For three days last month, there was much pomp and ceremony in Riyadh, during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping. While a series of agreements were signed, there were two over-arching themes: eclipse of US influence and discovery by MbS of another ruler to provide him protection.
Does US President Joe Biden love or hate Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS)? The US has been sending mixed signals but MbS seems to be going his own way. We discuss what the future holds for relations between the two countries.
Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) refused to take a phone call from US President Joe Biden because he has called him a “pariah”. Biden wants the Saudis and Emiratis to increase oil production because of sanctions on Russian oil and gas. How long can MbS hold out against Biden?
While Saudi crown prince Muhammad bin Salman (MbS) has used brutal methods including killings, imprisonment and torture to eliminate all rivals (real and imagined), to grab power, his ascension to the Saudi throne is not guaranteed. There are other contenders that are likely to challenge him.
Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) is anxious to present an image of being a ‘moderate’. His crimes, however, are so egregious that they continue to hang around him like a bad odor. His moderation is a fraud as thousands of people continue to languish in Saudi jails and executions continue at an alarming rate.
In recent months, Saudi Arabia’s de facto leader Muhammad bin Salman has been retreating on various fronts. His pronouncements about Islamic Iran, claiming it wants good neighbourly relations with it have raised many eyebrows. What has led to his retreat?
With Donald Trump’s departure from the White House, Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) faces an acute dilemma. Joe Biden is far less tolerant of MbS’ criminal conduct. Besides, the US deep state would like Mohammad bin Nayef in power.
Mohammad bin Salman has not only messed up the kingdom’s economy and politics, he is also a lowly character indulging in grossly immoral conduct. If the law were equally applied, he would not only lose both his hands for stealing, he would also be stoned to death.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has created many enemies, both at home and abroad. He may be able—just barely—to deal with internal foes but his external enemies are powerful players. One of them is the US intelligence establishment. Is MbS toast?
It is difficult to sympathize with Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) whose erratic policies have brought the medieval kingdom to the brink of collapse. Will a combination of the pandemic, low oil prices and MbS’ idiotic policies banish the Bani Saud?
With the arrest of several senior ‘royals’ and scores of security personnel, crown prince Muhammad bin Salman’s panic is evident. Rumours have it that he wants to become king before the G-20 summit next November regardless of whether his father is alive or dead.
The Bani Saud’s anti-Muslim policies that have driven them to open subservience to imperialism and Zionism have brought them nothing but shame and defeat. They are staring into the abyss.
MbS, the Saudi crown prince, is one nervous wreck these days. He has bitten more than he can chew or handle. He may be presiding over the demise of the sandcastle kingdom of Saudi Arabia and clearly feels the sand shifting from underneath his feet.
Observers have asked the question why the Saudis had to murder and dismember Jamal Khashoggi in such a brutal manner? They could easily have bumped him off in an accident. The reason is they wanted to make Khashoggi an example for would be dissidents.
Hindu fascism and its attendant horrors are found in many other parts of the world. We can name a host of other fascists in power: Trump, Netanyahu, Bin Salman and their ilk. The world is a more dangerous place with their grubby hands on the levers of power.
Without even seeking their consent, as required by Islam, the Bani Saud have paid hush money to the Khashoggi family to buy their silence over the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi that was ordered by the crown prince Bin Salman.
Last month there was a buzz about differences between King Salman and his son MbS. Considering that the king is virtually brain dead, how can one take these rumors seriously?
Shunned by the rest of the world in the wake of the Jamal Khashoggi murder, Muhammad bin Salman was embraced and feted by the Pakistanis. This may turn out to be a costly mistake for Pakistan.
Muhammad bin Salman is clumsier than Inspector Clouseau of Pink Panther fame but the former is far more deadly since he controls virtually everything in the medieval kingdom.