Stop being ‘Saudi Arabia’s b*tch,’ Tulsi Gabbard tells Trump, critics pounce

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) has mocked US President Donald Trump’s commitment to remaining allied with Riyadh in the wake of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death, calling the president “Saudi Arabia’s b*tch.” The anti-interventionist congresswoman tweeted the scathing insult following an earlier statement from Trump, in which he said that the United States would stand by its […]

Saudi Arabia’s millennial crown prince got a rare tour of the inside of Apple’s new $5 billion campus (AAPL, GOOG, GOOGL) Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been visiting with Silicon Valley leaders and top tech executives during his American tour.   He met with Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Google founder Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, venture capitalists Marc Andreessen and Peter Thiel, and other key players […]

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince is making moves to bring a Hyperloop system to Riyadh

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Saudi Arabia’s millennial Crown Prince met with Richard Branson to discuss bringing a high-speed Hyperloop transit system to Saudi Arabia.  The system could create a route between the capital Riyadh and the major hub of Jeddah, which could drastically reduce travel time between the regions. There may be fewer hurdles for Hyperloop […]

Inside the rapid rise and unprecedented power grab of Saudi Arabia’s millennial crown prince

REUTERS/Pavel Golovkin/Pool Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is rapidly becoming the driving force behind his Middle East kingdom and one of the most powerful people in the world. The 32-year-old royal has influenced Saudi Arabia’s military, foreign policy, economy, and even day-to-day religious and cultural life. Crown Prince Mohammed — or MbS, as he’s […]

Saudi Arabia’s Very Public, Very Risky Palace Intrigue

Details are still emerging about why, exactly, 11 of Saudi Arabia’s richest and most influential businessmen and politicians are being held at the Ritz Carlton and other five-star hotels across Riyadh. But one thing is clear: Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s purge Saturday of high-ranking leaders in the kingdom is yet another sign of the crown […]

China is eyeballing a major strategic investment in Saudi Arabia’s oil

REUTERS/Lintao Zhang/Pool Through its reported offer to invest in Saudi Aramco, the Chinese are laying the groundwork for a profound economic shift in the Middle East and the world. China has the potential to upend the way oil is traded.  Saudi Arabia and China stand to gain from this geoeconomic shift — but what about […]

Saudi Arabia’s standoff with Qatar could sink the Gulf region into a recession

Thomson Reuters Gulf nations have blockaded Qatar for five months now, demanding the small, Shi’ite nation shut down its Al Jazeera news station.   Qatari leadership has stood its ground, but the standoff could plunge the region into an economic depression.  Five months into the Gulf’s blockade against Qatar, and neither side looks ready to […]