Saudi Arabia

King Salman, Empowered Citizens Can Save The Country

King Salman, Empowered Citizens Can Save The Country

By Ali Alyami, Executive Director of the Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia
Location United States United States

Saudi Arabia can be saved if the current Saudi rulers see the world for what it is as opposed to clinging to their skewed version of reality. Former Crown Prince, now King Salman, stated recently that Saudi Arabia (and other Gulf monarchies) is “… passing through the most delicate situation in its history as a result of highly dangerous challenges.” The unprecedented and unexpected sudden mass revolts in the Arab world (“the Arab Spring”) caught […]

January 23, 2015 · 1 comment · Politics, Saudi Arabia
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia

Arabia After King Abdullah

By Ali Alyami, Executive Director of the Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia
Location United States United States

If Crown Prince Salman replaces King Abdullah, political conditions are likely to deteriorate for the Saudi people, the region and for the international community. The Washington-based Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia, CDHR, has been inundated with inquiries from Western media and politicians since news broke of King Abdullah’s recent hospitalization. They are wondering about the Saudi royal succession and whether King Abdullah’s “reform” initiatives will continue when he no longer rules. […]

January 5, 2015 · 1 comment · Politics, Saudi Arabia
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The Saudi Royals’ and Merchants’ Duplicitous Collaboration

By Ali Alyami, Executive Director of the Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia
Location United States United States

The Saudi merchants’ and ruling princes’ policies and practices are likely to lead to public retaliation. The staggering and avoidable unemployment rate among Saudis is a ticking time bomb waiting to explode. It’s estimated that unemployment among Saudi youth is 30 percent and much higher among women. It’s not only uneducated Saudi women who cannot find jobs, but 60 percent of women with Ph.D. degrees cannot find or are denied employment because of their gender. This […]

November 18, 2014 · 0 comments · Business, Economics, Saudi Arabia
Dynamics Triggering Saudi Vulnerability

Dynamics Triggering Saudi Vulnerability

By Ali Alyami, Executive Director of the Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia
Location United States United States

Transforming the Saudi state from an absolute system to an inclusive, open and accountable modern polity requires reforms which the autocratic monarchy is unwilling of carrying out. When it rains, it pours in a land where it rarely rains. This metaphorical phrase describes the Saudi state’s current affairs best. Never in its history has the vast Saudi desert kingdom and its autocratic and theocratic ruling dynasties, Al-Saud and Al-Alshaikh, been more vulnerable, isolated externally and […]

November 3, 2014 · 0 comments · Politics, Saudi Arabia
Consequences Of Destructive Religious Indoctrinations And Taboos

Consequences Of Destructive Religious Indoctrinations And Taboos

By Ali Alyami, Executive Director of the Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia
Location United States United States

Saudi religious restrictions imposed on women are interpreted to authorize men to execute women if deemed nonconformist to religious taboos. Studies conducted by Saudi women suggested that “Nearly a Quarter of (Saudi) Children (are) Raped and up to 46 percent of students suffer from homosexuality.” This should not come as a surprise given the severe and destructive religious taboos, especially gender segregation, imposed on society by zealots and their heavy-handed partners, the Saudi ruling family. […]

September 25, 2014 · 0 comments · Culture, Saudi Arabia
Saudi Defense Strategy: Colossal Failure

Saudi Defense Strategy: Colossal Failure

By Ali Alyami, Executive Director of the Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia
Location United States United States

Pakistan and Egypt may have troops for Saudi Arabia, but they are likely to consider the long-term consequences of supporting a regime whose extremist ideology is blamed for much of the turbulence in the Muslim world. Due to historical mistrust of and lack of faith in their people’s aptitude to defend their country, the autocratic Saudi monarchs have relied on hired services to protect them and to defend their kingdom since the establishment of the […]

August 5, 2014 · 0 comments · Politics, Saudi Arabia
Why the West Should be Concerned Over Saudi-Iranian Rapprochement

Why the West Should be Concerned Over Saudi-Iranian Rapprochement

By Ali Alyami, Executive Director of the Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia
Location United States United States

In the long run, Saudi and Iranian reconciliation could be calamitous for the region and for free societies worldwide. Despite their belligerent public pronouncements and pomposity, the absolute Saudi and Iranian regimes have more in common than they preach to their oppressed populations and to the international community. Neither of them wants a thriving democracy as a neighbor, as exemplified by their multi-faceted support for their respective Sunni and Shi’a proxies in Iraq. The Iranians […]

May 30, 2014 · 0 comments · Iran, Politics, Saudi Arabia