Принц Мухаммад бин Салман
Принц Мухаммад бин Салман
Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud (Arabic: محمد بن سلمان بن عبد العزيز آل سعود‎; 23 января 1985 - ...) Второй заместитель премьер-министра и министр обороны Саудовской Аравии   facebook , Вики (англ.)

Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud (Arabic: محمد بن سلمان بن عبد العزيز آل سعود‎; 23 января 1985 - ...)

Второй заместитель премьер-министра и министр обороны Саудовской Аравии

 

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19 ноября, 17:48

За счёт личных средств: наследный принц пожертвовал благотоврительным обществам южных провинций 12 млн.риалов

من حسابه الخاص.. ولي العهد يمنح الجمعيات الخيرية  بـ»الجنوبية» 12 مليون ريال За счёт личных средств: наследный принц пожертвовал благотоврительным обществам южных провинций 12 млн.риалов Его Королевское Высочество принц Мухаммад бин Салман, наследный принц, заместитель премьер-министра и министр обороны, да хранит его Аллах, подертвовал за счёт личных средств благотворительным обществам южных провинций 12 млн.риалов. Поддержка … Читать далее За счёт личных средств: наследный принц пожертвовал благотоврительным обществам южных провинций 12 млн.риалов →

18 ноября, 20:55

Мечта принца Мохаммеда бин Салман.

Наследный принц Мохаммед бин Салман намеревается построить своего рода версию Дубая, но более современную.Город, в котором перемещаться будут по воздуху на летающих машинах(вспомнился фильм "Пятый элемент") вся тяжелая работа выполняется роботами число которых, возможно, превышает число живых людей. Источники энергии - солнечная и ветровая.Он хочет модернизировать страну и надеется, что к 2030 году город будет построен и Саудовская Аравия не будет зависеть от нефти, как основного источника дохода. Фотография здания Kingdom Centre в Эр-Рияде, Саудовская Аравия.Проект города "Neom"( термин, который происходит от смеси английского и арабского "Нео-Mostaqbal" и что означает "новое будущее") требует инвестиций в размере 500 000 миллионов долларов (около 425.000 млн. евро) для того, чтобы начать стройку в месте, география и погодные условия которого не самые подходящие, но места аналогичного тому где построен Дубай нет."Neom будет построен с нуля, что предоставит уникальную возможность для того, чтобы отличаться от всех остальных мест, которые были разработаны и построены в течение сотен лет. Воспользуемся этой возможностью, чтобы построить новую форму жизни, отличные экономические перспективы",- сказал Бен Сальман во время презентации megaproyecto.Neom встанет между границ Саудовской Аравии, Иордании и Египта, в пустыне более 26 000 квадратных километров в Восточной части Залива Акаба и в непосредственной близости от Красного Моря. Идеальное место, как говорят, разработчики проекта, так как оно соединяет Азию, Африку и Европу. Под руководством Саудовской Аравии, город будет иметь свои собственные законы и налоговые платежи, с целью привлечения международных инвесторов, которые также будут участвовать в создании этих законов.(!)"Мечтать-это легко, трудно сделать это реальностью", - сказал Бен Сальман во время презентации Neom.Как бы то ни было, по словам разработчиков проекта, Neom уже имеет обязательства по финансированию с Softbank 45 000 млн. евро и 20 000 млн. евро с Blackstone, помимо капитала фонда Аравии, таким образом эта удивительная инициатива возможно и осуществится. Полностью статья опубликована:http://www.elmundo.es/economia/vivienda/2017/11/16/5a0c379fca4741176f8b4684.html

18 ноября, 03:45

Xi Jinping Pledges To "Strengthen Relationship" Between Saudi Arabia And China

In what can only be described as a masterful play to entice Saudi Arabia to list shares of Aramco in Hong Kong (assuming the kingdom follows through with the listing, which is reportedly in jeopardy) Chinese state media reported Friday that Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged to strengthen the relationship between China and Saudi Arabia as the latter tries to reform its economy. According to the South China Morning Post, Xi vowed to strengthen cooperation between the two states at a time when the Middle Eastern kingdom is facing a political shake-up at home, and heightened tensions with Lebanon and Iran. Xi’s vow of friendship came with the crucial qualifier that the relationship between the two countries wouldn’t be affected by shifting international circumstances. No matter how the international and regional situation changed, China’s determination to deepen strategic cooperation with Saudi Arabia would not change, President Xi Jinping told Saudi King Salman in a telephone conversation, according to a report by China’s state broadcaster CCTV.   “China supports Saudi in its efforts to safeguard its sovereignty and achieve greater development,” Xi was quoted as saying. Of course, that’s an implicit threat that China might come to KSA’s aide if the simmering hostilities between the kingdom and Iran explode out into a military conflict between the two regional rivals. However, the SCMP also stresses that China has a strong relationship with Iran as well. Hong Kong is reportedly still in consideration to host the Aramco IPO. And while China will presumably play the dual role of investor and adviser as the Kingdom seeks to diversify its economy into other industries besides energy, including technology and manufacturing, KSA has in returned promised to assist Xi’s “one belt, one road” economic reform program. King Salman told Xi that Saudi Arabia was willing to become China’s “important partner” in the Gulf. The kingdom also intended to play a role in China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” and cooperate with Beijing in the energy and financial sectors, he said Though Chinese media reports didn’t delve into too much detail about the recent purge orchestrated by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the call between the two leaders obviously follows an event two weeks for KSA, where its leaders reportedly pressured Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to resign. Hariri had to go, allegedly, because he was deemed too soft on Hezbollah, the shiite militant group that’s affiliated with Iran and is also an important powerbroker in Lebanon. Two weeks ago, dozens of Saudi princes and officials were detained on corruption charges, a move that is believed to have helped Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to consolidate his power. And yesterday the Financial Times exposed the “corruption crackdown” for what is truly is: A naked cash grab meant to refill KSA’s foreign currency reserves while allowing it the financial flexibility to help ensure the Aramco IPO is executed at the best possible price. Lebanese President Michel Aoun this week accused Saudi authorities of “detaining” Hariri, but Riyadh said he was free to leave the kingdom “when he pleases”. Hariri was reportedly supposed to arrive in France on Friday. Saudi Arabia was also seen as a protagonist in leading 11 other nations to sever diplomatic ties with Qatar earlier this year, a move meant to punish KSA’s tiny neighbor for having too close a relationship with Iran. Despite Xi’s promise, China also maintains warm relations with Iran, meaning the likelihood that China would become involved in a military struggle against either Iran or Saudi is probably low. According to the SCMP, China has bolstered its presence in the region by forging closer ties with both countries. Of course, Saudi has plenty to gain from closer relations with China, including expanding its foothold in the world’s largest import market for crude. During King Salman’s first official trip to China in March, the two countries signed deals, including some in the oil sector, worth a combined US$65 billion, the SCMP noted. However, if the feud between Saudi Arabia and Iran intensifies - and that looks likely - the threat of a geopolitical conflict will become impossible to ignore. What then?

