New Crown Prince Mohammed seen taking a harder line on Iran

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

 

In elevating his son Prince Mohammed to next in line to the throne, Saudi King Salman approved a strategic realignment with the U.S. under Donald Trump and handed sweeping new powers to the 31-year-old who has been highly critical of regional rival Iran.

The decision by King Salman to promote his son to crown prince and consolidate his power was endorsed by 31 of 34 members of the Allegiance Council, made up of senior members of the ruling Al Saud family, Reuters reported on June 21. Continue reading

US State Department Seeks Hollywood’s Assistance in Spinning ISIL

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The US news and opinion website Daily Beast quoted government sources as saying that the State Department has decided to turn to the premium cable channel Home Box Office (HBO), Snapchat, and Zero Dark Thirty screenwriter Mark Boal, in a bid to “turn things” around in Washington’s propaganda and media war with the Islamic State.

It referred to June’s visit by State Department officials and counterterrorism advisors to Sunnylands, which is nicknamed the “Camp David of the West,” where they met Boal and executives from HBO, Snapchat, and Middle Eastern broadcaster MBC. Continue reading