Fierce Foes, Iran and Saudi Arabia Secretly Explore Defusing Tensions

Talks between the two regional powers, if successful, could start to lower the temperature on several conflicts across the Middle East.

#iran, #middle-east, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #saudi-arabia, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #yemen

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A Clash of Wills Keeps a Leonardo Masterpiece Hidden

The Louvre inspected the “Salvator Mundi” and certified it as the work of Leonardo da Vinci. But it kept those findings secret after a squabble with the painting’s owners.

#salvator-mundi, #art, #da-vinci-leonardo, #france, #louvre-museum, #martinez-jean-luc, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #mona-lisa, #museums, #saudi-arabia

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Democrats Push Biden to Take Harder Line on Saudi Arabia

Lawmakers have continued to press for harsher action and a wholesale rethinking of the American stance toward the kingdom.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #dingell-deborah, #house-committee-on-foreign-affairs, #house-of-representatives, #houthis, #khanna-ro, #khashoggi-jamal, #kim-andy-1982, #malinowski-tom, #meeks-gregory-w, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #omar-ilhan, #republican-party, #saudi-arabia, #senate, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yemen

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Liberals Grow Impatient With Biden’s Foreign Policy Decisions

A recent endorsement of his Iran policy from Jared Kushner inflamed frustrations among Democratic allies calling for bolder action abroad.

#blinken-antony-j, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #kushner-jared, #liberalism-us-politics, #mcgurk-brett-h, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #national-security-council, #nuclear-weapons, #obama-barack, #rhodes-benjamin-j, #sanders-bernard, #united-states-international-relations

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Liberals Grow Impatient With President Biden’s Foreign Policy Decisions

A recent endorsement of his Iran policy from Jared Kushner inflamed frustrations among Democratic allies calling for bolder action abroad.

#blinken-antony-j, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #kushner-jared, #liberalism-us-politics, #mcgurk-brett-h, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #national-security-council, #nuclear-weapons, #obama-barack, #rhodes-benjamin-j, #sanders-bernard, #united-states-international-relations

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Biden’s Dilemmas, Part 1: Punishing Saudi Arabia

In the first of two parts about what we’re learning about the current administration, we look at the president’s approach to justice in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #istanbul-turkey, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #sanger-david-e, #saudi-arabia, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-post

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For Biden, Deliberation and Caution, Maybe Overcaution, on the World Stage

But decisions come more quickly than they did in the Obama administration, when Mr. Biden, as vice president, complained about the endless meetings.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #solarwinds, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Israel, the U.A.E. and a New Middle East

We may be witnessing a major realignment of the Middle East.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #hamas, #hezbollah, #iran, #israel, #middle-east, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #palestinians, #saudi-arabia, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations

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In Confronting Saudi Arabia, Biden Tiptoes With a Close Ally

The U.S. has accused Saudi Arabia’s crown prince of ordering the killing of the dissident Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi but is wary of causing a break with an important Arab partner.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #saudi-arabia, #united-states-international-relations

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Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman, the Murderous Monarch

President Biden hasn’t pushed for real justice, but at least he’s not as obsequious as his predecessor.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #khashoggi-jamal, #kushner-jared, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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President Biden Lets a Saudi Murderer Walk

The crown prince killed my friend Jamal Khashoggi, and we do next to nothing.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #politics-and-government, #saudi-arabia, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

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Crushing Dissent: The Saudi Kill Team Behind Khashoggi’s Death

An elite unit assigned to protect Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is said to have carried out dozens of operations, including forcibly repatriating Saudis.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #harbi-thaar-ghaleb-al, #hathloul-loujain-al, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #mutreb-maher-abdulaziz, #qahtani-saud-al, #salman-king-of-saudi-arabia, #saudi-arabia

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Biden Won’t Penalize Saudi Crown Prince Over Khashoggi’s Killing, Fearing Relations Breach

The decision will disappoint the human rights community and members of his own party who complained during the Trump administration that the U.S. was failing to hold Mohammed bin Salman accountable.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #istanbul-turkey, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #saudi-arabia, #state-department, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Saudi Prince Approved Khashoggi’s Death, U.S. Report Says

The release of the report by the Biden administration was a sign that the new president will try to isolate Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #central-intelligence-agency, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Speaks With Saudi King; Unclear if Khashoggi Killing Was Discussed

An intelligence report is expected to be released on Friday as the Biden administration engages in a “recalibration” of the United States’ relationship with Saudi Arabia.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #salman-king-of-saudi-arabia, #saudi-arabia, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations

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Candidate Biden Called Saudi Arabia a ‘Pariah.’ He Now Has to Deal With It.

