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Saudi Arabia
Future Saudi king tightens grip on power with arrests including Prince Alwaleed.

In spite of the bad smell Sharia law and Islamic vitriol has done for our regard for SA as an international ally, Is it really trying to drain it's own swamp?

It is still going to be an oligarchy - a royal dictatorship with a bad cultural ias - but is this a possible swing to a better direction?
SA shoots down Yemeni missile..

Yemeni rebels were aiming at the airport, but the missile was blasted out of the sky, and the launching site was obliterated. Seems like SA and Israel have a lot in common.
He's really kicking ass and taking names isn't he?

Its one royal branch going after another, and in the guise of 'draining the swamp' of corruption. It'll be interesting to see how all this shakes out.
"Falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it" - Jonathan Swift, 1710
Here's the latest pronouncement, and its a biggie.

Saudi prince says Israel has 'right' to its land

Quote:But now Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman -- speaking to the editor-in-chief of US news magazine The Atlantic -- appeared to put the rival land claims on an equal footing.

The prince was asked by Jeffrey Goldberg whether the "Jewish people have a right to a nation-state in at least part of their ancestral homeland?"

"I believe that each people, anywhere, has a right to live in their peaceful nation," said the prince, who is on a three-week US tour.

"I believe the Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land," he added.

"But we have to have a peace agreement to assure the stability for everyone and to have normal relations."

The key here is that he manages to keep from getting killed, or overthrown, by the hard liners. If not, this is Huge news, and has real bearing on the structure of the Middle East.

This is amazing.
"Falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it" - Jonathan Swift, 1710

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