Saudi Arabia, Salman, United States discussed on Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill

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He was wearing their advisers, and then he was banned from writing. Exactly a year ago he was asked not the tweet not to write articles because his loss article was titled I'm Saudi, but I am different and he was asking demanding from his fellow Saudi citizens to basically to agree and was demanding from the authorities, not the criminalize everybody and target them and call them extremists, especially minority groups, Shia intellectuals and others. So he was very, very, very within the system was member of the system. Then he realized that this crown prince was reckless was violent and was egomaniac. So when they banned him from writing, he came to the US because he really wanted to continue to ride there's one detail and little bit before the Persian Saudi Arabia where I rounded up. The elite. One of his colleagues who took his place in water newspaper, asked him when the crisis was cut, our hit the asked him to write something about cutter to bash Qatar and embrace, and some abrasion Hamad bin Salman, which they do very frequently where they asked people pay the government to praise Hamad bin Salman publicly. He I think, realize that it was a trap. So he came to Washington, and he started writing for the Washington Post. And he starts writing that Muhammad bin Salman was like Putin saying that it's never been so bad. It's been always oppressive, but never like this. Then he starts writing about elite Bentoel who was his friend was one of the prince who was arrested and tortured, probably in the risconsin when he'd been till I'll send him a letter where he said, come back, come back and we will build together the Saudi new state within twenty four hours. Our estimate. So Jamaa understood the limits of the reforms and understood that this new tyrant in Saudi Arabia wanted to go after every critic and he understood that they will want to stop him from writing at any cost. How do you see Mohammed bin Salman right now, Sam in the context of American so-called interests in the broader Middle East. I mean, he's our brazen form of Saudi thuggishness. That's been with us for a long time in that respect, he's sort of similar to Trump innocence. I mean, this goes way back least as far as FDR and has gone through every administration since then. So I very much want to see a rupture between the US and Saudi Arabia. I am questioning whether that's actually going to happen here. Or whether it'll just going to be a facelift of some sort. But I think that we need to be clear eyed as to the role played by u. s. officials during the Obama administration. You see all these Obama administration officials now posing as if they're critics of Saudi Arabia, critics of the war that they helped build and facilitate and arm Saudi Arabia. What is illegal in quite arguably genocidal war. And you see a same pattern, you know, vis-a-vis Israel where they pose as you know, doesn't like Netanyahu awhile, you know feeding him. So I think we can walk into gum here at the same time..

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