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Americans have long considered Saudi Arabia the one constant in the Arab Middle East. The Saudis banked our oil under their sand, and losing Saudi Arabia would be like losing the Federal Reserve. Even if the Saudi rulers one day did turn anti-American, the argument went, they would never stop pumping oil, because that would mean cutting their own throats. This, at any rate, is the way we looked at the matter before fifteen Saudis and four other terrorists launched their suicide attacks on September 11; before Osama bin Laden suddenly became for the Arab world the most popular Saudi in history; before USA Today reported last summer that nearly four out of five hits on a clandestine al Qaeda Web site came from inside Saudi Arabia; and before a recent report commissioned by the UN Security Council indicated that Saudi Arabia has transferred $500 million to al Qaeda over the past decade.


Five extended families in the Middle East own about 60 percent of the world's oil. The Saud family, which rules Saudi Arabia, controls more than a third of that amount. This is the fulcrum on which the global economy teeters, and the House of Saud knows what the West is only beginning to learn: that it presides over a kingdom dangerously at war with itself. In the air in Riyadh and Jidda is the conviction that oil money has corrupted the ruling family beyond redemption, even as the general population has grown and gotten poorer; that the country's leaders have failed to protect fellow Muslims in Palestine and elsewhere; and that the House of Saud has let Islam be humiliated-- that, in short, the country needs a radical "purification."





"For over sixty years, the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have enjoyed a strong relationship based upon mutual respect and common interests. Diplomatic relations were established in 1933. The U.S. Embassy opened in Jeddah in 1944 and moved to Riyadh in 1984. In addition to the Embassy, the American government maintains consulates in Jeddah and in Dhahran. The United States and Saudi Arabia share a common concern for regional security, oil exports and imports, and sustainable development. Close consultations between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia have developed on international, economic, and development issues such as the Middle East peace process and shared interests in the gulf. The U.S. is Saudi Arabia's largest trading partner, and Saudi Arabia is the largest U.S. export market in the Middle East. The United States and Saudi Arabia have a history of technical and educational exchange which has benefited both nations, and the longstanding security relationship continues to be important. As the twenty-first century dawns, the vibrancy of the U.S.-Saudi relationship, based on multifaceted interests in the political, economic, business and humanitarian fields, remains secure. "



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Saudi Arabia is a monarchy ruled by the Al Saud family without elected representative institutions at the national level and with a 2004 population of approximately 26.7 million of which an estimated 7 million were foreign citizens. On August 1, King Abdullah bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud ascended the throne upon the death of his half-brother, King Fahd bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud. As the custodian of Islam's two holiest sites in Mecca and Medina, the government bases its legitimacy in governance according to its interpretation of Islamic law (Shari'a). The Basic Law sets out the system of government, rights of citizens, powers, and duties of the state, and provides that the Koran and the Traditions (Sunna) of the Prophet Muhammad serve as the country's Constitution. The government generally maintained effective control over the security forces.

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It's the pot calling the kettle black. As Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of seeking to encircle it with its support for Houthi rebels in Yemen as well as Qatar, the kingdom and the Islamic republic are extending their bitter rivalry beyond the Middle East into the Caucasus. The two countries' latest battleground is ...
Saudi Arabia began scaling back its domestic wheat-growing programme in 2008, planning to rely completely on imports by 2016 to save water. Salic's agricultural investments include farmland, grain silos and terminals, as part of Saudi Arabia's food security drive. Iraq, itself a major wheat and rice importer ...

Saudi transport ministry officials and media persons are seen at a Haramain train during a test-ride on Thursday. (AN photo). Related Articles. High-speed Haramain train tested successfully at 300 kph · No ticket prices set yet for high-speed Haramain train · KAEC announces sale of plots near Haramain ...
The General sports Authority of Saudi Arabia has supported the group by opening up its training facilities around Jeddah and at the King Abdullah Sports City, Rasha says. "They have also shown willingness to collaborate with us and support us with legal issues and permits." Bliss Runners hopes to start a ...
It's a dream come true for Russian drillers, as they've been vying for on- and offshore drilling projects in Saudi Arabia for years, but without success. Even attempts by Putin-linked Gazprom Drilling to enter the Saudi market haven't been successful until now. Investment streams aren't just flowing one way, ...
markets and shops in Al Khobar in east Saudi Arabia have been filled with all sorts of red. (Supplied). Staff writer, Al Arabiya English Friday, 16 February 2018. Text size A A A. An old tradition but kept in the dark for too long has made its appearance in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia this month. Markets and ...

