SAUDI ARABIA |
Yesterday, Saudi Arabia announced
the arrest of dozens of prominent figures, including state ministers, wealthy businessmen, and royal princes. The government cited corruption, but the arrests appear to be the latest move to consolidate power by 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, top advisor and expected successor to King Salman, 81.
A Predata index that monitors online interest in the Saudi Deep State, including the 17 most notable figures detained in yesterday's arrests, spiked in the past weeks. This signal activity didn't necessarily presage the purge (or an attempted royal coup, as some observers have suggested was in the works), but the spike was anomalous and inexplicable.
Especially noteworthy was a rise in attention to the now-detained Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a nephew of King Salman and one of the world's richest persons. The uptick in digital attention may have reflected the tycoon's growing influence or perhaps ambition, which could have landed him on the purge list.
The risk of a terrorist incident in Jerusalem and elsewhere in Israel rose sharply at the end of October. Multiple signals
trained to anticipate attacks against civilians, police, and military personnel have continued to climb into November, indicating the likelihood of such an attack is highly elevated through the end of this month. The 30-day terrorist incident prediction
for Israel, which spiked before 85% of terrorist incidents in the last year, is currently near a record high.
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