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Those of us who like to believe that human beings are rational can sometimes have a hard time trying to explain what is going on in politics. It is still a puzzle to me how millions of patriotic Americans could have voted in 2008 for a man who for 20 years –- 20 years — was a follower of a preacher who poured out his hatred for America in the grossest gutter terms. Today’s big puzzle is how so many otherwise rational people have become enamored of Donald Trump, projecting onto him virtues and principles that he clearly does not have, and ignoring gross defects that are all too blatant.

There was a time when someone who publicly mocked a handicapped man would have told us all we needed to know about his character, and his political fling would have been over. But that was before we became a society where common decency is optional. Yet there are even a few people with strong conservative principles who have lined up with this man, whose history has demonstrated no principles at all, other than an ability to make self-serving deals, and who has shown what Thorstein Veblen once called “a versatility of convictions.” 

With the Iowa caucuses coming up, it is easy to understand why Iowa governor Terry Branstad is slamming Trump’s chief rival, Senator Ted Cruz, who has opposed massive government subsidies to ethanol, which have dumped tons of taxpayer money on Iowa for growing corn. Iowa senator Charles Grassley has come right out and said that is why he opposes Senator Cruz. Former senator Bob Dole, an establishment Republican if ever there was one, has joined the attacks on Ted Cruz, on grounds that Senator Cruz is disliked by other politicians. When Senator Dole was active, he was liked by both Democrats and Republicans. He joined the long list of likable Republican candidates for president that the Republican establishment chose — and that the voters roundly rejected.

With both establishment Republicans and anti-establishment Republicans now taking sides with Donald Trump, it is hard to see what principle — if any — is behind his support. Some may see Trump’s success in business as a sign that he can manage the economy. But the great economist David Ricardo, two centuries ago, pointed out that business success did not mean that someone understands economic issues facing a nation. Trump boasts that he can make deals, among his many other boasts. But is a deal-maker what this country needs at this crucial time? Is not one of the biggest criticisms of today’s congressional Republicans that they have made all too many deals with Democrats, betraying the principles on which they ran for office? Bipartisan deals — so beloved by media pundits — have produced some of the great disasters in American history. Contrary to the widespread view that the Great Depression of the 1930s was caused by the stock-market crash of 1929, unemployment never reached double digits in any of the twelve months that followed the stock-market crash in October 1929. Unemployment was 6.3 percent in June 1930, 

when a Democratic Congress and a Republican president made a bipartisan deal that produced the Smoot-Hawley tariffs. Within six months, unemployment hit double digits — and stayed in double digits throughout the entire decade of the 1930s. You want deals? There was never a more politically successful deal than that which Neville Chamberlain made in Munich in 1938. He was hailed as a hero, not only by his own party but even by opposition parties, when he returned with a deal that Chamberlain said meant “peace for our time.” But, just one year later, the biggest, bloodiest, and ghastliest war in history began. If deal-making is your standard, didn’t Barack Obama just make a deal with Iran — one that may have bigger and worse consequences than Chamberlain’s deal? What kind of deals would Donald Trump make? He has already praised the Supreme Court’s decision in Kelo v. City of New London, which said that the government can seize private property to turn it over to another private party. That kind of decision is good for an operator like Donald Trump. Doubtless other decisions that he would make as president would also be good for Donald Trump, even if for nobody else.

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Poverty and inequality are challenges for the UK, not just poorer countries

