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Schakowsky: Former Blackwater boss tried to ‘intimidate’ me

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) continued an ongoing feud with former Blackwater CEO Erik Prince, accusing him of “attempted intimidation” towards her in a speech on the House floor Wednesday morning. Schakowsky brought up a letter sent to her from Prince’s attorney about the congresswoman’s comments about his Blackwater video game…

Obama meets crown prince of Bahrain at White House

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama met the crown prince of Bahrain Tuesday, as Washington backed the Sunni royal family’s national dialogue to ease the political crisis in the Shiite majority kingdom. Obama dropped by a meeting between Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa and US National Security Advisor Tom…

‘Royal welfare’ costs Saudis tens of billions every year, leaked cables reveal

Saudi royals exploit ex-pat workers for ‘sponsorship’ fees, borrow from banks and never repay debts LONDON (Reuters) – When Saudi King Abdullah arrived home last week, he came bearing gifts: handouts worth $37 billion, apparently intended to placate Saudis of modest means and insulate the world’s biggest oil exporter from…

Xe Services, formerly Blackwater International, sold

Private US security firm Xe, formerly known as Blackwater International, has been bought by a group of investors, they announced on Friday. New York-based USTC Holdings said it will acquire Xe and its core operating subsidiaries, but did not disclose the price or terms of the agreement in a statement.…

Murdoch, Saudi prince team up to launch ‘Arabic Fox News’

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. First and foremost among those questions is whether a news service linked…

Ambiguities in red corvettes

Image irrelevant to post, but too cute to ignore. Hat tip. I steamrolled through the latest issue of Bitch. Lots of good stuff in there, and highly recommended. As usual, I’m only driven to blog when I’ve got a complaint, but I want it to be clear that this is,…

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