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Saudi King Is Said to Have Successful Gallbladder Surgery
"Moving onto Saudi Arabia. King Salman is spending some time in the hospital there this week Saudi state media report he had surgery to remove his gallbladder, and it was successful nothing life threatening, but whenever an eighty four year old national leader is hospitalized for whatever reason it raises questions for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Those questions about what a possible succession might look like the World Sharon Jafari reports the modern day kingdom of Saudi. Arabia was founded in one, thousand, nine, hundred, thirty, two, and since. Since, then it's been ruled by the same royal family succession has mostly gone from father to son or brother to brother eighty four year old King Solomon took over from his brother into fifteen. Joseph Russell was the US ambassador to Saudi Arabia back then. Oh, yes, I got to know him very while this describes Kim Samoan as educated Matt. It says the king loves to read to his grandchildren so whenever he went back to New York while says he would buy books as gifts for some on. In the old culture of Saudi culture books never had pictures. That's because the ultra conservatives in the kingdom considered images to be un-islamic, so made sure I brought books a lot pictures. One time was false, as he brought by another bound copy of one thousand and One Nights, a collection of middle. Eastern folktales, and the king loved it. At the opportunity to work with online, I grew very fond of him, but while Kingston Mon- might be the most powerful official in Saudi Arabia. It's his son. Crown Prince Mohammad Bin, Salman who runs the kingdom on a day to day basis. NBS known is next in line to the throne. Nowadays, the process of succession is overseen by a special group of authorities yes-men. Faruk is with Carnegie in. For International, peace in Washington, the previous king had established what they call the allegiance council, which is basically a counseled from the surviving sons of the funder for NPS to become kings. She says this council would initiate a process for members of the royal family to pledge allegiance to the new king, but right now there's a problem. The Allegiance Council doesn't have had the last one died, and I think the position has been vacant for over two years now and one member at least of the allegiance council is under arrest Prince Amit faulk says NBA has been controversial figure since they want his made it his mission to consolidate power and supply line any potential competitor. Nabil Nura an expert on Gulf affairs says MP's has arrested an intimidate viable members of the royal family also rounded up hundreds of businessmen and activists. He was to show that he is the guy for the position, and he wants to make sure that there are no challenges in his way to the throne occupied. Was it all after. that. The king went to the hospital state TV showed him holding a cabinet meeting from there. That's to show that the king is alive and well, and still in charge, but nobody says it's an open secret that MBA's is actively pushing to become king while his father is still around. Why well a number of things one of them is related to the US actually Hamad bin. Salman wants to make sure that he ascends the throne while president. Trump is personally that states trump has been supportive of the crown. Prince says it's not clear if joe. Biden would do the same besides the American election does also the G. Twenty summit in November. It could be a critical moment for MBA's to show that he is in charge. And some people from the Royal Family might not be happy with Hamad bin Salman, being king, so hammered. This might ascend the throne while his father is still alive to make sure that everything goes smoothly. So where does all this leave the US? Saudi relations Yes menfolk says NBA is a controversial figure in Washington DC. She says it's not internal policies that have raised eyebrows NBA has has been the war in Yemen and according to the CIA or did. Did the kidding of Washington Post columnist Jamal and unfortunately like many things inside Washington there is polarization and the debate is very much politicized, but let me tell you that the concern, the uncertainty about the rule of Mohammad Bin, Salman is certainly bipartisan. People differ on what to do about it, folks. Some things have not changed Saudi Arabia remains a key player in the global oil market and president. Trump has boasted about selling weapons to the king. Now with the possibility of political transition in both countries on the horizon, there are big questions about the future of the relationship between the two longtime allies.
"nbs" Discussed on Scoop B Radio | #SCOOPBRADIO | Brandon Robinson
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Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, backed by the king, moves for absolute power
"It is easy to forget that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz. Al Sowed is not actually technically ruler of Saudi Arabia. That title belongs formerly to his elderly Father King Salman however since his appointment as crown prince in two thousand seventeen. It has been widely understood that. Nbs often known is the heir designate. Power behind the throne and at the age of thirty four very much the future of Saudi Arabia in this unofficial role mb has furnished considerable cause for concern he has overseen a terrible onslaught against Yemen and a blockade of Qatar. Neither of which appear to have accomplished much. He has interred dozens of his fellow royalty. For a time in a Ritz hotel and more or less kidnapped the prime minister of Lebanon perhaps most infamously. Nbs is widely supposed responsible for the murder of Washington. Post columnist. Jamal Khashoggi even by those standards. This week's palace intrigue in Riyadh is remarkable. Several members of the court appear to have been arrested at MBA's instruction including one of his uncles and one of his cousins dozens more army officers and civil servants are also reported to have been rounded up east this NBA swatting a coup. D'etat conducting one of his own. If he does manage to reach the throne when King Solomon's time comes. What does he want to do with it and is in BS? Perhaps not quite the Mariah Carey loving modernizer. He would have us believe. This is the foreign desk when you bring in Mariah Carey and all these singers and pay them views amount of money but you do not have an any universities anyplace to learn music. There is no department in any Saudi university to learn. Play ride to a drama making this these other forms that you should look for. And whether this massive youth constituency what she has to some extent manage to bring behind him is still behind him in five years time because young people need to get jobs. They need to be able to get married. They can't subsistence promises forever. So I think Basch is going to be the key determinant his credibility rather than some of the things that I looked with more interested in the book. We must remember that. Donald Trump has given unequivocal support. D'amato Vince on who is heavily implicated in the killing of the journalist. Jamal Hasha he. Trump has had his back on that one and I think as as long as trump remains in power that this relationship will continue quite strongly. You're listening to the foreign desk. I'm Andrew Miller on today show. I'm joined by Ali Al Ahmed and Laura James Ali. Ahmed is a Saudi Scala. The Institute for Gulf Affairs joins us from Washington DC. Laura James is senior Middle East analyst at the Global Advisory Firm Oxford Analytica Ali. Al Start with you and I'll start with well it's not always an easy question to answer with Saudi Arabia's concerned which is the the pretty basic one of as far as we know what has been going on this week Mohammed bin Salman the heir apparent of King. Solomon who has a lot of political ambitions obviously has members of the ruling family who are his rivals and they do not want to see him become king if they would like to see him ousted some just by talking and some by plotting so what has happened is Hamad discernment is extremely insecure about that and he took measures to stop any attempt to remove him. We have two groups here those who are talking and then the sort of speaking ill of Like his uncle Ahmad but Abdelaziz who who thinks that he has better in terms of becoming king and you have his cousin especially the younger ones who rallied around the his main rival. Hamad bin naive to try to dislodge him for power by by force even and that is why we have seen these steps of arrest and monitoring hundreds of members on family who are eyeing the throne Laura to bring you in his they one fundamental thing looking behind this extraordinary shakespeare in intrigue. Is it a reasonable assumption that MBBS is trying to nail down his future in anticipation that King Mohammed who is eighty four years old and not in good health? Con- last forever. I think he's done really since he became Crown Princeton before has been based on that assumption. It's been about shoring up his position within the family and I think if when his father succeeded nobody would have predicted that he could have done it. This effectively. He is essentially unchallenged. Do we understand. If the differences between the rival factions are actually political or is this basically a more atavistic. Instinctual family feud. I'm not sure that you can draw the distinction very clearly in Saudi Arabia between family in politics the two very much Banda with each other. I would say one difference between Mohammed bin Salman. His rivals is that he thinks that the anyway food. Saudi Arabia is essentially for one person to be in clear charging for that person to him whereas some of the people who oppose him wants to get back to a more consensual style family managed rule and Schering of resources and consensus in enslave change whereas if a political as well family reasons bin Salman says no that model work for Saudi Arabia. Dunga all these possible to be clear on rich factions of the house of sowed supporting. Nbs this point. Does he actually have the numbers? I think? So the most important in Saudi government and the ruling. Saudi Arabia is not even the ruling family anymore. It was about power previously. The model like Laura speaking about the there were centers of power at King. Abdullah had the national guard was his own militia guns so he can force his His agenda and his position and so on the delayed crown prince was also minister of defense so he had the army under his control so he can push his agenda and most importantly then the ministry of the interior with late conference knife had the interior ministry. Which has the largest number of security personnel and across the country and so he can use that to push himself to the throne in all of these people reach the throne. Some some did some died before they they got to to become king now all of these powers the Army National Guard and the Interior Ministry has been gutted and removed. Everything that's powerful about. It has been moved to something called the State Security Agency and the control of bin Salman so our bin Salman controls all the military and security apparatus in the country. So who is his real challenge? No one they can speak. They can talk about. They cannot do very much. There are members of the family who want to see him out. This is not strange to the Saudi ruling family King Faysal was shot and killed by his own nephew. King Salad was overthrown by his brothers. And also there was an assassination attempt on his life after he was deposed and expelled. This is nothing new in the history of the family so I expect to see some harsh measures against some of those younger princess like Nawaf bin Ni- F- Who was arrested and Mohammed bin? Naif who is basically the boss the boss of this of this of these people because he has the best chance in rivaling Ahmed bin Salman let us remember. It was the Obama Administration C. i. a. A and Obama who brought Hamad Knife as the future king and gave him a lot of accolades And supported him and tell trump came and push 'em B. S. INSTEAD AND MR. I'm mad but was pushed out and he still. Mr Benign has a lot of support in Washington in day democratic side. So that was the fear that MBBS had Laura how much might MB S.'s? Stature in court or credibility in the court of being damaged by his own somewhat petulant impulsive behavior over the years whether that's launching this war in Yemen his involvement? In the murder of Jamal Khashoggi would there be a concern in the rest of the court that he might be quite the loose cannon concerns among some parts of the ruling family and very strong concerns internationally. I think there are two distinct issues. One is about foreign policy mistakes. And as you've said in terms of Yemen in terms of Qatar in terms of the confrontation with Iran and particularly in Lebanon. It seemed that. His foreign policy initiatives haven't worked very well. I think within the country that's less important like the Ritz Carlton and this latest. Crackdown are actually less important than the nuts and bolts of vision twenty thirty which is his transformation plan so Mohammed bin Salman has stepped forward and said we know we need to change. The oil is going to run out. We've got to move into a new era. Diversify the economy. Be ready for this. Get Jokes Young People Change Society? I need a huge amounts woods that intensive transforming the way in which Saudi Arabia
Filmmaker Barry Levinson on Ukraine scandal
"We have an email from Oscar winning director and screenwriter. Barry Levinson. Who writes if this hearing was a fictional oh piece of material it would be presented in a totally different manner? One of the democratic players would ask this question. How is it possible? That president trump was looking into corruption in in Ukraine. Suddenly he is crimefighter has the president has has the president ever tried to end corruption anywhere at any time in his his life over the years he's been found guilty of stealing from his own charity. Also the president has been found guilty of running fake university and stealing money from people who believed in him. The president has paid off women because of his sexual aggressive behavior. Now out of the blue. He wants to clean up corruption in Ukraine not Russia where Putin has killed off opposition players poisoning them in far off countries. President trump has no real problem with the Saudi prince. NBS having his butcher's chop up a Washington Post Post reporter not a real problem or turkeys aggression against Kurds not a big problem but the Ukraine is corrupt. That needs to change. Are we supposed to believe this. Donald Trump wants to clean up corruption. Starting with Biden's son. In Ukraine the Democrats have not yet emphasized this absurdity at the center of the Republican defensive. Donald Trump might that moment. Come in the house. Judiciary Committee impeachment hearings or art in the impeachment trial in the United States. Senate we are joined now by one of the jurors in the possible impeachment trial of Donald J trump if he is impeached by the House of Representatives. Senator Amy Klobuchar is a Democrat from Minnesota and member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. She is also a candidate for president of the United States. Senator and it's because you're candidate for President United States Florida. I believe you have all you already have the strength but have built up the strength to deal with the kind of frustration. Australian that Barry Levinson is feeling and people all over the country my feeling about this movie person. He knows that truth has become stranger than fiction. I think makes that point. The second thing yesterday member is you can't that long of a question would take your time. The third thing is I think that Adam Schiff I was trying to focus and did a very good job of this on what was in front of him and I think these arguments will be made later but remember this phase of this was gathering offering me evidence from career diplomats career military. I will never forget. Seeing Fiona Hill today I saw snippets of it of course and just her STOIC STOIC nature and the thought of her my favorite story that I read today about her was when she was a little girl in school and some boy behind her set her pigtails on fire and she doused it out with their own hands there. She was and she was focused on what was before her. And that was what Russia did the Ukraine didn't do and I learned from going to Ukraine twice now and once with Senator McCain and Graham I mean Russia tried to influence as as we know in a big way Ukrainian elections they put up a puppet and not only that they invaded their country an annex Crimea so this this thought that it was Ukraine that was the bad actor is absurd and I was really glad that you pointed this out. It's not to say they don't have problems in their country with corruption option but I loved how she explained today that for the president corruption in this case was code word for going after getting dirt on by I they had a different introduction for this segment tonight until I got this email just minutes before the show and what what I thought it captured was the kind of viewer frustration. That there is out. They're in watching this and just to clarify we know that in a courtroom. That wouldn't be admissible if if Donald Trump is on trial for ex. You couldn't bring up all these other things you know that. Art The About his life but this is a different arena. Would we hear something like that said for example in the Judiciary Committee when they're considering impeachment or could that be said that kind of thing be said in the Senate impeachment trial. This is example of evidence because the fact that In this case he was allegedly that corruption crimefighter and when you have other countries and other things that happened including the murder of journalists Jamal Kashogi he showed no care Really absurd relevant. I would think it would be but I think again a lot of this is going to depend pen and what our Republican colleagues do and this is their moment to decide. Are they going to put their country first or not. What would your reaction to Mitt Romney Susan Collins and others having lunch with the president today it disappoints me It's legal or anything like that. I could see if they were going over there on a major issue. That of course would be fine but instead this is what's happening and I just hope that they listened to the evidence and that they remember what this is really about. It's putting private interest partisan interests in front of our
Will Sudan's Transition to Democracy Succeed?
