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Protests Spread To Saudi Arabia

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While the biggest threat to the Middle East region is the possibility that the population of Saudi Arabia may try to imitate what has been happening in the area, thereby bringing total chaos to the established regional geopolitical and more importantly, energy, structure, the first protests in the Saudi Arabia city of Jeddah are already in the books. The clip below shows the peaceful demonstrations that have taken place recently, which as Fedupmontrealer explains are "taking place in front of the Municipality in protest of the severe lack
of infrastructure, and corruption, that led the city to be inundated this week causing billions of dollars of damages for the second time in two years." That this is even occurring in a state where the average wealth is orders of magnitude greater than in Egypt is remarkable. On the other hand, we expect more news such as those from yeserday that Kuwait is paying its citizens $3,500 plus free food for a year to keep calm. Oddly, visions of money dropping helicopters, infinitely extendable unemployment insurance and tax breaks keep dancing in our head. Those who wish to follows the latest developments out of Jedda which appears could be the lightning rod for Saudi riots can do so by tracking #JeddahProtests on Twitter.

h/t escaholic


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Sat, 01/29/2011 - 19:13 | 916886 gwar5
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Dropping money out of helicopters is not a bad idea if you're Hosni right now.

What a great way to break up a hostile crowd. Just do money drops on the crowds. 

It would break up the crowds fast. Then start dropping money farther and farther away..........


Sat, 01/29/2011 - 19:17 | 916891 samsara
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An Article who's time has come?  Read very funny and sobering look how life changes quickly.... An average guy, not knowing what's going on in the world ... short diary...

What happens if Saudi Arabia fell and no more oil...


Sixty Days, Next Year

by C. Haynes

June 14
It all started (for me) with just a small item on an Internet news page, "Trouble in the Kingdom". I thought they were talking about Disney World (the Magic Kingdom) so I clicked on it. Turns out they were talking about "the repercussions of curtailed social services in Saudi Arabia". (Insert a big yawning noise here.) So their kids don't get free day care? Big whoop. I scanned the article for any mention of M. Mouse and then went on with my life. My mistake. No biggie. Really.

June 15
Yesterday's headlines are still today's news? I guess those folks in the sand are really upset about something--it was in all the papers today. Sounds like the Saudi government is in for a tough time trying to rein in a runaway budget--and the locals don't like it one bit. Now their capital (Riyadh?) is a mess with people getting ugly in the streets. Yeah, yeah, yeah, no more subsidized housing. Deal with it, people. Get a job.

June 16
I saw the news today, oh boy. Three Saudi cities are up in flames, people with big guns are going nuts, and everyone that can find a plane is leaving that country in one big hurry. It's like Saigon in a sand box. (Not that I actually remember Saigon.) Local news guys are talking about what it means to us--and our oil. Maybe I'd better go fill up the car before everyone else does. I hate being stuck in long lines.


Read the rest here.



Sat, 01/29/2011 - 19:35 | 916922 Selah
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Sat, 01/29/2011 - 20:22 | 917003 snowball777
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Sat, 01/29/2011 - 21:06 | 917074 jomama
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excellent - very plausible synopsis!

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 21:52 | 917170 max2205
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Good thing we have 50% of our military in the region. Totally worthless to use in civilian uprising. Can't war when there are no army's to fight.

All that money to the wrong strategy. The Illuminati really missed this one. Or... Is Osama in Cario now and eying the Saudi he has always wanted to bring down. Oil = no imports. Priceless

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 21:54 | 917172 born2bmild
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Here's a relevant article from today

Prince Warns S. Arabia of Apocalypse

Saudi Prince Turki bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud has warned the country's royal family to step down and flee before a military coup or a popular uprising overthrows the kingdom.

In a letter published by Wagze news agency on Tuesday, the Cairo-based prince warned Saudi Arabia's ruling family of a fate similar to that of Iraq's executed dictator Saddam Hussein and the ousted Iranian Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, calling on them to escape before people "cut off our heads in streets."

He warned that the Saudi royal family is no longer able to "impose" itself on people, arguing that deviations in carrying out the religious concepts that make up the basis of the Saudi government "have gotten out of our hands," so that the opposition views our acts as "interfering in people's private life and restricting their liberties."

"If we are wise, we must leave this country to its people, whose dislike for us is increasing," said Prince Turki, advising Saudi officials to escape with their families.

"Do it today before tomorrow as long as the money we have is enough for us to live anywhere in the world; from Switzerland to Canada and Australia…we should not return as long as we are able to get out safely, we must take our families quickly and pull out," he urged.

"Do not fool yourself by relying on the United States or Britain or Israel, because they will not survive the loss; the only door open is now the exit door of no return. Let us go before it closes."

He finally warned against a military coup against the ruling family, saying "no one will attack us from outside but our armed forces will attack us."

Prince Turki is a member of the liberal Free Princes movement founded in the 1950s amid tensions between King Faisal and his brother King Saud, requesting the Saudi authorities to implement political reforms and set out a constitution.

The late King Faisal expelled members of the civil rights group to Egypt but later on pardoned them.




Sun, 01/30/2011 - 01:21 | 917437 FeralSerf
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Sounds like good advice to me, but he should have added that they shouldn't

invest any more of their 401(k) money in Citibank if they don't want to outlive

their pensions.  Small Bush oil companies are not good pension investments


Sun, 01/30/2011 - 02:03 | 917465 born2bmild
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The link has today's date at the top of the page and a months older date on the article. I fucked up. Slag away.

Sun, 01/30/2011 - 02:28 | 917483 Rodent Freikorps
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An Iranian source? Couldn't you find one from North Korea for balance?

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 23:18 | 917284 vxpatel
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I can't believe the Amerikan government hasn't labeled the Egyptian protesters as terrorists...yet...

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 23:50 | 917331 Brokenarrow
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Mortagage your house and short the futures. Bt Fri? they will carry you out in a box.

dont act on the bs you read on this site. years from now they will be right.

Sun, 01/30/2011 - 02:08 | 917469 topcallingtroll
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 I think if you skew your speculative plays with a macro theme of riots causing oil shortages right now you will likely turn out to be wrong.It doesnt seem that saudi monarchy is about to fall, much as they deserve too.  It also doesn't appear that the suez will close down.  Following twitter has not been all that useful for spec trading crises.

Sun, 01/30/2011 - 03:16 | 917513 walcott
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Bring us Mercedes Benz or perhaps BMWs! :)

Sun, 01/30/2011 - 08:10 | 917607 celticgold
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Sun, 01/30/2011 - 11:01 | 917700 PulauHantu29
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Time for the Princes and Kings to exit to their 22,000 sq foot Palace on the hillside in Aspen for a little downhill skiing while the plebs are put down by the military.

Sun, 01/30/2011 - 11:13 | 917709 snowball777
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Yeah...taking up residence in one of our most gun-nutty states and standing out like a sore thumb amongst the lily-white Wall St asshats; that'll end well.

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