He spoke of poverty, of the growing inequality that exists between nations, and he underlined the need for the world to take action. But, crucially, President Barack Obama did not shirk responsibility. In setting out the US commitment to the sustainable development agenda last September, Obama went beyond generalisation about the need to provide aid and development assistance to poorer countries, clearly articulating what his country must do to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Obama’s remarks go to the heart of the new development framework. It is global in nature, universally applicable, and aims to break down the old divisions between developing and developed countries.
In contrast, UK international development secretary Justine Greening admits that the government has no specific scheme to introduce a national action plan or taskforce to implement the goals. Instead the government will continue to focus on party manifesto commitments, in the belief that in some way this will contribute to achieving the SDGs.
The US has recognised that the SDGs provide a framework around which to shape national policy and add renewed emphasis to the challenges they face, the UK seems content to shoehorn the SDGs into existing priorities, disregarding the parts that do not fit – whether they are relevant or not. 
Not all the targets in the goals are relevant to the UK, but a large number are. There are 13 million people living in poverty in the UK. Last year, more than 1 million people used food banks. SDG target 1.2 commits all countries to reducing at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions by 2030.
Inequality is an issue raised prominently within the goals. The UK has very high levels of income inequality compared with other developed countries. Women’s participation in leadership is woefully low. There are 38 countries with greater proportions of female MPs than the UK. Rwanda tops the list with 63.8%, compared with the UK’s 29.4%. And this winter’s flooding demonstrates that without investment to address extreme weather events and climate change, the UK will also suffer.
There are a host of other targets which require concerted attention in the UK, such as: reducing premature mortality from non-communicable diseases; improving mental health and wellbeing; recognising the value of unpaid care work; ensuring access to modern reliable sources of energy and increasing the share of renewables; substantially reducing the proportion of young people not in education, employment or training; and ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns.
All of these issues will require coordinated cross-government approaches to monitoring and implementation. It is not sufficient for Greening to say that discussions are under way. The UK is lagging behind.
Colombia, for example, adopted an inter-agency commission to implement the goals in February – before they were even agreed.
Berlin began consulting on what the SDGs would mean for the German government in June 2014, and the council for sustainable development published a position paper in May 2015.
If we are to meet our commitment to the SDGs, the UK needs to bring the Cabinet Office, the Office for National Statistics, Treasury and Department for International Development (DfID) under a clear strategy with a dedicated cross-government body to monitor and implement the goals domestically. This body should also analyse and make recommendations to address the impact of government cuts on achieving the goals, and work with DfID to ensure that there is coherence between the UK’s domestic and foreign policy priorities. 
DfID’s focus should rightly be on ensuring its programmes adequately support developing countries, but the department’s extensive knowledge of the global goals process means it should lead any cross-government initiative. The government’s commitment to transparency and accountability also means that legislation should be updated urgently to include a requirement to report on progress towards the SDGs. 
The UK played a prominent role in developing the goals – the prime minister was one of the co-chairs of the UN secretary general’s high-level panel – but it now risks losing that global leadership by failing to take seriously the implementation of these goals at home, as well as abroad. Now is the moment to demonstrate a true understanding of the agenda’s universality. Lack of a national action plan will mean a missed opportunity to benefit UK citizens with a renewed focus on the challenges that affect their lives.

Winston Churchill: Britain’s “Greatest Briton” Left a Legacy of Global Conflict and Crimes Against Humanity

