Skip to content

Whatever Became of Mohammed al Amoudi – 3; Saudi’s Announce an Upcoming Trial

December 17, 2018

Protesters demonstrate against environmental pollution caused by Mohammad al Amoudi owned MIRDOC Lega Dembi mine in Shakisco, Ethiopia. Critics of Midroc’s mine allege the company dumped chemicals from its operations near Shakiso into rivers used by residents and livestock for drinking water, resulting in birth deformities and animal deaths. The protests forced the Ethiopian government to close the mine and withdraw MIRDOC’s permit recently.


Along with a number of other Salman misadventures – the Saudi-UAE genocidal war against Yemen, the attempted – and largely failed – blockade of Qatar, the support for the Bahraini dictatorship and the colossal failure of the U.S.-Saudi (and others) war against the Assad government in Syria, most of all the Saudi failure to isolate Iran and bring down the Teheran government – Saudi influence in the Middle East and Horn of Africa is shrinking with the Kashoggi murder being something a kind to “the icing on the cake” or the straw that broke Salman’s back.” Further all this has led to a re-evaluation in Washington as to Salman’s reliability as a U.S. ally and regional proxy with a deepening split between Trump’s support of Salman (encouraged by Israel) on the one hand and increasingly worried U.S. intelligence community – and their voices in the U.S. Congress – that have concluded that the young Saudi autocrat, like Ben Ali, Mubarek before him, has outlived his usefulness. 

Enter into the picture the unresolved fate of those Saudi billionaires incarcerated in November 2017 and essentially shaken down big time for most of what they are worth. A year later, some remain inprisoned, among them Saudi-Ethiopian billionaire Mohammed al Amoudi. 


Recently, the fate of Saudi-Ethiopian billionaire, Mohammed al Amoudi has been the subject of several articles appearing in mainstream press outlets. In the aftermath of the Kashoggi murder, worldwide attention has focused on those Saudi billionaires still incarcerated in Riyadh as a part of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s anti-corruption campaign.

One of those arrested in November, 2017 and still incarcerated is Saudi-Ethiopian billionaire, Mohammed al Amoudi. As al Amoudi is the largest private investor in Ethiopia – his investments there estimated at anywhere from $1.5-$3 billion depending on the source – Addis Ababa is concerned about his fate, and the possible changes in ownership of his Ethiopian enterprises. The longer that Mohammed al Amoudi is not seen in public or his continued existence otherwise verified, the rumors that he has been killed only intensify. Read more…

The Five Names of Beatrice Kaye…(Part One)

December 4, 2018
1942 - Grandma Sarah, Mom, Aunt Mal a

Grandma Sarah, Mom, Aunt Mal

Today marks the 100th Anniversary of the birth of the woman who during the course of her life had five names: Beatrice Magaziner, Beatrice Magazine, Beatrice Prensky, Beatrice Prince, Beatrice Kaye. We, the family in Denver, including my wife Nancy, our daughters Molly and Abbie, their partners K and Logan, along with brother-in-law David Fey, are celebrating this family landmark by having a blowout dinner at a chic Denver restaurant, where we will eat and drink and celebrate the life of my mother, a classic “Yiddisha Mama.” 


One hundred years ago on this day, December 4, 1918, in Boston, Massachusetts, Sarah Magaziner, wife of Julius Magaziner, gave birth to her last daughter whom she named Beatrice. It was Sarah Magaziner’s fourteenth birth, seven of whom survived into adulthood. The seven surviving siblings were in order of birth (to the best of my memory), Louis, Molly (who changed her name to Malvina), Joseph, William (called Willie), Hyman (called Hymie), Ira and last but not least, Beatrice.

