Saudi/US: A broader relationship?

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Although we last wrote on Saudi/US relations as recently as 2 June, three unrelated news stories this week call for an update. First, and bearing directly on one of the key irritants in the relationship which we flagged on 2 June, CIA chief John Brennan has said that he expects the 28 classified pages of the Congressional report into the 11 September 2001 attacks to absolve Saudi Arabia totally.

The fifth anniversary of the January 25th revolution

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The anniversary passed quietly in Egypt following a renewed security crackdown. Religious clerics, newly elected parliamentarians, state-appointed trade union leaders, mainstream media figures and even the meteorological authorities came out to warn about the dangers of going on to the streets.

Oman faces the oil price

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Oman has been hit hard by the oil price drop, so this week the government has been holding crisis meetings to consider ‘major reforms’ to plug the deficit. The fiscal crunch comes at a time of growing political uncertainty.

Egypt: Election without Voters

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Polls closed Monday night in the first round of the Egyptian election for the House of Representatives, with voters casting their ballots in 14 regions including Alexandria. There were no major security incidents. Exceptionally low turnout has widely been interpreted as a sign El-Sisi’s personality cult is diminishing, something Egyptian authorities have been quick to deny.