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Why would a Western country sanction Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi's possible killing?

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 ...
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Why has Russia declined OPEC's request to cut oil production?

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 ...
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Why is the media concerned about the sharia and the treatment of women in Afghanistan, but not in Saudi Arabia?

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 ...
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Why would a Western country sanction Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi's possible killing?

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 ...
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Why did Saudi Arabia not allow women to drive?

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 ...
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Why is the media concerned about the sharia and the treatment of women in Afghanistan, but not in Saudi Arabia?

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. ...
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Why is Saudi Arabia "sitting on the fence" on Ukraine?

Here is a frame challenge to the question: it isn't, necessarily. The linked article moves smoothly from talking about countries that actually abstained from "voting on Ukraine," by which I ...
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Why would a country grant citizenship to a robot?

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 ...
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What countries voted for letting Saudi Arabia join the UN women's rights commission?

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 ...
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Why do the Saudis want Al-Jazeera to be shut down?

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 ...
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Why has Russia declined OPEC's request to cut oil production?

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 ...
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Why are most US news programs silent about Iran-Saudi deal announced at Beijing on March 10th?

I think this gets a bit more oversold in China, relative to the US, that's why you're so surprised. Coverage does exist, at least in [digital] "print", sometimes actually quite laudatory of ...
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Were there any sanctions for the Khashoggi assassination?

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 ...
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Who supplies Saudi Arabia with weapons?

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 ...
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Why does the U.S. still consider Iran an enemy and not a potential partner?

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 ...
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Why are most US news programs silent about Iran-Saudi deal announced at Beijing on March 10th?

In addition to my comments that suggest part of this is American News Media has a historically poor record for covering international stories unless it is a tragedy OR involves U.S. interests in some ...
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Why would a Western country sanction Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi's possible killing?

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 ...
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Why would US NOT sanction Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi's possible killing?

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 ...
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Why has Russia declined OPEC's request to cut oil production?

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 ...
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Why does the US view Iran as its principal geopolitical adversary in the Middle East?

I found evidence (listed below) that counters this claim: This is despite Iran and its proxies not having significantly targeted the US or its military assets, or engaged in terrorism against ...
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Differences between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn's opinion on selling arms to Saudi Arabia?

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 ...
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Is it possible for Saudi Arabia to run for a permanent seat in the UNSC?

There is no "application process" for membership in the UN security council. The permanent security council members are named explicitly in Article 23 of the UN charter: The Republic of China, ...
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Why is the media concerned about the sharia and the treatment of women in Afghanistan, but not in Saudi Arabia?

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, ...
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What does China have to gain from renewed ties between Saudi Arabia and Iran?

Stability. If tensions rise, oil trade could be affected and affect very negatively China, both because of increasingly expensive oil for China and because the economy of China's customers would also ...
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Are there political reasons why Turkey would want to catch Saudi Arabian agents committing a crime?

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 ...
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Why is Saudi Arabia "sitting on the fence" on Ukraine?

The quote may somewhat incorrectly lead someone to believe that KSA might have voted against the resolution (condemning Russia for invading Ukraine) when the KSA didn't do that. (KSA doing that would ...
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"Some 40 countries... on the sidelines of the (Russia v. Ukraine) war were invited to talks... in Saudi Arabia" Who was/wasn't invited? Who declined?

The list of attendees was published by the Saudi embassy in Washington: The countries and organizations that participated in the meeting chaired by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia include: the Argentine ...
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Why does the U.S. still consider Iran an enemy and not a potential partner?

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 ...
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Why is there always a tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran?

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 ...
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Were there any sanctions for the Khashoggi assassination?

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, ...
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