Saudi Arabia = Don Corleone of the Middle East

While Saudi Arabia’s ban on women driving has dominated international news coming from the country, here are some other stories that you might’ve forgot. Remember, when you want to get to the bottom of a situation, follow the money.

The US completed the largest ever arms sale to Saudi Arabia to the tune of $60 billion.

Former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali flees to Saudia Arabia after being overthrown by pro-democracy protests.

Wikileaks cables say Saudi Arabia can’t pump enough oil to keep lid on prices.

Saudi security cracks down on protests.

Saudi Arabia offers concessions to its citizens to avoid Arab Spring protests.

Saudi Arabia sends tanks into Bahrain, the home of the US 5th Fleet, to put down protests while the US stays quiet as kept.

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh goes to Saudi Arabia for treatment after surviving bombing.

Despite News of the World troubles, Rupert Murdoch and News Corp are still set to go ahead with Sky News Arabia. The second largest shareholder in the company is Prince Walid bin Talal bin Abdelaziz Al-Saud, a billionaire nephew of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.

Saudia Arabia plans anti-terror laws that many fear are a coverup to prevent pro-democracy protests.

I think it’s safe to say Saudi Arabia has its hands in a number of cookie jars.


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