• Ben Salmane « a tenté de persuader Netanyahou de faire la guerre à #Gaza » | Middle East Eye
    https://www.middleeasteye.net/fr/reportages/ben-salmane-tent-de-persuader-netanyahou-de-faire-la-guerre-gaza-5375

    Le prince héritier saoudien Mohammed ben Salmane (MBS) a tenté de persuader le Premier ministre israélien Benyamin Netanyahou de déclencher un conflit avec le Hamas à Gaza dans le cadre d’un plan visant à détourner l’attention du meurtre du journaliste Jamal Khashoggi, ont indiqué à Middle East Eye des sources en #Arabie_saoudite.


  • Wer keine Fehler macht, lernt nichts. Ahmed, der Kairoer Taxifahrer...
    https://diasp.eu/p/8018372

    Wer keine Fehler macht, lernt nichts. Ahmed, der Kairoer Taxifahrer und einer der klügsten unter meinen Bekannten, meint, das würde auch für das Nachdenken über Politik gelten. Stellen wir uns also die Frage aus meinem vorigen Jemen-Beitrag (vom 30. Okt 2018: Der wahre Grund des Jemen-Kriegs) noch einmal: Was steckt hinter dem Saudi/Emirati/US/GB-Krieg gegen den Jemen wirklich? Dass diese Frage weiterhin eine offene sein soll, quält mich immer noch - und vielleicht auch einige andere.

    Elektrisiert hatte mich ein Bericht der ägyptischen Zeitung Al Ahram Weekly, wonach die im Jemen liegenden Ölvorräte größer seien als die der drei Golfstaaten Saudi-Arabien, Kuwait und der Vereinigten Emirate zusammengenommen. Meine durch diese Behauptung ausgelöste Kern-These: WENN diese Behauptung zutreffen (...)

    • lien propre :

      https://www.heise.de/tp/features/Jemens-Reichtum-als-Kriegsgrund-Zweiter-Versuch-4218943.html

      [...]

      Elektrisiert hatte mich ein Bericht der ägyptischen Zeitung Al Ahram Weekly, wonach die im Jemen liegenden Ölvorräte größer seien als die der drei Golfstaaten Saudi-Arabien, Kuwait und der Vereinigten Emirate zusammengenommen. Meine durch diese Behauptung ausgelöste Kern-These: WENN diese Behauptung zutreffen würde, dann hieße das, dass es für den derzeitigen Völkermord im Jemen zumindest das gibt, was ihm bisher fehlt: eine einleuchtende Erklärung. Was nie und nimmer mit einer moralischen Rechtfertigung verwechselt werden sollte. Man beachte: Es geht mir erst mal nur darum, diesen Krieg zu verstehen. Die Moral eines Völkermordes ist eine andere Sache.

      Der Jemen - von allen arabischen Ländern das ärmste? Von wegen: Von seinem Potential her eines der reichsten der Erde! Und schon verliert die bislang offene Frage nach den ausschlaggebenden wahren Gründen hinter dem saudi/emiratischen etc. Völkermord im Jemen ihre Bedeutung. Vor allem im Kontext der weiteren Annahmen über (a) das bevorstehende Ende der Ölvorräte am Golf und über (b) die Voraussetzungen für die Realisierung der saudischen VISION 30.

      Was ich wirklich erst jetzt sehe: In dieser (gerafften) Argumentation zeigt sich genau dieselbe Fixiertheit auf das Öl, die man gewöhnlich den Öl-Magnaten und deren Potentaten anlastet: “It’s the Oil, Stupid!” Ich hätte nicht “Reichtum” mit “Öl- und Gas” gleichsetzen dürfen. Öl und Gas sind nicht die einzigen Quellen des Reichtums; andere Bodenschätze sind mitunter nicht weniger gewinnbringend (Diamanten z.B.). Aber auch der Blick auf die weiteren Bodenschätze des Landes wäre bei der Einschätzung der Potentiale des Jemen ein viel zu enger.

      Darauf hat - Schande über mich! - nun ausgerechnet der Artikel den allergrößten Wert gelegt, der mein neuerliches Nachdenken über den Jemenkrieg und dessen tiefere Gründe erst ausgelöst hat: Der schon mehrfach erwähnte Al Ahram-Artikel von Hanan al Hakry. Dieser Autor verwendet 13/15-tel seines Artikels darauf, “Yemen’s Vast Potential” anhand der strategischen Lagevorteile und der potentiellen weltwirtschaftlichen Bedeutung der zahlreichen Häfen des Jemen auszubuchstabieren - von Aden über Hodeida und Saleef im Westen und über Balhaf, Mukkala, Nashtun bis zu Qana (Bir Ali) im Süden:

      “Yemen … possesses vast stretches of maritime waters, numerous ports situated along a major international navigation route, and more than 150 islands and archipelagos.” In summa: “Economists predict that Yemen will become one of the richest countries in the world because of its wealth in ports, islands and resources.”(Hervorhebung von mir). Quellen enthält dieser Artikel nicht. (Bei Hanan Al Hakry , dem derzeitigen Jemen-Experten der Al Ahram, wird der Jemen-Krieg mit keinem Wort auch nur erwähnt. Warum wohl nicht?)

