How Saudi Arabia Inhibits Democracy and Progress in the Arab World... A Basic Quiz for readers

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President Obamas Middle East and North Africa speech of May 19, 2011 was promising and encouraging yet incomplete. Setting aside the mine field of the never ending and unsolvable Arab-Israeli conflict, the speech will likely be a source of more strength for pro-democracy activists in some Arab nations as it confirmes Americas siding with the right side of history in countries like Tunisia and Egypt. But while the President managed to clearly define some of the key issues that led to the Arab revolt and provided some directions as what he expects the outcome to be, he has avoided focusing on the actions of a highly disruptive nation, a partner of the US, that has long been source of repression and insecurity worldwide.

For those of you who wonder who this partner is, consider this basic quiz: What do the following statements have in common?


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1- It protected dictator Ben Ali when he fled his country
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[/FONT][FONT=verdana,geneva]2- It sided with Mubarak and provided him support when his people demanded his departure[/FONT][FONT=verdana,geneva]

[/FONT][FONT=verdana,geneva]3- It sent heavily armed troops to Bahrain to discipline the Bahraini people who were seeking some democracy [/FONT][FONT=verdana,geneva]

[/FONT][FONT=verdana,geneva]4- It invited the Monarchies of Morocco and Jordan to join the Cartel of Kings to protect the interests of Arab royalties[/FONT][FONT=verdana,geneva]

[/FONT][FONT=verdana,geneva]5- Many of its shadowy characters support and finance international terrorism[/FONT][FONT=verdana,geneva]

[/FONT][FONT=verdana,geneva]6- The key leaders of Al Qaeda are from that country[/FONT]
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If your response is Saudi Arabia, then you passed the test. By Saudi Arabia I do not mean the people. In fact, the people of Saudi Arabia are some of the most repressed individuals on earth. In particular if you are woman, tough luck.

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You have the right to remain covered and serve the males around you. You are not allowed to drive and if you attend university, your chances of working would be like winning the lottery. Indeed, women make up 5% of the workforce in Saudi Arabia. Like Iran, Saudi Arabia has a bizarre enforcement system in form of religious police that are used, lets face it, to perpetuate the reign of a few families in the name of religion.
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[FONT=verdana,geneva]Within Saudi Arabia, the Al-Saud regime uses all means to control the Saudi people. That includes funding the Wahabist religious establishments to call for favors when favors are needed. For example when pro-democracy reformists called for a Day of Rage back on March 11, 2011, corrupt religious figures issued some sort of Fatwa announcing that the protests would go against Islamic rules, just like the same type of characters did in Libya when Benghazi erupted. Needless to say, the organizers of Saudi Arabias Day of Rage quickly abandoned their plan due to fear of repression. But repression exists in large scale in Saudi Arabia. Human Rights Watch reported that more than 160 dissidents were arrested since February. The royalties use the ruthless National Guard that boasts more than 100,000 agents who terrorize people.
[/FONT][FONT=verdana,geneva]As the Saudi regime is no friend of its own people, why should we expect it to be a friend for the rest of the Arab world? Indeed, the Saudi royalties demonstrated over and over again that what all matters to them is for their family members to enrich themselves thanks to oil, as well as on the backs of millions of Muslim pilgrims who spend their life savings to fund the lavish life style of Saudis rich and famous. In case you are not aware, the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca brings Saudi Arabia a stunning $30 billion a year. Thats right![/FONT]


