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Getting cash from Saudi King Salman is easier than collecting rent, Trump says

DAILY SABAH
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U.S. President Donald Trump told his supporters at a campaign rally on Saturday that getting money from Saudi King Salman was easier than collecting rent "from a tenant in a bad location in New York City."

Trump boasted to a lively crowd in Green Bay, Wisconsin, that he was the first one to make a phone call to the Saudi monarch demanding a fairer trade agreement.

"Saudi Arabia, very rich country. We defend them. We subsidize Saudi Arabia and they have nothing but cash," Trump said. The president claimed that Riyadh purchases $450 billion in goods from the U.S., though the source of that figure is unclear.

He emphasized that although he doesn't want to lose Saudi business, as some politicians have called for, he made it clear to the kingdom that subsidies have to be reduced.

 
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Getting money from Saudi King Salman is "easier than collecting $113.57 from a tenant in a bad location in New York City," US President Trump boasts to his supporters at a campaign rally in Wisconsin

 
"I called the king. I like the king. I said, 'King, we're losing our ass defending you, King, and you have a lot of money,'" Trump said.
 
 

"And he said, 'But, why would you be calling me? Nobody's ever made such a call before.' I said, 'That's 'cause they were stupid," Trump joked.

Trump described the phone call with Saudi King Salman in which he demanded more money.

"We lose $4.5 billion on a country to defend them, and they're rich," Trump said. "So I called them. I said: listen, no good. They were in a state of shock because they've never got a call like this in 25 years, right," he said.

Trump went on: "I said, 'We're losing $4.5 billion every year, we can't do this anymore. This is crazy.' He got very upset, angry, said, 'This is not fair.' I said, 'Of course, this is fair.' He said, 'We'll give you $500 million more' ... I said, 'I want more.' We argued. So, they paid us more than $500 million for one phone call. It took me one call."

The U.S. president wrapped up his story with one last zinger to the kingdom.

"I'll tell you what, honestly, it's easier than collecting $113.57 from a tenant in a bad location in New York City. And it's safer too, believe it or not. It's easier, it's true," Trump said, drawing laughs from his supporters.

 

Neither Riyadh nor Saudi media have commented on the president's gibe.

The Trump administration has had a close relationship with Saudi Arabia, which it views as a bulwark against Iran's ambitions in the region. The kingdom and its allies have been emboldened by Trump's unwavering dedication to pressuring Iran's leadership, which includes his decision to pull out of a nuclear agreement with Iran and re-imposing punishing sanctions to cripple its economy.

Saudi Arabia is one of the major buyers of U.S.-made weapons, and the U.S. provides intelligence and aerial refueling support to the Saudi-led coalition fighting rebels in Yemen. U.S. lawmakers, angered by the Oct. 2 assassination and dismemberment of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, have looked to suspend negotiations with Saudi Arabia on a nuclear technology-sharing agreement and have called for halting arms sales to Riyadh. Trump, nevertheless, maintains that the order of $110 billion in weapons that support 500,000 U.S. jobs should not be put in peril.

Last year, Trump made an undiplomatic remark about the U.S.' close ally Saudi Arabia, saying he warned King Salman he would not last in power "for two weeks" without the backing of the U.S. military.

Riyadh has worked to cultivate warm relations with Trump after having rocky moments with former President Barack Obama. Saudi Arabia welcomed Trump for his first overseas trip as president. Trump's administration, particularly his son-in-law Jared Kushner, has sought a close relationship with King Salman's son, Mohammed bin Salman, the country's crown prince and next in line to the throne.

https://www.dailysabah.com/business/2019/04/30/getting-cash-from-Saudi-king-salman-is-easier-than-collecting-rent-Trump-says

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US govt. body:

Saudi Arabia among top violators of religious freedom

http://en.abna24.com/news//Saudi-arabia-among-top-violators-of-religious-freedom_938992.html

April 30, 2019 - 4:26 PM News Code : 938992 Source : Press TVLink: 

Saudi Arabia among top violators of religious freedom

 

A US government commission has called Saudi Arabia — a close ally of Washington — one of the world’s “worst violators” of religious freedom, citing the Riyadh regime’s discrimination against Shia minorities, non-Muslims, women and prisoners of conscience. 

Ahlul Bayt News Agency (ABNA): A US government commission has called Saudi Arabia — a close ally of Washington — one of the world’s “worst violators” of religious freedom, citing the Riyadh regime’s discrimination against Shia minorities, non-Muslims, women and prisoners of conscience. 

In its 2019 report released on Monday, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) listed Saudi Arabia in its tier one category of the states which merit designation as a “country of particular concern” or CPC. 

The US State Department first designated Saudi Arabia a CPC in 2004, but it has granted an indefinite waiver to Riyadh since 2006. 

The USCIRF recommended that the US State Department re-designate the kingdom a CPC under the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA). 