      Die Basis des (potentiellen) Reichtums des Jemen ist also komplexer: Sie umfasst außer den Bodenschätzen (wie Öl) auch die ganze Palette der jemenitischen Häfen, den mit den größten Häfen Südasiens konkurrenzfähigen zukünftigen Schaltstellen des Welthandels.

      [/]

      #Yemen #Jemen #Saudi-Arabien
      #Arabie_Saoudite

      #gisement_pétrolier #pétrole #ressources

      #auf_deutsch


  • La France veut « couvrir » son client saoudien, d’après Rai Al-Youm - Actuarabe
    http://actuarabe.com/la-france-veut-couvrir-son-client-saoudien

    Est-il possible qu’un pays si éloigné que le Canada reçoive une copie des enregistrements et que la France en soit privée ? Il est évident que le Ministre français des affaires étrangères fait les yeux doux à Riyad afin d’obtenir une grande part du gâteau de ses revenus pétroliers. Il est bien triste que la plupart des pays occidentaux, si ce n’est la totalité, fassent passer les transactions commerciales avant les libertés et les droits de l’homme.


  • Sponsoriser la guerre, soutenir la dictature, « et en même temps » célébrer la paix | L’Humanité

    https://www.humanite.fr/sponsoriser-la-guerre-soutenir-la-dictature-et-en-meme-temps-celebrer-la-pa

    Sponsoriser la guerre, soutenir la dictature, « et en même temps » célébrer la paix
    Vendredi, 9 Novembre, 2018
    Pauline Tétillon

    Par Pauline Tétillon, co-présidente de l’association Survie.

    Lorsqu’Emmanuel Macron affirmait, il y a un an lors de son déplacement à Ouagadougou, qu’« il n’y [avait] plus de politique africaine de la France », sans doute fallait-il comprendre que les critères de respect des droits humains et de démocratie n’avaient désormais pas plus d’importance en Afrique qu’ailleurs : il ne serait finalement même plus question de faire semblant. Mais c’est oublier que le soutien de la France à des régimes criminels en Afrique comporte des modalités pratiques qui contredisent dans les faits de telles déclarations, et qui concourent à la guerre et la terreur que prétendent occulter les célébrations du premier « forum de Paris sur la paix » organisé à l’occasion du centenaire de l’armistice de 1918.

    #guerre #paix #macron #imposture #crapulerie #arabie_saoudite


  • MIT and Harvard reconsidering Saudi ties after Khashoggi murder | World news | The Guardian
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/13/saudi-arabia-mit-harvard-funding-mohammed-bin-salman-reconsidering-khas

    Last March, Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, came to the United States with a mission: to boost his image as a moderniser, liberaliser and reformer at a time when he stood accused of war crimes in Yemen and had recently consolidated power by jailing rivals, critics, rights activists and even family members.
    Saudi Arabia says it is a beacon of light fighting ‘dark’ Iran
    Read more

    Over the course of his three-week trip he appeared alongside American giants of government, business and entertainment, inking lucrative business deals while letting the celebrity and reputation of people such as Michael Bloomberg, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Dwayne Johnson rub off on him.

    #mit #boston #arabie_saoudite



  • Gabon. Le silence sur la santé du président Ali Bongo alimente les spéculations | Courrier international
    https://www.courrierinternational.com/revue-de-presse/gabon-le-silence-sur-la-sante-du-president-ali-bongo-alimente

    Depuis le “malaise” à Riyad d’Ali Bongo le 28 octobre, le mystère demeure sur son réel état de santé. Il n’est pas réapparu publiquement depuis. La presse locale se demande si le chef d’État gabonais reprendra un jour les commandes du pays.

    C’est étonnant comme il est difficile d’obtenir des nouvelles précises de certaines personnes en contact avec les Saoudiens... Tout de même, le sort d’un journaliste au NYT a l’air plus important que celui d’un président nègre.

    #gabon #arabie_saoudite


  • ملف خاشقجي : نقطة دم “جافة” تثير سلطات التحقيق التركية | رأي اليوم
    https://www.raialyoum.com/index.php/%d9%85%d9%84%d9%81-%d8%ae%d8%a7%d8%b4%d9%82%d8%ac%d9%8a-%d9%86%d9%82%d8%b

    Après le bain d’acide, le détonnant polar saoudien se poursuit avec une seule et unique goutte de sang trouvée dans un coin de la maison du consul... Son ADN pourra-t-il être reconstitué afin de savoir si elle appartenanit à Khashoggi ou à quelqu’un d’autre ? La suite au prochain épisode...

    #arabie_saoudite #gore


  • تطبيعُ دينيٌّ؟ السعوديّة تمنع حُجّاج الداخل الفلسطينيّ من الحّج والعمرة بجوازات سفرٍ أردنيّةٍ مؤقتةٍ فهل سيكون الدخول للمملكة بالجواز الإسرائيليّ؟ | رأي اليوم
    https://www.raialyoum.com/index.php/%d8%aa%d8%b7%d8%a8%d9%8a%d8%b9%d9%8f-%d8%af%d9%8a%d9%86%d9%8a%d9%91%d9%8c

    A rebours de ce qu’on pourrait attendre, la normalisation par la religion. Depuis 40 ans, les Palestiniens « de l’intérieur » (notamment) peuvent faire le pèlerinage grâce à un « passeport temporaire » accordé pour l’occasion par les Jordaniens. Ils peuvent ainsi partir de l’aéroport Ben Gourion, transitent à Amman et vont ensuite vers les lieux saints. L’Arabie saoudite vient de mettre un terme au système en cours. Prélude, se demandent certains, à une autorisation de vols directs depuis Israël ? Dilemme pour les Palestiniens pieux et nationalistes : faire passer en premier la fidélité aux principes politiques ou à ceux de la foi ?...

