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"Saudi Arabia Inc." seems to be falling apart unless "big brother US" steps in to help - by David P. Goldma

Last week’s mass executions in Saudi Arabia suggest panic at the highest level of the monarchy. The action is without precedent, even by the grim standards of Saudi repression.

In 1980 Riyadh killed 63 jihadists who had attacked the Grand Mosque of Mecca, but that was fresh after the event. Most of the 47 prisoners shot and beheaded on Jan. 2 had sat in Saudi jails for a decade. The decision to kill the prominent Shia cleric

Nimr al-Nimr, the most prominent spokesman for restive Saudi Shia Muslims in Eastern Province, betrays fear of subversion with Iranian sponsorship.

Al-Jubeir said the Kingdom rejects all criticism of the Saudi justice system.

Read more: Saudi Arabia stews in policy hell: Spengler – Asia Times

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