Tag: Saudi Arabia

President Biden Asks the Saudis to Bail Him Out

Commentary President Biden will attend the Gulf Cooperation Council meeting in Saudi Arabia next month, with the explicit goal of convincing the GCC—that is, the Saudis—to increase production of crude oil as a tool with which reduce gasoline prices in the United States. From a recent press conference: Q: And my question on Saudi Arabia: Why not have the President go…


Boxer Anthony Joshua Urged to Speak up About Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Record

Britain’s Anthony Joshua has been urged by Amnesty International to use the “platform” of his forthcoming world heavyweight title rematch with champion Oleksandr Usyk in Saudi Arabia to speak out about the kingdom’s human rights record. In September Joshua lost his WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight belts to the 35-year-old Ukrainian in a 12-round fight…


Capitol Report (June 14): Which Policies Causing Economic Downturn? Bill Passed to Protect Supreme Court Justices’ Families

The House broke a month-long delay and passed a bill to ramp up security for Supreme Court justices, as protests continue in anticipation of the Roe v. Wade ruling. A heated exchange over who’s to blame for inflation—what is President Joe Biden saying about the economy, and how are Republicans firing back? Lawmakers react to…


Biden Says ‘No Direct Plans’ for Saudi Arabia Visit But Leaves Door Open for Future Trip

President Joe Biden said Friday he has “no direct plans” to head to Saudi Arabia though he left open the door for a future trip, as rumors swirl around a possible visit to discuss global oil supply and mend strained Washington–Riyadh relations. Biden made the remarks during a June 3 press conference in Delaware, where…


Inflation Is the Least of the Repercussions of Biden’s Incompetent Diplomacy

When President Barack Obama received his Nobel Peace Prize less than 11 months after his inauguration in 2009, supposedly for, among other things, establishing “a new climate in international politics” in which “dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts,” the young, new president with close to zero…


The Ongoing War on Arab Christians and Western Complicity

Commentary Christianity faces the possibility of disappearing in the Middle East, where its roots go back to the death of Jesus Christ. A century ago, Christians comprised 20 percent of the region’s population. Today, they are less than four percent. Moreover, as noted by Barbara Kay, a Canadian columnist, “we are seeing mass exoduses of Christians…


Iran: Dreams of an Empire

This film is only available in North America because of territorial licensing. This film sets out to provide an in-depth analysis of the strategic objectives that Iran is pursuing in the Middle East, encompassing its role in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen and its relations with Russia, the United States, France, and beyond….


Saudi Arabia Signals Backing for Russia in OPEC+

Saudi Arabia has signaled its support for Russia as a continued member of the OPEC+ oil cartel, which comes amid ongoing Western pressure to sanction and isolate Moscow over the Ukraine invasion. Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, the energy minister of Saudi Arabia, told the Financial Times in an interview published on May 22 that he sees…


Jake Sullivan Meets With Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Amid Surging Gas, Oil Prices

U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met with Saudi Vice Minister of Defense Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud in Washington Tuesday and “underscored the longstanding partnership” between the two nations ahead of a joint planning committee at the Department of Defense this week. The meeting comes as oil prices are in part driving up gas…


Saudi King Admitted to Hospital for Colonoscopy

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—Saudi Arabia’s octogenarian monarch underwent a colonoscopy on Sunday, state-run media reported, just weeks after he had the battery of his pacemaker changed. The report in the official Saudi Press Agency first said only that King Salman, 86, was admitted to King Faisal Specialist Hospital in the Saudi port city of Jiddah…