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By John R. Bradley

A journalist unearths the hectic realities of existence within the Saudi state. S audi Arabia: Land of oil, terrorism, Islamic fundamentalism, and a very important American best friend. because the in basic terms Western journalist to have broadly labored within the Saudi country, John R. Bradleyis uniquely in a position to reveal the turmoil that's shaking the home of Saud to its foundations. From the guts of the secretive Islamic kingdom's city facilities to its such a lot distant mountainous terrain, from the houses of royalty to the slums of its poorest population, he offers intimate info and divulges underlying nearby, spiritual, and tribal rivalries. Bradley highlights tensions generated by means of social switch, makes a speciality of the academic approach, the expanding restlessness of Saudi early life confronted with restricted possibilities for cultural and political expression, and the situation of Saudi ladies looking possibilities yet dealing with constraints. What are the consequences for the Sauds and the West? This publication deals a startling examine the current trouble and a troubling view of the longer term.

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But was all that cultural misunderstanding, if that is the correct description, not the fault of Saudi Arabia? The kingdom closed itself off to the world with the discovery of oil, told itself it did not need to change and open up. “We are at least 50 percent to blame,” she admitted. ’ But it couldn’t. Ninety percent of humanity doesn’t even know where Saudi Arabia is on the map, let alone what’s going on inside it. ” Of course, not admitting to a foreign journalist that the majority of the September 11 hijackers were Saudis hardly helped matters, combining as it did denial with a refusal to address underlying causes.

Nawar was on a high that evening following the recent news of the huge cash injection. “We originally planned to restore 200 houses in the next ten years,” he said. “Now, we may do it in five. We will also rebuild most of the old south wall, which excavations have recently uncovered. ” The department quickly realized that it had to help young craftsmen acquire the skills needed to restore the buildings. “When we started, the youngest workman was 60 years old and there were only 11 of them,” Nawar recalled.

Bush. S. media discussion of Saudi Arabia. Details of the infamous flight had been limited to a few newspaper articles that, curiously, few journalists in the United States had initially been willing to pick up on. S. immediately after September 11, on which “every other bin Laden” who had been in that country at the time was a fellow passenger. ” he asked. ” His recollection was seconded by another of the bin Ladens present, who readily admitted that he, too, had been on the flight. Both had been students in the United States on the day of the attacks.

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