In a coming call with King Salman, the president plans to warn him that the United States will soon make public intelligence about the Saudi crown prince’s role in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #central-intelligence-agency, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #salman-king-of-saudi-arabia, #saudi-arabia, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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These Women Confront Dictators. Why Can’t We?

I’m inspired by two sisters who stood up to goons with clubs and razors in Egypt.

#badawi-raif, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #egypt, #hathloul-loujain-al, #international-relations, #middle-east-and-north-africa-unrest-2010, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #salman-king-of-saudi-arabia, #saudi-arabia, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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Loujain al-Hathloul, Saudi Women’s Rights Activist, Freed From Prison

Loujain al-Hathloul was a champion of freedoms for Saudi women. She had been imprisoned for nearly three years on charges that rights groups called politically motivated.

#hathloul-loujain-al, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #political-prisoners, #saudi-arabia, #womens-rights

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Declaring Democracy Won’t Be Subverted, Biden Demands Russia and Myanmar Reverse Course

The president is about to discover how years of sanctions fatigue — exacerbated in the Trump administration — and a decline in American influence may make it difficult to deliver on his promises.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #china, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #myanmar, #navalny-aleksei-a, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #north-korea, #political-prisoners, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #saudi-arabia, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Biden Demands Russia and Myanmar Reverse Course

The president is about to discover how years of sanctions fatigue — exacerbated in the Trump administration — and a decline in American influence may make it difficult to deliver on his promises.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #china, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #myanmar, #navalny-aleksei-a, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #north-korea, #political-prisoners, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #saudi-arabia, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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The Dark Reality Behind Saudi Arabia’s Utopian Dreams

Mohammed bin Salman’s absurd plan for the Line — a 106-mile long city with no cars and no roads — comes with a grisly human price.

#architecture, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #saudi-arabia

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In Saudi Arabia, Quiet Changes May Ease Tensions With Biden

The new president is a Saudi critic, but he takes office as the kingdom scales back beheadings, removes hate speech from text books and limits prison terms for activists.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #capital-punishment, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #saudi-arabia, #textbooks, #united-states-international-relations

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Kuwait Says Saudi Arabia Will Reopen Borders With Qatar

The announcement by Kuwait was not confirmed by Saudi Arabia, which has led a Gulf boycott of Qatar for more than three years.

#bahrain, #egypt, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #qatar, #qatar-airways, #saudi-arabia, #united-arab-emirates

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My Father Spoke About Reforms. Saudi Arabia Is Slowly Killing Him.

President-elect Joe Biden must push Saudi Arabia to release its political prisoners.

#hathloul-loujain-al, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #political-prisoners, #prisons-and-prisoners, #royal-families, #saudi-arabia, #saudi-assn-for-civil-and-political-rights, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Loujain al-Halthloul, Saudi Rights Activist, Gets Prison Sentence

Loujain al-Hathloul, who was arrested just before the driving ban was lifted, was charged with undermining the kingdom in a case that supporters decried as a political persecution.

#hathloul-loujain-al, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #political-prisoners, #saudi-arabia, #sentences-criminal, #united-states-international-relations, #womens-rights

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An Oscar Winner Made a Khashoggi Documentary. Streaming Services Didn’t Want It.

Bryan Fogel’s examination of the killing of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi had trouble finding a home among the companies that can be premier platforms for documentary films.

#amazon-com-inc, #cengiz-hatice, #documentary-films-and-programs, #fogel-bryan, #icarus-movie, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #movies, #netflix-inc, #the-dissident-movie, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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U.S. Considers Granting Immunity to Saudi Prince in Suspected Assassination Attempt

If the request is granted, it could potentially provide a legal basis to dismiss a separate case against Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

#aljabri-saad, #assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #canada, #diplomatic-immunity, #extradition, #immunity-from-prosecution, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #saudi-arabia, #state-department, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Israeli Reports Say Netanyahu Met Saudi Crown Prince, but Saudis Deny It

The reported visit on Sunday night, amid talk of warming relations, would be the first known meeting between high-level Israeli and Saudi leaders.

