Saudi Kingdom Rocked by Protests
Saudi monarchy may be the world's most repressive regime.
by Stephen Lendman
On February 14, 1945, Franklin Roosevelt met with Saudi King Ibn Saud on the USS Quincy. A nearly seven decade relationship followed.
America was guaranteed access to what the State Department called "a stupendous source of strategic power, and one of the greatest material prizes in world history."
It explains much about Washington's obsession with controlling the region. It has around two-thirds of the world's proved oil reserves and major natural gas supplies.
Little wonder America supports what some observers call the world's most repressive regime. State terror is policy. Freedom is prohibited. Authority rests solely with the ruling Al Saud monarch and members of the royal family.
Currently King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz holds power. Nearly aged 88, he's in poor health. Salman bin Abdul Aziz is crown prince. He also has health problems. A stroke left him bedridden for weeks. They and other family members rule despotically.