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Broad discontent with Saudi ruling family: Analyst
[Iran Press TV] Some US analysts say the new leadership in Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
will only "temporarily" rule over the country amid "broad discontent" with the royal family in a period of uncertainty.

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud died at the age of 90 early on Friday after ruling the Saudi kingdom for nearly a decade. His 79-year-old half brother, Salman, has succeeded the late king.

US officials are worried that King Salman
...either the largest species of Pacific salmon or the current Sheikh of the Burnin' Sands, Cutodian of the Two Holy Mosquesand Lord of Most of the Arabians....
, who is not considered by many as a strong or healthy leader, might not be able to quickly consolidate power.

"The new leadership in Saudi Arabia in my opinion is temporarily, it's just a placeholder," said Don DeBar, an activist and radio host in New York.

He's (Salman) 79-years-old, he has Alzheimer's diagnosis, isn't really a heavy player in the back office
"He's (Salman) 79-years-old, he has Alzheimer's diagnosis, isn't really a heavy player in the back office," DeBar told Press TV during a phone interview on Saturday.

"There is broad discontent with the Saud family and the entire structure of the state of Saudi Arabia," he stated.

Dennis Ross, a long-time Middle East diplomat with close ties to the Saudi royal family, told The Wall Street Journal last week that the power transition might reduce the kingdom's ability to move decisively on difficult issues.

Ross said the death of King Abdullah, coupled with this week's collapse of the US-backed government in Yemen, presented a "worst-case scenario" because it would further strengthen Iran's position as a major player in the region.

"I think you get more cautious decision-making" on Iran and Syria, Ross said.

The oil-rich kingdom has played a major role in supporting extremism in various countries, particularly Syria.

Under King Abdullah's rule, Saudi Arabia gradually became an incubator for groups promoting extremism and Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
sm. Off-shoots of al-Qaeda also managed to expand their domain of influence in the Middle East and North Africa.
Posted by: Fred || 01/25/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [55 views] Top||

#1  Blah, blah, blah, blah.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/25/2015 5:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Broad Discontent

I c wut u did thar
Posted by: Shipman || 01/25/2015 6:38 Comments || Top||

Darth Bolton: Yemen, Iran and Saudi king's death an absolute disaster
[Wash Times] John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, warned that the current violence sweeping through Yemen that resulted in the Shiite rebel takeover of the government as well as the death of Saudi King Abdullah is leading the Mideast into certain chaos.

"When the United States walks away from the Middle East, it's a further invitation to chaos, and that’s exactly what we're getting."
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/25/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [61 views] Top||

#1  Yea, well, chaos is a natural state of ME. One, in which I might add, they kill each other instead of concentrating on Jihad.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/25/2015 5:16 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Perhaps you missed it: We're at war with Russia
The U.S. has been waging economic, financial, trade and political war against Russia and even kinetic war-by-proxy in Ukraine. Worryingly, nobody in power in the U.S. or Europe really seems willing to tell us exactly why.

From the Russian point of view, everything from its plunging ruble to bitter sanctions to the falling price of oil are the fault of the U.S., either directly or indirectly. Whether that is fair is irrelevant; that’s the view of the Russians right now. So no surprise, it doesn’t dispose them toward goodwill negotiations with the West generally and the U.S. specifically.

Recently, the anti-Russian stance in the U.S. press has quieted down, presumably because the political leadership has moved its attention on to other things, and that means Russia is largely out of the U.S. news cycle. However, there’s plenty of serious action going on in Russia and Ukraine, as well as related activity in the U.S. that deserves our careful attention.

The U.S. (via John Kerry) and NATO have steadily accused Russia of having funneled hundreds of tanks, armored-personnel carriers and other heavy equipment to the separatists in eastern Ukraine.

These assertions bring to mind the Sherlock Holmes case of the dog that did not bark where the absence of a piece of evidence leads us to a very different conclusion than the one the U.S. political establishment would like us to believe.

The sorts of weaponry that NATO and the U.S. have charged Russia with providing are virtually impossible to conceal from the air. Snapping high-resolution photos of such war machinery is child’s play for today’s military satellites, and even civilian ones too. If the assertions were true, we should have seen a flood of photographs of Russian heavy equipment every step of the way as it passed into Ukraine.

