Syria’s UN Rep. Jaafari Puts Saudi Arabia in Its Place

19 October 2018 — 21st CenturyWire

Imagine a country where a royal family spends billions of dollars on US and UK weaponry in order to increase their domestic and regional hegemony, engaging in a brutal regime change wars by force by bombing its neighbors, as well as funding and arming radical Wahhabi terrorists throughout the Middle East, particularly in Syria, along with killing and beheading hundreds of its own citizens and activists. Would such a country be entitled to demand that Syria reforms its democracy and rewrites the Syrian constitution? 

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Media Boosts Obvious Saudi Front Group as Neutral ‘Think Tank’ By Adam Johnson

28 March 2018 — FAIR

WaPo: Scapegoating Saudi Arabia Won't Help Us Fight Terrorism

A Saudi government spokesperson couldn’t have said it better (Washington Post, 5/31/17).

The Arabia Foundation appeared in spring 2016, seemingly out of nowhere, as a Saudi-focused think tank with “ties to Riyadh,” but vaguely independent of the regime. Or at least independent enough so that media wouldn’t represent it as an extension of the kingdom. But the past few weeks have clearly shown it to be little more than a PR outlet for de facto Saudi ruler Mohammed bin Salman and his sprawling, opaque business interests.

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Media Lens: Survival? Symptoms Of Breakdown

22 November 2017 — Media Lens 

If the human species survives long enough, future historians might well marvel at what passed for ‘mainstream’ media and politics in the early 21st century.

They will see that a UK Defence Secretary had to resign because of serious allegations of sexual misconduct; or, as he put it euphemistically, because he had ‘fallen short’. But he did not have to resign because of the immense misery he had helped to inflict upon Yemen. Nor was he made to resign when he told MPs to stop criticising Saudi Arabia because that would be ‘unhelpful’ while the UK government was trying to sell the human rights-abusing extremist regime in Riyadh more fighter jets and weapons. After all, the amount sold in the first half of 2017 was a mere £1.1 billion. (See our recent media alert for more on this.) Right now, the UK is complicit in a Saudi blockade of Yemen’s ports and airspace, preventing the delivery of vital medicine and food aid. 7.3 million Yemenis are already on the brink of famine, and the World Food Programme has warned of the deaths of 150,000 malnourished children in the next few months.

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Britain, Saudi Arabia and America spend millions on execution without trial

11 November 2017 — Drone Warfare

The RAF has dropped about 3,500 bombs and missiles, which the BBC estimates has already cost £150m in munitions. Each Brimstone missile costs more than £100,000 and the RAF has already fired more than 350, according to the BBC estimate, defence correspondent Jonathan Beale said. During the last week alone:

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‘Inappropriate Behaviour’ – Michael Fallon, Yemen, And The ‘Mainstream’ That Is Anything But

10 November 2017 — Media Lens

The truth of corporate journalism, and the great irony of its obsession with ‘fake news’, is that it is itself utterly fake. What could be more obviously fake than the idea that Truth can be sold by billionaire-owned media dependent on billionaire-owned advertisers for maximised profit?

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Saudi Crown Prince Charges Iran With “Act Of War” By Jordan Shilton

8 November 2017 — WSWS

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Hot on the heels of purging his main rivals for the Saudi throne, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has dramatically ratcheted up tensions in the Middle East, accusing Iran of an “act of war.” This makes clear that the consolidation of power in the hands of the most hardline, anti-Iranian faction of the Saudi royal family threatens to trigger a catastrophic regional conflict across the war-ravaged Middle East.

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Media Lens: ‘The BBC Has Betrayed Its Own Rules Of Impartiality’: Yemen, Saudi Arabia And The General Election

5 June 2017 — Media Lens 

A key function of BBC propaganda is to present the perspective of ‘the West’ on the wars and conflicts of the world. Thus, in a recent online report, BBC News once again gave prominence to the Pentagon propaganda version of yet more US killings in Yemen. The headline stated:

‘US forces kill seven al-Qaeda militants in Yemen, says Pentagon’

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Media: Arms Deal Stories Omit War Crimes Arms Will Be Used For

24 May 2017 — FAIR

CNBC: US-Saudi Arabia seal weapons deal worth nearly $110 billion immediately, $350 billion over 10 yearsReports on the Trump/Saudi arm deals focused on who would get paid–and ignored who it would cost.

The Trump administration wrapped up a weapons deal with the Saudi Arabian government this week that will be worth up to $350 billion over the next ten years. News of the deal came as Trump visited Riyadh and paid fealty to one of the United States’ most enduring allies in the Middle East.

The vast majority of the reports on the topic, however, omitted a rather key piece of context—namely, whom the weapons will be used to kill.

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