Ninety years and eight months later, on July 23, 2009, that same Beatrice, now surnamed Kaye, died in a nursing home in Great Neck New York. She is buried in Montefiore Cemetery, Long Island, New York next to her lifetime companion through it all, her older sister by ten years, Malvina Stone, known us our whole lives as “Aunt Mal.” When she died, after almost criminally poor treatment at Long Island Jewish Hospital in Long Island, Aunt Mal had blessed the planet with her irascible presence for a few months shy of a hundred years. In death the seven surviving siblings are reunited in the same family plot there. Uncles Joe, Lou (first name actually Robert), Hymie, Willie, Ira, Mal and “Beattie”. Finally together again.

Every one of my uncles pn my Mom’s side died of heart conditions, heart attacks, most in their forties. Read more…

Iran: A Rumor of War — Guest Editorial by Conn Hallinan

November 30, 2018

Iran: Rumors of War Dispatches From The Edge Dec. 1, 2018 “The Iran Agenda Today: The Real Story Inside Iran And What’s Wrong with U.S. Policy” By Reese Erlich Routledge Taylor & Francis Group New York and London 2019 Want another thing to keep you up at night? Consider a conversation […]

via Iran: A Rumor of War —

click on the underlined title just above Iran: A Rumor of War to read the article

Dr. Mark Johnson, Jefferson County Colorado Department of Health Director on Rocky Flats

November 30, 2018

And on that point, Mark Johnson is onto something…He’s explained why the federal government has been so adamant about pushing through a shallow, sloppy clean up at Rocky Flats that would be comical if it weren’t so serious. They simply cannot afford to, or not willing to shell out the money necessary to do the kind of clean up that is necessary, not at Rocky Flats nor at the other Superfund site clean ups to follow. A Rocky Flats, they’ve done less than the bare minimum.

Public relations demanded that the federal government go through the motions and that they did, knowing exactly how to repress any information, studies that would get in their way. Instead of a serious clean up they offer us a scaled down, cheaper version, declare “success” ruthlessly disregarding the remaining dangers involved, the unanswered questions. And then they use this hollow victory (over what? – the public interest?) as a model to market similar prescriptions to Hanford and other radioactive contaminated sites giving us short-term, band-aid like solutions.

These folks are messing with plutonium…not a good idea.

1. A full house at Arvada’s Trinity Presbyterian Church

The audience was surprisingly large…even Dr. Mark Johnson noted it. “I thought we’d have a little intimate group, that we could have something of a dialogue, I didn’t expect so many people” he said. And people were there and in large numbers. Don’t know who was more surprised, the event’s organizers or Dr. Johnson. Could suggest a new level of interest in the continued impact of Rocky Flats on the surrounding area – burgeoning with growth and the new social cancer called “development.”

The event was sponsored by “Rocky Flats Right To Know,” a local community group “devoted to educating the public about Rocky Flats.” The group is organizing a series of public forums on the continued dangers of Rocky Flats radioactive contamination, the next program scheduled for February, 2019.

I estimate between 200 and 250 who filled the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Arvada, suburb northwest of Denver and in the proximity of the closed down Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant. Not a Brown or Black soul among them, a reflection of the ethnic and racial composition that experienced exponential growth as are result of white flight to the suburbs in the last 1950s through 1980s,  but overwhelmingly people from Jefferson County. They were in attendance to listen to Dr. Johnson, the County health officer talk about what the county knows – and mostly doesn’t know – about what is left of radioactive contamination from the closed down Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons plant. Read more…

Tonight on KGNU – “US Middle East Policy Adrift: Kashoggi Murder and the Fallout: Hard Times Ahead for Salman and Netanyahu”

November 27, 2018

Syria on our minds…

Hear Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince on KGNU Boulder (88.5 FM, 1390 Am, Streaming at on Hemispheres, Middle East Dialogues hosted by Jim Nelson. Tonight, Tues, November 27, 2018 @ 6-7 pm Mountain States Time

The program is available for streaming/downloading tomorrow at KGNU’s achives

Whatever Became of Mohammed al Amoudi – 2; al Amoudi’s Ethiopian Connection

November 23, 2018

Ethiopian Protests in the Oromo Region in 2016. It was mass protests like this that brought the former government to its knees and forced a liberal wave of change in the country.

