Saudi Arabia Finally Allows Women to Drive

September 27, 2017

Following a decree by King Salman, women in Saudi Arabia can finally get a driving license. Saudi Arabia’s long-awaited lifting of a ban on women driving will likely serve as a litmus test for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s ability to introduce economic and social reforms despite...

Demographic Tsunami Heads for Saudi Arabia

July 13, 2016

Vision 2030 seeks to address Saudi Arabia’s economic challenges, but quick solutions are not necessarily on the horizon. The Saudi Arabian National Transformation Plan and Vision 2030 have already over stimulated the saliva glands of banking and advisory community. Of course, these...

Death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah: A Succession Story

January 24, 2015

What next for Saudi Arabia and King Salman? The passing of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia will change little in the kingdom and its relations with the West. The monarch had been ailing and reclusive for some years, and his anointed successor (and brother), Salman, had been handling the...

Flogging for Blogging?

January 18, 2015

The US government continues to turn a blind eye to the medieval forms of torture meted out by its Saudi allies, argues Medea Benjamin. On January 9, two days before the massive Paris march condemning the brutal attack on freedom of the press, a young Saudi prisoner named Raif Badawi was removed...