    #arabie_saoudite #palestine #pèlerinage


  • Saudis used Israeli spyware to track Khashoggi: Snowden - World News

    http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/saudis-used-israeli-spyware-to-track-khashoggi-snowden-138669

    Software made by an Israeli cyber security firm was used to track murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a former U.S. National Security Agency contractor and whistleblower claimed Nov. 7.

    Addressing a conference in Tel Aviv, Israel via a video call from Russia, Edward Snowden said Pegasus spyware sold to governments by NSO Group Technologies was used to track opponents.

    “The Saudis, of course, knew that Khashoggi was going to go to the consulate, as he got an appointment. But how did they know his intention and plans?”

    Khashoggi, a Saudi national and columnist for The Washington Post, was killed on Oct. 2 after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.


  • L’Arabie Saoudite bloque le contrat des corvettes Meko A200 en Egypte
    https://fr.finance.yahoo.com/actualites/larabie-saoudite-bloque-contrat-corvettes-204032404.html

    Selon des sources allemandes concordantes, le contrat de quatre Meko A200 évalué à 2 milliards d’euros, qui a été signé à la mi-septembre entre le ministère de la défense égyptien et ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), aurait été gelé rapidement après la signature. Initialement l’accord portait sur deux Meko fabriquées en Allemagne, le contrat porte sur quatre Meko, dont une fabriquée en Egypte.

    Pourquoi ce gel alors que la mise en vigueur de ce contrat semblait une formalité pour TKMS ? Tout simplement parce que l’Arabie Saoudite, qui finance une grande majorité des acquisitions d’armement de l’Egypte, aurait mis son veto catégorique au projet naval allemand. Résultat, sans financement saoudien, Le Caire, victime collatérale de la nouvelle dégradation des relations entre Ryad et Berlin, ne peut plus conclure l’acquisition des quatre corvettes Meko A200.

    Dieu merci ! Macron n’a rien dit qui puisse mettre en péril les exportations d’armes françaises vers l’#arabie_saoudite


  • #Arabie_Saoudite toujours plus gore : L’exécution d’une domestique indonésienne

    provoque l’indignation | Al HuffPost Maghreb
    https://www.huffpostmaghreb.com/entry/arabie-saoudite-lexecution-dune-domestique-indonesienne-provoque-li

    DRAME - L’Arabie saoudite, qui n’en finit pas de ternir son image et froisser ses relations avec la communauté internationale, nage à nouveau en eaux troubles. Quelques jours après l’assassinat du journaliste critique du pouvoir, Jamal Khashoggi, une domestique indonésienne a été exécutée par les autorités saoudiennes pour avoir tué son agresseur. Une sanction violente dénoncée par l’Indonésie, qui n’avait pas été informée au préalable de l’exécution de sa ressortissante et qui s’indigne de sa disparition.

    Tuti Tursilawati, la trentaine, mère d’un enfant et originaire de Majalengka, en Indonésie, a été exécutée lundi, sept ans après avoir été reconnue coupable du meurtre du père de son employeur et condamnée à la peine de mort, en Arabie saoudite. Un acte de légitime défense contre des agressions sexuelles répétitives, selon l’ONG indonésienne Migrant Care qui condamne cet acte et précise que la jeune femme avait battu à mort son agresseur à l’aide d’un bâton car elle craignait à nouveau des abus sexuels.

    #peine_de_mot #droits_humains #viol #culture-du_viol


  • Un documentaire interdit sur le lobby pro-israélien aux États-Unis

    https://orientxxi.info/magazine/un-documentaire-interdit-sur-le-lobby-pro-israelien-aux-etats-unis,2715

    Au mois de septembre Alain Gresh écrit un article à propos d’une enquête réalisée par la chaîne #Al-Jazira, propriété du Qatar, sur l’action du lobby pro-israélien aux États-Unis.

    Orient XXI en a publié les versions arabe et anglaise. Ce documentaire, réalisé notamment grâce à un journaliste infiltré, devait être diffusé au début de l’année 2018. Il ne l’a finalement pas été, suite à un accord entre le gouvernement du Qatar et une partie du lobby pro-israélien qui a, en échange, accepté d’adopter une attitude neutre dans le conflit entre l’Arabie saoudite et le petit émirat. Ayant eu accès au documentaire, Orient XXI en avaient divulgué les éléments essentiels.

    Orient XXI a décidé, avec Electronic Intifada aux États-Unis et Al-Akhbar au Liban, de rendre public ce documentaire. Il y va du droit à l’information. Car cette enquête, après celle réalisée par la même chaîne sur le lobby au Royaume-Uni, pose des questions de fond : dans une démocratie, a-t-on le droit d’espionner les citoyens sur la base de leurs convictions ? Est-il normal que le gouvernement israélien participe et orchestre ces campagnes sur le sol de pays dits « alliés » ?

