The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is in dire straits, witnessing a boomerang effect of the aftermath of the Arab Spring which still polarizes and engulfs the MENA region.
Almost 2 years after the ascendant to the throne of the new King Salman bin Abdulaziz, the country is gradually becoming more autocratic, further interventionist and surely less secure in financial terms. Death sentences and public executions are increasing rapidly, as Amnesty International recently reported “Saudi Arabia will have put to death more than 100 people in the first six months of this year…..At least 94 people have been executed so far this year, higher than at the same point last year….At least 158 people were put to death in Saudi Arabia in 2015, the highest recorded figure in the country”.
The rising trend for executions is inexorably related to the fallout of Saudi’s involvement in the Syria/Libya/Iraqi battlefields where it promoted all sorts of Jihadist and extremist factions that are now in the losing side. Moreover its involvement in the Yemenite war further increases totalitarian tendencies in Riyadh, which consequently fears a domestic backlash.| | | Next → |