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Reward for information regarding Seth Rich

One America News Network (OAN) is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in former DNC staffer Seth Rich’s murder case.

The Herring Networks, Inc. media company OAN joins a number of individuals and groups that are willing to pay for information that solves the July 10, 2016, killing of Mr. Rich. The election-season murder continues to spark conspiracy theories based on the suggestion that Mr. Rich provided DNC data to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

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Is George Romney Behind the Chicago Riot Against Trump?

Stevens and Romney – what will they do if the riots fail?

Is George Romney Behind the Chicago Riot Against Trump? It is beginning to look that way. Stuart Stevens, former Romney senior adviser, on CNN called out Trump for running a George Wallace campaign to win over angry whites. Back on November 19, Stevens said he didn’t think GOP front-runner Donald Trump would be around as a candidate on the night of the Iowa caucuses. Does that mean he is hinting that, somehow, Trump will be “eliminated” or assassinated?

The Chicago riot gang consisted of an estimated 10,000 people, carrying banners and other items that had to cost a good deal of money. They were also well organized, which indicates that there was money behind them – the kind of money that only people like Romney has.

How desperate can Romney be to get the Republican nomination for president. How low can his man, Stuart Stevens, be to insinuate that the riot is Trump’s fault. Let’s hope that people like Stevens are caught and prosecuted for inciting public disorder and riots with their false allegations.

In addition to working to get Romney nominated a second time, Stevens has a long-time score to settle with Trump, because, in August 2013, Trump advised Christie not to use Stevens.

Trump slammed the Stevens for Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign back then and warned Chris Christie against working with him. “I don’t know Stuart Stevens from a hole in the wall. I don’t know what he looks like. But I will say this, whoever ran that campaign, that is not the person I would want running my campaign if I were running,” Trump told Greta Van Susteren on Fox News.

 Trump even tweeted at Stevens, saying he did a “horrible” job for Romney: “@stuartpstevens did a horrible job for Mitt—is a refund in order? Sadly, Stuart is a disaster!”
Now both Romney and Stevens are out to get Trump and inciting violence to do it.

Hillary Clinton FBI Indictment Cover-Up for Arms to ISIS?

President Barack Obama will meet at the White House Wednesday with Sen. Bernie Sanders.

In a statement, White House press secretary Josh Earnest described the upcoming meeting as “informal.” “The two will meet privately in the Oval Office and there will be no formal agenda.”

Receiving the dead from Benghazi

Receiving the dead from Benghazi

Our sources indicate that, at the meeting, Obama will inform Sanders that Hillary Clinton is to be indicted by the FBI.

Obama’s reason of “permitting” the indictment of Hillary Clinton may to distance himself for her in matters related to the Benghazi attack.

Obama does not want to be linked to Hillary Clinton as the Benghazi attack was staged by a State Department hired jihadist security outfit in connection with and as a cover-up for the transfer of Libya’s vast arms cache to al-Qaeda and ISIS mercenaries in Syria and Iraq.


ISIS Arrives in Singapore!

On January 20, Singapore reported that it had uncovered an ISIS jihadist terror cell made up of Bangladeshi workers. This is the first time an ISIS terror cell has been uncovered in Singapore.

According to Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs, 27 male Bangladeshi “construction workers,” were arrested under Singapore’s Internal Security Act (ISA) between Nov 16 and Dec 1, 2015.

US-Yemeni citizen Anwar al-Awlaki

US-Yemeni citizen Anwar al-Awlaki

The Bangladeshis subscribed to the teaching of radical Islamist Anwar al-Awlaki, an extremist teacher who was killed in Yemen in 2011. Anwar al-Awlaki was an American and Yemeni imam and Islamic lecturer. He was a senior recruiter and motivator and was involved in planning terrorist operations.

The Bangladeshis targeted the recruitment of other Bangladeshi nationals in Singapore and Singaporeans and avoided detection by the Singapore authorities despite regular and well-attended weekly meetings. The Bangladeshis had a significant amount of radical and jihadist related materials, including books, and videos. They also had an instruction manual with graphics on how to conduct silent stabbings in Singapore.

