Social Media Crack Down on ‘Propaganda’

Social Media Crack Down on ‘Propaganda’

At the end of August, Twitter, Facebook, and Google had announced that they had taken down a large number of accounts promoting ‘Iranian propaganda’ with anti-Saudi, anti-Israeli, and pro-Palestinian themes. Iran currently bans its citizens from accessing Google, Facebook and Twitter and severely throttles the speed of it citizen’s internet...

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Saudi Arabia Expels Canadian Ambassador and Freezes Trade

Saudi Arabia Expels Canadian Ambassador and Freezes Trade

In a move which could be described as questionable at best, and utterly mad at worst, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has expelled the Canadian ambassador, recalled its own ambassador, and frozen all new trade deals with the North American nation over what it calls interference in its domestic affairs....

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Saudi Airlines tightens dress code

Saudi Airlines tightens dress code

Saudi Airlines have tightened their passenger dress code. The airline has stated that women are forbidden from “exposing legs or arms; or wearing too thin; or too tight clothes.” Men, on the other hand, are prevented only from “wearing short exposing legs.” The airline has its origins in the conservative...

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Trump pulls out CIA support of Syrian rebels

Trump pulls out CIA support of Syrian rebels

The Trump administration has decided to stop CIA support of Syrian rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s government. The CIA covert programme was set up in 2013 in order to help rebels overthrow Assad but it has had little success. The six-year civil war is ongoing. For many this is a...

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High Court rules UK arms trade with Saudi Arabia “lawful”

High Court rules UK arms trade with Saudi Arabia “lawful”

The High Court has ruled that UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia are lawful, after seeing “closed material” in closed court. The case had been brought by the Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) over concerns that supply of arms to Saudi Arabia contravened International Humanitarian law. The judicial review...

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Saudi King appoints son as successor

Saudi King appoints son as successor

Saudi Arabia witnessed a radical power shift on Wednesday 21 June, as King Salman appointed his son Mohammed bin Salman, who is also the deputy defence minister, next in line to the throne. The 31-year-old Prince is to replace his cousin, the King’s nephew, Mohammed bin Nayef, a well known...

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Saudi Arabia to invest in renewable energies

Saudi Arabia to invest in renewable energies

The Gulf state’s plans to lean towards renewable energy sources comes along with, as said by Oil minister Khalid al-Falih, ‘significant investment in nuclear energy’. It is linked to the country’s desire to move away from economic dependence upon crude oil by 2030. By investing in alternative energy sources, Saudi...

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