18 ноября, 02:25

Saudi 'Corruption' Probe Widens: Dozens Of Military Officials Arrested

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After jailing dozens of members of the royal family, and extorting numerous prominent businessmen, 32-year-old Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman has widened his so-called 'corruption' probe further still. The Wall Street Journal reports that at least two dozen military officers, including multiple commanders, recently have been rounded up in connection to the Saudi government’s sweeping corruption investigation, according to two senior advisers to the Saudi government. Additionally, several prominent businessmen also were taken in by Saudi authorities in recent days. A number of businessmen including Loai Nasser, Mansour al-Balawi, Zuhair Fayez and Abdulrahman Fakieh also were rounded up in recent days, the people said.   Attempts to reach the businessmen or their associates were unsuccessful. It isn’t clear if those people are all accused of wrongdoing, or whether some of them have been called in as witnesses. But their detainment signals an intensifying high-stakes campaign spearheaded by Saudi Arabia’s 32-year-old crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. There appear to be three scenarios behind MbS' decision to go after the military: 1) They are corrupt and the entire process is all above board and he is doing the right thing by cleaning house;   2) They are wealthy and thus capable of being extorted (a cost of being free) to add to the nation's coffers; or   3) There is a looming military coup and by cutting off the head, he hopes to quell the uprising. If we had to guess we would weight the scenarios as ALL true with the (3) becoming more likely, not less. So far over 200 people have been held without charges since the arrests began on November 4th and almost 2000 bank accounts are now frozen, which could be why, as The Daily Mail reports, Saudi prince and billionaire Al-Waleed bin Talal has reportedly put two luxury hotels in Lebanon up for sale after being detained in his country during a corruption sweep. The Saudi information ministry previously stated the government would seize any asset or property related to the alleged corruption, meaning the Savoy hotel could well become the state property of the kingdom. 'The accounts and balances of those detained will be revealed and frozen,' a spokesman for Saudi Arabia's information ministry said.   'Any asset or property related to these cases of corruption will be registered as state property.' As we noted previously, it appears clear that MbS has decided to enforce a 70% wealth tax...the Financial Times reports today that the Saudi government has offered the new occupants of the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton a way out.... and it’s going to cost them: In some cases, as much as 70% of their net worth. Saudi authorities are negotiating settlements with princes and businessmen held over allegations of corruption, offering deals for the detainees to pay for their freedom, people briefed on the discussions say.   In some cases the government is seeking to appropriate as much as 70 per cent of suspects’ wealth, two of the people said, in a bid to channel hundreds of billions of dollars into depleted state coffers.   The arrangements, which have already seen some assets and funds handed over to the state, provide an insight into the strategy behind Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s dramatic corruption purge. The country’s attorney-general has said he is investigating allegations of corruption amounting to at least $100 billion - though the total value of assets seized could be as high as $800 billion. Though the Financial Times puts the high-end figure at a relatively modest $300 billion; to make up for the delta, more arrests are still expected. Regular Saudis, who’ve seen their benefits cut and some of their jobs taken away, support MbS’s decision.  “Why should the poor take all the pain of austerity,” said one Saudi academic. “The rich need to pay their way too.” In Saudi Arabia, they are about to do just that. *  *  * While MbS also continues to get the support of US officials, not everyone is convinced that the anti-corruption probe will succeed... As Counterpunch.org's Patrick Cockburn warns in fact, it is doomed to fail... About eight or nine years ago, I had an Afghan friend who previously worked for a large US aid agency funding projects in the Afghan provinces. He had been hired to monitor their progress once work had got underway, but he did not hold the job very long for reasons that he explained to me. The problem for the Americans at the local agency headquarters in Kabul was that the risk of ambush by the Taliban was deemed too high for them personally to visit the projects that they were funding. Instead, they followed the construction from one step removed, by insisting that the Afghan company involved should transmit back to Kabul, at set intervals, detailed pictures of its activities, to show that they were fulfilling their contract to the letter. Almost as an afterthought, the aid agency thought it might be useful to send along an Afghan in their employ to check that all was well. His first mission was to go to Kandahar province, where some plant – I seem to remember it was a vegetable packing facility – was believed to be rising somewhere in the dangerous hinterland. He went there, but, despite earnest inquiries, was unable to locate the project. Back in Kandahar city, he asked around about the mystery of the missing vegetable plant, but found that his questions were answered evasively by those he contacted. Finally, he met somebody who, under a pledge of secrecy about the source of the information, explained to him what was happening. Businessmen in Kandahar receiving funds from the aid agency and knowing its reliance on photographs to