he called a less secure world. Rouhani told the UN General Assembly on Sept. 22 that “repression and military intervention” by unnamed countries had caused terrorism […]

Saudi-Iranian war of words escalates: Grand Mufti states rulers of Persia are not Muslims

Saudi-Iranian war of words escalates: Grand Mufti states rulers of Persia are not Muslims

by WorldTribune Staff, September 7, 2016 The top religious leader of Sunni Saudi Arabia further stoked the flames of tension with Shi’ite Iran on Sept. 6 by proclaiming that the leaders of the Islamic Republic in an area once known as Persia are not Muslims. “We must understand that they are not Muslims, as they […]

Ultimatum: Khamenei says Islamic world ‘must fundamentally reconsider’ Saudi control of Mecca

Ultimatum: Khamenei says Islamic world ‘must fundamentally reconsider’ Saudi control of Mecca

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has blasted Saudi Arabia over its management of the hajj, suggesting Muslim countries should challenge Riyadh’s control of the annual Muslim pilgrimage. “Because of these [Saudi] rulers’ oppressive behavior towards God’s guests, the world of Islam must fundamentally reconsider the […]

Time for Barack Obama to clear up a mystery: What possible benefit motivates his Iran policy?

Time for Barack Obama to clear up a mystery: What possible benefit motivates his Iran policy?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders In all the torturous puzzles of the current Mideast chaos, perhaps the greatest unknown is what the Obama Administration thinks it is accomplishing with its Iran policy. Again, in the past few days, we have had evidence that President Barack Obama is moving – this time secretly – […]

Russia in talks with Saudis on ‘oil market stability’

Russia in talks with Saudis on ‘oil market stability’

by WorldTribune Staff, August 16, 2016 Russia’s oil minister said Moscow and Saudi Arabia are in talks to reach “oil market stability” and that a freeze on output levels is still on the table. “We are ready to achieve the widest possible level of coordination… and put in place joint measures to achieve oil market […]

Anti-Semitism at Olympics by Muslim nations keeps age-old animosities alive

Anti-Semitism at Olympics by Muslim nations keeps age-old animosities alive

by WorldTribune Staff, August 11, 2016 The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has reprimanded the Saudi and Lebanese Olympic delegations for their open “hostility” toward Israeli athletes at the Rio Olympic Games. The treatment of Israel’s athletes is “shocking but not surprisingly,” Roz Rothstein, CEO of the pro-Israel group Stand With Us, said in a statement […]

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