CROSSROADS ARABIA: The Saudi government is going to get tough on debtors. Some 63,000 Saudis could find themselves in jail…
CROSSROADS ARABIA: After heated debate the Shoura Council has agreed the common characteristics between GCC nationals permit intermarriage.
CROSSROADS ARABIA: Saudi authorities have paid attention to the furore that greeted the new legislation dealing with the media.
ROB L. WAGNER: Guaranteeing rights for women has taken a backseat to what the government sees as the more pressing issue of economic stability…
CROSSROADS ARABIA: The Saudi government is under pressure to help herders who have seen the price of imported fodder rocket.
STEVE ROYSTON: Add to the mix pressure on borders from poorer neighbouring countries, and you can predict immigration will be on the agenda for years.
MISHAAL AL GERGAWI: Unlike an Emirati or Qatari, a Saudi doesn’t have delusional expectations of financial entitlement and pre-deserved stature at the marketplace. A Saudi is glad to find a job at all.
DAVID ROBERTS: These events take place in the context of growing Shia power, encapsulated by the notion of a Shia crescent ‘enveloping’ the region…
CROSSROADS ARABIA: Arab News reports that the government has set a date for the second municipal elections. It does not report women cannot take part.
ROB L. WAGNER: Religious conservatives’ disruptive behavior at the Riyadh Book Fair illustrates the Saudi government’s acceptance of intolerance as long as it doesn’t interfere with its push to modernize the country.
ROB L. WAGNER: The U.S.’s reaction to Khalid Aldawsari’s terrorism-related charges could play into the hands of conservatives in the Kingdom.
CROSSROADS ARABIA: More than 90,000 government employees in the Kingdom will have their job status converted from ‘temporary’ to ‘permanent’. Good news for them but is it enough?
ROB L. WAGNER: Western analysts are engaging in wishful thinking that Saudi Arabia is ripe for a revolution. The Kingdom is no Egypt or Tunisia.
STEVE ROYSTON: I can’t believe that anybody in Bahrain, except possibly those who would like to see the country purged by fire, wants the economy to suffer.
SABRIA JAWHAR: The volume of hate-filled rhetoric pouring from pulpits in Saudi Arabia has risen over the past ten years; now authorities have taken action.
CROSSROADS ARABIA: ‘Saudi overstates oil reserves by 40%’ blasted the headlines. Cue global panic. But the story deserves a little more investigation…
ROB L. WAGNER: Saudi Arabia is sending thousands of women to foreign universities to obtain undergrad and postgrad degrees. Job prospects upon returning home are dim.
ROB L. WAGNER: The Facebook images, twitter messages and online videos fuel Saudi anger and repeatedly raise the question why authorities learned nothing from 2009.