Economic and Political Intrigues
In this episode of The Debate, Press TV has conducted an interview with Jahi Issa, a former professor of History at Delaware State University from New York, and Ayo Johnson, an African affairs expert from London, to discuss the political crisis in Zimbabwe after the detention of President Robert Mugabe by the country's military.
Bahraini and Western officials say Israel is on the path to normalize diplomatic ties with Bahrain as the two sides draw closer, with an announcement even possible in the relatively near future.
The unnamed officials told the Middle East Eye news portal on Saturday that an official announcement of the establishment of relations could happen as soon as next year.
The officials said Bahrain and Israel are already working to set up exchange visits of businessmen and religious figures, and even of ministers.
The crisis in the Middle East is developing further.
In Saudi Arabia, the purge continued. According to Middle East Eye, senior Saudi figures were tortured and beaten in the purge under the banner of an anti-corruption movement, conducted by current Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
He has overseen arrests of hundreds of people, including senior royals, ministers and tycoons, with some of them reportedly being tortured so badly during their arrest or subsequent interrogations that they required hospital treatment. Even Prince Bandar bin Sultan — Saudi Arabia’s most famous arms dealer, longtime former ambassador to the US, and recent head of Saudi intelligence — was reported to be among those detained as part of the purge.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is working to “westernise” the Kingdom and change people’s mindsets when it comes to Israel, Twitter user Mujtahidd has reported.