Saudi Crown Prince was Reluctant to Back US Attack on Iran
Opinion

Saudi Crown Prince was Reluctant to Back US Attack on Iran

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was reluctant to accede to demands from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to agree to an attack on Iran when they met last Sunday in Neom, Saudi sources with knowledge of the meeting told Middle East Eye. Bin Salman’s reluctance was said to be for two reasons. Firstly, he read…

For Trump’s Middle East Allies, Joe Biden Is a New Nightmare
Opinion

For Trump’s Middle East Allies, Joe Biden Is a New Nightmare

You can detect the shadow of Donald Trump fading from the Middle East in the nervous twitches of his closest allies. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is accelerating settlements before the inevitable freeze or pause in construction in January when President-Elect Joe Biden takes over. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is releasing just a fraction of…

Blood and Oil: Saudi Palace Gossip, Orientalism and MbS’s Invisible War
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Blood and Oil: Saudi Palace Gossip, Orientalism and MbS’s Invisible War

It was the enduring image from Donald Trump’s 2017 visit to Saudi Arabia, in his first trip abroad as president of the United States. In it, Trump appeared alongside Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi with their hands placed on a glowing orb of unexplained meaning or purpose. The photo immediately…

Twilight in the Desert for Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman?
Opinion

Twilight in the Desert for Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman?

It appears as if Saudi de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is on a mission to destroy the world oil giant by one after the other ill-conceived economic decisions. Now, as MbS orders yet new desperation cuts in Saudi oil prices, his economy is imploding from all sides—from the stupid Vision 2030 plan…