Sunday January 24th 2016 marks the anniversary of the death of one of the most lionized leaders in the Western world: Sir Winston Churchill.
The current British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has called Churchill “the greatest ever Prime Minister”, and Britons have recently voted him as the greatest Briton to have ever lived.
The story that British schoolbooks tell children about Churchill is of a British Bulldog, with unprecedented moral bravery and patriotism. He, who defeated the Nazis during World War II and spread civilisation to indigenous people from all corners of the globe. Historically, nothing could be further from the truth.
To the vast majority of the world, where the sun once never set on the British empire, Winston Churchill remains a great symbol of racist Western imperialist tyranny, who stood on the wrong side of history.
The myth of Churchill is Britain’s greatest propaganda tool because it rewrites Churchill’s true history in order to whitewash Britain’s past imperialist crimes against humanity. The Churchill myth also perpetuates Britain’s ongoing neo-colonial and neo-liberal policies, that still, to the is day, hurt the very people around the world that Churchill was alleged to have helped civilise.
The same man whose image is polished and placed on British mantelpieces as a symbol of all that is Great about Britain was an unapologetic racist and white supremacist. “I hate Indians, they are a beastly people with a beastly religion”, he once bellowed. As Churchill put it, Palestinians were simply “barbaric hordes who ate little but camel dung.”
In 1937, he told the Palestine Royal Commission:
“I do not admit for instance, that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America or the black people of Australia. I do not admit that a wrong has been done to these people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher-grade race, a more worldly wise race to put it that way, has come in and taken their place.”
It is unsurprising that when Barack Obama became President, he returned to Britain a bust of Churchill which he found on his desk in the Oval office. According to historian Johann Hari, Mr. Obama’s Kenyan grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, was imprisoned without trial for two years and was tortured on Churchill’s watch, for daring to resist Churchill’s empire.
Apart from being an unrepentant racist, Churchill was also a staunch proponent of the use of terrorism as a weapon of war.
During the Kurdish rebellion against the British dictatorship in 1920, Churchill remarked that he simply did not understand the “squeamishness” surrounding the use of gas by civilized Great Britain as a weapon of terror. “I am strongly in favour of using gas against uncivilised tribes, it would spread a lively terror,” he remarked.
In the same year, as Secretary of State for War, Churchill sent the infamous Black and Tans to Ireland to fight the IRA. The group became known for vicious terrorist attacks on civilians which Churchill condoned and encouraged.
While today Britons celebrate Churchill’s legacy, much of the world outside the West mourns the legacy of a man who insisted that it was the solemn duty of Great Britain to invade and loot foreign lands because in Churchill’s own words Britain’s “Aryan stock is bound to triumph”.
Churchill’s legacy in the Far East, Middle East, South Asia and Africa is certainly not one of an affable British Lionheart, intent on spreading civilization amongst the natives of the world. To people of these regions the imperialism, racism, and fascism of a man like Winston Churchill can be blamed for much of the world’s ongoing conflicts and instability.
As Churchill himself boasted, he “created Jordan with a stroke of a pen one Sunday afternoon,” thereby placing many Jordanians under the brutal thumb of a throneless Hashemite prince, Abdullah. Historian Michael R. Burch recalls how the huge zigzag in Jordan’s eastern border with Saudi Arabia has been called “Winston’s Hiccup” or “Churchill’s Sneeze” because Churchill carelessly drew the expansive boundary after a generous lunch.
Churchill also invented Iraq. After giving Jordan to Prince Abdullah, Churchill, the great believer in democracy that he was, gave Prince Abdullah’s brother Faisal an arbitrary patch of desert that became Iraq. Faisal and Abdullah were war buddies of Churchill’s friend T. E. Lawrence, the famous “Lawrence of Arabia”.
Much like the clumsy actions in Iraq of today’s great Empire, Churchill’s imperial foreign policy caused decades of instability in Iraq by arbitrarily locking together three warring ethnic groups that have been bleeding heavily ever since. In Iraq, Churchill bundled together the three Ottoman vilayets of Basra that was predominantly Shiite, Baghdad that was Sunni, and Mosul that was mainly Kurd.
Ask almost anyone outside of Iraq who is responsible for the unstable mess that Iraq is in today and they are likely to say one word, either “Bush” or “America”. However, if you asked anyone within Iraq who is mainly responsible for Iraq’s problems over the last half century and they are likely to simply say “Churchill”.
Winston Churchill convened the 1912 Conference in Cairo to determine the boundaries of the British Middle Eastern mandate and T.E. Lawrence was the most influential delegate. Churchill did not invite a single Arab to the conference, which is shocking but hardly surprising since in his memoirs Churchill said that he never consulted the Arabs about his plans for them.
The arbitrary lines drawn in Middle Eastern sand by Churchillian imperialism were never going to withstand the test of time. To this day, Churchill’s actions have denied Jordanians, Iraqis, Kurds and Palestinians anything resembling true democracy and national stability.
