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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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Jeddah - Cinema 70, Saudi Arabia's first cinema brand, has been presenting a series of international family movies, as cinemas prepare to make a comeback in the kingdom. The six-day family movie festival, organized with the support of General Entertainment Authority, started at the Jeddah culture and ...
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, in particular, have extremely high solar insolation, which makes solar energy very attractive for powering their grids. Slowly, countries are starting to realize that it's a lot cheaper to power their grids with solar energy than domestically produced oil, which could be ...

According to the latest figures released by the General Authority for Statistics (GaStat) at the beginning of January, Saudi Arabia's population grew by 2.52 percent to 32.5 million by the end of 2017, up from 31.7 million the previous year. The Makkah region in the west of the kingdom is the most populated ...
Saudi Arabia plans to build nine desalination plants for more than 2 billion riyals ($530 million) on the Red Sea coast, its environment minister said on Sunday. The plants will have capacity of 240,000 cubic meters of water per day and will be completed in less than 18 months, Abdulrahman al-Fadhli wrote ...

From left, Prince Abdul Aziz bin Matab Al-Saud, chief of the Top Events Co. and Knowledge Core, with Pakistani filmmaker Imran Raza Kazmi at the premier of a Pakistani movie held in Riyadh on Saturday. (AN photo). Related Articles. Complete plans in 90 days to facilitate Saudi cinema launch ...
The new aid will allow 1.4million metric tons of aid imports into Yemen every month - up from 1.1 million metric tons per month in 2017, government sources said. Among the announced efforts, the Coalition will operate an air bridge from Jizan in Saudi Arabia to Ma'rib to run multiple daily flights of C130 ...
By Alaa Shahine Saudi authorities will likely recover more than $100 billion in settlement agreements with corruption suspects in a probe that has implicated dozens of princes and billionaires, a senior government official said. Talks with suspects held at the Ritz Carlton in Riyadh are expected to wrap up by ...
Dubai: Human Rights Watch accused Saudi Arabia on Thursday of violating international humanitarian law in Yemen and stepping up arrests and prosecutions of activists seeking reform or voicing peaceful dissent. In its World Report 2018, which reviews human rights practices in more than 90 countries, ...
The delay in announcing an international venue for the world's biggest initial public offer (IPO) may not be accidental. The international stock exchange for Saudi Aramco's IPO was supposed to be revealed by the end of last year for the IPO to go ahead this year, but there has been no word about it yet.
Hamza bin Laden, the son of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden, renewed his call for Saudi Arabia's monarchy to be overthrown in a video released Thursday. The young bin Laden said Saudi Arabia's monarchy should be punished for forming strategic historical alliances with the West and uniting with ...
After all, this is a country so conservative, so puritanical in its official interpretation of Islam, that for decades there was almost no music played in public at all. Not in stadiums or theaters. Not in restaurants or malls. Not in elevators. But on the outskirts of Riyadh, at an amusement park on the edge of the ...
The U.S. is well-placed to overtake the likes of Saudi Arabia and Russia as the world's leading energy producer over the next 12 months, according to the latest monthly report from the International Energy Agency (IEA). "This year promises to be a record-setting one for the U.S.," the IEA said in its ...
Saudi Arabia's King Salman ordered a deposit of $2 billion to be paid into Yemen's central bank. The money, which is not a loan and will not have to be paid back, is to help strengthen Yemen's weak currency. The Yemeni prime minister issued a public plea for funds to prop up the rial and help stave off hunger in the ...
The incidence rate of prostate cancer in Saudi Arabia is around 5 to 6 cases per 100,000 men compared to 8 cases in Oman, 13 in Kuwait and 14.5 in ... which recently participated in a workshop in Riyadh titled "Assessing the Clinical and Economic Burden of Prostate Cancer in Saudi Arabia and the ...

The Wadi al-Bardani valley, which is located in south Bareq and north of Muhayil Asir, is distinguished for its river which flows all year round. (Supplied). Mohammed al-Harbi, Al Arabiya.net Thursday, 18 January 2018. Text size A A A. Wadi al-Bardani is one of Saudi Arabia's most beautiful valleys given its ...
