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Mohammed bin Salman: Only death can stop me from ruling

Mohammed bin Salman: Only death can stop me from ruling

Post his anti-graft witch hunt against the bunch of most richest individuals in Saudi Arabia, including members of the Royal Family, critics have levelled allegations of hypocrisy against Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman known for his extravagant lifestyle. More than 10,000 Yemenis have been killed since the fighting began three years ago this week.

While Saudi Arabia will soon lose the distinction of being the only country in the world where women can't drive, the regime continues to be the world's most misogynist, gender-segregated country.

"We are all human beings and there is no difference", he said when asked about gender equality in the kingdom.

"We have extremists who forbid mixing between the two sexes and are unable to differentiate between a man and a woman alone together and being together in a workplace".

The kingdom is a longtime ally of the United States, but Moscow has sought to broaden its sphere of influence in the Middle East and has become an increasingly powerful political force in the region.

The first few days of bin Salman's trip are expected to focus on the deluge of regional issues such as the war in Yemen, the Iranian nuclear deal and potentially Washington's long-awaited Israel-Palestine peace plan, dubbed the "deal of the century" by Trump.

Ever since, it is widely assumed that an agreement exists between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia that Pakistani nukes - long paid for many times over - could be transferred to Saudi Arabia on a moment's notice in case of a crisis or may indeed already have been transferred on the basis a dual-key arrangement of control of nuclear warheads as long practiced by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, under which over 200 B61 United States nuclear warheads are stationed in five North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries (including at Incirlik airbase in Turkey).

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From Franklin Roosevelt to George W. Bush, American presidents saw oil as the cornerstone of the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the USA - a steady supply from the Middle East's largest exporter was considered crucial to the economy's well-being.

WASHINGTON ― The Trump administration is doubling down on its claim that it can not know whether USA support for a Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen enables the bombing of civilians, according to a Pentagon document sent to select Senate offices last week and shared with HuffPost. "Women worked everywhere. We were just normal people developing like any other country in the world until the events of 1979", he told O'Donnell. I'm not Gandhi or Mandela. "But what I do as a person is to spend part of my personal income on charity". He said the government was working on policies to ensure equal pay.

The discovery of vast oil reserves beneath Saudi sands in the late 1930s secured the kingdom's place as a vital partner for the energy-hungry United States. In the past, Saudi Arabia has burned over 1 million barrels of oil per day for power generation during seasonal peaks.

"But don't get sucked into the media hype, seeded by well-paid PR firms, that the prince is a reformer who is bringing substantive change to the kingdom", warned CodePink's Medea Benjamin in a Monday column at Common Dreams. The vote faces long odds but will at the least serve as a symbolic admonition to bin Salman, who wants to promote closer ties between Washington and Riyadh.

Saudi officials, comparably to President Trump, Israeli officials, and many GOP leaders, agree that the Obama deal with Iran does not limit Iran's nuclear capacity but merely delays Iran's quest for nuclear weapons, while ignoring Iran's other activities, such as supporting Shia militias.

The blockading countries accuse the Qatari government of supporting "terrorism" and interfering in their internal affairs.

The aging King Salman, who rarely travels outside the kingdom on official business, visited China and Russia past year, signing economic, security and nuclear energy deals, including a Saudi letter of intent to purchase a Russian antimissile defense system.