Saudi Arabia’s 32 Year Old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman unprecedented grab for power may turn out to be the most unwise act for the Kingdom in 50 plus years.

Posted in Saudi Arabia with tags , , , , , , , on November 7, 2017 by sheriffali

 

“By arresting  his rivals [Families And Other Essential People] That Have Kept Saudi Arabia Stable For 50 Plus Years; Maybe The Undoing Of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. King Salman, father of Crown Prince Salman, perhaps is now just a “figure-head” in the scheme of what seems most likely, “An Internal And Confidential Coup d’état.”

 

“Even by the torrid pace of change Saudis have become used to under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, developments over the past two days have been as frenetic as they are momentous. The removal of Prince Miteb bin Abdullah as commander of the Saudi Arabian National Guard and one of the few remaining autonomous sources of authority in the kingdom, was followed swiftly by the detention of at least 11 members of the ruling family and dozens of others, including government ministers and ex-ministers and key figures in the business community. The detentions, framed as part of a sweeping crackdown on corruption following a royal decree that mandated a Supreme Committee headed by Mohammed bin Salman to address the issue, represent the latest in a series of bold moves by a youthful crown prince who has centralized authority to a degree unprecedented in recent Saudi history, but risk weakening the checks and balances that for decades have characterized royal family rule in the kingdom.

 

The roll-call of the detained reads like a who’s who of the Saudi policymaking community. It includes two sons of the late King Abdullah (Prince Miteb and Prince Turki); Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the billionaire investor in Twitter, Apple, Citigroup, Twenty-First Century Fox, and dozens of other global brands; Saleh Kamel, another billionaire who headed one of the largest business conglomerates in the Middle East; Adel Fakieh, who as minister of economy and planning was intimately involved in the preparatory work for Saudi Arabia’s sweepingly ambitious Vision 2030 economic transformation plan; Ibrahim al-Assaf, who served 20 years as the kingdom’s minister of finance until 2016; Amr al-Dabbagh, who as governor of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority between 2004 and 2012 led drives to increase foreign investment into the country; Khalid al-Tuwayjri, the enormously influential ‘gatekeeper’ to King Abdullah’s Royal Court; Waleed al-Ibrahim, head of the MBC media empire and a brother-in-law of the late King Fahd; and Bakr bin Laden, chairman of the Saudi BinLadin Group and older half-brother of the slain Al Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden.

 

It is unlikely that the detentions are linked to any struggle for power within the royal family, as Mohammed bin Salman’s rise to prominence was sealed by his appointment as crown prince in place of his older and more experienced cousin, Mohammed bin Nayef, in June. One of Mohammed bin Salman’s first acts as the heir apparent was to transfer all the internal security functions away from the Ministry of Interior into a newly formed Presidency of State Security that answered directly to him and his father, King Salman. This removed from the security landscape one of the two entities that together with the Ministry of Defense (which Mohammed bin Salman has headed since January 2015) wielded coercive force in Saudi Arabia; the other was the National Guard, controlled since 1962 by Prince (later King) Abdullah and since 2011 by his son, Miteb, and regarded as an elite force that would quell any internal unrest in the kingdom. Mohammed bin Salman has an opportunity to unify, for the first time, the hitherto-disparate military and security structures in Saudi Arabia, and strengthen further his grip on power.

 

It’s a typically bold move for a crown prince who has made such sweeping strokes the hallmark of his swift rise. And yet, the concentration of such authority in one individual may unravel the careful mixture of consensus and balancing among competing interests within both the royal family and Saudi society at large. Since the creation of the modern Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1932 and especially after the rise of Crown Prince (later King) Faisal in the 1960s, the royal family has sought a pragmatic and gradualist approach to social and political change. This helped to cushion the impact of economic modernization and guide the kingdom through periods of great internal strain, such as the 1979 takeover of the Grand Mosque and the post-2003 terrorist campaign by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. They also represented a pragmatic acknowledgment of the multiple centers of gravity within the royal family, which acted as a check on the unconstrained exercise of power by any one individual.

 

At the heart of this delicate equilibrium was the long-serving governor of Riyadh, the current King Salman,who as the keeper of internal family records and the enforcer of discipline performed duties akin to a political chief whip. Salman is also the last remaining heavy-hitter from the generation of ‘nation-builders’ who have dominated public life in Saudi Arabia since the 1950s. Salman’s role at the heart of the royal system earned him respect as well as fear among his peers in the family. Mohammed bin Salman may be seeking to appropriate these attributes for himself to ensure that he replaces his father as the undisputed manager of family matters, and avoid any void that may open once the man who ran the system for decades leaves the scene.