monitor works in progress, had found it safer and more profitable to fake the whole process. They engaged a small local company with experience of making TV advertisements and documentaries to rig up what was, in effect, a film studio – in which workers played by extras would be shown busily engaged in whatever activity the agency was paying for. In the case of the vegetable-packing facility, this must have been simple enough to fake by buying cabbages and cauliflowers in the market to be placed in boxes inside some shed by labourers hired by the day. My friend returned to Kabul and hinted to his employers that this particular project in Kandahar was not doing as well as they imagined. He thought that it would be unhealthy for himself to go into detail, but he did not, at this stage, resign from his well-paying job. This only happened a few months later, when he was sent to Jalalabad to check on a chicken farm supposedly nearing completion outside the city. Once again, he could not find the project in question and, when he met those in charge, put it to them that it did not exist. They admitted that this was indeed so, but – according to his report – they added menacingly that he should keep in mind that “it was a long road back to Kabul from Kandahar”. In other words, they would kill him if he exposed their scam: a threat that convinced him his long-term chances of survival were low unless he rapidly resigned and found new employment. I was thinking of the story of the Kandahar packing plant and the Jalalabad chicken farm, when Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman launched his anti-corruption drive in Saudi Arabia last weekend. There may be a big difference in the amount of money to be made out of looting the Saudi state compared to US aid agencies in Afghanistan, but the psychology and processes at work have similarities. In both cases, those making a lot of money out of corruption will put more effort into going on doing just that, than those who say they are determined to stop them. If a few wealthy individuals are scapegoated, then others will jostle to take their place. It is important to take on board, when considering the case of Saudi Arabia, that many oil- or resource-rich states – be they monarchies or republics – have launched their own anti-corruption drives down the years. All have failed, and for roughly the same reasons. Iraq, so different from Saudi Arabia in terms of history, religion and politics, is likewise entirely dependent on oil revenues. Its next biggest export used to be dates, though today even these are often imported from China. Corruption is chronic, particularly in giant infrastructure projects. Four years ago, I was in Baghdad early in the year, when there was heavier than usual rainfall, which led to a large part of the eastern side of the city disappearing under a foot of grey water mixed with sewage. This was despite $7bn (£5.3bn) supposedly spent on new sewers and drainage systems, but which, in the event, turned out not to function – or even to exist. The problem in resource-rich states is that corruption is not marginal to political power, but central to acquiring it and keeping it. Corruption at the top is a form of patronage manipulated by those in charge, to create and reward a network of self-interested loyalists. It is the ruling family and its friends and allies who cherrypick what is profitable: this is as true of Saudi Arabia as it was true of Libya under Gaddafi, Iraq under Saddam Hussein and his successors, or Iraqi Kurdistan that was supposedly different from the rest of the country. Corruption is a nebulous concept when it comes to states with arbitrary rulers, who can decide – unrestrained by law or democratic process – what is legal and what is illegal. What typifies the politics of oil states is that everybody is trying to plug into the oil revenues in order to get their share of the cake. This is true at the top, but the same is the case of the rest of the population, or at least a large and favoured section of it. The Iraqi government pays $4bn a month to about seven million state employees and pensioners. These may or may not do productive work, but it would be politically risky to fire them because they are the base support of the regime in power. Anti-corruption drives don’t work, because if they are at all serious, they soon begin to cut into the very roots of political power by touching the “untouchables”. At this point principled anti-corruption campaigners will find themselves in serious trouble and may have to flee the country, while the less-principled ones will become a feared weapon to be used against anybody whom the government wants to target. A further consequence of the traditional anti-corruption drive is that it can paralyse government activities in general. This is because all officials, corrupt and incorrupt alike, know that they are vulnerable to investigation. “The safest course for them is to take no decision and sign no document which might be used or misused against them,” a frustrated American businessman told me in Baghdad some years ago. He added that it was only those so politically powerful that they did not have to fear legal sanctions who would take decisions – and such people were often the most corrupt of all.

17 ноября, 14:13

Конфликт между Израилем, Саудовской Аравией и Ираном. Новая война на Ближнем Востоке?

Кризис на Ближнем Востоке продолжает дальнейшее развитие.Кроме того, продолжается зачистка в правительстве Саудовской Аравии. По данным агентства Middle East Eye, в отношении высокопоставленных лиц Саудовской Аравии применяется физическая сила и пытки, проводимые в рамках антикоррупционной кампании, начатой нынешним наследным принцем – Мохаммедом Бин Салманом...

17 ноября, 12:24

Ультиматум саудитов: свобода в обмен на деньги

Саудовская Аравия ввела налог на богатство в 70%. И сделала это самым оригинальным способом.

