Happy Valentine’s Day with FDR and Ibn Saud

In addition to being Valentine’s Day, February 14 is also the anniversary of the arrival of Saudi King Abdul Aziz ibn Saud aboard the heavy cruiser USS Quincy in 1945 for a meeting with US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR was returning from the Yalta Conference–technically he was sailing home from Malta, having flown from… Continue reading Happy Valentine’s Day with FDR and Ibn Saud

Valentine’s Day is for lovers

In addition to being Valentine’s Day, February 14 is also the anniversary of the arrival of Saudi King Abdul Aziz b. Saud aboard the heavy cruiser USS Quincy in 1945, there to meet with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR was returning from the Yalta Conference–technically he was sailing home from Malta, having flown from there… Continue reading Valentine’s Day is for lovers

Happy Valentine’s Day with FDR and Ibn Saud

In addition to being Valentine’s Day, February 14 is also the anniversary of the arrival of Saudi King Abdul Aziz ibn Saud aboard the heavy cruiser USS Quincy in 1945 for a meeting with US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR was returning from the Yalta Conference–technically he was sailing home from Malta, having flown from… Continue reading Happy Valentine’s Day with FDR and Ibn Saud

Are Saudi Arabia’s “Sudairi Seven” consolidating power?

Earlier today, or late last night if you’re in the US, there came a pretty big announcement out of Saudi Arabia: Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz sacked his younger half-brother as crown prince and appointed his nephew, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, as the new heir apparent, state television said. … King Salman also… Continue reading Are Saudi Arabia’s “Sudairi Seven” consolidating power?