HNN's Guide to the History of Saudi Arabia

  • Review of Alexei Vassiliev's The History of Saudi Arabia

  • Review of Joshua Teitelbaum's The Rise and Fall of the Hashimite Kingdom of Arabia

  • Daniel Pipes,"Why We Must Hope and Pray that the Saudi Monarchy Reforms" (HNN)

  • Lonely Planet,"History of Saudi Arabia"

  • Encyclopedia Britannica,"Saudi Arabia"

  • Saudi Arabia, Official Information Website

  • Josh Pollack,"Are the Saudis Destined to Become Our Enemies?" (HNN)

  • Jamie Glazov, Daniel Pipes, Michael Ledeen, Stephen Schwartz,"Symposium: Saudi Arabia ... Friend or Foe?" (HNN)
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    johan burger - 1/6/2004

    FROM:Emma Ken
    FAX :(874)-762-864168

    RE: TRANSFER OF ($26,000.000.00 USD} TWENTY SIX

    Dear Sir,

    I want to transfer ($26,000.000.00 USD) Twenty six
    million United States Dollars from a Prime Bank here
    in South Africa to oversea account. First, I must
    solicit your strictest confidence in this transaction.
    This is by virtue of it's nature as being utterly
    confidential. I am sure and have confidence of your
    ability and reliability to prosecute a transaction of
    this great magnitude.

    I solicit your assistance to enable us transfer the
    said amount into your safe account for unward
    investment. You can either provide us with an existing
    account or to set up a new Bank account immediately to
    receive this money, even an empty a/c can serve to
    receive this money, as long as you will remain honest
    to me till the end for this important business
    trusting in you and believing that you will never let
    me down either now or in future.

    I am the personal account officer to a great late
    INDUSTRIALIST who has an account in one of the top
    banks here in South Africa. The account was opened in
    1998 and he died in 2000 without a written or oral
    WILL and since 2000 nobody has operated on this
    account again hence the money is floating and if I do
    not remit this money out urgently it will be forfeited
    for nothing.

    The owner of this account is a foreigner and no other
    person knows about this account or anything concerning
    it, the account has no other beneficiary and until
    his death he was the manager of the company. My
    investigation through the National immigration
    department proved to me as well that he was single as
    at the point of his entry into the Republic of South
    Africa. The amount in this account is USD$26 Million
    (Twenty six Million United States Dollars) only.

    As a matter of fact, I have decided to transfer this
    fund abroad for investment. Your assistance as a
    foreigner is necessary because the management of the
    bank will welcome any foreigner who has correct
    information to this account which I will give you
    immediately, if you are interested to do this business
    with me. There is no risk to this business. With my
    position and my personal contact with the manager of
    the bank, the money can be transferred to any account
    you can provide with assurance that this money will be
    intact pending our physical arrival in your country
    for sharing.

    We will start the first transfer with Six million
    [$6,000.000]. Upon successful transfer without any
    disappointment from your side, we shall re-apply for
    the payment of the remaining balance of $20 million to
    your account. I am only contacting you as a foreigner
    because this money can not be approved to a local
    person here, but can only be approved to any foreigner
    who has the correct information of the account which I
    will provide to you.

    So you should provide me with your correct account
    detail where you will like the fund to be transferred
    or you can set up a new account for the transfer even
    an empty account is ok.

    At the conclussion of the transfer you will take 35%
    for you, 5% for any expenses incurred in this business
    and the remaining 60% for me. As soon as I hear from
    you and upon your strong assurance that you will not
    let me down once the fund goes into your account I
    will then start to process the transfer of the fund to
    your account without further delay.

    Contact me urgently for further detail.

    Yours truly,
    Emma Ken.

    Mr.Patrick Tejane. - 10/26/2003


    PHONE NUMBER:+27-72-109-1142.
    FAX NUMBER:+27-82-222-7784.


    Dear Sir,

    You may be surprised to receive this letter from me since you do not know me in person. Well, I am Mr. PATRICK TEJANE the son of ANGUS TEJANE who was recently murdered in the land dispute in Zimbabwe.

    I got your address from the International trade centre in Johannesburg and thus decided to write to father was the one of the few Zimbabwean rich farmers murdered in cold blood by the agents of the ruling government of President Robert mugabe for his alleged support and sympathy for the opposition party,which is partly controlled by the whites who are in the minority.

    Before his death he had taken me to Johannesburg to deposit the sum of Twenty Million, Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars (US$20.5m) with the security and finance company as if he knew the looming danger in zimbabawe.the money was deposited in a box as gemstone to avoid much demurrage from the Security company.this was earmarked for the purchase of new machinery and chemicals for the establishment of new farms in Lesotho and Swaziland.

    This land problem arose when the president Robert mugabe introduced a new land act that wholly affected the rich white farmers and some few blacks.this was stoutly opposed by the affected people thus resulted to the rampant killing and mob actions by the War Veterans and some political thugs.
    Head of government from the west, especially Britain And United State have voiced the condemnation of the mugabe’s plan.subsequently, the South Africa Development Community (SADC) has continuously supported mugabe’s new land reform act, it is against this background that I and family who currently staying in south Africa have decided to transfer my father’s money in a foreign the eldest son of my father, I am saddled with the responsibility of seeking a genuine foreign bank account where this money could be transferred without the knowledge of my government who are tactically freezing our family wealth and the south African government seems to be playing along with them.
    I am afraid of investing this money in south Africa for the fear of encountering the same experience in future since both countries have almost the same political history.moreso, the south African foreign exchange policy does not allow such investment since I am seeking for asylum.

    As a businessman whom I must entrust my future and family on his hands. I must let you know that this transaction is 100% risk free and the nature of your business does not necessarily matter.therefore, if you accept to assist my family and me, we are willing to offer to you 20% of the total sum for your assistance, 75% for me and my family, while 5% will mapped out for the expenses that would be incurred. I Would like to invest in your country on commercial property based on your advice and I would also receive assurance that you would not sit on this money when transferred into your account.
    Urgent response is highly needed and this must be private and confidential.

    Best Regards,

    Mr.Patrick Tejane.

    Peter G. Lubin - 7/21/2003

    Any syllabus on Saudi Arabia should include the work of J. B. Kelly, the greatest expert on the Arab states of the Gulf, and especially on the Frontier Question.

    The best, and most amusing, essay ever written on American misperception of Saudi Arabia is J. B. Kelly's "Of Valuable Oil and Worthless Policies" which appeared in Encounter, 1979.

    One might also consult Kelly's Arabia, the Gulf, and the West.

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