    #israël #états-unis #qatar #arabie_saoudite


  • Khashoggi murder: Saudi prince ’said he was dangerous Islamist’ - BBC News
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-46067959

    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told the US he considered murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi to be a dangerous Islamist, media reports say.

    Prince Mohammed’s reported phone call to the White House came before Saudi Arabia admitted he had been killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

    Saudi Arabia has denied the reports in the Washington Post and New York Times.

    A Saudi national and well-known critic of Saudi rulers, Khashoggi was killed and his body dismembered on 2 October.

    #arabie_saoudite #de_plus_en_plus_gore


  • How the War in Yemen Became a Bloody Stalemate — and the Worst Humanitarian Crisis in the World - The New York Times
    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/10/31/magazine/yemen-war-saudi-arabia.html

    Dahyan, a town in the far northwest of #Yemen, is a farming settlement about two hours’ drive from the Saudi border. On its dusty, unpaved main street, a large crater is still visible near a fruit-and-vegetable stand, marked out by flimsy wooden stakes and red traffic tape. It was here that a laser-guided bomb dropped by a Saudi jet struck a school bus taking students on a field trip on the morning of Aug. 9, killing 44 children and 10 adults. Even for a population that had grown accustomed to tragedy after more than three years of war, the bus bombing was shocking. Shrapnel and tiny limbs were scattered for hundreds of yards around. The bomb that hit the bus, several local people told me, bore markings showing it was made in the United States. The site has now become something of a shrine. On a brick wall a few yards from the crater, large painted letters in both English and Arabic proclaim, “America Kills Yemeni Children.”

    #arabie_saoudite


  • Israa Al-Ghomgham, a Saudi woman facing the death penalty for peaceful protest · Global Voices
    https://globalvoices.org/2018/10/31/israa-al-ghomgham-a-saudi-woman-facing-the-death-penalty-for-peaceful-

    uman rights advocate Israa Al-Ghomgham is facing the death penalty in Saudi Arabia, for her non-violent human rights related activities.

    Al-Ghomgham was arrested in 2015 along with her husband, activist Mousa Al-Hashim, over their roles in anti-government protests in Al-Qatif back in 2011, when pro-democracy protests spread across the Middle East and North Africa.

    #arabie_saoudite #barbares #droits_humains


  • Le Gabon en plein questionnement | Le Point Afrique
    http://afrique.lepoint.fr/actualites/le-gabon-en-plein-questionnement-01-11-2018-2267748_2365.php

    Le moins que l’on puisse dire, c’est qu’avec la nouvelle de l’hospitalisation du président Ali bongo Ondimba à Riyad, hospitalisation due à un «  malaise  » selon les informations délivrées par le porte-parole de la présidence, Ike Ngouoni Aïla Oyouomi, le Gabon nage dans l’incertitude. En effet, dimanche dernier, l’information a été donnée que le président âgé de 59 ans était depuis mercredi à l’hôpital King Faisal de Riyad, en Arabie saoudite. Hospitalisation mercredi, annoncée dimanche. Il n’en fallait pas plus pour que les rumeurs les plus folles circulent ici et là, tant au Gabon que dans de nombreux pays africains.
    Entre folles rumeurs...

    C’est ainsi qu’une télévision privée camerounaise a annoncé la mort du président gabonais Ali Bongo Ondimba. Mal leur en a pris puisque réunie mardi à Libreville, la Haute Autorité de la communication (HAC) a demandé le retrait pour six mois de Vision 4, télévision privée camerounaise réputée proche du pouvoir. «  Inexacte et trompeuse  », a indiqué la HAC qui a estimé que cette annonce a porté «  atteinte à l’unité nationale, la cohésion sociale et l’ordre public  ». Il faut dire qu’une autre information est mise en avant par la présidence même du Gabon qui a indiqué que «  les médecins qui l’ont consulté ont diagnostiqué une fatigue sévère due à une très forte activité ces derniers mois  ». Prescription requise : «  repos médical  », selon le porte-parole du Palais de bord de mer. Et de préciser : «  Il va mieux et se repose en ce moment même à l’hôpital à Riyad.  » Mercredi soir, le prince héritier saoudien, Mohammed ben Salmane, lui a rendu visite si l’on en croit l’agence de presse officielle saoudienne (SPA).

    #mbs #arabie_saoudite #gabon


  • Authorities probing immigrant Saudi sisters’ mystery deaths
    https://apnews.com/094178ff98c34dfa89b372c963193757

    Their mother told detectives the day before the bodies were discovered, she received a call from an official at the Saudi Arabian Embassy, ordering the family to leave the U.S. because her daughters had applied for political asylum, New York police said Tuesday.

    #assassinats #arabie_saoudite


  • MbS: The New Saddam of Arabia? – LobeLog
    https://lobelog.com/mbs-the-new-saddam-of-arabia

    As Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) has terrorized his opponents at home and abroad, fear has spread within the Saudi kingdom. Has he become the new Saddam of Arabia? As Iraq’s Saddam Hussein did in the 1980s, MbS is cementing his power domestically and regionally through fear and economic largesse under the guise of fighting Iran, Islamic radicalism, and terrorism.

