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What in the hell is going on with Bruce Jenner??

By Tanya Blake

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What’s going on with Bruce Jenner, that’s all I really wanna know!

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By now, you may have seen a few tabloid headlines about Bruce Jenner, carefully alluding to his “changed appearance” or “new look.” The patriarch of the Kardashian family and ex-husband of Kris Jenner has lately made some certain style choices. His hair is long and highlighted. He’s sported a French manicure. He wears diamond earrings and seemingly some lip gloss.

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To read these kinds of gossipy details on sites like TMZ can feel uncomfortably invasive for a casual reader. These stories seem to be implying something about a public figure’s deeply personal choices. Even in a world where TV shows centered on transgender characters win major awards and acclaim, isn’t it far too wrong to speculate about someone’s gender identity?

But when the personal and private journey appears to be fodder for a reality show, all bets are off. So, pull up a chair — let’s talk about Bruce Jenner.

On Friday, US Weekly’s new cover story will report that Jenner, 65, “is taking steps to disclose what multiple sources describe as his wish to transition from male to female.” The magazine says that Jenner’s announcement will be for the cameras, as he’s currently filming an E! reality show documenting “full transformation.” TMZ also reported the same news. Variety confirmed the show is in very early development, with E! public relations planning to meet with GLAAD to discuss. E!, which airs “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and its spin-offs on which Jenner stars with his family, declined to comment.

This particular US Weekly article, which goes into depth about Jenner’s choice and his family’s support, is significant because of the magazine’s cozy relationship with the Kardashians. Kim, Kourtney, Khloe and the whole family frequently appear on the cover and Web site. And in return, they tip off the mag about bits of news that will get lots of readers: Kourtney’s pregnancy, Khloe’s break-up, Kim and Kanye’s wedding invitation. In other words, the magazine wouldn’t risk printing something this personal — and false — about one of its moneymakers.

The other tipping point this week was a surprisingly candid, if vague, interview that Kim gave to “Entertainment Tonight.” When asked if Jenner was “going through something,” Kim responded pleasantly that, “I think Bruce should tell his story his way.”

“Bruce is very happy, the happiest I’ve ever seen him. And he’s, you know, our dad, so we support him no matter what,” Kim said. “And I think when the time’s right, he’ll talk about whatever he wants to talk about. I just feel like that’s really his journey to talk about.”

Put together, it all smacks of a brilliantly orchestrated Kardashian publicity stunt to drive viewers to their E! reality show. It would be nothing new for the family, which has become a multimillion-dollar empire over the last decade by keeping fans titillated by the intimate details of their lives.

SEE ALSO: Kandi Burruss Denies Being Messy – #RHOA

Jenner’s story has been bubbling up ever since he split with Kris — his wife of 23 years and the mastermind behind the Kardashian’s rise to pop-culture dominance. Shortly after the couple separated in fall 2013, Jenner underwent a laryngeal shave procedure to smooth his Adam’s apple. In the following months, paparazzi photos started popping up to track his evolving appearance: Bright red nails on his birthday, hairless legs, poutier lips.

At first, Jenner explained he wanted the surgery because he didn’t like his trachea. Last fall, Kris went on the “Today” show and said speculation of sex reassignment surgery was “silly,” and that the rumors have surrounded Jenner since his days as an Olympic gold medalist star in the 1970s. “They just keep regurgitating the same old stuff,” she said.
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Now, several months later Bruce Jenner is reportedly gearing up to discuss his “wish to transition from male to female,” with Us Weekly claiming the star has already “taped a major sitdown interview.”

As Gossip Cop has reported, there has been much speculation about Jenner’s appearance in the wake of his 2013 split from Kris Jenner.

We just the peanut gallery folks, we have to just sit back and wait patiently.

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The World Medical Mission heads to the Philippines – Global Humanitarians

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Hope For The World Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established by Lourdes Duque Baron to raise funds and obtain food and supplies to support the World Medical Mission. The World Medical Mission provides medical and surgical treatment for tens of thousands of impoverished people in the Philippines and Tecate Mexico every year.

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“Fantastic Four” Official Teaser Trailer is Simply, Insane!

