By Christopher R Rice
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) called for a boycott of Saudi Arabia, saying Americans should shun the kingdom as it did the apartheid regime in South Africa.
Paul’s comments came as he intensified his attack against Hillary Rodham Clinton, again calling on her to return gifts given to her family foundation by foreign countries, including Saudi Arabia. Paul singled out the kingdom for its treatment of women, citing the case of a woman who was gang-raped and later lashed for being in a car with a man who was not her husband.
“This is something that we shouldn’t tolerate. This is something we should be organizing a boycott of,” the senator said.
Speaking at a coffee shop, he asked the crowd if anyone thought it was a “good idea” for Clinton to be taking money from Saudi Arabia. Read the entire article here: WashingtonPost
Asra Q. Nomani, a former “Wall Street Journal” reporter, is the author of “Standing Alone in Mecca: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam.” She has written a boycott Saudi Arabia petition. Follow her @AsraNomani.
“Muslims need to boycott the multibillion-dollar industry of the Hajj, its rituals and a Saudi regime that exploits its role as “custodian” of the holy mosques in Mecca and Medina to secure moral immunity. This despite the country’s awful human rights record, the denial of the vote for women, deadly stampedes and fires like the Hajj carnage, and the exporting of a violent interpretation of Islam.” Read the entire article here: CNN
(How to) End Apartheid (How to) Boycott Saudi Arabia
By Christopher R Rice
When the ANC was elected in South Africa, I thought like most of you probably thought, that Apartheid had been defeated. It turns out that we were wrong and Apartheid is still going strong in Saudi Arabia. I remember when I started the boycott of South Africa 35 years ago, as if it were yesterday, because the president at that time challenged our thinking. I remember Ronald Reagan giving a speech about “Open Engagement” and how that if America wasn’t working in and with the South African government that we Americans could not change things in “their” country. I mention this now because Americans have been working in and with the Saudis since before I was born and yet slavery still exist in Saudi Arabia. Of course they call it other things now but Apartheid is enforced in Saudi Arabia, as well. And while I’ve heard a lot from my government about “human rights” when it comes to Iraq or Iran or China or Russia, I have never heard one American official say anything about Saudi Arabia’s human rights abuses (until Sen. Rand Paul). I assume that the US government is bought off (like Hillary Clinton) and some how beholden to their oil masters. But even if I’m wrong about that, this battle is on us, we should not expect any help from our own government. The American government has been bending over backwards for the Saudis ever since I can remember.
Much like South Africa, the odds are against us. Below I’ve come up with some boycott targets but this is not a complete list. The boycott of South Africa would have been a huge failure if the college students hadn’t got involved and got their colleges to divest. This boycott will be a huge failure unless you pass this on and get everyone you know involved.
Here is what we are fighting:
1.) The national television of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has aired a video, in which a self-styled Islamic family doctor is seen teaching men in the country how to ‘properly’ beat their wives.
The video is believed to have been aired in the country in early February, 2016. The Kingdom’s government is said to have approved the video, and that is why it was given airtime on national television.
After airing the video in Saudi Arabia, the Saudi government released the controversial video in the United States via the Washington DC-based Middle East Media Research Institute, in April 2016.
Women activists group describe the video as nothing less than infuriating.
The content of the video features the doctor who is said to specialize in therapy; Khaled Al-Saqaby teaching men how to ‘properly’ beat their wives if their [wives] disobey them.
2.) Clinton Foundation Donors Got Weapons Deals From Hillary Clinton’s State Department
Even by the standards of arms deals between the United States and Saudi Arabia, this one was enormous. A consortium of American defense contractors led by Boeing would deliver $29 billion worth of advanced fighter jets to the United States’ oil-rich ally in the Middle East.
Israeli officials were agitated, reportedly complaining to the Obama administration that this substantial enhancement to Saudi air power risked disrupting the region’s fragile balance of power. The deal appeared to collide with the State Department’s documented concerns about the repressive policies of the Saudi royal family.
But now, in late 2011, Hillary Clinton’s State Department was formally clearing the sale, asserting that it was in the national interest. At press conferences in Washington to announce the department’s approval, an assistant secretary of state, Andrew Shapiro, declared that the deal had been “a top priority” for Clinton personally. Shapiro, a longtime aide to Clinton since her Senate days, added that the “U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army have excellent relationships in Saudi Arabia.”
These were not the only relationships bridging leaders of the two nations. In the years before Hillary Clinton became secretary of state, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia contributed at least $10 million to the Clinton Foundation, the philanthropic enterprise she has overseen with her husband, former president Bill Clinton. Just two months before the deal was finalized, Boeing — the defense contractor that manufactures one of the fighter jets the Saudis were especially keen to acquire, the F-15 — contributed $900,000 to the Clinton Foundation, according to a company press release.
The Saudi deal was one of dozens of arms sales approved by Hillary Clinton’s State Department that placed weapons in the hands of governments that had also donated money to the Clinton family philanthropic empire, an International Business Times investigation has found. Read the entire article here: IBTimes
Human slavery, in various forms, is widespread in Saudi society even today. Saudi Arabia was among the last nations who, under pressure from the United Nations, outlawed slavery in 1962. However, only 10,000 slaves were freed in 1962 and the remaining large number were kept captive. In 1965 the Saudis were reported to have kept hundreds of slaves for each member of the Royal family.
