How the current crown prince changed Saudi Arabia — for the worse

(WaPo) TO UNDERSTAND the police state in Saudi Arabia, consider the case of Essem Al-Zamel. An economist and entrepreneur, as well as a social media star, Mr. Zamel last year criticized a plan by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to offer shares to investors in the national oil giant, Saudi Aramco. That was meant to be a dazzling event, another audacious idea in the crown prince’s … Continue reading How the current crown prince changed Saudi Arabia — for the worse

Saudi Arabia transfers $100 million to U.S. amid crisis over Khashoggi

(WaPo) The United States received a payment of $100 million from Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, the same day Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Riyadh to discuss the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a State Department official confirmed Wednesday amid global calls for answers in the case. Saudi Arabia publicly pledged the payment to support U.S. stabilization efforts in northeastern Syria in August, but questions persisted about … Continue reading Saudi Arabia transfers $100 million to U.S. amid crisis over Khashoggi