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The Slaying of the Saudi Spider

David Hearst | Posted 04.01.2015 | Home
David Hearst

The palace coup is complete. In a far-reaching decree on Thursday night, the new Saudi king Salman unraveled the legacy of his half-brother Abdullah and set the kingdom on course for a significant regional realignment.

Non-Dollar Trading Is Killing the Petrodollar -- And the Foundation of U.S.-Saudi Policy in the Middle East

Alastair Crooke | Posted 02.01.2015 | Home
Alastair Crooke

This new oil price drop simply is crushing producers' currencies in foreign exchange markets. The combination of the petrodollar losing its ability to act as a store of value, combined now with exchange rate blues, may be the straw that breaks the producer "camel's back" in respect to OPEC and dollar denomination. Such a moment would seem ripe for Russia and Iran to begin a gradual challenge to Saudi's leadership of the OPEC cartel and to the dollar-denominated energy system, if enough OPEC members and other producers are prepared to rebel. Iran has been lobbying hard in this direction.

Bandar's Busted Flush

David Hearst | Posted 06.16.2014 | Home
David Hearst

The final nail in Prince Bandar bin Sultan's coffin did not come when the former Saudi intelligence chief lost control of the Syria file to his political rival the interior minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef. It was when Bin Nayef went to King Abdullah and obtained from him a written mandate to keep the file.

Breaking Up With the Saudis

Michael Hughes | Posted 01.26.2014 | Home
Michael Hughes

So, the House of Saud wants to sever relations with the United State because the Obama administration had the audacity to refrain from bombing both Sy...

Decline of Saudi Arabian Power Evident in Rejection of UN Seat

David Paul | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
David Paul

Even if the Arab Spring has not yet arrived in the Gulf, it is becoming apparent that the Saudi's world is changing. The Saudis and the Gulf monarchies are under increasing pressure.

The Prince: Meet the Man Who Co-Opted Democracy in the Middle East

Robert Scheer | Posted 10.26.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Now that the Arab Spring has been turned into a totally owned subsidiary of the Saudi royal family, it is time to honor Prince Bandar bin Sultan as the most effective Machiavellian politician of the modern era.

How Saudi Arabia's 'Plan B' Became a Game Changer in Syria

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 06.22.2013 | Home
Faisal J. Abbas

A source with access to a senior Saudi official who has opted to remain anonymous, reveals that Saudi Arabia has managed to secure wide international -- albeit unannounced -- support for its initiative to end the Syrian crisis.

The Regionalization of the Syria Conflict

Daniel Wagner | Posted 10.20.2012 | Home
Daniel Wagner

. Today the conflict has become which pro-Iranian or pro-Saudi domestic and foreign forces will have the greatest influence on the outcome of the conflict -- not for the benefit of the Syrian people, but for the benefit of themselves.

The Saudi Hollywood Makeover

Wajid Ali Syed | Posted 09.04.2011 | Home
Wajid Ali Syed

This prince is a hero, not in a real life of course -- but in a Hollywood movie. This pop culture moment is nothing short of extraordinary. The Saudis have achieved a PR coup.

Getting Serious About Saudi Arabia

Abraham R. Wagner | Posted 08.20.2011 | Home
Abraham R. Wagner

Following 9/11, the U.S. looked to the Saudis as another ally in the "Global War on Terror." Far less attention was paid to the facts that some of the 9/11 al Qaeda terrorists came from Saudi Arabia.

Con Games: Prince Bandar Can't Go Home to Aspen Again

Michael Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michael Conniff

A dozen or more workers at Prince Bandar's heavenly Hala Ranch were given the heave-ho without explanation last week.

U.S. Launches Complaint at WTO Over Chinese Export Curbs While Giving OPEC/Saudi Arabia a Free Pass

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Though Obama has enough on his plate, if time and energy can be directed at China because of export trade constraints, then certainly action against the OPEC cartel is long overdue.

Dubai Property Scandal Claim Emerges Amid Media Blackout

The Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Heerkani Chohan I The Independent "Fake" pictures are at the heart of a property scandal that could harm the reputation of the once-booming real esta...

Who Will Take The Throne? Saudi Succession Struggle Breaks Into The Open

The Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A dispute over Saudi Arabia's royal succession burst into the open yesterday, revealing a power struggle in which one of the most senior princes in th...

Hillary Clinton, Saudi Arabia and "Foggy Bottom"

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Can Hillary Clinton assure us that there will not be any Saudi preferential access to Foggy Bottom in spite of the myriad millions visited on the Clinton foundation?

Prince Bandar in $2 Billion PIckle

Michael Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Conniff

What does the little town of Harper Woods, Michigan, unremarkable in so many ways, have to do with the Prince Bandarof Saudi Arabia, monarch of Aspen with the $135 million manse?