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Saudi Arabia’s crown prince urgently needs an adult in the room

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Jeff Bezos in Riyadh, 2016.There’s a famous scene from The Dark Knight in which the Joker gives a rare insight into why he does his disruptive, anarchic things. “I’m like a dog chasing cars,” he says, “I wouldn’t know what to do if I caught one, you know, I just do … things.” There is a certain Middle Eastern prince whose actions can be most accurately explained by this philosophy….MORE: theguardian.

New York Times‎: Saudi Arabia Says Yemen Rebels Fire Missile Toward Mecca

Image result for New York Times‎: Saudi Arabia Says Yemen Rebels Fire Missile Toward MeccaRebel media in Yemen said the missile targeted an international airport in Jiddah, though Saudi Arabia said it was “intercepted and destroyed” 65 kilometers (40 miles) from Mecca, which is home to the cube-shaped Kaaba that the world’s Muslims pray toward five times a day. The missile launch shows the capability of Yemen’s Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, and their allies to continue to strike Saudi Arabia. It also drew the immediate anger of Saudi citizens, as the protection of Mecca is a key pillar of the Saudi royal family’s prestige and the country’s national identity. .nytimes