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  Saudi Arabia - Encyclopedia, History, Geography and Biography
It borders Jordan on the northwest, Iraq on the north and northeast, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates on the east, Oman on the southeast, and Yemen on the south, with the Persian Gulf to its northeast and the Red Sea to its west.
The Basic Law adopted in 1992 declared that Saudi Arabia is a monarchy ruled by the sons and grandsons of the first king, Abd Al Aziz Al Saud, and that the Qur'an is the constitution of the country, which is governed on the basis of Islamic law (Shari'a).
Saudi Arabia was a key player in the successful efforts of OPEC and other oil producing countries to raise the price of oil in 1999 to its highest level since the Gulf War by reducing production.
www.arikah.net /encyclopedia/Saudi_Arabia   (3159 words)

 CQ Press : Current Events In Context : Terrorism
Saudi Arabia has also served as the chief patron of the Muslim duty to make a pilgrimage to Mecca, expanding arrangements to house and transport the millions of pilgrims who come from all over the world.
Saudi contributions played a major role in the World Muslim League, a religious-propagation agency founded in 1962 with its headquarters in Mecca, while Saudi Arabia was also highly influential in the Organization of the Islamic Conference, a multinational grouping of Muslim countries that periodically organizes summit conferences of government leaders.
Many Muslims in Saudi Arabia nevertheless criticized the regime for the corruption prevalent among government officials and members of the large royal family as well as a perceived exemption for princes from the equal application of the sacred law.
www.cqpress.com /context/articles/epr_saudi.html   (1492 words)

 Strategic Insights -- Saudi Arabia Reform at a Crossroads? Notes from a Recent Visit
Saudi Arabia is closed and secretive, and court gossip is rife.
Saudi liberals point to the way that the government recently altered the textbooks for religious education classes in primary and secondary schools, excising many elements that outsiders and some Saudis had identified as encouraging extremist views, despite the opposition that this engendered in Islamist circles.
His most recent publications related to Saudi Arabia are: "Saudi Arabia Challenged," in the January 2004 edition of Current History and "The Approaching Turning Point: The Future of U.S. Relations with the Gulf States," published in May 2003 by the Saban Center for Middle East Policy of the Brookings Institution.
www.ccc.nps.navy.mil /si/2004/feb/gauseFeb04.asp   (2825 words)

 Saudi Arabia - Gurupedia
The Basic Law adopted in 1992 declared that Saudi Arabia is a monarchy ruled by the sons and grandsons of King Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, and that the Holy Qur'an is the constitution of the country, which is governed on the basis of Islamic law (Shari'a).
He also must retain a consensus of the Saudi royal family, religious leaders (ulema), and other important elements in Saudi society, but his decrees are not subject to democratic approval or accountability.
Saudi Arabia is first in the world in proven reserves of petroleum (24% of the proved total), ranks as the largest exporter of petroleum, and plays a leading role in OPEC.
www.gurupedia.com /s/sa/saudi_arabia.htm   (1070 words)

 The Globalist | Global Politics -- Saudi Arabia in Washington: When Two Worlds Collide
In a classroom that lacked the Saudi Embassy’s oriental rugs and heightened security, Ali Al-Ahmed, a Saudi citizen and director of the Institute for Gulf Affairs, painted a less pleasant picture of Saudi Arabia.
Despite claims from Saudi government officials that they have reformed their curriculum to be more tolerant of other religions, a new report released in May 2006 by the Institute for Gulf Affairs and Freedom House criticizes the treatment of non-Wahhabi Muslims in government textbooks.
He said that Saudi Arabia has an obligation to respect, “Arab causes, identity, heritage and history.” He told the group that his country has “carried the flag of decolonization” in the region.
www.theglobalist.com /printStoryId.aspx?StoryId=5429   (1188 words)

