UPDATE: For a different take on this issue, see the comment below by David Mack, a former US Ambassador to the UAE (and former VP of MEI).
My Gosh. A year and a half of blogging without a post about Ras al-Khaimah, and now here's my second link in a week.
This time it's a post by David Roberts of the Gulf Blog, which also ran in Daily News Egypt, called "A Rentier Coup in a Rentier State." The Ruler, Sheikh Saqr Al Qasimi (above, left), who took power in 1948 and is 92 and dying, exiled his original crown prince a few years back and replaced him with his brother, Sheikh Sa‘ud (right) who is also Deputy Ruler. Now the exiled ex, Sheikh Khalid (below, left), is lobbying for the succession. How? PR: PR apparently aimed at the Americans. Among other things, he has this slick English-language website, and is promoting himself in the West. An interesting piece about an emirate that most people (emphatically including myself) know little about.