Several of the Bangladeshis were planning to travel to the Middle East to participate in armed jihad and were also encouraged to return to their homeland Bangladesh to wage armed jihad against their own government.

The radical Islamist Bangladeshi nationals arrested in Singapore also planned to return to Bangladesh and wage armed jihad against the Bangladeshi government.

In addition to the Bangladeshis, four Singaporeans were detained under the Internal Security Act for wanting to join ISIS.

One of the group, polytechnic student M. Arifil Azim Putra Norja’i, 20, was the first person linked to ISIS on Singapore soil. He had made plans to assassinate Singapore President Tony Tan and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. He was detained in May 2015.

The other three ISIS recruits were not said to be plotting specific attacks but had wanted to fight alongside ISIS in Syria. They were also detained.

Mideast protests ignite after Saudi Arabia beheads 47

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Since Saudi Arabia beheaded 47 people on Saturday, January 2, anger has spread throughout the Middle East.

Shia Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr was beheaded on Saturday alongside 46 other “convicts.” Nimr al-Nimr was a fervent dissident against the Sunni Muslim Saudi royal family – a capital crime in Saudi Arabia.

Later that night, protesters set fire to the Saudi Embassy in Tehran as Iranian President Hassan Rouhani condemned al-Nimr’s execution.

The split between Sunnis and Shiites dates back to the early days of Islam.

Iran accuses Saudi Arabia of supporting terrorism because it backs Syrian rebel groups including ISIS fighting with the United States to oust President Bashar Assad.

Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard said Saudi Arabia’s “medieval act of savagery” would lead to the “downfall” of the country’s monarchy.

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry said that by condemning the execution, Iran had “revealed its true face represented in support for terrorism.”

Protesters took to the streets across the region. In Bahrain, police used water cannons and fired birdshot at demonstrators, wounding some. In al-Daih, west of the capital, Shiite protesters chanted against Saudi Arabia’s ruling Sunni Al Saud family, as well as against Bahrain’s ruling Sunni Al Khalifa family. Anti-Saudi demonstrators marched in Lebanon, Turkey, India and Pakistan.

The cleric’s execution has threatened to complicate Saudi Arabia’s relationship with Iran’s Shiite-led government in Iraq, where the Saudi Embassy was preparing to reopen for the first time in nearly 25 years. On Saturday, there were calls for the embassy to be shut down again.

Authorities shot al-Nimr in the leg during the arrest, and his family said that he had been denied proper treatment for his wounds during his imprisonment—much of which was spent in solitary confinement. Meanwhile, al-Nimr’s family prepared for three days of mourning at a mosque in al-Awamiya in the kingdom’s al-Qatif region in predominantly Shiite eastern Saudi Arabia where the nation’s oil fields are located. Saudi officials informed his family that the cleric had been buried in an undisclosed cemetery, an indication that he had been severely tortured – a common practice in Saudi Arabia.

The author, John Harding, has lived and worked in Saudi Arabia for nine  years.

UK Radical Muslim Family Who Blamed Trump for Disney Travel Ban Linked to Taliban and Al Qaeda

The terrorist Facebook page with the family's address

The terrorist Facebook page with the family’s address

A Muslim British family traveling was stopped before they got on the plane. The Muslim father blamed Donald Trump’s “Muslim ban.” That was not true, a Facebook page linked to Taliban and Al Qaeda was registered to same address as British Muslim father whose Disneyland trip was blocked, not by Donald Trump, but by U.S. Homeland Security.

While they were waiting to board the plane, Mohammad Mahmood was called on the intercom and told that some of his family members would not be allowed to board. Their bags were removed from the plane and returned to them. They had to return all the duty-free goods they had purchased, and then were summarily escorted from the airport.

The U.S. authorities found a Facebook page linked to Taliban and Al Qaeda that was registered to same address as British Muslim father.

This UK Muslim family could have been on their way to bomb Disneyland.