By Dorothy Frazier

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Fantastic Four makes its way back to movie theaters this summer, and now the latest iteration of Marvel’s first band of genetically modified misfits have a properly epic trailer to mark the occasion.

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Based on the trailer, audiences can expect this movie to tell us (again) how a group of astronauts became a crime-fighting team.

In the original Stan Lee and Jack Kirby comic books, four characters — Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic), Sue Storm (the Invisible Woman), Johnny Storm (the Human Torch) and Ben Grimm (the Thing) — travel to space in a rocket, where they encounter cosmic rays that give them superpowers. In an interview with Yahoo, director Josh Trank (Chronicle) and writer/producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) said that they took this origins tale and updated it with the new possibilities of interdimensional travel. (Hence why this trailer looks so much like the one for Interstellar.)

SEE ALSO:Guardians of the Galaxy – Movie Trailers

Check out the teaser trailer below & share your thoughts in the comments section.

Fantastic Four opens in theaters on August 7th.

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SAG Awards 2015: Winners often go on to win Oscars

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The Screen Actors Guild awards have become an accurate predictor for the Oscars, largely because actors’ union members who vote in the SAG comprise the Academy’s largest voting block.

If the winners of Sunday night’s Screen Actors Guild awards seem particularly excited on their way up to the podium, it isn’t completely an act.

Cate Blanchett accepts an award at the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards. She went on to win best actress at the Academy Awards. -- Image credit: WIRE

Now in its 21st installment, the SAG awards have been an accurate predictor of next month’s acting Oscars, largely because the 111,228 actors’ union members who vote for the SAG-gies comprise the Academy’s largest voting bloc.

Last year’s Academy Award winners — best actor Matthew McConaughey, best actress Cate Blanchett, and supporting actors Lupita Nyong’o and Jared Leto — all took home SAG statuettes first.

The ensemble category, however, have been less of a barometer of Oscar gold: The cast of “American Hustle” took the SAG trophy last year — but then watched as “12 Years a Slave” won the Academy Award for best picture.

This year’s SAG awards had the requisite pre-show controversy, thanks to a nominees list without Bradley Cooper and the ensemble cast of “American Sniper.”

Going into Sunday night, industry watchers considered the outstanding leading male actor too close to call between Michael Keaton (“Birdman”) and Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”). Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game”), Steve Carell (“Foxcatcher”) and Jake Gyllenhaal (“Nightcrawler”) rounded out that category, but were considered longshots.

“As an actor you pour everything you have into every role you do, there’s something alchemic that’s happens a film, you don’t know how it will be received,” Redmayne, who plays the ALS-stricken physicist Stephen Hawking, said as he entered Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium. “And the fact that so many people seem to.

Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”) was considered the favorite for the leading actress award, though Reese Witherspoon (“Wild”) had earned some buzz. Though she was shut out for an Oscar nom, Jennifer Aniston (“Cake”), can take solace in the old adage, “It’s an honor just to be nominated” (albeit for a SAG). Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”) and Felicity Jones (“The Theory of Everything”) were the other two nominees.

J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash) and Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”) are considered the overwhelming favorites in the supporting actor categories.

Considerably more drama awaited on the television side, where the above-the-marquee talent vying for the best actor in a drama series included Steve Buscemi (“Boardwalk Empire”), Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”), Woody Harrelson and McConaughey (“True Detective”) and Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”).

Claire Danes (“Homeland”), Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”), Julianne Margulies (“The Good Wife”), Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”), Maggie Smith (“Downton Abbey”) and Robin Wright (“The Good Wife”) are up for best actress in a drama series.

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Kanye West Opens Up About Why He Doesn’t Smile

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Mystery solved. Kanye West, who is known for not smiling in photos as much as he is for making music, has finally explained why he prefers to take photos sans grin.

Yeezy opened up about the choice at The Daily Front Row‘s inaugural Fashion Los Angeles Awards on Jan. 22.

