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Saudi Arabia and Iran Wage a New Cold War in the Middle East

Saudi Arabia and Iran Wage a New Cold War in the Middle East | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
There has long been bad blood between Iran and Saudi Arabia, but popular protests across the Middle East now threaten to turn the rivalry into a tense and dangerous regional divide.
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Witness - Searching for reforms in King Abdullah's Saudi Arabia

Witness - Searching for reforms in King Abdullah's Saudi Arabia | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
RIYADH (Reuters) - The moment my wife and I left our apartment compound in downtown Riyadh, a jeep screeched to a halt in front of us and a bearded man stepped out.
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Small Saudi protest in capital

Small Saudi protest in capital | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Dozens of people have protested outside Saudi Arabia's interior ministry in the capital, Riyadh. They demanding the release of people detained by the government.
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Saudi protest ends with arrests

Saudi protest ends with arrests | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Authorities detain about a dozen demonstrators demanding information about loved ones jailed for years without trial.
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Saudi Arabia police break up small protest

Saudi Arabian security forces arrested several people demonstrating outside the Interior Ministry in Riyadh Sunday, witnesses said.
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Great dynasties of the world: The House of Saud

Great dynasties of the world: The House of Saud | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Ian Sansom on one of the most controversial families in the world
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Saudi king to speak amid unrest

Saudi king to speak amid unrest | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah will address the nation on Friday, amid reports of a possible government reshuffle.
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As Saudi Arabia Advances

As Saudi Arabia Advances | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
There is no better sign of the reality that Washington has become a marginal player in much of the Middle East.
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Saudi Shi'ites protest, support Bahrain brethren

Saudi Shi'ites protest, support Bahrain brethren | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
(Reuters) - Saudi Shi'ites marched in the kingdom's oil-producing east Wednesday, demanding the release of prisoners and voicing support for Shi'ites in nearby Bahrain, an activist and witnesses said.
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Why has Bahrain decided to call in the troops?

Why has Bahrain decided to call in the troops? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The Bahrain monarchy's reflexive fear of Iran drove its decision to call out Saudi Arabian troops
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Bahrain: Caught Between Saudi Arabia and Iran

Bahrain: Caught Between Saudi Arabia and Iran | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Bahrain's uprising has elicited intervention by Saudi troops, which in turn has raised the ire of Iran
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Saudi Shi'ites Protest for Reforms

Hundreds of Shi'ites in Saudi Arabia rallied in two towns in the kingdom's eastern province of Qatif, where they demanded the release of prisoners and the withdrawal of Saudi troops from Bahrain.
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Saudis to hold municipal polls in rare vote

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia will begin holding long-delayed municipal elections in April, a ministry said on Wednesday, in a limited political move apparently aimed at helping insulate the U.S.-allied kingdom against a wave of Arab unrest.
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Saudi security breaks up protest, witnesses say

Saudi security breaks up protest, witnesses say | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Security forces in Saudi Arabia arrested several people demonstrating at the interior ministry Sunday, putting them in police cars and buses to take them away, witnesses said.
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Activist Shrugs Off 'Cosmetic' Improvements In Saudi Women's Rights

Activist Shrugs Off 'Cosmetic' Improvements In Saudi Women's Rights | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Saudi activist and writer Wajeeha al-Huwayder describes the state of women's rights in Saudi Arabia today. Interviewed conducted by Radio Free Iraq correspondent Karam Mnashe; translated by Ayad Al-Gailani.
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Civil unrest boils in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Syria

Civil unrest boils in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Large protests calling for changes in government and political reform are gaining steam in Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Syria. So far only leaders in Syria have made any concessions to the increasing popular pressure. DW-WORLD.DE: German and European news, analysis and multimedia from Deutsche Welle - in 30 languages
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Amid Protests, Saudi King Offers Billions in Benefits

Amid Protests, Saudi King Offers Billions in Benefits | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Hundreds of Saudi Shiites in the eastern part of the kingdom protested peacefully on Friday in support of Shiites in Bahrain.
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Saudi Arabia Demonstrators Hold Rallies in al-Qatif, Awwamiya

Saudi Arabia Demonstrators Hold Rallies in al-Qatif, Awwamiya | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
About 1,000 people in Saudi Arabia’s eastern city of al-Qatif defied a ban on demonstrations yesterday and protested peacefully to demand the country’s troops end their incursion into Bahrain.
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Saudi troops must leave Bahrain: opposition leader

Saudi troops must leave Bahrain: opposition leader | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
(Reuters) - The leader of the largest Bahraini opposition group on Thursday called on Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah to withdraw his forces from the Gulf Arab state, which has been rocked by protests over the past month.
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Why Bahrain is unlikely to turn into an Iran-Saudi battleground

Why Bahrain is unlikely to turn into an Iran-Saudi battleground | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The intervention of Saudi forces has escalated tensions between Bahrain's protesters and the country's Sunni rulers, leaving at least one dead and drawing criticism from Iran.
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High stakes over Bahrain

High stakes over Bahrain | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The U.S. is on a collision course with Saudi Arabia and other traditional monarchies in the Gulf.
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Bahrain Call for Troops Fails to End Protests as Hundreds Hurt

Bahrain Call for Troops Fails to End Protests as Hundreds Hurt | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The Saudi Arabian-led military intervention in Bahrain failed to end demonstrations in the island-kingdom as hundreds were injured in clashes with security forces yesterday and two lawmakers resigned in protest.
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