Ignoring all the evidence that the family was linked to radical Islamic terrorists, the media was sympathetic.

CNN stated, “the kids were devastated.” “They had big tears in their eyes.”

ABC News reported that British Prime Minister David Cameron will look into claims that U.S. officials prevented the British Muslim family of 11 from flying to Disneyland for a planned holiday.

BBC reported that Mohammed Zahid Mahmood said he and his family – two brothers and their nine children – were told nothing except that they were not allowed to travel to the U.S. despite having previously obtained clearance – they claimed. He stated to BBC, “We were the only family that was of Asian, Muslim, sort of appearance, and it seemed a little bit embarrassing that only we were taken out (of the line to board).”

Notwithstanding the biased reporting of the media, Homeland Security did a great job in detecting this terrorist family.

Saudi Money Rules

Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef and UK Prime Minister David Cameron in London

Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef and UK Prime Minister David Cameron in London

The British Government has signed a secret security pact with Saudi Arabia and is now attempting to prevent its details from being made public.

Home Secretary Theresa May agreed to the so-called “memorandum of understanding” with her Saudi counter-part, Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef, during a visit to the Kingdom last year.

The Home Office kept details of her trip secret at the time and did not announce that any deal had been signed.

But following a Freedom of Information request from the Liberal Democrats it has been revealed that an agreement was made and is far wider than had been assumed.

In refusing to publish details of the agreement, the Home Office has admitted it “contains information relating to the UK’s security co-operation with Saudi Arabia” and that releasing the document “would damage the UK’s bilateral relationship” with the Kingdom and potentially damage Britain’s national security.

In February, the Kingdom adopted a new anti-terrorism law that defines terrorism as words or actions deemed by the authorities to be directly or

Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef and U.S. President Obama in Washington

Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef and U.S. President Obama in Washington

indirectly “disturbing” to public order or “destabilizing the security of society” as well as “seeking to disrupt national unity” or “engaging in atheism” or by calling for protests.

The Saudi Ministry of the Interior is also responsible for carrying out executions such as the threatened beheading of Ali Mohammed Baqir al-Nimr for taking part in anti-government protests and allegedly attacking security forces when he was 17. Mr Ali al-Nimr supporters claim he was tortured while detention. For Saudi Arabia, there is nothing wrong with this as the country follows the Wahhabi version of Islam, the same as ISIS does.

In an attempt to placate the Saudi’s concern over the matter and bow to their will, David Cameron has sent a personal message to King Salman bin Abdul Aziz bin Saud, while the Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond was dispatched to rush to Riyadh to apologize for the matter.

The bottom line is that Saudi money rules, not only in the U.S., but in the UK, as well.

Saudi money rules, and has ruled for a long time—not just in the UK, but in the  U.S., as well.

The author, John Harding, has lived and worked in Saudi Arabia for nine  years.

With Medical Tourism And Economic Growth In Mind, Doctors Launch Plessen Healthcare

ST. CROIX, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS — A group of doctors, the Plessen Medical Group LLC, has started a venture that has given rise to an all-new product in St. Croix—medical tourism.

Since St. Croix is a U.S. territory, Plessen accepts both Medicare and Medicaid along with most major insurance plans. Being part of the English speaking U.S., St. Croix offers the best, safest, most practical and economical site for U.S. medical tourism. The availability of Medicare,and Medicaid alone is a major benefit that is virtually unique to Plessen as a medical tourism site.


Plessen Healthcare’s facility, encompassing the entire lower floor of the new Government Employees’ Retirement System building, is a state-of-the-art operation with a heavy focus on eye care. The offices include a receptionist, secretary, doctors’ offices and a conference room. On the east side of the building, however, a whole new world meets the eye. There’s a waiting area where patients sit before undergoing surgery, but one could almost feel the energy in the post-operation rooms, where lively nurses work with steady confidence that relays a relaxing aura to those waiting to be operated on.

Plessen Healthcare boasts 22 employees, including a team of dedicated physicians and nurse practitioners, offering a wide range of general services and internal medicine sub-specialties dedicated to chronic disease prevention.