Kanye West performs at the 2014 Made In America Festival

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“Back when I was working on Yeezus, I saw this book from the 1800s and it was velvet-covered with brass and everything,” West said on stage at the star-studded event which was also attended by Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Rihanna, according to E! News. “I looked at all these people’s photos and they look so real and their outfits were incredible and they weren’t smiling and people, you know the paparazzi, always come up to me, ‘Why you not smiling?’ and I think, not smiling makes me smile. When you see paintings in an old castle, people are not smiling cause it just wouldn’t look as cool.”

At the show, where he was on hand to present an award to Milk Studios co-founder and creative director Mazdack Rassi, he also shared a bit about his fashion philosophy.

“In my opinion, God is the No. 1 creator, and anytime we create, we’re an extension of doing his work on earth,” the rapper said. “That’s why we’re here. What can we do for humanity? And you know, in a way, fashion is what defines the time.”

“Everyone has some form of fashion every single day,” he added. “We have the power to change the world. I believe that through design, because design is the closest to truth, problem solving truth is the closest to love, and love is the closest thing to God, and God is love.”

Read more via Billboard.com.

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Singer @LourdesDBaron To Release New Version of #Jazz Hit “Table For Two” For The Silver Screen

Baron’s exquisite vocals, coupled with the composing eloquence of multi-platinum music producer, Andrew Lane create a playful sophistication akin to those revered by 50s and 60s jazz standards in her new version of “Table For Two.”

Chicago, Illinois (PRWEB) January 22, 2015

“Table For Two” is an original song written and produced by Andrew Lane (multi-platinum music producer) specifically for Lourdes Duque Baron. He chose this song for Baron because of “her worldliness and her deep vocal sound.” Lane also composed the arrangement. The song is playful and paints a picture of warm intimacy and romance. Seldom has music seen a more versatile, talented, and dynamic performer than Lourdes Duque Baron as she proves with her vocal range here.

Lourdes Duque Baron 'Table For Two'The single has been a hit on jazz radio stations across the U.S. and several internationally. A special version of the song was chosen for the soundtrack of an upcoming Filipino film (Baron is originally from the Philippines) entitled “Cavort With Butandings.” Baron will also play the lead female role in this film. “Table For Two” is available on iTunes, Amazon, and MTV.

For more information about Lourdes Duque Baron and her projects, please visit her Official Website.

Read the full press release by visiting PRWeb.

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CERN 411 – The Black Cube, Saturn, Inter-Dimensional Portals &…

By Carla B.

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“The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself” — St. Augustine

Above is a picture of the statue of SHIVA that sits outside of CERN.

The LHC at CERN is a particle booster, built to beam up protons in very high speed and opposite directions — until they collide creating a huge amount of energy capable to reproduce similar cosmic conditions that have creating such phenomena as dark matter, antimatter and ultimately the creation of the universe billions of years ago. It has also been rumored to be a device that can bend space time, open dimensional portals. These rumors are indeed a reality and the evidence is overwhelming. CERN is massive scientific instrument that was in fact designed to be a ”stargate”, or a “SATURN MACHINE” (space/time) with the intention of opening up inter-dimensional portals.

Throughout ancient history there have been many accounts of gods traveling from location to location using intricate machinery that would take them from one dimension to another. There are accounts of the ancient Sumer speaking about so-called gods coming in through a double pillared stargate and there have been carvings that have represented such a feat. It is amazing to think that the ancients had mastered the ability to travel using wormhole technology that we now are hearing about at places like the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, but it is true. Once again it has to be indicated that CERN is located in Geneva. Geneva and “Saint Geniis” are similar to the word “Genesis.” The purpose of CERN is to find the Origins of Man and the Universe. They have stated that they want to open a doorway to another dimension and find a God. Is it just a coincidence that CERN is short for the horned God Cernunnos? Is it also a coincidence that CERN has to go deep underground to do their “god” harnessing experiments? Cernunnos was the god of the underworld.

