Saudi Billionaire Buys Pieces of America

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Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, the Saudi Arabia royal billionaire, has become a major player in Saudi Arabia’s propaganda campaign, which is aimed at providing it’s archaic, Wahabbi-funding regime with a humane face.  Bin Talal has done so by whitewashing the role the Saudis have played in promoting Islamic and Wahabbi intolerance towards non-Muslims and radical Salafist movements, which engage in terror and stealth Jihad.  To accomplish his task, he has bought a slice of American and Western academia, and increasingly, the media.

In an expensive (approximately $295K) full-page advertisement published in the Wall Street Journal, Alwaleed Bin Talal stated: “We are dedicated to build a bridge of communication between East and West to achieve a comprehensive tolerance beyond geographical boundaries.”

The ad shows images of academic institutions where the Alwaleed Bin Talal foundation has invested millions, including the Program for Islamic Studies at Harvard University; the Center for Islamic-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University; the Center for the Study of Islam in the Modern World at Edinburgh University, Scotland; the Centre for Islamic Studies at Cambridge, UK; a program for Furthering Understanding Scholarship Scheme at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at Exeter University, UK.  These are just some of the Western institutions Bin Talal is invested in.  Others include the Islamic Art Wing at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, and the Centres for American Studies and Research at the American University of Cairo (Egypt) and Beirut (Lebanon).

In what appears to be a mission statement at the bottom of the full-page ad, there was this:

Supporting cultural diversity through dialogue, the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation embraces the tremendous diversity of people, religions, and cultures around the world.   In support of this belief, the Foundation has established academic and cultural centers at iconic institutions to nurture our common interests and potential.  By supporting historical research, open dialogue, and objective analysis, the Foundation lays the groundwork for mutual understanding among nation.

So who is Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, this “philanthropist” who wants to “achieve tolerance beyond geographical boundaries?

Appearing on Fox News on August 26, 2010, Dan Senor, a former Bush administration official hinted that Feisal Abdul Rauf, the “Ground Zero Mosque” imam, received financial support from Alwaleed Bin Talal’s foundation.  Although Dan Senor did not mention the prince’s name, he qualified him by saying, “The Kingdom Foundation [Bin Talal’s foundation], so you know, is this Saudi organization, headed up by the guy who tried to give Rudy Giuliani $10 million after 9/11 that was sent back. “ The money was returned because Alwaleed bin Talal had suggested that U.S. policies in the Middle East contributed to the September 11 attacks.  Senor also inferred that Alwaleed Bin Talal has “funded radical madrasas all over the world.”

In her February 5, 2010 blog, Diana West asked rhetorically if Fox News should register as a Saudi agent.  She wrote: “Alwaleed bin Talal’s charm-blitz through NY, juxtaposing Fox News’ Neil Cavuto’s sweetheart interview with “the prince” and Charlie Rose’s far more revealing conversation – essentially, it’s…all Israel’s fault, and “my” 1.5 billion Muslims are all like the ‘underpants’ bomber’s father [who informed authorities about his terrorist son].”

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  • scum

    Well Joe, an absolutely fascinating piece, especially considering the wobbly regime in Saudia Arabia is not only an authoritarian regime, but it's supported by the U.S. government and FPM. And the purchase of America is simply part of a broader pattern not of 'stealth jihad', but more rightly, GLOBAL CAPITAL. Exactly where do you think his BILLIONS come from? I'm going to go out on a limb here and say OIL. Hmmm, Oil, the very industry that is so carefully protected by Halliburton and FPM. So if you want to find conspiratorial connections, just go look in a stupid mirror. One more FPM article demolished. Nuff Said

    • craig

      You really have nothing better to do than piss people off? This is what the Left does best, though. So keep on doing what you do troll, I mean SCUM.

    • Rifleman

      And if we didn't buy the Saudis' lite sweet crude, nobody else would? Your comments demolish themselves.

  • Nick Shaw

    I don't know, how does he justify his "mission statement" with the reality of The Kingdom and it's Islam only rules? No, Saudi Arabia is no friend of the US or all that the US represents.

  • USMCSniper

    We have already sold our souls for nickles and dimes when Harvard University and Georgetown University each accepted $20 million donations in 2006 from Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, a Saudi businessman and member of the Saudi royal family, to finance Islamic studies. Harvard has created a universitywide program on Islamic studies, recruited new faculty members from Arab countries in the field, provided more support for graduate students and to convert rare Islamic textual sources into digital formats to make them widely available. "For a university with global aspirations, it is critical that Harvard have a strong program on Islam that is worldwide and interdisciplinary in scope," said Steven E. Hyman, Harvard's provost, who coordinates the new program. Georgetown used the gift – the second-largest it had ever received – to expand its Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, which is part of its Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. It said it would rename the center the H.R.H. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center. Bought and paid for like a couple of cheap whores.

  • Arius

    People in the West have to realize that Muslims are no friends of theirs. Muslims lie to the people in the West about their true intentions, all the while saying something quite the opposite to each other. To you of the West: wake up!

  • Nick

    Prima facie: When a representative of a theocracy pays a college to allow it to set up a vehicle to promote the philosophy which supports it, it's a Conflict of Interest. They aren't setting up secular departments to equally promote doctrine – only their own. Nor are they setting up departments related to "intellectual" studies, such as the countless liberal arts, sciences, business, engineering, etc. – only Islam. And they have never used their money to help establish secular non-Muslim education anywhere on the planet.

    On the contrary, in S.A. it is a serious violation to even carry a Bible; and Jewish passports must be stamped (an interesting technique learned from WWII). A conflict of interest should not be allowed.

  • tarik ben gardalli

    America needs atheism NOW.

  • covertgroup

    the final solution is the only solution.