17 ноября, 12:24

Ультиматум саудитов: свобода в обмен на деньги

Саудовская Аравия ввела налог на богатство в 70%. И сделала это самым оригинальным способом.

17 ноября, 10:28

Саудовский принц надеется на поддержку Израиля

По сообщениям СМИ, на следующей неделе король Салман намерен отказаться от престола в пользу своего сына.

17 ноября, 07:32

Саудовская Аравия намерена воевать с Ираном до последнего американца

Король Саудовской Аравии Салман бин Абдулазиз Аль-Сауд со своим сыном и наследным принцем Мохаммедом бин Салманом, перед отбытием короля Салмана в Медину; Эр-Рияд, Саудовская Аравия, 8 ноября 2017 года. Многие обозреватели сложили два и два и пришли к выводу, что наследный принц Саудовской Аравии стремится втянуть США в войну с Ираном и Хезболлой. Но это только половина истории. Если взглянуть на последние события пристальнее и объективнее, вырисовывается гораздо более зловещая картина: план саудовцев заманить США в ловушку перманентного противостояния с Тегераном. Хотя большую часть мира ошеломили радикальные меры наследного принца Мохаммада бин Салмана, предпринятые на прошлой неделе, его поведение кажется необъяснимым, только если рассматривать его  под неверным углом, например, видеть в нём религиозные разногласия между суннитами и шиитами или даже, что ещё более абсурдно, пытаться представить этот конфликт как часть более широкой борьбы с терроризмом. В конце концов, как утверждают в американском правительстве, Саудовская Аравия предоставила начальное финансирование Аль-Каиде* и открыто финансировала и вооружала Аль-Каиду в Сирии (Джабхат-аль-Нусра*).

17 ноября, 07:00

СМИ: Король Саудовской Аравии намерен уйти в отставку

Король Саудовской Аравии Салман ибн Абдул-Азиз Аль Сауд планирует уйти в отставку и объявить своего сына своим преемником на следующей неделе. Об этом источник, близкий к королевской семье, рассказал Daily Mail, передает NUR.KZ. Фото: Daily Mail Этот шаг рассматривается как последний шаг захвата власти 32-летним принцем Мохаммедом бин Салманом, который начался в начале этого месяца с арестов более чем 40 принцев и правительственных министров, подозреваемых в коррупции. Как сообщил источник, 81-летний король Салман планирует передать все полномочия управления страной своему сыну, оставив себе высокие титулы. Источник рассказал, что наследник короля Салмана планирует переключить внимание на Иран, давнюю конкурирующую нефтяную империю. Он высказал опасения касательно начала возможных военных действий. По его словам, 32-летний Мохаммед бин Салман планирует привлечь израильских военных для разгрома «Хизбаллы», ливанской милиции, поддерживаемой Ираном. Между Саудовской Аравией и Ираном напряженность наросла после того, как 4 ноября правительство Саудовской Аравии обвинило Иран в ракетном нападении вблизи Эр-Рияда. Министр иностранных дел Саудовской Аравии Адель Джубайр сказал, что Иран несет ответственность и назвал нападение «актом войны». Читайте также: Алматинцы смогут "лайкать" водителей автобусов>> Двойняшки родили детей в один день>> Золотой унитаз из сумок Louis Vuitton выставили на продажу за $100 тысяч>> Министр финансов о квартире за 65 млн евро: Будем искать, кто купил>> Загадка о председателях Нацбанка появилась в Сети>>

16 ноября, 20:07

Saudi Arabia Offers Arrested Royals A Deal: Your Freedom For Lots Of Cash

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Saudi Arabia just introduced a 70% wealth tax. It did so in a most original way... As we noted shortly after the Crown Prince’s purge of potential rivals within Saudi Arabia’s sprawling ruling family, while the dozens of arrests were made under the pretext of an "anti-corruption crackdown", Mohammed bin Salman’s ulterior motive was something else entirely: Replenishing the Kingdom’s depleted foreign reserves, which have been hammered for the past three years by low oil prices, with some estimating that the current purge could potentially bring in up to $800 billion in proceeds. Furthermore, the geopolitical turmoil unleashed by the unprecedented crackdown helped push oil prices higher, creating an ancillary benefit for both the kingdom’s rulers and the upcoming IPO of Aramco. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman And, in the latest confirmation that the crackdown was all about cash, the Financial Times reports today that the Saudi government has offered the new occupants of the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton a way out.... and it’s going to cost them: In some cases, as much as 70% of their net worth. Saudi authorities are negotiating settlements with princes and businessmen held over allegations of corruption, offering deals for the detainees to pay for their freedom, people briefed on the discussions say.   In some cases the government is seeking to appropriate as much as 70 per cent of suspects’ wealth, two of the people said, in a bid to channel hundreds of billions of dollars into depleted state coffers.   The arrangements, which have already seen some assets and funds handed over to the state, provide an insight into the strategy behind Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s dramatic corruption purge. The crackdown has led to the detention of hundreds of royals, ministers, officals and the country’s richest oligarchs including Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the billionaire, Waleed al-Ibrahim, the founder of Middle East Broadcasting Center, which owns Al Arabiya, the Saudi satellite television channel, and Bakr bin Laden, chairman of the Saudi Binladin construction group and brother of Osama bin Laden. Additionally, as we reported, the crackdown sent members of the country’s wealthy upper crust scrambling to liquidate their holdings and move their cash offshore, where they might have a better chance of keeping it away from the Saudi government. Unsurprisingly, the Saudi "offer" is working. Some of the suspects, most of whom have been rounded up at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh since last week, are keen to secure their release by signing over cash and corporate assets, the FT's sources say. “They are making settlements with most of those in the Ritz,” said one adviser. “Cough up the cash and you will go home."    One multi-billionaire businessman held at the Ritz-Carlton has been told to hand over 70% of his wealth to the state as a punishment for decades of involvement in allegedly corrupt business transactions. He wants to pay, but has yet to work out the details of transferring those assets to the Saudi state. Settlements for royals will also include pledges of loyalty as MbS prepares himself to take the Saudi throne, though his father, King Salman, has vigorously denied these rumors. One detainee told his staff that the authorities may be looking to take ownership of his main business. Families of detained suspects have started to hire consultants to assist efforts to secure their relatives’ release and to ring fence the damage to their business interests. “They are looking for ways to isolate the tainted shareholder and keep the business going,” said the adviser. The settlements aim to recover billions of dollars allegedly earned through “corruption” at a time when the government is grappling with a recession triggered by prolonged low oil prices and a budget deficit that widened to $79 billion last year. The country’s attorney-general has said he is investigating allegations of corruption amounting to at least $100 billion -    though the total value of assets seized could be as high as $800 billion. Though the Financial Times puts the high-end figure at a relatively modest $300 billion; to make up for the delta, more arrests are still expected. Regular Saudis, who’ve seen their benefits cut and some of their jobs taken away, support MbS’s decision.  “Why should the poor take all the pain of austerity,” said one Saudi academic. “The rich need to pay their way too.” In Saudi Arabia, they are about to do just that.