"Welcome to background briefing. Steve out. Thanks very much. And there was a massacre of the pro democracy. Protesters in Sudan's, capital, Khartoum. The capital is effectively locked down by the Jonjo. We'd militia is lead a committee appears to be the power behind. And the scenes here and trying to turn back the aspirations of the people who managed to oust the long time dictator Bashir, but it does appear that their chances of succeeding against the kind of brutality that the judge away to famous four particularly in the massacres I that they conducted enough or with the Saudi Arabians with CNA chipped. And with the Maradas backing the military and the judge. Wade, what's your sense, whether people power can prevail? I I've been terribly impressed in in moved over six months, so power people power, and I guess we have to say it isn't inexhaustible. They've particularly in the this, so called Muslim generals and dictators, so forth, have really desecrated the holy month of Ramadan for the population by killing people. And now making a complete farce of the, the, the holiday at the end of of fasting month. I really think they'll stop at nothing to continue with this can only call an another cool and Dan, and that they don't have much of an intention to turnover power. And particularly when they say that they wouldn't have elections and nine months. That's that's ridiculous. Really giving what they've they linked. They've gone so far to make sure elections wouldn't take place. In twenty twenty in the first place, and now to imagine there's staging elections and nine months is kind of beyond belief. Well, what I find beyond belief is that this relationship between President Trump and his son in law, Jared Kushner with MBC in the Emirates, and m BS, the Saudi Crown prince, in many ways, it was set up by this character. George Neda has just been arrested in at JFK airport on charges of having child pornography. He's a cake guy and setting up that relationship, and that seems to be at the heart of it. We have a president Scholley in Donald Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who just simply don't care about the brutality of these people that they so unswervingly support. I mean, if you can still support Ben Salman off to the murder okay? Shoghi then you pretty shameless. Scholley. Oh my goodness. Yes. That, that without question. Yeah. So what can be done. The people in the US government show to the White House that can make some kind of stand for democracy. I guess the signs do point to the lower echelons, including the assistant secretary of state for making some pretty strong statements, and, and courage ING, or really condemning the military crackdown in the death of the protesters, and so forth. But I guess I wouldn't be surprised about the next step was to try to get in some sort of particularly African Union force to supervise some sort of oversight of, of peace talks of some nature. It's hard to imagine what they look like at this point. But that seems to be the usual pattern that the, the African Union is called into to Elise oversee these things if not bring. To some successful conclusion anyway, the next step. And again, I'm speaking with state. How is a professor says director for graduate studies at the high University School of media knots studies a sociologist, by training is work focuses on social change in Africa and social movements in the Muslim world, a just recently returned from sedan where he was visiting professor at the university for women. He's the author sedan scenes from youthful uprising and he's forthcoming book as we have mood on the path of the prophet and unsettled times. But at this point, you've got the John, Joey militia locking down the capital cartoon killing people indiscriminately and they pay to be doing. So at the behest of the military council, led by general relative Burhan. So once these guys back in the saddle and prepared to be that ruthless. Then not lucky to invite the African Union INA. They. No. Although they do have all kinds of amazing global connections in that they were brought to life after the four prices by the European Union, believe it or not, which gave to Dan, all kinds of money to make sure that migrants wouldn't cross through Sudan, into Egypt into the onto the Mediterranean in Europe. And, and the again, government gave all that money to strengthen the Jeonju, we then rename them as this rapid, deployment for to protect sue do monitor the borders, while these are the people who are now murdering protesters and compliments of the European Union. So what do you know about the John Wayne leader, heavy? I mean, how much does the military council control him? Well, you know. It's a, it's a very interesting issue, because of I'll be curious to see how it get because of really kind of rampant Sudanese racism that the people control the country, every administration, whether military or civilian since independence, have been people from the Nile valley, people from north of Kotome or itself, and vodka of someone from the four or being coming. Head of the government is, it's really hard to imagine given the way that people from the central part of the country look down on, on the Dr four people, and of course, the, the south side as well. Right. It's this is a rice between. What would you say between African looking people and Arab looking people? Is that is that the dot? Katameya and I'd say when you say Africa looking are looking, I think, for the most part from the outside perspective, it's hard to tell the difference among among the Sudanese, but it but they know who comes from where, and there that the, the central Sudanese, I, I love them dearly, but they're, they're kind of remarkable races to about the, the marginalized ethnic groups outside of the central part of the country. So they and they and they've marginalize them in terms of education, and social stature, and so horse. So they have much chance to rise up in this society through the military and is considered one of these dock skinned people. Right. I see that might limit is political horizons. What about that? As soon as professional association. That's been spearheading these protests. Do you think that simply that's going to be decimated, by the, by the Jonjo Wade, or do they have what kind of international today have I it's, it's strictly lip service to the to the to the greatest extent. I mean dot getting financial bagging. But they're certainly noble. Well, trained educated that gated peace loving good Muslim people, but without any arms at their disposal. And then, you know and they dot gonna take up arms. That's not their intention. And so, I think my guess is that they would just sort of fade into the background and, and another frustrated sort of, you know, giving up on democracy for now, kind of thing if. If things get more violent that would be my estimate. Well, is there any way to shame the Saudis agency and the Maradas who without their support this? Of course, if the US would would ravers rattle some sabres and, and make some noise about this and condemn what they all are up to. But, you know that's not gonna happen with the Trump governments. They're, they're very cozy with the leader of the Emirates and, and with these e and with, and the S and so forth, so that, that I can't see that happening. That would be astonishing and very significant but doesn't seem like we're going to intervene in that way. Unless I must we get some further public uproar in this country about it. And so I appreciate your talking about well just in closing then. These reactionary leaders liked CC, NBS NBC manage to roll back the clock in Egypt's, 'cause flirtation with the Arab spring, and in general, and if they succeed in, in Sudan. Crushing the democratic aspirations of Sudanese people. It doesn't say much for that raisins hopes for now democracy, doesn't even though you know, political Islam is being promoted by the Qataris seems to be alive, but not able to stand up to this reactionary SUNY kings and military generals, Lexi, right? I mean, the whole world is becoming very Trump like and it needs to end. So. State. How I think very much for joining us. Oh my pleasure. Thanks for calling me. And again, I'm speaking with Steve, how is professor and director for graduate studies at the high University School of media arts and studies associates by training. His work focuses on social change in Africa and social movements in the Muslim world. He just recently returned from Sudan where he was visiting professor at the university for women, and he's the author sedan scenes from youthful uprising and he's forthcoming book, as we have my mood on the path of the prophet in unsettled
Torture report shows progress in Afghanistan, but much more needed
"We'll have to be some measures taken by the government to address torture. We are seeing some Pennzoil impacts of the steps taken by the government over the last two years. But while it's good to see that. There's some progress the oval big as will torture and treatment of conflict related detainees. Still disturbingly high in the sense that one insert sorry to interrupt. But in the sense that one in three detainees six hundred plus detainees who you? Nominate contacted the UN mission in Afghanistan. One in three say, they tortured in what way would they tortured, please they were tortured principally by beachings mainly by eating with hikes in payables, including on the feet, which is very painful, but doesn't leave any mocks now in some pick your location, they were all other forms of kickback even more serious including with. Electric shocks is expensive from ceilings very hot to stress positions for extended. Periods of time. Pulling genitals reported threats of death and other forms of sexual violence. And also, a very common form in particular. Locations in panda included being suffocated, eighty the tactic digested ahead or your Walser for throats, and one common form was be covered by a blanket people sitting on Thursday and back and being also maintains except potatoes, especially the okay, so that sounds absolutely horrific. And yet, you NAMA is saying along with the office of the high commission of human rights that this is an improvement since the last report, which I think was in two thousand sixteen and do you? I started reporting on this in two thousand ten in the previous record. And if report it quite right thing debut stock and plenty time. Time is actually being some improvement in that it's disturbing wanting three and keep the down. However from thirty nine percent four out of ten in the previous two years ago. And the that in in twenty eighty there was some progress in the among those into twenty eighteen twenty seven to say because the real treatment. So yeah, I think how headline is that some progress is very long way to go. There was also at the normative and the negatives. If no in that in twenty eighteen Afghanistan exceeded the optional protocol eventually they'd still and that these why because today seventeenth today because one year since the optional protocol was exceeded to near encouraging Afghanistan too. Establish a national preventive mechanism as they're required to do. So can I just jump in Richard just to us? What is the state's ability and capacity to actually help improve this, obviously, there's a willingness to do. So, but how capable is it of actually achieving what it needs to? Yeah. All post anti-drug commissioned nationally ups yet eight legislative began store Jerry metro check, nor so they became being Orage taking some sticks at a high level it needs to do more. And they have been training have been establishment of mechanisms you've been the key agencies responsible for torture, including bagels and ESPN. She's been candidates agency, the police and the military, so they're awesome steps in the right direction to develop capacity, we have found however that what we call key procedural and other legal safeguards that'd be Parke's often failing to uphold them lose, for example, access to lawyers. I contacted the family medical screen and information of rights for detainees as well. Proper investigations to follow up when are complaints. Go turn treatment buying the perpetrators held to account or if they are the measures. They can be such serious such an serious crime, very light. And that victims are really told about progress or up of cases, which remain mainly opaque. Can I also just ask and sorta to interrupt about accountability? Because it doesn't sound like what it was certainly one of the features of the report and High Commissioner of human rights. Michelle Bachelet said there must be accountability. Otherwise, this kind of thing will never stop. But that's not particularly new messages it. So what are your main hopes having released this fifth report? A main hopes that the commitments made the normal given negative level internationally domestically actually in. Lamented in practice 'cause you're not seen enough of that yet. We we have seen some signs of accountability. Would apparently Trump people removed from positions, according to the government response to the report, but be seeing very little if any serious investigations or prosecutions still carry now a crime in this country, but many fits me to take him on accountability. At the criminal Justice never would also found that nearly all of the Chinese the report for chapter saying that the total ill-treatment stops. Once they confessed. And this kind of culture is very concerning. Confessions obtained done before share essentially worthless. And they are illegally excluded as evidence in court. And so that is another thing. Yeah. Much change needs to take place needed to use torture to obtain a confession do. Those who are perpetrating these abuses actually realized that is it a case of educating everyone in detention centers that it just went hold water in a court of law. It connected, and I think you're right -education training are absolutely necessary. That has been among standing practice of using torture to the pain confessions, and I think that making that issues unacceptable amigo country to the penal code. They have better results. I think we are starting to see better results in twenty eighteen particularly with the intelligence of the NBS and note that they have new UCF introduced better training and policies on torture. Yeah.
"nbs" Discussed on Skimm This
"Not to come to the inclusion that this was orchestrated and organized by people in under the command of NBS, and that he was intricately involved in the demise of Mr. kashogi on Thursday. The house approved a Senate Bill to end US assistance of the Saudi led war in Yemen. It's a rebuke of President Trump's foreign policy related to Saudi Arabia. President Trump consider Saudi Arabia to be a key Middle East ally. The Saudis have been a reliable buyer of US weapons for things like the war in Yemen. And like we said NBS and the president's son-in-law Jared Kushner are kind of BFF's just in February Kushner went to Saudi Arabia to persuade NBS to sign onto his Middle East peace plan. And according to recent reports, the Trump administration recently and secretly authorized companies to sell nuclear power technology and support to Saudi Arabia. Members of congress are worried that this could lead to a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, which would make Saudi Arabia, even more powerful. So what's the scam on a global level? The international community has been pretty pissed about all of this last month. Thirty six countries on the UN Human Rights Council. Voted to rebuke Saudi Arabia over the treatment of those women activists and to demand. They're released in the US congress Baring its teeth by saying we're done. That's why this vote yesterday was such a big deal. It's the latest example of how a bipartisan majority of US lawmakers aren't interested in helping Saudi Arabia anymore because of human rights abuses, because of things like the murder of kashogi, President Trump has to decide whether he will agree to back away from MB S or whether he'll shrug his shoulders at congress and veto. They're both. It would be the second veto of his entire presidency. In the meantime, one of the world's most famous asylum-seekers is maybe about to get a victim. And he's got bigger worries than getting his deposit back that stories next. So clearly there's a lot going on in the world. You know, what else is going on taxes? Yup. Tax season is in full swing. But f y it's not a season that you can just write off agent.
