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Saudi citizenship rules need a review

  • Saudi citizenship rules have always been kind of tricky, not to mention notoriously difficult for foreigners to obtain even under the best of circumstances.There’s a reason for this. Saudis are concerned about the social fabric of their country and very protective of their customs and traditions....
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The illusion of democracy

  • If Donald Trump hopes to make America great again, then he will need a lot more than eight years to accomplish the job if he should serve two terms in the White House.The message for Saudis, who have been following the presidential campaigns of both parties and who also keenly watched the...
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Tamping down racism, hatred

  • Long overdue but certainly welcome are a set of new laws drafted for review by the Shoura Council that criminalizes racism, bigotry, religious intolerance. The proposed legislation sends a strong message to religious leaders and social media commentators that ridiculing tribes, individuals and...
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Strengthening Saudi-US ties

  • Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to the United States at the request of the Obama administration marks a historic point in Saudi-US relations.The invitation in effect signals that the White House is willing to strengthen the weakening ties between the two countries after US...
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Capital flight or brain drain?

  • The recent disclosure during a Shoura Council session that as many as one million Saudis may have emigrated from Saudi Arabia to foreign countries will come as a shock if the numbers are correct.It seems the number one million is exaggerated since we are talking about a country of 16 million...
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Rise of a demagogue

  • Saudis, like just about everyone else not an American citizen, are following the train wreck commonly referred to as American politics. And in quiet horror we are observing the rise of Donald J. Trump as the apparent Republican Party nominee for president of the United States.On Tuesday, Trump...
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Wasting time on trivial matters

  • We Saudis don’t like to admit it, but we can be without too much effort a misogynistic society. Harsh? Perhaps. I’m not talking about all Saudis, of course. It’s hard to tell when people in positions of authority find creative ways to keep women from becoming part of the decision-making process...
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KSA moving in a new direction

  • Gone almost unnoticed in the West, but very much on the minds of people in the Arab world is the abrupt turnaround from the United States by trying to embrace Iran at the expense of its longtime allies in the Middle East.First, it must be acknowledged that US President Barack Obama had found...
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New chapter in KSA history

  • With a fairly good number of women winning municipal council seats in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, we can put to rest criticisms that the Kingdom is not ready to elect women to pubic posts.What is truly remarkable is that in areas thought to be conservative, voters did not consider gender a deciding...
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No such thing as Islamic terrorism

  • This week Jeddah’s Effat Univer-sity hosted a discussion panel with the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) as their guest. The discussion featured a vast cross-section of Saudis from the public and private sectors and universities and included students and professors.This writer was...
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