The intractable Israeli-Palestinian conflict can also be traced directly back to Churchill’s door at number 10 Downing Street and his decision to hand over the “Promised Land” to both Arabs and Jews. Churchill gave practical effect to the Balfour declaration of 1917, which expressed Britain’s support for the creation of a Jewish homeland, resulting in the biggest single error of British foreign policy in the Middle East.
Churchill’s legacy in Sub-Saharan Africa and Kenya in particular is also one of deep physical and physiological scars that endure to this day.
Of greater consequence to truth and history should be a man’s actions, not merely his words. Whilst Churchill has become one of the most extensively quoted men in the English speaking world, particularly on issues of democracy and freedom, true history speaks of a man whose actions revolved around, in Churchill’s own words, “a lot of jolly little wars against barbarous peoples”.
One such war was when Kikuyu Kenyans rebelled for their freedom only to have Churchill call them “brutish savage children” and force 150,000 of them into “Britain’s Gulag”.
Pulitzer-prize winning historian, Professor Caroline Elkins, highlights Churchill’s many crimes in Kenya in her book Britain’s Gulag: The Brutal End of Empire in Kenya. Professor Elkins explains how Churchill’s soldiers “whipped, shot, burned, and mutilated Mau Mau suspects”, all in the name of British “civilization”. It is said that President Obama’s grandfather Hussein Onyango Obama never truly recovered from the torture he endured from Churchill’s men.
The Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen has proved how in Bengal in 1943 Churchill engineered one of the worst famines in human history for profit.
Over three million civilians starved to death whilst Churchill refused to send food aid to India. Instead, Churchill trumpeted that “the famine was their own fault for breeding like rabbits.” Churchill intentionally hoarded grain to sell for profit on the open market after the Second World War instead of diverting it to starving inhabitants of a nation controlled by Britain. Churchill’s actions in India unquestionably constituted a crime against humanity.
Churchill was also one of the greatest advocates of Britain’s disastrous divide-and-rule foreign policy.
Churchill’s administration deliberately created and exacerbated sectarian fissures within India’s independence movement, between Indian Hindus and Muslims that have had devastating effects on the region ever since.
Prior to India’s independence from Britain, Churchill was eager to see bloodshed erupt in India, so as to prove that Britain was the benevolent “glue holding the nation together”. For Churchill, bloodshed also had the added strategic advantage that it would also lead to the partition of India and Pakistan. Churchill’s hope was this partition would result in Pakistan remaining within Britain’s sphere of influence. This, in turn, would enable the Great Game against the Soviet empire to continue, no matter the cost to innocent Indian and Pakistanis. The partition of India with Pakistan caused the death of about 2.5 million people and displaced some 12.5 million others.
According to writer, Ishaan Tharoor, Churchill’s own Secretary of State for India, Leopold Amery,  compared his boss’s understanding of India’s problems to King George III’s apathy for the Americas. In his private diaries Amery vented that “on the subject of India, Churchill is not quite sane” and that he didn’t “see much difference between Churchill’s outlook and Hitler’s.”
Churchill shared far more ideologically in common with Hitler than most British historians care to admit. For instance, Churchill was a keen supporter of eugenics, something he shared in common with Germany’s Nazi leadership, who were estimated estimated to have killed 200,000 disabled people and forcibly sterilised twice that number. Churchill drafted a highly controversial piece of legislation, which mandated that the mentally ill be forcibly sterilized. In a memo to the Prime Minister in 1910, Winston Churchill cautioned, “the multiplication of the feeble-minded is a very terrible danger to the race”. He also helped organise the International Eugenics Conference of 1912, which was the largest meeting of proponents of eugenics in history.
Churchill had a long standing belief in racial hierarchies and eugenics. In Churchill’s view, white protestant Christians were at the very top of the pyramid, above white Catholics, while Jews and Indians were only slightly higher than Africans.
Historian, Mr. Hari, rightfully points out, “the fact that we now live in a world where a free and independent India is a superpower eclipsing Britain, and a grandson of the Kikuyu ‘savages’ is the most powerful man in the world, is a repudiation of Churchill at his ugliest – and a sweet, ironic victory for Churchill at his best.”
Amid today’s Churchillian parades and celebratory speeches, British media and schoolbooks may choose to only remember Churchill’s opposition to dictatorship in Europe, but the rest of the world cannot choose to forget Churchill’s imposition of dictatorship on darker skinned people outside of Europe. Far from being the Lionheart of Britain, who stood on the ramparts of civilisation, Winston Churchill, all too often, simply stood on the wrong side of history.
Churchill is indeed the Greatest Briton to have ever lived, because for decades, the myth of Churchill has served as Britain’s greatest propaganda tool to bolster national white pride and glorify British imperial culture.
Garikai Chengu is a scholar at Harvard University. Contact him on