CERN is also responsible for the internet and have been doing ongoing research for governments with regard to global sustainability.   It was also reported that in 1999 CERN proposed and carried out quantum Vortex experiments searching for Solar Axions. Axions are hypothetical particles that are components of dark matter. In order to find these Axions CERN proposed the use of a decommissioned magnet called SATAN. It was an acronym for Solar Axion Telescopic Antenna. One of the attempts at creating a portal anchor happened in an area where there is rumored to be an ancient Stargate in the real ancient Babylon, Iraq.  Even a top Physicist at CERN admitted “‘Something may come through’ dimensional ‘doors’ at LHC”. And “Out of this door might come something, or we might send something through it,” said Sergio Bertolucci, Director for Research and Scientific Computing at CERN.

The capabilities of CERN and evidence suggesting that it is being used as a literal TIME DISTORTION machine is a reality. This is where SATURN comes into play. If the elite worship Saturn which is the god of TIME & SPACE, then surely CERN is connected to this “god”, right? As it turns out, that is exactly the case and the CERN/SATURN rabbit hole is very deep. It is my estimation that CERN among other locations is a central key location and site for a gateway to open for Cernunnos/Pan/Saturn/Satan/demonic forces to manifest in this dimension. This must occur for the elite’s NWO Anti-Christ beast system.

Cernunnos – the horned deity of the Celts/Gauls later to become Pan. Pan-dimensional.

Cronus – the Greek derivative from Seb or Geb of the Egyptian Ennead, the ‘horned one’ later to become the roman god Saturn – Satan.

Kroni – ancient East Indian demon – primordial manifestation of evil – analogous with the Roman Christian Satan – shares many traits with Kali, the Destroyer.

By coincidence the CERN logo is a 666. By coincidence there is a statue of Lord Shiva,  the “god of Destruction,” at CERN.

The conspiracy culture believes there is a ancient group of “enlightened” masters guiding the course of things, above every government and ruler. They use occult knowledge and have been mastering it for centuries. With that assumption its not hard to see why people could believe CERN, a machine that could possibly  discover and re-create the “god particle.”

The VESICA PISCES is also obvious


CERN & Its Relation To Biblical Prophecy

Whether you decide to believe this or not there is an occult agenda behind the CERN.

Mayan calendar left. CERN-LHC right. Why do they look so similar? Is the CERN Large Hadron Collider an attempt at opening inter-dimensional gateway, StarGate, portals … for fallen spiritual beings to come into our dimension?
  • Lord Shiva – “god of Destruction” statue at CERN

    Revelation 9 New King James Version (NKJV) Fifth Trumpet: The Locusts from the Bottomless Pit
    9 Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit. 2 And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. …..
    ….
    11 And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon.
    -The Bible says that these fallen angels (sons of God) of Genesis 6 are confined in Tartarus.

“For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to Hell (Tartarus), and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment.” II Peter 2:4. The word in the Greek is Tartarus, or rather it is .. from that noun. “Cast down to hell” should be tartarused, (tartarosas).

The statue of Lord Shiva, the “god of Destruction”, (see above) sits at CERN and hints at the release of the fallen angel Abaddon/Apollyon which coincidentally also means “the Destroyer”! There are…of course, no coincidences. Why would anyone put this religious statue of a Hindu god at a place of science, the epitome of scientific inquiry?

Interestingly, the Book of Enoch says that these 200 fallen angels(Titans) are imprisoned in Tartarus for 70 generations. A generation in the Bible is about 70 years. These Titans are being imprisoned for about 5000 years. Dec 2012 is the Hebrew year Tevet 5773.

The time for their release is probably at hand.

Notably, Mayan and Aztec prophecies for 21 Dec 2012 does not say anything about end of the world apocalypse! Rather it speaks about the return of the serpent god/Bolon Yokte/the Nine gods. These are probably the fallen angels of Genesis 6, the 200 watchers of the Book of Enoch! The occult world seems to be pointing to something coming to earth on the Mayan calendar date of 21 Dec 2012.
The Aztec religion predicted that a serpent would come from heaven and appear on earth on 21 December 2012. According to an Aztec legend, human beings can ascend into Heaven when the serpent descends. …. On this day the Aztec religious calendar prophesied that a great serpent would come to earth; thus, Satan’s fall coincides with the end of the Aztec calendar as well as the Chinese calendar.
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2012: The Return of the Nine
… The Mayan prophecy to do with 2012 was that it would signal the return of “The Nine”. … “At the next creation, the Bolon Yokte Ku, or Nine Support Gods, would return.” However, the actual word “return”, sometimes translated as “descent” …. Who are the Bolon Yokte Ku – The Nine? They have variously been translated as the God of Nine Strides, the Nine-Footed God, Jaguar-Foot-Tree and Nine-Dog-Tree. They were seen as living in the Underworld and were generally described as god(s) of conflict, warfare, and are hence linked with dangerous transition times, social unrest, eclipses, and natural disasters like earthquakes. … The question nevertheless remains as to who these Nine Gods truly are. Indeed, “Nine Gods” are not just an ingredient of the Mayan culture. There were also Nine Gods in the ancient Egyptian religion, as well as many others (e.g. India). To the Egyptians, they were also known as the Nine Principles and they were directly linked with their Creator Deity, Atum.

