December 31, 2021. The British paper "The Guardian" reports that " three members of a Saudi hit squad convicted by the kingdom of murdering Jamal Khashoggi are living and working “in seven-star accommodation” inside a government-run security compound in Riyadh. " One of them is Salah al-Tubaigy who used the bone saw to kill and dismember Khashoggi. According to the AP a Turkish newspaper published an account of a recording where al-Tubaigy remarks, "When I do this job I listen to music. You should too."
Al-Tubaigy is still listed as being on the Board of the Saudi Society of Forensic Medicine. The society has a journal and famed U.S. forensic scientist Henry C. Lee is still listed as being on its Editorial Board. Lee is a professor (emeritus) of the University of New Haven which has been criticized for its contract with the King Fahd Security College. The Forensic Society is housed at that college. Click here for details.
November 2, 2021
The news service Reuters is reporting that Houthi forces (they call themselves Ansar Allah) are putting the major Yemeni city of Marib under siege. fighting has gone on for months in areas around the city proper, but in recent weeks Reuters reports this about Ansar Allah attacks: " They have advanced on most districts in Marib, Yemen's only gas-producing region and home to one of the country's largest oilfields in Marib Al Wadi, which along with Marib City remain fully under government control."
What Reuters is calling the Yemeni government are the Yemenis loyal to the remaining groups that are allied to the Saudis. Ansar Allah has occupied the Yemeni capital Sana'a since 2015.
It has been reported that " The leader of the #AnsarAllah movement, #Houthis, Hussein Al-Ezzi, revealed that his group is conducting negotiations with the Islah Party to hand over the rest of the districts of #Marib Governorate." The Islah Party has been in alliance with Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi the leader of forces that the Saudi and the "West" recognize as the head of the Yemeni government. He is usually in Saudi Arabia.
The fall of Marib and its 2-3 million people would be a very large defeat for the Saudi remine and the U.S. government which has sold the Saudi armed forces weapons under the presidencies of Obama, Trump and now Biden.
Note, this site hold no brief for the Houthis and has reported on their apparent crimes against immigrants in the past and their anti-Semitism.
November 1, 2021. No doubt furious over his failure in Yemen Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS), the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is acting against Lebanon. The KSA has banned imports from Lebanon, which will cost the country millions. The Lebanese ambassador has been ordered out of the kingdom and MBS ambassador has returned from Lebanon.
Supposedly the KSA is outraged by a comment by a Lebanese TV host turned government Information Minister named George Kordahi. The AP reports that weeks before he joined the government Kordahi, "In one answer, he called the war in Yemen 'absurd' and said the Iran-backed Houthi rebels have attacked no one and have the right to defend themselves. "
Other tyrant regimes are following the Saudi path (orders). The UAE, Bahrain and Kuwait have ordered Lebanese officials out of their countries. The countries could all join and throw Lebanese of the KSA and Gulf countries. The AP says that's 350,000 workers. That would be a tremendous blow to Lebanon which is already in economic meltdown. It hasn't recovered from the blast a year ago that destroyed much of the port area of its capital Beirut.
Several years ago MBS started a beef with Qatar. Eventually things were patched up. Qatar sits on huge methane deposits so it was not a huge deal for the country. Lebanon sits on debts.
November 3, 2021. For the Cop26 conference this month in Glasgow the Saudi family is pledging the country it rules will go “net zero” by 2060. “Net zero” means “greenhouse gases going into the atmosphere are balanced by removal out of the atmosphere”. It sounds nice, but it’s pretty much a scam because it gives an excuse to fossil fuel producers and users to continue burning the stuff indefinitely in hopes that one day carbon capture will actually be cheap enough to use. (Right now, there’s a Swiss company that will do it for $600 a ton!)
So a promise has been wafted to the air, but as for what’s happening on (and under) the ground Saudi Arabia plans to expand oil production by a million barrels a year by 2027. That’s an 8% increase. This at a time when UN scientists tell us the world must CUT greenhouse gas emissions nearly in half by 2030.
According the Byline Times a British government Department for International Trade (DIT) has written, “Saudi Aramco is exploiting natural gas reserves off the Red Sea coast to support increased domestic demand. This will involve using deepwater technologies for drilling below 1,000 metres." The DIT encourages British business to join in the effort. The Byline Times reports the Saudis plan to use, “carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) and direct air capture (DAC) to capture the carbon and store it in the ground. However, there is little scientific evidence that these technologies are feasible.”
October 30. The Washington Post ran a news story about a man named Mohammed Fulait Ahmed who lives in northwest Yemen. He had an awful choice. He had two sick infants and barely money to go to a city and get treatment for one.
The Post reports “Yemen’s hunger crisis is widespread with many people in Mohammed’s area now surviving on little more than boiled leaves.”… “At least 5 million people are on the brink of famine, the U.N. has said, and some 47,000 people are already living in famine-like conditions” including 5,000 in the district Mohammed lives in.
The FBI has closed its investigation of Saudis who had been in the U.S. who were thought to have connections with Saudi officials and who were all part of the 9/11 attack planning. Three men were particular targets of FBI study. The FBI says, its investigators found "insufficient evidence" to charge any of the three with illegally supporting the hijackers.
However, as the Washington Post reports, "Brett Eagleson, whose father, Bruce, died in the World Trade Center attack, said in a statement that the details in the documents 'help bolster the arguments that high-level Saudi officials aided and supported the 9/11 hijackers."”