    Much like the tyrant of Baghdad did in Iraq, MbS has crushed his domestic and regional opponents. Both of them have enlisted the support of foreign powers, especially the United States and Britain, to buttress their hold on power in their territories and expand their reach internationally. They both spoke the language of “reform,” which appeals to Western audiences, and both demonized Iran as a promoter of regional instability and a source of evil internationally.

    They both used chemical weapons against their opponents—Saddam against his Kurdish citizens and against Iran during the Iran-Iraq war; MbS against civilians in Yemen. Saddam threatened and later invaded his neighbor Kuwait. MbS has waged a vicious campaign against his neighbor and fellow Gulf Cooperation Council member Qatar and threatened to invade it.

    Saddam and MbS also cynically donned the mantle of Sunni Islam in their hypocritical claims against the so-called Shia Crescent and its main proponent Iran. Saddam’s “Republic of Fear” seems to be slowly morphing into a “Kingdom of Fear” under MbS.

    #arabie_saoudite


  • Saudis demanded good publicity over Yemen aid, leaked UN document shows | Global development | The Guardian
    https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/oct/30/saudis-demanded-good-publicity-over-yemen-aid-leaked-un-document-shows

    Saudi Arabia demanded that aid agencies operating in Yemen should provide favourable publicity for Riyadh’s role in providing $930m (£725m) of humanitarian aid, an internal UN document reveals.

    Saudi military intervention in the three-year civil war is widely regarded as a prime cause of the humanitarian disaster that has seen 10,000 civilians killed, and left millions close to starvation. The kingdom intervened in Yemen to restore a UN-recognised government, and push back Iranian-supported Houthi rebels.

    Un seul tag possible #psychopathie en plus de #arabie_saoudite


  • The Tragedy of Saudi Arabia’s War - The New York Times

    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/10/26/world/middleeast/saudi-arabia-war-yemen.html

    Chest heaving and eyes fluttering, the 3-year-old boy lay silently on a hospital bed in the highland town of Hajjah, a bag of bones fighting for breath.

    His father, Ali al-Hajaji, stood anxiously over him. Mr. Hajaji had already lost one son three weeks earlier to the epidemic of hunger sweeping across Yemen. Now he feared that a second was slipping away.

    It wasn’t for a lack of food in the area: The stores outside the hospital gate were filled with goods and the markets were bustling. But Mr. Hajaji couldn’t afford any of it because prices were rising too fast.

    “I can barely buy a piece of stale bread,” he said. “That’s why my children are dying before my eyes.”

    #arabie_saoudite #yémen #barbares


  • “Je n’ai pas lu le rapport” : la désarmante légèreté d’un député
    https://www.telerama.fr/television/mon-pays-fabrique-des-armes-je-me-suis-confrontee-six-mois-a-lomerta-de-lad

    J’ai décidé d’interroger Jean-Charles Larsonneur, député LREM et membre de la commission Défense, alors élu depuis six mois, en contact régulier avec les industriels, et ancien du Quai d’Orsay. Il m’a semblé être la personne idéale. Il était en outre tout à fait prévenu que je m’intéressais aux exportations.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiT2KaOMszI

    Ce jour-là, j’arrive donc avec le rapport, sur lequel j’ai mille questions à poser. Notamment sur les ventes à l’Arabie saoudite, classée par le rapport comme notre deuxième client. L’interview à peine commencée, il me dit qu’il ne l’a pas lu ! A ce moment-là, la journaliste en moi se dit que c’est vraiment une information importante. La citoyenne, elle, est abasourdie. Cela faisait six mois que je me confrontais à l’omerta de l’administration. Si les gens qui nous représentent, qui sont en capacité de poser les questions, ne prennent même pas le temps de lire le rapport, c’est extrêmement grave.

    J’ai tenu à continuer l’interview malgré tout. Et là, la situation devient ubuesque : il me reparle lui-même du rapport, avec ses éléments de langage, en en vantant les mérites, comme s’il l’avait lu ! C’est proprement scandaleux. Après le tournage, il m’a fait comprendre qu’il ne serait pas correct de garder le passage sur l’Arabie saoudite, car il n’est pas spécialiste du rapport. Mais je ne suis pas d’accord : qui pose les questions alors ?


  • Dallemagne : « l’#Arabie_saoudite pose de sérieux problèmes de #sécurité à la #Belgique »
    https://www.rtbf.be/info/belgique/detail_dallemagne-l-arabie-saoudite-pose-de-serieux-problemes-de-securite-a-la-

    Hier soir, le débat de l’émission À Votre Avis se penchait sur la question et la problématique de l’exportation d’#armes belges vers des pays qui ne respectent les Droits de l’Homme. Le député Fédéral cdH, Georges Dallemagne a affirmé que, non seulement le comportement de l’Arabie saoudite cause actuellement des problèmes vis-à-vis des Droits de l’Homme, mais c’est surtout le seul à poser des problèmes majeurs de sécurité.


  • The Real Reasons Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Wanted Khashoggi ‘Dead or Alive’
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-real-reasons-saudi-crown-prince-mohammed-bin-salman-wanted-khasho

    Christopher Dickey 10.21.18
    His death is key to understanding the political forces that helped turn the Middle East from a region of hope seven years ago to one of brutal repression and slaughter today.

