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To Really Combat Terror, End Support for Saudi Arabia : Information Clearing House - ICH

To Really Combat Terror, End Support for Saudi Arabia : Information Clearing House - ICH

But don’t
expect any concerted action from the British
government. Kuwait is “an important British ally in
the region”, as the British government

officially puts it. Tony Blair has become the
must-have accessory of every self-respecting
dictator, ranging from Kazakhstan to Egypt; Kuwait
was Tony Blair Associates’

first client in a deal worth £27m. Britain has
approved hundreds of arms licences to Kuwait since
2003, recently including military software and
anti-riot shields.


And then,
of course, there is the dictatorship in Saudi
Arabia. Much of the world was rightly repulsed when

Isis beheaded the courageous journalist James Foley.
Note, then, that Saudi Arabia has

beheaded 22 people since 4 August. Among the
“crimes” that are punished with beheading are
sorcery…

You Can't Understand ISIS If You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia   : Information Clearing House - ICH

You Can't Understand ISIS If You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia   : Information Clearing House - ICH

Saudi
Arabia's internal discord and tensions over ISIS can
only be understood by grasping the inherent (and
persisting) duality that lies at the core of the
Kingdom's doctrinal makeup and its historical
origins.


One
dominant strand to the Saudi identity pertains
directly to Muhammad ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhab (the founder
of Wahhabism), and the use to which his radical,
exclusionist puritanism was put by Ibn Saud. (The
latter was then no more than a minor leader --
amongst many -- of continually sparring and raiding
Bedouin tribes in the baking and desperately poor
deserts of the Nejd.)


The second
strand to this perplexing duality, relates precisely
to King Abd-al Aziz's subsequent shift towards
statehood in the 1920s: his curbin…

Isis Isn’t the first Group to Use the Butcher’s Knife as an Instrument of Policy. Nor will it be the last  : Information Clearing House - ICH

Isis Isn’t the first Group to Use the Butcher’s Knife as an Instrument of Policy. Nor will it be the last  : Information Clearing House - ICH



Not since the Nazis have we had culprits
documenting their war crimes on such a scale



By Robert Fisk


Chopping
off someone’s head or sawing it off or slicing
it off is about gore. Blood. Pain. Grotesquerie.
Death by the blade is about shame, suffering in
an animal slaughterhouse. It’s the most
repulsive theatre, understood by the Romans, the
Tudors, the French revolutionaries, the
austerest guardians of Wahhabism. Colour it
bright red.





To be
hanged, drawn and quartered was about fear,
terror – a word liberally used in Paris
after 1789 – and obedience. It still is. The
most judicious, accurate and gruesome
description I have ever read of such
executions – those of a nervous disposition
need rea…

Tens of thousands remain homeless in Gaza | The Electronic Intifada

Tens of thousands remain homeless in Gaza | The Electronic Intifada

One week after a ceasefire halting an Israeli military offensive against the Gaza Strip, tens of thousands of Palestinians remain displaced, sheltered in United Nations schools and other facilities.


On Sunday, 58,071 people still lived in 36 UN schools across the coastal enclave, according to Chris Gunness, spokesperson for UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine refugees.