Blog archive: Saudi Arabia

  • 2nd August 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Thousands of Indian workers are trapped in Saudi Arabia, unable to leave the country and with no means to support themselves after their employer stopped paying them. At the weekend Indian embassy officials began organising emergency food aid following reports that several hundred workers had...
  • 28th July 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    For several weeks now there has been growing evidence that Twitter is being used for a covert and highly organised propaganda operation which disparages Shia Muslims while supporting the Sunni Muslim governments of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. The tactic is to deluge Twitter with multiple copies of...
  • 23rd July 2016
    By
    Sebastian Sons and Toby Matthiesen
    During the 16 months that Saudi Arabia has been waging war in Yemen there has been little discussion of the kingdom's media strategy, though in some ways it is almost as important as the military strategy. In the article below, Sebastian Sons and Toby Matthiesen argue that the kingdom is...
  • 17th July 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A verse from the Qur'an says:  “Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because God has given the one more [strength] than the other, and because they support them from their means.” In Saudi Arabia this forms the basis for a system where all women must be...
  • 16th May 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Today Queen Elizabeth will deliver her annual speech to the British parliament setting out the government's programme for the next 12 months. High on the list of proposals is a renewed effort to combat "extremism", and one idea is to establish a register of "extremists" – similar to the...
  • 3rd May 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The number of job losses at the Binladin construction firm in Saudi Arabia has now reached 89,000, according to company sources cited by al-Watan newspaper. Some 77,000 expatriate workers have been dismissed and issued with exit visas – an increase on the 50,000 figure reported...
  • 30th April 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Newspapers in Saudi Arabia are reporting that the kingdom's largest construction firm, the Saudi Binladin Group, has axed 50,000 employees – thought to be about a quarter of its workforce. The move comes just days after the king's favourite son, Prince Mohammed by Salman, announced ...
  • 19th April 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Saudi Arabia, elected to the UN Human Rights Council three years ago in dubious circumstances, continues to play a negative role in the organisation's affairs. During the most recent session of the council, last month, it took a stand against protecting women, children and sexual minorities...
  • 13th April 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    There's a story told in the hadith that the Prophet Muhammad once saw a boy with a partly-shaved head – and disapproved. "Shave all of it or leave all of it," he is reported to have said. Fourteen centuries later, this little incident is causing ructions on Saudi Arabia's...
  • 29th March 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    This year's Riyadh Book Fair, held in the Saudi capital earlier this month, acknowledged the war in Yemen with a military theme. Hala Aldosari writes: Guests browsing publishers’ stalls passed through “barracks row” honouring the Saudi troops camped on the...
  • 10th March 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    After waging war in Yemen for almost a year, Saudi Arabia is gradually beginning to realise what many said at the outset: that military victory is impossible. A few days ago the Saudis took the previously unthinkable step of engaging in direct talks with the Houthis, their...
  • 9th March 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    As Saudi Arabia's economic problems worsen, thousands of construction workers are complaining about unpaid wages. Among those affected are 38,000 employees of Saudi Oger – the kingdom's second-largest construction firm – who have not been paid for four months. Saudi Oger is chaired by...

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