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Monday, November 21, 2016
Why is there a Saudi envoy in Lebanon?
So the Saudi regime sent Prince Khalid Al-Faysal. The Lebanese media have not reported on the real motive of the visit. I will. Whenever a new president is elected, the Saudi government sends an envoy and offer him $5 million as a gift (the gift to the prime minister is $20 million. When it was offered to billionaire Najib Miqati, he told them: I don't need the money but instead I would be blessed if whenever I go on my annual Hajj I am met with the King or princes. They Saudi government agreed but then reneged (typically) on the promise when he headed a government after the collapse of the last Hariri government). All Lebanese presidents have accepted the gift except Emile Lahhud, and that was one reason the Saudi government hated him. They took his refusal as an insult to the royal family. So will Awn accept the $5 million?
Comic by Terry Furry, reproduced from "Heard the One About the Funny Leftist?" by Cris Thompson, East Bay Express
As'ad AbuKhalil, born March 16, 1960. From Tyre, Lebanon, grew up in Beirut. Received his BA and MA from American University of Beirut in pol sc. Came to US in 1983 and received his PhD in comparative government from Georgetown University. Taught at Tufts University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Colorado College, and Randolph-Macon Woman's College. Served as a Scholar-in-Residence at Middle East Institute in Washington DC. He served as free-lance Middle East consultant for NBC News and ABC News, an experience that only served to increase his disdain for maintream US media. He is now professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus. His favorite food is fried eggplants.
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