Monday, June 26, 2017


Grand Canal and Basilica Santa Maria della Salute

Venice from the air

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Saudi Arabia’s new crown prince : Mohammed bin Salman (MBS)

Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud is the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, First Deputy Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia and the youngest minister of defense in the world.
  • Born: August 31, 1985 (age 31), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Education: King Saud University in Riyadh, Syracuse University (??)
  • The oldest son of King Salman’s third wife.
  • MBS rose rapidly to prominence after his father became crown prince of Saudi Arabia in June 2012. 
If he succeeds with his vision to transform the Saudi economy by 2030 and reduce the country’s reliance on oil revenue, the crown prince — widely known as MBS — could enjoy a reign that lasts for decades, given that he only turns 32 in August and could take Saudi Arabia well into midcentury.

Unlike his much older half-brothers, MBS did not travel abroad for his education, and instead remained at his father’s side and studied law at King Saud University in Riyadh, where his father was governor until 2011.

With Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, May 30, 2017

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis (L) welcomes Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense Mohammed bin Salman at the Pentagon in Washington, U.S., March 16,  2017.

US Defence Secretary James Mattis meets Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (R) in Riyadh on April 19, 2017.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense Mohammed bin Salman meet at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 14, 2017. 

In the Oval Office of the White House.

British Prime Minister Theresa May (R) meets with Defense Minister of Saudi Arabia Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud (L) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on April 5, 2017.

A picture taken on June 6, 2017 shows a poster of Saudi King Salman (C), Crown Prince and Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef (R) and Deputy Crown Prince and Defence Minister Mohammed bin Salman placed on on the offices of the Saudi national airline carrier in Riyadh.


In Saudi Arabia, American fast food restaurants (McDonald's, Burger King, Domiono's)  pledge allegiance to the new crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS)

“We renew our loyalty and obedience to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz al Saud,” the McDonald’s ad reads. “And we pledge allegiance to Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz al Saud as crown prince, deputy crown minister and minister of defense.”

Friday, May 26, 2017

President Trumps first foreign trip: Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Vatican, Brussels

Trump's visit to the Eternal City comes after two stops in the Middle East where he visited the cradles of Islam and Judaism. In Saudi Arabia, he addressed dozens of Arab leaders and urged them to fight extremists at home and isolate Iran, which he depicted as menace to the region. And in Israel, Trump reaffirmed his commitment to strong ties with the nation's longtime ally and urged both the Israelis and the Palestinians to begin the process of reaching a peace deal. No details or timetable have yet to be established for negotiations.

At the Vatican:



But while Trump received extravagantly warm welcomes in Riyadh and Jerusalem, the reception could grow much cooler now that he's reached Europe, site of widespread protests after his election. Climate change activists projected the words "Planet Earth First" on the massive dome of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Tuesday night and protests are expected Wednesday in Rome and later in the week when Trump travels to Brussels for a NATO meeting and Sicily for a G7 gathering.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Melania Trump

Melania Trump is the current First Lady of the United States. Before marrying future President Donald Trump in 2005, she worked as a fashion model; by 2016 she considered herself a "full-time mom". 
  • Born: April 26, 1970 (age 47), Novo Mesto, Slovenia 

Saudi Arabia

Melania Trump visits the all-women Business Process Services and IT Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 21

with the students at the American International School in Riyadh


Melania Trump at the Western Wall in Jerusalem


Melania with children during her visit to the Bambino Gesù children’s hospital in Rome.


Stefano Gabbana, one half of the duo behind Dolce & Gabbana, shared photos of Melania and thanked her for wearing the brand's exquisite floral coat.

The Trumps spoke to American service members at Naval Air Station Sigonella before departing Sicily for Washington.

Back in Washingtom on Saturday, May 27. 2017

Earlier in the year

The Oval Office


Melania in a Roksanda Ilinčić dress

Melania vs. Hillary -- same author, 9 days apart

Melania with Ted Cruz's daughters

Before marriage? 

Melania's modeling past