16 ноября, 07:50

Brandon Smith Warns: The Saudi Coup Signals War And The New World Order Reset

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Authored by Brandon Smith via Alt-Market.com, For years now, I have been warning about the relationship of interdependency between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia and how this relationship, if ended, would mean disaster for the petrodollar system and by extension the dollar's world reserve status. In my recent articles 'Lies And Distractions Surrounding The Diminishing Petrodollar' and 'The Economic End Game Continues,' I point out that the death of the dollar as the premier petrocurrency is actually a primary goal for establishment globalists. Why? Because in an effort to achieve what they sometimes call the "global economic reset," or the "new world order," a more publicly accepted centralized global economy and monetary framework is paramount. And, this means the eventual implementation of a single world currency and a single global economic and political authority above and beyond the dollar system. But, it is not enough to simply initiate such socially and fiscally painful changes in a vacuum. The banking powers are not interested in taking any blame for the suffering that would be dealt to the masses during the inevitable upheaval (or blame for the suffering that has already been caused). Therefore, a believable narrative must be crafted. A narrative in which political intrigue and geopolitical crisis make the "new world order" a NECESSITY; one that the general public would accept or even demand as a solution to existing instability and disaster. That is to say, the globalists must fashion a propaganda story to be used in the future, in which "selfish" nation-states abused their sovereignty and created conditions for calamity, and the only solution was to end that sovereignty and place all power into the hands of a select few "wise and benevolent men" for the greater good of the world. I believe the next phase of the global economic reset will begin in part with the breaking of petrodollar dominance. An important element of my analysis on the strategic shift away from the petrodollar has been the symbiosis between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia has been the single most important key to the dollar remaining as the petrocurrency from the very beginning. The very first oil exploration and extraction deal in Saudi Arabia was sought by the vast international oil cartels of Royal Dutch Shell, Near East Development Company, Anglo-Persian, etc., but eventually fell into the hands of none other than the Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company. The dark history of Standard Oil aside, this meant that Saudi business would be handled primarily by American interests. And the Western thirst for oil, especially after World War I, would etch our relationship with the reigning monarchy in stone. A founding member of OPEC, Saudi Arabia was one of the few primary oil-producing nations that maintained an oil pipeline that expedited processing and bypassed the Suez Canal. (The pipeline was shut down, however, in 1983). This allowed Standard Oil and the United States to tiptoe around the internal instability of Egypt, which had experienced ongoing conflict which finally culminated in the civil war of 1952. Considered puppets of the British Empire at the time, the ruling elites of Egypt were toppled by the Muslim Brotherhood, leading to the eventual demise of the British pound sterling as the top petro-currency and the world reserve. The British economy faltered and has never since returned to its former glory. Perhaps we are seeing some parallels here? Civil war may not be in the cards for Saudi Arabia; so far a quiet coup has been rather effective in completely changing the power base of the nation over the past few years. The primary beneficiary of that change in power has been crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman, who only answers to King Salman, an 81-year-old ruler barely involved in leadership. To understand how drastic this coup has been, consider this - for decades Saudi Kings maintained political balance by doling out vital power positions to separate, carefully chosen successors. Positions such as Defense Minister, the Interior Ministry and the head of the National Guard. Today, Mohammed Bin Salman controls all three positions. Foreign policy, defense matters, oil and economic decisions and social changes are now all in the hands of one man. But the real question is, who is behind that man? Well, the recent political purge of various "neo-conservative" tied Saudis might lead some to believe that Prince Mohammed is seeking an end to globalist control of Saudi oil and politics. These people would be wrong for a number of reasons. Prince Mohammed's revolutionary "Vision for 2030" developed as he entered power was touted as a means to end Saudi reliance on oil revenues to support economic stability. However, I believe this plan is NOT about ending reliance on oil, but ending reliance on the U.S. dollar. In fact, the plan indicates a move away from the dollar as the world's petrocurrency and a de-pegging of the Riyal from the dollar. Prince Mohammed has also established much deeper ties to Russia and China, creating bilateral agreements which may end up removing the dollar as the mechanism for oil trade between the nations. You would think that this kind of strategy would be highly damaging to the West and to American interests in particular and that the corporate establishment would be doing everything in their power to stop it. However, this is not at all the case. In reality, the globalist establishment is fully behind Mohammed Bin Sulman's "Vision for 2030." Corporate behemoths such as the Carlyle Group (Bush family, etc), Goldman Sachs, Blackstone and Blackrock have ALL been