Podcast: Saudi Arabia vs. Iran, The Burns Oregon Militia Standoff and a New Segment on Russia

William Tucker joins me for episode 36 of the Covert Contact podcast to review the escalating tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran and the militia standoff in Burns, Oregon. Did Saudi Arabia go too far? How will Iran respond? Why is the federal government handling the armed militia members in Burns with kid gloves? We address those questions and others.

The episode closes with the announcement of a new segment that will feature William. He’ll be joining the podcast once a week for a short discussion about Russia. There’s much to discuss here, and 2016 will be eventful, so the persistent focus will help us, and you, stay on top of America’s greatest national security threat.

 

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Caitlin Fitz Gerald: Facing Reality in Saudi Arabia

This week there has been a lot of discussion about Saudi Arabia’s execution of a woman by beheading for witchcraft and sorcery. Amnesty International called the incident “deeply shocking.” I find the horror understandable, but I’m not sure why this incident in particular is getting so much attention. Saudi Arabia has executed a reported 76 people this year, many of them foreign nationals whose embassies were afforded no contact with the accused, many of them on highly questionable grounds. At least one other individual was also executed for sorcery, without benefit of counsel. Beheading is not an uncommon method of execution in Saudi Arabia.

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