The firm’s CEO, Jan B. Tawakol, M.D., is a well-known surgeon from Phoenix, Arizona. According to Dr. Tawakol, the idea for what is now Plessen Healthcare was conceived four years ago, out of a need to help the Juan F. Luis Hospital (JFL) of St. Croix, during a time when it faced many challenges.

Dr. Jan B. Tawakol describing a state-of-the-art eye surgery machine.

Dr. Jan B. Tawakol describing a state-of-the-art eye surgery machine.

“The hospital, at that time, had a lot of problems,” said Dr. Tawakol, “and a number of the physicians in the hospital came together with the idea of creating a platform outside of the hospital that could be utilized, on one side, by investors to invest money in the healthcare system, and by physicians to come and use it as a facility or a platform, and therefore by the patients, who would benefit from it directly by having some services available that the hospital doesn’t provide in an outpatient setting.”

Plessen Healthcare will be working hand-in-hand with JFL on the essential front of providing care when a patient is treated at the hospital and needs continuous care—making it “easier for the hospital to discharge patients, because there’s somebody else on the outside ready to take care of them,” said. Dr. Tawakol.

Yet, the consideration of JFL was only part of a multi-pronged venture, and Dr. Tawakol described medical tourism, as having the most potential for St. Croix. For residents of St. Croix, he said, Plessen Healthcare will be a major economic benefit, as the territory loses $100 million yearly from residents who leave to pursue medical services that wer not available in St Croix, prior to the establishment of Plessen Healthcare.

In addition, Plessen Healthcare will be a great medical tourism site for those coming from mainland U.S. especially for those with Medicare and Medicaid coverage.

Dr. Tawakol stated, “Our goal is to promote St. Croix as a medical tourism destination and collaborate with Department of Tourism, with the hotels and tourism infrastructure here to make this a more pleasant and affordable destination.”

Both local and foreign investors have stakes in Plessen Healthcare. The group has built a state-of-the-art facility that incorporates the most update-to-date features, and has been inspected by the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Healthcare. AAAHC has already evaluated Plessen Healthcare on behalf of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, surveying the group on clinical operation as well as life safety—including a detailed inspection of the facility’s construction, which Dr. Tawakol revealed was built using the latest guidelines. After inspection reviews, results of which are expected anytime, CMS is expected to grant Plessen Healthcare CMS participation.

Dr. Kevin Stewart

Inside the ambulatory surgical center, there are two operating rooms and another area that holds five post-operation patients. Plessen Healthcare performs roughly 30 surgeries weekly—and growing.

The facility is built and the need is great, but “St. Croix needs more physicians” if the idea of medical tourism is to be successful, Dr. Tawakol said. He said in order to attract physicians to the territory, these doctors must be given the ability to work with inpatients and outpatients, meaning, provision should be made that gives the physicians freedom to practice at the hospital and at private practices.

“I think this is a perfect combination where we’re able to be in collaboration with the hospital, where we can attract physicians that would provide services at the hospital—that’s where we crucially need them to provide inpatient services—and some work outside as well. And this is what would attract physicians here. Not only are they looking for a combination of the two—which would see these physicians becoming of great use inside the OR of the hospitals, in intensive care and where you need additional services,” Dr. Tawakol said, his calm demeanor not successful at masking the passion for what he sees as a great opportunity for the U.S. medical tourism.


Obama’s Cover-Up for Saudi Arabia and ISIS

FBI Director, James Comey

FBI Director, James Comey

FBI Director James Comey is leading a cover-up for FBI incompetence and for Obama’s pro-Muslim policies. Comey said on Wednesday there is no evidence a married couple who killed 14 people in California this month were part of a terrorist cell.

What about their Hispanic neighbor,  Enrique Marquez, who was in on a plot with Syed Farook to kill Americans?