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Saudi Arabia Buys 'International Silence' About its Atrocities in Yemen

Since March 2015, a Saudi-led coalition has been bombing Yemen after Houthi rebels toppled its government. According to political analyst Catherine Shakdam, the international community turns a blind eye on Riyadh's war crimes in Yemen.

At least 20 people, including rescue workers and an ambulance driver, were killed recently in a series of airstrikes Saudi Arabia carried out on one target in the Yemeni province of Saada.

The "Medecins Sans Frontieres" (Doctors Without Borders) humanitarian-aid organization said a driver of one of its hospitals was killed.

This is not the first time the Saudi-led coalition has carried out a series of airstrikes against one target. The sports events center in the capital Sanaa was destroyed in seven bombardments. The operation was carried out to support the Yemeni government-in-exile in its fight against Houthi rebels. 

Coalition representative Ahmad Assiri said the kingdom is not responsible for victims of the war.

"We regret any civilians killed and wounded in Yemen. But we should not forget that Houthi rebels and the coup they staged plunged the country into chaos," he was quoted as saying by RT.

Catherine Shakdam is a political analyst, writer and commentator for the Middle East, did not agree with this.
The Saudi campaign against Yemen, one of the world’s poorest nations, has been underway for over 10 months, and its results are unclear.

The Saudis have succeeded if their goal was to kill as many Yemeni people as possible or if they wanted genocide in the country. At the same time, the international community has not even lifted a finger over the situation, Shakdam said.

She explained why the international community has not commented on Saudi airstrikes in Yemen.
"This is all about money. Saudi Arabia is very rich and can control mass media. The kingdom also can bribe its political allies," she said.

It is unbelievable that it has been 10 months since the airstrikes started and no efforts has been made to settle the conflict, Fadl al-Mutaa, a member of the Yemeni party Ansar Allah, told Sputnik Arabic.

"They have been attacking Yemen with their deadly weapons for over 10 months. They are bombing everything, from schools and hospitals to airports and water storages, and even mosques. They are killing women and children. And the international community is doing nothing," he said.

"We can only rely on Russia and its president, China and Iran that proved the efficiency of their actions," he added.

According to him, many foreign fighters, including from the US, Britain and France, have been captured in Yemen and then released in exchange for food and medicine supplies to the conflict zone.
He also said that the Yemeni government respect Russia’s stance toward the issue and wants to have good relations with Moscow.

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Potential Saudi Nuke Purchase From Pakistan Remains A Mystery

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Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister would neither confirm nor deny the potential purchase of a nuclear weapon from Pakistan recently, leaving one of the Middle East’s greatest security questions unanswered.
Foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir remained coy Thursday when a CNN reporter asked him if his country had plans to buy a nuclear weapon from Pakistan. Speculation as to whether or not Saudi Arabia would purchase a nuclear weapon from fellow Sunni Muslim ally Pakistan has been rampant since the negotiations, and eventual agreement, on Iran’s nuclear program occurred in 2015.
“I am not going to get into details of discussions we have with foreign governments, and certainly not allied governments. I’m sure you understand,” said Jubeir in response to the question Thursday, “I would not discuss these things in a public forum, certainly not on television.”
Jubeir’s response follows Tuesday remarks made by Secretary of State John Kerry that any purchase of a nuclear weapon from Pakistan by Saudi Arabia would have “all kinds of [Non-proliferation treaty] consequences. I mean, there are huge implications of that.”
The nuclear question has become part of an ongoing conflict between Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran, and it reached a fever pitch after Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi embassy in the Iranian capital of Tehran. The embassy assault came as a result of the execution of prominent Shia Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr by the Saudi government.
Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif claimed in an interview with CNN today that “We [Iran] do not have a fight to pick with Saudi Arabia.”
Zarif claims that Iran and Saudi Arabia can co-exist peacefully in the Middle East, but noted that “unfortunately, the Saudis have had the illusion that backed by their Western allies, they could push Iran out of the equation in the region.”
Rumors of a Saudi nuclear purchase caught the public eye in May 2015 when the Sunday Times quoted an anonymous U.S. defense official as saying “the house of Saud has now made the strategic decision to move forward” to purchase a weapon “off-the-shelf” from Pakistan.
“The Sunni states will play tit-for-tat and keep up with Iranian nuclear developments. Once they achieve a nuclear energy level of development, if Iran creates moves to create a nuclear weapon, states like Saudi Arabia will move rapidly to do the same and may even consider working with their strong partners like Pakistan,” said former U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn in aninterview in September 2015.
Speculation on Saudi Arabia’s nuclear desires started in the 1990’s when former Saudi diplomat Muhammad Khilewi leaked documents claiming that Saudi Arabia had been interested in nuclear weaponry since 1975. Khilewi also claimed in a 1998 interview that Saudi Arabia had invested millions of dollars in the Pakistani nuclear program under the assumption that there would be a sort of nuclear quid-pro-quo between the two countries.
While the “off-the-shelf” narrative has been popular, arms-control expert Jeffrey Lewis of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies believes that Saudi Arabia could be fully capable of developing a home-grown nuclear weapon. Lewis points to Saudi Arabia’s investment in peaceful nuclear research as evidence that it could pursue a domestic weapon.
“The fancy machine tools, materials, and components that were good enough to build the nuclear weapons of the 1970s are widely available now,” wrote Lewis in a June 2015 article for Foreign Policy, “The Saudis are clearly alarmed by the possibility of an Iranian nuclear weapon. While I suspect that a lot of the talk about acquiring nuclear weapons is intended to make the United States focus on Saudi security concerns, it doesn’t help to dismiss Riyadh’s anxieties by mocking their educational system and ability to go nuclear.”


