To 9/11 Families, Saudi-Backed Golf Event Is ‘Another Atrocity’

The families are furious that former President Donald J. Trump once blamed Saudi Arabia for the terrorist attacks, but is now allowing his golf course to be used for its LIV Golf event.

#golf, #liv-golf, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #september-11-2001, #trump-national-golf-club-bedminster-nj, #trump-donald-j, #world-trade-center-manhattan-ny

Biden’s Fist Bump With the Saudi Prince

President Biden’s visit to Saudi Arabia; Merrick Garland and Donald Trump; the erased Secret Service texts; political changes; Columbia unranked.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #colleges-and-universities, #columbia-university, #garland-merrick-b, #house-select-committee-to-investigate-the-january-6th-attack, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #republican-party, #saudi-arabia, #secret-service, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

When Biden Met M.B.S.

What did the encounter tell us about relations between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia?

#audio-neutral-informative, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #politics-and-government, #saudi-arabia, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

As Biden Reaches Out to Mideast Dictators, His Eyes Are on China and Russia

Trying to make Moscow pay for its Ukraine war, and box China out of Mideast tech deals, the U.S. president tries to fall back on old Gulf alliances.

#5g-wireless-communications, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #gulf-cooperation-council, #huawei-technologies-co-ltd, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #israel, #khashoggi-jamal, #middle-east, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #political-prisoners, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #saudi-arabia, #sisi-abdel-fattah-el, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

Biden’s Visit to Saudi Arabia Draws Criticism and Modest Accords

In the most politically problematic trip of his presidency, Mr. Biden’s critics accused him of helping rehabilitate the reputation of a tarnished prince in exchange for numerous, but limited gains.

#cengiz-hatice, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #organization-of-the-petroleum-exporting-countries, #politics-and-government, #saudi-arabia, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #washington-post

What Biden Got Right on His Trip to the Middle East

There is real value in making small steps through diplomacy.

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Biden’s Saudi Lesson: The Only Path Runs Through M.B.S.

President Biden tried to isolate Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over human rights abuses. Now, the United States needs Saudi Arabia, and Mr. Biden is about to visit.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #houthis, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #saudi-arabia, #united-states-international-relations

Biden Adopts ‘No Handshake’ Covid Policy, but Not For Long

A virus subvariant provided a reason to “reduce contact” before a potentially fraught encounter with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia. The plan quickly slipped away in Israel.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #greeting-gestures, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #saudi-arabia, #united-states-international-relations

Biden Mideast Trip Fraught With Political Perils

President Biden is heading to the Mideast with one eye on U.S. strategic goals abroad and another on his political vulnerabilities back home.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #international-relations, #middle-east, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #nuclear-weapons, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #saudi-arabia, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

America Doesn’t Have to Have a Broken Relationship With Saudi Arabia

Biden’s visit to the kingdom is a personal defeat. But it does not have to be a defeat for the U.S.-Saudi relationship.

#espionage-and-intelligence-services, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #saudi-arabia

Saudi Arabia Should Take a Mulligan on Golf. Here’s What It Can Do Instead.

There’s a better way to improve the kingdom’s international standing than starting a golf tour.

#golf, #khashoggi-jamal, #liv-golf, #mickelson-phil, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #norman-greg, #pga-tour-inc, #politics-and-government, #saudi-arabia

Biden Trip to Saudi Arabia Is Set, but Energy Help Is Not

The White House formally announced that President Biden would visit the oil-rich kingdom in mid-July despite having denounced it as a “pariah” state after the assassination of a dissident.

#abbas-mahmoud, #bennett-naftali, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #israel, #middle-east, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #palestinian-authority, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #saudi-arabia, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-bank

What Is LIV Golf? It Depends Who You Ask.

Bold new project or crass money grab? Even golf’s best players can’t agree on the new Saudi-financed golf tour. Here’s what you need to know.

