Neither a coup (already over), nor anti-corruption sweep (pretext), but good old-fashioned purge. Marks end of consensus-based rule in Saudi
Earlier this week, Saudi State Minister for Gulf Affairs Thamer al-Sabhan sharply criticized Hezbollah, calling for its “toppling” and promising “astonishing developments” in the coming days during an interview with the Lebanese TV station MTV.
Al-Sabhan met with Hariri in Saudi Arabia when the now resigned prime minister was visiting first earlier this week. Hariri abruptly returned to the kingdom later Friday before his bombshell announcement Saturday.
In tweets after meeting Hariri, al-Sabhan described it as “long and fruitful meeting” that resulted in agreements over many issues that concern the Lebanese. “What comes is better, God willing,” al-Sabhan tweeted on Tuesday.
13. Thousands if not tens of thousands of Saudis connected to many of those arrested through patronage networks, familial bonds.
14. These networks, within military, tribal, financial, religious frameworks held Saudi rule together. Same method running back 300 years.
23. What do the optics of turning the Ritz Carlton into a holding pen tell investors? That things can change on a whim?
24. Can’t be reassuring right after finance summit in Riyadh. ‘Davos in the desert’? Ski lodges as jails? Doesn’t seem well thought through.
Is that a nom de guerre? If so, I have my concerns.
RT and Sputnik? Hard pass.
the ruling Saudi royal family has realized that not only can it crush any potential dissent by arresting dozens of potential coup-plotters, it can also replenish the country's foreign reserves, which in the past 3 years have declined by over $250 billion, by confiscating some or all of their generous wealth, which is in the tens if not hundreds of billions.
A Saudi-led blockade of desperately-needed aid supplies in Yemen has pushed the war-torn country to the brink of “the largest famine the world has seen for many decades,” the United Nations said this week, forecasting millions of casualties if the siege is not lifted.
Saudi Arabia announced Monday that it had decided to “temporarily close” all ports in Yemen, where 7 million people are at risk of starvation. Nearly 70 percent of the population relies on foreign assistance brought in via land, sea and air for survival.
Over the past two-and-a-half years, Yemen has been engulfed by a raging conflict that has spiraled into one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. Its staggering deterioration has come amid an ongoing Saudi-led intervention there, under the direction of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
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