Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.–Saudi Connection

Kingdom of the Unjust Behind the U S Saudi Connection The co founder of Code Pink has become famous for fearlessly tackling head on subjects most of us studiously avoid Sometimes she does so in person as during President Obama s speech at the National D

  • Title: Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.–Saudi Connection
  • Author: Medea Benjamin
  • ISBN: 9781682190463
  • Page: 348
  • Format: Paperback
  • The co founder of Code Pink has become famous for fearlessly tackling head on subjects most of us studiously avoid Sometimes, she does so in person as during President Obama s speech at the National Defense University, or during a reception for drone manufacturers and members of Congress, or in Cairo, where she was assaulted by police Here, she s researching the sinisterThe co founder of Code Pink has become famous for fearlessly tackling head on subjects most of us studiously avoid Sometimes, she does so in person as during President Obama s speech at the National Defense University, or during a reception for drone manufacturers and members of Congress, or in Cairo, where she was assaulted by police Here, she s researching the sinister nature of the relationship between the U.S and Saudi Arabia.In seven succinct chapters followed by a meditation on prospects for change, Benjamin cited by the L.A Times as one of the high profile members of the peace movement shines a light on one of the most perplexing elements of American foreign policy What is the origin of this strange alliance between two countries that seemingly have very little in common Why does it persist, and what are its consequences Why, over a period of decades and across various presidential administrations, has the United States consistently supported a regime shown time and again to be one of the most powerful forces working against American interests Saudi Arabia is perhaps the single most important source of funds for terrorists worldwide, promoting an extreme interpretation of Islam along with anti Western sentiment, while brutally repressing non violent dissidents at home.With extremism spreading across the globe, a reduced U.S need for Saudi oil, and a thawing of U.S relations with Iran, the time is right for a re evaluation of our close ties with the Saudi regime.

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    1. A well researched and clearly written primer on US-Saudi relations. Given the huge influence KSA has over US media, government spending and foreign policy, I would recommend this book as essential reading for all US tax payers.

    2. This is a factual account of the U.S relationship with Saudi Arabia. Really timely in the context of the American election. Medea Benjamin is looking to inform rather than entertain - and it does inform, with really rather shocking revelations.

    3. The moment I read about this book, I knew I had to read this, thanks to the interesting topic. The book is very informative, well formatted, easy to follow and very brilliantly researched. It explains the history, background, reasons and ramifications of the US-KSA relationship in easy words. It is definite must-read for everyone interested in this topic.

    4. Here's what Medea Benjamin does quite well: She describes, without resorting to panicky hyperbole or histrionics, the history of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its relationship with the United States since its formation in the 1930s. That history includes the al-Saud family's embrace of Wahhabism and imposing this interpretation of Sunn'i Islam not just on the kingdom's subjects, but also the millions of workers brought in from other countries for menial labor (who are frequently ripped off and [...]

    5. I received this book from First Reads in exchange for an honest review.This book is a "not for me" type of book. I tried my hardest to read through it, but the author does so little to keep your attention, to keep it interested, let alone captivating. I was bored, for the details were often dull and repetitive. I also found it very confusing to follow, just from the authors style of writing. In the end, I was glad to put it away and be done with it for me. Just not my type of book.

    6. The relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia is one that is contradictory to the historical self-narratives of both countries. Certainly, the prevalence of Wahhabism, Saudi's fundamentalist version of Islam, in which suppression of women is a hallmark, contradicts the stated American self-narrative of religious liberty and gender equality, as unrepresentative of reality in the U.S. as it is at times. It is also important to note that 16 of the 20 terrorists on 9/11 were Saudis, some having [...]

    7. Everything you did or did not want to know about Saudi Arabia, history, war were 3 of my undergrad studies. Could even be a college textbook. This stuff I still keep daily up on. I seldom miss the worldly news. Warning: This book is for adults only & contains extreme violent or graphic adult content, &/or sexually explicit scenarios. It may be offensive to some readers. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publi [...]

    8. Presented in an FAQ format, this book offers a clear and up-to-date overview of Saudi human rights abuses and propagation of Wahhabism, the role of oil in the Saudi government and economy, and the extent of the U.S.–Saudi relationship.

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