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    The first cinemas in Saudi Arabia since the 1970s are due to open this week. The first film shown is going to be the Black Panther.

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    MBS clearly didn't have this in mind when he got the idea to liberalize entertainment in Saudi, and somebody didn't hit the off switch for the feed soon enough.

    Saudi Arabia 'sorry' for promotional footage of women wrestlers

    Saudi Arabia's sport authority has apologised for the appearance of scantily clad women during a wrestling broadcast.

    World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) held matches in Jeddah, billed as its Greatest Royal Rumble.

    Men and women attended, although no female wrestlers were allowed to take part in the fights.

    But state television cut off its broadcast of the event when promotional footage showing female wrestlers aired.

    The footage rolled on giant television screens around the arena during the fight.

    Saudi General Sports Authority apologised for what it described as "indecent scenes".
    Full article: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-43934934
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    Saudis reacted quick and disproportionate to Canadian criticism of arrests of HR activists in KSA

    ‘We don’t have a single friend’: Canada’s Saudi spat reveals country is alone | Guardian | Aug 11 2018


    The spat appeared to have been sparked last week when Canada’s foreign ministry expressed its concern over the arrest of Saudi civil society and women’s rights activists, in a tweet that echoed concerns previously voiced by the United Nations.

    Saudi Arabia swiftly shot back, expelling Canada's ambassador and suspending new trade and investment with Ottawa, making plans to remove thousands of Saudi students and medical patients from Canada, and suspending the state airline’s flights to and from Canada, among other actions.
    The real reason ? Saudis don't like diplomacy via tweet which is public

    A Canadian tweet in a Saudi king's court crosses a red line | Reuters | Aug 11 2018

    Two Gulf sources said it was the tweet from the embassy that upset Saudi officials the most.

    “Matters were being handled through usual channels but the tweet was a break with diplomatic norms and protocol,” said one of the sources, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

    The sources did not clarify exactly how the tweet broke with diplomacy, but regional experts said it was the step of sending it to a domestic audience that would have angered Saudi officials.

    “The Saudi retaliation took some time to allow for political talks in closed doors,” Salman al-Ansari, founder of the Washington-based Saudi American Public Relation Affairs Committee, said.

    “They thought the Canadians would take steps to back off, but all of a sudden they tweeted it in Arabic. This was a very provocative action by the Canadians to try to embarrass the Saudis in front of their people. The Saudis did not take this lightly at all.”

    Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir raised the issue of the Arabic tweet in a call with Freeland on Tuesday, and complained about interference, a person familiar with the matter who declined to be named said.
    The outsized reaction to the tweet underscores how the kingdom is taking a much harsher stance against what it perceives as Western interference in its internal affairs on issues like human rights, perhaps emboldened by Washington’s willingness under Donald Trump to de-emphasize rights issues when it comes to its allies.

    “Canada is collateral damage,” said Thomas Juneau, an assistant professor and Middle East expert at the University of Ottawa. “This fundamentally is not about Canada. This is about Saudi Arabia wanting to send a broader message to its neighbors, to other democracies.”

    Canadian foreign affairs officials including Freeland, who were gathered at a Vancouver hotel for a conference on Sunday, were taken aback by the Saudi reaction and left scrambling. Canada, government insiders said, was still unclear on what steps it can take to “fix its big mistake”, as a Saudi official called it.

    “I don’t think we have a conclusive understanding as of right now,” said a Canadian government source. “There may be the need for another call (between Freeland and Jubeir). We’re also obviously talking to our partners about it. We do not wish to have bad relations with them (the Saudis).”
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    Apparently every Saudi ruler since the 50s has been portrayed as moderate and a reformer.

    The truth is an absolute monarchy gives a a crap about reform or human rights

    Seventy Years of the New York Times Describing Saudi Royals as Reformers | Jadaliya | Nov 27 2017

    MBS spent close to 27 million to lobby in Washington. That facade is wearing off rather quickly.

    But nothing substantial will happen. As security interests remain strong.

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