C’est du Djeddah vu?

News today that 1500 construction workers staged a demonstration in Riyadh against their treatment by the company (link here in Arabic.)

And an interesting extract here discussing the possibility that Saudi Arabia could be next, a fairly left-field view amongst regional analysts. The full article is behind a paywall, sadly:

‘The many risks to the al Saud family’s rule can be summed up in one sentence: The gap between aged rulers and youthful subjects grows dramatically as the information gap between rulers and ruled shrinks. The average age of the kingdom’s trio of ruling princes is 83, yet 60% of Saudis are under 18 years of age. Thanks to satellite television, the Internet and social media, the young now are well aware of government corruption—and that 40% of Saudis live in poverty and nearly 70% can’t afford a home. These Saudis are living Third World lives, suffering from poor education and unable to find jobs in a private sector where 90% of all employees are imported non-Saudis. Through new media the young compare their circumstances unfavorably with those in nearby Gulf sheikhdoms and the West.’

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