Saudi Arabia’s Power Play (Or, the Childishness of Kings)

I've let my contempt for Saudi Arabia's current governing system be known - several times.  This is because it's a personality-centric system driven by personalities that most of you wouldn't want to invite to dinner.  In such systems, psychology matters when understanding certain events.  Let's take a walk through, shall we, and understand Saudi state … Continue reading Saudi Arabia’s Power Play (Or, the Childishness of Kings)

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Riyadh’s Riots: It’s Getting Hot In Here

"It's getting hot in here/So take off all your thobes/I am getting so hot/I'm gonna riot and then throw oil markets into chaos." Seven months ago, Saudi Arabia began an amnesty to allow illegal workers to leave the kingdom without fine or punishment.  The result has been up to one million people fleeing the country … Continue reading Riyadh’s Riots: It’s Getting Hot In Here