 

At 32, Mohammed bin Salman looks set to rule Saudi Arabia for decades, perhaps as long as the 51 years of his grandfather, Abdulaziz, who unified the kingdom between 1902 and 1932 and remained king until his death in 1953. Power since Abdulaziz’s death has passed among his many sons, which has resulted in a succession of monarchs whose age has increased steadily. Unlike his predecessors, Mohammed bin Salman will be in power when oil revenues alone can no longer maintain the patterns of wealth distribution that have underpinned political stability for decades. He therefore is very much aware that Saudi Arabia needs to diversify its economy and has outlined his Vision 2030 intended to utilize oil revenues as a catalyst for a program of far-reaching, if ill-defined, program of economic reform. The grandiose Future Investment Initiative, held in Riyadh on October 24-26, was meant to symbolize the transformation afoot in Saudi Arabia to the thousands of business and political leaders from across the world who attended to hear the plans for a new “robot city”—complete with gimmicks like offering Saudi citizenship to a robot.

 

Less than two weeks later, some of the most prominent figures in the Saudi business class who attended the Future Investment Initiative find themselves in detention in—ironically—the same luxury hotel, the Ritz-Carlton, where many of the plenary sessions took place. The sudden purge of many of the country’s most internationally recognizable businessmen, with worldwide partnerships, is likely to raise the political risk of doing business in Saudi Arabia and shake international investor confidence just as it is needed more than ever in the run-up to the much-anticipated partial IPO of Saudi Aramco, the state oil behemoth.

 

For President Donald Trump and his inner circle, who have cultivated close relations with Mohammed bin Salman since taking office in January, efforts are likely to redouble to persuade the Saudis to float the 5 percent of Aramco on the New York Stock Exchange. However, a more immediate outcome may be that Mohammed bin Salman uses his consolidated authority to escalate further the war in Yemen and—in his response to a missile launched by Houthi rebels that was intercepted over Riyadh—move dangerously close to outright military confrontation with Iran.” [Politico]

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This Is America Under Donald Trump And Republicans Full Control. A 10 Year Old Child Just Out Of Emergency Surgery Taken Into Custody By US Immigration For Deportation.

Posted in American History, United States with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2017 by sheriffali

The days of America’s shining shore for the poor, needy, sick and forgotten are closing fast and furious under the control of Anti-Human Donald Trump and Unpatriotic Republicans. The Statue Of Liberty Fires are gone and only the Ember remains;

 

Statue Of Liberty Poem

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

 

{NYT}”One of the newest arrivals this week at the Baptist Children’s Home Ministries facility for child migrants in San Antonio, Tex., is 10 years old.

 

She has cerebral palsy. Her name is Rosa Maria Hernandez, and she does not understand why, days after undergoing emergency gallbladder surgery, she has not yet seen her mother, even though they are less than a three-hour drive apart.

 

“Do I get to go home tomorrow?” she asked her mother on Wednesday evening, when they spoke over FaceTime.

“I told her that she was only there because she was recovering, and once she was recovered, then she could come with me,” recalled her mother, Felipa de la Cruz, speaking in Spanish.

“O.K., Mommy.”

The truth is that Ms. de la Cruz does not know when her daughter will be released.

 

They live in the border town of Laredo illegally, and when Ms. de la Cruz sent Rosa Maria to Corpus Christi for the surgery early Tuesday, the girl’s ambulance was stopped at a Border Patrol checkpoint. After agents learned the girl was an undocumented immigrant, they followed her to the hospital and guarded her room. When she was discharged, the agents took her to the shelter, which houses juveniles in immigration custody.

 

Checkpoints Isolate Many Immigrants in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley NOV. 22, 2015

 

“It’s the period when she needs me the most,” said Ms. de la Cruz, who cannot visit her daughter because she, too, could be arrested at a checkpoint. “I can’t help her. When I start to think about her, I start to get sad.”

 

In a year when President Trump’s hard line on illegal immigration has driven the number of immigration arrests up by more than 40 percent, Rosa Maria’s case has sped straight to the heart of the immigration-debate maelstrom.”

 

 

Open New York Times For Full Heart Wrenching Story

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Republicans and Donald Trump are lying to you. FACT: America is not the “Highest Tax Nation In The World.”

