I’ve been to Riyadh three times. They are leaders in the Muslim world. Many students study there before returning to their home nations.
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has started reforming the Kingdom.
Token changes: women driving, introducing music and cinema, and cracking down on corruption.
In a land of extremists, I hope he can stay alive long enough to move the nation to moderate Islam.
He’s certainly cooperated with (played?) the Toddler President.
Norah O’Donnell: Are women equal to men?
Mohammed bin Salman: Absolutely. We are all human beings and there is no difference.
Norah O’Donnell: You have said you are, “Taking Saudi Arabia back to what we were, a moderate Islam.” What does that mean? …
He has curbed the powers of the country’s so-called “religious police,” who until recently were able to arrest women for not covering up. …
He has critics. One guy wants him to change more, faster.
Others say he’s been too brutal. A strongman dictator.