3.) Saudi Arabia’s Child Sex Slave Trade
With respect to human trafficking, Saudi Arabia was designated, together with Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and some other countries as a Tier 3 country by the US State Department in its 2005 ‘Trafficking in Persons Report’ required by the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000. Tier 3 countries are “countries whose governments do not fully comply with the maximum standards and are not making significant efforts to do so.” In 2013, 2014 and 2015 reports, the US State Department continues to designate Saudi Arabia as a Tier 3 country.
“In actuality, young women from Third World countries are purchased to serve in aristocratic households throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They come from the Sudan, Thailand, Ethiopia, India, Philippines, and many other countries and are frequently bought and sold in the Kingdom”.
US Immigration officials are investigating a complaint at one of the many Saudi owned mansions in McLean, Virginia where two women from the Philippines were victims of domestic servitude, said Custom Enforcement spokesman Brandon Montgomery. These women were rescued on May 2, 2013. Neither the Saudi Ambassador nor the State Department would reveal the names of the Saudi officials living in that home.
Los Angeles County prosecutors announced that they would not be filing charges against a Saudi prince, due to “lack of evidence,” after arresting him on suspicion of sexual assault at a Beverly Hills mansion.
The accused was connected directly to the geopolitical centers of power, as Prince Majed bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, 29, is the son of King Abdullah the former ruler of Saudi Arabia, who died in January at the age of 90.
On Sept. 23, at a palatial 22,000-square-foot Beverly Hills mansion currently valued at $37 million, neighbors reported seeing a bleeding woman screaming for help as she tried to scale an 8-foot-high wall that surrounds the property. Read the entire article here: LATimes
4.) Saudi Arabia: The Middle East’s Apartheid State
There is a country in the Middle East where 10 percent of the population is denied equal rights because of their race, where black men are not allowed to hold many government positions, where black women are put on trial for witchcraft and where the custody of children is granted to the parent with the most “racially superior” bloodline.
This Apartheid State is so enormously powerful that it controls American foreign policy in the Middle East even as its princes and princesses bring their slaves to the United Kingdom and the United States.
That country is Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia abolished slavery in 1962 under pressure from President Kennedy, who accomplished what the Ottoman Empire and the League of Nations had not been able to, but that hasn’t stopped its citizens from selling castrated slaves on Facebook or its princes from beating their black slaves to death in posh London hotels.
The Saudis had clung to their racist privileges longer than anyone else. When rumors reached Mecca that the Ottoman Empire might be considering the abolition of African slavery and equal rights for all, the chief of the Ulema of Mecca issued a fatwa declaring “the ban on slaves is contrary to Sharia (Islamic Law)… with such proposals the Turks have become infidels and it is lawful to make their children slaves.”
But Saudi Arabia’s oil wealth eventually made slavery economically unnecessary. Early on, African slaves worked for foreign oil companies which paid their masters, but they were a poor fit for the oil economy. The Kingdom no longer needed agricultural slaves and pearl drivers; it needed trained technicians from the West and international travel made it cheaper to import Asian workers for household labor and construction than to maintain its old trade in slaves.
The Saudis replaced the 450,000 slaves of the 1950s with 8.4 million guest workers. These workers are often treated like slaves, but they are not property and are therefore even more disposable than the slaves were. Exact numbers are hard to come by, but Nepal alone reported 265 worker deaths in Saudi Arabia in a single year.
Human Rights Watch has described conditions for foreign workers in Saudi Arabia as resembling slavery.
Meanwhile the three million Afro-Saudis are denied equal rights, prevented from serving as judges, security officials, diplomats, mayors and many other official positions. Afro-Saudi women are not allowed to appear on camera.
“There is not one single black school principal in Saudi Arabia,” the Institute for Gulf Affairs, a Saudi human rights group, reported.
Kafa’ah, equality in marriage, is used to establish that both sides are free from the “taint” of slave blood. The blood of Takruni, West African slaves, or Mawalid, slaves who gained their freedom by converting to Islam, is kept out of the Saudi master race through genealogical records that can be presented at need.
Challenges to the Kafa’ah of a marriage occur when tribal members uncover African descent in the husband or the wife after the marriage has already occurred. The racially inferior party is ordered to present “proof of equality” in the form of family trees and witnesses. If the couple is judged unequal, the Saudi Gazette reported, “Children’s custody is usually given to the ‘racially superior’ parent.”
These Saudi efforts at preventing their former slaves from intermarrying with them have only accelerated their incestuous inbreeding. In parts of Saudi Arabia, the percentage of marriages among blood relatives can go as high as 70%.
Saudi Arabia has the second highest rate of birth defects in the world, but a Saudi Sheikh blamed this phenomenon on female drivers, even though women are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia.
Equality has always been a foreign concept to the Saudis whose tribal castes determine the right to rule. In Saudi Arabia everyone has their place, from the Afro-Saudi, to the non-Muslim guest worker to the Saudi woman.