Saudi Crown Prince Promises $20 Billion in Investments for Pakistan
"Saudi Arabia's controversial. Crown prince is receiving an honor from Pakistan Mohammed bin Salman, who has been caught in the controversy over the murder of journalist Jamal kashogi is in Pakistan for the first stop in at three nation tour while in Pakistan, he will be awarded the highest civilian honour possible. The order of Pakistan, the honor comes after the crown prince signed a twenty billion dollar investment deal with the Pakistani government NBS will also visit India and China
Saudi Crown Prince Promises $20 Billion in Investments for Pakistan
"News Radio Saudi Arabia's controversial crown prince's receiving an honor from Pakistan Mohammed bin Salman, who has been caught in the controversy over the murder of journalist Jamal kashogi is in Pakistan for the first stop in at three nation tour while in Pakistan, he will be awarded the highest civilian honour possible. The order of Pakistan, the honor comes after the crown prince signed a twenty billion dollar investment deal with the Pakistani government NBS will also visit India and
Trump says he stands by Saudi prince
"To the suspect. President Trump once again standing by a Saudi leader Trump telling Reuters that Saudi Crown prince Mohammad bin Salman or m b s is that country's leader. And they've been a good ally. When asked if that means he's standing by NBS, the president said quote. Well, at the moment, it certainly does the president's biggest supporters, including Senator Lindsey Graham says there is euro question the Saudi prince order journalists Jamal
The Wooing of Jared Kushner: How the Saudis Got a Friend in the White House
"That why is he talking privately with the prince when national Security Council staff are supposed to sit in on all communications with foreign leaders. Well, because he's Trump's prince and he is not beholden to the rules. The laws the traditions of the United States of America because he's Jared Kushner, this is really I gotta tell you. This is really scary Kushner and NBS reportedly have informal one on one chats and text conversations are on the first thing basis. But this is the part that really frightens me those in Saudi Arabia. No, they are toying with a naive, man. A man in over his head. Check this out. Of course, this makes them susceptible to the manipulation. Of their government. This is according to three former senior American officials. The exchanges between Kirschner an MBA s continued even after the killing of dramatic kashogi. He was ambushed dismembered by Saudi agents. Supposedly Jared advise him how to weather the storm. So nuts to me. 'cause Jared wants the money. This is what he wants they want this relationship. Why is Jared Kushner having one on one conversations with the Princess Saudi Arabia after the killing a anytime. Why is he having this problem? Why aren't there people who know and have international experience? Why aren't they listening in? Why aren't they part of this does not frighten you this is not frighten? You the Jared Kushner has this kind of power in the United States of America. It scares the crap outta me. Four one five eight eight eight one zero. They know they're manipulating him. They know it. They say that Kushner became the prince's most important defender inside the White House is according to a New York Times article that just came out, but the ties between Kushner and prince Muhammad did not happen on their own. Oh, no. They didn't the prince and his advisors eager eager to enlist American support for the Princess hawkish policies in the region and for his own consolidation of power cultivated the relationship with Kushner for more than two years, according to documents emails and text messages reviewed by the New York Times. And the here's a couple of really fascinating things a delegation of Saudis, close to the prince visited the US as early as the month. Trump was elected these recordings documents obtained by the New York Times the Saudis returned home with a report identifying Kushner as crucial focal point in the courtship of the new administration. He brought to the job scant knowledge about the region. A transaction. Mindset and an intense focus on reaching a deal with the Palestinians that met. Israel's demands this is what the delegation noted upon their return home, even before then before the inauguration, the Saudis were trying to position themselves as essential allies who could help the Trump administration fulfil its campaign pledges in addition to offering to help resolve the dispute between Israel and the Palestinians the Saudis offered hundreds of billions of dollars in deals to buy American weapons and invest in American infrastructure. Now, they go on is what the Saudis had to say. The inner circle is predominantly. They're talking about the White House into circle the inner circle
OPEC talks stall as Saudis refuse to exempt Iran from oil cut
"On this that the Russians is what they're more concerned about consumer prices that don't want to count because the don't want prices to increase domestically too much. Yeah. That's right. And it's very hard also to get the Russian oil companies onboard. But Russia well price in roubles is doing much better than we we've seen dollars. So they, of course, they want dodgy trickle down and. Energy minister Novak reiterated this thing there. Okay. At sixty dollars a barrel naturally are trading. Now. It's Russia doing another cut is not as imperative is possibly some of the other OPEC group, especially without the INS says next year the budget oil only seventy five dollars a barrel to balance cut Borussia is a little bit less of a concern urgency. But one thing is for sure that they saw to President Putin happened in two thousand sixteen Putin and Saudi counterpart NBS had a phone conversation. So could potentially come down to that again today. Do the Saudis consider possibly cutting themselves. I mean, they could single handedly control the market if they wanted to. They want everyone to have exemption, and they weren't everyone should know exemptions. So yes, of course, if there is a deal, they will be the wants to cut, but. Colorado fought I said on the way that you twenty over Nigeria Emmanuel catch it. And he said they will not bear the burden in two thousand sixteen. They did that's what makes it very different overwhelming. Traders are telling me walking a very fine line. It's very difficult for them to cut alone into five President Trump's call for oil prices after the White House has shown significant support for the crown prince following the fallout of the killing of democracy. Odin turkey. Thank you very much. Yeah. The Iranians, of course, aren't getting around exemptions. And it seems overhearing hearing from even within OPEC either within the cartel themselves that talking about how each of them has their own reason for maybe not participating fully in the council. We will see what transpires today in Vienna. Bloomberg's Ameri Holden standing by for us in the NFL. Then all right straight ahead on daybreak Europe.
"nbs" Discussed on KGO 810
"That the crown France NBS ordered the killing monitor detailing know, exactly what was happening planned it in advance. Hey, if he was in front of a jury he would be convicted in thirty minutes. Guilty corker says a colleague corrected him saying it would take a jury only twenty minutes. Corker says senators are working to blend several proposals into one piece of legislation that could get bipartisan support, and he promised it will have teeth. President Trump has downplayed the CIA assessment of the crown prince's alleged role saying maybe he did. And maybe he didn't the president has stressed the importance of Saudi weapons purchases and its ability to be a check on Iran. Senator Marco Rubio says there has to be pushed back having warned the administration needs to realize that the US risks its credibility when it comes to human rights, if Saudi Arabia isn't punished it is my view that they are trying to preserve from realistic perspective the importance of the Saudi US alliance, which I agree with it is a critical one. But all alliances are buffers. All alliances have limits and the crown prince will. Continue to test the limits of this alliance until those limits are clearly set should the Senate approved measure curtailing US military support and suspend arms sales. It would be a rebuke of both the kingdom and the president senators are working to reach an agreement on what kind of amendments could be proposed. If they cannot it would create a situation where any amendments, including those unrelated to Saudi Arabia could be considered something the leadership wants to avoid with time winding down in this congress. Jerry bowed lender. Tide..
"nbs" Discussed on 850 WFTL
"Mind that the crown France NBS ordered to killing monitor detailing. Know exactly what was happening planned it in advance. If he was in front of a jury he would be convicted in thirty minutes. Guilty. President Trump has downplayed the CIA assessment of the crown prince's alleged role saying maybe he did. And maybe he didn't the president has stressed the importance of Saudi weapons purchases and its ability to be a check on Iran. Senator Marco Rubio says there has to be pushed back having warned the administration needs to realize that the US risks its credibility when it comes to human rights, if Saudi Arabia isn't punished it is my view that they are trying to preserve from realistic perspective the importance of the Saudi US alliance, which I agree with it is a critical one. But all alliances buffers all alliances have limits and the crown prince will continue to test the limits of this alliance until those limits are clearly set should the Senate approval measure curtailing, US military support and suspend arms sales. It would be a rebuke of both the kingdom and the president senators are working to reach an agreement on what kind of amendments could be proposed. If they cannot it would create a. Situation where any amendments, including those unrelated to Saudi Arabia could be considered something the leadership wants to avoid with time winding down in this congress, Jerry bowed lender. Washington in sports, the Golden State Warriors easily won a rematch of last season's NBA finals against the Cleveland. Cavaliers who are without LeBron James this time Steph curry drained nine three pointers in scored forty two points to lead the warriors to one twenty nine one zero five victory over the Cavs curry scored nine points in less than a minute in the fourth quarter..
U.S. senators conclude the Saudi crown prince ordered journalist’s killing
"To do with the death of journalist Jamal kashogi. In fact, Senator Lindsey Graham yesterday said there wasn't a smoking gun. There's a smoking saw. But that almost directly contradicts what the president had been saying. Yeah, that's right. A pretty. A remarkable moment on Capitol Hill yesterday. CIA briefing for select group of senators with director Gina apple after weeks really of them demanding answers from the administration. A what we know about involvement of Saudi Crown prince Mohammad bin soman in this murder plot. They finally got some answers that small group of senators, and when they walked out of the briefing, they seem to be more furious than they were going into it. And then talking about just Democrats as you said Republicans allies of the president like Lindsey Graham saying that you'd have to be willfully blind to not come to the conclusion that NBS with intricately involved in this plot as you said that directly contradicts not the president. But his top advisors, Mike Pompeo secretary of state teams Mattis the Defense Secretary, and it really set a showdown between congress and the administration over what to do next with a relationship in Saudi Arabia. Well, before we even get into that going back to Mike Pompeo when he came out last week and made a statement or lack thereof. There was not. Steve that was made when it wasn't the CIA director Gina hospital a lot of people scratch their heads like, hey, wait a minute. Which isn't she? The beep be the one who's giving us all the information shouldn't her department be the one who's giving us this in. And it was just strange that. She wasn't the lead on that that it was Pompeii. Oh, and then he was so sort of cagey about everything. Yeah. Exactly. And then there were some reports at the White House should actually held Gina hassle back from going to deny that. Official beer telling me that hassle chose not to go, and it could be a little bit of both ending hassle. Probably didn't wanna be played off of the president. You know, she obviously would stick to what the intelligence agency has has compiled is and that could be seen two country country for President Trump has said publicly, and instead the had this class by briefing with Mike Pompeo and James Mattis for all one hundred senators, but but they last so unsatisfied that it builds up pressure on the administration over the last couple of days to do something to you know, really win back those Republicans like Bob corker in Lindsey Graham, and that's what led to the briefing yesterday. But as you said, they all laughed even more angry than before. So this saga will continue Connor to what are you do? So they're mad. All right, fine. Everybody's upset. Everybody's upset that it seems that the president isn't making full acknowledgement that the Saudi Crown prince had something to do with this. Everybody's upset on both sides fine. But from a geopolitical standpoint, you also have to wonder is it does it matter though. Even if the president did is it it doesn't make him look better to say, hey, crown prince, I know you had something to do with it. You know, the evidence is right here in black and white. I know you did. But I'm going to have to plug my nose on this one and just move on. Because I know it's the right thing to do when it could be comes to relations would that be enough to satisfy these senators on both sides who are so angry about this investigation. I think that had been the administration's reaction from the start that we wouldn't be in this position. And it could have been enough because I think a lot of those Republicans know that their relationship with Saudi Arabia is so important, and it is especially vital to the president's national security strategy his foreign policy they rely on the Saudis to counter Iran's throughout the Middle East. So if that was if that was the reaction right away fine. I think you know, that people could put their noses and go along especially because the Saudis have said consistently NBS, the crown prince is not going anywhere. And so they I think would learn to deal with it in a way if they hadn't felt so betrayed and so stone wall by the administration and by the Saudis, but but from the beginning the Saudis have have lied covered up their involvement. And then they admitted that there, you know, Saudi officials were responsible, but they said it was an accident. And then they admitted it wasn't an accident. It was a rogue operation. The the fact that they have continued to live threat. It has made it very hard now for these Senate Republicans to not want to go after them. But you're right broader broader terms in the region, if the US pol- support from the Saudis, they're left hung to dry and a lot of different places. We do need Saudi Arabia for a couple of different things and other partners. Other countries will be really willing to take on that partnership. Instead you saw Ladimir Putin over the weekend at the g twenty high fiving was NBS while President Trump declined to meet with. Yeah. That you don't want somebody else to just slide in there. So it's yeah. It's keep your your enemies close kind of thing, you know, or your friends. I'm screaming that went out. But you know, what? I mean. But yeah, you can't you can't goof up this relationship. No matter how ugly it is. But at the same time, they're just has to be a way to sort of eased everybody because everybody is upset that they feel like we're either covering up or you know, that the president is either covering something up or lying about it. Or whatever it may be if you were just to be more forthcoming about the details of the investigation and say, I don't like it. But here's the way it is. And then move forward that might help. We'll speaking of moving forward when you were mentioning Mike Pompeo. He's also in headlines for another reason, he says the US is
No doubt MbS behind Khashoggi murder: Republican senators
"Following a briefing by the director of the CIA, gene hospital. US senators said that there is no doubt that crown prince Mohammed bin Salman should be held accountable for the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamaica Shoghi kashogi was killed on October. The second after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain documents needed for his upcoming marriage hustle met with democrat and Republican senators yesterday and they've now vowed to take action against Saudi Arabia. Well, joining me in the studio is Bill Lou who's a Middle East analyst, and who was also a friend of Jamaica Shoghi. Elizabeth KENDALL Buhl also be joining us. She's a senior research fellow in our bec- at Pembroke college. Oxford Bill, let's just talk about Gina hospital. Now, she's the head of the CIA. The agency's been quite clear about who it thinks is responsible for this. But of course, she was kept away from the initial briefing. Tell us tell us what the CIA has said, well, essentially, they have confirmed what everyone has been saying really for quite some time that it's very clear abundantly clear from. The evidence that they have acquired, including these electronic messages that that the moments Amman was very much involved in the murder of Hashem Rosie in the in the consulate in Istanbul. What's what's interesting is the junior hospital was prevented from going to the Senate to just last week. Mr. pale, the sectors state engine, manufactured fence were the ones who went. And I think that was a blunder I think it was a serious blunder by by Trump because it damages both a pump Heo and Mattis as well as as President Trump. And I think to put this into context with tend to a look at all these statements that come out of the White House said about various actors and players on the world, San, but this is unprecedented. This is a very senior members of the of the ruling Republican party attacking an ally in no uncertain terms. Calling him crazy saying we will not do business with this, man. Speaking about really, a a mental aberration. And and being appalled at what he has been told. And what he's heard. So it's an unprecedented step that that is that is that is unrivalled. And I think it's going to be damaging for Trump. I think it's going to be damaging for the people that support him. And really, I you know, my home. Convince Oman obviously now is on very very thin ice as you say unprecedent to attack an ally like that, but also hugely problematic for the Senate to go. So against what the president to say. Yes. An and because it's leading Republicans supporters vocal supporters of of Trump that have carried this attack out. So it's not just an attack on Amman is an attack on the strategy that somehow we can maintain a relationship with my mind because we need Saudi Arabia now, what Lindsey Graham was saying. I'm making a distinction here. Saudi Arabia is not NBS an and really that's a road perhaps out of this mess. Don't trump. But when you look at Saudi Arabia right now, it is MBA because he controls everything the economy, the military security system. And and and now really the challenge is can there's some space be created. So those within the ruling found in Saudi Arabia can start the process of actually getting rid of. I'm on..
