Tag: Saudi Arabia

Competitors consider their next moves at the King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Championships, the first international chess competition held in Saudi Arabia, in Riyadh on December 26, 2017

Report: Saudi Arabia Seeks Reform Towards ‘Moderate Islam’

At the heart of Saudi Arabia’s recent cultural and political upheaval is an understanding that the country must become more compatible with the Western world, and more hospitable to foreign investment, in order to manage the transition away from an oil-based economy with limitless deep pockets. Possibly the trickiest aspect of this transformation will be an Islamic reformation in the notoriously strict kingdom.

King Salman of Saudi Arabia on Saturday ordered extra pay for Saudi government workers and soldiers after the implementation of value-added taxation. Pool photo by Olivier Douliery/UPI

Saudi Prince Fired After Criticizing Royal Arrests

Prince Abdullah bin Saud bin Mohammed was named president of the Saudi Marine Sports Federation in October. His tenure came to an abrupt end after three months on Wednesday, when he was sacked over his criticism of royal arrests seen by skeptics as part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s effort to consolidate power.

In this photo of Iranian protests taken by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside Iran, demonstrators gather to protest against Iran's weak economy, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. A wave of spontaneous protests over Iran's weak economy swept into Tehran on Saturday, with college students and others chanting against the government just hours after hard-liners held their own rally in support of the Islamic Republic's clerical establishment. (AP Photo)

Arab World Pundits Express Strong Support for Iran Protests

TEL AVIV — The riots in the streets of Iran have excited social media networks in the Sunni Arab world ever since they first broke out, with many expressing their hope that the confrontations would harm the extremist Iranian regime, which is trying to exert its influence over Arab states.

SOCHI, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 13 : (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY MANDATORY CREDIT - KREMLIN PRESS CENTRE / HANDOUT' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) President of Russia, Vladimir Putin (not seen) meets with Prime Minister of Lebanon, Saad Hariri in Sochi, Russia on September 13, 2017. (Photo by Kremlin Press Centre/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Sources: Saudi Crown Prince Forced Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to Resign

Citing a dozen “Western, Lebanese, and regional officials and associates” of Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri, on Christmas Eve the New York Times published an account of Hariri’s resignation (and later un-resignation) that asserts he was forced out of office by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as part of Saudi Arabia’s cold war against Iran.