Is Mohammed Bin Salman Making 'Arabia Great Again'?

Published September 6th, 2018 - 10:44 GMT
The American weekly magazine, Newsweek, chose the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to be on the cover with a headline reads: "Make Arabia Great Again". (SocialMedia)
The American weekly magazine, Newsweek, chose the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to be on the cover with a headline reads: "Make Arabia Great Again". (SocialMedia)

The American weekly magazine, Newsweek chose the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to be on the magazine’s cover for this week, with a headline that reads: “Make Arabia Great Again”, depicting the young Crown Prince’s policy as seen by the world when compared to the actual policy he is following inside Saudi Arabia.

The Newsweek’s article titled: “Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed Bin Salman Charmed the West but Rules at Home With an Iron Fist” discussed the well-known fact that Mohammed bin Salman has been claiming reforms since the first moment he was appointed in June 2017.

The image outreach has been accompanied by domestic crack-downs, beginning with businessmen the moving on to activists, feminists and clerics.

The article was praised by many readers as one of the bravest analyses written about MBS and his role within Saudi Arabia.

Some readers went to describe the MBS policy as the use of an Iron Fist, begin a velvet reformist glove.

Some Saudis rejoiced over using the MBS image on the Newsweek cover, considering it a success and a declaration that he is “making Arabia great again”,

Seems they were totally ignorant of the story’s content, which some users cleared out for them.

Translation: “Please read the article before sharing it. It has so many criticism and the title is only sarcasm.”

Translation: “The title is sarcastic and discusses Trump’s relations with Saudi Arabia. And don’t forget that the media now is making fun of Trump and his slogan: “Make America great again”.

This comes at a time when Saudi Arabia is facing a backlash from the international community and human rights groups over latest arrests of feminists and activists, in addition to leading the coalition against Yemen nd the Gulf crisis that was erupted by the Crown Prince.


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