"nbs" Discussed on KGO 810
"That the crown prince NBS ordered to killing monitor decalaring Senator Lindsey Graham is disgusted by the whole thing NBS, the crown prince is wrecking ball. And he says the US cannot stand idly by I cannot support arms sales to Saudi Arabia as long as he's gonna be in charge of this country. Senators are already working on a resolution to end US military support for the Saudis in Yemen. Linda Kenyon, Capitol Hill to NAMI warning in effect after a huge earthquake in the South Pacific residents in the island nations of New Caledonia and Vanna to east of Australia have been ordered to head to hire. Or ground. Authorities who are anticipating salami waves ten feet above tide level. After are shallow magnitude seven point six quake struck off the coast, let the closing bell on Wall Street Tuesday. The Dow it sunk to around eight hundred point five hundred and the Dow both fell over three percent. The NASDAQ was down three point eight percent one day after investors tilt enthusiastic about an announced. Pause in the trade war with China reality set in boosted by a tweet from President Trump about being tariff, man, a reminder that a pause doesn't mean a negotiated deal to end the trade war is inevitable. Still the president's economic adviser. Larry cudlow said he was surprised by the wave of recessionary pessimism. You'll see a recession on the economy is doing well recession on the rise. I do not but many analysts recently, downgraded their forecasts. Steve Kastenbaum, New York. Saudi-based Yemeni government delegation left for Sweden on Wednesday to join the is radian make that Iranian aligned Hootie group for u n sponsored peace talks this week. I'm Elliot Francis. Yeah. Yeah. Would I in express wants to let you in.
U.S. senators conclude the Saudi crown prince ordered journalist’s killing
"Show. There was a briefing to Tom senators from the director of the CIA Gina hassle. And she I think very appropriately for somebody in that job. Has been quiet not seeking the public spotlight. And I think that's a good thing for the director of the. And the breathing was this morning. It was a closed door briefing and basically laid out for the members of the US Senate. Then the crown prince of Saudi Arabia prince, Mohammad bin Salman was one hundred percent responsible for this brutal slaying of the journalist Jamal kashogi. And he wasn't an American journalist. Even though he was filing occasional calms, the Washington Post, but still a Lindsey Graham spoke for the senators coming out of the briefing this morning. Saudi Arabia's strategic ally. And the relationship is worth saving. But not at all cost. We'll do more damage to our standing in the world. And our national security by Doering NBS dealing with him. NBS Solomon is a wrecking ball. I think he's complicit in the murder mystery Shoghi to the highest level possible. I think the behavior before the kashogi murder was beyond.
"nbs" Discussed on KSFO-AM
"A massive selloff on Wall Street today. Spurt by investor concern about not getting a clear message about U S, China trade the Dow dropping eight hundred points. Yes. And P five hundred and the Dow both fell over three percent. The NASDAQ was down three point eight percent one day after investors felt enthusiastic about an announced. Pause in the trade war with China reality set in boosted by tweet from President Trump about being tariff, man, a reminder that a pause doesn't mean a negotiated deal to end the trade war is inevitable. Still the president's economic adviser. Larry cudlow said he was surprised by the wave of recessionary pessimism. You'll see a recession on the economy is doing well recession on the horizon. I do not but many analysts recently, downgraded their forecasts. Steve Kastenbaum, New York. After a briefing from the CIA director's Senator Lindsey Graham says he's convinced that the Saudi Crown prince was behind them or journalist Jamal Khashoggi NBS, the crown prince. Is a wrecking ball. Complicit in the murder mystery kashogi to the highest level possible. The attorneys general in the district of Columbia and Maryland a readying subpoenas in a lawsuit accusing President Trump of profiting illegally from his office. Correspondent Laura Jarrett, the Trump organization and Trump's legal team has been fighting off this suit along with a slew of others for months, but a federal judge in Maryland has decided that the case can go forward, and that the plaintiffs here those stages can actually get discovery meeting documents depositions, and so they're now reading these subpoenas everyone from the IRS to the treasury department trying to get their hands on this information within the next six months, President Trump and the first lady are at this hour visiting with the Bush family at Blair House says they mourn the death of former president, George H W Bush. A public funeral is tomorrow at the National Cathedral. I'm Mike moss. Have you watched the value of your house continue to go up? Maybe it's time to put that equity to work while rates are still fairly low Americans have over five point five trillion.
"nbs" Discussed on KQED Radio
"Welcome back to the New Yorker radio hour. I'm David Ramnik. The killing of Saudi journalist Jamal kashogi continues to roil Washington and much of the world. The president for his part stands firmly behind crown prince Mohammad bin Salman, Donald Trump has claimed that we don't really know if bin Salman was implicated in the murderer or not dismissing the CIA zone conclusion that he was. But the thrust of Trump's reasoning is that the Saudi government is after all our ally. And it's just not our business who they kill. It's also not good business earlier this year. Dexter Filkins published a long article in a magazine about bin Salman, how he had consolidated his power how he was going to take power very soon and his relationship with the Trump administration was also discussed in what Dexter found was extremely troubling. I talked with Dexter in April. And at that time bin Salman was still being widely hailed as the great modernizer of Saudi Arabia, and he was making a huge impression. On the world stage as somebody put it to me in American diplomat where we're used to you know, when we got on the phone with the king of Saudi Arabia. He's eighty five years old, and he's kind of half asleep any mumbles live, and then the fault the phone calls over and this guy talks, you know, he's he's engaged. Thirty two years old thirty two years old. He's he's ambitious season patient. He's charming. He's charismatic. He's tall. He's on the make. So even as crown prince NBS has been making some liberalizing moves he's promised to overhaul the Saudi economy. He's lifted restrictions including women driving is he offering real reform. Yes. It's it's but it's important to distinguish what kind of reforms. He definitely wants to open up the economy. There's a lot of economic reforms that he's he's initiated. He's trying to restrain the clergy. He's letting women drive the one the one thing that's not on the table is political reform that this is all about save. The house of Saud and maintaining power. So what what is the economic predicament of Saudi Arabia? It's pretty we think of them as just magnificently wealthy. And they are they are they they're they're burning cash in an extraordinary rate, and it's it's a vast welfare state where almost everything is subsidized from from food gasoline to education to health care housing. But but what's happening is that the whole economy was built on the idea that oil would be about one hundred dollars a barrel. And so they're just basically burning through their savings. And so as as somebody put it to me in the story it current trends in five to seven years Saudi Arabia's broke the running out of money unless they do what? Because I don't expect that in five to seven years. The petro economy will disappear we're won't disappear. But they're they can't sustain what what the have. They they don't export anything else they import virtually everything else. So they've got to diversify. They gotta do something. Else? Now NBS is also talked about inspiring a Saudi entertainment industry. I don't normally think of Riyadh as a kind of proto Hollywood or New York or Paris in that way. It's amazing. He's he's doing it. Movie theaters concerts with certain restraints, but he's doing it. Well, let's get into the darker side of what's happening. We're we're we're are the the main areas. So in addition to all these things that he's done at the very same time. He's arrested human rights leaders. He's detained journalists just not going to be freedom of speech. Absolutely not. I mean, that's that's just off the table. And and in many ways, he's he's tougher than than his predecessor. So he's he's he's clamping down on on any kind of notion of political front same time. And then of course, we have the the famous now wave of arrests when he dragged in dozens of very wealthy Saudis. Even even some of his relatives. But he put them in that well-known prison, the Ritz Carlton, which is a very peculiar thing. No, very, I mean, the the, you know, it's a it's a hotel for prince, it's just not generally for prince is under arrest. And maybe the main thing that happened at the Ritz Carlton is that NBS forced any number of these people to give up either all of their assets or billions of dollars tremendous amounts of assets, all in the name of anti corruption. How is that done and toward what political end? Well, you know, some of these were the richest people in the world where we're suddenly locked up in the Ritz Carlton, and so as best we understand it when they were sitting in their Patel rooms from which the doors had been removed and anything that could be used to harm themselves. They were. They were interrogated and their financial documents were kind of laid out in front of him. And they negotiated and arrived at a figure any usually as I understand. It wasn't the it wasn't all of their money. It was some of it. So you're worth two billion dollars. We get a billion. And so it was kind of agreed to and then you signed that away. Everybody kind of shook hands, and then no one spoke about it when they came out. They they didn't want anything really bad to happen to them. Did anything bad happen to the looks looks like it, there's at least one person who died in custody. It looks like under pretty grim circumstances. But at the end of the day NBA got one hundred billion dollars from in in the big shakedown, the Saudi government got a hundred billion dollars from it. Well, you're seems to imply that M B S has been making deals with the United States and the trumps are pleased to be making each deals for two reasons. One for geopolitical reasons and the other is for. Potentially for personal reasons. So this is this is more difficult to to ferret out. Yes, let's start with geopolitical in in the Obama administration attempted to create a kind of detente, or or better to say a balance of powers in the region by dealing with Iran signing the nuclear deal, dealing with it in in all the complexity that you have to deal with with Iran now have the Trump administration, which sees a pure friend in Saudi Arabia and a pure enemy in Iran. That's exactly what happened. I mean. The the Trump administration came in and said this whole thing about sharing the neighborhood, which is what Obama said to the Saudis share it return that and where we're going to go after a run. And so, you know, the the Iranians have essentially come to dominate as they see it, Lebanon, Syria. Iraq, Yemen, they're everywhere they're on the March, and we are going to roll them back. And I I heard that phrase many times talking. The people in the Trump administration rollback, the the Iranians. And so so in the past year what what is what have we seen? The the Saudis, and the Emirati is essentially tried to overthrow the government and cutter they think cutter is too close to Iran. They tried to essentially overthrow the government in in Lebanon, and then they launched this. You know enormous and very bloody bombing campaign in Yemen. Intervening in the civil war there because they see the Iranians essentially, which the United States assists in. Yes. I mean on on the on the Saudis. Yeah. I mean, the Obama White House kind of held their nose and said, okay, we'll keep sending you the bombs to drop, but they really didn't like it. And the Trump administration such as Goto it expanded. Geopolitical reasons why the Trump's are going to be close to 'em Bs and have been. There's also the personal aspect of personal financial aspect to it. How would you break that down? Well, this is complicated. But both the Trump and Kushner families have financial answer interests in the Middle East so cutter which is home to a key American airbase is currently the target of a blockade probably not by coincidence. But you tell me your reporting turned up evidence of a failed real estate deal between the countries and the Kushner family what happened, and it seems to be a factor in the administration's attitude toward the blockade of cutter it's against all. This is just remarkable. I'm shaking my head. The Kushner companies owns the the big the big high rise six six six hundred Fifth Avenue and with a with as a mortgage of a billion dollars more than a billion dollars. That's coming due soon. As I was told by a very credible source in the financial industry. The the Kushner companies in April two thousand seventeen came to the calories in the Saint Regis hotel. Then land for cash looking for a billion dollars. They asked for as one does does they had a big plan to renovate the building and kind of make it all work and the Connery's, and you know, they have they have a sovereign wealth fund with three hundred billion dollars in it. They have money to burn. They they looked at the deal that Kushner had conflate out for them, Charles Kushner, Jared's father, said forget it. Thanks very much. But but but no, thanks. Six weeks later. There's a blockade announced on cutter John Bolton's going to be national security adviser, very soon how to his priorities and records square with NBS. I it's this is going to be very unpredictable period. John Bolton's on. Thank you wrote an op Ed for the New York Times a few years ago with centrally calling for preemptive strikes against Iran. I. That's just exactly the sort of thing that NBS is thinking NBS compares the Iranian leadership to Hitler. Yes. This is I I had these conversations when I was in Riyadh. It's it's the Nazi ideology. And they do not merely want to dominate the Gulf. They want to destroy Saudi Arabia and conquer Saudi Arabia in. And we are it's no more mister nice guy. And so instead of what you had. I think the Obama administration was they were essentially restraining the Saudis. From getting into some kind of serious maybe shooting match with the Iranians in the Gulf. Now, it's a completely different ballgame Dexter. Thank you so much. Thank you..
