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  House of Saud - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The House of Saud is the royal family of Saudi Arabia.
Prior to Ibn Saud, this family ruled the Nejd and often came into conflict with the Ottoman Empire and the Rashidis.
The Head of the House of Saud is the King of Saudi Arabia who serves as Head of State and monarch of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Saudi_royal_family   (499 words)

 Saudi Arabia
The independence of the judiciary is prescribed by law and usually is respected in practice; however, judges occasionally accede to the influence of the executive branch, particularly members of the royal family and their associates, who are not required to appear before the courts.
Royal decrees announced in 1992 include provisions calling for the Government to defend the home from unlawful intrusions, while laws and regulations prohibit officials from intercepting mail and electronic communication except when necessary during criminal investigations.
Saudi Arabia is an Islamic monarchy and the Government has declared the Islamic holy book, the Koran, and the Sunna (tradition) of the Prophet Muhammad, to be the country's Constitution.
www.state.gov /g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2000/nea/index.cfm?docid=817   (11337 words)

 Telegraph | News | Saudi royal family lambasts Michael Moore for twisting the truth in his 9/11 film
The Saudi royal family has launched a bitter attack on the American film-maker Michael Moore over his claims that the Bush administration secretly smuggled a number of high-ranking Saudi nationals out of the US in the immediate aftermath of the September 11 attacks.
Prince Turki al-Faisal: Saudi Arabian ambassador to the UK In the first official comment by the Saudi royal family on Moore's controversial film Fahrenheit 9/11, a leading member of the family said his country has been fully exonerated of any complicity in the attacks by the report of the 9/11 commission.
The Saudi security forces are currently involved in an intensive operation to track down the last remnants of an al-Qa'eda cell that has been responsible for a number of devastating terror attacks in the kingdom.
news.telegraph.co.uk /news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/08/01/wsaud01.xml   (1018 words)

 Saudi Arabian Royal Family Finds Itself Caught in the Middle of Two Alliances
Saudi oil was the axis in a relationship that benefited both sides over the decades.
The 30,000-strong Saudi royal family, many of whose senior members populate key posts in the government, is no stranger to religious fervor.
Indeed, the family’s puritanical pose has helped spread the idea that Saudi Arabia itself is holy territory, not just the sacred cities of Medina and Mecca, toward which 1.2 billion Muslims around the world face to pray five times each day.
www.geocities.com /freedomofpress/wsj2.html   (2075 words)

 Craig Unger - A BuzzFlash Interview
Although 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi, bin Laden is a member of one of the wealthiest families in Saudi Arabia, and the Saudis financed bin Laden, Bush managed to convince most Americans that the majority of 9/11 hijackers were Iraqi and that Saddam Hussein played a key role in the attack.
So even though the Saudis have stated that they are the victims of terrorists themselves, that they are at war with the militants, in fact, the militant clergy is part of the government.
And even if there are sort of good Saudis who are very much against him, they have to recognize that that is a powerful base there, and they’re limited in the degree to which they can crack down without it totally alienating part of their power base.
www.buzzflash.com /interviews/04/04/int04018.html   (4411 words)

 Could Islamic Militants Bring Down Saudi Arabia's Royal Family?
With militant attacks in Saudi Arabia intensifying, experts are comparing the situation there to the foment in Iran prior to the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
He agrees that the royal family, as it confronts terrorism, is likely to concede more to conservatives than to liberals.
He says that's because the royal family is unlikely to upset conservatives by moving too fast on reforms and because the 20,000-strong House of Saud is entrenched in key areas of Saudi society, unlike the family of the Shah of Iran.
www.payvand.com /news/04/jun/1055.html   (1278 words)

 JINSA Online -- Saudi Royal Family Paid Off Osama bin Laden to Protect Their Rule
According to the lawsuit, the Saudi royal family is in part responsible for the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon as a result of their payments.
Prince Bandar defended the Saudi position by reiterating the royal family's belief that the Bush Administration has failed to provide "sufficient" proof that Saddam Hussein is building weapons of mass destruction, and that the Saudis cannot stand alone in the Arab world with the U.S. on this issue.
Saudi officials say Prince Bandar will not discuss the lawsuit, as the royal family considers it, "culturally offensive and undignified." The suit against the family, international banks, and other institutions with links to al-Qaeda seeks $116 trillion in damages.
www.jinsa.org /articles/view.html?documentid=1729   (1050 words)

 Saudi Arabia: Arrest of Protesters Belies Reform Pledges (Human Rights Watch, 29-10-2003)
Everyone in Saudi Arabia should be free to express his or her political views publicly and peacefully without being thrown in jail and put on trial.
"Everyone in Saudi Arabia should be free to express his or her political views publicly and peacefully without being thrown in jail and put on trial," said Joe Stork, acting executive director of the Middle East and North Africa division of Human Rights Watch.
In January 2003, hundreds of Saudi citizens signed a petition, the National Reform Document that urged comprehensive reforms "to strengthen relations between the leadership and the community." One of the requests was for a "royal announcement" guaranteeing the rights of freedom of expression and assembly.
www.hrw.org /press/2003/10/saudi102903.htm   (741 words)

 WorldNetDaily: Saudi royal family in flight   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
The royal hospital plane was accompanied by another craft of the royal flight carrying the king’s family and entourage.
Riyadh is reportedly concerned about the possibility of a major terrorist attack on the royal palaces being sparked by the outbreak of hostilities in Afghanistan or elsewhere, as the U.S. prepares for a major offensive against the forces of Islamic terrorist Osama bin Laden.
A group of princes was therefore carried to a safe place in the additional fleet of 10 royal aircraft that ferried members of the Saudi royal family to Geneva.
www.worldnetdaily.com /news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=24615   (327 words)

 Saudi Royal family
Saudi Arabia has 23 million inhabitants and about 6,000 members of the royal family.
The crown passes not necessarily to the eldest of Ibn Saud's 44 sons (by 17 wives) but to the most "suitable" one, as chosen by the royal family in a secretive selection process.
(Royals tend to reject heirs with extreme political views or mothers of low stature.) The chosen heir is given the title of "crown prince" and holds the position of first deputy prime minister in the king's Cabinet.
www.desert-voice.net /new_page_3.htm   (740 words)

 EurasiaNet Eurasia Insight - Bin Laden's Message Deepens Political Dilemma Faced by Saudi Royal Family
Click here for Part I. The Saudi monarchy has tried to convince the public in the Kingdom, and the larger Muslim world, that Riyadh can simultaneously be a US ally and the preeminent defender of Islam.
To the extent that this is happening, though, it is not because the Saudi royal family sympathizes with the terrorists, but out of its fear of inflaming those elements within the Saudi population that do.
Saudis that I interviewed said the royal family has taken steps to prevent the Saudi armed forces from mounting a coup.
www.eurasianet.org /departments/insight/articles/eav121901.shtml   (924 words)

 USATODAY.com - Saudi royal family claims 'Fahrenheit 9/11' grossly unfair   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
LONDON (AP) — The Saudi royal family has taken issue with Michael Moore's film Fahrenheit 9/11 for claiming that high-ranking Saudi nationals were allowed to flee the United States immediately after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Prince Turki al-Faisal, the Saudi Arabian ambassador to London and a half-brother of Crown Prince Abdullah, said in an interview published Sunday that Moore did not do proper research for his documentary on the aftermath of the terror attacks.
Al-Faisal, who was in charge of Saudi intelligence at the time, said his country has been completely exonerated of any role in the attacks by the 9/11 commission.
www.usatoday.com /life/movies/2004-08-01-saudis-911_x.htm   (341 words)

 New Statesman - The real Muslim extremists
He was a close friend of the Saudi intelligence boss Prince Turki Bin Faisal al-Saud, who was dismissed in August apparently because of his failure to curb attacks on US personnel in Riyadh.
This is the religion of the Saudi royal family, the state bureaucracy, the army, the air force and Bin Laden - the best-known Saudi citizen in the world, believed currently to reside in Afghanistan.
Saudi Arabia is still without a constitution, the people are deprived of all elementary rights, even the right to support the regime without asking for permission.
www.newstatesman.com /200110010012   (1411 words)