“Shia Muslims in Saudi Arabia continue to face discrimination in education, employment, and the judiciary, and lack access to senior positions in the government and military,” the survey said. 

It also noted that during a USCIRF visit to Saudi Arabia’s mainly Shia-pupulated Eastern Province, certain Shia Muslims had reported harassment and invasions of privacy by the regime’s forces. 

The report further complained about restrictions of non-Muslims living in the kingdom. 

“As a matter of law, the Saudi government bans the public practice of non-Muslim faiths by citizens and expatriates alike. While the Saudi government has stated repeatedly that non-Muslims who are not converts from Islam may practice their religion in private, this policy has not been codified,” it said. 

Elsewhere, the report criticized Saudi Arabia’s guardianship system for classifying women as “legal minors,” who need permission to study at universities and travel abroad. 

“Saudi Arabia is the only Muslim country with such an extensive system of guardianship, which places severe limitations on women’s religious freedom and human rights,” it added. 

The survey also raised concerns about the situation of Saudi Arabia’s prisoners of conscience and the government’s failure to address the intolerant language in official textbooks inciting hatred and violence toward non-Muslims. 

The report said, however, that the administration recommends renewing a waiver for Saudi Arabia as required in the “important national interest of the United States.” 

It was published before Saudi Arabia’s brutal beheadings of its 37 nationals, which sparked widespread condemnations. 

The commission later reacted to the mass execution in a statement on Friday, saying the US State Department “must stop giving a free pass” to Saudi Arabia and urging the government to lift the waiver. 

USCIRF Chairman Tenzin Dorjee said in the statement, “The Saudi government’s execution of minority [Shia] Muslims on the basis of their religious identity and peaceful activism is not only shocking, but also directly contradicts the government’s official narrative of working toward greater modernization and improving religious freedom conditions.” 

Among other issues that have tarnished the image of the Saudi royal family is the state-sponsored killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October 2018. 

Riyadh has also been under scrutiny over the crimes it has been committing during its US-backed military campaign against Yemen.
 


Despite Riyadh’s brazen rights violations, President Donald Trump has repeatedly stressed the importance of Washington’s alliance with Riyadh, citing petrodollars. 

Addressing his supporters in Wisconsin on Sunday
, Trump indicated that he would remain a steadfast supporter of the Saudi regime, largely due to Riyadh’s purchases from US companies. 

“They have nothing but cash, right?” he told the crowd. “They buy a lot from us. $450 billion they bought.” 

“You had people wanting to cut off Saudi Arabia ... I don’t want to lose them," he added. 

Edited by Ashvazdanghe

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Photos: Commemoration ceremony for Saudi Shiite Martyrs held in Qom / 3

http://en.abna24.com/news//photos-commemoration-ceremony-for-Saudi-shiite-martyrs-held-in-Qom-3_939235.html

May 2, 2019 - 5:31 PM News Code : 939235 Source : ABNA24Link: 

 

Ahlul Bayt News Agency (ABNA): Commemoration ceremony for Saudi Shiite martyrs held at Azam mosque in Qom.

گزارش تصویری/ مراسم گرامیداشت مقام ۳۳ شهید مظلوم شیعه عربستان ــ حاشیه ها

 

گزارش تصویری/ مراسم گرامیداشت مقام ۳۳ شهید مظلوم شیعه عربستان ــ حاشیه ها

 

گزارش تصویری/ مراسم گرامیداشت مقام ۳۳ شهید مظلوم شیعه عربستان ــ حاشیه ها

 

گزارش تصویری/ مراسم گرامیداشت مقام ۳۳ شهید مظلوم شیعه عربستان ــ حاشیه ها

 

گزارش تصویری/ مراسم گرامیداشت مقام ۳۳ شهید مظلوم شیعه عربستان ــ حاشیه ها

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Saudi Arabia prevents Yemenis from performing Umrah for political reasons

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May 7, 2019 - 5:09 PM News Code : 939941 Source : AlmasirahLink: 

 Saudi Arabia prevents Yemenis from performing Umrah for political reasons

 

Hajj and Umrah Section at the Yemen's Ministry of Awqaf (Endowments and Guidance) on Sunday announced that Saudi authorities banned the entry of Yemeni pilgrims, from the northern provinces, to perform Umrah for the current season, despite fulfilling the conditions. 

Ahlul Bayt News Agency (ABNA): Hajj and Umrah Section at the Yemen's Ministry of Awqaf (Endowments and Guidance) on Sunday announced that Saudi authorities banned the entry of Yemeni pilgrims, from the northern provinces, to perform Umrah for the current season, despite fulfilling the conditions. 

"Saudi authorities used to return Yemeni pilgrims from Wadia avenue, although they hold the necessary visa for Umrah, under the pretext that they are from areas under the control of the Supreme Political Council and the National Salvation Government," said Hajj and Umrah's Undersecretary Ismail Dhaifallah in a press statement. 

