A Saudi princess on a Vogue cover, no doubt something that will be branded as "brash feminism" and to a degree indeed (my grandmother drove her convertible back in the 1920s or so, in the Qc countryside!) Pardon my apparent double standard for a minute though, but embracing all the artifices of Hollywood and of glossy magazines rather than making substantive improvements still smacks of making an end run to control appearances and the country's image. I'm not going to raise the issue of Raif Badawi but if you haven't learned to relativize, how do you know that people's wholesomeness will not also be challenged? In the West, they talk of the tyranny of media-branded imagery that makes girls anorexic etc. Change from the top down is simply not always ideal. A healthy dialogue, from the ground up, as elders used to do in majlis seem to me wiser. If you don't change the culture, throwing (another) culture at them is just going to be wonky imo. I miss my grandmother now. Lol
May the women enjoy and drive safely. My dog and I love a road trip. It's very relaxing. In my youth, a friend thought me to overtake by downshifting and revving up the RPMs before shifting gears to feel that gravitational pull. Driving can be very exhilarating. Hopefully, Porsche dealerships there will do like here, and charter race tracks for clients to experience speed safely. "Godspeed" ladies!
"The parties who are bound by the ties of Islamic brotherhood and Arab origin, declare that their nations are one nation, that they wish no one evil, and that they will endeavour to promote the interests of the nation in tranquility."
Where to begin... I was biting my tongue about the Saudi in our midst in the same town I believe as Badawi's family who complained of the Pegasus / Trojan horse that infected his online accounts only because he travelled here on the Saudi government dime, on a scholarship, so I found that to be a bit of an internal thing and a lack of gratitude, regardless that I know the feeling about privacy but have had it from all sides, beginning in Canada. I digress. This time with a Khashoggi... I gather the squad was probably Prince's Blackwater and the irony being if that guy was at all related to the arms dealer Adnan. Then, he would have known how rough those boys play. I personally have fantasized had I been given diplomatic immunity about how I might be tempted to fall into a vengeful mode with a few dozen people here, but God always holds temptation away in his perfect order of things. That said, host countries do need to ask point blank from their foreign diplomats ahead of any postings if they envision committing crimes on their soil so that if they lie, you can expel them promptly. I feel bad for his fiancée, this much is mine to say. Life is cruel sometimes.
A bit more background, although Jamal is not a son of Adnan but rather a cousin, it would appear much like Dodi Fayed as it were. Adnan's father was a doctor to Abdul Aziz, founding king of Saudi Arabia. Adnan's first commission was for a purchase by the Binladen Construction firm. He also supplied mostly British weapons in Yemen. If anything, his cousin would have known where the proverbial bodies are buried. My thoughts are that this incident is a two in one, to begin a war where the US/Israel failed with Hailey at the UN, I surmise the real reason why she was unhired. I'm reading a fascinating book that reveals the economic agendas of recent wars, called The Global Minotaur by a Greek economist. It talks of the postWW2 Global Plan and the precariousness of the US economy since 1929. The need for new pillars after Germany and Japan, I gather in the Mideast is driving this bloodthirst to create new currency zones like the yen and deutschmark before now. Seeing this is hardly familiar territory for me, I have more research to do on this theory. In my mind it's clear however that Kushner would not be the last to know, as the theatrics of calling the WH seem to suggest. Politics are ugly, and bedfellows not any prettier. Don't wonder why Trump is unusually disloquacious.
On the topic of husbands, I think one takeaway is that there was a man who loved a woman and wanted to marry her enough to take a huge risk. I do hope she's safe. I think he would worry about her. Without being an apologist, I do believe this event will prove an invaluable lesson. Like the Ritz Carlton affair, one has to wonder about the source of the inflaming reports that caused such an extreme reaction. I think holding the Yemen campaign general accountable is both an indicator of the underlying causes as well as where the remedy might be applied. As far as those who ask an eye for an eye, I dont think a father will hand over his son. Not when those doing the askance dont impeach criminal leaders. But I do hope what comes next will be more constructive aims. Inchallah.