Ethiopia – al Amoudi – Whatever Became of Mohammed al Amoudi – 2: Amoudi’s Ethiopian Connection

Blunting China’s Belt and Road Initiative in the Horn of Africa is a priority for Washington. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates – as it is elsewhere in the region – (Syria, Afghanistan, anti-Iranian alliance) – are little more than Washington’s thanes in Ethiopia and the Horn. Mohammed al Amoudi, until he was arrested, was Riyadh’s man in Addis Ababa, nothing less. It appears they no longer require his services and are confiscating his assets there. 

(For general background on al Amoudi, his ties to al Qaeda through BCCI, what is generally known of his wealth, the possible reasons that he was arrested by bin Salman, see Part One; Part Three)

As of this writing (Nov. 22, 2018) the fate of Mohammed al Amoudi, Saudi billionaire businessman with $3 billion in investments in Ethiopia, remains unknown. Arrested in Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s anti-corruption sweep in November 2017, a year later no one knows if he is still alive or has been “Khashoggi-ized.”


Since the November 2017 arrest of Saudi billionaire Mohammed al Amoudi along with a slew of Saudi billionaires, government officials and members of the royal family, on charges of massive corruption, little is know of his current situation.

As noted in Part one of this series:

Whatever became of Mohammed al Amoudi? Is he still alive? Has he been tortured? There, in Saudi’s Al Ha’ir prison, there would be no Turkish listening devices to record his last moments? Did he meet a ghastly fate in Riyadh as Jamal Khashoggi’s in Istanbul with body parts dismembered while still alive until he died in unspeakable pain? Are his fingers or their ashes sprinkled at different sites throughout the Riyadh region?

Or is he alive and will soon  be released as the Saudis claim? Read more…

Whatever Became of Mohammed al Amoudi? And Why Haven’t the Saudis Released Him?

November 17, 2018

Ethiopian Women, Gambella, Ethiopia, home of the al Amoudi Saudi Star Rice Farm, producing rice for Saudi Arabia

(Author’s note: It had been my purpose in this piece to explore al Amoudi’s long standing economic interests in Ethiopia and his long term ties to the dictatorship in that country which was just partially removed from power by the selection of the new prime minister, Ahmed Abey, who has given hope to a new dawn both to Ethiopia and the Ethiopian diaspora. But if one is persistent enough, research takes one far and wide as it did below. That said, in order to understand Mohammed al Amoudi’s defining role in Ethiopia, it helps to read this particular intro. At least that is what I hope. The “Ethiopian connection” will follow. RJP)


Whatever Became of Mohammed al Amoudi? And Why Haven’t the Saudis Released Him? …

Maybe because there is nothing of him left to release? …and all the king’s horses and all the kings men couldn’t put Mohammed al Amoudi together again?

Whatever became of Mohammed al Amoudi? Is he still alive? Has he been tortured? There, in Saudi’s Al Ha’ir prison,  there would be no Turkish listening devices to record his last moments? Did he meet a ghastly fate in Riyahd as Jamal Khashoggi’s in Istanbul with body parts dismembered while still alive until he died in unspeakable pain? Are his fingers or their ashes sprinkled at different sites throughout the Riyadh region?

Or is he alive and soon to be released as the Saudis claim?

The Saudis keep hedging on sharing information about al Amoudi. The longer Riyadh hedges, the more the speculation that he is no longer “this side of the great divide” resonates in the world press. And who knows, if not for the Khashoggi debacle, which continues to be played out as I write, Mohammed al Amoudi’s fate might have simply slid from the public consciousness, his fate ignored. But the Saudi monarchy-directed-planned and executed murder of Jamal Khashoggi has, literally, resurrected the fate of others whose treatment and ultimate fates remain unknown, among them al Amoudi. Read more…