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Saudi regime continues crackdown, citizens call for protests

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The protests, dubbed the 15 September Movement, are set to take place on Friday after people gather in mosques around the country for the weekly congregational prayers.

A Twitter page set up for the movement says the aim of the protests is to urge authorities to address a range of issues including poverty, youth unemployment, housing crisis, increasing women’s rights and releasing political prisoners.

“The movement represents every citizen who is gravely concerned about his homeland and thinks its sovereignty is under the control of the United Arab Emirates and Egypt and that his dignity has been trampled on by (US President) Trump,” a statement for the group says.

“It represents everyone worried about the country’s resources and thinks they are squandered in the pockets of a small class of people,” the statement adds, a likely reference to the Al Saud ruling family.

The movement had received the backing of exiled Saudi dissident Ghanem al-Dosari and anonymous whistleblower Mujtahid, who tweets about the inner secrets of Riyadh’s royal court.

Saudis have taken to social media to discuss the calls for public demonstrations with many hailing the move.

Crackdown on critics

The calls for protests come amid an apparent crackdown on critics of the west-backed regime’s foreign and domestic policies.

On Monday, activists reported on social media that the Saudi authorities had detained more than 20 Muslim preachers and scholars for unspecified reasons.

Prominent clerics Salman al-Awdah, Awad al-Qarni and Ali al-Omary were detained over the weekend, according to Saudi sources.

On Tuesday, activists dedicated to monitoring and documenting what they describe as “prisoners of conscience” reported that at least eight other prominent figures, including clerics, academics, television anchors and a poet, had been “confirmed” detained since Monda

ALQST, a London-based Saudi rights group, also reported more arrests, including several of the same people, although it gave no specific figure.

Detention of “Al-Oudah, al-Qarni, Farhan al-Malki and Mostafa Hassan (are confirmed),” said Yahya al-Assiri, the center’s head, referring to four of those reported to have been arrested. “The rest are also correct, but I don’t have any specific information,” he added.

14 million Twitter followers of dissident cleric

Al-Oudah and al-Qarni – who also supports a reconciliation with Qatar – are both known to be critical of the Saudi regime. Al-Oudah, who has more than 14 million Twitter followers, was jailed in the 1990s

State news agency SPA said earlier on Tuesday that authorities had uncovered “intelligence activities for the benefit of foreign parties” by a group of people it did not identify.

The Doha-based International Union of Muslim Scholars has condemned the reported arrest of Muslim preachers and scholars in Saudi Arabia, urging Saudi King Salman to order their release.

The political upheavals in Saudi Arabia come while there are unconfirmed reports that King Salman plans to abdicate in favor of his son, crown prince Bin Salman. Such a move is likely to lead to royal infighting and increased dissent from clerics and social activists.

Ballisti Yemeni hand in a Saudi camp in Assir

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The Yemeni army and the Popular Committees launched a ballistic missile on Sunday at a Saudi camp in Assir, south of the kingdom.

A military source said that the missile force of the army and the Popular Committees fired a homemade “Badr 1” ballistic missile on an innovative camp for Saudi soldiers in Dhahran Asir.

The source confirmed that the missile hit the target accurately causing casualties and material.

European Report: Saudi Arabia financed the burning of the Iranian consulate and the headquarters of PMF

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The European RadioOsten quoted European intelligence sources as saying. General Soleimani Prevent the burning of US and Saudi consulates to save Basra from the foreign project of a dangerous war.

“European intelligence in Brussels and in more than one European capital were following with great concern the events of the sixth and seventh days in Basra and the days that followed. They were concerned about a major security breach and reprisals carried out by sympathizers with the PMF against the US, Saudi and British consulates,” the report said. Keep Reading

Saudi King Arrests Billionaire Prince Bin Talal, Dozens Of Others In Cabinet Crackdown

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In a shocking development, late on Saturday the Saudi press reported that prominent billionaire, member of the royal Saudi family, and one of the biggest shareholders of Citi, News Corp. and Twitter – not to mention frequent CNBC guest – Al-Waleed bin Talal, along with ten senior princes, and some 38 ministers, has been arrested for corruption and money laundering charges on orders from the new anti-corruption committee headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, while Royal princes’ private planes have been grounded. Keep Reading

Urgent: Ballistic missile hits king Khalid International Airport in Riyadh

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The missile force of the army and popular forces fired on Saturday night a long-range ballistic missile Borkan H2 on king Khalid International Airport in Riyadh. Keep Reading

Yemeni forces launch retaliatory missile attack on Saudi capital, Riyadh

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A statement by Yemen’s official news agency, Saba, said, “The missile force of the army and popular forces fired on Saturday night a long-range ballistic missile Burkan H2 on king Khalid International Airport in Riyadh.” Keep Reading

US Will Continue the Business of War in Yemen – Because Why Not

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The wishful House Concurrent Resolution 81 is now effectively dead, following an expected bit of sleight of hand by the House Rules Committee. The resolution demanded an end to US involvement in the Saudi invasion of Yemen, on the grounds that such involvement was never authorized under the War Powers Act. Under the War Powers Act, any Congressman is able to bring such a legal challenge, and is guaranteed a floor vote on the matter. Keep Reading

Ex-Saudi minster defends meeting with Israel officials

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Speaking alongside a former director of Mossad, Efraim Halevy, Al-Faisal thanked the Israel Policy Forum for hosting him and expressed hope that it would not be his last meeting of its kind. Keep Reading

Bahrain calls for freezing of Qatar’s PGCC membership

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Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifah has warned that his country will not attend an upcoming Persian Gulf Cooperation Council if Qatar doesn’t alter its stance on regional issues. Keep Reading

US worked with Saudi regime, Qatar, Turkey to support terrorists in Syria: Ex-Qatar PM

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Hamad bin Jassim admitted in an interview on October 26 with Qatari national broadcaster that his country, a tiny state to the south of the Persian Gulf, was part of a group of four countries that delivered weapons and funds to the terrorists in Syria. Keep Reading

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