The mayans did not predict the end of world, but the return of one of their god’s
The predictions of the Mayans to December 2012 do not refer to the end of the world, but the return of the god Bolon Yokte would return at the end of an era and the beginning of another … it is mentioned that on December 21 “would be invested deity Bolon Yokote,” bound to create a god and war, who attended the beginning of the current era … The text of the narrative character, … shows that the Maya rulers should “prepare the ground for the return of the god Bolon Yokte … According to this prognosis, the god Bolon Yokte preside over the birth of a new era that was set to begin  December 21, 2012, and oversee the end of the current era.

Spiritual Cinema CircleRead more on CERN and its real meaning by visiting Socioeco History Click here to open up the site in a different window.

RELATED: CERN’S Experiment – Complete In 2015?

Sources: Before Its NewsBP Earth WatchSocioeco History


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King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia dead @ 90, Half Brother Ascends Throne to Become King

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King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, the powerful U.S. ally who joined Washington’s fight against Al Qaeda and sought to modernize the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom has died at 90, according to Saudi state TV.

His successor is his 79-year-old half-brother, Prince Salman, who recently has taken on the ailing Abdullah’s responsibilities.

The announcement came in statement read by a presenter on Saudi state TV, which aired video of worshippers at the Kaaba in Mecca.

Saudi state TV said he died after midnight Friday.

A former American diplomat close to the Saudi royal family told Fox News the death of King Abdullah, coupled with the collapse of the government in Yemen, is a “worst case scenario” for the U.S. because current events are allowing Iran to extend its reach and influence in the region.

With the collapse of President Hadi’s government in Yemen, the former diplomat said Teheran’s influence is now seen in at least four Middle Eastern capitals – Sana’a in Yemen, Baghdad in Iraq, Damascus in Syria, and to a lesser extent in Beirut, Lebanon.

In a written statement issued shortly after the announcement of Abdullah’s death, President Obama expressed condolences and said, ” I always valued King Abdullah’s perspective and appreciated our genuine and warm friendship. As a leader, he was always candid and had the courage of his convictions.

“One of those convictions was his steadfast and passionate belief in the importance of the U.S.-Saudi relationship as a force for stability and security in the Middle East and beyond.”

Obama visited with the ailing king in his desert compound last March.

Secretary of State John Kerry, who was in London for a meeting of the coalition fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, called Abdullah “a brave partner in fighting violent extremism who proved just as important as a proponent of peace.”

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called the king “a powerful voice for tolerance, moderation and peace — in the Islamic world and across the globe.”

Former President George H.W. Bush said he was “deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my dear friend and partner King Abdullah. As President, I found His Majesty always to be a wise and reliable ally, helping our nations build on a strategic relationship and enduring friendship dating back to World War II.”

Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud in 2013. Credit Raed Qutena/European Pressphoto Agency

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., called Abdullah “an important voice for reform in Saudi Arabia. He pushed for the modernization of the education system, curbed the authority of the religious police, and extended women the right to vote and run in municipal elections.”

More than his guarded and hidebound predecessors, Abdullah assertively threw his oil-rich nation’s weight behind trying to shape the Middle East. His priority was to counter the influence of rival, mainly Shiite Iran wherever it tried to make advances. He and fellow Sunni Arab monarchs also staunchly opposed the Middle East’s wave of pro-democracy uprisings, seeing them as a threat to stability and their own rule.