Karachi, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan is sending troops to ally Saudi Arabia on a "training and advise mission", the military said, three years after it ... Saudi Arabia had asked fellow Sunni-majority Pakistan to provide ships, aircraft and troops for the Yemen campaign to stem the influence of Shi'ite Iran in ...
Saudi Arabia's removal of its 35-year-old ban on cinemas is prompting another exhibitor to move in to the last untapped movie market in the Middle East, this time from neighboring Kuwait. Days after London-based Vue International said they were planning to build up to 30 multiplexes in Saudi Arabia, the ...
ENOC Group has inaugurated its largest service station in Saudi Arabia in Riyadh's Modon industrial area, the group announced this week. The 16,000 square metre new service station - ENOC's tenth in the kingdom - is the first to provide automotive services such as Tyre and battery replacements by ...
Hanif Hasan is a 25-year-old Rohingya Muslim living in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. He has been unemployed for two years and hasn't left home for a month, fearing arrest. "It's hard even to breathe here," Hasan says. "Every moment feels like it might be the last." On November 15, the Saudi Interior Ministry ...
UNBELIEVABLE though, more than 53,000 divorces take place in Saudi Arabia every year despite the nationwide awareness campaigns carried out by the government as well as nonprofit organizations against the growing trend. The high rate of divorce has become a destabilizing factor in Saudi society ...
The traveling exhibition, "Roads of Arabia: Archaeological treasures of Saudi Arabia through the Ages," has been organized by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), and has previously visited Dhahran and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, four European countries, the US, China and ...
RIYADH: The Maldives' envoy in Saudi Arabia has sought to ease fears over escalating tensions in the island republic following the declaration of a state of emergency. Abdullah Hameed, the ambassador to the Kingdom, said that "there is nothing to worry about since everything is normal -- there is no ...
Saudi Arabia's Minister of commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qasabi, right, signs a cooperation agreement with Spanish Secretary of State for Trade Marisa ... RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and Spain agreed to increase the volume of investment in key sectors at the second session of the Saudi-Spanish Joint ...
The Saudi Geological Survey (SGS) organized a trip to Madinah for guests of the 12th International Geological Congress. (Supplied). The Saudi Geological Survey (SGS) organized a trip to Madinah for guests of the 12th International Geological Congress. (Supplied). The Saudi Geological Survey (SGS) ...

