Published in: North Africa, West AsiaPolitics “as if” in Riyadh
Saudi Arabia first denied the Khashoggi murder and then blamed it on rogue security agents. Neither version has enjoyed much credibility but the ability to make the population repeat incredible claims is itself a form of power for Arab autocrats.
Published in: HomeDonald Trump: America’s Berlusconi (or Thaksin, or Hariri, or…)
The tycoon-as-politician has become a type. Several countries have suffered their populist and self-serving politics, and Trump is set to become the most dangerous businessman-politician of all.