Friday, January 23, 2015

A Kingdom in the Middle of Petro-Politics

Interesting piece by Josh Marshall on the Saudi ruling family.

Every Saudi head of state who has governed this pivotal, brittle and profoundly influential petro-state during the years of its ascendency since 1953 has been the son of a man born only a decade after the US Civil War....This fact is more than a novelty. As Saudi Arabia became a bigger and bigger force in world affairs this succession principle cast a mortal pall over the regime.

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