The implications of a Saudi Arabian “support network” helping the 9/11 attackers was enough for Bill Maher to wonder on Friday why the US keeps that country as an ally — or a “frenemy.”
“The word ‘ally’ in the Middle East should be subtracted from the language,” said Maher’s guest, journalist Lawrence Wright, who preferred the term “so-called allies” to describe the country. “We don’t share the principles or the interests — or many of the objectives — [of] Saudi Arabia, or many of the countries in that region. It’s just not correct to say that they’re our allies. We have associations with them. We have some common interests.”
“Not to overlook if they were responsible for 9/11,” Maher responded. “Especially since if we know that it was the Saudis who attacked us, wow, that makes the Iraq war looks even worse. Lots of people have always said, ‘We attacked the wrong country.’ But now it’s pretty out there — we definitely attacked the wrong country, and there was an actual right country.”
Wright — who reported for the New Yorker on the efforts of the 9/11 Commission to address the 28 unreleased pages allegedly detailing Saudi officials’ connections to the attackers, replied by saying he did not favor attacking them.
“If there’s one lesson I’ve learned from spending a lot of time in the Middle East, it’s things can always get worse,” Wright said.
Watch the interview, as posted online on Friday, below.
Swiss holding ‘funeral march’ to mark disappearance of an Alpine glacier
Dozens of people will undertake a "funeral march" up a steep Swiss mountainside on Sunday to mark the disappearance of an Alpine glacier amid growing global alarm over climate change.
The Pizol "has lost so much substance that from a scientific perspective it is no longer a glacier," Alessandra Degiacomi, of the Swiss Association for Climate Protection, told AFP.
The organisation which helped organise Sunday's march said around 100 people were due to take part in the event, set to take place as the UN gathers youth activists and world leaders in New York to mull the action needed to curb global warming.
UAW strike ‘threatens to upend the economy in Michigan’ — and could destroy Trump’s re-election: report
At the end of the first week of a major strike by the United Auto Workers, the employment standoff threatens to upend President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election map, the Chicago Times reported Saturday.
Approximately 46,000 workers have been striking against General Motors.
There are two major threats to Trump's campaign from the strike.
The first is that the strike could cause regional recessions -- threatening Trump's political standing in key Rust Belt states.
Security forces fired live rounds at protesters calling for the ouster of Egyptian president: report
Egyptian security forces clashed with hundreds of anti-government protesters in the port city of Suez on Saturday, firing tear gas and live rounds, said several residents who participated in the demonstrations.
A heavy security presence was also maintained in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the epicentre of Egypt's 2011 revolution, after protests in several cities called for the removal of general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Such demonstrations are rare after Egypt effectively banned protests under a law passed following the 2013 military ouster of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi.