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 Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd dies at 84
Abdullah was appointed the country’s new monarch upon news of Fahd's death.
Fahd died at King Faisal Specialist Hospital in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, where he was admitted on May 27 for unspecified medical tests, an official at the hospital told The AP on condition of anonymity because news of the monarch’s death had not been officially announced at the time.
Abdullah oversaw a crackdown on Islamic militants after followers of Saudi-born Osama bin Laden launched a wave of attacks, beginning with the May 2003 bombings of Western residential compounds in Riyadh.
www.infowars.com /articles/world/saudi_arabia_king_fahd_dies_84.htm   (1406 words)

 Abdullah (king, Saudi Arabia) - MSN Encarta
As crown prince Abdullah took on many of the functions of governing the country after a stroke severely weakened King Fahd, his half brother, in 1995.
Abdullah’s first official roles were as adviser to his father’s successors, Saud, who ruled from 1953 to 1964, and Faisal, who ruled from 1964 to 1975.
Abdullah made several visits to regional capitals and to the United States as a high-level representative of his country.
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 Abdullah of Saudi Arabia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Abdullah received his early education in the Royal Court at the Princes' School from religious authorities and intellectuals.
King Abdullah vowed to crack down on the Insurgency in Saudi Arabia and to fight terrorist ideologies within the country.
Abdullah paid for the surgery of a pair of Polish conjoined twins which took place at the King Abd al-Aziz Medical City in Riyadh on 3rd January 2005.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Abdullah_of_Saudi_Arabia   (1049 words)

 It Shines For All: Saudi Arabia Archives   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-02)
Saudi Arabia has lifted a ban on photography in public areas, part of a drive by the conservative kingdom's tourism organization to attract more visitors to the birthplace of Islam.
Saudi Arabia is still a nation built on radical Islam, and although its ruling class has been until now pro-Western, that appears to be changing.
Memri reports that "Khaled Al-Dakhil, Saudi academic and columnist for the UAE daily Al-Itihad, wrote in his column that extremist discourse in Saudi Arabia enjoys significant freedom under the protection of the government, even though it often conflicts with state policy and interests.
www.shinesforall.com /archives/saudi_arabia/index.html   (3839 words)

 The Saudi Peace Initiative -2002 Abdullah announces the Saudi Peace Initiative at the Beirut Conference
The formulation of Abdullah was not strong enough for the Arab summit in Beirut, since the resolution could be interpreted to mean that refugees would be settled in the Arab state of Palestine.
The proposal was subsequently modified to strengthen the proposals regarding refugees, and adopted by the Arab summit in Beirut, to be known as the Arab peace initiative.
Depending on one's point of view, this is either an indication that the Saudis are persistent in their pursuit of peace, or an indication that they are continually raising such proposals as a tactic to win the favor of the United States and embarrass Israel, without being sincere about peace.
www.mideastweb.org /saudipeace_abdullah.htm   (1693 words)

 Saudi Arabia (Harpers.org)
Saudi Arabia banned the importation of stuffed animals, female dolls, crucifixes, and statues of the Buddha.
Karen Hughes visited Saudi Arabia and expressed hope that women in that country would someday be able to "fully participate in society." A woman in the audience countered, "We're all pretty happy." Another audience member charged that the United States had become "a right wing country" that did not allow freedom of the press.
In Saudi Arabia 345 people were trampled to death while attempting to finish the “stoning-of-the-devil” ritual of the Hajj.
www.harpers.org /SaudiArabia.html   (1680 words)

 Middle East Institute: Policy Brief
Saudi Arabia has undergone an immense transformation in the span of the last half-century.
The Saudi Arabia of Abdullah’s youth was an impoverished state with little in the way of basic infrastructure.
Although Saudi Arabia’s oil wealth has enabled it to develop many of the physical trappings of a modern society, it will take much longer to develop a democratic political system that reconciles its cultural and religious values with the demands of modernity.
www.mideasti.org /articles/doc410.html   (847 words)

Saudi Arabia claims to be in possession of 260.1 billion barrels of oil reserves as of 2003, about 24% of the world's proven total petroleum reserves.
Saudi Arabia was a key player in the successful efforts of OPEC and other oil producing countries to raise the price of oil in 1999 to its highest level since the Gulf War by reducing production.
Saudi Arabia's population as of 2005 is estimated to be about 26.4 million, including about 5.6 million resident foreigners.
www.speedace.info /saudi_arabia.htm   (2967 words)

 Adel Al-Jubeir on CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports
Topics covered were the horrific murder in Iraq of U.S. civilian Nicholas Berg and its condemnation by Saudi Arabia; and what exactly Crown Prince Abdullah meant when he used the word "Zionist" in connection with the recent terrorist acts in the Kingdom.
And so you should understand these comments in that context, that those who are most critical of Saudi Arabia in a very hostile way in the United States, as well as in Israel, share the same objective as Osama bin Laden and those who committed these acts.
What he was trying to say is that the objectives of those people who have been most harsh toward Saudi Arabia are the same as the objectives of Osama bin Laden.
www.saudiembassy.net /2004News/Statements/TransDetail.asp?cIndex=415   (916 words)

