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.”

Saudi Arabia:  the one constant in American politics

Mohammed bin Salman visits the U.S. (March-April 2018)

Looks like everyone from Trump, to arms manufacturers, public relations firms, to Harvard, Oprah, Gates, and Bezos, can't wait to rub shoulders with this murderous tyrant.

It is amazing and heartbreaking how many of our leaders in government and industry are willing to overlook atrocities for a piece of the powerful pie. 

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, right, with the Google co-founder Sergey Brin on April 6, 18 at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.

with former President Bill Clinton in New York.

Prince Mohammed ordering coffee with Michael R. Bloomberg, a former New York mayor, at a coffee shop in New York.

With Virgin Group founder Richard Branson

With Microsoft founder Bill Gates

And on this final leg of the trip, which was his first since taking over as the de facto leader of the kingdom, the crown prince really went all out - booking the entire 285 rooms of the Four Season in Beverly Hills

Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman rounded off his US tour with a visit from both former president Bushes in Houston (Pictured L-R: Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, George W Bush, Bin Salman, former Secretary of State James Baker, George HW Bush)

Simon Henderson, an expert on Saudi Arabia at the Washington Institute, said it was an 'incredibly successful' trip for the country's public relations

The group sat down and shared a meal together during the visit this weekend. It was the royal's last stop before heading to France

France:  10 April 2018

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