#group-of-twenty, #international-relations, #israel, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #netanyahu-benjamin, #pompeo-mike, #saudi-arabia

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Netanyahu Meets With Saudi Crown Prince

The reported visit on Sunday night would be the first known meeting between high-level Israeli and Saudi leaders.

#group-of-twenty, #international-relations, #israel, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #netanyahu-benjamin, #pompeo-mike, #saudi-arabia

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At G-20, Saudi Arabia and Human Rights Activists Fight Over Kingdom’s Image

As the summit’s host, the kingdom hopes to showcase its advances, while critics see an opportunity to pounce. But the virtual event will have a lower profile.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #group-of-twenty, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #political-prisoners, #riyadh-saudi-arabia, #womens-rights

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After Trump’s Embrace, Saudis Brace for a Chillier Tone From Biden

Saudi Arabia’s leaders counted on President Trump’s unwavering support, but President-elect Biden has vowed to take away the kingdom’s “dangerous blank check.”

#arms-trade, #assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #hathloul-loujain-al, #iran, #israel, #middle-east, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-transition-us, #reema-bint-bandar-bin-sultan-princess-of-saudi-arabia, #saudi-arabia, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yemen

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Fiancée Sues Saudi Crown Prince Over Khashoggi Killing

The fiancée of the slain Washington Post journalist sued Prince Mohammed bin Salman in an attempt to learn more about the 2018 killing.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #cengiz-hatice, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #saudi-arabia, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #turkey, #washington-post

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Trump’s Sanctions on International Court May Do Little Beyond Alienating Allies

Critics say the administration has targeted a human rights lawyer with economic penalties meant for warlords, dictators and authoritarian governments.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #assad-bashar-al, #bensouda-fatou, #bolton-john-r, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-criminal-court, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #national-security-council, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #pompeo-mike, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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Donald Trump’s Incompetent Foreign Policy

For all the sound and fury, Trump’s foreign policy has few accomplishments.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bolton-john-r, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #duterte-rodrigo, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #joint-chiefs-of-staff, #khashoggi-jamal, #kim-jong-un, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #maduro-nicolas, #may-theresa-m, #milley-mark-a, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Mysteries of the American-Saudi Alliance

Two new books, David H. Rundell’s “Vision or Mirage” and Bradley Hope and Justin Scheck’s “Blood and Oil,” offer insights into an enigmatic country.

#blood-and-oil-mohammed-bin-salmans-ruthless-quest-for-global-power-book, #books-and-literature, #hope-bradley, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #rundell-david-h, #saudi-arabia, #scheck-justin, #united-states-international-relations, #vision-or-mirage-saudi-arabia-at-the-crossroads-book

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For Trump, Defying Mideast Truisms Produced Breakthroughs and Backfires

Disregarding norms and accepted wisdom, President Trump went his own way in the Middle East and, in some cases, got what he wanted.

#islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kushner-jared, #middle-east, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #netanyahu-benjamin, #obama-barack, #palestinians, #pompeo-mike, #suleimani-qassim, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Jamal Khashoggi’s Killing is Focus of ‘Kingdom of Silence’ and ‘The Dissident’

“Kingdom of Silence,” due Friday, and “The Dissident,” due Dec. 18, revisit the killing of the Saudi journalist Khashoggi in Turkey in 2018.

#bezos-jeffrey-p, #central-intelligence-agency, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fogel-bryan, #istanbul-turkey, #khashoggi-jamal, #kingdom-of-silence-movie, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #movies, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #rowley-richard, #saudi-arabia, #washington-post

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Trump’s Middle Eastern Mirage

Will there be a Saudi October surprise?

#bahrain, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #palestinians, #saudi-arabia, #trump-donald-j, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations

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In Arab States’ Embrace, Israelis See a Reshaped Mideast

Normalized ties with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain raise hopes in Israel that it is finally gaining acceptance in its volatile neighborhood.

