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Sunday, December 29, 2013

US Ally Saudi Arabia executes member of the ruling family

It was almost a week ago that I posted an article in which I wrote;
President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, former United States Secretary of State, shed crocodile tears over DPRK’s human rights abuses, while they support such countries as Saudi Arabia, a nation that offers its people no more democracy or human rights than in DPRK.
And Ironically Yahoo News today has featured a story about a relative of the Saudi Royal family being executed;
(Reuters) - A Saudi prince who murdered a fellow Saudi may be executed, a newspaper reported on Sunday, in a rare example of a member of the kingdom's ruling family facing the death penalty...
...The kingdom, which follows a strict version of sharia has been criticized in the West for its high number of executions, inconsistencies in the application of the law, and its use of public beheading to carry out death sentences.
Saudi Arabia had executed at least 47 people as of May 2013, according to Amnesty International's website, compared to 82 in all of 2011 and a similar number in 2012.
Members of the ruling family are only rarely known to be executed. One of the most prominent cases was Faisal bin Musaid al Saud, who assassinated his uncle, King Faisal, in 1975.

Unlike DPR of (North) Korea, The Saudi Royal family has not even released the name of the prince, while DPRK leader Kim Jong Un posted a long tirade against his uncle Jang Song Thaek, and outline all the accusations against him, which included attempts at a military coup.
The US government has contributed,

From 1946 through 2007, the United States provided Saudi Arabia with $333.1 million (current dollars) in foreign assistance funding, of which $294.8 million was military assistance and $38.3
million was economic assistance.
The Bush Administration and Obama Administration annually have requested limited funding for
a small International Military Education and Training (IMET) program for Saudi Arabia since
FY2003. The Bush and Obama Administrations have supported Saudi IMET participation
because it reduces the cost to the Saudi government of other training purchases
and provides a range of benefits for U.S.-Saudi military to military relations. According to the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of State:
Providing minimal IMET to Saudi Arabia permits them to purchase military training at the significantly reduced Foreign Military Sale (FMS) incremental rate ensuring a continued
high level of Saudi attendance at U.S. military institutions; enhances technical capabilities;
exposes all levels of Saudi military personnel and their families to U.S. values, ideas, and
policies; and increases awareness of international norms of human rights, the principle of
civilian control of the military, and the rule of law.

The Bush Administration requested $15,000 in IMET funds for FY2009, and the Obama
Administration requested $65,000 in IMET funds for FY2010.

In addition to this Saudi Arabia sent about 1,000 Saudi Arabian troops and 500 police officers to Bahrain to crush their "Arab Spring uprising," in March 2011. So our president contributed to crushing a pro-democracy movement. -សតិវ អតុ
US Ally Saudi Arabia executes member of the ruling family

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