A fotografia de André Liohn


Crashing Down, música de “Os Capacetes Brancos”

O lema dos Capacetes Brancos, uma ONG fundada em 2013 que age em zonas tomadas pelos confrontos na Síria, é: “salvar uma vida é salvar toda a humanidade”, como diz Abu Omar já ao final do documentário The White Helmets (2016). A imagem de um socorrista correndo é pausada. Alguns números surgem na tela: 130 voluntários mortos; 58 mil vidas salvas. Crashing Down começa em fade in. Como na letra, seriam os Capacetes Brancos as “estrelas brilhando intensamente/ Um brilho na esfera escura”?

A música é do Gorillaz, uma banda virtual de trip rock, fundada na Londres dos anos 90. A versão do doc é um mix do idioma inglês com o árabe, e tem uma melodia que lembra os clássicos árabes. A seguir a tradução para o português:

Crashing Down

E se o mundo inteiro
Está desabando pelo espaço
Afundando na água
Até o lugar prometido

Nos holofotes
A sombra atravessa a baía
Pistolas de propriedade
Você sabe que nunca estamos aqui

E se o mundo inteiro
Estava caindo em chamas
Caindo pelos oceanos
Para baixo para a terra prometida

Estrelas brilhando intensamente
Um brilho na esfera escura
Se os homens verdes perguntarem
Nós nunca estivemos aqui

Por que o mundo inteiro?
Caindo no Espaço
Caindo pelo espaço
Caindo pelo espaço


Robert Fisk on…

Robert Fisk on… History As It Happened é uma série de livros, escritos pelo jornalista Robert Fisk, sobre diversos temas relacionados ao Oriente Médio e Ásia.

A maioria deles estão disponíveis tanto para versão digital quanto para o livro físico.

  • Afghanistan: Osama bin Laden 9/11 to death in Pakistan
  • Algeria: Why Algeria’s Tragedy Matters
  • Egypt: A Revolution Betrayed
  • Israel: The Obama Years

Davos 2017

Davos 2017 – Saudi Arabia Vision 2030

  • Khalid Al-Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources of Saudi Arabia
  • Laurence D. Fink, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BlackRock, USA
  • Mohammed Al-Jadaan, Minister of Finance of Saudi Arabia
  • Andrew N. Liveris, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Dow Chemical Company, USA
  • Majid Al-Qassabi, Minister of Commerce and Investment of Saudi Arabia


Moderated by:

  • Philipp Rösler, Head, Regional and Government Engagement, Member of the Managing Board, World Economic Forum


  • Khalid Al-Falih

Substation GDP

Stable currency to the dollar

Strong fiscal position

One of the best places to do business

70% of the population bellow the age of 25

Vision itself is very transforming

Built more wealthy

Saudis has recognized that the growth is due to oil

Mining is a solution

Privatization will be the key


Vision 2030 is a proactive plan

Help the gov to shape and face to change the economic model from a gov model to a market level model

It’s important to look at local contents: produce locally!


Private sector

Distinctive competence:


Vision 2030 is an astonishing piece of work

Fighting against bureaucracy

Creation of a small media enterprise

“I think SA is the greatest story never told” (17:33)



  • Mohammed Al-Jadaan

Subsidiary needs to be redistributed



Livro: “Kings and Presidents”, Bruce Riedel

Foco do livro: relações entre os presidentes norte-americanos e os reis sauditas a partir de 1943. “It is not a diplomatic history of the relationship or a comprehensive study of all their interactions. Rather, it focuses on a select number of case studies of interaction between American presidents and Saudi kings to illustrate the nature of the uneasy alliance.” (p.xiv)

Perguntas que o livro busca responder: “Is Saudi Arabia a force for order in the world or a force for chaos? Is the Kingdon an ally in promoting stability and order in the worls? Does it promote peace between nations and the goals of the United Nations for a peaceful world order? Or is it a force for chaos, whose Wahhabi ideology is a root base of the global jihad?” (p.xiv)


Chapter 1 – FDR and Ibn Saud, 1744 to 1953


RIEDEL, Bruce. Kings and Presidents: Saudi Arabia and the United States Since FDR. Washington DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2017.

Livro: “Inside the Kingdom”, Robert Lacey


Lacey went to Saudi in 1979, after publishing Majesty, the biography of Elizabeth II.

He had a meeting with the King Khaled (reigned 1975-1982) and it was during the meeting that he had found his paradox: “Blessed by geology with infinite riches, Saudi Arabia was ruled by a man who had started his life as a barefoot urchin in the sand. And while King Khaled was an absolute ruler of theoretically infinite power and wealth, he had lined up with his guests that morning after the last poem had been declaimed and, with no special precedence, had prostrated himself with all them in prayer.” (p.XXII)

So, he published, in 1981, The Kingdom: Arabia and the House of Sa’ud. The book was banned by Saudi government in 1982. “The censorship office of the Ministry of Information listed 97 objections to the text.” (p.XXIV)

In 2006, Lacey returns to Saudi Arabia. He returns “in the changed climate that followed the events of 9/11”, and stays there for 3 years, “as I have sought to experience the texture of life as much as a foreigner can, without losing the perspective that makes me a foreigner.” (p.XXIV)

PART 1 – KINGDOM OF GOD (1979-1990)


“But religion is politocs and vice versa in a society that chooses to regulate itself by the Koran.” (p.12)


“The one-eyed center forward made his fortune through hard work and by avoiding short cuts. Mohammed bin Laden paid his fellow Yemenis fairly and he did not overcharge his clients. His fortune derived less from his customers’ pockets than from his own shrewd investment in bargain price land around his developments – and when it came to royal projects, he asked for no payment until the place was finally completed to the prince’s total satisfaction.” (p.58-59)

“With the boom of the 1970s, the original Bin Laden construction company had diversified, like many a Saudi family business, moving into equipment supply, water storage and desalination, motor vehicle distribution (Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen), import-export trading, telecommunications, and also franchise ventures in food and catering: the Holy Mosque contractors were also the Saudi distributors of Snapple.” (p.60)