 CNN.com - All in the (royal) family - Oct. 5, 2002
CNN.com - All in the (royal) family - Oct. 5, 2002
The country was established by the al-Saud family in the early 20th century, and they've been running it ever since.
King Saud, who ruled until 1964, was deposed by the royal family when it lost confidence in him.
archives.cnn.com /2002/WORLD/meast/10/05/saudi.royal.family   (496 words)

 ABC News: Secrets of the Saudi Royal Family
Prince Nayef bin Fawwaz Al Shalaan claimed in an Arab newspaper that he was cleared of any wrongdoing by the Saudi government, stating he was seeking investors in a deal for plastic pipe, not smuggling cocaine.
Saudi law is harsh with regard to drug trafficking; three accused drug smugglers were reported to have been beheaded just last month, according to the Saudi Interior Ministry.
"The Saudi government acted as one to set up a protective barrier between the prince and French justice and threatened to not sign a very important and lucrative contract in the works for a very long time," said Fabrice Monti, who has written a book on the subject.
abcnews.go.com /2020/News/story?id=169246&page=1   (418 words)

 Saudi royal family offers amnesty - PittsburghLIVE.com
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia -- The royal family of this embattled kingdom announced a one-month amnesty Wednesday for Islamic insurgents, framing its offer in the language of religious redemption and hinting at harsh punishment for those who refuse.
Abdullah's speech was also a stark reminder of the struggle in Saudi Arabia between a ruling family that bills this nation as the world's purest Islamic state, and bands of extremists who say it isn't Islamic enough.
Saudi radicals who espouse violence are treated -- and widely seen -- not as criminals, but as lost boys who can be brought back into the fold with a dose of proper religion.
www.pittsburghlive.com /x/tribune-review/terrorism/s_200303.html   (993 words)

 village voice > news > Mondo Washington by James Ridgeway
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Bit by bit, the Bush family's personal ties to the Saudi royal family and their intertwined social and business arrangements are emerging as the scandal over Iraq grows.
The families, he reports in Plan of Attack, are locked together, with Bandar coming and going into the Oval Office, the Prince's wife inviting a lonely Bush daughter over for Thanksgiving dinner, and so on.
The bedrock of the relationship between the U.S. and the Saudi royal family is Aramco, which began as a joint venture between the international oil giants Standard Oil and Texaco for exploration and development of the kingdom's immense oil and gas reserves, a business endeavor producing billions of dollars in revenues for the royal family.
www.villagevoice.com /issues/0416/mondo5.php   (719 words)

 USATODAY.com - Saudi royal family tree   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
King Abdullah is part of the second generation of the Saudi royal family, the sons of the kingdom's founder Abdul-Aziz bin Saud, who fathered dozens of children from multiple wives.
Abdullah, 81, is the half brother of his predecessor, the late King Fahd — a distinction that makes a difference in the complicated politics of the royal family tree.
Saudi Arabia's three other kings — Saud, Faisal, and Khalid — were from different wives of Abdul Aziz, who was rumored to have fathered between 50 and 200 children.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/2005-08-01-saudi-family_x.htm   (469 words)

 AM Archive - Angry Saudi royal family
The Saudis are miffed their anti-terrorism efforts are characterised in the United States as only half-hearted.
The US claims Saudi born Osama bin Laden was the mastermind, and 15 of the hijackers carried Saudi passports.
As a result, Saudis in the US are among the hundreds of Arabs who've been rounded up.
www.abc.net.au /am/stories/s411277.htm   (416 words)

 Family Tree   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
The Saudi family tree consists of at least six distinct branches that trace their heritage back to an 18th century founder.
The "Royal" branch of the family draws its lineage through each generation's leading chieftan within the descendants of Saud, denoted below in blue, through the kingdom's modern founder, Abd al-Aziz.
Cadet, or non-royal, branches of the family (marked above in beige) were formed by members of the family who broke from the others due to rifts over succession or brothers of a chieftan who often allied themselves and their families with his cause.
www.datarabia.com /royals/familytree.asp   (234 words)

