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Questions relating to the government or politics of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)

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Is there a more recent estimate on the number of Syrians in Saudi Arabia?

According to Wikipedia As of September 2016, the number of Syrians in Saudi Arabia is estimated to be 500,000 and consists mainly of temporary foreign workers. According to the United Nations High ...
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Have there been any prior cases of US social media employees charged with spying for (or interfering on behalf of) a foreign power?

NBC reports that two Twitter employees have been charged in the Northern District of California for spying for the Saudis. Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on critics of Saudi regime, U.S. ...
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Why would a country grant citizenship to a robot?

Recently Saudi Arabia granted citizenship to a very advanced robot: A humanoid robot took the stage at the Future Investment Initiative yesterday and had an amusing exchange with the host to the ...
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Does Al Arabiya have a presence in the US? And if so, was there any effort to list them a a foreign agent?

Related to my question on Al Jazeera, does its UAE-based competitor Al Arabiya have a presence in the US? And if it does, have there been any efforts, e.g. Congressional opinions on having them ...
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Was there any outcry or diplomatic protest that Turkey bugged the Saudi consulate?

Of course the murder of Khashoggi eclipsed the circumstances how Turkey proved it happened. But were there any protests or concerns expressed at how Turkey treats the foreign missions in its country, ...
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Did the now closed pro-Saudi think tank Arabia Foundation register as a foreign agent?

The Washington-based pro-Saudi Arabia Foundation think tank closed in the aftermath of the Khashoggi murder. I'm curious however: was the Foundation required to list itself as a foreign agent under ...
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How did Wahhabism come into power as an influential movement in Islam?

Why does it have so many followers, and how does it contrast with other versions of Islam? How has it influenced the politics of Islamic (and non-Islamic) nations?
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Does Secretary of State's statement mean anything?

Since the United States is probably not going to take any military action and will at the most impose sanctions on Iran, does Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's statement calling the strike by the ...
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Are Saudi Arabia's air defences actually working? [closed]

Saudi Arabia has one of the biggest military budgets in the world. State purchased huge amount of western weapon systems, including the most advanced of them - US Patriot systems. It is even ...
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Does Saudi Arabia support Baathist resistance in Iraq?

Does Saudi Arabia support Baathist resistance in Iraq, currently led by Ad-Douri? Do they want to install a similar regime as in Egypt to counter the Qatari influence?
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Can Bahrain prevent Qatar Airways from flying?

The Washington Post writes: If not for a gesture of goodwill from Bahrain, whose airspace practically encircles Qatar, the airline would have to cease operations. But is it really a gesture of ...
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Who supplies Saudi Arabia with weapons?

More than 140 people were killed and over 525 wounded on Saturday, by a Saudi Arabian airstrike on a funeral. (See nytimes, rt, theguardian, and foxnews.) The questions are: Who supplies Saudi ...
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What is the motivation behind Saudi and the UAE's spending on arms?

In terms of money spent, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are the world's 2nd and 3rd top buyers of weapons, respectively. The top buyer India's spending seems justified given India's size and rivalry with ...
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Is it possible for Saudi Arabia to run for a permanent seat in the UNSC?

The proposed reform of UNSC suggests that potential new candidates are Germany, Japan, India, and Brazil. Does Saudi Arabia qualify for this position under any criterion?
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Saudi nuclear reactor “identified” in satellite images

There is a recent spate of news articles, for example, by CBC.ca: Saudi Arabia is about a year away from completing the building of its first nuclear reactor, according to Google satellite images ...
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Is there a correlation between US oil imports and the US-Saudi Arabia arms deal?

What I have read here suggests that the US and Saudi Arabia are linked by trade (oil for arms and vice versa). Here is a quotation from the article. Oil has also linked the two countries since ...
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Why is Saudi Arabia extending US$5.5 billion to Pakistan?

Saudi Arabia comes to Pakistan’s rescue with $1 billion assistance Saudi-backed bank to grant loan to Pakistan KSA interested in heavy investment in Pakistan What is Saudi Arabia's motivation to ...
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Why would US NOT sanction Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi's possible killing?

We have a question about motivating western countries to start sanctions against Saudi Arabia. It is rather simple question - murdering and torture in embassy are hard things to explain And what is ...
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Trump administration and the war in Yemen

What is the Trump administration’s stance on Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen? Does it differ from that of the previous administration?
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US relationship with Saudi Arabia

How does the US justify its relationship with Saudi Arabia when half its population are in essence property i.e. slaves (women). Besides the oil, and if that is all how do we in the US reconcile our ...
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Why is Lindsey Graham so acerbic against Mohammed bin Salman?

Graham said that MBS (the Crown Prince) "has to go" and and called him "crazy" and "dangerous". It looks like Graham, although a Republican, is strongly against the White House' position on this, ...
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Can Western countries impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia in a similar way to those imposed to Russia?

A local journalist argued some time after murdering of Jamal Khashoggi something like the following (approximately from the memory, I cannot find the source now): I do not mind paying more for the ...
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What options does the US have in response to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi?

The explanation by the Saudi's have been ever changing. First it was a flat denial of his death, now they've acknowledged it once video evidence was presented the the Turkish media. Saudi Arabia ...
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Does Turkey have an extradition treaty with Saudi Arabia?

Jamal Khashoggi's murder happened in the Saudi Arabia embassy in Turkey. President Erdogan wants the 15 men suspects to be tried in Turkey. Is that possible?
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Why would a Western country sanction Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi's possible killing?

Suppose, hypothetically, it is determined that the Saudi Arabian government murdered Jamal Khashoggi over his opposition to Prince Mohammed bin Salman. I can understand why this would be an unethical ...
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Are there political reasons why Turkey would want to catch Saudi Arabian agents committing a crime?