Posted in United States with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2017 by sheriffali

Trump and Republicans are offering you more “Trickled Down Economics, AKA “Reganomics.”Give more to the top 2% and it will trickle down to the Working Class American and the Vulnerable!

Countries with the highest taxes in the world from “One through Ten” are; Aruba, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Japan, United Kingdom, Finland and Ireland.

1. Aruba

With its 58.95% income tax rate, Aruba, a constituent member of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, currently has the world’s highest. Additionally, its citizens earn the highest income of all places in the Caribbean.

2. Sweden

Sweden has the second highest income tax rate in the world, and the highest in Europe, with a 56.6% deducted from annual income. Though Swedes may be taxed heavily, sales on residential properties are exempted from taxation there.

 

3. Denmark

Its small population may be a reason for the Danes’ government to impose a total tax rate equivalent to 55.38% of per capita income in order to meet for the needs of its people. Many see this as a justification to its high tax rates, which also allows for increased social program accessibility for the Danish people. Maybe this is part of why the Danish are viewed as some the happiest people in the world.

4. Netherlands

Globally known for its major shipping ports and a productive floriculture sectorNetherlands stands in the fourth position with a total tax rate of 52% on per capita income.

 

 

  1. Belgium

With a population of over 12 million people, this diverse country is where the European Union calls home, and has a 50% total tax rate on income.

6. Austria

A German-speaking country with a population estimated at over 8 million people, Austria ranks as one of the most taxed countries in Europe. If you are earn a salary of more than $74,442 USD in Austria, then you can expect to have your paycheck docked by 50%.

7. Japan

With its capital being home to more millionaires than any other city on the globeJapan is another high-ranking country on our list, with a tax rate of 50% on income. The country boasts a median income of about $27,000, and the supremacy of Japanese corporations among Asian in producing a variety of sophisticated technology and automobiles means there is plenty of income for the government to tax.

 

 

  1. United Kingdom

The British tax rate is at 50% for those earning incomes in excess of $234,484. This European country favors citizens earning less than $14,000, as they are exempted from tax. Unfortunately for the rich, they are not given any pity by the state.

 

 

  1. Finland

With a median income of $31,000, this country has become world-renowned for making marked improvements in its educational infrastructure, and pays its teachers more than almost anywhere else in the world. It has a tax rate of $49.2% on income of over $87,222.

 

 

  1. Ireland

Though major corporations such as Google and Apple are taking advantage of the relatively low 12.5% income tax rate on corporations, Irish citizens are not quite as lucky. They are met with a tax rate of 48% on incomes over $40,696.

 

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Stephen Paddock Killed 59 People And Wounded 527 In Las Vegas. Mr. Paddock Is The Symptom Of Republicans Pimping For The National Rifle Association And Donald Trump Promoting Racism And Hate!

Posted in United States with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 2, 2017 by sheriffali

Donald Trump, the life time racist and one of the world’s most corrupt people, enabled by the Republican Congress are taking America down the Abyss. The free fall is so expeditious that it is difficult to ascertain whether or not America can be saved before Donald Trump is removed from the Presidency and Republicans lose control of Congress. To many, this concern may not be on their minds, but unless or until America wakes up to the devastation of the country that is taking place, the United States may become exactly what Russia was, subsequent to the collapse of the USSR in 1991.

 

The American Corporate Media that didn’t do their jobs as they should have in 2016 is one of the main reasons we have a culprit and treasonous in the White House. With such devastating tragedy in Las Vegas, “Neither” the Media, Republicans or Donald Trump would call Stephen Paddock a Terrorist. Why, solely because Stephen Paddock is a “White American.” Had it been a Black Man, Mexican or Muslim that committed this heinous act; from the White House to the Halls of Congress and across the Media spectrum, “Terrorism would be the Headlines for days or even weeks to come.”

 

The Weapon [s] Mr. Paddock used to kill and injure so many, it has no business to be in the hands of any Civilian. It is egregious in war, much less on the Streets and the Homes of Americans. But, Republican just like Donald Trump and the NRA, they prey on their Base because, they are uninformed, ignorant, mostly uneducated and brainwashed. All you need is a Gun in one hand and a Bible in the other! No emphasis is placed on Education because the dumber you are, the more likely you will Vote Republican. Quite frankly, America’s Evangelicals, Donald Trump and Republicans, are America’s ISIS!

 

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Corrupt Gulliver, Donald Trump And The Lilliputians, Republicans, Are Taking America Beyond The Point Of No Return!

