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Saudis consider easing austerity to spur growth, says IMF - Financial Times

Saudi Arabia is considering easing austerity to spur growth as the kingdom battles recession and unemployment, the International Monetary Fund said. The IMF, in its annual report issued after consultations with Saudi officials, said the authorities had ...and more »

US approves sale of $15bn missile defence system to Saudi Arabia - The Guardian

The Terminal High Altitude Area Defence missile system will improve security in the Gulf, said the Pentagon. Photograph: Reuters. Saudi Arabia. US approves sale of $15bn missile defence system to Saudi Arabia. Pentagon says possible deal improves ...and more »

Scottish council pension funds “bankrolling” arms firms - The Ferret

Pension funds in Scotland have £420 million worth of investments in arms companies including nearly £12m in a US arms giant in Fife linked to allegations of war crimes in Yemen. The arms firms backed by 11 council pension funds include Northrop Grumman ...and more »

US approves possible $15bn THAAD missile system sale to Saudi Arabia - Financial Times

The US state department has approved the possible sale of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) — a US missile defence system — to Saudi Arabia's government for an estimated $15bn, as the Trump administration seeks to deepen military and ...and more »

Saudi women drivers spark Iranian social media buzz - Deutsche Welle

Ordinary Iranians have taken to social media in response to Saudi Arabia's reforms allowing women to drive. Many compared the emergence of women's rights in Saudi Arabia to the sluggish growth of Iran's women's movement. Iran Wahlen 2016 (Isna). The ...and more »

Saudi Arabia finally let women drive. Don't mistake it for democratic reform. - Washington Post

On Sept. 26, Saudi Arabia granted its female citizens the right to drive, reversing a decades-long prohibition. The latest in a number of changes shaking the conservative foundations of the kingdom, this widely publicized reform occurred in the wake of ...and more »

Once Shunned as 'Drivers,' Saudi Women Who Fought Ban Now Celebrate - New York Times

They were arrested, suspended from jobs, shunned by relatives and denounced by clerics as loose women out to destroy society. Their offense? They did what many in Saudi Arabia considered unthinkable: getting in cars and driving. Their protest in 1990 ...and more »

US approves possible $15 billion THAAD anti-missile system sale to Saudi Arabia - Deutsche Welle

Saudi Arabia has agreed to buy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system for $15 billion from the US. Long in the works, the agreement comes a day after King Salman signed a deal with Moscow. A THAAD test flight ...and more »

Saudi Dropping Billions on US and Russian Military Hardware - Foreign Policy (blog)

Russian S-400 air defence missile systems roll at Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9, 2016. Russia marks the 71st anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. / AFP / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV ...and more »

What drove Saudi Arabia to lift driving ban? It's not all about women. - Christian Science Monitor

Alleviating the burden on middle-class Saudi families is part of it. So is the boon to the economy from enabling women's employment. But it could also be a distraction as the crown prince consolidates power and cracks down on dissent. Aziza Yousef ...and more »