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The bizarre spat with Canada shows Mohammed bin Salman’s true colours | Nesrine Malik

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The Saudi crown prince has been feted as a moderniser. But his petulant foreign policy should set alarm bells ringing When western media and the punditocracy fawn over an Arab political figure who is superficially liberal but fundamentally still quite a nasty piece of work, it’s never long before they are spectacularly disappointed. I call this Desert Rose syndrome, after a 2012 Vogue profile that chose to flatteringly portray Asma al-Assad as first lady of a “wildly democratic” household, in a country that was the “safest in the Middle East”, just as
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