Saudi regime on very shaky ground

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The deadly clashes between Saudi forces and Shia residents in the besieged town of Awamiyah are just the beginning of what could become a lot more instability within Saudi Arabia because the Saudi regime is on “very shaky ground,” says a Middle East expert.

“They [the Saudis] are having a hard time hanging on to their ill-gotten kingdom, they are not really enjoying any legitimacy … So they are going to be seeing increasing unrest and they are probably going to respond brutally and clumsily,” Veterans Today Editor Kevin Barrett told Press TV in an interview on Thursday.

Awamiyah, situated in Eastern Province, has long been a flashpoint between the Saudi kingdom and the inhabitants complaining of discrimination.

It has witnessed renewed deadly clashes between the military and residents since May, when Saudi forces began razing the town’s old quarter, known as al-Mosawara.

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Kevin Barrett

Dr. Kevin Barrett, a Ph.D. Arabist-Islamologist, is one of America’s best-known critics of the War on Terror.

He is Host of TRUTH JIHAD RADIO; a hard driving weekly LIVE call in radio show. He also has appeared many times on Fox, CNN, PBS and other broadcast outlets, and has inspired feature stories and op-eds in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, and other leading publications.

Dr. Barrett has taught at colleges and universities in San Francisco, Paris, and Wisconsin, where he ran for Congress in 2008. He currently works as a nonprofit organizer, author, and talk radio host.

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  1. A significant point to note is that all the Saudi oil is in the Eastern Province (Ash-Sharqiya); and that province is (twelver) Shia. As is the original Kuwait when it was part of Mosul. Najran is Shia of a different sect. Their claim to legitimacy is based upon their occupation of the Hijaz, the legitimate rulers of which are recognized as the vast Hassani Hashemite (Syed) clan of King Idris’ descendants (who rule/have ruled: Jordan, Asir Province, Yanbu, Libya, Algeria, North Yemen).

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