"It is the right of every Muslim to pilgrimage to Makkah Holy Mosque or to perform Umrah. No one has the right to prevent or deprive Muslims of visiting the Holy Mosque, especially after the completion of the procedures and regulations in force," Dhaifallah added. 

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Destroying homes in Sanabis area (city) Tarout island Qatif after martyring 8 Shias in holy month of Ramadan (video)

http://fa.abna24.com/news/خبری/فیلم-ویرانه‌های-منطقه-شیعه‌نشین-سنابس-پس-از-حمله-نظامیا_751750.html  (video)

http://fa.abna24.com/news/اخبار-آسیای-غربی-و-خاورمیانه/۸-شهید-در-حمله-نظامیان-سعودی-به-منطقه-شیعه-نشین-قطیف-عربستا_751532.html  (name of martyrs)

https://www.google.com/maps/place/جزیرهٔ+تاروت%E2%80%AD/@26.5709639,50.090762,13z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x3e4a0053c387e1f5:0x3101955375fca515!8m2!3d26.5642157!4d50.0495725

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Sanabis,+بحرین%E2%80%AD/@26.2259656,50.5523282,15z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x3e49a57d4332180b:0xfb246bd2d013d0f9!8m2!3d26.2265592!4d50.5459104

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The Saudi authorities will enforce the ruling on the media by three Saudi scholars who are arrested on various charges including "terrorism" after the end of the month of Ramadan, according to sources confirmed by the government and a relative of the advocates of the site.The most prominent of those to be executed, according to the website, is Sheikh Salman al-Awda, known for his relatively progressive views in the Muslim world. He was arrested in September 2017 after publishing a tweet calling for reconciliation between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, The start of the Gulf nation and the imposition of the blockade on Qatar. The other two worlds to be executed are Awad al-Qarni and the famous announcer Ali al-Amri, who were also arrested in September 2017.According to the website, two Saudi government sources confirmed the execution plan for the three men, who are currently awaiting trial at the Special Criminal Court in Riyadh. A session was scheduled for the first of this month, but it was postponed without another date. "These men will be executed once a death sentence is issued," one source told the website.The execution of 37 Saudis, mostly Shiites, in April was a test of how strong the international condemnation was, a Saudi government source said on condition of anonymity. "When they found that there was a very weak international reaction, especially at the level of governments and heads of state, they decided to move ahead with their plan to execute prominent figures," the source said, adding that the timing of the executions would be commensurate with growing tensions between the United States and Iran.

“ميدل إيست آي”: السعودية ستُعدم ثلاث شخصيات بارزة من العلماء بعد رمضان

https://www.elnashra.com/news/show/1314878/“ميدل-إيست-آي”:-السعودية-ستُعدم-ثلاث-شخصيات-بارزة- (original sourcein Arabic)

https://arabtyrantmanual.com (Khashogi & his friends site)

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Saudi Arabia torturing 3 Saudi scholars for opposition to Israel

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May 28, 2019 - 7:34 PM News Code : 944924 Source : FNALink: 

Saudi Arabia torturing 3 Saudi scholars for opposition to Israel

 

Three imprisoned Saudi scholars who have been sentenced to death and are reportedly due to be executed shortly after the holy month of Ramadan are being tortured for their opposition to normalization of ties with Israel. 

Ahlul Bayt News Agency (ABNA): 

"We have been told that Dr.. Ali al-Omari has been transferred to a prison that is notorious for torturing and is run under the supervision of the Royal Court. Before this, Saud al-Qahtani, the special advisor to Mohammed bin Salman, supervised Omari's interrogation and torturing, but a new team is in charge now which is not less brutal than him," wrote Mo'taqeli al-Rai twitter account, which pursues the situation of Saudi inmates imprisoned against human rights, on Tuesday. 

It added that Sheikh Salman al-Ouda, Sheikh Awad al-Qarni and Ali al-Omari are in solitary confinement and being tortured. 

Also, Saudi researcher and university professor Saeed bin Nassar al-Qamedi said in an interview that the three scholars have been imprisoned for their opposition to the Saudi government's policy of normalization of relations with Israel. 

"All groups of people in Saudi Arabia except those called 'the cyber militia' oppose normalization of ties with Israel," he added. 

Saudi officials are reportedly set to execute the three scholars after the holy month of Ramadan as a brutal crackdown led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) against Muslim preachers and intellectuals widens in the kingdom. 

The news outlet Middle East Eye, citing two unnamed Saudi government sources, reported last Tuesday that Ouda is the assistant secretary-general of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, which the Riyadh regime has listed as a terrorist organization. 

Saudi authorities detained the prominent cleric in September 2017 and have held him in solitary confinement without charge or trial ever since. The officials have imposed travel bans on members of his family as well. 