President Trump, President And President Putin discussed on All Things Considered
"With the president of China this weekend. Both are locked in a multi-billion dollar trade war. Civil rights leaders say the indictment of four Saint Louis metropolitan police officers reveals a troubling mindset. Inside the department Saint Louis public radio's Rachel Lipman reports. The officers are facing federal charges for their roles in the assault of an undercover officer during a two thousand seventeen protests. The charges include excessive force obstruction of Justice and lying to a grand jury four officers have been suspended without pay the undercover detective was among hundreds of people arrested at downtown Saint Louis in September of last year. It was the third day of protests after a white for a police officer was acquitted of shooting and killing a black, man. That's Rachel Lipman reporting. This is NPR and I'm Jimmy Floyd for WNYC. Some New York City council. Members are introducing a Bill to make the government bidding process with corporations more transparent. The new law would prohibit officials from signing nondisclosure agreements with companies as happened in the Amazon deal councilmember Brad Lander says he feels that level of secrecy should not happen again. If the law had been in place, the city would have had to say we can't sign a non disco. Agreement. So there's two choices. We can make a bid, but it has to be public and people would be able to see it. The Bill is cosponsored by council members Monty Williams and Jimmy van Bremer atop regional Federal Housing administrator is calling for the arrest of three Niger officials after a report found they regularly lied about elevator. Inspections. Lynn Pat overseas region, two of the department of housing and urban development, which includes New York and New Jersey yesterday. She tweeted that the Niger employees should be jailed after they were charged with dozens of felony counts. For falsifying inspection reports. Daily news reporter, Greg Smith says Patten has little authority to pursue the case herself. She has almost nothing to do with this. I guess it's well intention that she does ask a question that is important. And that is did anybody higher up the ladder condone this behavior that isn't really important question. That's the most important question. Smith says the case will be handled by. The district attorney, and Shirley Chisholm story is coming to the big screen and Oscar winning actress viola Davis is bringing it to life. Davis is set to produce and star in a new film about Chisholm for Amazon studios called the fighting, Shirley Chisholm Chisholm, the first black woman ever elected to congress represented New York's twelfth district in the house of representatives from nineteen sixty nine to nine thousand nine hundred eighty three. She was also the first woman to seek the democratic party's presidential nomination in nineteen seventy-two Chisholm died in two thousand five at age eighty and we'll have a retrospective later on all things considered tonight. We've got a twenty percent chance of light rain, otherwise cloudy with a low around thirty four degrees. Currently forty two degrees and cloudy at four oh, six support for NPR comes from farmers insurance committed to helping people understand the ins and outs have insurance. So they can prepare for lives ups and downs. Coverage op. Options and more information can be found at farmers dot com. This is all things considered for men. PR news. I'm Mary Louise Kelley, and I'm Audie Cornish all is run. President Trump's first day the twenty summit in Argentina. He's working his way through a series of meetings. There Trump's visit comes on the heels of a big development and special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation a guilty plea by his former attorney Michael Cohen, and what it revealed about Trump's efforts to land a business deal with Russia during the two thousand sixteen campaign NPR White House correspondent tamra Keith is traveling with the president and joins us now from when his IRAs their town. Hey, ATI sometimes when a president goes overseas. The White House is trying to leave all the domestic troubles behind is that the case this time, the answer would seem to be no. And and the reason I say that is that President Trump was supposed to have a meeting here with Russian President Vladimir Putin, he abruptly cancelled that on the way to Argentina via tweet saying it was because of Russian aggression against Ukraine, but then this afternoon there were. Reports of a possibly an informal meeting happening between Trump and Putin. Those reports were being pushed from Russia and the White House put out a sort of an odd statement referring to the Mueller investigation. Sarah Sanders sent this along she said the Russian witch-hunt hoax, which is hopefully now nearing an end is doing very well. Unfortunately, it probably does undermine our relationship with Russia, which was not entirely the answer to the question that we were asking another way that we know that the president's thinking about it is that he's been tweeting about it from here in Argentina a little while ago. Reporter's got to ask the president questions, and and one of the questions was about why he cancelled his meeting with Putin. He insisted it was because of Ukraine, hopefully, they'll be able to settle it out. Flowers amazing with president. The basis of what took place. With respect to the ships, sailors that was the. In the meantime, what else has been going on at the g twenty one big thing that happened today was before the g twenty started a signing ceremony at the president's hotel with the leaders of Canada and Mexico signing the US MCA that is the trade deal that will replace NAFTA. One interesting note is that during remarks, President Trump and president Pineyro of Mexico. It was his last day on the job both referred to it as the US MCA, which is the preferred title that President Trump likes, but prime minister Trudeau kept calling it new NAFTA, even though President Trump does not like the term NAFTA at all. But you know, this is a notable moment because this is a step in the process of President Trump, keeping a campaign promise that said congress and legislatures in Mexico and Canada still need to sign off on this on another subject. The Saudi Crown prince Mohammad bin Salman is there. He's of course, been under scrutiny since the killing of journalist Jamal kashogi has he actually interacted with President Trump yet. So a White House official says that they just exchanged pleasantries that there was no discussion. This comes in pretty big contrast with a video that's been circulating of Russian President Putin, and m Bs exchanging sort of an intricate high five that looked very celebratory the president is under some scrutiny about this because he has questioned the CIA assessment that NBS ordered the killing of Jamal kashogi. That's NPR's tamra Keith tamra. Thank you. You're welcome. And we're going to start right there with the g twenty talks in Argentina for our regular week in politics chat. We also need to take stock of another wild week in the Russia investigation. David Brooks of the New York Times is here in the studio as he often has on Friday, David with you and Susan Glasser. The New Yorker, welcome to you. Thanks so much. So President Trump signed this new NAFTA deal today, except as we just heard we're not supposed to call it NAFTA anymore. That's controversial. We are referring to the United States Mexico Canada agreement the US MCA, Scott, I'm tempted to call it also maybe prospects for a trade deal or some sort of agreement with China that may be coming together down at the g twenty Susan. Let me start with you does this count as progress in a year where we have spent a lot more time talking about trade wars than trade deals. Well, look, I think President Trump made a decision to sort of pull back from the brink and to declare victory with the reincarnated NAFTA. Whatever you wanna call it, most experts, and I'm not one on this subject. Do believe that it essentially is a reincarnated NAFTA that it builds on the foundation substantially of the original went and by the way, it's not attend deal. I should point out that there's going to be a real political fight. I think. Up here in Washington on Capitol Hill over approving this. So it's not over. Although President Trump was was taking it as a victory lap. Today was also strengthened by government coming in Mexico, which will inherit the steel by a president on his last day there. That's right. And and I thought you saw the lasting hard feelings as a result of these very tough negotiations with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who did appear at the last minute was uncertain at the signing ceremony today in Buenos Aires. But had some strong words for President Trump, and you've had this amazing spectacle. What have we taken to get here of the United States going after candidate one of its closest allies, David your takeaway, so far from the g twenty well, so far the image of Muhammad bin Salman and Putin doing an end zone dance together is the big takeaway video circulating of them doing a hi fi. Looking very cheer an image. It's a symbol. It's a symbol of an era in which the wolves of the global international order are on the March and undeterred because there's no one. Deter them. And so that's one thing. The second thing I think is the China US relationship and this thank heaven is not a Trump related story to me the big change in US China relations is that we used to have people who were friends of China somewhere, foes of China and the foreign policy establishment sort of split. That's no longer the case. Now, everyone sees China as a challenge, but as a foe Hank pulse in the former treasury fare gave a speech in Singapore recently in which he laid that very clearly and he was very much in the camp. So when Trump talks tough on China trade, he now has a lot of people who are not normally his friends actually thinking he's doing the right thing me loop.
G20: Trump meets with Xi at bilateral dinner; Saudi Crown Prince welcomed by Putin
"Talking about the global economy security so much more increased tensions. So definitely stoked by the US, specifically president Donald Trump's trade war. So let's get into this with our own Alex, Wayne, he is White House team leader joining us from the nation's capital, Alex. I think we all know what we're all waiting for is that dinner between trial and Chinese president Xi Jinping on the weekend. So tell me kind of where we are based on the kind of the news flow so far. He's got a couple of meetings with leaders, including dodge tina's, Argentina's, president Japan's Prime Minister any sign of this this NAFTA rewrite the deal he calls the US Mexico Canada agreement. The U S M. A pass congress. Right. I mean, that's one of the issues that seems to be coming to the fore. Now, he signed it he touted. But there's still a ways to go here. Right. Sure is. Yeah. And it's not even gonna get to congress until Democrats take over the house. Right. So I would not I would not bet a lot of money that the US MCI becomes an effective treaty. So what are the things we wanted to make sure we asked you about Alex says, you know, we we've seen a kind of the Tableau of the world leaders all getting together and seeing each other. They have you know, what they affectionately call the family photo where everybody gets together. But the lead into that was if I was sitting around my kitchen table at home, my kids would be looking at it and saying awkward. What was going on down there? You know for for once Trump wasn't the most isolated guy. One of these one of these summits. I don't know if you saw Mohammed bin Salman he was sitting by himself. The crown prince of Saudi Arabia, right? And then and then Putin and admit NBS had this weird high five handshake thing, you know, to two guys alleged of murdering their screen each other admitted national summit. Trump seems to be so far getting along. Okay. With people. He hasn't. He hasn't issued a tweet and salting the host nation like you did before you ride and Franceschi weeks ago. Right. So we'll see how it goes. I, you know, like, he says we'll see we'll see what happens and part of it obviously has to do with what he says on the way out. I mean, I think back to the g seven in Canada. If I remember that. Typically, the communique
Rebuking Trump, senators back effort to suspend U.S. support for Saudi-led war in Yemen
"My mind because I'm pissed the way that ministrations handled the Saudi Arabia, then is just not acceptable. The briefing today did not help me at all. That are understand the role NBS play in the killing Mr. Kosova that is the crucial question the briefing. He's referring to was today. The entire Senate briefed on the brutal murder and dismemberment of the Washington Post journalist and American resident Jamal kashogi the CIA director Gina hassle who has seen all the evidence and news agency concluded that the Saudi Crown prince personally directed the murder was not there. She did not breach. Senators instead, the president sent Defense Secretary Jim Madison secretary of state might Pompeii up and campa after writing an op-ed. Here's a printout which refers to quote, Capitol Hill caterwauling in media pylons and continues to say no that no matter what quote degrading US Saudi ties would be a grave mistake. Went today to parrot the presidents were. Zyl to believe America's intelligence communities conclusion. Do believe I've read every piece of intelligence in the last few hours. I think I read it all there is no direct reporting could Asking asking. to the order. That's all I can say classifieds. And just just keep in mind here. This man recently had you Nashville something who's running the CIA. So these are all the people who worked for him who run intelligence for the United States have concluded this, and he just came out. And obviously said. He he he doesn't agree. Those words more than poop pissed off Senator Graham and others, including Senator rand Paul here. He has moments ago on CNN. The CIA concluded with high probability that the crown prince was involved, and so that conclusions being
"nbs" Discussed on 850 WFTL
"NBS Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince and who President Trump says may or may not be guilty. Andy Field ABC news, Washington asked Democrats are holding leadership elections before their party takes control in January. And the first winner has been announced Representative hiking Jeffries of New York edge Representative Barbara Lee, California to become the next democratic caucus chair the fifth highest leadership position the vote one twenty three to one thirteen the race highlighted the generational divide in the party Jeffries. A forty eight year old three term congressman against seventy two year old Lee who has served ten terms Jeffries is considered to be a potential future in first speaker of the house. Kenneth Moton, ABC news the capitol. The Senate is blocked a vote on a Bill that would protect special counsel Robert Muller from being fired by the president. It comes as President Trump's lead attorney revealed lawyers for former Trump campaign chairman, Paul Manafort has been briefing the president's lawyers about what Manafort told the special counsels. Investigators Federal Reserve chairman. Jerome Powell says the US economy remained, strong, but hikes in interest rates could slow in the coming months. Interest rates are still low by historical standards. And they remain just below the range of estimates of that level. That would be neutral for the economy that is neither speeding up nor slowing down gross. Owls speaking at the economic club of New York this morning. The Commerce Department said the US economy grew at a rate of three point five percent in the third quarter. The Dow is up more than five hundred points. You're listening to ABC news. I'm Jay Farner, CEO of.
