Saudi Arabia declares Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group
"Saudi Arabia formally designated the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization Friday, putting it on the same footing under Saudi law as al Qaida and shaking what until recent months had been considered one of the Muslim world’s most established mainstream organizations."
Trying to get on the good side of their customers?
Seeking Israel's protection?
"Members of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood have been a mainstay of the movement to topple the government of President Bashar Assad, and the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey is closely allied with the Brotherhood.
The designation is also likely to have ramifications for Hamas, the Brotherhood-affiliated group that rules the Gaza Strip and which both the United States and Israel have designated a terrorist organization."
And The One Is Not Pleased:
"The U.S. State Department said it did not share Saudi Arabia’s view that the Brotherhood was a terrorist organization. But with the United States increasingly dependent on Saudi Arabia to pursue its stated goal of toppling Assad in Syria, U.S. policy _ and its selection of partners _ in that country seemed likely to be affected by the Saudi action."
RTWT It's almost like an earthquake has hit the Middle East. But there's more...
Or are they afraid of a coup? Saudis: Muslim Brotherhood a terror group
"Authorities worry that hundreds of young, radicalized Islamist fighters will return home and try to topple the royal regimes."
"The Brotherhood condemned the Saudi action.
"It is one of the founding principles of the group not to interfere in matters of other states, and this new position from the kingdom is a complete departure from the past relationship with the group, since the reign of the founding king until now," the group said in a statement."
The world's still in spin, the Middle East is falling apart
"Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani has called for the expansion of relations with on Oman in a move apparently meant to undermine Saudi Arabia’s efforts to dominate the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council and exercise greater influence in the Arab world.
In a phone call made by the Qatari ruler to Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said on Thursday, the two influential Arab rulers reviewed means of boosting and developing ties in addition to the latest regional developments.
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates recalled their envoys from Doha this week in what many said was a response to Qatar's support for the Muslim Brotherhood of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, who was overthrown by the military in July.
Egypt has welcomed the decision of the three Persian Gulf states to withdraw their envoys to Qatar and said its own ambassador "will not return" to the emirate."
...and I'm getting dizzy.
In the meantime, the Ottoman Empire strikes back: Erdogan show of strength fails to eradicate his weak spots
"When an Ankara court ruled this week against Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s construction of a new TL650m ($295m) prime ministerial complex, the Turkish leader insisted the building would go on.
The court said the site was on protected land in the forests outside the capital city. In reply, the prime minister suggested the court’s decision was probably the work of a “parallel state” within Turkish institutions.[Emphasis mine] “No one can stop the construction of this building and no one can demolish it,” he proclaimed".
He's getting desperate: Turkey warns YouTube and Facebook could be banned
Have I ever told you I think technological advances are a primary catalyst of change, frequently in directions that were unanticipated
. The invention of the printing press, is a major example. The internet is another. It's also true that history is just one damn thing after another.
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