 Term paper on Saudi arabia
Saudi Arabia is honored to contain the two most revered mosques of Islam, in Makkah and Madina, and the official title of the King of Saudi Arabia is Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.
Thus, Saudi Arabia faces the 1990s with a vision of where the country wants to be by the year 2000, with a combination of experience and innovation in the leadership of the Government and the business community, and with the foundation of the largest oil reserves in the world.
Saudi Arabia is an excellent location for aluminum smelting because of the low energy costs and the infrastructure, but world market conditions did not justify the development of a project until 1985, as other smelters had been established in Dubai and in Bahrain (in which SABIC is a shareholder).
www.termpapergenie.com /SAUDIARABIA.html   (6008 words)

 Saudi Arabia: History
It is believed that Arabia is the homeland of the Semites, to which many peoples of the Middle East belong, with Arabs and Hebrews as the most known.
The eastern parts of Arabia was dominated by Dilmun, covering parts of the mainland and the island of Bahrain.
Saudi Arabia allowed hundreds of thousands of foreign troops (mainly US) to be stationed on their own soil.
i-cias.com /e.o/saudi_5.htm   (1120 words)

 Saudi Arabia - POLITICS
Although the Saudi king in 1992 was an absolute monarch in the sense that there were no formal, institutionalized checks on his authority, in practice his ability to rule effectively depended on his astuteness in creating and maintaining consensus within his very large, extended family.
In 1983 Fahd appointed one of Sultan's sons, Bandar, to be the Saudi ambassador to the United States.
The patriarch of the Al Kabir clan, Muhammad ibn Saud (born 1909, not to be confused with Muhammad ibn Abd al Aziz Al Saud), was considered one of the senior Al Saud princes and was widely respected for his intimate knowledge of tribal genealogies and oral histories.
countrystudies.us /saudi-arabia/53.htm   (1488 words)

 Annaqed (English Section) - Politics - Is Saudi Arabia Our Enemy Too?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Saudis, of course, have been working desperately since 9-11 to convince Americans they are “a modern nation” determined to fight the very terrorism their millions continue to underwrite.
Wahhabism is the religion of Saudi Arabia and it is distinguished by its complete rejection of foreign influences, its opposition to modern interpretations of the Koran, and its contempt for non-Wahhabi Muslims.
Moreover, the Saudis are Sunni Muslims with a long history of strife with Shi’ite Muslims, those who parenthetically are the majority in Iraq and in Iran, the other primary enemy of the US and the West.
www.annaqed.com /english/politics/is_saudi_arabia_our_enemy_too.html   (870 words)

 Saudi Arabia: The Politics of Self-Preservation | EnergyBulletin.net | Peak Oil News Clearinghouse
Persian gulf countries, especially Saudi Arabia, are responsible for the majority of the excess production capacity within OPEC as only they are able to significantly increase their production by millions of barrels a day in the short term.
The truth in Saudi Arabia, as in so many other autocratic Muslim countries these days, is that the Western backed and pro-Western dictators are becoming the only pro-Western power brokers in their countries.
With strong Islamic political leadership and vision, these resources could be used to prevent the repeated attacks against Muslim lands, the support for Israel and the war against ideological Islam as well as culturing education and prosperity within the lands of the Muslims, especially in the poorest places most in need of it.
www.energybulletin.net /787.html   (1454 words)

 A Saudi Exodus? - Politics Saudi Arabia
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Further (perhaps fatalistically) the movement of workers from Saudi Arabia to other oil producing states more willing to provide security for expats, will contribute to the erosion of Saudi Arabia's central role in the oil world, a reduction in Saudi fortunes and may result in a loss of legitimacy for the ruling House of Saud.
All of which would be a victory for A.Q. Posted by Paul in Saudi Arabia Politics at June 24, 2004 04:28 AM
www.anoasis.co.uk /content/2004/06/24/Politics/a_saudi_exodus.html   (164 words)