FBI officials have revealed that Enrique Marquez, a convert to Islam, purchased the rifles used in the San Bernardino terror attack—doesn’t that qualify as a terrorist cell. Marquez had plotted with Syed Farook in 2012 to carry out a similar attack to those that Farook and wife Tashfeen Malik carried out last week – is that not conspiracy to commit a crime?

The fact that Marquez is finally in jail is proof of at least a three-person terrorist cell—the other two being Mr. and Mrs. Farook.

In allegedly attempting to aid and abet another terrorist, Comey said that “authorities” believe Mohammed Abdulazeez, the suspect in July’s fatal shooting of four U.S. Marines and a Navy sailor in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was radicalized by militant propaganda. This is another of Comey’s apologies to Radical Islam.

“Twitter works as a way to sell books, as a way to promote movies, and it works as a way to crowdsource terrorism—to sell murder,” Comey said, passing the blame on to Twitter.

ISIS also frequently employs encrypted communications, Comey said. He renewed his calls for technology companies to avoid creating devices and services that cannot be accessed, even with a proper court order. Didn’t America crack secret codes way back in WWII? Why are they not doing that today?

Meanwhile ISIS marches on as in the southern Iraq desert they ambushed and abducted at least 26 hunters from a Qatari safari. The kidnapping victims were said to include some members of senior Qatari royalty.

Saudi Arabia Helps ISIS in Yemen

Saudi attacks were underway Wednesday along several front lines in Yemen, claiming at least 42 lives and breaking a day-old U.N.-brokered cease-fire and peace talks between the internationally recognized government and Shiite rebels taking place in Switzerland.

According to U.N. figures, the war in Yemen has killed at least 5,884 people since March, when the fighting escalated after the Saudi-led coalition began launching airstrikes targeting the rebels. So what “Saudi-led coalition” is this? It appears to be yet another Saudi backing of their Sunni Wahhabi allies—ISIS.

Nine months of war between a Saudi-led military coalition and a Yemeni rebel group have left thousands of civilians dead, has given rise to a new branch of ISIS.

Saudi Arabia Falsely Claims Pakistan, Indonesia, Lebanon and Malaysia are in its “34-country coalition”

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Defense Minister, and Deputy Crown Prince

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Defense Minister, and Deputy Crown Prince

Officials in Pakistan said Wednesday that they had not been consulted by anyone in Saudi Arabia before their nation was described as a founding member of a new, 34-country “Islamic military alliance” to fight terrorism announced late Monday night by the Saudi defense minister, Mohammed bin Salman, the 30-year-old deputy crown prince .

“This is not the first time that Saudi Arabia has named Pakistan as part of its military alliances without Islamabad’s knowledge and consent,” the Dawn correspondent Baqir Sajjad Syed reported. “The Saudis earlier named Pakistan as part of the coalition that carried out operations in Yemen and a Pakistani flag was displayed at the alliance’s media center. Pakistan later declined to join the Yemen war.”

Malaysia’s defense minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, said Tuesday that while his nation did support the Saudi effort, “there is no military commitment, but it is more of an understanding that we are together in the combat against militancy.” Malaysia was also on the list of 34 nations described as members by the Saudi government. The Malaysian official also suggested that the alliance, which was announced after prodding from Obama for Saudi Arabia to play a larger role in the fight against Islamic State militants, might have been hastily assembled. “I received a call from their defense minister two days ago,” Mr. Hussein said.

A spokesman for Indonesia’s foreign ministry clarified on Wednesday that his nation, which was described as one of 10 countries supporting but not participating in the larger alliance, was awaiting more details about the initiative before deciding whether to take part in any way.

The description of the alliance as one of “a group of Islamic states,” set up to “fight every terrorist organization,” also caused confusion in Lebanon, where a Christian minister objected, and the nation’s foreign minister and prime minister did not agree they had joined.

Saudi Arabia lacks the credibility to form any coalition

More than 2,500 Saudis have joined ISIS, according to analysts, while Tashfeen Malik, the wife of the Muslim couple who killed 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif., two weeks ago, had spent extensive time in Saudi Arabia and may have been radicalized while there.

