At the core of MbS' decision-making is the overwhelming economic anxiety he has developed as he seeks to fundamentally change the Saudi economy.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) Pinned comment
Re: my comment about the arrest of KSA's second richest (Al Amoudi), turns out that his impact on Ethiopia's economy is much more meaningful than I imagined.

"In the nearly ten years a since then it has become even harder to estimate the exact value of Al-Amoudi’s total investment in Ethiopia, which is among the fastest developing countries in Africa. One analyst estimated the value of the Sheikh’s investment at $3.4 billion, which represents 4.7 per cent of Ethiopia’s current GDP." (source: goo.gl/ks6CjT)
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said Saïd Amin (@said) Pinned comment
Forget Iran/KSA...Yemen! Those poor, poor people suffering. And of course, most of the American public could care less -- US foreign policy has such an outsized impact on the lives of so many around the world, that we (US citizens) absolutely should care. The only adamant/consistent voices I hear about how morally wrong we are to sell KSA billions worth of weapons is from progressives. Sadly, 'mum's the word' among most Democrats but hopefully we'll see a more restraint and responsible (moral) foreign policy as the party continues moving left (see: www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/05/americas-right-to-sell-arms/527805/ & nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/05/this-senator-wants-to-make-foreign-policy-progressive-again.html). In the meantime, it all makes me sick to my stomach.

As for MbS, it's amateur hour in the kingdom. I mean seriously, how reckless is this dude?! It's a dangerous game he's playing and at a minimum he has tacit approval from the US.

I read yesterday that in his 'corruption sweep' he arrested Prince Al Amoudi. Whoa! That's sure to piss off Ethiopians who idolize the man. I have yet to meet an Ethiopian in the US who has not heard of him (I almost always mention his name). Al Amoudi, who's mother is Ethiopian/dad is Saudi, is a legend among Ethiopians; largely b/c he's invested so heavily in Ethiopia, creating thousands of jobs and stimulating their economy.

Personal story: I used to be a hip hop DJ in DC wayyyyy back in the day. One of the guys on the circuit was DJ Trini. Supposedly Al Amoudi heard him play once, loved his music selection/skills and proceeded to make him an offer he couldn't refuse. Next thing you know DJ Trini is traveling the world as Al Amoudi's personal DJ (yea, Saudi prince's roll like that). Anyway, a few years later (early 2000s) I was in Addis Ababa for work. I went to the hotel's nightclub (Sheraton Luxor which Al Amoudi owns) and lo' and behold....DJ Trini was the club DJ! Crazy.
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Dakho Dakho (@Dakho) replied to Saïd Amin (@said) Pinned comment
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Thinkin of a master plan

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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to Dakho (@Dakho) Pinned comment
Karaoke. Watch out ;)
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) Pinned comment
Let's have a look at the opening sentence:
"Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran are running sky-high. So much so, that the threat of war between the two gulf powers seems as palpable now as ever before."

Ummm no. The war is not just between the two gulf powers. A more accurate way of describing the playing field would be, "it's Iran versus almost everyone else". Iran will be very isolated aside from limited support from its few friends.

War with Iran is an American war, first and foremost. The US will be involved in everything that happens, either directly or calling the shots behind the scenes, but probably both. The Saudi and Israeli agendas are just a convenient cover for America.

If you're in Iran and you can leave, it might be a good idea to start packing. There's not much point putting up a fight against an infinitely stronger opponent.
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) replied to Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) Pinned comment
"...might be a good idea to start packing."!?!?
Start packing to where? Stanford, California?
Isn't amazing how much Fatmeh Komandos start acting like 'our' monarchists.
Until they were in power (AN years) Islamic Republic of Hell was paradise on Earth, but now when their allies are no longer in power, and no access to all those stolen monies, the sky is falling and 80,000,000 Iranians need to start packing!

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