More than 8,200 people have been killed and many more injured ever since Saudi Arabia started a war on Yemen in March, a civil group says.
The Yemeni Civilian Association announced in a report on Wednesday that the ongoing Saudi attacks have claimed the lives of 8,278 people, including 2,236 children, and left 16,015 others injured.
The attacks have also destroyed or damaged:
- Around 345,722 houses
- 39 universities
- 262 hospitals
- 16 media offices
- 615 mosques
- 810 schools and educational centers
- forced the closure of around 4,000 schools
Further damaged in Saudi strikes:
- 1,113 government buildings
- 191 factories
- 59 heritage sites
- 41 sports stadiums
- 124 chicken farms
- 547 food stores
- 421 fuel tankers
Saudi attacks have destroyed or damaged:
- 530 bridges and roads
- 163 water tanks
- 140 power plants
- 167 telecommunications sites
- 14 airports
- 10 seaports
The report comes in the wake of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) warning about the dire situation of Yemeni patients amid Saudi attacks on hospitals.
Robert Mardini, who heads the ICRC’s operations for the Near and Middle East, has said the situation in Yemen is turning into one of the world’s “forgotten conflicts”.
Earlier this month, the ICRC’s outgoing health coordinator in Yemen, Monica Arpagaus, warned that hospitals in Yemen are no longer safe.
“We have incidents where hospitals have been targeted and patients have been injured and staffs have been killed,” Arpagaus said.
“Drugs, medication and medical supplies have been prevented from crossing frontlines into hospitals which desperately need these supplies.”

'Secret wife' of Saudi prince reveals monarchy’s mysteries (RT INTERVIEW)

Janan Harb, 68, has quite a life story to tell: she says she was the former Saudi king's secret wife. Harb, a Palestinian-born Christian, says she converted to Islam back in 1968 to marry the monarch.
Harb now lives in London and is a scientologist. A film is being made based on her life in the Saudi royal family. Harb is also planning to publish an autobiography by the end of 2016.
The woman spoke to RT about her first encounter with the prince.