Can Saudi Arabia truly present an alternative to ISIS ideology? For decades, it has wielded control over religious institutions yet failed to curb extremism, while spreading ultra-conservative Wahhabi Islam that has given rise to jihad and ISIS.

“There is a sense among many that ISIS is Saudi Arabia’s main ideology,” says Ebrahim Moosa, professor of Islamic Studies at Notre Dame University.
Saudi Arabia has attempted to organize Muslim states in the past. In 1969, then-King Faisal founded the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), a committee of 57 Muslim states dedicated to further Muslim causes.

The OIC has failed to oppose jihad and ISIS, as jihad is a main part of Islam. It is this very lack of an authoritative voice, free of politics that has created the ideological vacuum allowing groups like ISIS to emerge.

Obama, in defending his anti-ISIS strategy, has long called for alliance partners in the region to supply the “boots on the ground” necessary to augment American air power.

But Saudi Arabia and many of its Arabian Gulf allies such as Qatar and the UAE claim to be bogged down in Yemen. In reality, they are not going to fight ISIS, who they are now backing.

“Saudi Arabia is ISIS,” you will hear most Middle Easterners say.

The author, John Harding, has lived and worked in Saudi Arabia for nine  years.

Saudi Arabia’s coalition is a cover for ISIS

Saudi Crown Price Mohammed bin Salman and Obama

Saudi Deputy Crown Price Mohammed bin Salman and Obama

Even though Saudi Arabia said all the right things in announcing their 34-nation Islamic military coalition against terrorism, their words were only a sham.

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman said that the new coalition underscores “the Islamic world’s vigilance in fighting” the scourge of terrorism.

His words are only for show aimed at appeasing the world that after the Paris and San Bernardino attacks.

“The Saudis are under a lot of pressure, for what they’re doing in Yemen, from the accusations that they’re spreading Wahhabi ideology [i.e. ISIS ideology}, and for what they are not doing on the military side of the US-led coalition to defeat ISIS in Syria and Iraq. So I can see that this would have some propaganda value for them,” says Aaron David Miller, a former US diplomat in Middle Eastern affairs who is now a vice president at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington.

The Wahhabi interpretation of Islam began with 14th century scholar Ibn Taymiyyah, Abd al-Wahhab, who despised “the decorous, arty, tobacco smoking, hashish imbibing, drum pounding Egyptian and Ottoman nobility who traveled across Arabia to pray at Mecca.”

The present-day Saudi royal family has, for many years, have used Wahhabi teachings to control the common people of their country. However, the royal family members are not necessarily Wahhabi believers themselves.

“We already have a coalition of 65 countries engaged in the fight to defeat ISIS, and only a half dozen of those countries count and are of any practical value,” Miller adds. “So I just don’t see how a coalition of 34 very diverse Muslim countries is going to have any more than symbolic value.”

More precisely, how can Saudi Arabia, the founder and supporter of ISIS, join any coalition to defeat ISIS? ISIS is the child of Wahhabi ideology, the Saudi brand of radical Islam.

“I think [the new coalition] is more symbolic than anything. It’s a response to international criticisms that the Saudis aren’t doing enough to stop ISIS,” says Farea al-Muslimi, a specialist in Gulf and Yemeni politics at the Carnegie Endowment’s Middle East Center in Beirut, Lebanon.

Even Senator John Kasich in the December 15 Republican Presidential debate, fell for the propaganda, citing twice the Saudi coalition as a partner of the U.S. in the war against ISIS. In the same debate, Mario Rubio mentioned several times that Sunni fighters would hopefully join the U.S. in fighting ISIS. Sunni boots on the ground is highly unlikely, as the Sunnis are more apt to be for ISIS than not. Even Jeb Bush stated that we needed Arab help to defeat ISIS.

Muslim countries have acted in ways that have abetted ISIS, Muslimi says. For example, Saudi Arabia’s nine months of military intervention in Yemen has paved the way for ISIS to expand in the country’s south, he says.

