Saudi Arabia and the UAE have put themselves in a position in which they are effectively grappling for a face-saving exit strategy.
American forces have important commands distributed across the Arab states.
Addressing the Sunni Summit, a motley host of countries with little freedom, democracy, justice, or other human rights, President Trump might well have wished he could just begin by saying, “Greetings, my fellow dictators.…” The circumstance was not so auspicious for America’s would-be strongman. Unlike the autocrats of Egypt and Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, President Trump’s authority remains shaky, his control of the emerging American police state insecure, his future somewhat uncertain.
The hunger strikers are protesting a wide range of human rights violations, but on top of all these is the most grievous one of all—the fifty-year Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, and the massive violations of Palestinian human and national rights in entails.
Harvard Arab World Conference 2016, Muscat, April 2, 2016
Several Arab politicians and royals are listed in Mossack Fonseca’s books, including King Salman of Saudi Arabia, former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, former emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, former Prime Minister of Qatar Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, former Prime Minister of Jordan Ali Abu al-Ragheb, two cousins of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and the son of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.