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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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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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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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It's based on the claim that this alleged murder or abduction happened inside a consulate of one country in another country. Clearly abductions and/or murders are illegal in Turkey. At the same time, by the Vienna convention on Diplomatic Relations (full text), accredited diplomats are immune to prosecution, and diplomatic missions such as consulates are ...


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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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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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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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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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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 is Yemen. third: In Iran, although age of majority is 15 for boys and 9 for girls, but this is for Religious obligations, such as fast. For social activities like driving ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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, France, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America shall be permanent ...


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One other point not mentioned is Syria. With Russia and its allies gaining the upper hand over Saudi supported forces, this could be considered an opening up an economic front in that conflict.


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KSA is protected by their wealth in the international community. West is highly dependent on Saudi petroleum products and US especially considers geographical and strategic importance of Saudia vital to their interests in the region. In the region itself which is populated mainly by Sunni Muslims, Saudia is revered just for the fact that they hold the two ...


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Firstly, it's because Turkey is the most powerful regional ally of Qatar and the country has also been sending food supplies and exports to Qatar after the ties were cut. Turkey has also provided military support to Qatar in addition to commercial links. Secondly, the military base is Turkey's first in the region and was set up to "confront 'common enemies'"...


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