    The mind plays strange tricks sometimes, especially after a tragedy. When I sat down to write this story about the Saudi regime’s homicidal obsession with the Muslim Brotherhood, the first person I thought I’d call was Jamal Khashoggi. For more than 20 years I phoned him or met with him, even smoked the occasional water pipe with him, as I looked for a better understanding of his country, its people, its leaders, and the Middle East. We often disagreed, but he almost always gave me fresh insights into the major figures of the region, starting with Osama bin Laden in the 1990s, and the political trends, especially the explosion of hope that was called the Arab Spring in 2011. He would be just the man to talk to about the Saudis and the Muslim Brotherhood, because he knew both sides of that bitter relationship so well.

    And then, of course, I realized that Jamal is dead, murdered precisely because he knew too much.

    Although the stories keep changing, there is now no doubt that 33-year-old Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the power in front of his decrepit father’s throne, had put out word to his minions that he wanted Khashoggi silenced, and the hit-team allegedly understood that as “wanted dead or alive.” But the [petro]buck stops with MBS, as bin Salman’s called. He’s responsible for a gruesome murder just as Henry II was responsible for the murder of Thomas Becket when he said, “Who will rid me of that meddlesome priest?” In this case, a meddlesome journalist.

    We now know that a few minor players will pay. Some of them might even be executed by Saudi headsmen (one already was reported killed in a car crash). But experience also tells us the spotlight of world attention will shift. Arms sales will go ahead. And the death of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi risks becoming just one more entry in the annals of intensifying, murderous repression of journalists who are branded the “enemy of the people” by Donald Trump and various two-bit tyrants around the world.

    There is more to Khashoggi’s murder than the question of press freedom, however. His death holds the key to understanding the political forces that have helped turn the Middle East from a region of hope seven years ago to one of brutal repression and ongoing slaughter today. Which brings us back to the question of the Saudis’ fear and hatred of the Muslim Brotherhood, the regional rivalries of those who support it and those who oppose it, and the game of thrones in the House of Saud itself. Khashoggi was not central to any of those conflicts, but his career implicated him, fatally, in all of them.

    The Muslim Brotherhood is not a benign political organization, but neither is it Terror Incorporated. It was created in the 1920s and developed in the 1930s and ‘40s as an Islamic alternative to the secular fascist and communist ideologies that dominated revolutionary anti-colonial movements at the time. From those other political organizations the Brotherhood learned the values of a tight structure, party discipline, and secrecy, with a public face devoted to conventional political activity—when possible—and a clandestine branch that resorted to violence if that appeared useful.

    In the novel Sugar Street, Nobel Prize-winning author Naguib Mahfouz sketched a vivid portrait of a Brotherhood activist spouting the group’s political credo in Egypt during World War II. “Islam is a creed, a way of worship, a nation and a nationality, a religion, a state, a form of spirituality, a Holy Book, and a sword,” says the Brotherhood preacher. “Let us prepare for a prolonged struggle. Our mission is not to Egypt alone but to all Muslims worldwide. It will not be successful until Egypt and all other Islamic nations have accepted these Quranic principles in common. We shall not put our weapons away until the Quran has become a constitution for all Believers.”

    For several decades after World War II, the Brotherhood’s movement was eclipsed by Arab nationalism, which became the dominant political current in the region, and secular dictators moved to crush the organization. But the movement found support among the increasingly embattled monarchies of the Gulf, including and especially Saudi Arabia, where the rule of the king is based on his custodianship of Mecca and Medina, the two holiest sites in Islam. At the height of the Cold War, monarchies saw the Brotherhood as a helpful antidote to the threat of communist-led or Soviet-allied movements and ideologies.

    By the 1980s, several of the region’s rulers were using the Brotherhood as a tool to weaken or destroy secular opposition. Egypt’s Anwar Sadat courted them, then moved against them, and paid with his life in 1981, murdered by members of a group originally tied to the Brotherhood. Sadat’s successor, Hosni Mubarak, then spent three decades in power manipulating the Brotherhood as an opposition force, outlawing the party as such, but allowing its known members to run for office in the toothless legislature, where they formed a significant bloc and did a lot of talking.

    Jordan’s King Hussein played a similar game, but went further, giving clandestine support to members of the Brotherhood waging a covert war against Syrian tyrant Hafez al-Assad—a rebellion largely destroyed in 1982 when Assad’s brother killed tens of thousands of people in the Brotherhood stronghold of Hama.

    Even Israel got in on the action, initially giving Hamas, the Brotherhood branch among the Palestinians, tacit support as opposition to the left-leaning Palestine Liberation Organization (although PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat once identified with the Brotherhood himself).

    The Saudi royals, too, thought the Brotherhood could be bought off and manipulated for their own ends. “Over the years the relationship between the Saudis and the Brotherhood ebbed and flowed,” says Lorenzo Vidino, an expert on extremism at George Washington University and one of the foremost scholars in the U.S. studying the Brotherhood’s history and activities.

    Over the decades factions of the Brotherhood, like communists and fascists before them, “adapted to individual environments,” says Vidino. In different countries it took on different characteristics. Thus Hamas, or its military wing, is easily labeled as terrorist by most definitions, while Ennahda in Tunisia, which used to be called terrorist by the ousted Ben Ali regime, has behaved as a responsible political party in a complex democratic environment. To the extent that Jamal Khashoggi identified with the Brotherhood, that was the current he espoused. But democracy, precisely, is what Mohammed bin Salman fears.

