Thought for the day

"There is no worse mistake in public leadership than to hold out false hopes soon to be swept away. The British people can face peril or misfortune with fortitude and buoyancy, but they bitterly resent being deceived or finding that those responsible for their affairs are themselves dwelling in a fool's paradise." -- Winston Churchill

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Update(1228ET): The Daily Mail is calling it a "deal soaked in blood" after the governments of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Russia confirmed that Brittney Griner's release for notorious convicted arms trafficker Viktor Bout came via Saudi/UAE mediation efforts led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS).

China’s President Xi Jinping arrived in Saudi Arabia on 7 December for a three-day-visit to bolster bilateral cooperation by signing agreements valued at $29.26 billion.

The kingdom’s monarch King Salman invited the Chinese president to “bolster historic ties and strategic partnership between the two countries.” Xi received a warm welcome as the Saudi government coordinated with its air force to have pilots paint Riyadh’s skies with the colors of the Chinese flag upon his arrival.

Saudi Arabian women's rights activist has been sentenced to 17 years in prison, despite having already completed his sentence earlier this year, the US-based rights organisation Freedom Initiative has reported.

Saudi Arabia is selling more oil to Europe, while Russia is chipping into the kingdom’s Asian market share, a rewiring of the energy trade that is likely to accelerate after the West imposed new penalties on Russian crude sales.

Saudi Arabia inks arms deal with Spain to strengthen naval forces MikeRivero Fri, 12/02/2022 - 10:19

According to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), on 1 December, Saudi Arabia’s General Authority and defense ministry signed an agreement with Spanish-based company Navantia to construct numerous combat ships for the Saudi Naval Forces.

Saudi Defense Minister Khaled bin Salman signed the agreement with the Spanish Minister of Industry María Reyes Maroto to bolster Riyadh’s defense ministry. 

And the deserts are about to turn green! Devastating Jeddah storm sweeps away cars, cuts road to Mecca, floods desert after 7 inches of rain in just 6 hours 3 TIMES ANNUAL mean MikeRivero Tue, 11/29/2022 - 07:58

Heavy rains in Saudi Arabia’s coastal city of Jeddah on Thursday delayed flights, forced school closures and shut the road to Mecca, Islam’s holiest city, state media reported.

Jeddah, a city of roughly four million people located close to the Red Sea, is often referred to as the “gateway to Mecca”, where millions perform the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages each year.

Images posted to social media on Thursday showed cars being swept along streets through raging torrents of water.

Its Time to Cut Off Arms Sales to the Saudi Regime MikeRivero Fri, 11/25/2022 - 07:26

Last month’s decision by the members of OPEC+ to cut oil production by 2 million barrels per day sparked outrage in Washington. Prominent Democrats were furious, arguing that Saudi Arabia sought higher oil prices in order to weaken US-led sanctions on Russian fossil fuels, and also to benefit Republicans by inflating the cost of gasoline before the midterms.

The Saudis insisted that the production cut merely reflected an effort to prevent a future dip in oil prices and denied any intent to fill Vladimir Putin’s war chest or doom the Democrats’ electoral chances.

They Know Its Wrong: Liberal Publication SLAMS Biden For This Corrupt Decision MikeRivero Wed, 11/23/2022 - 09:26

They Know Its Wrong: Liberal Publication SLAMS Biden For This Corrupt Decision

The Washington Post is not pleased with a recent move by the Biden Administration to grant immunity to Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Saudis may boost oil production after Biden admin shields crown prince from punishment in death of Jamal Khashoggi MikeRivero Tue, 11/22/2022 - 14:39

Saudi Arabia and other OPEC nations are reportedly considering increasing their oil production just days after Biden announced that he would grant immunity to Saudi Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman for his alleged role in the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.