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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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Donald Trump’s Unprecedented Treason And Corruption That Are Being Enabled By Republicans Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell And Others, Is A Direct Threat To Our Democracy And Has Placed America In A “State Of Emergency.”

Posted in United States with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2017 by sheriffali

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Donald Trump is removing Prosecutors that have been the Bastion of upholding America’s Democracy by objectively investigating corruption and they are being replaced with “Trump And The GOP Cronies.”

 

Politico has done an amazing job in connecting the “DOTS” of the Trump Russia Ties using seven charts, please open the link, I promise, you wouldn’t regret it – http://politi.co/2m3t4X4

 

Never before in American History of 240 years has there ever been this level of Treason and Corruption and most amazing, Republicans who always proclaim to be Patriots defending the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, they seem to be “Knee-Deep” with Donald Trump ties to Russia and Trump’s Corruption within the United States.

 

This is a defining and pivotal moment for America because Republicans are controlling the White House, The Senate, The House Of Representatives and 32 Governorships. It is difficult to ascertain what the Republican Voters were or are thinking to have placed “ONE” Party with such outlandish degree of fraud, that has in Trump’s first 50 days as President, damaged the very fabric of America’s Democracy.

 

Those that stand for Honesty, Decency and Democracy, yes, it is a difficult time, but “Americans have always endured and overcame and yes, we shall overcome again.” The Resistance and the Protests must be enlarged and continue with no respite.

 

Months of South Koreans Protests led to the Impeachment and removal of South Korea’s President and the Arrest of Samsung’s CEO for Corruption. If South Korea can do it, so can we!

 

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{Corporations} {Big Business} {The 1%} Own The Republican Party! Six {6} Corporations Own All Of The Media, So, Essentially, The Media Has Become Stooges For the GOP! ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN, FOX, New York Times, Washington Post, Time Magazine, Politico And Other News Agencies And Are Doing The Republicans’ Bidding To Regain Control Of The White House In The 2016 Presidential Election

Posted in 2016 Presidency, Corporate Whores, Media, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2015 by sheriffali

The Media is even helping the Republicans cover-up their Criminal Wrongdoings! The Republican Speaker-To-Be Kevin McCarthy went on National Television and stated that the Benghazi Investigation was all about damaging Hillary Clinton’s credibility for the Presidency.

 

Republican Congressman, Kevin McCarthy even bragged about Mrs. Clinton’s falling Poll Numbers and stated unequivocally, they took credit, both him and his Republican Colleagues. One would think that this type of corruption would be Headlines, but it wasn’t!

 

Just imagine, the Republican Party spent Millions of Taxpayers’ Dollars both directly and indirectly and got paid with Taxpayers money for not doing their jobs, but instead, using “Material Misrepresentations” to deceive the American people.

 

If the American people would stop allowing the Politicians and the Media to divide America, we can rebound as a Country, but if not, sooner rather than later we will be another Banana Republic.

 

George W Bush and Dick Cheney’s Administration lied us into a War For Oil Profit that killed 4,500 American Soldiers and in excess of 500,000 Iraqis at a cost of 1.7 Trillion Dollars and neither the Media or the Republican Party has blinked an eye, “they all blame President Obama!”

 

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Why New York Times, Politico, Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, FOX NEWS And Other News Entities No Longer Have Reporters, But Rather Puppets Doing Their Corporate Bosses Bidding, Is Solely Because Six [6] Corporations Own All Of The Media;

Posted in HIllaryClinton2016, Media Political Stooge For GOP, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2015 by sheriffali

The Six Corporations Own: All of the 1,500 Television Stations, 9,000 Radio Stations, 1,500 News Papers, 1,100 Magazines, 2,400 Publishers – All Owned by the Six Corporations and of course as we are aware according to the US Supreme Court, Corporations are people and Corporations are Big Business and Big Business likes Republicans, because Republicans protect the 1%.

 

There aren’t any more Dan Rather, Peter Jennings, Barbara Walters, Dianne Sawyer, Walter Cronkite, but we do have are Low-Level Puppets hiding behind the word Journalism.

 

If you haven’t noticed this drastic change since the 2010 Mid Term Election into the Presidential 2012 Election and the 2014 Mid Term and now into the 2016 Presidential Election, then you may not be as smart as you think.

 

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www.salon.com wrote an article titled “Why Politico Became A GOP Stooge!”

http://www.salon.com/2015/07/07/how_politico_became_a_gop_stooge_republicans_want_to_d

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House Conservatives Push Trey Gowdy for Leadership Job; the Man and his party that wasted over 60 Million Dollars chasing Benghazi and Emails, hoping to Politically Assassinate Hillary Clinton! The Woman the Republicans and the Media fear the most

Posted in Democrats, HIllaryClinton2016, Politics, Republicans, White House 2016 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2015 by sheriffali

The Media; the New York Times, Politico, Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, FOX and other News Outlets have become Stooges for the Republicans!

 

WASHINGTON — House conservatives, fearful that the post-John A. Boehner era of leadership may look more like a modestly renovated old house than a newly built one, have begun to cast about for one of their own to join the upper ranks: the head of the committee that has been ripping into Hillary Rodham Clinton for well over a year.

 

While Representative Kevin McCarthy of California appears to have the momentum to become the next speaker of the House, the race for his current job, majority leader, has been thrown into a bit of chaos, with the only female candidate for the post withdrawing from consideration and an incipient grass-roots effort emerging to persuade Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, who has been leading the investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s use of a private email account as secretary of state, to step into the race.

 

“He is the kind of smart fighter our country needs and the American people deserve,” Representative Mia Love, Republican of Utah, said in a prepared statement Tuesday.

 

Ms. Love is among a growing number of members getting behind the “Draft Gowdy” movement, begun in part by Mr. Gowdy’s colleagues in the South Carolina congressional delegation. “With impressive communication skills, genuine compassion and the tenacity of a prosecutor, he will unite the party and the people around a truly American agenda,” she said.

 

Representative Jason Chaffetz, Republican of Utah and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, also supports a promotion for Mr. Gowdy.

 

 

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