A call was placed to the Khashoggis. Prayers do come true. Now if the US could staff the Riyadh embassy instead of using social media apps; if parties could sign the Iran nuclear accord in exchange for disengagement in Yemen, etc , many unbearable tensions could be alleviated and no one would snap. I'm personally not concerned about the postponing of the Davos in the Desert aims ~ it means deficits, debt and income tax are just farther away down the line. And of course, everyone knows how I feel about armament... There is so much else to do than rush headlong into planetary suicide. Ours is a planet that from space reeks and shrieks, surrounded by debris, attracting only black stars to help clean up the Way. Countenance (in the way of self-containment) is where human focus should be.
In my trivial existence alone, I'm already familiar with the tactics I guarantee are Mossad-transmitted and not original to Saudi. I could quote many incidents from my Moroccan Jew era of being persecuted in the mid90s to 00s, one where my parents were trolled by my lookalike walking outside their home (with a dog like mine!) ~ the psychological headgames were endless. And patronizing in their design. They certainly are beneath royals. They are haram, I believe too.
It was nice to see Prince Al Waleed present at that summit. He's such a likeable and relatable Arab. I recall trying to pitch him a long time ago a very avantgarde young London Muslim artist that was pushing the (albeit mildly tasteless) envelope. Oddly, the hard rebuke came not from him but from a Western Muslim I pitched, who was an organizer or founder of Luminato!? Go figure. He was so offensive towards a young artist who was struggling to reconcile her British Muslim heritage. I digress. My path in the art world was challenging to say the least. Now, the King of Jordan was also there and I'm trying to find a parallel subtext to the Hashimite experience being the first liberalizers if you will. Today their kingdoms in Irak, Syria, Egypt are all embattled. It's sad. At the same time, I hope the Saudi CP takes the counsel of the now retired Prince Zeid of Jordan. There is such a host of talent and experience to lean on going forward.
I'm going to get off the topic soon, I promise before I push my luck too far either way. I mentioned the Nuclear treaty but forgot the elephant in the room and think that Israel, with its nuclear capabilities, should co-sign. Whats more while KSA has the world economy within grasp, it should demand the 1944 Global Plan Keynes provision for an ICU or GRSM since this is what ails the system. (I finished reading Global Minotaur, can anyone tell? Next: Discours de la Servitude Volontaire and Le Prince. After I'll be available as an adviser 😉) One last footnote, Louis XIV's last regret was for having enjoyed warmaking too much. Note to all fans.
If Turkey had intercepts of what was being planned against Khashoggi, it should have warned the fiancee, ran Khashoggi (mildly) over if necessary to prevent him from going to the consulate, or at the very least pulled the fire alarm or planted a policeman in the consulate at the same time. It doesnt excuse what happened but if youre going to spy on people, make it count, ******** (language).
Update: bravo on the appointment of any US ambassador to Riyadh. Upon closer inspection, General Abizaid is of serious caliber. A nuclear Iran should however entail the equal disclosure of the current nuclear Israel so the threat sandwich is evident to everyone else beyond the Arabian peninsula. I for one would love to see that non aggression treaty. Christmas is around the corner. 😉
Thank God Saudi kings live long. Grumblings today on Reuters about why - with hundreds of billions in arms purchases - did KSA miss a serious attack on its soil, the likes have not been seen in recent history (I'm stopping shy of Trump bombasm. That said, what intrigues me more is Prince Faisal's Jadwa fund executive being spied on by Credit Suisse and the "suicide" 🙄 of the guy who hired the spy to follow Iqbal Khan and invade his family's privacy.
Credit Suisse said that the decision to observe Mr Khan was "wrong and disproportionate and has resulted in severe reputational damage to the bank".
The Homburger report said neither its own investigations nor those of intelligence firm Investigo found evidence that Mr Khan had attempted to poach employees or customers away from Credit Suisse.
*Update: the king appeared okay on Sunday, performing duties. Meanwhile MbS is waging an oil price war with Russia with stock markets diving.
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A persistent rumour seems to be that King Salman is dead or dying:
- King Salman is dead or dying - Dozens have been arrested, not just the 3 high profile names in the news - Workers in the royal palace have been informed the King is "unavailable" for health reasons - MBS will announce in a statement that the Salman has abdicated in his favour
Reviewing this post, about Saad al Jabri, I was totally off. I may have mistaken Prince Salman with the imprisoned former CP. It's hard to read when you're holding your nose over all this Epstein stuff. More info is coming out: