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It's especially an issue for the US because Jamal Khashoggi is an immigrant and permanent resident to the US. The Washington Post reported on 9 October that "US intelligence intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture" Khashoggi. It was not clear whether the Saudi Arabians intended to arrest and interrogate Khashoggi ...


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Disclaimer: I'm no expert, this answer is based on my modest understanding of the situation at play. The OPEC decision to cut oil production was meant to keep prices high: if every OPEC country were selling all the oil they could, it would drive prices down since there would be more supply than demand. So if every OPEC country agrees to sell only a limited ...


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First, civilization is based on doing things that don't directly benefit them. Sanctions can be based on moral concerns, without reference to interests. Second, acting in support of morality even when it's not directly beneficial encourages others to do the same, which helps the US. Third, there are extended effects of this that can hurt the US. For ...


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It's a little disingenuous to say they're not concerned about it, as much as it is to use 'the media' to describe a highly textured and diverse industrial sector. That said, the status of women in Saudi Arabia is well documented, frequently discussed, and that history in addition to the fact that Saudi Arabia is a foreign policy ally of the United States (...


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Internal reasoning in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA): It's for women's benefit Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Lohaidan, a judicial adviser to an association of Gulf psychologists, recently told a Saudi website that "If a woman drives a car, not out of pure necessity, that could have negative physiological impacts as functional and physiological medical studies ...


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This question is starting out from a false assumption, that the media does not regularly cover, mostly in a negative fashion, events in Saudi Arabia concerning both sharia and its treatment of women. Those of us who follow international news closely have all read of articles about the subject, ranging from driving restrictions, to chaperone enforcement , to ...


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I think you have answered your own question (emphasis mine): Sophia made global headlines when she was granted Saudi citizenship, making the kingdom the first country in the world to offer its citizenship to a robot. Headlines? Check. Sounds cool? Check. No risk of actual damage? Check. Does not offend anybody? Check. Free publicity for an event inside ...


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According to the United Nations press release, the election was conducted using a secret ballot. In a secret ballot, there is no way to know who voted for a particular candidate. To help you out a little, not every nation was capable of voting. The UN org chart shows that the Commission on the Status of Women is organized by the Economic and Social Council. ...


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Basically, it's because Al Jazeera has more freedom in their reporting than other Saudi Arabian networks and the network doesn't always portray other Arab nations in a good light. As Al Jazeera has become the most popular news channel in the Arab world, Arab nations has always wanted to close it and it is already blocked in Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Also, it ...


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The reason Russia didn’t want to do a production cut is because the US is not participating in this, since the US is also not part of OPEC and actually leaves all the oil production to market forces and in the decisions of private businessmen rather than state-controlled oil like most of OPEC. While it's true that Russia needs a higher oil price for their ...


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As you can read on the wikipedia article on the topic, the direct reactions from most governments was mostly symbolic in form of official statements condemning the assassination, calls for investigations and statements of intend regarding future dealings with Saudi Arabia. Some countries, especially but not only in the Arab world, did actually take the side ...


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Who supplies Saudi-Arabia with weapons? As you can read on the Wikipedia article on the Royal Saudi Air Force and Saudi-Arabian ground forces, Saudi Arabia has the following aircraft capable of performing ground strikes: 154 McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle's (United States) 64 Eurofighter Typhoon's (Germany/UK/Italy/Spain joint venture) 80 Panavia ...


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Iran's foreign policy frequently conflicts with US goals and values. There are several grievances that cause the US to view Iran adversarially, including: Iran finances and arms groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah, which have long histories of engaging in terrorist attacks, and which the US officially designates as terrorist organizations.* Iran finances ...


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It remains to be seen whether any sanctions will actually occur, and whether they wind up being token sanctions or meaningful ones. Some of the US political reaction might well be genuine because of just how brazen the Saudis seem to have been about this: in geopolitics it is normal to keep up the pretense of diplomatic niceties and interrogating and killing ...


