Good to see Saint Taco ignoring the facts on the ground and the history of Saudi Arabia and completely ignoring my post.
Sure the house of Saud doesn't want it to change and is so worried that the king comes out with a $36 billion package for the" people for change."They've heard it before, Saudi Arabia is a very repressive regime.
They carry out public be-heading's and lashing people for minor criminal offenses,.
Your Tacit support for the status quo, should come as no surprise.
So here's a Lesson for you, in facts, which I'm sure you'll ignore. Just like the last post.
Quote: * There is an estimated population of 20,850 million people that live in the borders of Saudi Arabia, about 5,000 hold over 400 billion dollars of the countries currency.
United States and other countries around the world have a common misconception that Saudi Arabia has an unlimited amount of money, due to their petroleum exports.
* In Saudi Arabia the upper class is the government, and they have set up a monarchy referred to as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This gives them the power to dictate how much each family receives.
* Petroleum accounts for 90% of Saudi Arabia's exports, making it the largest exporter in the whole world. It also accounts for up to 75% of the Kingdom's profits. The government tries to support its people but there is a large population that does not receive benefits from its countries profitability.
* The Kingdom now holds about 20 million citizens that qualify as lower middle class to extreme poverty.
* The truth about Saudi Arabia is that about 40% of the countries GDP goes straight to the few extremely fortunate.
Poverty Due to Government Education Edit Poverty Due to Government Education
One of the main problems facing the Kingdom today is the lack of good education. Saudi government is ran strictly through religion, there are little to no exceptions when it comes down to sacred law. State run schools in Saudi Arabia are ran with an extremest Wahabism mentality. This form of education keeps the government's "monopoly on violence" strong. God is used to create order, obedience, and fear throughout the country. When money is not being distributed equally throughout the country, and only a small group receives more than what they can spend, no one says anything. The government uses the education system to keep the country from uprising and also allowing the royal families to keep taking more without any hardship.
* Wahabism is a sect of Islam that preaches extreme loyalty to whatever ruler no matter how corrupt.
Poverty and Women Edit Poverty and Women
Freedom in the Kingdom is not something that is equal for all. Women in Saudi Arabia are treated like peaces of property, and are completely dominated by whatever man owns them. Since women do not receive the same rights, they also cannot expand their own knowledge and education. This lack of education keeps women in line, "Not a single entry in the Holy Quran denies a woman her rights. Not a single entry denies a woman her basic freedoms." The government and men in general throughout the middle east see women as inferior, but what they can not see is that women bring a lot to the economy. The slavery that these women go through on a daily basis restricts them from creating or bringing anything to the kingdom.
* There is about a 2% literacy rate for women throughout the Kingdom.
* Women are not seen fit to run a business or go to work do to the conservative outlook of their culture
* Due to foreigners taking up to 7 million jobs, women are starting to gain more leverage in the workforce.
Income and Wealth Distribution Edit Income and Wealth Distribution sectionEdit
"This King is revered, honored, and his word is final. A â€˜commonerâ€™sâ€™ life is dependent on the King or his sons for not just wealth distribution, but for his fate, and often his very life." This quote explains how the life of a everyday citizen in the Kingdom lives. Saudi Arabia since ancient times has distributed its wealth through royal families. This is the largest problem with the country today because the oil companies are owned by these families. Common people are dependent on the generosity and mercy of the King and his princes within their area.
* "The King in this case, is not the Crowned Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, but a member of the ruling royals, and in tribal terms, is deemed the King â€“the one who oversees the activities and interrelations of the people who â€˜belongâ€™ to him."
Yeah, there are differences between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, One was allowed to have an uprising of the people, started/ powered by the youth using Facebook as one component. In S.Arabia, the person who started a facebook was murdered and his body taken away.
Libya is run by ego crackpot dictator(although hopefully for not much longer) who carried out terrorist attacks against the west and his own citizens.
But when he decided to play nice and let Big Oil come and drill in his back yard (biggest oil reserves in African) They forgive the murdering son of a bitch, for more 'Black Gold'.
All three authoritarian states had similarities as well. They were/are backed by Big Oil.
In each case the people have lost their fear of Government, you can't put that genie back in the bottle. Unless The Government severely oppress/attack their own citizens. Which each state has/does still do.
But I'm not going to discuss geopolitics, with you Taco.