Posts Tagged ‘Saudis’

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The UN and corporate media have for years claimed only 10,000 Yemenis were killed in the US-Saudi war. But Yemen’s actual death toll is 70,000 to 80,000. Patrick Cockburn speaks about the whitewashing of the catastrophic war.

 

Catastrophic death toll of US-Saudi war on Yemen has been grossly downplayed

 

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Every year foreign governments pour tens of millions of dollars into those very institutions and, though many think tanks are tax-exempt non-profits, such donations often turn out to be anything but charitable gifts. Foreign contributions generally come with critically important strings attached — usually a favorable stance toward that country in whatever influential work the think tanks are doing. In other words, those experts you regularly read or see on screen, whose scholarship and advice Washington’s politicians and other officials often use, are in some cases being paid, directly or indirectly, by the very countries on which they are offering advice and analysis.

How Middle Eastern Powers Fund Think Tanks

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CNN and others like The Hill are now covering weapons to Al Qaeda, as if this is news. Notably, this is limited to weapons in YEMEN, and ignores SYRIA. In this way, the problem is contained and even restricted to the Trump age.

Seymour Hersh reported in 2014:

A highly classified annex to the report, not made public, described a secret agreement reached in early 2012 between the Obama and Erdoğan administrations. It pertained to the rat line. By the terms of the agreement, funding came from Turkey, as well as Saudi Arabia and Qatar; the CIA, with the support of MI6, was responsible for getting arms from Gaddafi’s arsenals into Syria. A number of front companies were set up in Libya, some under the cover of Australian entities. Retired American soldiers, who didn’t always know who was really employing them, were hired to manage procurement and shipping. The operation was run by David Petraeus, the CIA director who would soon resign when it became known he was having an affair with his biographer. (A spokesperson for Petraeus denied the operation ever took place.)

 

This is one report of hundreds.

CNN isn’t interested in years of evidence and tons of captured weapons in Syria.

 

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The Tangled Web Of U.S.-Saudi Ties (2004)

The relationship peaked under the presidency of George H.W. Bush. This is both due to personal and financial ties, but moreover because the Saudi royal family supported (was even grateful) for the first Iraqi war, when the United States ousted Iraqi troops from Kuwait.

Both then-president Bush and the current president have had personal and deep financial ties with the Saudi royal family. Author and journalist Craig Unger documents $1.4 billion that has “made its way” from the Saudi royal family to “entities tied” to the Bush family, according to Unger’s controversial book “House of Bush, House of Saud.”

 

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