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Soft Coup in Saudi- New Hawkish Crown Prince Appointed
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Soft Coup in Saudi- New Hawkish Crown Prince Appointed
So King Salman of Saudi Arabia, has just completely shaken the House of Saud establishment by changing his heir from his nephew to his son (who is currently minister of defense, aged 31). This is absolutely huge, considering how erratic and hawkish the soon-to-be-king is, that has been the main architect of Yemeni war, and has talked openly of a hot war vs. Iran (his famous interview that we will take the war inside Iran's land, only a few days before the ISIS attack in Tehran).

These kingdom transfers usually happens when the king is near death, so I wouldn't be surprised if Salman dies soon.

Here is an NPR article on him:

Quote:Saudi Arabia, a close ally of the United States, is not known for surprises. But in a sudden shift in power, the 31-year-old son of the 81-year-old Saudi king moved one step closer to the throne on Wednesday.

Saudi King Deposes Crown Prince And Names 31-Year-Old Son As New Heir
Saudi King Deposes Crown Prince And Names 31-Year-Old Son As New Heir
King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud promoted Mohammed bin Salman, his youngest son, to crown prince. At the same time, the king ended the career of his nephew, 57-year-old Mohammed bin Nayef, the previous crown prince, who had served as interior minister since 2015.

Mohammed bin Salman, who will take on Nayef's old job as interior minister, was relatively unknown in the kingdom when his father came to power 2 1/2 years ago. He has since amassed vast powers, serving as defense minister, overseeing the state oil monopoly and working to overhaul the Saudi economy in the face of a dramatic drop in oil prices.

Qatar's Crisis With Saudi Arabia And Gulf Neighbors Has Decades-Long Roots
Qatar's Crisis With Saudi Arabia And Gulf Neighbors Has Decades-Long Roots
Young Saudis eager for change see the new crown prince as a modernizer and celebrated the surprise announcement on social media. For an older generation, Saudi television coverage was highly orchestrated, with repeated footage of Nayef, the deposed crown prince, pledging allegiance to his successor.

The new succession lineup and the sidelining of the former crown prince settles the competition between the two men. The Saudi stock market surged, now that there is clarity on who will be the next king. But the abrupt shift comes as the Saudi kingdom faces difficult economic and foreign policy challenges.

Here are some key issues as Saudi leadership moves to a younger generation:

Oil markets
The oil markets have delivered grim news for Saudi's oil-dependent economy since King Salman came to power and his young son began running Saudi oil policy. With Saudi Arabia the world's biggest crude exporter, the younger Salman backed a policy that aimed to cripple U.S. shale drilling by driving down prices but created the current glut. Prices are likely to stay low for some time to come.

Economic reform
The newly minted crown prince built his reputation as a bold reformer. His biggest test will come as he tries to wean the kingdom off an oil economy. His radical proposals, outlined in a program labeled Vision 2030, aim to diversify the economy, with a bigger role for women and a partial privatizing of the Saudi state oil company. The plans include ending popular subsidies for gasoline, electricity and water — which changes the contract between Saudi citizens and the government, and comes with some political peril.

Foreign policy
Dangerous regional conflicts are also a challenge, as Saudi Arabia and Iran compete for dominance in countries like Yemen, Saudi's southern neighbor, which has been devastated by a Saudi-led air campaign to quell an uprising that the Saudis say is backed by Iran.

The Saudi shake-up also comes as the kingdom and its Gulf allies pursue a punishing feud with neighboring Qatar, cutting off trade and air traffic in response to what they say is Qatar's support for terrorists.

The monarch has already reshaped the Saudi role in the region. Analysts and diplomats say he was the prime mover in the kingdom's decision to go to war in Yemen, and more recently, to lead the campaign against Qatar. Saudi-watchers say his approach is more aggressive and confrontational than past Saudi policy has been, especially toward Iran, which he sees as a great and present danger to the kingdom. His hawkish views on Iran are shared by the Trump administration.

Relations with Washington
The young crown prince is reported to have a close relationship with Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law, which became even closer as they worked together to plan the president's recent trip to Riyadh. When the king met with President Trump, the two men agreed that Iran represents a "regional security threat," according to a senior advisor to Salman. The Saudis saw the Trump trip as a "historical reset" of the Washington-Riyadh relationship, after discomfort with the Obama administration's opening to Tehran.

"We look forward to continuing our work with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in his new role to defeat terrorism and improve our mutual security, stability, and prosperity," State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement Wednesday. "Together we will build on the strong, strategic foundation of counter-terrorism and security cooperation between our countries."

He also has some drug and psychotic issues.

Quote:A Saudi prince who lives in Europe revealed that Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammad Bin Salman consumes psychotropic drugs on daily basis.

According to the report, The Saudi prince who lives in Europe wishing anonymity said that Mohammad Bin Salman's dependence on psychotropic drugs is in a way that if his consumption is delayed then that will result in tics and psychological shocks. It was seen in his recent trip to France during a meeting with President Francois Hollande.

The Saudi prince went on to say that Muhammad Bin Salman is also a drug dealer.

It is said that Prince Abdul Mohsen Bin Walid bin Abdul Aziz who was arrested along with over two tons of drugs at Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport is Mohammed Bin Salman's main agent in drug trafficking. Prior to this, Mohammed Bin Salman's agents have trafficked several drug shipments from Lebanon to different countries such as Iraq and Syria but the last shipment undeniably arrived in Lebanon. Abdul Mohsen and four others who were arrested while attempting to smuggle drugs confessed that the original owner of the shipment is Saudi Defense Minister.

The prince also said that they intended to smuggle about two tons of Captagon pills. Captagon is an amphetamine causing hyper exciting, euphoria, hallucinations, insomnia and overcome of depression.

It is worth mentioning that Strategic Culture Foundation, English think tank, in January 2015 released a report about the new rulers of Saudi Arabia in which Muhammad bin Salman's role in drug trafficking and addiction was featured.
(This post was last modified: 06-22-2017 02:08 PM by AManLikePutin.)
06-22-2017 02:01 PM
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RE: Soft Coup in Saudi- New Hawkish Crown Prince Appointed
Most very familiar with SA saw this coming. He is a very smart guy. The king's health has been on the decline for some time. They went for a talent pick obviously, so with his high ceiling, should be interesting to see what happens.

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NO surprise - anyone wanting a war with Iran will get all the support of the globalists. I doubt that the Saudi top can do even a peep without the globalists knowing everything. The NSA likely knows more about their leadership than the King. After Syria, they will start moving against Iran.

The only thing that those bozos don't know is that after they are done with all the "rebel" Muslim states, then they will come for the former allies like Saudi Arabia. No one will be allowed to remain who is not 100% globalist worker/consumer.
06-23-2017 05:32 AM
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This is not anything new..

Dig deep and see the Game of Thrones playing out over and over again..

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