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Saudi King Abdullah Dies - Who Will Replace Him?
01-23-2015, 08:58 AM
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Question Saudi King Abdullah Dies - Who Will Replace Him?
January 23, 2015

The body of King Abdullah was carried into a mosque in Riyadh this afternoon as his funeral began, less than 24 hours after Saudi Arabia was plunged into mourning by his death.

The monarch was shrouded in a simple, white cloth as she was carried into the Imam Turki Bin Abdullah Grand Mosque in Riyadh on a stretcher.

The royal died last night aged 90 after a battle with pneumonia, but will be buried in an unmarked grave less than 24 hours after, in keeping with Muslim tradition.

Saudi Arabia is today mourning the death of King Abdullah, with thousands gathering in Riyadh and Mecca to pay their respects.

Abdullah's death was confirmed on state television yesterday with channels cutting to Koranic verses - only used following the death of a senior royal.

His funeral takes place this afternoon in Riyadh, where, in keeping with Muslim traditions, Abdullah's body, clothed in white and shrouded in a simple cloth, will be carried on an ambulance stretcher by relatives to rest in a mosque before being taken to a cemetery and buried in an unmarked grave.

Prayers will be led by King Salman and attended by Muslim heads of state and other senior figures, including President Abdel Fatteh al-Sisi of Egypt, one of Abdullah's closest allies.

Non-Muslim dignitaries will visit to pay respects to the new monarch and crown prince, and other members of the Al Saud dynasty, in the coming days.

Later, following the evening prayer an hour after sunset, the new King...


Washington is all atwitter over what appears to be a 2002 sea-change on the foreign policy front: evidence of a developing rift between the US and Saudi Arabia, its most loyal Arab ally.

Since World War II, Washington and the House of Saud have enjoyed a lucrative and seemingly permanent alliance, in which the former provided protection against enemies at home and abroad, while the latter provided a steady stream of oil profits for politically-favored American companies.

The US went to war against Iraq, in 1991, and stationed close to half a million US troops on the Arabian peninsula, supposedly to protect Riyadh from a threat posed by Saddam Hussein. Now, it appears, the events of September 11 have produced a split in this formerly rock-solid relationship, with talk of an impending Saudi demand for a US withdrawal. The Washington Post reports that

"Saudi Arabia's rulers are increasingly uncomfortable with the U.S. military presence in their country and may soon ask that it end …. Senior Saudi rulers believe the United States has 'overstayed its welcome.'"

The interest of congressional Democrats in the "Forbidden Truth" thesis is understandable, especially if they can make the charge of "secret negotiations" stick. If the Bush administration was not only "soft" on terrorism but even somehow protected their Saudi allies from scrutiny by law enforcement agencies, then who benefits?

The Bush family, long tied to the Saudis, is fair game once the "Forbidden Truth" conspiracy theory becomes the conventional wisdom: George Herbert Walker Bush, reviled by some for his pro-"Arabist" policies, is the particular target of this left-wing hate campaign.

Waiting for truth to make a difference.

Waiting for the world to change...for the better!

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01-24-2015, 02:29 PM
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Expect Dirty Business as Usual Following Saudi King's Death
A litany of praise followed for one of the world's most repressive rulers heading a ruthless regime. James Petras commented earlier. Calling the Kingdom infested with "all the vices and none of the virtues of an oil rich state like Venezuela." "The country is governed by a family dictatorship which tolerates no opposition and severely punishes human rights advocates and political dissidents."

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