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The Saudi trinity: oil, God and security

Al-Rasheed, Madawi (2011) The Saudi trinity: oil, God and security. Bitter Lemons.

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With the winds of the "Arab spring" still blowing across the region, internally Saudi Arabia seems to have put in place three safeguards against the turbulence. Lavish economic handouts worth more than $70 billion were promised in February to absorb discontent. A package of economic, social, health and educational benefits was meant to absorb immediate frustration at lack of housing, jobs, health facilities, and welfare services. The regime promised more employment opportunities in two relevant sectors: the religious bureaucracy and the security services. The first absorbs the increasing number of graduates who cannot be employed in the private sector. The second strengthens the increasing militarization of Saudi society.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2011 Bitter Lemons
Divisions: Middle East Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2014 11:57
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 14:23

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