 BBC NEWS | World | Middle East | Profile: Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah
Prince Abdullah was born in Riyadh in 1923, the son of King Abd-al-Aziz Al Saud and Fahada bint Asi al-Shuraym of the Rashid clan.
As a senior member of the innermost circle of Saudi princes, Abdullah is one of the most influential men in the kingdom - respected for his honesty and untainted by corruption.
Few Saudi leaders are better placed, in terms of public respect, to succeed in the difficult task ahead than the Saudi heir to throne.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/world/middle_east/3770033.stm   (647 words)

Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz was proclaimed the sixth King of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on August 1, 2005, upon the death of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz.
Prince Abdullah was born in Riyadh in 1924, and received his early education at the royal court.
As head of Saudi delegations, Crown Prince Abdullah addressed many conferences, such as the Summit meeting of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in Malaysia in October, 2003; the Arab-U.S. Summit in Sharm Al-Shaikh in June, 2003; and the Summit of the League of Arab States in Beirut in March 2002.
www.saudiembassy.net /Country/Government/AbdullahBio.asp   (950 words)

 Home - ICSSA   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-02)
Fourthly, though the bilateral trade between Saudi Arabia and the US has increased from a measly sum of $160 million in 1970 to $26 billion in 2004, the Saudi people during this period have become increasingly poor.
The Saudi’s could also barter some of their oil in exchange for technology and heavy industry thereby reducing dependency on foreign workers and creating new jobs.
It is very unlikely that Abdullah and the House of Saud would opt for such radical ideas, as their very existence depends upon Anglo-American support.
icssa.org /abdullah.html   (1637 words)

 CNN.com - Abdullah: Al Qaeda is 'madness and evil' - Oct 13, 2005
Although 15 of the 19 terrorists in the September 11, 2001 attacks were Saudis, the Bush administration has remained staunchly behind the kingdom, calling the Saudi government a key ally in the war against terror.
Abdullah said the Saudi government was "shocked" by the hijackers' attacks.
While Abdullah said Saudi Arabia considers America an ally, he acknowledged that many Saudi citizens disagree with the U.S. administration's stance on Palestinian issues and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.
edition.cnn.com /2005/WORLD/meast/10/13/abdullah.abcinterview   (771 words)

 Ain-Al-Yaqeen - February 17, 2006 - Article 1
The council reiterated Saudi Arabia' denunciation of Israeli forces' insistence on continued assassinations and arrests among the Palestinian people, home storming, setting up of check points, closure of roads and crossing points and all abusive measures which violate the most basic human rights and prevent world will from achieving security and peace in the region.
Saudi Arabia expects all countries, governments and non-government organizations to clearly side with the respect of nations' sacred beliefs and places and to support coexistence of civilizations and understanding of civilizations' unique characteristics, and it appreciates all governments and bodies that have stated such stands.
The Cabinet ratified two arrangements signed on March 24, 2005 between the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of the Republic of the Sudan, one deals with cooperation in the field of combating Illicit Traffic on Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances and on smuggling of drugs and psychotropic substances.
www.ain-al-yaqeen.com /issues/20060217/feat1en.htm   (2236 words)

 BBC NEWS | World | Middle East | Long-term worries over Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia is a major target for al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, a Saudi himself, who hopes to overthrow the royal family.
Saudi Arabia is vital to US interests in the Middle East, not just because it is the source of so much oil.
The Saudis have been more open and honest in their acknowledgement of the al-Qaeda challenge but have in turn been more open in questioning aspects of US policy in the regions, especially US support for Israel.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/world/middle_east/4734627.stm   (887 words)

 List of kings of Saudi Arabia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Within Saudi Arabia the king is known by the title of The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques (خادم الحرمين الشريفين), which refers to Saudi Arabia's jurisdiction over the mosques of Masjid al Haram in Mecca and Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina.
Sons of Ibn Saud are considered to have primary claim on the Kingship of Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia is ruled by Islamic law and purports to be an Islamic state; but many Muslims see a monarchy as being a non-Islamic system of government.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/King_of_Saudi_Arabia   (416 words)

 Human rights in Saudi Arabia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (via CobWeb/3.1 planet03.csc.ncsu.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-02)
Saudi Arabia has also come under fire for its oppression of religious and political minorities, torture of prisoners, and attitude toward foreign expatriates, homosexuality, and women.
Saudi Arabia is one of a number of countries where courts continue to impose corporal punishment, including amputations of hands and feet for robbery, and lashings for lesser crimes such as "sexual deviance" and drunkenness.
In 2005, Saudi Arabia was designated by the United States Department of State as a Tier 3 country with respect to trafficking in human beings.
en.wikipedia.org.cob-web.org:8888 /wiki/Human_rights_in_Saudi_Arabia   (1684 words)

 Human Rights Watch: Middle East and Northern Africa : Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia should immediately end its discrimination against its 100,000 Chadian residents, most of whom were born in the kingdom but are increasingly denied the rights to basic education and emergency healthcare, Human Rights Watch said today.
Saudi Arabia’s decision to target Chadian children for expulsion from school is arbitrary and discriminatory.
Saudi Arabia must publicly commit to ending the execution of juvenile offenders, as the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child recommended on Friday, Human Rights Watch said today.
www.hrw.org /doc?t=mideast&c=saudia   (1340 words)