On the road to Mecca, a sign points one way for “Muslims” and another for “Non-Muslims.” Only Muslims are allowed into the holy cities of Islam. A Christian truck driver from Sri Lanka who wandered into Mecca was arrested and dispatched for trial to a Sharia court of Islamic law.
Likewise, women are barred from many jobs, kept from driving and even electronically tracked to prevent them from leaving the country. Guest workers in Saudi Arabia are treated as slaves, their identity papers held by their employers, preventing them from leaving without permission.
The guest workers however, if they survive the witchcraft accusations and sexual assaults, will escape back to Ethiopia, Sri Lanka or the Philippines with a fraction of the money that they were supposed to earn. The Afro-Saudis however have nowhere to return to. Saudi Arabia is the only home they know.
(How to) BOYCOTT:
When boycotting these companies, it is only effective if you inform them. Send them a polite letter explaining that while you enjoy their service(s)/product(s) and will miss them but you will be boycotting their product(s) until they divest of Saudi Arabia or until Saudi Apartheid/slavery ends. Then American companies/firms will pressure Saudi Arabia.
1.) FOX News
How ironic is it that the FOX News where Sean Hannity has been howling about Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf wanting “Sharia law” to replace our existing laws is the very same FOX News whose parent company, the Rupert Murdoch controlled News Corporation, has as its second largest shareholder Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal
Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch has partnered with Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal to launch a new 24-hour news network for the Arab world, a move that has drawn mockery from Murdoch’s critics and questions from media experts.
The new channel, based in Saudi Arabia, “will focus on development in Saudi Arabia and the Arab world on the political, economic and social fronts,” Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the world’s 19th-wealthiest person according to Forbes, said in a statement.
Sharia Prince Owns Stake In FOX News Parent
Alwaleed has increased its stake in Twitter over the last six weeks to 5.17%, making him the second biggest shareholder after former CEO and co-founder Evan Williams.
Alwaleed, one of the richest men in Saudi Arabia, bought a 3% stake in the company in 2011 before it went public in 2013. The current stake of 35 million shares is worth $1 billion, and includes 30 million shares owned directly by the prince and five million by his Kingdom Holding Company.
Saudi prince now owns 5% of Twitter
Aujan Coca-Cola Beverages Company (ACCBC) and Rani Refreshments (RR) were established in 2012 following the successful establishment of a partnership between The Coca-Cola Company and Aujan Industries.
RR is the trademark owner to premier beverages brands including Rani and Barbican, while ACCBC is an authorized manufacturer and distributor of its products in 15 countries across the Middle East and North Africa. ACCBC is also the licensed manufacturer in the Middle East for VIMTO.
Rani soft drink maker Aujan, an affiliate of Coca-Cola Co
4.) If you have accounts with these firms close them: JPMorgan Chase & Co / Morgan Stanley / Citigroup Inc.
The American executives will want deals. Some, like Jamie Dimon, chief executive officer of JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Morgan Stanley boss James Gorman, already have agreements to advise oil giant Saudi Aramco on its initial public offering, which may be the largest ever. JPMorgan and Citigroup Inc. helped arrange a $17.5 billion Saudi bond sale last year and a $9 billion Islamic bond issue in April. This weekend the banks will aim for more contracts as the Saudis prepare to sell other state assets.
5.) If you own these stocks sell them: Boeing Co. / Lockheed Martin Corp. / General Electric Co. / Halliburton Co.
Boeing Co. CEO Dennis Muilenburg and Lockheed Martin Corp. head Marillyn Hewson will be looking to cement defense sales. Aramco could sign at least 10 deals with companies including General Electric Co. and oil field-service businesses Schlumberger Ltd. and Halliburton Co. to open manufacturing plants in the kingdom, people familiar with the plans say.
Write, call, let your voice be heard:
Western support of regimes that murder people for apostasy can only exist in the shadows. If you vote for your local representatives on the basis of their standing on realpolitik and morally repugnant deals that are justified by some vaguely defined “national interests”, a lot of “friends” will have to change their ways.
What can your Congress member do?
1.) Domestic oil and gas production – the more the better.
2.) Nuclear energy in addition to renewables – hydrocarbons should not be used to produce electricity for large networks, period.
3.) Invest in clean energy.
4.) Base arms (weapons) sales on human rights abuses/progress.
What can you do?
Switch to a hybrid car.
Start pushing for closer economic ties with Iran.
Don’t visit Saudi Arabia.
Walk or ride a bike whenever possible.
Ride the bus, the train and carpool as often as possible.
Muslims should boycott the hajj and the world should boycott the government of Saudi Arabia, like it did the apartheid government of South Africa, until the House of Saud brings democracy, civil society, human rights — including women’s rights — and a peaceful and tolerant interpretation of Islam to its people and the world.
Instead of paying the heavy costs of going to the hajj pilgrimage that money can be spent on helping those in need.
“At this point, the Saudis need the U.S. more than the reverse,” said Philippe Dauba-Pantanacce, global geopolitical strategist at Standard Chartered Plc in the U.K. “They need foreign direct investment to transform the economy, and the U.S. doesn’t need oil anymore.”
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