#dechambeau-bryson, #english-premier-league, #formula-one, #garcia-sergio, #golf, #johnson-dustin, #liv-golf, #mcdowell-graeme, #mickelson-phil, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #monahan-jay-w-1970, #norman-greg, #oosthuizen-louis, #pga-tour-inc, #politics-and-government, #poulter-ian, #reed-patrick, #saudi-arabia, #sovereign-wealth-funds, #trump-national-doral-miami-doral-fla, #trump-national-golf-club-bedminster-nj, #trump-donald-j

Biden Has ‘Only Bad Options’ for Bringing Down Oil Prices

The president’s trip to Saudi Arabia is unlikely to reduce oil and gasoline prices, and it is not clear that anything else he might do would work, either.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #carter-jimmy, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #iran, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #saudi-arabia, #united-states-international-relations, #venezuela

Biden to Travel to Saudi Arabia, Ending Its ‘Pariah’ Status

As a candidate, President Biden vowed to punish the kingdom for the brutal assassination of Jamal Khashoggi. But now he wants to rebuild relations as he seeks to lower gas prices and isolate Russia.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #saudi-arabia, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

House Panel Examining Jared Kushner Over Saudi Investment in New Firm

The House Oversight Committee is seeking documents related to the $2 billion investment by a Saudi fund in the private equity firm started by Mr. Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and former adviser.

#affinity-partners, #house-committee-on-oversight-and-government-reform, #kushner-jared, #maloney-carolyn-b, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #public-investment-fund-saudi-arabia, #saudi-arabia, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Before Giving Billions to Jared Kushner, Saudi Investment Fund Had Big Doubts

Before it committed $2 billion to Mr. Kushner’s firm, Public Investment Fund officials questioned the justification for taking such a big risk.

#affinity-partners, #conflicts-of-interest, #foreign-investments, #kushner-jared, #mnuchin-steven-t, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #politics-and-government, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #public-investment-fund-saudi-arabia, #saudi-arabia, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Yemen’s President Steps Down, Hands Power to Presidential Council

President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi abdicated days after a two-month cease-fire took effect, signs that his Saudi allies may be looking for a path out of the bloodshed.

#defense-and-military-forces, #hadi-abdu-rabbu-mansour, #houthis, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #saudi-arabia, #yemen

Yemeni Rebel Attack Sets Saudi Oil Facility Ablaze

Saudi officials accused Yemen’s Houthi rebels of launching the attack, which cast a shadow over a Formula One car race aimed at international spectators.

#defense-and-military-forces, #drones-pilotless-planes, #formula-one, #houthis, #jidda-saudi-arabia, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #saudi-arabia, #saudi-aramco, #yemen

Saudi Arabia Executes 81 People

It was the kingdom’s largest mass execution in years. In many cases, the charges involved “not a drop of blood,” a rights activist said.

#capital-punishment, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #saudi-arabia

Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi Is Released From Prison

Amnesty International welcomed news of the release of Raif Badawi, whose case became a lightening rod for rights campaigners and reflected Saudi Arabia’s lack of tolerance for dissent.

#amnesty-international, #badawi-raif, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #haidar-ensaf, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #prisons-and-prisoners

Israeli leader, Naftali Bennett, Meets Bahrain Counterpart, Signaling Regional Shift

The trip by Naftali Bennett, the first official visit to Bahrain by an Israeli prime minister, showcased growing ties between his country and several Arab governments.

#arabs, #bennett-naftali, #international-relations, #khalifa-hamad-bin-isa-al, #khalifa-salman-bin-hamad-bin-isa-al-1969, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #palestinians, #peace-process

Newcastle Players, Saudi Jets and Premier League Headaches

When Newcastle traveled to Saudi Arabia for a midseason training camp, it did so on a plane owned by a company seized by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

#english-premier-league, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #newcastle-united-soccer-team, #public-investment-fund, #soccer, #sovereign-wealth-funds

The Battle for the World’s Most Powerful Cyberweapon

A Times investigation reveals how Israel reaped diplomatic gains around the world from NSO’s Pegasus spyware — a tool America itself purchased but is now trying to ban.

#apple-inc, #arms-trade, #central-intelligence-agency, #commerce-department, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #djibouti, #drug-enforcement-administration, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #facebook-inc, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #google-inc, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-relations, #israel, #justice-department, #khashoggi-jamal, #martinelli-ricardo, #mexico, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #mohammed-bin-zayed, #mossad, #netanyahu-benjamin, #niv-karmi, #nso-group, #omri-lavie, #panama, #privacy, #raytheon-company, #saudi-arabia, #secret-service, #shalev-hulio, #smartphones, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-africa-command, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #washington-post, #wireless-communications

Saudi Princess Is Released From Jail After 3 Years

The Saudi government has not said why it detained or released Princess Basmah bint Saud, a daughter of a former king who has been a vociferous critic of the country’s authorities.