    Vidino traces the Saudis’ intense hostility toward the Brotherhood to the uprisings that swept through much of the Arab world in 2011. “The Saudis together with the Emiratis saw it as a threat to their own power,” says Vidino.

    Other regimes in the region thought they could use the Brotherhood to extend their influence. First among these was the powerful government in Turkey of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has such longstanding ties to the Islamist movement that some scholars refer to his elected government as “Brotherhood 2.0.” Also hoping to ride the Brotherhood wave was tiny, ultra-rich Qatar, whose leaders had used their vast natural gas wealth and their popular satellite television channel, Al Jazeera, to project themselves on the world stage and, they hoped, buy some protection from their aggressive Saudi neighbors. As one senior Qatari official told me back in 2013, “The future of Qatar is soft power.” After 2011, Jazeera’s Arabic channel frequently appeared to propagandize in the Brotherhood’s favor as much as, say, Fox News does in Trump’s.

    Egypt, the most populous country in the Arab world, and the birthplace of the Brotherhood, became a test case. Although Jamal Khashoggi often identified the organization with the idealistic hopes of the peaceful popular uprising that brought down the Mubarak dynasty, in fact the Egyptian Brotherhood had not taken part. Its leaders had a modus vivendi they understood with Mubarak, and it was unclear what the idealists in Tahrir Square, or the military tolerating them, might do.

    After the dictator fell and elections were called, however, the Brotherhood made its move, using its party organization and discipline, as well as its perennial slogan, “Islam is the solution,” to put its man Mohamed Morsi in the presidential palace and its people in complete control of the government. Or so it thought.

    In Syria, meanwhile, the Brotherhood believed it could and should lead the popular uprising against the Assad dynasty. That had been its role 30 years earlier, and it had paid mightily.

    For more than a year, it looked like the Brotherhood’s various branches might sweep to power across the unsettled Arab world, and the Obama administration, for want of serious alternatives, was inclined to go with the flow.

    But then the Saudis struck back.

    In the summer of 2013, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, the commander of the Egyptian armed forces, led a military coup with substantial popular support against the conspicuously inept Brotherhood government, which had proved quickly that Islam was not really the “solution” for much of anything.

    Al-Sissi had once been the Egyptian military attaché in Riyadh, where he had many connections, and the Saudis quickly poured money into Egypt to shore up his new regime. At the same time, he declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, and launched a campaign of ruthless repression. Within weeks of the coup, the Egyptian military attacked two camps of Brotherhood protesters and slaughtered hundreds.

    In Syria, the efforts to organize a credible political opposition to President Bashar al-Assad proved virtually impossible as the Qataris and Turks backed the Brotherhood while the Saudis continued their vehement opposition. But that does not mean that Riyadh supported moderate secular forces. Far from it. The Saudis still wanted to play a major role bringing down the Syrian regime allied to another arch enemy, the government of Iran. So the Saudis put their weight behind ultra-conservative Salafis, thinking they might be easier to control than the Muslim Brothers.

    Riyadh is “okay with quietist Salafism,” says Vidino. But the Salafis’ religious extremism quickly shaded over into the thinking of groups like the al Qaeda spinoff called the Nusra Front. Amid all the infighting, little progress was made against Assad, and there to exploit the chaos was the so-called Islamic State (which Assad partially supported in its early days).

    Then, in January 2015, at the height of all this regional turmoil, the aged and infirm Salman bin Abdelaziz ascended to the throne of Saudi Arabia. His son, Mohammed bin Salman, began taking into his own hands virtually all the reins of power, making bold decisions about reforming the Saudi economy, taking small measures to give the impression he might liberalize society—and moving to intimidate or otherwise neutralize anyone who might challenge his power.

    Saudi Arabia is a country named after one family, the al Saud, and while there is nothing remotely democratic about the government, within the family itself with its thousands of princes there traditionally has been an effort to find consensus. Every king up to now has been a son of the nation’s founder, Abdelaziz ibn Saud, and thus a brother or half brother of the other kings.

    When Salman took over, he finally named successors from the next generation. His nephew Mohammed bin Nayef, then 57 and well known for his role fighting terrorism, became crown prince. His son, Mohammed bin Salman, became deputy crown prince. But bin Nayef’s position between the king and his favorite son clearly was untenable. As one Saudi close to the royals put it: “Between the onion and the skin there is only the stink.”

    Bin Nayef was pushed out in 2017. The New York Times reported that during an end-of-Ramadan gathering at the palace he “was told he was going to meet the king and was led into another room, where royal court officials took away his phones and pressured him to give up his posts as crown prince and interior minister. … At first, he refused. But as the night wore on, the prince, a diabetic who suffers from the effects of a 2009 assassination attempt by a suicide bomber, grew tired.” Royal court officials meanwhile called around to other princes saying bin Nayef had a drug problem and was unfit to be king.

    Similar pressure was brought to bear on many of the richest and most powerful princes in the kingdom, locked up in the Ritz Carlton hotel in 2017, ostensibly as part of an extra-legal fight against corruption. They were forced to give allegiance to MBS at the same time they were giving up a lot of their money.

