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Saudi Arabia next Middle East domino?

The Arab News newspaper has warned that those winds of freedom from northern Africa may hit Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia’s prince Talal Bin Abdulaziz also told the BBC there’s a danger the protests in Bahrain could spill into Saudi Arabia.

It’s wishful thinking to bet on the House of Saud reforming itself – not while enjoying extraordinary oil wealth and maintaining a vast repression apparatus, more than enough to buy or intimidate any form of dissent.

And Bahrain’s Shi’ites can certainly inspire Shi’ites in Saudi Arabia in terms of a long fight for greater social, economic and religious equality. 15% of Saudi Arabia’s population is Shi’ite, living in the eastern provinces, where the oil is.

The average age of the House of Saud trio of ruling princes is 83. Of the country’s indigenous population of 18.5 million, 47% is under 18. A medieval conception of Islam, as well as overwhelming corruption, is under increasing vigilance on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

40% of the population actually lives under the seal of poverty, has access to virtually no education, and is in fact unemployable.

Even crossing the causeway to Bahrain is enough to give people ideas.

[Asian Times]

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3 Responses to “Saudi Arabia next Middle East domino?”

  1. Bahrain will tighten the Monarchical Dictatoship and the discontent will die a Natural Death.
    Saudi the same as Bahrain.
    Yemen will become a cauldron and a breeding ground for terrorists. This will further destabilize the Middle East.
    To complicate issues for US, Israel will not look kindly to Egypt being ruled by anybody other than Mubarak.
    In this confusion, people losing sight of Lebanon where the volatile situation remains unnoticed.
    Then you have world’s headache Pakistan. No one knows what is happening over there, least of all Pakistanis.

  2. […] Saudi Arabia last week, he came bearing gifts: handouts worth $37 billion, apparently intended to placate Saudis of modest means and insulate the world’s biggest oil exporter from the wave of …. But some of the biggest handouts over the past two decades have gone to his own extended family, […]

  3. May 10 update: Saudi police opened fire to disperse a protest in the section where minority Shiites live, leaving at least one man injured, as the government toughened its efforts to prevent a wave of unrest.

    The rare violence raised concern about a crackdown ahead of planned protests after Friday prayers in different cities throughout the oil-rich kingdom. Violence there could reverberate through the world’s markets because of the importance of Saudi oil exports.

    Discord is common between authorities and the country’s Shiites, who make up 10 percent of the kingdom’s 23 million citizens. They have long complained of discrimination, saying they are barred from key positions in the military and government and are not given an equal share of the country’s wealth.


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