Saudi Arabia: Princely Revolt

"King Saud is not a 20th century king.

He is not a 20th century king. He is a Neanderthal king." Though many would agree with this description of Saudi Arabia's crusty old monarch, there was some surprise at the source: Prince Talal Ibn Abdulaziz, half brother of Saud, former Minister of Finance in Saud's government.

Last week Talal, 32, and half a dozen other princely Saudi rebels, showed up in Beirut to declare open war on King Saud, and on the feudal system by which Saudi Arabia is ruled. For years, said Talal at a press conference in the Hotel St....

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