“It’s an easy hitchhike for ISIS” to benefit from chaos and the breakdown in government authority in a poor country like Yemen, Muslimi says.

At a press conference in Paris, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir cited the case of Libya, where the U.S. on Hillary Clinton’s convincing of Obama to overthrow Libya’s government which plunged the country into civil war, allowing ISIS to establish in Libya what is now considered to be their second most important base of operations after Raqqa in Syria.

The Saudi 34-nation coalition is headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where it will do little or nothing. This is why the Saudis have provided scant information about the real goal of their coalition.

The US, Russia, and other powers are trying to reach a cease-fire accord and political transition plan for Syria aimed at ending the country’s nearly 5-year-old civil war. Secretary of State John Kerry was in Moscow Tuesday meeting with President Vladimir Putin, and Syria talks are to continue in New York on Friday.

What Saudi Arabia is really doing is shown by their war in Yemen against the Shiite-sect Houthis, which is much like the ISIS Saudi proxy war to unseat Shiites in Syria. In Yemen the Saudi bombings has led to an opening of southern Yemen to ISIS control, Muslimi says, “One more day of this war is 10 golden days for ISIS.”

This can be added to the Saudi’s “golden days” for ISIS in Syria, Libya, Iraq, Paris and Bakersfield, California where a Pakistani/Saudi woman murdered Americans.


The author, John Harding, lived and worked in Saudi Arabia for nine years.

Saudi Arabia trying to ruin U.S. oil business

Ali Naimi the man who is out to wreck U.S. crude oill production

Ali Naimi, the man who is out to wreck U.S. crude oill production

With non-OPEC producers like the U.S. churning out record amounts of oil, Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest exporter, has decided to lower its oil prices until it drives U.S. producers out of business.

The leader in this effort is Ali Naimi, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Petroleum. The task of destroying U.S. oil production is easy for Naimi and Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia has the lowest cost of oil production in the world, somewhere around $2.00 per barrel, for below the lowest cost of U.S. shale oil, which is around $10.00.

The mathematics is easy. If the price of crude slips even close to $10.00 per barrel or even below $30.00, the U.S. is out of business, while Saudi Arabia will be raking in a profit of at least four-hundred to five-hundred percent gross profit.

“His biggest move was the latest one of defending Saudi market share, and abandoning the OPEC swing role,” said Mohammad al-Sabban, a former adviser to Mr. Naimi.

Naimi’s move to destroy U.S. oil production was over the objections of other strong-willed OPEC ministers at last November’s meeting of OPEC, which ended in a shouting match.

Naimi has also garnered criticism both from within OPEC and outside of it.

Unfortunately, there is every reason to believe that Naimi’s abandonment of Saudi Arabia and OPEC’s role as a guardian of high oil prices will destroy U.S. oil production.

Naimi’s actions go beyond killing U.S. oil production; it helps ISIS, which is financed by the Sunnis of Saudi Arabia to defeat the Shiites of Syria.

According to a recent New York Times article, Saudi Arabia, an ISIS That Has Made It, Saudi Arabia is not only the major backer of ISIS, it is the founder of ISIS. This is common knowledge in the Middle East. President Obama somehow includes Saudi Arabia and other gulf states in his 65-country coalition, even though he knows that ISIS will not fight ISIS.

Naimi was born in Saudi Arabia, just as oil was discovered there. He got his start in the oil business when he became an errand boy at Aramco at the age of 12 in 1947. Thanks to Aramco, Naimi studied in the U.S. and then rejoined the company, marching quickly through the ranks of what became known as Saudi Aramco. He became president in 1984 and chief executive officer in 1988. He was named oil minister in 1995 by Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. I knew Naimi when I worked for Aramco in the late ’70s. Then, he was a small, quiet, mild-mannered fellow. Naimi and I even had a class together at Aramco, where he pointed out to me that even though Saudi sheep look like goats, they are actually sheep.

To me, Naimi seemed like a nice guy – then.

The author, John Harding, lived and worked in Saudi Arabia for nine years.