A large police presence on the streets of Riyadh appears to have prevented any sort of protest...

A large police presence on the streets of Riyadh appears to have prevented any sort of protest in Saudi Arabia's capital. Thus far, demonstrations today have been confined to the Shiite dominated eastern part of the country. Oil remains down, but off of its lows. BNO -1.0%

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  • Venerability
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    Tens of thousands - which means about a third of the country! - are protesting on the streets of Yemen.


    Arguably, continued unrest in Yemen, where nobody knows who and where hard-core terrorists are, is more dangerous to the Saudi peninsula than unrest within Saudi is.
    11 Mar 2011, 10:11 AM Reply Like
  • tigersam
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    There will not be any protest in the Saudi Arebia. Do you know what they do the protestor there? Saudi chopp of their .... You guys fill in the blanks.
    11 Mar 2011, 10:33 AM Reply Like
  • bluk1
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    .... perhaps, but given what we know and increasingly become aware of, it is reasonable to expect that whenever this clearly sick SA regime finally does fall, the impact will be that much more violent and volatile.


    Chopping off body parts works for a while, but when it does not work anymore, the consequences are that much less controllable. Better be prepared, since that day of reckoning may well precede the day when other parts of the world no longer rely on SA crude
    11 Mar 2011, 11:35 AM Reply Like
  • Ohrama
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    And probably we supply the satellite imagery!
    11 Mar 2011, 05:34 PM Reply Like
  • bob adamson
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    The domestic political situation in Saudi Arabia is significantly influenced by the States on its southern borders. The borders between Saudi Arabia and these States are arbitrary and porous and events in places like Yemen and Bahrain could materially affect the Saudi domestic scene. While the Saudi family control of the Kingdom is buttressed by their wealth and by control exercised by religious and security authorities controlled by the family, the apparent stability the regime has been able to assert may be more fragile than is generally assumed.


    Yemen could be the hinge upon which upheaval in the Arabian Peninsula, including Saudi Arabia begins to turn. Getting timely reports about Yemen, especially creditable ones, is difficult but the two following links are often useful in this regard.






    Note as well the March 11th visit of US Defense Secretary Gates to Bahrain. Obviously there is concern that if the Bahrain situation is mishandled by the Bahrain authorities, this will have serious repercussions in Saudi Arabia.


    11 Mar 2011, 03:02 PM Reply Like
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