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Good Times in the Neutral Zone,

When I was a young peashooter I can remember the old, outdated history and geography books our class made due with for elementary social studies.  Being the nerdy nerd I am, I of course read ahead, looked at illustrations, and dutifully studied the many maps and graphs throughout the ancient tome.  When looking at maps of the Middle East, I noticed a geographical oddity which sparked my curiosity.  In between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, as well as Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, there were two large plots of land called, “Neutral Zones”.  I had to wonder, what were the Neutral Zones?  Why were they neutral? Did Klingons live there? My teacher didn’t have any answers, and told me to shut up :’{

In 1921 an Arabian nobleman named Ibn Abdul Azziz al Saud conquered the region of Njed, and added it to his kingdom.  Ibn Saud, who was supported by the British Government, was quickly uniting Arabia into a single kingdom, which would become the future Saudi Arabia. With the rise of a new nation state in Arabia and the Middle East, Britain demanded well defined borders between Saudi Arabia, and its dependencies such as Iraq and Kuwait.  At first Ibn Saud wanted to avoid boundaries.  After all, the borders wanted by Britain cut across the roaming territories of several nomadic peoples who owed little allegiance to kingdoms or nation states.  Setting strictly defined borders would only lead to future international incidents as nomadic tribes crossed them at will.  

On the 2nd of December, 1922 Ibn Saud and Britain came to a compromise called the Protocal of Uqair, which would hopefully rectify the situation.  A defined border between the Kingdom of Njed (Saudi Arabia) and Iraq. Near the Persian Gulf, two Neutral Zones were created along the Iraq-Saudi border and Kuwaiti-Saudi border.  The two zones,  7,044 km² and 5,770 km² respectively, contained a number of fresh water wells, the few that were available in the area.  For thousands of years, nomads had used those two areas as place or rest, were one could water his animals, bathe, and relax before continuing a rough journey into the desert.  Since rigid borders would cut off the nomadic tribes from their traditional watering holes, it was agreed that the two areas would become “Neutral Zones”, where neither nation could claim the land, and nomads from both nations could legally water their animals.

While the idea of having the Neutral Zone was a good one, modern times were against the nomads, and while the nomadic tribes valued their water wells, the world would come to value their oil wells.  Discovery of oil in the Saudi-Kuwaiti Neutral Zone would lead both countries to partition the zone in 1969.  Discovery of oil in the Saudi-Iraqi Neutral Zone would lead to partition in 1981, however the treaty was never finalized, and the Neutral Zone continued to exist despite the agreement.

In 1991, as the Gulf War loomed over the horizon, Iraq cancelled all international agreements with Saudi Arabia.  Likewise, Saudi Arabia cancelled all international agreements with Iraq.  Thus, the existence of the Saudi-Iraqi Neutral Zone came to an end, with the zone being partitioned evenly after the Gulf War.

Armed with this piece of knowledge, the next time I see my old elementary teacher, I shall have my revenge.

Prince Saud Al-Faisal; There is no man, no leader like him. The most courageous, truthful, diligent, wise and intelligent. 

At the age of 75, after 4 decades of serving his religion and country, he has passed away tonight, on the last ten days of Ramadan, on the 22nd, the night of a Friday… How lucky is he!!

I remember reminiscing his last speech as Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister, he said “We are not advocates of war, but we are ready for it.” O may Allah forgive and have mercy upon him…

And if he could only see the people that are praying for him in this holy month, he’ll see the affection he has on them.

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three illustrated pieces for my Modern Middle East final exam:

1. Umm Kulthum [أم كلثوم ʾUmm Kulṯūm] - internationally famous Egyptian singer, songwriter, and film actress of the 1920s-1970s, given the honorific title “Kawkab al-Sharq” [كوكب الشرق] (“Star of the East”) in Arabic [x].

2. Ibn Saud [عبد العزيز بن عبد الرحمن آل سعود‎, ‘Abd al-‘Azīz ibn ‘Abd ar-Raḥman Āl Sa‘ūd] - the first monarch and founder of Saudi Arabia as well as the House of Saud, known as the “third Saudi state” [x].

3. Mohammed Mossadegh [مُحَمَد مُصَدِق‎‎; IPA: [mohæmˈmæd(-e) mosædˈdeɣ] - the democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran [1951-1953], when his government was overthrown in a coup orchestrated by the CIA and the British Secret Intelligence Service [x]

art by Manuela | [seriously, please DO NOT remove credits]

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The jolly Saudi Arabian stud sends his photo during vacation.

Meet Saud from Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦 🇸🇦 🇸🇦

He’s such a naughty man. Notice how intimidating he is in the first photo? This is a mark of an Arab Alpha. I’m sure many girls are lining up in his hotel room.

💯% Prime Arab Beef 🤤👌🏻☑️
💯% Muscle God 😍💪🏻☑️
💯% Muscle Hunk 😛🙌🏻

                 HRH Princess Lolowah bint Faisal
                           Bin Abdulaziz  AL SAUD
                             (also spelled Loulwa)
                                   Of Saudi Arabia 


  • (born 1948) 
  • She is a daughter of King Faisal from his fourth wife, Iffat Al Thunayan.
  • She is considered one of the most publicly visible female members of the Saudi Royal Family. 
  • She is the sister of Foreign Minister Prince Saud and former Saudi Ambassador to the United States Prince Turki. 
  •  She is a prominent activist for women’s education and other social issues in Saudi Arabia.