backing the Vision for 2030 and Prince Mohammed through his Public Investment Fund (PIF), of which he is the chairman. Trillions in capital are flowing through PIF, most of it from the coffers of globalist establishment companies. Once again I point out that the so-called "East versus West division" and the Eastern "opposition" to the globalists is complete nonsense; banking elites and globalists are the true influence behind the move away from the dollar, as the Saudi example and the Vision for 2030 shows. The end of the dollar as world reserve works in their favor — it is planned. This does not end with the death of the dollar's petro-status, though. These kinds of upsets in the power dynamic invariably lead to war. War acts as a kind of cleansing of the historical record; it tends to distract the public, for generations, from those that truly benefit from geopolitical and economic strife. Prince Mohammed has already triggered conflicts with Yemen and Qatar, but this seems to have only been a precursor to greater kinetic displays of force. The next target appears to be Lebanon, and eventually Iran and Syria. The first signal came with the resignation of Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri on November 4, a resignation Hezbollah claims was forced by the Saudi government. Interestingly, Saad Hariri recorded the televised announcement in Saudi Arabia. This shocking disruption to Lebanon's political apparatus has been followed by an escalation in saber rattling by Saudi Arabia against Hezbollah (which is considered by many to be merely a puppet organization of the Iranian government). If official polls are to be believed, the Lebanese population is in extreme disagreement over Iran and Hezbollah, which could add to internal divisions and civil war if tensions continue to grow. Add to this the suspected (but officially denied) "secret visit" by Prince Mohammed to Israel in September, and the newfound "friendship" between the two nations in the months since, and we have quite a bit of momentum for a war in Lebanon. The question is, will a war between Saudi Arabia and perhaps Israel against Hezbollah in Lebanon remain a proxy war, or will it gestate into a wider conflict drawing in Iran, Syria and perhaps even the U.S.? First, keep in mind that Prince Mohammed has already frozen and/or confiscated approximately $800 billion in assets from his imprisoned political enemies. More than enough to fund a war campaign for several years, maybe even an expanded war against Iran. Trump's rhetoric against Iran and his re-institution of sanctions seems to coincide nicely with the increasing tension between the Saudis and Hezbollah. Israel attempted an invasion of Lebanon in 2006 and was soundly and embarrassingly defeated. But, the Israeli government does still showcase a willingness to enter into a ground war in the region, and with the combined forces of the Saudis and the Israelis, we might see a different outcome. Iran would be forced to intervene. Syria under the Assad regime would also most likely be drawn in through its mutual defense pact with Iran. I believe that major powers like the U.S. and Russia will probably not become involved in a wider sense, but continue to insert covert forces into the region and support opposing nations through funding and armaments. As with North Korea, I would not expect "world war" on the scale of a nuclear conflagration to develop in the Middle East. What I do expect is something far more devastating - namely an accelerated disintegration of our already collapsing economic structure as war plays out abroad and the loss of the dollar's world reserve and petro-status hits us hard at home. So far, in my view it appears that the insanity in Saudi Arabia, (along with the continued war drums against North Korea), is a perfect trigger point that provides a catalyst for mass distraction. World economic war is the real name of the game here, as the globalists play puppeteers to East and West. It is a geopolitical crisis they will have created to engineer public support for a solution they predetermined.

16 ноября, 04:13

Saudi Arabia Wants to Fight Iran to the Last American

Trita Parsi Security, Middle East Riyadh’s aim is to drag the United States back into the Middle East, tilting the balance back to Israel and Saudi Arabia. Many observers have connected the dots and concluded that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince is seeking to drag the United States into a war with Iran and Hezbollah. But that’s only half the story. Looking at the recent events through a broader geopolitical lens, a much more sinister plan emerges: a Saudi plan to trap the United States in a permanent standoff with Tehran. While most of the world has been aghast by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s radical actions of this past week, his conduct is only inexplicable when viewed from the wrong lens, such as the Sunni-Shia sectarian frame or the even more absurd attempt to cast this conflict as part of a greater fight against terrorism. After all, Saudi Arabia provided the seed money for Al Qaeda and openly funded and armed Al Qaeda in Syria (Jabhat al-Nusra), according to the U.S. government. When seen from a geopolitical lens, however, the unlikely alliance between Zionist Israel and the Wahhabi House of Saud, their opposition to the Iran nuclear deal and their coordinated effort to ratchet up tensions in the region suddenly acquire a degree of logic. Rather than ethnic or sectarian motivations, Saudi Arabia’s ultimate aim is to drag the United States back into the Middle East in order for Washington to reestablish its military dominance and reimpose on the region an equilibrium that favors Tel Aviv and Riyadh. This, however, does not require just a war in Lebanon, but a permanent state of conflict between the United States and Iran. Read full article