A family member has told Human Rights Watch that the distinguished cleric was being held over his refusal to comply with an order by Saudi authorities to tweet a specific text to support the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar. 

Ouda, instead, posted a tweet, saying, “May God harmonize between their hearts for the good of their people” - an apparent call for reconciliation between the Persian Gulf littoral states. 

Ouda has been prevented from communicating with the outside world since October last year. 

The trio is currently awaiting trial at the Special Criminal Court in the capital Riyadh. A hearing was set for early May, but was postponed without setting a further date. 

“They will not wait to execute these men once the death sentence has been passed,” a source stated on condition of anonymity. 

A second source, requesting not to be named, noted that the beheading of 37 Saudi nationals in a single day in April was used as a trial balloon to see how strong the international condemnation was. 

“When they found out there was very little international reaction, particularly at the level of governments and heads of state, they decided to proceed with their plan to execute figures who were prominent,” the source added. 

The mass execution was the largest in Saudi Arabia since January 2016, when 47 men were executed on a single day, including Shiite cleric Sheikh Mohammed Baqer Nimr al-Nimr. 

It brings the number of such punishments this year to 106, according to a count by Human Rights Watch. Last year, the oil-rich Persian Gulf state carried out the death sentences of 149 people, according to Amnesty International. 

Amnesty International has put Saudi Arabia on the list of top world executioners. According to data from the group, Riyadh executed at least 146 people in 2017, which represents 17 percent of all confirmed executions in the Middle East and North Africa. 

MbS was appointed the first in line to the Saudi throne by his father, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, in June 2017. Since then, MbS has been involved in an aggressive push to purge royals and businessmen critical of his policies under the banner of an “anti-corruption campaign”. He has also ordered the rounding up of scores of activists, high-profile clerics and women's rights defenders. His international reputation has been badly tarnished by his role in Journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder in Turkey last year. 

http://en.abna24.com/news//Saudi-arabia-torturing-3-Saudi-scholars-for-opposition-to-israel_944924.html

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Saudi Arabia seeking to execute teenager who was detained aged 13

 

Saudi Arabia is seeking to execute a teenager who has been imprisoned ever since his arrest as a 13-year-old, human rights experts have said.

Murtaja Qureiris, 18, is facing the death penalty – possibly by crucifixion – over charges including anti-government protests, joining a “terrorist organisation”, firing at security forces and making Molotov cocktails which were later thrown at a police station. 

 

Mr. Qureiris, a member of Saudi Arabia’s minority Shia community, was arrested in 2014 by border authorities while travelling with his family to Bahrain, according to CNN.

 

He was considered at the time by experts to be Saudi Arabia’s youngest known political prisoner. 

https://www.independent.co.United Kingdom/news/world/middle-east/Saudi-arabia-death-penalty-execution-teenager-murtaja-qureiris-a8950251.html?amp

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6 hours ago, Abu Nur said:

What about in Iran? Those who critize the government, what penalty usually they will have if any? 

Salam in majority cases they just face   warnings ,at first if they promise to not repeat it they will face a short term warning but if they broke their promise may face short term  detaining & if repeated their work may face prison 

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Is there anyone in the know about if anything has happened to the clerics who were set to be martyred after Ramadhan? There was a mass of news reports and then it's all gone a bit quiet.

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3 hours ago, Ashvazdanghe said:

Salam in majority cases they just face   warnings ,at first if they promise to not repeat it they will face a short term warning but if they broke their promise may face short term  detaining & if repeated their work may face prison 

Wa Aleikum Salaam,

If they keep continuing it, it should not result to death penalty?

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15 hours ago, Abu Nur said:

What about in Iran? Those who critize the government, what penalty usually they will have if any? 

Imam Khamenei pardons, commutes prison terms of 691 inmates

http://en.abna24.com/news//Imam-Khamenei-pardons-commutes-prison-terms-of-691-inmates_948677.html

June 9, 2019 - 4:52 PM News Code : 948677 Source : Khamenei.irLink: 

Imam Khamenei pardons, commutes prison terms of 691 inmates

 

The Leader of the Revolution agreed to pardon or reduce the sentences of a number of convicts. 

Ahlul Bayt News Agency (ABNA):

On the occasion of the auspicious ‘Eid al-Fitr, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution—Ayatollah Khamenei—agreed with the request to pardon, reduce or change the penalty of 691 eligible convicts at the Public and Revolutionary Courts, the Judicial Organization of Armed Forces, and the State Discretionary Punishment Organization. 

In a letter to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, Hujjat al-Islam Raeisi, head of the Judiciary, had requested the Supreme Leader to agree with the pardoning, reducing or commuting of the sentences of 691 convicts who were found eligible by the Central Office of Pardon. This request was approved by Ayatollah Khamenei according to article 11 of the Constitution's Act 110. 

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