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#1226 Understanding the toxic US-Saudi Arabian relationship
Air Date: 11/9/2018 Today we take a look at the stunningly consistent history of the relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia. A relationship born out of a need for oil and sustained for the sake of empire. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Blinkist.com/Best| Madison-Reed.com(Promo Code: Left) Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Inside the brutal reality of the police-state monarchy of Saudi Arabia - Empire Files - Air Date 11-27-17 Abby Martin takes us inside the brutal reality of this police-state monarchy and tells the untold people's history of resistance to it. Ch. 2: Who’s in the Driving Seat of the US – Saudi Relationship? Part 1 - The Inquiry - Air Date 8-22-18 Many have begun to question the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia. Will the US support Saudi Arabia no matter what? So on this week’s Inquiry, we’re asking, who’s in the driving seat when it comes to the US – Saudi alliance? Ch. 3: 70 Years of Reforming Saudi Arabia - On the Media - Air Date 10-19-18 Georgetown University in Qatar professor Abdullah Al-Arian speaks with Brooke about where the trope of the Saudi royal "reformers" comes from and why it persists. Ch. 4: The smokescreen of women driving - @Intercepted w @JeremyScahill - Air Date 10-16-18 Looking beneath the propaganda painting the Saudi prince as a reformer bringing his country into modernity. Ch. 5: Who’s in the Driving Seat of the US – Saudi Relationship? Part 2 - The Inquiry - Air Date 8-22-18 Many have begun to question the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia. Will the US support Saudi Arabia no matter what? So on this week’s Inquiry, we’re asking, who’s in the driving seat when it comes to the US – Saudi alliance? Ch. 6: Why Trump can't quit Mohammed bin-Salman - The Daily - Air Date 10-23-18 From the moment he was named the country’s day-to-day leader, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia has disappointed the United States over and over again. Yet the Trump White House hasn’t let go of him. Guest: Mark Landler Ch. 7: Saudi Arabia - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date 10-14-18 Following the alarming disappearance of a Saudi journalist and political dissident, John Oliver examines America's uncomfortably comfortable relationship with Saudi Arabia. Ch. 8: Paul Jay on the US-Saudi Special Relationship - @TheRealNews - Air Date 10-16-18 TRNN’s Paul Jay and Ben Norton discuss why America sees the Saudi monarchy as a key player in its global empire, and the key role of arms sales and fossil fuels in geopolitics. Ch. 9: Royal Murderers and the uninterrupted support of the US - @Intercepted w @JeremyScahill - Air Date 10-23-18 Jeremy Scahill on the continuity of the US/Saudi relationship and the only difference with Trump in the roll being his blunt honesty about it. VOICEMAILS Ch. 10: My experience with Outvote - Jill from Connecticut Ch. 11: Final comments with stories of trading privacy for social benefit THE POST-MIDTERMS MINUTE ('cause they aren't over...) Help Stacy Abrams in Georgia Gov Recount Help Bill Nelson in Florida Sen Recount Help Andrew Gillum in Florida Gov Recount Help Krysten Sinema in Arizona Sen Close Race Mississippi Sen. Run Off Nov. 27th: Help Mike Espy Win! Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions): Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr Astrisx - Bodytonic Great is the Contessa - The Contessa The Spinnet - Castle Danger The Envelope - Aeronaut Turning to You - Landsman Duets The Summit - K2 Cloud Line - K4 Insatiable Toad - Origami Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via Patreon Listen on iTunes | Stitcher| Spotify| Alexa Devices| +more Check out the BotL iOS/AndroidApp in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunesand Stitcher!…read more