Ali Shihabi explains what the media won’t about Saudi Arabia

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Summary: This is the best analysis I have seen of the recent events in Saudi Arabia, which will shake the region and perhaps the world. It is by someone with deep knowledge of that nation. It is a perspective seldom seen in the US news media -- but which matches the known facts and is … Continue reading Ali Shihabi explains what the media won’t about Saudi Arabia

Stratfor on the Saudi’s political intrigue (bigger and more interesting than ours)

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Summary: The latest news about intrigues among the Saudi Princes are entertaining, might effect the course of world history, and put Washington's palace intrigues in perspective. Mohammed bin Salman is a happy man, heir to much of the world's power. "The Saudi Royal Family's Laundry Gets a Public Airing" Stratfor, 20 June 2017. What happens … Continue reading Stratfor on the Saudi’s political intrigue (bigger and more interesting than ours)

Stories about Saudi Arabia reveal mysteries of the world’s most powerful kingdom

The Desert Dream: Saudi Arabia

Summary: Yesterday's news from Saudi Arabia reminds us about the importance of that little but rich and powerful nation, and how little we know about it. Here are two great articles giving fascinating glimpses into that strange and mysterious land. This is a follow-up to yesterday's Today the Saudis got a new Crown Prince. Stratfor explains how … Continue reading Stories about Saudi Arabia reveal mysteries of the world’s most powerful kingdom

Today the Saudis got a new Crown Prince. Stratfor explains how this might rock the region

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Summary: Has the appointment of a new crown prince made Saudi Arabia more stable, or set off conflicts among the Princes that will bring it down? Either way, the result might transform the politics of the Middle East. Here is Stratfor's analysis of this major event. Second of two posts today. "{T}he Kingdom’s 80th birthday … Continue reading Today the Saudis got a new Crown Prince. Stratfor explains how this might rock the region

Stratfor: Iran’s mullahs and the Saudi Princes fight to control the internet

Summary:  Next in this series looking the Saudi Princes' attempts to cope with the 21st century, we share Stratfor's analysis of how the Princes and Iran's mullahs (aka ruhani) are responding to their irresistible common enemy -- the internet, and especially social media. "Information wants to be free"" --- Stewart Brand told Steve Wozniak at … Continue reading Stratfor: Iran’s mullahs and the Saudi Princes fight to control the internet