Everybody needs oil. Saudi Arabia has a lot of oil. So the country has had an endless supply of money. Then, things started changing. The U.S. started producing more oil, which means Saudi Arabia can't control world oil prices like they used to. Also, it's become clear that the world isn't going to run on oil ...
Saudi Arabian authorities must release a prominent reformist cleric who has been held in solitary confinement for five months without charge or trial, Amnesty International said today amid growing fears for his health. Sheikh Salman al-Awda's family learnt yesterday that he has been hospitalized in the city ...
Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud ordered a $2 billion transfer to the Yemeni central bank, CNN reports, as a wave to stave off further economic turmoil in war-torn Yemen. Why it matters: The Saudi Ministry of culture and Information said in a statement that the money is meant to boost ...
Saudi Arabia will deposit $2 billion into Yemen's central bank in an effort to support the war-torn country's economic crisis, the kingdom's state news agency reported Wednesday. The cash injection -- ordered by Saudi Arabia's King Salman -- comes one day after Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed bin Daghr ...
Saudi Arabia is backpedaling on austerity for the second time in less than a year. analysts say the government is trying to ease the pain of recent tax hikes and subsidy cuts for Saudis to avoid a backlash that could threaten its plans to overhaul the economy. Less than a week after the government ...
police in Saudi Arabia say they have arrested several young men who last week appeared in a video of what was described as a "gay wedding scene". In the video, the men are sprayed with confetti as they walk side by side on a carpet at an outdoor venue. One of them seems to be wearing a long bridal ...
Amnesty International launches a campaign today to mark the three year anniversary of the public flogging of Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi. He received the first 50 out of 1000 lashes on 9 January 2015 for setting up a website focused on social and political debate. In the wake of his flogging, which ...
U.S. oil production will average 10.8 million barrels a day in 2019, according to the Energy Information Administration, a level that will rival top producers Saudi Arabia and Russia. EIA sees America's output at 10.3 million barrels a day this year, the highest annual average on record. EIA forecasts U.S. ...
Oldest Saudi man, Sheikh Ali Al-Alakmi, died in Abha last weekend at the age of 147. (Supplied). Staff writer, Al Arabiya English Tuesday, 9 January 2018. Text size A A A. Saudi Sheikh Ali Al-Alakmi died in Abha last weekend at the age of 147. The oldest Saudi man had his own special diet and hated ...
Iran's Revolutionary Guard said on Sunday the country's people and security forces had defeated unrest fomented by foreign enemies, as parliament and security officials met to discuss the boldest challenge to the clerical establishment since 2009. There has been more than a week of unrest in Iran in ...
The LGBT community in Saudi Arabia is severely restricted by the country's ultraconservative Islamic law. Same-sex activities between men and between women are outlawed, and the rights of that community are not recognized by the government. LGBT people face punishments ranging from lashings to ...
Human Rights Watch has documented Saudi Arabia's rampant use of arbitrary travel bans and detentions of Saudi citizens over the years. Authorities have often broken Saudi law in imposing travel bans, human rights Watch found. Aside from a court ruling, the authorities may impose bans "for defined ...
It's worth noting that Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is ranked 141 out of 144 countries on gender parity on the 2016 Global Gender Gap Report by the World Economic Forum. The Middle Eastern country has long been criticized for its ultra-conservative laws on women's rights. In September, hundreds of women ...
sports stadiums in Saudi Arabia will open their doors to women to attend football matches for the first time ever on Friday, the government has announced. "The first match that women will be allowed to watch will be Al-Ahli versus Al-Batin on Friday, Jan. 12," the ministry of information said in a statement ...
PHOTOS: A volcanic mountain in the middle of Red Sea in Saudi Arabia. The island ... An island alongide an island in the middle of the Red sea on the Saudi Arabian side exists within the blue waves of the ocean right across from al-Qahmah beach in the Asir region, southwest of Saudi Arabia. The island ...
Saudi Arabia has asked a US federal judge to reject a lawsuit that seeks to hold the Kingdom accountable for the September 11 attacks of 2001, Saudi newspaper Okaz reported yesterday. The paper cited a document presented by Riyadh's lawyers to the Manhattan federal court in which he stated that the ...
