RTT News notes the latest Gallup poll Barack's approval rating is down to 46%. Poor Barry.
What does Barack do? Does he do anything?
I thought he was fixing the housing crisis, right? AP reports no such thing has happened and that more Americans owe on their mortgages than ever before.
Simon Assaf has a good article in the Socialist Worker:
The Saudi royal family has been struck by the fear that what once seemed unthinkable now looks possible.
The oil-rich monarchy is facing an unprecedented outpouring of public dissatisfaction, demonstrations and strikes.
Ordinary Saudis have issued petitions against corruption and nepotism, and launched a campaign for a constitutional monarchy.
Power in Saudi Arabia, a vital US ally, rests with the ruling family and the so-called “one thousand princes”.
Yet despite the vast oil wealth, large sections of the population live in poverty.
In the east, where the majority are Shia Muslims, protests including many women have erupted demanding the release of jailed dissidents.
The royal family has responded with a massive financial bribe, promising local elections and the right for women to vote (but not stand).
The regime is also threatening harsh repression.
Last week the administrator of a Facebook group calling for a “day of rage” against the regime was murdered, and other known dissidents arrested.
The highest religious authorities have instructed people not to join any protest, while some 10,000 soldiers have been mobilised to crush any public protest.
© Socialist Worker (unless otherwise stated). You may republish if you include an active link to the original.I always think it's amazing that there hasn't been a revolution in Saudi Arabia already what with the royal family living large and everyone else suffering.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"