“There was a big party for the Palestinians and the Lebanese, a Christmas party. The prince was the minister of interior at that time, he was invited, and that’s how we met,” she said.
For the next three years, Harb lived in the prince’s palace as his secret spouse.
“We had a lovely life [for] the first two years. It was a very beautiful life. But the third year was quite tragic, because it was taken seriously, and his brothers got involved.”
In 1971, Harb was deported to the UK.
“His brothers were grooming him to become a king, and didn’t accept him having a Palestinian Christian wife. I was deported without his knowledge,” she told RT.
She has since successfully sued the late king's son, winning a historic UK High Court case.
The late king’s son has been ordered to pay Harb £12 million (US$17 million), according to a deal that was struck with the king before his death.
Harb told RT she has turned to the media in the hope that the Saudi royal family will face up to its duties.
“Every time you confront the Saudis, they tell you – instead of asking or finding the truth – ‘Oh! Maybe she was a prostitute, maybe she is a money digger’… Since he [the former king] didn’t take responsibility for his father’s reputation, he bears the blame himself.”
Saudi nationals are known to have a history of tricky relations with the UK legal system.
Just this week, one Sheikh managed to escape divorce payments in the UK after he was appointed a UN envoy by a small Caribbean nation, therefore receiving diplomatic immunity.
Sheikh Walid Juffali, whose fortune from his family’s business interests is estimated at £4 billion, faced a divorce suit in London’s High Court from his second wife, Christina Estrada, a former Pirelli calendar girl, after he secretly married a Lebanese television presenter in 2012.
Last month, a Saudi millionaire was cleared of raping a teenager after he claimed he may have penetrated her accidentally after tripping and falling on her.
Saudi Arabia is notorious for its strict interpretation of Sharia law, with alcohol and gambling banned and women not allowed to drive.
Women’s rights in the country have often been in the spotlight: a few months ago, a Saudi woman posted footage of her husband sexually abusing their maid. However, it was the wife who was facing a year in jail in the end, due to the Saudi law on revenge videos.

China - Xi outlines Middle East vision

China and Arab states should build peacepromote developmentboost industrialization,support stability and partner people-to-people exchanges in the Middle EastPresident XiJinping said on Thursday.
Addressing the Arab League headquarters in Cairohe said China decides its position onissues based on their merits and the fundamental interests of the people in the MiddleEast.
Instead of looking for a proxy in the Middle Eastwe promote peace talksinstead ofseeking any sphere of influencewe call on all parties to join the circle of friends for theBelt and Road Initiative,” Xi said.
He added that instead of attempting to fill a “vacuum”, China seeks to build a cooperativepartnership network for “win-win outcomes”.
The president said there is hope in the Middle East and all parties should look for it bypursuing dialogue and development.
The Palestinian issue should not fall into oblivionand we must bring hope to thePalestinian people as early as possible,” Xi said.
Earlier on ThursdayChina and Egypt signed 21 documents on cooperationendorsing afive-year plan to boost two-way ties and pledging to co-build the trans-Eurasia Belt andRoad Initiative.
The initiative was put forward by Xi in 2013 with the aim of promoting commondevelopment along the ancient land and maritime Silk Roads.
Xi and his Egyptian counterpart Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi also jointly unveiled the nameplatefor the second phase of the China-Egypt Suez Economic and Trade Cooperation Zone.
The zone has attracted many Chinese manufacturers by offering preferential policies.
Making the second stop on his three-nation Middle East visitXi arrived in Cairo onWednesday amid rising calls from observers for Egypts thirst for infrastructure andconnectivity development to be better addressed.
Sisi greeted Xi with a welcoming ceremony that included a 21cannon salute before theirofficial talks on Thursday morning.
Other pacts were signed in fields that included electricityinfrastructuretradeenergy,financeaviation and culture.
Xi suggested that the two countries focus on cooperation in infrastructure constructionand production capacity and turn Egypt into a hub under the Belt and Road Initiative.
Xi said China is ready to take part in building major Egyptian projects such as the SuezCanal Corridora new channel parallel to the current canaland the new administrativecapital city.
Sisi thanked Xi for inviting him as a guest nation leader to attend the G20 summit inHangzhouZhejiang provincein September.
The Egyptian leader said Cairo is ready to link its own development planning to the Beltand Road Initiative and boost infrastructure cooperation within the framework of theAsian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
An Huihoua former Chinese ambassador to Egyptsaid, “The top priority for theEgyptian administration is to develop its economyexpand employment and reinvigoratepeoples livelihoods.”
An added, “The Egyptian economy has maintained growing momentum despite a numberof difficulties”. Annual GDP growth of 4.5 percent was reported last year.
Li Guofua researcher of Middle East studies at the China Institute of InternationalStudiessaid that Egypt “has offered protocols of a very high level” in greeting Xiwho hadbeen accompanied by Sisi to many events during his visit.