    That pattern of coerced allegiance is what the Saudis now admit they wanted from Jamal Khashoggi. He was no prince, but he had been closely associated in the past with the sons of the late King Faisal, particularly Turki al-Faisal, who was for many years the head of the Saudi intelligence apparatus and subsequently served as ambassador to the United Kingdom, then the United States.

    Although Turki always denied he had ambitions to be king, his name often was mentioned in the past as a contender. Thus far he seems to have weathered the rule of MBS, but given the record of the crown prince anyone close to the Al Faisal branch of the family, like Khashoggi, would be in a potentially perilous position.

    Barbara Bodine is a former U.S. ambassador to Yemen, which has suffered mightily since MBS launched a brutal proxy war there against Iran. Both MBS and Trump have declared the regime in Tehran enemy number one in the region. But MBS botched the Yemen operation from the start. It was dubbed “Decisive Storm” when it began in 2015, and was supposed to last only a few weeks, but the war continues to this day. Starvation and disease have spread through Yemen, creating one of the world’s greatest humanitarian disasters. And for the moment, in one of those developments that makes the Middle East so rich in ironies, in Yemen the Saudis are allied with a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.

    “What drives MBS is a ruthless effort toward total control domestically and regionally; he is Putin of the Desert,” says Bodine. “He has basically broken the back of the princelings, the religious establishment and the business elite, brought all ministries and agencies of power under his sole control (’I alone can fix it’), and jailed, killed or put under house arrest activists and any and all potential as well as real opposition (including his mother).”

    In 2017, MBS and his backers in the Emirates accused Qatar of supporting “terrorism,” issuing a set of demands that included shutting down Al Jazeera. The Saudis closed off the border and looked for other ways, including military options, to put pressure on the poor little rich country that plays so many angles it has managed to be supportive of the Brotherhood and cozy with Iran while hosting an enormous U.S. military base.

    “It was Qatar’s independent streak—not just who they supported but that they had a foreign policy divorced from the dictates of Riyadh,” says Bodine. “The basic problem is that both the Brotherhood and Iran offer competing Islam-based governing structures that challenge the Saudi model.”

    “Jamal’s basic sin,” says Bodine,“was he was a credible insider, not a fire-breathing radical. He wrote and spoke in English for an American audience via credible mainstream media and was well regarded and highly visible within the Washington chattering classes. He was accessible, moderate and operated within the West. He challenged not the core structure of the Kingdom but the legitimacy of the current rulers, especially MBS.”

    “I do think the game plan was to make him disappear and I suspect the end game was always to make him dead,” said Bodine in a long and thoughtful email. “If he was simply jailed within Saudi there would have been a drumbeat of pressure for his release. Dead—there is certainly a short term cost, whether more than anticipated or longer than anticipated we don’t know yet, but the world will move on. Jamal will become a footnote, a talking point perhaps, but not a crusade. The dismembered body? No funeral. Taking out Jamal also sends a powerful signal to any dissident that there is no place safe.”

    #Arabie_Saoudite #Turquie #politique #terrorisme #putsch


  • Suspendre les ventes d’armes à Ryad ? #Macron refuse de répondre

    En visite au salon Euronaval, Emmanuel Macron a refusé de répondre mardi aux questions sur un éventuel arrêt des ventes d’armes de la France à l’Arabie Saoudite, comme l’a demandé l’Allemagne à tous les Européens.

    « Mon agenda n’est pas dicté par les médias, que ça vous plaise ou non. Je suis sur un autre sujet. Ca n’a rien à voir avec le sujet qu’on est en train de traiter. Rien. Rien. Donc je n’y répondrai pas. Je regrette. Ca continuera tant que je serai à la place à laquelle je suis. Que ça plaise ou que ça déplaise », a répondu avec un net agacement le président de la République qui visitait avec la ministre des Armées Florence Parly ce salon des industries navales de défense.

    Les journalistes lui demandaient si la France comptait suspendre ses ventes d’armes à Ryad, comme l’a demandé lundi à tous les Européens le ministre allemand de l’Economie Peter Altmaier, tant que l’Arabie Saoudite n’aura pas fait toute la lumière sur le meurtre du journaliste Jamal Khashoggi.

    « Ce n ?est pas parce qu ?un dirigeant dit quelque chose que je suis censé réagir à chaque fois. Et donc je ne vous répondrai pas », a répété le président à une seconde question sur le sujet.

    Egalement questionnée par la presse, Mme Parly a quant à elle répondu que « la première des priorités est que l ?enquête soit menée et que cette enquête soit crédible ».

    Le président américain Donald Trump avait déclaré samedi que suspendre les ventes d’armes « ferait beaucoup plus de mal » à l’économie américaine qu’à l’Arabie saoudite.

    Dimanche, la chancelière allemande Angela Merkel a prévenu que Berlin n’autoriserait pas en l’état d’exportations d’armes vers l’Arabie saoudite. Le Premier ministre canadien Justin Trudeau a lui affirmé ne pas exclure que le Canada puisse annuler un important contrat de vente d’armes à Ryad.

    http://www.lalibre.be/dernieres-depeches/afp/suspendre-les-ventes-d-armes-a-ryad-macron-refuse-de-repondre-5bcf45c6cd708c
    #Arabie_saoudite #armes #commerce_d'armes #France
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