27 January 2015
Many were nauseated by the sight of the British government flying flags at half mast in honour of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, writes Alex Callinicos
26 November 2013
Hibist Kassa, a socialist in Ethiopia, on the background to the detention of and assaults on Ethiopian migrant workers in Saudi Arabia
19 November 2013
The government in Saudi Arabia has launched a brutal crackdown on migrant workers it sees as illegal. The Middle Eastern kingdom has a population of almost 30 million, with nine million migrants making up more than half of the workforce.
18 July 2012
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19 June 2012
Things never stand still in Tunisia. In the past weeks exiled dictator Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali was sentenced, in his absence, to ten years imprisonment for unlawful killing. He is hiding from justice in Saudi Arabia.
24 January 2012
A deadlock is developing in Syria as the Gulf Cooperation Council and Saudi Arabia withdrew their observers from the Arab League mission to the country.
27 September 2011
The king of Saudi Arabia has announced that women citizens will finally be given the right to vote in municipal elections.
27 September 2011
Protests continued to grow against returned president Ali Abdullah Saleh in Yemen’s capital Sana’a last weekend.
21 June 2011
A campaign in Saudi Arabia to break the ban on women drivers began on Friday of last week.
07 June 2011
Huge crowds celebrated on the streets of Yemen last Sunday after president Ali Abdullah Saleh fled to Saudi Arabia—saying he needed medical treatment.
26 March 2011
At 2.20 yesterday morning, Bahraini and Saudi forces raided 20-year old Sayed Mahmood Shuber’s home in Jidali in Bahrain. They pointed guns at the heads of his family and abducted him. They beat him. He has now disappeared.
15 March 2011
Some 1,000 Peninsula Shield Force soldiers entered Bahrain from Saudi Arabia on Monday.
12 March 2011
The Saudi royal family has been struck by the fear that what once seemed unthinkable now looks possible.
24 February 2011
‘I went to my workplace on Thursday of last week, and I found out that there were over 3,000 workers demanding their rights before they called a general strike in the construction site in Saudi Binladin Group. The workers were very angry. Their workplace is one of the largest construction projects in the country, which is worth SR.100 billion.
01 February 2011
One US-backed dictator has fled to a safe haven in Saudi Arabia and an even more ruthless one will probably join him any day now.
09 February 2010
Tony Blair cancelled an investigation into BAE providing £600 million in bribes for Saudi Arabia.
15 December 2009
A vicious little war has broken out in the Middle East, along Saudi Arabia’s border with Yemen. It is rooted in a struggle for control over the strategically vital Arab country.
12 June 2007
Defence companies such as BAE Systems are strategically important to the British state, but the exact nature of the relationship has changed over the last two decades as the domestic arms industry has been opened up to international competition.
03 September 2005
Saudi trade unionist Yahya Al Faifi, now in Swansea, is stepping up his campaign for union rights in Saudi Arabia following a dismissive letter from Pontypridd MP Kim Howells, the government minister responsible for Saudi Arabia.
13 August 2005
The House of Saud’s long career in the service of imperialism began in 1913, when King Abd al Aziz, the ruler of the Najd area of the Arabian peninsula, came seeking a British subsidy for his kingdom. His first request was unsuccessful, despite winning the backing of the British government’s India office.