Misk Art Institute (MAI), founded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, collaborated with Crossway Foundation, Fully Booked and Bricklab to create Saudi Arabia's first art book fair. MAI supports Vision 2030, empowering the art scene in Saudi Arabia and particularly women, as they make up 50 percent ...
The fifth edition of 21,39, the non-profit art initiative in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, opened this week to little fanfare (7 February-5 May). The annual event, now a fixture of the burgeoning Middle Eastern art scene, includes exhibitions in three venues, educational workshops, visits to artists' studios and ...
Saudi Arabia reportedly granted approval to Air India to fly direct from Delhi to Tel Aviv using its airspace, though it has not been confirmed. News of Saudi Arabia potentially easing its airspace regulations may add concrete evidence to reports of the country's warming ties to Israel. Several reports have surfaced showing ...
The move is one of Saudi Arabia's latest efforts to attract more investments and become less reliant on oil as the main source of state revenue. The sale of Aramco's shares is also expected to finance a new project announced by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) in October 2017: Neom.
Present at the meeting between the Saudi delegation and the Minister of Inner City and Zongo Development were the leadership of the Parliamentary Committee on Ghana -Saudi Arabia Parliamentary Friendship led by Mr. Mohammed Hardi Tuseini (MP Naton), Chairman, and vice Chairman, Mr.
Saudi Minister for Islamic Affairs Saleh bin Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh on Tuesday lauded his country's "deep" relations with Turkey. "Saudi Arabia and Turkey are one hand," the official Saudi Press Agency quoted al-Sheikh as saying. "Anyone who tries to undermine this relationship will be disappointed," he ...
Meeting Saudi Arabia's targets would require contracts for a series of new facilities to be awarded by the end of 2020. "The only way this was possible," he said, "was because we have done previous work." Saudi Arabia, with its vast oil resources, would seem an unlikely champion for renewables. But the ...
Visitors to Saudi Arabia often find it hard to scratch beneath the country's surface: life in the Kingdom is family-orientated and intensely private. Despite its image, though, normal Saudis have always had more fun and enjoyed a more liberal lifestyle than outsiders assume. It's just a question of looking ...
It was not implemented, however, due to its insistence to operate the shorter route. Discussions on the matter evolved following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to India last month, where intensive talks were held between the two countries in order to approve the flight route over Saudi Arabia.
King Salman of Saudi Arabia last year granted women the right to drive, but they are still under strict restrictions in almost every aspect of their lives. Public interaction with men, such as is shown during the dance, is strictly prohibited. Saudi commentator Mohammed al-Yahya wrote on twitter that the video ...
Indecision at the highest levels of Saudi Arabia's government is reportedly playing a major role in holding up the planned flotation of the world's largest oil producer. When Dudley was asked whether he believed Saudi Aramco's IPO was on track to take place in the second half of 2018, he replied: "I don't ...
ICC prosecutor condemns Benghazi mosque attack. London: Saudi Arabia's King Salman condemned the Kabul bombing that left at least 95 killed and 158 wounded on Saturday. King Salman shared his condolences in a cable to Afghanistan's President Mohammed Ashraf Ghani on the victims of a blast ...
social media users in Saudi Arabia shared videos of snow in Tabuk, in the north of the kingdom today. One video shows a user picking up fresh white snow and throwing it in excitement. Others show near-deserted landscapes covered in flakes, with thick mist and cars driving along the snowy paths.
"Mohammad bin Salman's reputation is tarnished by his justice system's relentless campaign against government critics and human rights activists," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. "Saudi Arabia should never have jailed al-Oteibi and al-Attawi on spurious charges, ...
Saudi Arabia freed Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal and several of the kingdom's most prominent businessmen from detention this weekend, clearing out the Ritz-Carlton hotel that served as a jail for the country's elite during a controversial crackdown on corruption. Prince Alwaleed, the billionaire chairman of ...
It isn't all sunshine and sand in the Middle East, especially in northern Saudi Arabia which has been on the receiving end of a wintry blast this weekend. The wintry weather arrived in the kingdom on Friday, bringing a covering of snow to the Tabuk region. Residents were quick to share their pictures of the ...
Photography has become an important artistic and recreational practice" in Saudi Arabia, says Lana Shamma of Art Jameel, which is currently staging a show on Saudi photography at its Project Space in Alserkal Avenue in Dubai. "With this exhibition, we show the breadth of kinds of art photography ...
BERLIN (Reuters) - soccer world champions Germany will play Saudi Arabia in their final test before they defend their World Cup title in Russia in June, the German football association (DFB) said on Friday. Germany will play Austria away in Klagenfurt on June 2, then host the Saudis in Leverkusen on ...
Jeddah: Saudi Arabia last week decided to implement a ban on the import of foreign bees in the next three years. Minister ... The Saudi Apis mellifera jemenitica is a breed that can survive in the extreme climatic conditions of Saudi Arabia, which many bees aren't able to, and produce high-quality honey.
Beirut, Lebanon -- Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, Saudi Arabia's most prominent and flamboyant investor, has been released from detention in the Ritz-Carlton in the capital after he was arrested amid a sweeping crackdown on corruption, two close associates of his family said on Saturday. The billionaire ...
On a stretch of farmland on the outskirts of the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh, Rania sits nervously in the driving seat of her colleague's car. She puts the Nissan into gear and revs the engine before finally checking her blind spot and moving off, closely following her male companion's instructions.
The Middle East has not escaped the chilly conditions experienced by much of the northern hemisphere with snowfall blanketing Saudi Arabia's mountainous Tabuk region. Home to the Al-Lawz mountain, a 2,580-metre peak, the northwestern area of the country occasionally sees fleeting snow that often ...
Between 9 December 2017 and 17 January 2018, the National IHR Focal Point of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia reported 20 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), including eight deaths. In addition, one death from a previously reported case was reported to WHO.
Depok, Indonesia - Saudi Arabia has "politicised" access to the Hajj, according to organisers of a Muslim youth conference in Indonesia. Ziyad Abdul Malik, chairman of the Muslim students Association's (HMI) branch in South Jakarta, lambasted the kingdom for using the pilgrimage to Mecca, considered ...
Saudi Arabia traditionally has taken a hard line against Israel, and holocaust denial and anti-Semitism are common in the kingdom. As recently as 2010, Saudi textbooks described Jews as descending from monkeys and pigs. The letter from Alissa, which was written in the week leading to holocaust ...
Some of Saudi Arabia's most powerful men, detained in November in an anti-corruption purge, have been released. Among those set free are Waleed al-Ibrahim, the head of MBC television network, and Khalid al-Tuwaijiri, a former chief of the royal court. They have paid substantial financial settlements, reports say - though ...
The transport minister of Saudi Arabia said Friday that opportunities are coming up for international investment in the country's rail infrastructure. "We have long-term public/private partnership (PPP) concessions that are in play. We are looking at restructuring some of our airports as well, allowing them to be ...
On Sept. 26, Saudi Arabia officially lifted its ban on female drivers. Set to take effect in June, it's a historic ruling that underscores the crown prince's commitment to reinvigorate the country's economy with long-awaited liberal reforms. It will change the lives not only of women but of families, communities and ...
Manama: Dammam Airports Company (DACO) has denied reports that the King Fahad International Airport in Damman was selling alcohol after a short video clip circulated on social media purporting to show that. DACO Chief Executive Officer Turki A. Al Jawini warned over elusive social media accounts ...
Jeddah: The General Authority of Zakat and Tax (GAZT) clarified that Saudi Arabian exports are zero-rated under the VAT Law and Implementing Regulations. This means that in-Kingdom enterprises exporting goods and services can deduct the VAT-eligible input taxes they paid, as long as they file their ...
Schmett and her husband, Kim, own Schmett & Associates, a consulting firm that collected $103,500 for a Saudi Arabia-funded Public Relations campaign between October 2016 and September 2017. They lobbied against a federal law that helps an ongoing civil lawsuit brought by victims of the 2011 ...
Saudi Arabia has been buying a lot of weapons in recent years. So much so that a recent purchase of 17 Sikorsky UH-60M Blackhawks went by almost unnoticed. What's most interesting about this sale, though, is not just the fact that the Saudis have acquired some very versatile helicopters, but rather who ...
RIYADH: Results of the latest 2017 housing census show that nearly one in two Saudi homes is owned. The figure of 49.91 ownership was revealed by the General Authority for Statistics (GaStat) on its official website on Thursday. The 10-year survey was conducted between April and May last year.



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