London/Dubai: Saudi Aramco has invited banks pitching for roles in its stock market listing, including Citi and Goldman Sachs, for meetings in the kingdom in the coming weeks to make their case, according to three banking sources familiar with the matter. The meetings are an indication that preparations ...
The last thing the Middle East needs is more nuclear technology. But a coterie of Washington "experts," recently assembled on behalf of Saudi Arabia, argues otherwise and seem to have the ear of the Trump Administration. Energy Secretary Rick Perry · James (Rick) Richard PerryPerry pictured with falcon, ...
Control over the mountain range cuts supply routes and passages for the Houthi militia. (Supplied). Staff writer, Al Arabiya English Monday, 8 January 2018. Text size A A A. The Yemeni army said on Monday that it has regained control of the Umm al-Athem mountain range in the Saada, near the Saudi ...
Saudi Arabia also reported falling stores throughout 2017. In official data submitted to the Joint Organisation Data Initiative (Jodi), the Kingdom reported oil stocks had declined by 5.4 million barrels between January and June 2017, and were on a downward trajectory between March and September.
"No one is above the law in Saudi Arabia. Everyone is equal and is treated the same as others," the statement said. Two months ago, authorities arrested dozens of royals, businessmen and senior government officials as a part of a corruption crackdown. Those detained included the former head of the royal ...
Tracy Otterson puts avian influenza samples in the centrifuge to clean them up before moving to extraction, in this file photo taken on April 8, 2015 at the University of Minnesota's Veterinary Diagnostics Laboratory in St. Paul, Minn. (AP) ...
The Al Nojoom player was caught doing the pose on camera towards the substitutes' bench during their King's Cup clash against Al Wahda on January 3. The match commentator can be heard tutting and then saying "No, no, no", which seems to have been in reaction to the dab. Dabbing has been banned ...
Saudi Arabia has introduced reforms that include cutting subsidies, introducing value added tax (VAT) and cutting perks to royal family members to try to cope with a drop in crude prices that has caused a budget deficit estimated at 195 billion riyals in 2018. The online news website sabq.org said the ...
No explanation was given either by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz or by former prime minister Nawaz for their Saudi visit. Being public figures the matter was bound to rouse curiosity and lead to speculation. Politicians in the opposition soon started sharing their conclusions with the public. Addressing ...
A photo taken on August 17, 2017 shows a Saudi employee checking his cell phone at his office in the capital Riyadh. (AFP). Related Articles. Saudi Telecom and IT minister directs mobile service providers to ensure roaming services, network in remote areas · 5,000 Saudi women build careers in mobile ...
Yemen rebels fire missile at Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia said it intercepted a missile fired by Houthi rebels above Najran and claim it shows they are being backed by Iran. 14:47, UK, Friday 05 January 2018. An image said to show a ballistic missile being launched by Houthi rebels at Riyadh. Image: An image said to show a ...
Dubai (Reuters) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Saudi Arabia to release a local journalist who was reportedly arrested this ... "Despite promises of reform and moderation from Saudi Arabia's emerging leadership, it is clear from Saleh al-Shehi's arrest that repression as usual ...
State employees in Saudi Arabia are to be given money to compensate for a new sales tax and a rise in fuel prices. King Salman has ordered monthly payments of more than $260 (£190) for the next year. The kingdom has roughly doubled domestic petrol prices and introduced a 5% tax on most goods and ...
When Saudi Arabia's Mohammad bin Salman effectively launched a coup and unseated his political rival in June, President Donald Trump took private credit. "We've put our man on top!" Trump told his friends, writes Michael Wolff in his forthcoming book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.".
Updated | French President Emmanuel Macron has accused the U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia of instigating a war as their mutual foe, Iran, was rocked by a week of protests. Macron on Wednesday joined several other world leaders to weigh in on protests that began as demonstrations against austerity ...
However, with the new policy, a levy of 5 percent will be charged on most goods and services in Saudi Arabia, driving up the costs for Muslims going on the pilgrimage this year. religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin has confirmed that the levy will affect Indonesian pilgrims. "That is why we can ...



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