#19-16 Saudi-US Ties – A very close if seemingly unlikely alliance

Saudi Arabia’s government represses women, permits no civil society activity, and is bombing the hell out of Yemen, so why is the US government still defending them and selling them massive amounts of arms?

Host(s): Mary Glenney and Arlene Englehardt, Frieda Werden
Featured Speakers/Guests: Saudi journalist Ebtihal Mubarak opened the Women in Saudi Arabia panel at the May 2016 Summit on Saudi Arabia: Understanding the Kingdom and Its Global Role. She now lives in the US and writes for Foreign Affairs. Medea Benjamin is co-founder of the women’s peace organization CODEPINK and author of 8 books including Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the US-Saudi Connection.

Credits: Audio of Ebtihal Mubarak courtesy of The Real News Network; interview with Medea Benjamin produced by Mary Glenney and Arlene Englehardt and first aired live on WMNF-FM, in the program From a Woman’s Point of View.

Comments: Best if aired before November 2016

Videos of the 2016 Summit on Saudi Arabia, hosted by Code Pink, here: http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=33&Itemid=74&jumival=1487