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I found this comment to be insightful But the House of Saud always had an almost literal killer counterargument, that they were probably better than any regime that would replace them. Often the world of foreign policy gives you no good options, just lots of variously bad ones. Accepting the Saudis’ help where they offered, and trying to gently nudge them ...


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The head of Rosneft, Igor Sechin, has long been convinced that the OPEC deal "plays into the hands of the United States" by making its shale oil industry profitable. Allegedly he finally managed to convince Putin to decline the deal in order to drive the US oil producers out of business.


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You're not alone in thinking that the war in the Yemen is under-reported. Medium ranked it as the top underreported stort of 2015 and even the normally reserved BBC described it thus: ...the war in Yemen must rank as one of the most under-reported in recent times, despite a few brave visits by intrepid journalists and film crews It's always difficult to ...


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Some remarks: First: It is not "8 for girls, 14 for boys"; It is 9 for girls and 15 for boys (Lunar year). Second: It is not true that "only Iran and Saudi Arabia use this law", So does Yemen. Third: In Iran, although the age of majority is 15 for boys and 9 for girls, this is for religious obligations, such as fast. For social ...


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Jeremy Corbyn has repeatedly said he would stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia. He said: Labour will re-examine the arms export licensing regulations to ensure that all British arms exports are consistent with our legal and moral obligations,This means refusing to grant export licences for arms when there is a clear risk that they will be used to commit ...


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On the paper, at least Iran seems as a country more worthy of a partnership. Iran is a more moderate and modern country with more educated population. Their diplomats rarely get caught abusing staff in the western world or smuggling drugs. Proxy groups they endorse are arguably far less extreme and target mainly Israel and Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia on the ...


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Turkey and Saudi Arabia are the two biggest Sunni economies in the world, and until 2011, were aligned economically and militarily. However, they had a major difference of opinion on the subject of the Arab Spring. Turkey is a much more politically moderate and democratic than Saudi Arabia, so it supported the toppling of dictatorships and authoritarian ...


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What's happening in Afghanistan is "news". During the US occupation of Afghanistan, the Afghan government had been making progress in its treatment of women. With the Taliban taking over, much of this progress is expected to be reversed. This is a sudden, dramatic change for the worse, so it's natural for it to receive lots of coverage in the media,...


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Are you asking about officially recognized parties, or actually existing (with or without recognition?) Wikipedia has a list of Saudi political parties that exist in reality. However, none of those parties are officially recognized under the Kingdom's law, and are officially prohibited (reference: Marshall Cavendish. "World and Its Peoples: the Arabian ...


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Yes, the UN Human Rights Commission Current Membership of the Human Rights Council, 1 January - 31 December 2016 Saudi Arabia 2016


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There were some direct sanctions against individuals The United States imposed economic sanctions on 17 Saudi officials on Thursday for their role in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor sought the death penalty for five suspects in the murder. The measure was unusual for Washington, which rarely imposes ...


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The Caliph is the rightful religious and secular leader of the ummah, the community of muslims. As such, declaring yourself Caliph is at a minimum demanding token submission from all other muslim leaders; if not declaring them illegitimate and proclaiming rightful direct rule over their countries. Saudi Arabia enjoys cordial diplomatic interactions with many ...


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The root cause is religious: Saudi Arabia is Sunni Muslim; Iran is Shia Muslim. A schism followed the death of the prophet in 632 and the conflicts over his succession that resulted. The relationship between the two groups has been tense to conflictual ever since, with periodic bouts of violence. The two countries arguably are these two blocks' leaders in ...


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There are several factors that happen to align in this piece. Khashoggi was a journalist, and the journalism community has repeatedly endured being called 'the enemy of the people' by the Trump administration. The fact that he was an employee of the Washington Post, which has risen to prominence in post-Trump America as a solid and upstanding reporter of ...


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Sharia law is not a single well-defined body of rules. It's a set of traditions, with several major schools of jurisprudence. Even if strongly religious people might themselves want to deny that (i.e. argue that their particular interpretation is the one true law created by God and not an “interpretation” at all), it's actually quite diverse and flexible. ...


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