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Buchanan: "Reining In The Rogue Royal Of Arabia"

Authored by Patrick Buchanan via Buchanan.org, If the crown prince of Saudi Arabia has in mind a war with Iran, President Trump should disabuse his royal highness of any notion that America would be doing his fighting for him. Mohammed bin Salman, or MBS, the 32-year-old son of the aging and ailing King Salman, is making too many enemies for his own good, or for ours. Pledging to Westernize Saudi Arabia, he has antagonized the clerical establishment. Among the 200 Saudis he just had arrested for criminal corruption are 11 princes, the head of the National Guard, the governor of Riyadh, and the famed investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. The Saudi tradition of consensus collective rule is being trashed. MBS is said to be pushing for an abdication by his father and his early assumption of the throne. He has begun to exhibit the familiar traits of an ambitious 21st-century autocrat in the mold of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. Yet his foreign adventures are all proving to be debacles. The rebels the Saudis backed in Syria’s civil war were routed. The war on the Houthi rebels in Yemen, of which MBS is architect, has proven to be a Saudi Vietnam and a human rights catastrophe. The crown prince persuaded Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE to expel Qatar from the Sunni Arab community for aiding terrorists, but he has failed to choke the tiny country into submission. Last week, MBS ordered Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to Riyadh, where Hariri publicly resigned his office and now appears to be under house arrest. Refusing to recognize the resignation, Lebanon’s president is demanding Hariri’s return. After embattled Houthi rebels in Yemen fired a missile at its international airport, Riyadh declared the missile to be Iranian-made, smuggled into Yemen by Tehran, and fired with the help of Hezbollah. The story seemed far-fetched, but Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said the attack out of Yemen may be considered an “act of war” — by Iran. And as war talk spread across the region last week, Riyadh ordered all Saudi nationals in Lebanon to come home. Riyadh has now imposed a virtual starvation blockade — land, sea and air — on Yemen, that poorest of Arab nations that is heavily dependent on imports for food and medicine. Hundreds of thousands of Yemeni are suffering from cholera. Millions face malnutrition. The U.S. interest here is clear: no new war in the Middle East, and a negotiated end to the wars in Yemen and Syria. Hence, the United States needs to rein in the royal prince. Yet, on his Asia trip, Trump said of the Saudi-generated crisis, “I have great confidence in King Salman and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, they know exactly what they are doing.” Do they? In October, Jared Kushner made a trip to Riyadh, where he reportedly spent a long night of plotting Middle East strategy until 4 a.m. with MBS. No one knows how a war between Saudi Arabia and Iran would end. The Saudis has been buying modern U.S. weapons for years, but Iran, with twice the population, has larger if less-well-equipped forces. Yet the seeming desire of the leading Sunni nation in the Persian Gulf, Saudi Arabia, for a confrontation with the leading Shiite power, Iran, appears to carry the greater risks for Riyadh. For, a dozen years ago, the balance of power in the Gulf shifted to Iran, when Bush II launched Operation Iraqi Freedom, ousted Saddam Hussein, disarmed and disbanded his Sunni-led army, and turned Iraq into a Shiite-dominated nation friendly to Iran. In the Reagan decade, Iraq had fought Iran as mortal enemies for eight years. Now they are associates, if not allies. The Saudis may bristle at Hezbollah and demand a crackdown. But Hezbollah is a participant in the Lebanese government and has the largest fighting force in the country, hardened in battle in Syria’s civil war, where it emerged on the victorious side. While the Israelis could fight and win a war with Hezbollah, both Israel and Hezbollah suffered so greatly from their 2006 war that neither appears eager to renew that costly but inconclusive conflict. In an all-out war with Iran, Saudi Arabia could not prevail without U.S. support. And should Riyadh fail, the regime would be imperiled. As World War I, with the fall of the Romanov, Hohenzollern, Hapsburg and Ottoman empires demonstrated, imperial houses do not fare well in losing wars. So far out on a limb has MBS gotten himself, with his purge of cabinet ministers and royal cousins, and his foreign adventures, it is hard to see how he climbs back without some humiliation that could cost him the throne. Yet we have our own interests here. And we should tell the crown prince that if he starts a war in Lebanon or in the Gulf, he is on his own. We cannot have this impulsive prince deciding whether or not the United States goes to war again in the Middle East. We alone decide that.

