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Three-day conference gets under way in Saudi capital Riyadh without Kurdish groups (at the behest of Turkey), which are holding their own meeting.

Nusra won't be present, and Jordan has to draft a list of terrorist organizations that will also be excluded

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/riyadh-talks-aim-unite-syrian-opposition-positions-151208062408102.html
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http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2015/12/08/is-saudi-arabia-a-unique-generator-of-extremism/saudi-arabia-is-the-problem-and-solution-to-extremism

Nothing new but...
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Three-day conference gets under way in Saudi capital Riyadh without Kurdish groups (at the behest of Turkey), which are holding their own meeting.

 

Saleh Muslim needs to cool out. I think there are plans for the Kurds and they just need to sit tight. 

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Yes I am sure Turkey and SA will find an equitable role for the Kurds so they should just chill. /uncessesarysarcasm
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Yes I am sure Turkey and SA will find an equitable role for the Kurds so they should just chill. /uncessesarysarcasm


At the end of the day we (the US) can protect the Kurds from both of them. 

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UAE balanced their budgets at $70/barrel , but now with $45/barrel prices things are all wonky. Iranians about to get back into the market pumping 4M barrels a day to make up lost time for the last 30 years. That means crazy budget cuts, VAT (starting at 5%; compare to singapore who is at 10% now but originally started at 3%) and possibly income tax.
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I can hear people running from UAE already
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A woman in the comments makes the most valuable contribution in the article: Perhaps the problem is that such a barbaric society has access to the internet?
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Trump is here to fix that, don't you worry
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He's going to make America great again shog[1].gif
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At the end of the day we (the US) can protect the Kurds from both of them. 

 

Hold on, lemme check.  Uh, "collecting taxes and risking American lives to protect the Kurds" is STILL not in my copy of the Constitution.  When was it amended?

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Hold on, lemme check.  Uh, "collecting taxes and risking American lives to protect the Kurds" is STILL not in my copy of the Constitution.  When was it amended?

Probably right after giving saudis bombs to bomb the shit out of yemenis
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Probably right after giving saudis bombs to bomb the shit out of yemenis

 

Yeah but we like arming the folks who facilitated 9/11.  Kurds don't make the cut.

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surely there's room , since US dollars can help prop up Sadat, Mubarak, Gaddafi, Israel, Saddam, ...

wait I see the pattern. Semites = fundable, so Kurds won't make it after all !
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Kurds were the cornerstone of US policy in ethnically and religiously dividing the region but now they must take a step back since its way more useful for sunnis and shiites to be fighting. I think theyll try to have turks and kurds take pieces of iraq in exchange for some concessions in syria.

About yemen, the more you look at it the more ridiculous it is that the american support for saudi goes uncontested.

You have a president whose term is expired and was kicked out by his own people and army, aided by the wealthiest nation and most powerful nation, who have even sent ground troops against houthis who havent received any, and he hasnt been able to make significant gains and barely any yemenis on his side so they ahve to import colombian mercenaries.

Yet somehow Hadi is defended and Assad has to go
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