"nbs" Discussed on 860AM The Answer
"From it. Might have access to that. In this room, speak Arabic. Do you want me to listen to what am I gonna learn from main if they were speaking Korean, I wouldn't learn any more from it either. I can read a transcript to see you don't think it's important that. I'm just trying to make the point that everybody who says why don't you listen to the tape unless you, speak Arabic. What are you gonna get from it? Really? The president. The president has spoken to our position on this issue. He spoke in very clearly and that is our position. I love John Bolton. I really do. Now. I like kashogi I'm a contributor to the post. I am appalled. And I like the Magnitsky act sanctions on all the Saudi Arabians who were involved in this. You ought to read David Ignatius in-depth coverage of the knife fight inside the Saudi Royal family, and it is ongoing. It's been ongoing. I I read Ignatius who just has better sources than anybody. King Salman, they tried to pull a coup on him when the old king died, and he sound of slapping in the hallways and people vanished. Mysteriously the Ritz Carlton, and they never come out. Saudi Arabia is not for the faint of heart. But I asked what am I national security advisers last night at national security advisers for the radio show actually dinner with eight of the smartest people in American foreign policy last night. I said is crown Pence NBS momma been. NBS? I can't remember. Is is he? The new Shaw. Are we gonna do what Jimmy Carter did the Shah to NBS king Salman is our rock in the Middle East? He has designated crown prince NBS to be a successor the crown prince's out in the world. He has denied repeatedly that he ordered. This is using the Henry the second defense, which I call them the first day people got over zealous in the. Approach trying to bring in the opponent. So when you read the Ignatius, call four thousand were deal, it's an amazing piece of reporting by David Ignatius at the Washington Post when you read it you'll understand it's vicious and brutal. And it's because it's a monarchy. It's game of thrones stuff, but it is very possible. Very possible that they went a bridge too far without the crown prince knowing it and the president is preferring to go that way rather than paulie Shaw. I just wanna remind everyone all the Metternich's MSNBC everybody else out there if we do to the Saudi Arabian, Royal family, what Jimmy Carter did the Shah you end up with these lawmakers Republic of Iran and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard corps and the bus. She murdering thousands, exporting violence, exporting terrorism assassination. Sullivan is a dangerous character very rigorous like Rama was for Hitler. So Sulejmani is how many, and let's just be very very clear eyed that Saudi Arabia is on our side along with the United Arab Emirates, Jordan Egypt. Iraq. Bahrain and Israel in trying to stop Iranian expansionism in Yemen and other play. Let's remember as we talk about Yemen. The reason there's a war in Yemen is Iran throwing Iranian-made missiles into the hands of the who tease who were just raining them down on Saudi Arabia and one of them at the airport. I mean, they can hit Americans. So we have to be very clear eyed here, and that is the one thing I just love about John Bolton, I know everyday sits down and he looks at the world as it is not as he wishes. It would be Larry cudlow, also very clear eyed. He went to the White House press room to talk about the GM decision yesterday. Cut number seven. GM layoffs regarding the Russian story, I'm going to leave that tonight longtime friend colleague John Bolton I met with Mary Barra yesterday. And we had a lengthy conversation about layoffs that the layoffs. It's a great disappointment. Obviously, the president indicated his own disappointment. He believes as frankly, the prime minister of Canada Trudeau believes that the US MCA.
Is Trump inflating the importance of Saudi arms sales?
"President Trump says the US will not Levy additional measures against Saudi Arabia over the killing of Jamal kashogi, the Saudi journalist who was also a US resident the president says the US does not condone the killing but that canceling one hundred ten billion dollars arms sales would mean Saudi Arabia would go to other countries to acquire them. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham says he's not convinced that Saudi's crown prince didn't order that murderer. I'm not gonna look away at what NBS did I think he did it
"nbs" Discussed on KTAR 92.3FM
"Opposing crate war. We are also hearing Mike Pence vice president saying that there will be no let up and Trump policy in combat China's policy the when he is encouraging. Island nations to embrace you. Do you think of country will say, yes? Yes. At mini country leaders scholars say that naive belief. Everybody came from the United States. Right. Connect with stage. And now to a very interesting tool rose roller. China. America Pence, always play as the fire igniter. His second fights everywhere. This is quite interesting China as extinct Krisha. Put the fire in order to keep a peaceful. Smooth the mundane the war to it is. And the two goes gave a tune different the text books for the whole world is right. Claire. Very clear. That's why mini neither from Malaysia other Asian countries. They always say that China on neighboring country. We know each other much better than anybody else. I think we should let people in America in other continent. China Asia culture, much, better mutual understanding, and mutual respect and mutual NPR's to share with each other only by I think I could future. We cannot follow them. This has always second fire everywhere. Not really not good. Politician. All right. Thank you for putting things into perspective for us. Okay. There you go. So you've got the Chinese state run media their expert out there. So the ideas fire extinguisher versus fire igniter. So the Mike Pence is the fire igniter, Donald Trump and the United States they start fires. And then China's a fire extinguisher. I might go along with the half of that. I mean, the Donald Trump's afire igniter he likes to yester- things up. He's a counterpuncher series always picking fights that so sure there's any evidence that China's a fire extinguisher, but there is one thing that's should be clear to everybody. Again, we've done this show for so long. We've we've said it again histories be proven us right again. Not because we have any special powers, but we talked to people and do things like listen to the Chinese and hear what they have to talk about it. One of the things Trump understands this too. And I think more and more Americans understand this idea to is one of the, you know, the brilliant position that Trump that the China laid out it made perfect sense. You know, if the United States is going to police everybody, and if the United States is going to spend tons of money, and they're going to build up their military, and they're going to do all the business around the world. You know, our position can be we can challenge that or we can go underneath that. And draft off of that we can be efficient and let them do all the heavy lifting. Let them take all the risk. Let them spend all the money and will draft off of them. Well that draftkings been going on for about thirty or forty years now. Now, they're building up their military. And now they're another position where there are a richer country. And they've they've changed her position. When you go back to the eighties when they were first starting this economic revolution. And then really thriving in the nineties and then in the two thousands. They were drafting you let the United States risk everything. And let them pay we'll go in elsewhere in even with their economic expansion. They go into the third world countries. They go into you know, sub Saharan Africa. And they're cutting deals there. And they're building the roads, and they're putting their engineers, and they're they're putting their laborers in their in their extracting, the natural resources for these countries where the United States for the most part is saying we don't we're not going to necessarily get our hands dirty over there. They're drafting underneath. And Donald Trump is saying enough of the drafting, we know what's happened. You've been China's benefited wonderfully from it. But now that you've lifted yourself from third world country into if not a superpower, you're certainly a power you might be one notch away from full superpower. But now we see you're going to superpower. Now, we're going to deal with differently in China. They're trying to push China into no more drafting China doesn't wanna draft. China's not interested in drafting. That's why I say fire extinguisher no way, you know, with the military escalation in the South China Sea. And all of that. There's no there's none of that. There is aggressive as anybody militarily and otherwise. Now, we moved to the CNN of the Middle East Al Jazeera on our lead story, which is the Kosugi case the CIA now leaking that it is concluded that NBS Mohammed bin Salman did it and here we are going to listen to an interview with the son of a cleric from Saudi Arabia. Who was jailed and apparently is on death row there. Something that we've talked about for a long time. There is nothing special about a journalist getting jailed or killed in much of the world and certainly the Middle East and specifically in Saudi Arabia. And so why is everybody making a big deal all over the world about this one journalist who most likely got killed by the Saudi government in Turkey. This is there's nothing extraordinaire, and if you're gonna if you're gonna make a big deal out of him. What about the hundreds if not thousands of journalists or critics over the last five or ten years, and if not just for Saudi Arabia, but other countries why are we getting all excited about this? What is so special about this? This will give you an idea. And then again, I will give them credit. You will hear and listen very closely about we're talking about Al Jazeera. We always talk about popular media either corporate owned or state run aljazeera the CNN of the Middle East state. Sponsored by the country of Qatar right now sticky relations enemy relations with Saudi Arabia. That's not by mistake. And notice how it's acknowledged at least in this interview on voice to America. The New York Times reported this week that shortly after journalists Jamal kashogi was assassinated in Turkey, a member of the Saudi kill team instructor the superior over the phone to tell your boss about bosses believed to be Saudi Crown prince, Mohammad bin Salman who back at. Hong continues to crack down on his critics one. Such critic is the prominent listen cleric, Sheikh Salman, outta who's been held in solitary confinement for posing the government, and is now facing a possible death sentence. Joining me to discuss his situation is his some delay allowed a Saudi citizen who is now living in the United States and fears returning the Saudi authorities had your father imprisoned last year and charged with over thirty five different crimes, including corrupting. The land connection to a terrorist organization and offending patriotism. What's your response to the Saudi authorities unto those charges? Well, it's the same of rogue operation are going on is going on nationally for dissidents abroad for those who disagree at home for journalists. Economists public figures in general and Saudi prosecutors in September of this year called for this execution to do you think they're serious about that that they would really execute a cleric as prominent as your father Salman on outer well, do you think those who went to the Saudi council it were serious to take the life of the prominent John Nelson veteran Saudi Jamil Hushovd g it's it didn't it did not start with my father did not start with jemele casualty. It's a pattern that we have have seen through the past one year and a half since the conference came to power you say, it's a patent some say, yes, it is. Patten and your father was arrested imprisoned punished by the Saudi authorities in the past two in the nineteen ninety s when he was a, quote, unquote, Islamist rabble rouser. His critics said many would say that's why he's being imprisoned only do with NBS the Saudi government under any prince okaying has always taken a very dim view of people who oppose the government. It's fraternity is all this tyranny. Trying to ask and demand politically form is never something that you should be punished for political reform that my father and others pushed for. Is actually the solution is actually the path towards stability. We'll come back to the political reform in a moment. Just to confirm many say your father was arrested in September twenty seventeen because he refused to publish a tweet to his fourteen million followers at the request of the Saudi government that supported the Saudi led blockade of Qatar which full disclosure owns this channel owns aljazeera English. Is that true? It's it's such rigor. It's true. Because after he tweeted when he when he heard about the reconciliation between the Katara on the Saudi government a tweeted Alati concealed between their hearts for the better of people few hours after that tweet. He was arrested that was the trigger when Mohammed bin Salman told Bloomberg last month that one thousand five hundred Saudi citizens were arrested over the last three years because he the crown prince with trying to quote, get rid of extremism and terrorism without a civil war a lot of people, especially in the west will hit unsafe. He's got a fair. Point. They've seen hate preachers extremist clerics coming out of Saudi Arabia for years, and they've been fair enough of the prince wants to lock some of these people are trying to shut down extremist. What's your response? It's not accurate. He's cartel in the he's attacking the voices that actually spearheaded the campaign against terrorism for the past two decades. Your father has spoken out against terrorism as you say, including against the nine eleven attacks against the SAMA bin Laden himself. But the fact is that he was once a hero of bin Laden's al-qaeda leader, even fighted your out outer as his ideal personality. He praise your father for enlightening Muslim youth. You accept surely at the very minimum that whatever he says. Now, he was once a quote unquote extremist well in a what? In the eighties Miladin life so much oil family, and he was very close to them those who actually gave all the platform, those who pushed the jihadi agenda at that time. Those who run who ran the show at that time, those who should be responsible. My father was a popular cleric. He was admired by everybody the Royal at the time he was respected by the Royal family where the people just to be fair and get all facts, right when bin Laden turned against the Saudi government, we need already carried out the World Trade Center attacks, and he published his famous fatwa against Americans and foreign invaders etcetera. He was still praising your dad. No, he's not. He's actually just using my father's popularity to get into his audience. You'll father was never found have been long. Now, he was never a fan of like, he he did not have inconsiderate bin Laden, a scholar or global.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin Quietly Met With the Saudi Crown Prince