 Saudi Arabia: reality check, by Alain Gresh
Saudi Gazette asked: “Will you talk about Saudi Arabia objectively?” She wore a headscarf and the lower part of her face was concealed, but there was nothing timid about her attitude or the way she forced me on the defensive.
Saudi Arabia, which has just joined the World Trade Organisation, is surfing on a wave of rising oil prices.
Professor Abdullah al-Hamed, one of the group’s spokesmen, acknowledges that the aim was to assert their existence as an independent movement.
mondediplo.com /2006/02/02saudi   (3464 words)

 Arabs for Christ » Abdullah From Saudi Arabia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-02)
One night Abdullah dreamed he was in hell, burning in a blazing fire.
When Abdullah refused to deny Jesus, he was taken to the Sheria Court, where the most dangerous criminals are tried.
Like most Saudis, Abdullah was from a wealthy family and had everything he needed.
christianmissiontrips.org /index.php?itemid=154   (503 words)

 SignOnSanDiego.com > News > World -- Cheney pays respects to Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah
Saudi state television showed the two men embracing Abdullah and his deputy, Crown Prince Sultan, at the king's farm on the northeastern outskirts of Riyadh.
But the decision to station non-Muslim soldiers in Saudi Arabia, home to Islam's holiest shrines at Mecca and Medina, angered many Saudis and was a principle grievance of Saudi-born militant Osama bin Laden.
Fahd died on Monday and was immediately succeeded by Abdullah, who received pledges of support from tens of thousands of Saudis across the Gulf state that is both the world's biggest oil exporter and the cradle of Islam.
www.signonsandiego.com /news/world/20050805-1029-saudi-usa.html   (463 words)

 Crown Prince Abdullah. - By Chris Suellentrop - Slate Magazine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-02)
Abdullah believes that a deal will increase his popularity among a grumbling Saudi population faced with 15 percent unemployment, plunging per capita GDP, and declining oil revenues.
But since becoming Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler in 1995 when King Fahd suffered a debilitating stroke, Abdullah, who is 78, has indulged his flair for the dramatic.
Abdullah at least appears to actually want to resolve the conflict, even if his motivation is partly self-interested.
slate.msn.com /?id=2065239   (1626 words)

 albawaba.com middle east news information::Saudi Arabia: ‘King Abdullah Economic City’ launched
In what is considered the single largest private sector investment in Saudi Arabia, the ‘King Abdullah Economic City’ will be built at a pristine location off the Red Sea in the north of Jeddah with an investment of SR100 billion ($26.6 billion).
SAGIA (Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority), the apex body responsible for inward investments into the Kingdom, is the prime facilitator for the development.
The fact that we were able to move ahead with this project on a fast track basis shows that Saudi Arabia is moving ahead with confidence to transform the economy and build more sustainable prosperity for its citizens,” commented His Excellency Mr.
www.menareport.com /en/business/192854   (1379 words)

 King Abdullah Assumes Saudi Throne   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-02)
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- King Abdullah quickly assumed the Saudi throne Monday after the death of his long-ailing half brother, giving a smooth transition to the leadership of this key U.S. ally and oil giant already grappling with extremists and debating the need for reform.
As the family installed Abdullah, Saudis prepared to bury their longest-ruling monarch Tuesday with a mix of the austerity dictated by their puritanical Wahhabi version of Islam and the grandiosity befitting a kingdom whose oil riches fueled investment across the Muslim world.
Abdullah, who has no full brothers among the dozens of children thought to have been fathered by the kingdom's founder, will have to rely on half brothers for support if he is challenged by Fahd's "Sudairi Seven" clan.
newsmax.com /archives/articles/2005/8/1/213541.shtml   (1184 words)

 Middle East Institute: Saudi Arabia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-02)
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia occupies most of the Arabian Peninsula and is home to the world’s largest oil reserves, as well as gas and other minerals.
The land present-day Saudi Arabia occupies once served as a major crossroads to the ancient civilizations of Babylonia, the Nile Valley kingdoms of Ancient Egypt and Kush, and the early states of Yemen.
The religion of Islam developed in the 7th century in what is now Saudi Arabia, and the majority of the population — Arab descendents from ancient tribes in the area — adhere to the Islamic legal school of Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab (Wahhabism).
www.mideasti.org /countries/countries.php?name=saudi+arabia   (414 words)

 President Bush Meets with Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia
The Crown Prince and I had a very cordial meeting that confirmed the strong relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States of America.
President, Saudi officials have taken strong issue with your characterization of Prime Minister Sharon as a man of peace, and say that your tolerance of what he's doing risks damage to U.S.-Arab relations.
And secondarily, in Saudi Arabia, do you believe the leadership is doing enough to deal with their own problems with terrorism that comes out of their own country?
www.whitehouse.gov /news/releases/2002/04/20020425-4.html   (1234 words)

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