 Terror in Saudi Arabia
In Saudi Arabia, there is no need to import extremists; there is no shortage of local elements ready to follow in the footsteps of the 15 young Saudis who helped fly hijacked planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon a year and a half ago.
Removing any US presence in Saudi Arabia was the original and remained the main goal of al-Qaida.While the organization became an international jihad group, it also had an identity as the revolutionary Islamist opposition in Saudi Arabia.
Yes, the Saudi state deems the Koran to be its constitution, forbids the practice of any religion but Islam on its territory, employs an intolerant religious police, and imposes gender apartheid.
www.aijac.org.au /updates/May-03/140503.html   (3512 words)

 POLITICS-SAUDI ARABIA: Fair Deal for Women? Well, No One Knows
In August, newspapers in Saudi Arabia have published an election law whereby citizens will be able to choose half the members of municipal councils.
Saudi Arabia has traditionally been run by the ageing and conservative ruling family.
While some analysts have suggested that Saudi Arabia's decision to establish a half-elected municipal council was the result of outside pressure to implement political reform, others like Awaji disagree.
www.ipsnews.net /news.asp?idnews=25759   (1017 words)

 Online NewsHour: Saudi Bombing -- November 10, 2003
He is author of "Saudi Arabia and the Politics of Dissent." And Matt Levitt, a former Middle East counter-terrorism analyst at the FBI.
I mean, one of the basic problems in terms of terrorism in Saudi Arabia is the issue of financing that's coming from charitable organizations inside Saudi Arabia, as well as the propaganda and the cultural justification sometimes to the actions of certain terrorists.
The first is the social contract by which Saudis were given cradle-to-grave benefits from education to welfare to jobs, not to mention the lavish lifestyles that were given to the thousands of princes, and simply the economics and demographics do not allow for that to continue.
www.pbs.org /newshour/bb/middle_east/july-dec03/saudi_11-10.html   (1748 words)

 Online NewsHour: Into the Kingdom: Saudi Arabia
From Saudi Arabia, Elizabeth Farnsworth explores a country and culture that have remained inaccessible to most foreign reporters.
From Saudi Arabia, Elizabeth Farnsworth explores the connections between religion, education and terrorism.
The former head of Saudi Intelligence discusses the effects of Sept 11 on Saudi Arabians.
www.pbs.org /newshour/bb/middle_east/saudi_arabia/index.html   (125 words)

 Saudi Arabia: reality check, by Alain Gresh
Most Saudis, however, care more about the situation at home, under a new ruler who claims to want to change society and the role of women, to combat poverty and to promote greater freedom.
Saudi Gazette asked: “Will you talk about Saudi Arabia objectively?” She wore a headscarf and the lower part of her face was concealed, but there was nothing timid about her attitude or the way she forced me on the defensive.
Saudi Arabia, which has just joined the World Trade Organisation, is surfing on a wave of rising oil prices.
mondediplo.com /2006/02/02saudi   (3464 words)

 FOXNews.com - Congress, White House at Odds Over Saudi Arabia - Politics | Republican Party | Democratic Party | ...
WASHINGTON — Lawmakers on Capitol Hill accusing Saudi Arabia (search) of being at the center of terror funding say the White House is not doing enough to address the threats from that country.
Saudi Arabia sits on 25 percent of the world’s known oil reserves, and has been providing oil to the United States since 1933, one year after the modern kingdom was created. 
In 2002, the United States was Saudi Arabia’s top trade partner, with 18.7 percent of its exports going to America and 11.2 percent of Saudi imports coming from the United States, according to the Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
www.foxnews.com /story/0,2933,98129,00.html   (1226 words)

 The Hindu : Can Saudi Arabia cope?
One of the casualties of the current American military campaign against Afghanistan has been the traditional silence in the United States on the internal politics of Saudi Arabia and the sources of support to extremism within the Kingdom.
The U.S. has had no desire to put Saudi Arabia, the world's most important producer of oil and a crucial ally of the United States in the Persian Gulf, to public scrutiny.
As the U.S. delves deeper into the connections between international terrorist networks and their links within Saudi Arabia, there is a popular American disenchantment with the regime that is finding expression within the U.S. media and the political class.
www.hinduonnet.com /2001/11/07/stories/0507134c.htm   (700 words)