"Meanwhile, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin met with Saudi Arabia's embattled crown prince Mohammad bin Salman today, the Saudi foreign minister posted a photo of the meeting on its Twitter account and late today the eve of glitzy three day investment conference in Saudi Arabia. Mnuchin has said he would not attend the conference but would discuss counter-terrorism efforts with Saudi officials Daniel wrenches reports. The US treasury secretaries canceled participation in the future investment initiative, showcase for crown prince, Mohammad bin Salman, economic reform plans, but Steven Mnuchin hasn't cancelled his visit and says they'll continue to talks on efforts to combat terrorism financing and countering Iran. Meanwhile, the president's son-in-law Jared Kushner says they'll still in the fact finding phase while new surveillance videos released by Turkey sharing. What's he still to be a Saudi agent leaving the consulates wearing Jamal Kushtia clothes shortly? After the Saudi gentlest was allegedly murdered in. What appears to have been an effort to cover it up Daniel wrenches, Washington. President Trump's main reason for avoiding major punishment for Saudi Arabia's detention and death of Jamal Khashoggi is coming under fire the arms deal of one hundred forty billion dollars with the kingdom. First of all. It's hardly one hundred forty billion dollars worth. It's only fourteen and a half billion so far and some of that amount results from previous deal under President Obama. The rest is non-binding promises. Then there are the even more inflated claims over the number of US jobs created by the sale starting at four hundred and fifty thousand the Washington Post says that would be more than the three hundred fifty five thousand employed by the total US military manufacturing sector of the economy. Trump. Escalated that to half a million US jobs, then six hundred thousand and finally over a million best case estimate would be no more than forty thousand jobs reporter, Simon Mark says Moore, it's a very live issue following the acknowledgement by the government in Riyadh off two weeks of lies the journalist Jamal Khashoggi did die violently in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Earlier this month. President Trump says he has no intention of scrapping a weapons deal with Saudi Arabia that he incorrectly claims will create one million jobs in America's defense sector. The reality is that it won't do any such thing. And the British government is also on defy for contemplating weapons sales to Riyadh. Not least because of the Saudi led military intervention in Yemen. It is estimated to have killed more than fifteen thousand innocent civilians. Jeremy hunt is Britain's Foreign Secretary. We do not pursue profit at any cost the relationship goes. As well beyond the commercial side. There's a strategic partnership in the region to try and bring peace and constrain the destabilizing activities of Iran. Nonetheless. Of course, there are going to be very very serious consequences. I'm not gonna say that because I I need to look at this investigation. We he's independent done the business in terms of being credible. And we'll send you to see how the Saudis this is the crucial thing how they will say react to the findings of the investigation. Then we'll take out his his critics say there's no need to wait for the investigation. There're djing western governments to block arm sales to Riyadh with FSN spotlight. I'm Simon marks lake is a veteran for correspondent who specialized in coverage of the Middle East. His latest book is the Iran agenda today, the real story inside Iran, and what's wrong with US policy. He told as Philip mulberry on the Sunday show that while Jamal kashogi was a sharp critic of Saudi Crown prince Mohammad bin. He was hardly a revolutionary and was in fact of Royal lineage himself, he doesn't he come from a wealthy well-connected family the name, Adnan. Associ- might be familiar. He was the arms dealer multi-billion multi-billionaire. That's his uncle multi-billionaire guy involved in the wrong contra and numerous scandals of years past apparently he did not like inherit or get any of his uncle's money. But that gives you an idea of the family. He was a journalist. He was a worked as a diplomat. He was worked as adviser to the top Royal family princes, and he was very much part of the Saudi ruling elite. But he had his falling out, particularly when Muhammad then bin Salman, the NBS came to power, by the way, you don't get elected in Saudi Arabia. You. There's over well over one hundred princes of the king, the king has multiple wives. They each have several kids, and there's a lot of backstabbing figuratively and literally that goes on in the Royal family. And so when NBS came to power was in the outs, and he went into exile in the US. He. When Virginia became a columnist for the Washington Post, and he was a critic of Saudi Arabia, but a from still within the system itself, he was not calling for the overthrow of the monarchy and establishment of a democratic parliamentary system. He wanted to see changes. In the policy, and he had some ties with Muslims with the Muslim Brotherhood, which is a political Islam is group of conservative nature. But generally does want to see changes away from the kind of ultra right-wing. Fundamentalist version of Islam practice. What's called Wahabism? That's practiced in Saudi Arabia. Well. This it would appear that Mohammed bin Salman. The crown prince is quite thin skinned and any any even minor criticism is not tolerated. Yeah, we'll remember when he came to power one of the first things he did was imprisoned a bunch of fellow princes and multibillionaires in a fancy five star hotel, but block them in and in some cases, tortured them into basically giving up billions of dollars in return for their freedom. And that the other example was remember he was lauded for allowing women to drive right for finally changing Saudi policy, but just prior to the implementation of that law. He arrested a bunch of women who have been advocating that. So he if there's going to be any change he wants to make it. He doesn't want any kind of grassroots efforts organized opposition. And that's what the murder was all about in his father. The king is usually. Portrayed as quite debilitated. And consequently. An ephemeral kind of leader. Yeah. I mean, it's the sort of thing, that's shrouded in mystery. But as far as I can tell the guy is out of it, mentally is not really able to govern day-to-day. And and NBS is the the functioning leader of Saudi Arabia KPFA upfront has Brian Edwards as demont harbor, but director of research and analysis at the center in Washington DC, why the crown prince appears to have been involved in a plot to kill kashogi for one thing. He had ever is a is one. It SM visas one and is series of a whole bunch of people who have been killed by been disappeared and prisons or anywhere in over the last ten fifteen years that has been the first day. He may not be the last really has this issue with the absolute ownership and absolute control. He he will what he gets out of it is he silences yet another voice that is supposedly that that was telling the truth about what Hamad. Projects for the kingdom. The future of the kingdom. On what besides economically polar, social, the tabby whatever a domestic job. She was basically bringing the truth to the world about what really means what they mean store. Have these these projects? Nobody wants nobody is. Trying to diversify its economy. Nobody is. Saudi Arabia for trying to shoot is regional, you know security, and he's the problem is how are you doing this? Gemology died because he basically. Some blame on Muhammed or not doing that. I think by by the country's what he gets out of it is again, like I said you side. That's his voice is decided this Levy have bring Lance economically, socially, or politically that the that the been ceremony has been trying to get over the last few years, but up until this point. Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia had very effectively gotten most of the western media to frame him as little more than a liberal reformer inside Saudi Arabia, and kind of erase everything else that you talked about. Not to describe him as a tyrant consolidating power within Saudi Arabia, and certainly not to spend much time on the war. He's prosecuting in Yemen. This seems to be like the first major public relations. Disaster from Mohammed bin Salman. Do you think? He just thought killing a Washington Post turn A-List wouldn't try this kind of tension. I have a feeling that he's saying, but we'll draw special attention as far as he is. You have to also remember this person has only come on the scene over the last three years three and a half years. He had no political experience as far as knowing what the world is about. So as far as I'm concerned, it's a lot of hubris. He thinks that whatever he does is gonna be bought by by the international community, especially by by Washington. And unfortunately, American journalists have really fallen or the this thing. He's he's you know, he left women Dr. Big deal. I mean, this is their right? Why would why why should they wait for somebody to let them drive? I mean, it's absurd flor- Florida for American actually some other western Europeans. Why shouldn't you penalty for this? This is great. This is his decorum. Does the society? This is for me. A lot of people in the United States. Surprisingly, so sold sold on on on this agenda of liberalisation that they actually forgot that this person really doesn't know what he's doing. And now all the has all come to all the chickens have come home. And and no now, we don't know what the what the what the future of Saudi Arabia is going to be like because of this man in harbor the Arab center in Washington DC, an
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"Known as m b s. Mohammed bin Salman NBS. Of course, he knew. Here's number two as as we all know, it's never the crime. It's the cover up. So what do you do? This is the question that we have to ask ourselves not the emotional set. But us the rational set, let's take a look at a couple of realities just so we're all on the same page now. Maybe you've got one. I haven't thought of Twitter at Tony cats. Let me know, right. I you have the idea of the geopolitical relationships part of the United States wanting to engage a better list of options in the Middle East. Would just say putting down around and keeping Turkey in check. Even though there are NATO nations. Continued eastward looking for air to one who is an authoritarian is a problem. We are going to have to drop them as a NATO nation. And there's going to be a whole conversation about US hardware there. They have a lot of planes and a lot of weaponry from the United States. I think that that's how it's going to go down. If aired one continues to go down this road. So you want Saudi Arabia, and that relationship in order to continue to have possibilities and capabilities in the Middle East. Now, the libertarian maybe screaming, this is why you shouldn't have entanglements with other nations. Okay. Okay. But you you can have friends, and you can have allies. Sometimes the ally is ugly. I am not somebody who is forgiven September eleventh, and I don't believe we were ever strong enough post September eleventh on Saudi Arabia. We never punched anybody in the neck. We never got ugly, and we need and or down and dirty. I should say I think we needed to. I know we need it. But here we are and Saudi Arabia in that relationship matters. Is there an oil conversation? There's always an oil conversation. Let's not kid ourselves. Partially. The conversation is us buying oil prevents Russia and China to very thirsty nations from being able to do. So actually, it's it's Russia that wants to sell more. The all China is buying the oil that it does exist. Don't pretend that somehow dozen don't be like, Tony. That's just a leftist talking point. It's legit. Of course. It's legit. You've gotta ran you've got an oil conversation. You also have an influence conversation if Saudi Arabia doesn't feel a relationship to the United States, they engage their financial influence with other nations, and that could create more terrorism. Tony what you've basically told me is that Saudi Arabia's no friend of the United States. Now, we're onto something because I believe that to be the truth. But I didn't say they were our friend. I said there were they were our ally. We have some of the same basic desires. What you have in Saudi Arabia is a nation that could be much better. But because of their there's Llamas ways, it won't be because of these will harvest it won't be. But they're not the ones who are trying to develop nuclear weapons and blow up and destroy other nations. That's a ran so by definition Iran is public enemy number one. So therefore, you want to have whatever allies you can in order to put that more pressure on to put an end to the regime. That's there. How do you do that? If you then say you killed Jamal Shoghi were no longer selling weapons were dropping our relations with you. And that doesn't help it doesn't help. Now. A Senator Todd young from Indiana is going to be in the studio in the next hour. We're gonna talk about this because he was he was on the show a couple of weeks ago and or just last week, and he was very much throwing fire on the subject. He wants to put an end to the arms down everything else. We're gonna we're go nose to nose on this one. I'm looking forward to it the marine. I wanna hear a where he is on this and what he thinks. But even though I would still go forward with the arms sale. Even though I would still continue the relationship with Saudi Arabia. I started by saying something as clear as day gone back to last week. Mohammed bin Salman is the dumbest man alive, and you simply can't think that no punishment..
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"This morning that we ought to give them a few more days to complete that. So that we do have a complete understanding of the facts surrounding that which point we can make decisions about how for if the United States should respond to the incident surrounding Mr. Shoghi. So do you have a problem with the president's pace in this investigation? And do you agree. The secretary of state's advice to the president to give the Saudi some time. I think asking Saudi Arabia to do a transparent and complete investigation of what happened to Jamal kashogi is like asking OJ Simpson to do an investigation of who killed Nicole Brown. Clearly, the Saudis were involved in this clearly it was a Saudi hit squad that killed. This guy were their direct order is from the crown prince, Mohammad bin Salman NBS. I don't know. But I think that whoever did it knew that he would he would like it and wasn't a upset with my guess is. He wouldn't do it without his approval. And I, you know, we do have a real dilemma here because it was a horrible attack. It was a barbaric action on their part how they ever thought they were gonna get away with it. I don't know. But having said that we do have a relationship with Saudi Arabia that you can't just blow up we depend on them for cheap oil. We depend on them as a as a counterweight to Iran and a source of stability in the Middle East. But. With us, then go unpunished, and even if he wanted to there are a lot of top members of congress, including a lot of top Republicans, like Lindsey Graham like Bob corker, like our guest on Sunday. Rand Paul who were saying I don't care what our relationship is was with Saudi Arabia. You can't just let this pass and act as if nothing happened here Chris book what is enough? What is enough? So you said, you you admit you can't blow up the relationship the president thinks out loud. You don't have to get a source within the White House. That says the president's mindset is he actually tells you he said, this is bad. If this is true if he knew about it. It's real bad. All right. Let's we don't know. But if there is a tape if they show, it's real bad. What is enough? I don't know that. I I mean, I I'll be honest. I don't know. But I think you have to do something that hurts that says to the world that we don't countenance that that that is not the way the US and US allies act. And you know, I don't, you know, people are saying, well, we need to get the NBS out of their last time. I checked I don't think we have control over the Royal family. But but I will say does somebody said that the NBS mama, mama. The crown prince really running the country betrayed us because we've put a lot of effort. I mean, this was the first trip. President Trump took in two thousand seventeen first foreign trip was to Saudi Arabia. We put a lot of eggs in that basket and for him to act in such a wanton, reckless fashion. Really undercuts us in the in the Middle East and around the world. So, you know, he's he's not a very dependable ally. There's no question about it. And keep this in mind, if you have a pen handy, you might want to jot this down rand Paul doesn't want us in the Middle East at all. It's not like he's saying I was supporting Saudi Arabia until this killing he wants out of Afghanistan. He wants his out of Iraq. Wants this ad. About Lindsey Graham, Lindsey Graham doesn't feel that way. I know. I'm just saying the guests that you have is already. He felt that way. Because I trust your appearance tonight. You're now going to trash my guess nice. Well, I I'm not saying, they're unrelated. I'm not saying anyway, but Lindsey Graham did say our show. He's calling for that crown prince to leave at a new cramp prince to come in. He likes. Do we get a vote and who the crown prince of Saudi Arabia's I punched my ballot. You didn't you you have a hanging back on an absentee ballot. Oh, you do. Okay. Now on the folks in Tampa, are they are they still loving does header they themselves. What the heck did we got ourselves into? Let's see I think we did the impossible we woven. We revealed the relationship that we have with each other will reveal that you don't support me. And my. Apec a relationship. And then when I when I talked substance, I think we gave the audience something. So I think that this is this is something that broadcasting students in universities around the country will be studying. Okay. Something else. We've got which is and this actually affects Florida our power player of the week. You can see we're a little light on gas. We're still we're still working on this. But our power player of the week Jose Andres who is one of the world famous chef says Michelin starred restaurants, it, you know, you have to spend a fortune to go to one of his restaurants. But he has started something called the world central kitchen, and whenever there's a natural disaster. He goes there to do it. And he's right now in the panhandle in Panama City, and Mexico beach. And he is feeding tens of thousands of Floridians every day and instead of doing this perfect little appetizers. He is cooking vats of stew and pie and making thousands of sandwiches is cooked already more than fifty thousand meals since last Sunday, and we're going to talk to him about food relief and about helping helping people see he is in the business. It's not all about him. He's in the business helping other people, and I think actually. If you could learn from him, thank you. It all comes back to a lesson for make could you jot that down help other people I keep forgetting that Chris Wallace. When the you Sunday. Okay. Well, thank you. And and folks, I would advise you to watch because who knows this could be the first and only appearance it ever in this in this show by Brian Kilmeade. So you may want to you know, it'll be something years from now the Fraser a former. Do you? Remember that w studio says goodbye to Chris Wallace. Chris goodbye. I'm not entirely happy at looking at the New York Times bestseller list. And there's your damn book on the list. That's something you take to the grave New York Times bestseller. And now you've done it with two different books. Three three. Yeah. I'm not a specially pleased about them. One.