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Война на высшем уровне

Похоже, что в Саудовской Аравии начинается борьба на самом высоком уровне. После тяжелой и очень изнурительной почти полугодовой операции по увольнению чрезвычайно влиятельного и связанного с высшими саудовскими принцами министра нефти Аль-Нуайми, что все внешние наблюдатели расценили как победу сына короля Мохаммеда бин Сальмана, пришел черед кронпринца Мохаммеда бин Найефа.Спецслужбы Саудовской Аравии недавно арестовали высокопоставленного офицера МВД, обвиненного в торговле и крышевании торговли наркотиками. В итоге офицер заявил, что к торговле причастны высшие должностные лица министерства и ряд принцев династии. Фактически речь идет о кронпринце Мохаммеде бин Найефе, который является ко всему прочему министром внутренних дел. Его же обвиняют и в тяжелой наркотической зависимости, от которой он уже дважды лечился в европейских наркологических центрах.Эти любопытные подробности были опубликованы в анонимном, но чрезвычайно популярном твиттере некоего Муджтахида, обладающего доступом к информации очень высокого уровня, что для предельно закрытой в информационном смысле Саудовской Аравии означает лишь то, что этот человек (или группа людей) являются инструментом влияния одной из групп в династии. Учитывая специфику этого инструмента, за ним могут стоять молодые и понимающие ценность информационных ресурсов группировки. В реальности таких группировок две - группа принца Мохаммеда бин Сальмана, собравшего вокруг себя молодых, высокообразованных и очень амбициозных людей из ведущих кланов королевства, но в основном не имеющих прямой связи с династией (своего рода саудовские "младореформаторы"), и группировка "молодых принцев" Валида бин Таляля.Многое показывает, что между этими группировками заключен тактический союз, целью которого является относительно бескровный и аккуратный переворот, отстраняющий от власти традиционные кланы и переводящий Саудовскую Аравию в модернизационный период.Королевство уже попадало в аналогичную ситуацию в начале 90 годов, когда низкие цены на нефть вынудили тогдашнего кронпринца, ставшего впоследствии королем Абдаллу начать процесс реформ и диверсификации экономики. Реформы Абдаллы не были реализованы и доведены до какого-то логического конца: начавшийся подъем цен на нефть ослабил угрозу краха Саудовской Аравии, и ведущие кланы отказались от реформ, полагая, что стабильность важнее.Проблема Абдаллы заключалась в том, что он, будучи сыном короля Абдельзазиза и Фахды бен Аси ас-Шураим, принадлежал по династической табели о рангах хотя и к высшей знати (его мать происходила из влиятельнейшего бедуинского племени шаммар), и занимал среди 37 сыновей Абдельазиза очень высокое положение, все-таки не имел влияния на два ключевых клана династии - Судейри и Сунайян. Аппаратный вес Абдаллы был огромен, так же как и авторитет, но даже их не хватило, чтобы довести до конца задуманное.Сейчас история повторяется. Реформатор Мохаммед бин Сальман пытается в период кризиса, вызванного падением цен и политической нестабильностью в регионе, использовать его для модернизации Королевства. Отдельный вопрос, насколько хороши его реформы - судя по всему, они имеют отчетливо либеральный характер, что само по себе для крайне консервативного и не готового психически к этому саудовского общества может стать главным тормозом. Тем не менее, вообще ничего не делать - это неизбежная катастрофа.У Мохаммеда есть свои проблемы и отличия от ситуации с Абдаллой. Мохаммед принадлежит к клану Судейри, его отец - король. Он контролирует армию, экономику и финансы, а теперь - и министерство нефти. Аппаратный вес Мохаммеда огромен, но вот с остальным есть проблемы. У него нет авторитета просто в силу возраста, по этой же причине нет административного опыта. Король Абдалла прошел серьезный административный путь с губернаторства Мекки и далее - в высших управленческих структурах Королевства. Абдалла был очень опытным управленцем, понимающим механизмы выработки решений и доведения их до исполнения. И здесь у Мохаммеда серьезный пробел. Кроме того, неудачная война с Йеменом популярности в династии ему не добавляет - скорее, наоборот. Он, как министр обороны, нескт прямую ответственность за неудачи в этой войне, хотя у Саудовской Аравии в войнах с Йеменом исторически счет отрицательный. Саудиты побеждали Йемен только торговлей, но никак не войной.Наконец, главное - юридически между Мохаммедом бин Сальманом и троном находится кронпринц Мохаммед бин Найеф. В аппаратном смысле их позиции сравнимы, и просто так убрать Мохаммеда бин Найефа невозможно. Кроме того, оба Мохаммеда принадлежат к клану Судейри, и поэтому не могут играть на межклановых противоречиях. Наконец, еще один нюанс, который до сих пор не разрешен в Саудовской Аравии - характер престолонаследия. Если король Сальман сможет передать трон сыну, это станет революцией в династии, которая категорически противится такому механизму передачи власти. Обосновано, кстати говоря - Саудовская Аравия собрана мечом и кровным договором между ведущими племенами полуострова. Они готовы признавать и короля, и каждый из ведущих кланов первыми среди равных, но признать право одного из кланов на абсолютную власть - нет. И в этом смысле ситуация тупиковая.Поэтому решение начать процедуру смещения кронпринца под веским и очень убедительным предлогом, что позволит Мохаммеду бин Сальману стать кронпринцем, напрашивается. Другого пути не остается. При этом король должен будет подтвердить незыблемость характера передачи власти, то есть - гарантировать, что даже в случае назначения кронпринцем его сына и в дальнейшем судьбу трона будет решать Коронный совет, состоящий из представителей всех ключевых племенных групп в династии.Однако для этого вначале нужно сместить нынешнего кронпринца. Видимо, поэтому сейчас и разыгрывается карта наркоторговли и наркозависимости кронпринца. Что из этого получится - неизвестно, и кронпринц - это не министр нефти, за четыре-пять месяцев его убрать не получится. Но вариантов у сына короля нет: в случае прихода к власти Мохаммеда бин Найефа его собственное положение станет критическим, а уж о реформах точно придется забыть.В этом смысле интерес групп сына короля и "молодых принцев" совпадает, и возможно, что за кампанией против кронпринца стоят именно они - самые богатые и самые влиятельные группировки Королевства.ПС. Заодно и в развитие темы: http://www.spb.kp.ru/daily/26529.7/3545604/