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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 »

Woman dies in car crash during her first driving lesson — days after Saudi Arabia lifts ban on female drivers -

A woman has died in a car crash during her first driving lesson in Saudi Arabia, days after the country lifted its 60-year ban on female motorists. The driver was sat behind the wheel for the first time in Jeddah, near the Red Sea, when she reportedly ...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 »

US Approves Possible $15 Billion Sale Of THAAD Missiles To Saudi Arabia - NDTV

The approval opens the way for Saudi Arabia to purchase 44 Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) launchers and 360 missiles, as well as fire control stations and radars. World | Reuters | Updated: October 07, 2017 04:15 IST. 13 Shares. EMAIL ...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 »

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 »

Saudi-led coalition back on UN blacklist for killing children in Yemen - The New Arab

The Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting in Yemen has been placed on a UN blacklist for killing and maiming children. Tags: Saudi Arabia, Saudi-led coalition, Yemen, UN, children. The Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting in Yemen was on Thursday placed ...and more »

Saudi Arabia Says It Dismantled ISIS Cell in Capital Planning Attack on Ministry -

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The Saudi government said Thursday that it had dismantled an ISIS cell in the capital, Riyadh, in connection with a plot to launch a suicide attack on the Defense Ministry. Two militants were killed and five others were arrested ...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 »

The Saudi Paper Tiger - The Globalist

Far from dominant, Saudi Arabia's future in the Middle East is that of a second fiddle state. AddThis Sharing Buttons. Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to Reddit Share to WhatsApp Share to LinkedIn Share to Email Share to Print. By James M ...and more »