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CONTAINER INFORMATION

Abbreviation

KSA

Website

Saudi Arabia

Established

9/23/1932

Discontinued

 

Last Modified

7/15/2009


Monarchy

King

Asir

Bahah

Eastern Province

Ha'il

Jizan

Jouf

Madinah

Makkah

Najran

Northern Border

Qasim

Riyadh

Tabuk


DESCRIPTION

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is an Arab country and the largest country of the Arabian Peninsula. It is bordered by Jordan on the northwest, Iraq on the north and northeast, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates on the east, Oman on the southeast, and Yemen on the south. The Persian Gulf lies to the northeast and the Red Sea to its west. It has an estimated population of 27.6 million, and its size is approximately 830,000 square miles. The Kingdom is sometimes called "The Land of the Two Holy Mosques" in reference to Mecca and Medinah, the two holiest places in Islam. In English, it is most commonly referred to as Saudi Arabia. The current Kingdom was founded by Abdul-Aziz bin Saud, whose efforts began in 1902 when he captured the Al-Saud’s ancestral home of Riyadh, and culminated in 1932 with the proclamation and recognition of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, though its national origins go back as far as 1744 with the establishment of the First Saudi State. Saudi Arabia is the world's leading petroleum exporter. Petroleum exports fuel the Saudi economy. Oil accounts for more than 90 percent of exports and nearly 75 percent of government revenues, facilitating the creation of a welfare state, which the government has found difficult to fund during periods of low oil prices. Saudi Arabia is often called, along with Russia, an energy superpower. Human rights groups such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have repeatedly expressed concern about the state of human rights in Saudi Arabia, although these concerns have been dismissed by the Saudi government.


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EVENTS

6/25/1996

Terrorist Attack

Khobar Towers Bombing

Posted by Andy


NEWS

Date

Category

Headline

Contributor

1/29/2012 2:45 am

General

Twitter is for “promoting lies”: Saudi Mufti

ChronoT

9/25/2011 8:00 pm

Rule Change

Saudi Monarch Grants Women Right to Vote

Homegrown Democrat

9/3/2011 4:00 pm

General

Astronomer threatened with lawsuit for doubting Eid moon sighting

ChronoT

6/15/2011 12:00 pm

News

Social Media Help Keep the Door Open to Sustained Dissent Inside Saudi Arabia

ArmyDem

6/8/2011 3:00 am

News

In Saudi Arabia, Royal Funds Buy Peace for Now

ArmyDem

10/20/2010 5:15 am

News

Gay Saudi prince jailed for life for killing servant lover

Homegrown Democrat

8/21/2010 9:30 am

News

SAUDI ARABIA: Human rights group urges authorities to flog crime suspect instead of imposing spinal cord punishment

Homegrown Democrat

8/19/2010 6:10 pm

News

Saudi judge considers severing spine of attacker who paralyzed man

Homegrown Democrat

5/17/2010 11:00 pm

General

Saudi woman beats up virtue cop

ChronoT

2/5/2010 3:00 pm

Amusing

Saudi's Reject Pakistani Diplomat Whose Name Translates to 'Biggest Dick'

DFWDem

4/12/2009 10:30 am

News

Saudi judge upholds man's marriage to 8-year-old

J.R.

3/27/2009 8:00 pm

Announcement

Saudi king appoints successor’s successor to throne

MadViking

7/27/2008 10:00 am

News

Saudis Face Soaring Blood-Money Sums

ArmyDem

7/17/2008 9:00 am

News

Saudis Look Beyond Oil to New Economy in Desert

ArmyDem

2/23/2008 7:00 pm

News

Saudis Arrested for Flirting With Women

ArmyDem

2/14/2008 3:00 pm

Idiocy

Saudi Woman Faces Death For Witchcraft

Brandon

2/7/2008 5:00 pm

News

Saudi Cops Grab U.S. Woman In Starbucks

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1/21/2008 1:00 pm

News

Saudi Arabia to lift ban on women drivers

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1/1/2008 7:00 pm

News

Dissident Saudi Blogger Is Arrested

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11/2/2007 3:00 pm

Blog Entry

Saudi Fatwa Bans Camel Beauty Contests

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11/20/2007 10:15 pm

News

Saudi: Why we punished rape victim

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11/15/2007 5:00 pm

News

Saudi punishes gang rape victim with 200 lashes

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7/28/2007 7:00 pm

Report

White House Planning $20 Billion Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia

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7/1/2007 10:00 pm

News

Saudi Religious Police Face Backlash

ArmyDem

12/12/2006 9:40 pm

News

Saudi Ambassador Abruptly Resigns, Leaves Washington

ArmyDem

8/16/2006 3:00 pm

News

20 arrested at Saudi gay wedding

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10/4/2006 11:05 am

Speech

Saudi to U.S.: Stop the Hectoring

RP

9/27/2006 2:10 pm

General

Saudis plan long fence for Iraq border

RP

9/7/2006 1:25 pm

Proposed Legislation

Saudis consider banning women from Mecca

RP

8/7/2006 11:00 pm

News

Saudi Hezbollah supporters detained

ChronoT

7/19/2006 8:00 pm

News

Saudi avoids religious rights sanctions

ChronoT

7/11/2006 12:00 pm

News

Saudi textbooks preach intolerance, hate

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5/18/2006 11:00 pm

News

Exercise a Challenge for Saudi Women

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5/16/2006 9:00 pm

News

Saudis nix pictures of women in newspapers

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4/26/2006 9:20 am

General

Saudi releases 500 al-Qaida sympathizers

RP

11/14/2005 10:00 am

News

Saudi jailed for discussing the Bible

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11/11/2005 12:00 pm

News

Saudi Arabia wins WTO membership

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11/9/2005 1:00 am

News

Saudi books aim to divide U.S. Muslims, ‘infidels,’ Congress told

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10/23/2005 8:00 pm

News

Over 10,000 Saudi Students US- Bound

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9/30/2005 2:00 pm

News

Bush Delays Action Against Saudi Arabia

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9/27/2005 10:00 am

News

Bush says Saudi Arabia strong against terrorism

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9/22/2005 9:00 pm

Opinion

Saudi Minister Warns U.S. Iraq May Face Disintegration

RP

9/22/2005 8:00 pm

Perspective

Saudi Government Official on Iqra TV: All Muslims Must Support Jihad

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9/21/2005 8:40 pm

News

Bush Waives Saudi Trafficking Sanctions

RP

8/3/2005 12:00 pm

News

Clerics vow loyalty to Saudi king

Brandon

8/1/2005 2:00 am

News

King Fahd of Saudi Arabia dies

J.R.

6/3/2005 1:05 am

News

Saudis Outraged Over Women-Drive Proposal

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5/27/2005 6:15 pm

General

Saudi King Fahd doing well in hospital

Nothing wrong, just gone

5/3/2005 9:00 am

News

US Eases Saudi Visa Restrictions

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5/8/2005 4:00 pm

News

US bomb victims sue Saudi royal family for 'negligence'

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3/18/2005 6:00 am

News

Arrests at Saudi 'gay wedding'

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10/28/2004 12:00 am

News

Is Saudi money financing Iraqi insurgents?

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10/11/2004 12:00 am

General

Saudi women barred from voting

RP

8/20/2004 12:00 am

News

9 in 10 Still Get Saudi Visas

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9/11/2004 12:00 am

News

Bush criticised over Saudi Arabia

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9/4/2004 12:00 am

News

Saudi Arabia Is Sued by Firm That Lost 658 in Twin Towers

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9/11/2004 12:00 am

News

WTC agency to sue Saudi Arabia

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8/17/2004 12:00 am

News

Saudis Use 9/11 Report in U.S. Ad Campaign

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8/1/2004 12:00 am

Amusing

Saudis criticize Kerry for "bashing" kingdom

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7/17/2004 12:00 am

News

House Votes to Block Aid for Saudi Arabia

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7/15/2004 12:00 am

News

Foreign workers face abuse, torture in Saudi Arabia: report

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6/27/2004 12:00 am

News

[Saudi] Man divorces wife after she phones talk show

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6/13/2004 12:00 am

General

A Kingdom in Crisis

ArmyDem

10/22/2003 12:00 am

News

Libel Tourism

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10/17/2003 12:00 am

News

FBI Says Saudis Buy Off Witnesses

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10/17/2003 12:00 am

Humor

Bush Administration Outsourcing Policy-making to Saudi Arabia

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10/17/2003 12:00 am

News

Saudi elections 'in three years'

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10/13/2003 12:00 am

News

Saudi Arabia to Hold First Elections

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7/10/2003 12:00 am

News

Saudi custody cases pose problems

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6/20/2003 12:00 am

News

Saudi Police Lift Veil on Woman Driver

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