Global Geo-political Series: Is Saudi Arabia's new crown Prince a warmonger?

Dimanche, 12 Nov, 2017

We have seen a mini-wave of terror orchestrated by the all-powerful 32-year-old heir to the throne, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who has been given day-to-day control of the kingdom's affairs by his ailing father, King Salman, 81. Nerves frayed on Nov 4 when a missile fired by Houthi rebels in Yemen was shot down on its way to Riyadh, the farthest encroachment yet into Saudi territory by a Houthi-fired missile.

In an opinion piece published November 8, Fitch Ratings said "the arrests of members of the Saudi royal family, current and former ministers and prominent businessmen increase political uncertainty in Saudi Arabia".

The U.S. claimed such missile systems were not present in Yemen prior to the ongoing conflict in the country.

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Despite his youth and inexperience, he has risen rapidly through the ranks, amassing previously unimaginable powers for a single royal.

The prince has also drawn up a blueprint to wean Saudi Arabia off its dependence on oil and its subjects off state subsidies and government jobs.

Since March 2015, almost 5,300 civilians have been killed and close to 9,000 injured in Yemen's war; the U.N. has warned that "the actual numbers were likely to be far higher".

Bin Salman's power grab is in itself spectacular.

Saudi Arabia said it has only frozen the bank accounts of individuals and not those of the companies they own or manage, as the kingdom seeks to ease tension among global investors over the crackdown. They said the Houthis in Sanaa and coalition-backed forces in the southern city of Aden are only interested in treating their own wounded. And Israel's efforts to defang Hizbullah during a short war in 2006 ended in stalemate. He boarded a helicopter with seven senior advisers, and amid speculation that he had instructed the pilot to head for a foreign country.

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Speaking about the nuclear deal, Kharrazi said the path that resulted in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) would have been pursued regardless of who won the 2013 presidential elections in Iran.

They have returned battle-hardened. "We call on the government of Saudi Arabia to do that".

Some Saudis are nervous that Prince Mohammed's bellicose campaign against Iran will lead to war.

About two-thirds of Yemen's population relies on imported supplies, said the aid groups, which include CARE, Save the Children and Islamic Relief.

In terms of long-term impact, Bin Salman's consolidation of power creates a previously unseen level of political instability that could affect the Saudi economy. Financial sanctions that America imposed on Hizbullah in October will further tighten the screws.

Lowcock stressed the last point saying, "This is important because humanitarian access to the ports was inadequate even before the measures announced on Nov. 6" by the coalition.

One downside, of course, is more repression, wielded by a headstrong prince cocksure he knows what's best for society.

Ever since the floods, Abdullah Jaber, a popular Saudi cartoonist, has drawn caricatures of Fakeih, without naming him, to symbolize the toll of corruption on Saudi Arabia.