STEVE ROYSTON: In one respect he is fortunate: Saudi has abundant resources to throw at these problems, unlike the US and the UK, where health services are competing for funds.
CROSSROADS ARABIA: If the rate continues as it is going, Saudi Arabia could be a net importer of oil in 17 years’ time. That’s plausible, based on the figures, but unlikely…
ROB L. WAGNER: There has been a staggering increase in consumer loan and credit card debt in the Kingdom.
ROB L. WAGNER: His religious comments were ill-chosen but they are not the only reason that he is in serious trouble.
ROB L. WAGNER: There is no proscription in the Quran of women in the workplace but the existing guardianship laws are a major obstacle.
ROB L. WAGNER: Conservatives anonymously attack outspoken women by questioning their morals and beliefs in Islam.
STEVE ROYSTON: To what extent should the state and its institutions act as an intermediary between an individual and his or her conscience – and ultimately his or her Maker?
STEVE ROYSTON: It’s not easy for a nation to move from a state where all things flow from the King to one where a country’s wealth belongs to its citizens.
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.
STEVE ROYSTON: What troubles Arab intellectuals is that the use of the Arabic language is declining. There’s an Arabic interface for Facebook, yet 75% of Arab users prefer the English.
STEVE ROYSTON: Difficulties facing women who wish to enter the workforce are only part of what the Saudi leadership recognizes is a slow burn of discontent.