The drone strikes on plants in the heartland of Saudi Arabia's oil industry, including the world's biggest petroleum processing facility, were expected to send oil prices up on Monday as tensions rise.
After facing multiple setbacks, MBS appears to be appealing to any group willing to be entertained to bolster his image.
Sheikh Omar al Muqbil was arrested by Saudi authorities after criticising concerts recently held in the country.
From the war in Yemen and support for renegade Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar to the blockade of Qatar, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi are intimately involved in contributing to instability in the Middle East.
While Muslims are supposed to undertake the Hajj at least once in their lifetimes, Saudi Arabia’s role in regional conflicts increases — so does the costs of annual pilgrimage it hosts.
Trinadian rapper is due to perform in the eastern city of Jeddah prompting accusations of hypocrisy against Riyadh.
Civil rights groups want to ensure the country is held to account for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi and its jailing of religious scholars and human rights activists.
Mohamed Morsi embodied the Egyptian establishment's worst fears: a democratic path for the country. He could not be openly executed and was instead ushered to a slow death.
Most world powers have aided or stood by silently as revolutions have been crushed across the Middle East and North Africa but the people's desire to rid themselves of tyranny is still alive.
Under the garb of curbing extremism, the young crown prince of Saudi Arabia is targeting voices of dissent.
The Saudis and Emiratis have the ear of the US president and are likely pushing for a confrontation with Iran - but they might end up disappointed as the 'America First' president does not have an appetite for war.
If the so-called 'Deal of the Century' goes through bearing any resemblance to the details that have been leaked - it won't be the first time the region's borders have been drawn with complete disregard for the region's inhabitants.
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