Category: Saudi Arabia

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‘The Dissident’ Unravels the Assassination of Jamal Khashoggi

‘The Dissident’ Unravels the Assassination of Jamal Khashoggi

A top official in Saudi Arabia’s intelligence service, the General Intelligence Presidency (GIP), has been implicated in the assassination of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi (pronounced “Kash-shoke-gee”) The Office of the Director of the National Intelligence has released a declassified report concluding that the order for the assassination came from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. A...

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السعودية: رئاسة الاستخبارات العامة

السعودية: رئاسة الاستخبارات العامة

GIP in English أداة ولي العهد تُعد رئاسة الاستخبارات العامة، بصفتها جهاز استخبارات العائلة المالكة السعودية، أداة أساسية في سلطة ولي العهد محمد بن سلمان، الوريث المرجّح للملك السعودي. وقد استعان محمد بن سلمان برئاسة الاستخبارات العامة لشيطنة من ينتقدون النظام السعودي ومضايقتهم وقمعهم واغتيالهم. لقد أُطلق على أسلوب حكم محمد بن سلمان “السلطوية الإلكترونية“،...

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Former Saudi Intelligence Official Says MBS Is Trying to Kill Him

Former Saudi Intelligence Official Says MBS Is Trying to Kill Him

Under President Trump and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the long-standing U.S.-Saudi relationship, lubricated by oil and weapons sales, has degenerated into a gangsterly alliance in which MBS feels free to intimidate his rivals and critics while Jared Kushner pursues business deals. Case in point: former Saudi intelligence chief Saad Aljabri. He was the head...

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Deputy Saudi Intelligence Chief Indicted for Khashoggi Assassination

Deputy Saudi Intelligence Chief Indicted for Khashoggi Assassination

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is a friend of the Trump White House and a business partner with Jared Kushner. He deploys the Saudi spy service, known as the General Intelligence Presidency (GIP) to suppress critics at home and, Turkish prosecutors say, to assassinate them abroad. Turkish officials have indicted 18 men in connection...

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‘Electronic Authoritarianism:’ How MBS Rose to Power in Saudi Arabia

‘Electronic Authoritarianism:’ How MBS Rose to Power in Saudi Arabia

A new biography of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), by Ben Hubbard, describes how he perfected “electronic authoritarianism.” From Fred Hiatt’s review in the The Washington Post the most fundamental change the headstrong crown prince has brought about, Hubbard shows, is to turn a “soft-gloved autocracy” that featured multiple centers of power, and...

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