 Arabic News Weekly Edition for Saudi Arabia, 10/22/2001
Rashad al-Oleimi said that preparations are underway at the meantime to run joint security patrols on the border between Saudi Arabia and his country and that the leaderships of the ministries of the interior in the two countries are working to form such joint patrol very soon.
Saudi Arabia: A Turkish man claimed to be the awaiting for Mahdi
The Saudi police have arrested one Turkish citizen who is working in al-Madina al-Munawarra over his claims that he is " the awaiting for Mahdi." He said he was sent to salvage people of the seduction and futility they suffer.
www.arabicnews.com /ansub/Weekly/Saudi/20011022.html   (448 words)

 Saudi Arabia - The Politics of Issuing Fatwa (by Yamin Zakaria) - Media Monitors Network (MMN)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The recent fatwa issued by the grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Abdul Aziz, condemning the bombings against the security forces of the country as a ‘sinful’ act is a perfect example of a fatwa issued for the convenience of the rulers.
The cause of the recent bombing can be attributed to the alliance of Saudi Arabia with the US and by implication Israel; both parties are engaged in murdering Muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine.
A similar example of taking the wider political dimension into account is the pronouncement of the fatwas on the issue of women.
usa.mediamonitors.net /content/view/full/6520   (1932 words)

 American Politics Journal -- Birds of a Feather
These statements are not merely embarrassing to the Saudi royal family, but evidence of top-level Saudi government support for bin Laden, even after the 9/11 attacks.
The New York Times rang the alarm bell in an October 14, 2001 editorial called: "Reconsidering Saudi Arabia." Critically, "One of the disturbing realities clarified by last month's terror attacks is Saudi Arabia's tolerance for terrorism," The Times noted.
Saudi officials see nothing wrong with their support for terror and their obstruction of American efforts to combat terror.
www.americanpolitics.com /20011224Hersh.html   (2306 words)

 Arabic News Weekly Edition for Saudi Arabia, 4/1/2002
The chairman of the Saudi people's committee in support of Palestine Abdul Hameed al-Sheikh has announced that the Saudi police on Friday prevented thousands of demonstrators from gathering in front of the US consulate in al-Zahran, to the east of Saudi Arabia, and arrested several persons.
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal underlined that President Hosni Mubarak and King Abdullah of Jordan were the first to express support for Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah's Mideast peace initiative.
The Saudi crown prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz on Sunday in Beirut discussed with the Lebanese President Emil Lahoud results of the contacts Lebanon had made in its capacity as the head of the Arab summit in order to deal with the grave and tense situation in the Palestinian territories.
www.arabicnews.com /ansub/Weekly/Saudi/20020401.html   (464 words)

 Maps Of Saudi Arabia
CountryWatch.com - Map of Saudi Arabia and General Information - Map, local time, key data, latest news, currency converter, country, political and economic overview, corporate sector, environmental trends and more.
MapQuest - Map of Saudi Arabia - Absolutely amazing maps of the world in which you can continually zoom in on and and re-center.
VirtualTourist.com - Map of Saudi Arabia - Access this atlas, with a solid outline graphic of the country, plus messages and photos from other people, and a guide to lodging and dining.
www.embassyworld.com /maps/Maps_Of_Saudi_Arabia.html   (393 words)

 FOXNews.com - U.S. Denies Talk of Forces Vacating Saudi Arabia - Politics | Republican Party | Democratic Party | ...
WASHINGTON — Both the White House and the Secretary of State traveling in Nepal Friday disputed a Friday newspaper article suggesting that Saudi Arabia is considering kicking the U.S. military out of the kingdom.
Fleischer said he is unaware of any contact or message from the Saudis on this topic and indicated he dismisses the report due to its heavy reliance on anonymous officials.
Fleischer said the United States and Saudi Arabia have been afforded a mutually beneficial relationship, something Levin said he's not sure the Saudis realize.
www.foxnews.com /story/0,2933,43374,00.html   (909 words)

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