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Economic Hardship Could Lead to Trouble in Saudi Arabia

Economic Hardship Could Lead to Trouble in Saudi Arabia

The Government of Saudi Arabia struggles to balance its budget as oil prices fall below $35 (USD) per barrel. The kingdom needs oil prices to reach $106 to fund current expenditures. The Saudi budget is predominately centered on oil prices; the BBC reports that oil revenue forms 73% of the […]

Bahrain foils “secret terrorist plot” by Iran and Hezbollah

Bahrain foils “secret terrorist plot” by Iran and Hezbollah

The Bahraini state news agency, Bahrain News Agency (BNA), reported that “A secret terrorist plot aided by the so-called Iranian Revolutionary Guard and the Hezbollah terrorist organization was foiled.” The BNA said “a main suspect, Ali Ahmed Fakhrawi, had traveled to Lebanon and personally met the head of the Shi’ite […]

In this Tuesday, March 31, 2015 file photo, people gather near the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi airstrikes near the airport in Sanaa, Yemen.

Canada Continues with Saudi Arms Deal Despite Executions, Human Rights Abuses in Yemen

Canada condemned the execution of Shia cleric and political activist Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, and the country’s foreign affairs minister, Stéphane Dion, asked Saudi Arabia to observe and respect basic human rights. The Canadian minister questioned the Saudi government’s regard for human rights as well. However, the Government of Canada announced […]

Another Case of Censorship in Saudi Arabia and the UAE

Another Case of Censorship in Saudi Arabia and the UAE

The United Arab Emirates follows Saudi Arabia and Egypt in blocking access to a Qatari website called The New Arab. According a to a spokesman for Al-Araby al-Jadeed, the media outlet that runs the website, The New Arab is intended as a forum for open discussion and exchange of ideas […]

Bahrain Arrests Protesters and Critics of Sheikh Al-Nimr’s Execution

Bahrain Arrests Protesters and Critics of Sheikh Al-Nimr’s Execution

The Bahraini Ministry of Interior (MOI) reportedly released a statement on Monday that it arrested a number of participants in the recent protests condemning Saudi Arabia’s execution of Sheikh Nimr Al-Nimr. The MOI stated that it “seized those who misused social media outlets, took legal actions against them, and summoned […]