[FONT=verdana,geneva]The Arab revolts that started in December 2010 brought to the open the real and maligned character of the ruling elites of Saudi Arabia. Journalist Glen Carey of Bloomberg said in a recent article that Saudi Arabia is leading a counter- revolution against the sweeping political changes in the Middle East by using money, force and religion. In fact, thats what the Saudi regime has always done domestically, regionally and on the international scene to perpetuate itself and the state of chaos and insecurity around the world.
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[FONT=verdana,geneva]Evidence of an active Saudi regime undermining progress and international security is everywhere. Instead of letting the Tunisian people take their dictator Ben Ali to court, the Saudis provided him shelter. When the world was putting pressure on Hosni Mubarak to leave, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia went on the record to say that if the US did not protect its friend Mubarak, the Saudis will. This was another insult to the Egyptian people who were seeking democratic rights and a fair fight against corruption. In its neighborhood, the Saudi royals went to the rescue of yet another royal dictator, the Emir of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa when his people asked him out.
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[FONT=verdana,geneva]Whenever democratic voices are heard from Morocco to the Arabian Peninsula and beyond, the Saudi royals are there, front and center like firefighters eager to extinguish a fire as quickly as possible before moving to the next one. The destabilization of countries like Afghanistan can partly be tied to the Saudis insistence on fighting the Soviets and probably now Iran. Money is channeled by shadowy groups in Saudi Arabia to support the shadowy work of Jihadists around the world. And with the death of Osama Bin Laden, experts say the Saudi members of Al Qaeda insist on keeping the leadership of their organization within the Saudi-Yemeni domain.[/FONT]
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[FONT=verdana,geneva]While there is no doubt that the Saudi regime cares less about the Arab dictators per se, its actions in stifling the Arab pro-Democracy voices are a possible sign that the fear of contagion is rampant and widespread in the halls of power in that rich oil kingdom. Consider Saudi Arabias latest diplomatic action: in addition to protecting dictators, sending money and troops to discipline the Arab street, the Saudis have been working hard to form a cartel of royalties aimed at protecting each others interests. Excelling in building and controlling cartels such as OPEC, Saudi Arabia has recently invited the monarchies of Morocco and Jordan to join the Gulf Cooperation Council or GCC. Dont be fooled: this is not to improve economic ties, trade and integration between the nations involved for the sake of improving their economies and the living conditions of their people. There are plenty of other institutions and mechanisms that enable that. The invitation is essentially to join the club of a common monarchy protection unit sponsored by Saudi Arabia and which would act as a shield against the Arab peoples.[/FONT]
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[FONT=verdana,geneva]It is time for the West and the United States in particular to revisit its relationship with Saudi Arabia. The actions of its ruling elites are counterproductive and unsustainable. One cannot sustain such momentum in perpetuity. Sadly, the West does not have the appetite to go on a collision course with the Saudis now. The price of Saudi oil is said to be subsidized in the US market by the Saudis themselves in exchange for protection, and this equation will not likely change. Meanwhile, all those looking to advance human rights, freedom and democratic principles in their respective nations should be aware that they will be facing two walls, one from their own governments and a second reinforced wall paid for by Saudi Arabia.[/FONT]




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http://www.north-africa.com/naj_news/news_na/1maynineteen46.html



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SalmanKhanN

MPA (400+ posts)
you also have saudiphobia...lol stop dividing muslims my friend..if there leaders are corrupt so are leaders in ur beautiful pakistan..or ur beautiful zimbabwe...first help ur brothers and sisters in pakistan who are slaves of US..and then go help the slaves in Saudi..dont create hatred..its their problem as of now..deal with ur problem first..make pakistan an example for the whole world as an islamic state.then go around spreading hatred against SAUDI Kings..first take care of ur home..we are in no position to blame other countries..first all at our dirty self..and stop saying Wahabi and whatever..what do u think all around the world people follow Quran and Sunnah..first come and fix pakistan..and then u will be in a situation to smack talk about other countries.. all of u go pray behind Imam Kaaba and when come home start saying bad stuff about them calling them wahabi instead of brother in Islam...thousands of pakistani go to saudi and earn money there..have a living there...stop spreading this divide among muslims by calling other muslims names..grow up dude..think outside the box..think big..this wahabi stuff is getting old and pointless
 
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barshad

MPA (400+ posts)
We might disagree with Saudi Government policies, but there is no way that any true Muslim will support anarchy in our Holy Land.
 

cefspan

Minister (2k+ posts)
In fact, the people of Saudi Arabia are some of the most repressed individuals on earth. In particular if you are woman, tough luck.

THEY AIDED BRITISH AGAINST OTToman empire , Ye kahan ka holy land hae? ]]]Its monarchism not caliphate ,...Ye ghasib haen ............
 
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