But none have been offered, not even one so far. And the simplest explanation for this is that none exist. If they did, you can be 100% certain they’d have been released and replayed over and over again on CNN until everybody and their uncle could distinguish a T-72 tank outline from that of a T-64.
It goes on from there. It's articles like these that make you think Vlad Putin has borrowed from the old Soviet bag of tricks and is sponsoring articles like these. Perhaps Badanov wants to take a shot at this, but I'll just point out that another reason why photos haven't been released is that a) US intel has them and we're not releasing them b) ditto for Euro intel agencies and c) it's a tad perilous to be a private journalist in eastern Ukraine right now. I'm just applying Occam's razor since the writer won't...
I'm not going to go into too much depth here about how much Russia is supplying the rebels in Donetsk and Lugansk. I will say that I believe that Volodya has his thumb on the scale, there is little question about it even from the rebels' supporters themselves.
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 01/25/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [85 views] Top||

#1  If they did, you can be 100% certain they’d have been released and replayed over and over again on CNN until everybody and their uncle could distinguish a T-72 tank outline from that of a T-64.

Because the same administration that made the guy that helped sell SE Asia to the Russians Secretary of State is eager to confront the Russians. For that matter, the same mandarinocracy that made sure US space lift was dependent on Russia is eager to go to war with the Russians... yeah, right.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 01/25/2015 0:48 Comments || Top||

#2  A journalist's guide to tanks and armored fighting vehicles.
Posted by: badanov || 01/25/2015 1:31 Comments || Top||

#3  Russia must be punished for rejecting Communism.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/25/2015 5:12 Comments || Top||

#4  Of course Putin's paying for this kind of reporting. The Soviet agitprop pipelines didn't shut down, they just went dormant for a decade.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 01/25/2015 9:21 Comments || Top||

The man who saved the world
"He was famous for his wit and his gifts for repartee and phrase making. Spying the famously self-regarding Sir Stafford Cripps one day, he turned to a companion and said, “There but for the grace of God goes God.” Regarding secrecy, he wrote that, “In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.” Regarding taxation, he said, 'We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.'"
And we have this:
Posted by: Hupineger Glomomp7493 || 01/25/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [69 views] Top||

#1  It has been said that a person is truly assured of immortality when his name becomes an adjective: Newtonian, Lincolnesque, Darwinian, Freudian, Shakespearean.....

Posted by: Besoeker || 01/25/2015 4:05 Comments || Top||

#2  He didn't necessarily think of his quips on the spot. He would think of one write it down and wait until it became useful. He also spent hours upon hours in front of a mirror rehearsing his speeches. He was an intense worker.
Posted by: Shipman || 01/25/2015 6:43 Comments || Top||

Terror Networks
Yemen Crumbles, Iraq Stumbles, America Fumbles
US Secretary of State John Kerry was at pains to clarify why the other 39 States had not joined the talk-fest:

"And all the coalition partners are continuing to make vital contributions .., and we mean all 60. Whether it’s sheltering refugees, training, advising Iraqi troops on the front lines, or speaking out against Daesh'™s hateful, false ideology, we appreciate the contribution of every single member, each of whom has chosen one line of effort or another.
But we also recognize the need to, as effectively as possible, be able to coordinate all of these contributions. And that's what the small group that came here today set out to do. The small group will continue to meet on a regular basis and continue, obviously, to consult with the full 60 members of the coalition, who will meet again as a full membership."

Posted by: Hupineger Glomomp7493 || 01/25/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [52 views] Top||

#1  Somebody else has under-inflated balls.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/25/2015 0:25 Comments || Top||

#2  spewed my coffee Skid... :) My vote for Snark of the Day
Posted by: Warthog || 01/25/2015 8:38 Comments || Top||

#3  Um, Skid? Do you have liability insurance for loss of fluids and damage to keyboards? It would be nice. ;^)
Posted by: AlanC || 01/25/2015 9:15 Comments || Top||

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