Middle East update: June 28-29 2017

SAUDI ARABIA Let’s check in on former Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef in his definitely totally voluntary and in no way forced retirement. I’m sure he’s having a fantastic time: The recently deposed crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Nayef, has been barred from leaving the kingdom and confined to his palace in… Continue reading Middle East update: June 28-29 2017

Middle East update: June 21 2017

SAUDI ARABIA OK, time for some more BIG, BREAKING news on today’s huge shakeup in the Saudi line of succession…but, you know what? There really hasn’t been any. If you were hoping for some serious Saud family drama, then at the very least you’re going to have to keep hoping for a while longer, assuming… Continue reading Middle East update: June 21 2017

The things we (might) do for our kids

I don’t like to traffic in conspiracies or thinly-sourced material, although I admit this isn’t something I spend a lot of time thinking about so I’ve probably trafficked in them on a few occasions around here. But as I spend an unfortunate amount of time on Twitter (hey, my #brand isn’t going to build itself,… Continue reading The things we (might) do for our kids

An ancillary benefit

Josh Keating suggests another motivation behind today’s big Saudi royal news, one I didn’t consider in my rambling 1 AM diatribe on the subject: Still, this is change in a place where there is often none. In addition to injecting some young blood into the kingdom’s creaky gerontocracy, the moves were likely also made with… Continue reading An ancillary benefit

Are Saudi Arabia’s “Sudairi Seven” consolidating power?

Earlier today, or late last night if you’re in the US, there came a pretty big announcement out of Saudi Arabia: Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz sacked his younger half-brother as crown prince and appointed his nephew, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, as the new heir apparent, state television said. … King Salman also… Continue reading Are Saudi Arabia’s “Sudairi Seven” consolidating power?