And while the king maintained the historically close alliance with Washington, there were frictions as he sought to put those relations on Saudi Arabia’s terms. He was constantly frustrated by Washington’s failure to broker a settlement to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. He also pushed the Obama administration to take a tougher stand against Iran and to more strongly back the mainly Sunni rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Abdullah was born in Riyadh in 1924, one of the dozens of sons of Saudi Arabia’s founder, King Abdul-Aziz Al Saud. Like all Abdul-Aziz’s sons, Abdullah had only rudimentary education. Tall and heavyset, he felt more at home in the Nejd, the kingdom’s desert heartland, riding stallions and hunting with falcons.

Abdullah was selected as crown prince in 1982 on the day his half-brother Fahd ascended to the throne.

Abdullah became de facto ruler in 1995 when a stroke incapacitated Fahd. Abdullah was believed to have long rankled at the closeness of the alliance with the United States, and as regent he pressed Washington to withdraw the troops it had deployed in the kingdom since the 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. The U.S. finally did so in 2003.

When President George W. Bush came to office, Abdullah again showed his readiness to push against his U.S. allies.

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In 2000, Abdullah convinced the Arab League to approve an unprecedented offer that all Arab states would agree to peace with Israel if it withdrew from lands it captured in 1967. The next year, he sent his ambassador in Washington to tell the Bush administration that it was too unquestioningly biased in favor of Israel and that the kingdom would from now on pursue its own interests apart from Washington’s.

Bush soon after advocated for the first time the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

The next month, the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks took place in the United States, and Abdullah had to steer the alliance through the resulting criticism. The kingdom was home to 15 of the 19 hijackers, and many pointed out that the baseline ideology for Al Qaeda and other groups stemmed from Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabi interpretation of Islam.

When Al Qaeda militants in 2003 began a wave of violence in the kingdom aimed at toppling the monarchy, Abdullah cracked down hard. For the next three years, security forces battled militants, finally forcing them to flee to neighboring Yemen.

There, they created a new Al Qaeda branch, and Saudi Arabia has played a behind-the-scenes role in fighting it.

The tougher line helped affirm Abdullah’s commitment to fighting Al Qaeda. He paid two visits to Bush — in 2002 and 2005 — at his ranch in Crawford, Texas.

When Fahd died in 2005, Abdullah officially rose to the throne. He then began to more openly push his agenda.

His aim at home was to modernize the kingdom to face the future. One of the world’s largest oil exporters, Saudi Arabia is fabulously wealthy, but there are deep disparities in wealth and a burgeoning youth population in need of jobs, housing and education.

Abdullah was a strong supporter of education, building universities at home and increasing scholarships abroad for Saudi students.

Abdullah for the first time gave women seats on the Shura Council, an unelected body that advises the king and government. He promised women would be able to vote and run in 2015 elections for municipal councils, the only elections held in the country. He appointed the first female deputy minister in a 2009. Two Saudi female athletes competed in the Olympics for the first time in 2012, and a small handful of women were granted licenses to work as lawyers during his rule.

One of his most ambitious projects was a Western-style university that bears his name, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, which opened in 2009. Men and women share classrooms and study together inside the campus, a major departure in a country where even small talk between the sexes in public can bring a warning from the morality police.

But he treaded carefully in the face of the ultraconservative Wahhabi clerics who hold near total sway over society and, in return, give the Al Saud family’s rule religious legitimacy.

Regionally, perhaps Abdullah’s biggest priority was to confront Iran, the Shiite powerhouse across the Gulf.

Worried about Tehran’s nuclear program, Abdullah told the United States in 2008 to consider military action to “cut off the head of the snake” and prevent Iran from producing a nuclear weapon, according to a leaked U.S. diplomatic memo.

Abdullah had more than 30 children from around a dozen wives.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Pop Culture: Lourdes Duque Barons Official Website: Breaking News; Videos, Photos, Tour Dates

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Baron is one of a small number of artists able to exercise more autonomy over how their music is consumed thanks to the huge audiences they command. Another example: Beyoncé.

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