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"Okay. This mantra that President Trump has said that the news media the enemy the people or the fake news media as he puts her phony news the enemy that people. Look, I have a whole bunch of examples of fake news that I want to get to and I do want to expose some of it because it's it's completely nonsensical. But the idea that somehow prince Mohammad bin Salman. Actually was encouraged to order the murder of the journalist who by the way was not an American and he wasn't a staff member for the Washington Post. He occasionally had articles that were run by the Washington Post. He was an international figures a Saudi citizen, he was actually had strong connections to the Royal family and a couple of points about this killing and it pretty obviously as a killing. I know they don't have the body. They don't have evidence yet. They don't have they have circumstantial evidence. The circumstantial evidence is pretty strong sky walked into the consulate NIST on bologna never came out. So if he were somewhere if he were alive, he would let us know where the people who had kidnapped him would let us know. It's pretty obvious that he's dead. And apparently, there are increasing reports from Turkish sources that he died in a very gruesome and grisly way. And they say they have some tapes of him being tortured and mutilated while he was alive before he got killed and it's quite ugly. It's it's disgusting. In fact, but the idea that this is somehow associated with Trump is ridiculous. What President Trump has done since? He's been president has been to encourage exactly the kind of change in Saudi Arabia that we have known that we've needed for a long time. And you know who acknowledges this. It's Tom Friedman double Pulitzer prize winner in the New York Times big liberal. But he at least is honest enough to recognize that all of a sudden saying, oh, we have to blow up our relationship with Saudi Arabia, and who cares about their oil. He's right. The biggest thing isn't their oil. The biggest thing is Saudi Arabia's role in reforming Islam. Because why harvest Islam which used to emanate from Saudi Arabia was precisely the kind of danger that led to the worst thing that's happened in most of our memories, which is nine eleven. And right now say what you want about him. Mohammed bin Salman NBS has been working to rein that in and to change it. Let me read you some of what Friedman writes today in the New York Times, he says I defined our most important national interest in Saudi Arabia since nine eleven and it's not oil. It's not arms sales. It's not standing up to Iran. It's his law make religious reform, which when come only from Saudi Arabia, the home of Islam's holiest cities mecca Medina. I believe nine eleven was the worst thing to happen to American my lifetime. Tom friedman. We've spent thousands of lives and some two trillion trying to defuse the threat of Muslim extremists from all Qaeda to ISIS dollars that could have gone to many other needs in our society. And I believe the roots of nine eleven came from two terrible bargains one was that bargain between the Saudi ruling family and the kingdom's religious establishment. Where each blessed the other the other was America's cynical bargain with the Saudis. Which went like, this guy's just keep your oil pumps. Open your prices low and don't bother the Israelis too much, and you can do whatever you want out back. Preach, whatever you want in your mosques print whatever conspiracy theories you want in your papers and treat your women. However you want. And he says, so what caught my eye most about Mohammed bin Salman and made me most hopeful was his tentative willingness to engage in a war of ideas with his religious hardliners declaring publicly do not right that we are reinterpreting Islam. We are restoring Islam to its origins. Mohammed bin Salman was the guy who saw to it that women can suddenly allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia. That's a big big deal. He he also has argued publicly that Islam in its origins was tolerant of others, faiths, and empowering of women and opened the new ideas. And the whole idea that somehow whatever follows Mohammed bin Salman is going to be better. I think it's foolish and yes, there has to be a strong response in this has to be condemned. And they're going to have to be people were punished for this was gross crime. But the idea that somehow you're going to create instability in Saudi Arabia, the cost would be terrible, not only in terms of our foreign policy and our confrontation with Iran. But in terms of this entire need that Friedman is right to point to which is the need to reform Islam's most destructive tendencies. Let's go quickly to Jason in Honolulu. You're on the Michael Medved Show. Hey, jason. Hi, thanks for taking the call. Yeah. I was gonna comment about the economics and everything. But I I since you're on this topic. Now, I just want to quickly say that yesterday on your show. When you when you ran the recording of the person that said that America is no longer in the traditional standards of the leader of the free world, you after that was made you somewhat agreed with that. And I have to tell you I wholeheartedly disagree with that statement. I know Trump has taken a slightly different fans than maybe George W Bush. I understand that. But I feel like to share power and control handle of everything that's happening here. Let's not forget it's very few months in office. He dropped the largest farm ever in the history of mankind. So I think she's actually taking a pretty good leadership role. I'm not sure if that bomb achieved what it was meant to do. And by the way, it was the largest in terms of size. Not in terms of impact. I mean still biggest bombs are dropped her. Still.
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"Yeah i heard about the fact that that that has been lifted correct and we're going to have water wars one day there's no doubt about that i mean even the predicts that the funny thing with the cia and what they predict the water worst you gotta look at the flip side george you know this you reported on this you had talked about this in depth we have the ability to manipulate weather we have technology that could actually literally create a storm cloud out of thin air these things do exist so you know if there is a quote unquote water war it is because of artificial scarcity and nothing else that's true i wanted to ask you about saudi arabia by the way in the short king db is been rounding up all these wealthy saudis putting them in jail holding them for ransom and then they spit up billions of dollars and he lets them out what's going on there it's pretty interesting george years ago we had somebody who was very connected to the saudi royals you know from the from the saudi family it self you know communicating speak with us and gave us a heads up of what's going on told us within the next crown prince is going to be long before he was even crowned crown prince mohammad bin salman or nbs's called and said the play by play what's going to go on with them and we reported that on broke money months and in fact years before it even happened i wrote an article on a cold blooded the sand that goes back at least two years before nbs even came to power this purge of what happened is is not surprising there is a change in power there's a change of guard ec for the last several decades saudi arabia has been pumping a lot of oil and the last several years one of their biggest wells and this has been reported about multiple sources their biggest gawar well you know there are six major wells and the biggest one is the gawar well the go war wells pumping out eighty to ninety percent water so the most of the drilling they're going in most of the hydro fracking waters they're putting into that drill the pressure relief that oil it's coming back out there having a problem so saudi arabia since then they have not been putting out reports in terms of what their oil reserves are exactly how much is left are the cops are they at peak they're not reporting any of that and they're not disclosing that okay and then on top of that they've been quickly shifting and as soon as nba tower his moves were number one gets out of arabia diversified out of oil and into what natural gas well there's a problem it'll happen so what do they do they all of a sudden i initially started deal with the qataris to run a natural gas pipeline through qatar into saudi arabia through syria and and this is back in two thousand twelve run it through syria and then out of the mediterranean ports into the into israel at allow the leviathan platform and the and the and the major find over there with the natural gas link it all up and then bring it up to the european markets to challenge what the russian monopoly european energy that went went to shambles and now you know saudi arabia is in a rate they are in a critical crisis the they're old partners department with the qataris now they're trying to blockade the qataris they're trying to create a war with the qataris that's backfiring on them they got into a spur lung king adventure in yemen because yemen also sitting on natural gas reserves and that has blown up in their face i started to vietnam situation or the saudis and the saudis have objectively failed in syria with their funding of isis trying to overthrow assad they're in a serious situation that kingdom is near collapse and.
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"I heard about the sites that has been lifted cracks and we're going to have water wars one day there's no doubt about that i mean even the cia predicts that yeah yeah the funny thing with the cia and what they predict the water worst you got to look at the flip side george you know this you reported on this you've had guests i talked about this depth we have the ability to manipulate weather we have pick nology that could actually literally create a storm cloud out of thin air these things do exist so you know if there is a quote unquote water war it is because of artificial scarcity and nothing else that's true i wanted to ask you about saudi arabia by the way in the short king db has been rounding up all these wealthy saudis putting them in jail holding them for ransom and then they spit up billions of dollars and he lets him out what's going on there well it's pretty interesting george years ago we had somebody who was very connected to the saudi royals you know from the from the saudi family itself you know communicating speak with us and gave us a heads up of what's going on told us within the next crown prince is going to be long before he was even crowned crown prince mohammad bin salman or nbs's called and said the play by play what's going to go on with them bs and we reported that on rogue money months and in fact years before it even happened i wrote an article on a cold blooded the san that goes back at least two years and four mba even came to power this purge of what happened in saudi arabia's match apprising there is a change in power there's change of guard ec for the last several decades saudi arabia has been pumping a lot of oil and the last several years one of their biggest wells and this has been report about multiple sources their biggest while to go war well you know there are six major wells and the biggest one is the galore well the war wells pumping out eighty to ninety percent water so most of the drilling going most hydro fracking water they're putting into that drill the pressure relief that oil it's coming back out there having a problem so saudi arabia since then they have not been you know putting out reports it turns up what their oil reserves are exactly how much is left are the top that are they at peak they're not reporting any of that and they're not disclosing of that okay and on top of that they've been quick we shift the nbs came to power his moves were number one gets out of the arabia diversified out of oil and into what natural gas well there's a problem it'll happen so what do they do they all of a sudden i initially started deal with the qataris to run a natural gas pipeline through qatar into shoddy arabia threw up syria and and this is back in two thousand dollars syria and then out of the mediterranean ports into the israel and allow the leviathan platform and the and the and the major find over there with the natural gas leak it all up and then bring it up to the european markets to challenge what the russian monopoly european energy that went to shambles and now you know saudi arabia is in a rate they are in a critical crisis they're old partners department over the qataris now they're trying to block the qataris they're trying to create a war with the qataris that's backfiring on them they got into a spur lumping adventure in yemen because yemen is also sitting on natural gas reserves and that has blown up their face that started to a vietnam situation for the saudis and the saudis have objectively failed in syria with their funding of isis trying to overthrow assad they are in a serious situation the kingdom is vehicle labs and you know bensimon had all these projects that he wanted to the newer city project which was basically an island in the persian gulf where he was going to make it a deep water port because saudi arabia's lacking a deep water port and it was gonna make it a high tech city kind of like a dubai to compete with dubai banking level.
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"Institutions align environmental social or faithbased goals with their investments more from casey clark at two one five four one nine six one one six wnyc local public affairs reporting is supported in part by the new york community trust helping charitable new york make a lasting difference i'm stephen dubner on the next freakonomics radio what is the stupidest thing you could do with your money it's a tax on smart people don't realize their propensity for doing stupid things wall street's nightmare how to be less stupid with money that's next time freakonomics radio saturday afternoon at four on ninety three point nine fm wnyc this is midday on wnyc and i'm back with new yorker staff writer dexter filkins dexter let's talk about jared kushner what's his relationship with them bs it's pretty fascinating they they they never knew each other before the inauguration nbs and kushner but you know they're they're both they're both kind of young princes they they you know roughly the same age they both grew up very in a very privileged circumstances ten they're both suddenly in positions of great power and so when when the inauguration happened in washington nbs came to the white house and he was one of the first foreign visitors to to meet the president but he christner kind of hit it off and and then kushner has since made several visits to the middle east and they've kind of together they've kind of it's pretty clear they've they've talked a lot about their vision for the region and so a lot of things have been happening in the middle east and there and i think it's fair to say it's a result of this kind of intense kind of friendship and comradeship that to jared kushner nbs appear to have for them and so is one of the things came that came out of it this summit in riyadh in may of two thousand seventeen well yes i mean that was one of the moments when they when they got together but but what happened in the riyadh summit it's it's really interesting it was it was donald trump's first visit abroad and he went to riyadh the capital saudi arabia and brought together every muslim country in the.
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"Is the assent of mohammad bin soman known as nbs youngest son of the current king of saudi arabia who is monitored what is tantamount to an extraordinary bid for absolute power in saudi arabia in a way that is quite extraordinary with respect to uh how whether middle eastern leaders have behaved and certainly by saudi standards this young man if saudi arabia survives could well be king of the kingdom for fifty years that's an extraordinary fact and gives him a fair amount of time and space hopefully to grow into role and president trump weighed in on saudi arabia's king osama and the crown prince hamad bin salman for the purge of the princes and top officials were arrested and detained over the weekend the president tweeted i have great confidence in king solomon and the crown prince of saudi arabia they know exactly what they're doing some of those they are harshly treating have been milking their country for years what do you make of the us response there well what i make as if perhaps the most significant achievement of mbs and his father king soman has been to cast a spell over the trump administration administration it is banking heavily on saudi arabia not only to engage with it in an effort to contain and roll back iran but perhaps even to deliver on what may well be the end liberal which is the president's notion of an ultimate deal between israelis and palestinians have been forget the fact that tub enabling authoritarians is is is to the advantage of the united states which clearly is it this president has it invested heavily in a young man whose conduct abroad in yemen incutter uh and now i suspected members in lebanon uh is only going to increase it seems to me tensions and and in some respects we are far too closely associated with that with him and his policies were what are the risks to the us of being so closely associated there well first of all you've got the disastrous and protracted war in yemen which is all going on for several years a country that was already a failing state if not failed state terrible out break of cholera of significant famine and hunger and tremendous amount of civilian casualties caused by saudi air strikes which we are enabling both with respect.