#basmah-bint-saud, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #political-prisoners, #royal-families, #salman-king-of-saudi-arabia, #saudi-arabia

How Do Saudis Celebrate Christmas? Quietly, but Less So.

“Am I in Saudi Arabia?” Once officially banned, Christmas is coming out of hiding in the kingdom, as its ultra-constrictive religious rules are eased.

#christmas, #christmas-trees, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #muslims-and-islam, #saudi-arabia, #shariah-islamic-law

Progress for Saudi Women Is Uneven, Despite Cultural Changes and More Jobs

Women say Saudi Arabia has advanced significantly in just the past year, with more choices regarding work, fashion (including colored abayas) and social spaces, but restrictions remain everywhere.

#dress-codes, #fashion-and-apparel, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #labor-and-jobs, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #muslim-veiling, #riyadh-saudi-arabia, #saudi-arabia, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

Wrong Man Arrested Over Khashoggi Killing, France Says

The French authorities released a Saudi man who shared the name and age of a suspect in the murder of the dissident writer, saying it was a case of mistaken identity.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #france, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #interpol-international-criminal-police-organization, #istanbul-turkey, #khashoggi-jamal, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #paris-france

Seeking Backers for New Fund, Jared Kushner Turns to Middle East

Former President Donald J. Trump’s son-in-law is trying to raise capital for his investment firm and is turning to a region that he dealt with extensively while in the White House.

#affinity-partners, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #israel, #kushner-jared, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #persian-gulf, #private-equity, #qatar, #saudi-arabia, #sovereign-wealth-funds, #trump-donald-j, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Saudi Court Blocks Execution of Man Convicted of Crime Committed at 14

Rights groups said the death sentence for Abdullah al-Huwaiti ran contrary to the kingdom’s claimed legal reforms. Now he’ll be retried.

#attacks-on-police, #capital-punishment, #confessions, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #saudi-arabia

Trump Allies Are Prominent at Saudi Investment Conference

But the Biden administration sent only a deputy commerce secretary to the high-profile gathering, amid shifts in global politics and diplomatic strains.

#conflicts-of-interest, #foreign-investments, #mnuchin-steven-t, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #private-equity, #riyadh-saudi-arabia, #scaramucci-anthony, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Saudi Finance Official Is Missing From Conference He Hosts

The unexplained absence of Yasir al-Rumayyan, who oversees the kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund, has highlighted concerns about a lack of transparency.

#blackstone-group-the, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #goldman-sachs-group-inc, #middle-east, #middle-east-institute, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #newcastle-united-soccer-team, #politics-and-government, #private-equity, #riyadh-saudi-arabia, #rumayyan-yasir-al, #saudi-arabia, #soccer, #sovereign-wealth-funds, #vaccination-and-immunization

I Was Hacked. The Spyware Used Against Me Makes Us All Vulnerable.

Invasive hacking software sold to countries to fight terrorism is easily abused. Researchers say my phone was hacked twice, probably by Saudi Arabia.

#al-jazeera, #cellular-telephones, #citizen-lab, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #israel, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #nso-group, #privacy, #saudi-arabia, #signal-open-whisper-systems, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #text-messaging

In Newcastle, Songs Drown Out the Hard Questions

As long-suffering fans cheered the arrival of Saudi riches at their club, talk of the new owners’ plans and the current team’s flaws took the day off.

#english-premier-league, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #newcastle-united-soccer-team, #rumayyan-yasir-al, #soccer, #tottenham-hotspur-soccer-team

Major Obstacle Removed in Saudi Bid for Newcastle

The end of a piracy dispute involving the Premier League broadcaster beIN Sports could clear the way for a Saudi-led group to buy Newcastle United.

#bein-media-group, #english-premier-league, #manchester-city-soccer-team, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #newcastle-united-soccer-team, #soccer

Saudi Arabia, Newcastle and Soccer’s Worship of Money

The sale of a Premier League team symbolizes a sport’s unashamed devotion to wealth above all else.

#english-premier-league, #khashoggi-jamal, #manchester-city-soccer-team, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #newcastle-united-soccer-team, #soccer

Mnuchin’s Private Equity Fund Raises $2.5 Billion

The former Treasury secretary has attracted investment from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund.

