June 18th, 2012
11:01 AM ET

Saudi Arabia names new crown prince

Saudi Arabia named Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz to be crown prince Monday, the state news agency reported, putting him next in line to the throne of the oil-rich kingdom.

His appointment comes a day after burial services for Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz, whose death was announced Saturday.

Salman, who was already defense minister, retains that post and becomes deputy prime minister as well, the Saudi Press Agency reported Monday, citing a royal order.

Nayef, a hard-line conservative credited with pushing back al Qaeda, also served as interior minister. He is being replaced by Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi Press Agency said.

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  1. Philip

    I wonder if this so-called "prince" is one of the men being sued by our 9/11 victims families for financing 9/11.

    June 18, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    ...and just for the record, I wholeheartedly agree that all peoples should have access to electricity. (though I don't care much for how this is being done)
    I am a believer, as opposed to infidels, who are non-believers. And I believe that God (some call him Allah) would like everyone to have a comfortable place...an air-conditioned home, for example, where they can learn of the man Muslims call "a prophet of God", Jesus Christ.
    Although Israel has had a/c for decades. 🙂

    June 18, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    Nothing changes. Saudi Royals are firmly ensconced in our laps and aligned with our M.East policy and Israel. Prince Salman would perhaps let us have even more of those lucrative arms purchase and defense contracts.

    June 18, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    along with who financed 9/11, don't forget the ones who planned and executed the crime, the real beneficiaries.

    June 18, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    And @Philip, i thought you would with your knowledge, know that muslims learned about Jesus Christ long ago.
    They revere him as a holy prophet of God and Virgin Mary as the most exalted among women. Believe in the miracle of the Immaculate Conception, miracles of Jesus's infancy and during his ministry and His second coming.

    June 18, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. Portland tony

    Well if nothing goes terribly bad he's a cinch for election to the office.

    June 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |

    Now this is a story all about how
    My life got flipped turned upside down
    And I'd like to take a minute just sit right there
    I'll tell you how I became the prince of a town called "Saud-Ar"

    In West Saudi born and raised
    On the playground is where I spent most of my days
    Chillin' out maxin' relaxin' all cool
    And all shootin' some Taliban outside of the school
    When a couple of guys who were up to no good
    Started makin' trouble in my neighborhood
    I got in one little fight and my mom got scared
    And said you're movin' with your auntie and uncle in "Saud-Ar"

    June 18, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    Exactly, @saywhat. Begging the question, why do American Christians support Israel, a nation made up of primarily Jewish peoples who say that Jesus having walked this earth is a lie.

    June 18, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat (in a hat)©,

    Little Johnny watched, fascinated, as his mother smoothed cold cream on her face. 'Why do you do that, mommy?' he asked. 'To make myself beautiful,' said his mother, who then began removing the cream with a tissue.
    'What's the matter?' asked Little Johnny. 'Giving up?'

    June 18, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    Its mostly the 70 million or so Evangelists and Christian zionists. The coming of Messiah or Meshiac . The event they believe is to happen only when all Jews are gathered in Israel and it attains the status of greater Israel, a super power.
    Judaism does not believe in Jesus as it preceded Christianity. The most Judaic traditions concede is that Jesus was an ordinary carpenter and teacher in Roman times.
    I'm not a scholar or know all. Above is just what I have come to understand. Perhaps someone else could answer the question with authority.

    June 18, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    Of course, @saywhat. Begging the question, why do American Christians wholeheartadly support Israel/Jews who say Jesus never even walked this earth, let alone died for our sins, while not feeling the same towords Muslims who teach Jesus was real.
    Go figure, eh?

    June 18, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    And true, Jesus was an ordinary carpenter taught the trade by his earthly father figure, Joseph.
    However, the bible descibes Jesus Christ (annointed by God at his baptism) as more of a day laborer than a professional carpenter during his 3 1/2 years of ministry before he was murdered.
    He worked to finance his ministry, just as the Apostle Paul did. Paul was once a rich and famous lawyer, a Pharisee Jew. But after he gave his life to Christ, he became a common tentmaker to finance his ministry. (as opposed to todays religious leaders who become rich by way of their "ministry")

    June 18, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    @Thelma Lou 12:20...huh? The Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico "spill" accounted for roughly 3% of the oil "spilled" into the Gulf that year by thousands of other gulf oilwells. (and that's not counting the over 200 non-biodegradable compounds fed the Gulf from the mighty Mississippi River daily)

    June 18, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Old Driller

    Oops. Forgot to change my s/n as I usually do when commenting on anything related to oil.
    Yes, I AM an authority when it comes to how oil flows around this world, having begun my carreer in the oilfiemd even before graduating from HS.
    I started out as a roughneck in worms corner on Dreiling Drilling corporations Rig 3 out of Craig, Colorado, and retired as a Drilling Consultant for the German government in 1996, a decision I made while staying at Hitlers favorite hotel near Seebruck on Lake Chiemsee...the fabulous Malerwinkle in Lambach. (Anni Loh, proprietor. A lovely chubby woman, with a fabulous rose garden the likes of which I hadn't seen since Death Valley, where the largest rosebush on earth grows out of, and drinks all the water of a spring near an old abandoned mine. Planted there by the old miner who had an European mail-order bride who nagged him for a rosebush 'till she finally got one from Europe. You can smell this rosebush from a mile away, wind cooperating. 🙂

    June 18, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thelma Lou Brickmore

      Philip/Old Driller, you are answering a hijacker and a thief of names. I would never say anything so trite. The hijacker likes to make fun of my Southern roots.

      June 18, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    Uhoh bobcat, you got some competi tion darlin lmao! Very funny @ PEDO BEAR! Lmao! And @ bobcat, awesome!

    June 18, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
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