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on 2 October. Turkish officials allege that Saudi agents killed Khashoggi inside the consulate, and have ...
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Yemen - why isn't the West distancing itself from the blockade?

This question really isn't about the airstrikes and civilian casualties. Nor it is about the arms sales to Saudi Arabia. These are real concerns, but similar to those found in many other conflicts. ...
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Why is Canada trying so hard to defuse Saudi dispute?

Canada Reaching Out To Other Countries To Help Defuse Saudi Dispute Canada seeks UAE help to defuse row with Saudi Arabia Canada to ask allies to help cool Saudi dispute; U.S. offers no aid Why is ...
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Why did Saudi Arabia react so strongly to Canada?

Saudi Arabia Expels Canadian Ambassador Saudi Arabia recalls its ambassador from Canada Saudi Arabia freezes new trade, investment after Canada demands activists be freed Saudi Arabia Orders Its Fund ...
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Why did Canada take a strong position regarding Saudi arrest of Human rights activist(s)?

Saudi Arabia Expels Canadian Ambassador Saudi Arabia recalls its ambassador from Canada Saudi Arabia freezes new trade, investment after Canada demands activists be freed Canada Reaching Out To Other ...
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Has Saudi Arabia expelled ambassadors before over human rights comments (from their government)?

In the latest news on Saudi Arabia, they have expelled the Canadian ambassador (and recalled their own ambassador to Canada) in reaction to human rights comments from Canada, or more precisely demands ...
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What effect will the Saudi modernization initiative have on foreign workers?

One of the components of MBS's modernization initiative was adding/raising taxes for family members of foreign citizens. They are also going to ban foreign nationals from engaging in some specific ...
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Why is Saudi Arabia pressing the USA for nuclear tech?

Saudi Arabia is talking with the USA to sign a nuclear deal: probably civilian, and possibly without safeguards1. It is very likely that the US congress would block such a deal without safeguards2,3. ...
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Why is it so easy for people who lived in the KSA to get US visa?

I personally know many people who lived in the Saudi Arabia and achieved US visa very easily. For instance, if a guy from a country 'X' applies for a US visa, he gets denied. But, if the same guy ...
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Do Persian Gulf countries buy weapons only to influence the seller?

Saudi Arabia was the top buyer of defense products in the world until it was replaced by India in 2017. Other gulf countries also buy a lot of defense products. To me, recent Saudi-Russia defense ...
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What is the problem for Saudi Arabia if Turkey maintains a base in Qatar?

Saudi Arabia-led bloc asks Qatar to shut Al Jazeera, close a Turkish army base and scale down Iran ties within 10 days. What is the problem for Saudi Arabia if Turkey maintains a base in Qatar?
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Why are war atrocities in Yemen reported less often than war atrocities in other conflicts? [closed]

UPDATE: Wikileaks just released the Yemen files. Who would have guessed that, the US funded yemeni forces to force the war (once again). There are many terrible things happening in Yemen, they are ...
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Why isn't Saudi Arabia running after Nuclear Weapons? [closed]

Iran clearly desires to have Nuclear weapons, so does North Korea. Possession of Nuclear Weapon deters an enemy on engaging a war. Why isn't Saudi Arabia which has the third largest Military Budget ...
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Why did Saudi prince visit Israel? [closed]

There have been reports of Saudi Crown Prince bin Salman going on a secret visit to Israel. What can be the reasons behind it?
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How does Saudi Arabia prepare for when they run out of oil?

I've thought of it many times, actually an "ally" due to the petro dollar, what programs has Saudi Arabia implemented to prepare for a transition to a post-oil world economy?
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Saudi-Israel relations a reality? What are its potential effects? [closed]

There seems to be gathering rumours of an under-the-table, non-official alliance between Israel and Saudi Arabia. Both fear the rise of Iran and Hizbulla and it would be logical that they work ...
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Is there a legal way to find out if Saad Hariri somehow arrested or not? [closed]

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation while on a visit to Saudi Arabia. Several sources have said Saudi Arabia is holding Hariri with restricted freedom– a claim that the ...
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Why does the U.S. still consider Iran an enemy and not a potential partner?

As an American citizen, I'm well aware of the bad blood between the U.S. and Iran, dating back to the U.S. support of the the Shah Mohammad-Reza Pahlavi, the Iranian Revolution, and the Iranian ...
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Are there any political parties in Saudi Arabia?

Are there any political parties in Saudi Arabia? If there aren't any, then what stops the establishment of such parties?
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Why was Saudi Arabia removed from the UN's blacklist of child rights violators?

What is the UN's reasoning (or excuse) behind removing Saudi Arabia from a blacklist of child rights violators despite being blamed for the killing of hundreds of Yemeni children? What is the ...
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Why do Iran and Saudi Arabia share the same “age of majority”?

According to Wikipedia, backed by a couple of sources, Iran and Saudi Arabia share the same age of majority: 8 for girls, 14 for boys. Now, according to the sources, this is due to sharia law. ...
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Why did Saudi Arabia not allow women to drive?

According to this article Saudi Arabia was (and still is for a little while) the only country that did not allow women to drive: Women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to drive, the government ...
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Why is there always a tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran?

Why is there always a tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran? What is the root cause? What are the other causes? Is this tension only between the regimes or also between general citizens? How was ...
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Is the Trump administration united on the Saudi-Qatar conflict?

Are Trump and his cabinet members, specifically the President, the Defense Secretary, and the Secretary of State, united on the Saudi-Qatar conflict? What is Trump's opinion on the issue and are ...
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What is the reason behind Qatar isolation?

It is very clear that, in last few years, Qatar has become a little independent of its politics from the Saudi Arabia. Most Arab countries are followers to KSA which is a itself a follower for USA. ...