 Encyclopedia: Saudi royal family   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
That Jewish Ancestor of the SAUDI FAMILY (MORDAKHAI), was quick to establish a "GUEST HOUSE" called "MADAFFA" on the land he usurped from his victims, and gathered around him a group of hypocrites who started to spread out false propaganda for him that he was a prominent Arab Sheikh.
Descendants of SAUD (the present day SAUDI FAMILY)started a campaign of assassination of the prominent leaders of the Arab Tribes under the pretence that those leaders were apostates; renegading from the Islamic Religion, and deserting their Koranic doctrines; so they deserved the SAUDI condemnation and slaughter!
Their hideous Jewish Family has, in fact, done all that kind of atrocities in the name of their false religious sect (the Wahabi), which has actually been invented by a Jew so as to sow the seeds of terror in the hearts of people in towns and villages.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Saudi-royal-family   (1433 words)

 MSN Encarta - bin Laden, Osama
bin Laden, Osama, born in 1957, Saudi Arabian multimillionaire and founder of the al-Qaeda terrorist network, which was responsible for the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the United States.
He led criticism of the Saudi monarchy and in 1992 left Saudi Arabia for Sudan, where a fundamentalist Islamic regime had taken power.
This attack was followed by the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya in 1998 and a suicide bombing in 2000 of the USS Cole.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_701505592/bin_Laden_Osama.html   (766 words)

 Saudi royal family pays 'protection money' to bin-Laden   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
In addition, the Saudis agreed to supply oil and financial assistance to both the Taliban and Pakistan which, the documents report, was worth "several hundred millions" of dollars.
The documents say the Saudi princes were informed about attacks by Islamic fundamentalists on American servicemen at a US army training facility in Riyadh in November 1995 and at the Khobar Towers barracks in June 1996, in which 19 US airmen died.
The documents say Saudi Arabia's secret service, the Istakhbarat, had decided in late 1995 to fund the Taliban and the initial decision to pay bin-Laden "protection money" was agreed at a meeting of the Saudi princes in 1996.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/news/738857/posts   (4498 words)

 Bombings in Africa   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
He returned to Saudi Arabia to raise money for the jihad fighters, then went to Afghanistan himself in 1982 to collaborate with his former teacher Abdullah Azzam in a campaign to attract volunteers for the jihad.
He was infuriated when the Saudis invited American "infidel" troops onto Saudi soil in 1990 to defend the country against Saddam Hussein instead of accepting his proposal to invite his mujahideen ("holy warriors"), battle hardened from the war in Afghanistan, to help defend holy Muslim soil (see Gulf War).
In 1991, the Saudis forced bin Laden to leave the country (he was subsequently stripped of his citizenship in April, 1994).
www.nmhschool.org /tthornton/bombings_in_africa.htm   (1207 words)

 Al Qaida targets Saudi royal family   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Photos of the men were shown on Saudi television and a reward was offered.
Saudi Royal Navy was attacked and slightly injured in eastern Saudi Arabia.
The ruling Saudi royal family in the oil-rich kingdom is under pressure from
www.emjournal.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk /may03085.html   (456 words)

 Special Report - No. 12
The Saudi government maintains control of every aspect of educational material:[15] "The government shall be concerned with the control of all books coming into the Kingdom from abroad or going out of the Kingdom to the outside world.
According to the study by the Saudi Cultural Mission to the U.S., "committees at the Ministry of Education oversee the development of textbooks[20] in every subject for all educational levels… Textbooks are updated periodically to reflect developments in different subjects.
Saudi Minister of the Interior, Prince Naif Ibn Abd Al-Aziz[43] gave an interview to the Saudi-owned London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat.He spoke about his views of those who call for changing the Saudi school curricula, especially on subjects relating to Jihad.
memri.org /bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=sr&ID=SR01202   (3032 words)

 Dossier: The Saudi Royal Family Bryan Curtis
Fahd allowed the basing of allied troops in Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War and approved the continued U.S. military presence.
The Saudi Embassy's Web site lists no formal education for Abdullah but says he spent years "living in the desert with Bedouin tribes." A former head of the National Guard, Abdullah has paid "solidarity" visits to Lebanon, Syria, and Egypt, supported the PLO politically, and strengthened relations with Iran.
Yet this week, the Saudis severed diplomatic ties with the Taliban, leaving Pakistan as the last country to recognize them, and reportedly agreed to U.S. requests to use Saudi airbases for airstrikes against Afghanistan.
www.slate.com /id/1008375   (849 words)

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