Whenever the Saudi ‘royals’ mess up the economy, they reflexively target poor expatriate workers. There is not even a hint that the Bani Saud would curtail their extravagant lifestyle or accept responsibility for messing things up.
The artificial and un-Islamic kingdom of Saudi Arabia has seldom known stability if we discount the reign of terror that is imposed through the sword. With the death of the aged King Abdullah and the line of successors also in very old age, the kingdom faces the prospect of oblivion. Its days appear numbered.
While no individual is indispensable, the Saudi regime is facing serious internal and external challenges that point toward its demise sooner rather than later.
The death of King Abdullah (he was 90) on January 23 has exposed the deep fissures in the artificial ‘Saudi’ kingdom. People are demanding their basic rights and will settle for nothing less.
The death of King Abdullah has finally opened up space for the next generation of Saudi royals to step into the limelight. The new King Salman announced that Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, currently serving as Interior Minister, has been appointed Deputy Crown Prince. This ensures his position as future king from among the grandsons of Abd al Aziz ibn Saud. Mohammed's choice as future king reveals the regime's nervousness about internal threats.
Abdullah is becoming a bad name. The latest to join the list is the arrogant former foreign minister of Afghanistan who thinks he should be president.
An open letter from AlAnood Al-Fayez, ex-wife of Saudi King Abdullah to US President Barack Obama who failed to raise the issue of Abdullah's four daughters held hostage by the king. The Washington Post and New York Times declined to publish this important article so as not to offend the Saudi Monarchy.
Something is not well in the desert kingdom. King Abdullah made a sudden announcement about appointing his half-brother Prince Muqrin as deputy crown prince. No wonder he is grinning from ear to ear. The announcement from the royal court said in case the position of king and crown prince became "vacant." Very interesting indeed.
Barack Obama to King Abdullah: We are still your masters--er, friends. Do not worry, just keep smiling. Can puppets demand any respect?
A native of Arabia tells the ailing and aged king Abdullah to quite because his system has only compounded the problems of the people.
Neither the Saudi ruler nor King Abdullah are fit to rule the Arabian Peninsula.
The aging and ailing King Abdullah has been asked to quit because he has no capacity to govern. Poor health, lack of education and of course old age make him unfit to rule. Besides, hereditary kingship has no place in Islam.
The royal court has not issued any statement about the king’s condition. What should it say: that the monarch is in a vegetative state?
A citizen of Saudi Arabia advises the king to leave while there is still time. He can leave now in honour or face the inevitable humiliation that will be his lot and that of his family.
With King Abdullah virtually incapacitated—and according to some reports in a coma—the battle for succession has heated up. The appointment of Mohammad bin Nayef gives clue that he might become the king of Saudi Arabia in the near future.
The king is on life support while the kingdom is on autopilot for now.
Opposition to the House of Saud is growing among all segments of the population. How long can it last in power?
The Saudi regime has adopted a three-pronged strategy to deal with the storm that has erupted since the Islamic Awakening swept the Muslim East more than a year ago. Soon after two dictators — General Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia and General Hosni Mubarak of Egypt — were driven from power in quick succession, Saudi King Abdullah announced billions of dollars in handouts to buy people’s loyalty.
Saudi king Abdullah may appear dour at the ripe old age of 87 and with one leg already in the grave, but he is not without sense of humor. On August 8, he broadcast a message on Saudi television calling on President Bashar al-Asad of Syria to implement “comprehensive and quick reforms” in his country.