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Category Archives: Saudi Arabia

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July 11, 2012

The Arab Spring: enter Saudi Arabia

By and large, with the exception of Bahrain, the Arab Gulf states have enjoyed a
stable and quiet Arab spring compared to the countries of North Africa and the
Levant. This is due to the people of these countries enjoying massive economic …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Islamism, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, The Scoop
May 29, 2012

Saudi women tells religious police to get lost

“It’s none of your business” is the phrase one Saudi women repeatedly tells the country’s ultra conservative religious police in a video being widely circulated on social media and news websites. See the video here.
Her offence? Wearing nail varnish in …

Posted in Human Rights, Middle East, Religious Fundamentalism, Saudi Arabia, The Scoop | Tagged , , , ,
May 14, 2012

GCC Union

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states are expected to discuss moves towards a confederate style union—a Saudi proposal first put forward in December 2011—when they meet today in Riyadh.
Discussions on unity are likely to encompass greater economic integration and cooperation …

Posted in Middle East, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, The Scoop | Tagged , ,
March 19, 2012

Saudi Arabia and Qatar: unlikely candidates for intervention

The Assad regime has been blaming bomb attacks in Syria over the past year on al-Qaeda and the Opposition, painting a false picture of those opposing the regime are nothing but terrorists. Now, with the latest bomb attacks in the …

Posted in Middle East, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, The Scoop | Tagged , , , ,
March 9, 2012

Women protesters in Saudi Arabia crushed

Saudi Arabia thinks its a good idea to arm the Syrian opposition against Bashar al-Assad, yet when it comes to their own citizens opposing the ruling or religious elite, they are crushed almost immediately.
The latest example of this hypocrisy has …

Posted in Human Rights, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, The Scoop | Tagged , ,
March 2, 2012

Female Saudi equestrian could be heading to the London Olympics, but don’t expect to see a women’s team at the beach volleyball just yet

Even as much of the rest of the Arab World experiences socio-political upheavals on an unprecedented scale, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia remains largely untouched.
This is unfortunate, since the world’s largest oil producer is also one of its worst human …

Posted in Saudi Arabia, The Scoop
January 9, 2012

Al-Qaeda: Broke

It’s not often that Saudi Arabia will get a good write up on these pages about their role in combatting al-Qaeda (AQ), but here goes.
The Saudis have been praised by US officials for playing a crucial role in stopping the flow of …

Posted in Middle East, Middle East, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Terrorism & Security, The Scoop
December 9, 2011

Saudi women driving would lead to promiscuity, says report

A Saudi Arabian academic released a report last week that concluded that if women were allowed to drive, it would end female virginity and promote promiscuity, prostitution, homosexuality and divorce in the country.
The report, which was conducted for the Shura Council, the …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Human Rights, Religious Fundamentalism, Saudi Arabia, The Scoop
November 25, 2011

The Shia Uprising in Saudi Arabia

In the past week, four men have been killed in Shia protests in the Qatif region in Saudi Arabia. This latest outbreak in violence has been dubbed as the most serious in the Kingdom since the start of the Arab Spring.
A population …

Posted in Defence, Democracy & Development, Iran, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, The Scoop
November 11, 2011

Wajeh Al-Huwaidar: Saudi woman’s rights activist

In September 2011, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia announced that he was allowing women to vote for the first time in the next municiple elections – held rarely. Yet this article written by Wajeh Al-Huwaidar in 2009, a Saudi activist …

Posted in Human Rights, Media, Religious Fundamentalism, Saudi Arabia, The Scoop
October 12, 2011

Did the snake decide to bite?

In 2008 the Saudis asked the US to attack Iran and stop it from developing nuclear weapons. According to one WikiLeaks revelation, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States relayed King Abdullah’s message to the Americans: ‘He told you to …

Posted in Defence, Democracy & Development, Iran, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, The Scoop, United States
September 22, 2011

Lloyd’s Insurance drops 9/11 claim against Saudi Arabia

A Lloyd’s insurance syndicate has today dropped a lawsuit against Saudi Arabia, which accused the state of indirectly funding al-Qaeda before the 9/11 attacks.
The 3500 syndicate was seeking £136m, which it had paid out to companies and individuals harmed as …

Posted in Saudi Arabia, Spotlight, Terrorism & Security, The Scoop
August 9, 2011

Regional neighbours recall ambassadors from Syria

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain have recalled their ambassadors from Damascus amid the ongoing violence conducted by Bashar al-Assad’s regime against protesters. Qatar was one of the first Arab nations to have recalled its diplomatic envoy in July.
Saudi monarch King …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Syria, The Scoop
July 11, 2011

Regional Actors and the Fatah-Hamas Unity Deal

Julia Pettengill and Houriya Ahmed analyse the Fatah-Hamas unity deal as a case study of the threats and opportunities the Arab Spring has presented in the Middle East.

Posted in Briefing, Democracy & Development, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Israel/Palestine, Middle East, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Turkey
June 28, 2011

Support Woman2drive campaign

Women are using social media to garner support for their own protest movement in Saudi Arabia. They are asking the government to allow them to drive.
Campaign and support information can be accessed on these websites:
https://www.facebook.com/Women2Drive
http://twitter.com/#!/women2drive
Also see this BBC video.

Posted in Human Rights, Saudi Arabia, The Scoop
June 22, 2011

Al-Qaeda’s growing ambitions in Yemen

Frederick Kagan today cites some interesting analysis from an ‘expert in the Arab world living in the region’ for the American Enterprise Institute’s Critical Projects on Yemen on the al-Qaeda’s ambitions in the region. It is reproduced in full below.

Having watched with …

Posted in Defence, Democracy & Development, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Terrorism & Security, The Scoop, Yemen
June 17, 2011

Saudi women expected to protest against driving laws today

The online campaign Women2Drive is reportedly urging Saudi women with international driving licenses to test the law banning women from driving, as this would deprive the state of the ability to arrest women on the grounds of being unqualified to …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Human Rights, Saudi Arabia, The Scoop
June 6, 2011

Can amnesty for dictators help advance democracy?

As the Yemeni opposition movement plans to arrange for a transfer of power from President Saleh to Vice President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, it remains unclear whether Saleh is working to secure an amnesty deal in Saudi Arabia, or if he intends to return …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, The Scoop, Yemen
May 23, 2011

A New Gulf (non-Gulf) Co-operation Council?

While the world has been ‘buzzing’ over President Obama this past month, a very interesting development is taking place in the Middle East.
The Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) announced on 10 May 2011 that Moroccan and Jordanian membership is being considered.
The GCC is …

Posted in Economy, Jordan, Middle East, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Terrorism & Security, The Scoop
May 18, 2011

Will Saudi Arabia see a women’s led revolution?

Women in Saudi Arabia:
1)    cannot drive
2)    cannot vote
3)    cannot show any part of their hair or body except their face, hands and feet
These are a sample of the numerous social and legal restrictions imposed on Saudi women.
But one woman took …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Human Rights, Saudi Arabia, The Scoop
January 24, 2011

APPG Event by HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal

By kind invitation of David Ruffley MP, The All Party Parliamentary Group on Transatlantic and International Security was pleased to host a discussion with one of the leading representatives of Saudi Arabia in foreign relations, HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal, …

Posted in Event, Middle East, Saudi Arabia
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