#hedge-funds, #khashoggi-jamal, #liberty-strategic-capital, #mnuchin-steven-t, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #sovereign-wealth-funds, #treasury-department, #united-states-politics-and-government

Apple Security Update Closes Spyware Flaw in iPhones, Macs and iWatches

Researchers at Citizen Lab found that NSO Group, an Israeli spyware company, had infected Apple products without so much as a click.

#ahmed-azam, #amnesty-international, #apple-inc, #citizen-lab, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defective-products, #hubbard-ben, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #iphone, #israel, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #nso-group, #privacy, #signal-open-whisper-systems, #software, #text-messaging, #university-of-toronto

A Foreign Agent in Trump’s Inner Circle?

Even amid a glut of scandals, Tom Barrack’s arrest is a big deal.

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Saudi Operatives Who Killed Khashoggi Received Paramilitary Training in U.S.

The training, approved by the State Department, underscores the perils of military partnerships with repressive governments.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #cerberus-capital-management, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #khashoggi-jamal, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #mohammed-bin-nayef, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #saudi-arabia, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-post

Fierce Foes, Iran and Saudi Arabia Secretly Explore Defusing Tensions

Talks between the two regional powers, if successful, could start to lower the temperature on several conflicts across the Middle East.

#iran, #middle-east, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #saudi-arabia, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #yemen

A Clash of Wills Keeps a Leonardo Masterpiece Hidden

The Louvre inspected the “Salvator Mundi” and certified it as the work of Leonardo da Vinci. But it kept those findings secret after a squabble with the painting’s owners.

#salvator-mundi, #art, #da-vinci-leonardo, #france, #louvre-museum, #martinez-jean-luc, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #mona-lisa, #museums, #saudi-arabia

Democrats Push Biden to Take Harder Line on Saudi Arabia

Lawmakers have continued to press for harsher action and a wholesale rethinking of the American stance toward the kingdom.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #dingell-deborah, #house-committee-on-foreign-affairs, #house-of-representatives, #houthis, #khanna-ro, #khashoggi-jamal, #kim-andy-1982, #malinowski-tom, #meeks-gregory-w, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #omar-ilhan, #republican-party, #saudi-arabia, #senate, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yemen

Liberals Grow Impatient With Biden’s Foreign Policy Decisions

A recent endorsement of his Iran policy from Jared Kushner inflamed frustrations among Democratic allies calling for bolder action abroad.

#blinken-antony-j, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #kushner-jared, #liberalism-us-politics, #mcgurk-brett-h, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #national-security-council, #nuclear-weapons, #obama-barack, #rhodes-benjamin-j, #sanders-bernard, #united-states-international-relations

Liberals Grow Impatient With President Biden’s Foreign Policy Decisions

A recent endorsement of his Iran policy from Jared Kushner inflamed frustrations among Democratic allies calling for bolder action abroad.

#blinken-antony-j, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #kushner-jared, #liberalism-us-politics, #mcgurk-brett-h, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #national-security-council, #nuclear-weapons, #obama-barack, #rhodes-benjamin-j, #sanders-bernard, #united-states-international-relations

Biden’s Dilemmas, Part 1: Punishing Saudi Arabia

In the first of two parts about what we’re learning about the current administration, we look at the president’s approach to justice in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #istanbul-turkey, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #sanger-david-e, #saudi-arabia, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-post

For Biden, Deliberation and Caution, Maybe Overcaution, on the World Stage

But decisions come more quickly than they did in the Obama administration, when Mr. Biden, as vice president, complained about the endless meetings.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #solarwinds, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Israel, the U.A.E. and a New Middle East

We may be witnessing a major realignment of the Middle East.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #hamas, #hezbollah, #iran, #israel, #middle-east, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #palestinians, #saudi-arabia, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations

In Confronting Saudi Arabia, Biden Tiptoes With a Close Ally

The U.S. has accused Saudi Arabia’s crown prince of ordering the killing of the dissident Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi but is wary of causing a break with an important Arab partner.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #saudi-arabia, #united-states-international-relations

Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman, the Murderous Monarch

President Biden hasn’t pushed for real justice, but at least he’s not as obsequious as his predecessor.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #khashoggi-jamal, #kushner-jared, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government