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2017 by sheriffali

Lilliputians [Republicans] are a society of people with all the arrogance and sense of self-importance associated with real men. Republicans are typically greedy, jealous, manipulative, conniving, violent, selfish, and untrustworthy; they are in all ways, an accurate portrayal of their President Gulliver [Donald Trump]. They live in a world of lies and fiction, manipulating the uninformed, ignorant, uneducated and brainwashed.

 

Since taking control of the White House, Senate and House of Representatives on January 20, 2017, Gulliver and the Lilliputians are using Political divisiveness in decimating America’s Greatness. Going on 9 months now, Trump and the Republicans haven’t done a single thing to help the American people, period.

 

There were 7 straight months of Repeal Obamacare with Deathcare. President Gulliver Trump has been running the country as he ran his businesses, by fraud and lies right into the ground. President Gulliver’s agenda of “Make America Great Again” is really about making America “all” White again. Gulliver has used his Executive Powers as he uses Toilet paper, only, instead of removing crap he is aiding and abetting in crap. Racism, Violating the Constitution, Pardoning a Racist Corrupt Sheriff Joe Arpaio and promoting White Supremacy, Neo Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan as if his life depended on it.

 

At least in Author Jonathan Swift’s story the Lilliputians restrained Gulliver, but at the present time, Republicans are enabling Trump’s derangement as he continues to tear the very fabric that made America great, into irreparable shreds. Amazingly enough, Jonathan Swift made use of the Lilliputians as a device for satirizing actual people in his own life, such as what we are living in the present.

 

How and if we survive Donald Trump and the Republicans is anyone’s guess. You see in the final analysis, it seems impossible for Crooks, Liars and Thieves, The Republicans, are in any position to stop the World’s biggest Crook, Liar and Thief, Donald Trump.

 

***In various parts of this short article, Author Jonathan Swift account of Gulliver and the Lilliputians are intertwined and entwined.

 

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Republican Legislators Are Flies On The Excrement Of America’s 1% Rich; A Disease That Infects The 99%. Another Way To Put It is “The Republicans [GOP] Are Whores Pimping For The Top 1%!”

Posted in United States with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 11, 2017 by sheriffali

Dating back to 1981 to the present day, there aren’t anything worse than the Republican Legislators that have been bestowing more riches unto America’s top 1% while at the same time, ripping to shred America’s working class, Students, the Elderly and the most vulnerable.

 

If you are honest with yourself you cannot deny that all the Republican Party has been doing for the past 36 years is working 99% for the Rich and 1% for the working class. One can forgive the Republican Voters because after all, most of them are uninformed, ignorant, uneducated and brainwashed and trying to explain to them that they are suffering with the Stockholm Syndrome, they wouldn’t get it! There are no bona fide reasons for being uneducated in America, but that is what keeps the Republican Base. The GOP spend all of their time on the 99% advocating that they don’t need to go to college, because all they really need is a Gun in one hand and the Bible in the other.

 

In the final analysis, the Republicans combined with Donald Trump has really disgraced America and really brought the United States to its Knees. We have become the laughing stock of the world and basically, we have lost all credibility. We can no longer accuse any other country in the world of “rigged elections,” because with the Treason, Fraud and Corruption of the 2016 Election, America is stained for a long time and perhaps permanently.

 

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The 2016 Election Wasn’t Only Stolen From Hillary Clinton By Republicans Fraud; Russia Hacking; Traitor Trump’s Treason; But Hillary Clinton Was Stabbed In The Back By People Within The Democratic Party, Even From The Very Top!

Posted in HIllaryClinton2016 with tags , , , , , , on September 7, 2017 by sheriffali

Of all of the Political figures in my lifetime thus far, I have stood with Hillary Clinton right out of the Gates of Yale University; her mission of “The Children’s Defense Fund,” Hillary’s undercover work in the South, exposing the White Racists that incarcerated young “Black Youths” in adult prison; as First Lady of Arkansas and the United States; US Senator; Secretary of State and the First Woman Nominee of a major party for the Presidency of the United States.

 

In her new book “What Happened, I condone all of Hillary Clinton’s “Score-Settling” and “Criticism” of the “Back-Stabbers” in the Democratic Party and especially, Hillary’s take down of the “Liar and Fraud, Bernie Sanders. Hillary Clinton also went after the fraudulent Republicans that suppressed and purged the “Minority-Votes,” the Russian Hacking and Treasonous, Traitor and Corrupt Donald Trump, Russia involvement.

 

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/349548-clintons-score-settling-frustrates-democrats

 

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