#bahrain, #defense-and-military-forces, #grand-mosque-bursa-turkey, #haaretz, #international-crisis-group, #international-relations, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #muslims-and-islam, #palestinians, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations

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Bahrain Recognized Israel. Here’s Why It Matters.

The announcement that Bahrain would establish full diplomatic relations with Israel leaves open the possibility that more Arab states will follow.

#abu-dhabi-united-arab-emirates, #bahrain, #israel, #khalifa-hamad-bin-isa-al, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #palestine-liberation-organization, #palestinians, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-international-relations

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Bahrain Says It’s Time to Embrace Israel. The Gulf Hears a Saudi Voice.

Bahrain’s closeness to Saudi rulers makes it unthinkable the change in diplomatic ties happened without approval. But Saudi Arabia itself may not be in a rush to normalize relations with Israel.

#bahrain, #international-relations, #israel, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #palestinians, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Saudi Court Issues Final Verdicts in Khashoggi Killing

The sentences, of up to 20 years in prison, were issued months after one of Jamal Khashoggi’s sons said he and his siblings had forgiven the men who killed him.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #saudi-arabia, #targeted-killings, #turkey

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Saudi King Fires 2 Royals in Defense Corruption Inquiry

The king’s decision was based on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s call for an investigation into “suspicious financial transactions at the defense ministry,” according to state news media.

#defense-and-military-forces, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #politics-and-government, #salman-king-of-saudi-arabia, #saudi-arabia

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Trump Administration Plans Arms Sale to U.A.E. Despite Israeli Worries

The Trump White House is quietly planning sales of F-35 stealth fighters and advanced drones to the Emiratis as part of a wider plan to realign the Middle East, but Israel and Congress may object.

#arms-trade, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #gantz-benny, #israel, #kushner-jared, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #nahyan-mohamed-bin-zayed-al-1961, #national-security-council, #netanyahu-benjamin, #saudi-arabia, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Immoral Double Life of the Former King of Spain

An outdated culture allowed King Juan Carlos I to become a lobbyist for Arab dictatorships and to hide his fortune for decades.

#el-mundo, #juan-carlos-i-king-of-spain, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #royal-families

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The King Had No Clothes. Spain Looked the Other Way.

An outdated culture allowed King Juan Carlos I to become a lobbyist for Arab dictatorships and to hide his fortune for decades.

#el-mundo, #juan-carlos-i-king-of-spain, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #royal-families

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Former Saudi Official Accuses the Crown Prince of Trying to Kill Him

Saad Aljabri, a former top intelligence official, filed suit in Washington alleging that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent a team of agents to Canada to kill him.

#aljabri-saad, #assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #canada, #central-intelligence-agency, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #interpol-international-criminal-police-organization, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-nayef, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #riyadh-saudi-arabia, #saudi-arabia, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #washington-dc

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U.S. Examines Whether Saudi Nuclear Program Could Lead to Bomb Effort

Intelligence agencies are scrutinizing whether the kingdom’s work with China to develop nuclear expertise is cover to process uranium and move toward development of a weapon.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-and-military-forces, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #international-atomic-energy-agency, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #national-security-council, #nuclear-energy, #nuclear-nonproliferation-treaty, #nuclear-weapons, #obama-barack, #saudi-arabia, #schiff-adam-b, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #uranium

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Strange Bedfellows: Iran’s Ex-President Woos Saudi Crown Prince as Pen Pal

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, known in the West for his Holocaust denial and disputed re-election in 2009, writes a warm letter to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, calling him a man of peace.

#ahmadinejad-mahmoud, #houthis, #iran, #khamenei-ali, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #politics-and-government, #saudi-arabia

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A Saudi Spy Chief Hid Abroad. With Appeals and Threats, M.B.S. Tried to Bring Him Back

To try to force a former Saudi intelligence officer to return to the kingdom, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman asked for his help, targeted his family and sought to have him arrested abroad.

#aljabri-saad, #interpol-international-criminal-police-organization, #khashoggi-jamal, #leahy-patrick-j, #mohammed-bin-nayef, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #salman-king-of-saudi-arabia, #saudi-arabia

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