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Previous terrorism-related executions in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has a long history of executing Saudi citizens as well as foreigners on terrorism-related acts. However, the recent mass execution has sparked international outrage with voices criticising the Saudi Kingdom and questioning the fairness of the trials. “Some of whom [the 47 executed] were clearly sentenced to death after grossly unfair trials. Carrying …

Salma Abdallah

Saudi Arabia proposes economic reforms

Saudi Arabia has run a massive fiscal deficit in 2015, due to low oil prices. Now the Saudi Finance Ministry has announced plans to reduce subsidies on energy, and investments to try to diversify the economy.

Deutsche Welle

Saudi Arabia unveils 34-state anti-terrorism coalition, includes Egypt

Saudi Arabia announced the formation of a 34-state Islamic military coalition Monday to combat terrorism, which raised questions over its motives and implications on the balance of power in the region. The coalition draws together the Gulf States, Egypt, and Turkey to fight terrorism and will be based in Riyadh “to coordinate and support military …

Daily News Egypt

Breeding intolerance: Turkish football fans disrespect ‘Islamic State’ victims

Twice in two months, Turkish fans disrupted the moments of silence for victims of “Islamic State” (IS) attacks in Ankara and Paris in a demonstration. It showed a kind of intolerance bred by religiously-cloaked authoritarianism in countries like Turkey and Saudi Arabia. The fans demonstrative support with IS was clear when they shouted “Allahu Akbar” …

James Dorsey