Despite often seismic political upheavals over the years, most Middle Eastern royal families have been able to weather the storms.
Critics say Trump’s defense of Saudi Arabia in the Khashoggi affair betrays American values. But many presidents have cozied up to dictators, ignoring human rights abuses to serve US interests.
When is an anti-corruption purge not an anti-corruption purge?
The latest arrests of princes, ministers and military officials in Saudi Arabia might be in the name of anti-corruption but it also serves to bolster the Saudi royal family’s power.