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Saudi Arabia became a country in its current form in 1932. It is located in Asia and is currently the world's largest exporter of petroleum.
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- One of the most devout and insular countries in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia has emerged from being an underdeveloped desert kingdom to become one of the wealthiest nations in the region thanks to vast oil resources.
But its rulers face the delicate task of responding to pressure for reform while combating a growing problem of extremist violence.
- Saudi Arabia propagates terrorism.
- Shelley Berkley, U.S. Representative, as quoted in "US House votes to ban Saudi aid" at Aljazeera.net (22 June 2007)
- Saudi Arabia has one of the highest rates of executions in the world in both absolute numbers and per capita. The death penalty applies to a wide range of non-violent activities such as apostasy and "witchcraft", "sexual offences", acts deemed to amount to "corruption on earth", and crimes such as drug dealing.
- The Saudis have never shown any respect for human rights, either now or in the past. Even a petty burglar faces having one of his hands chopped off. The liberal press in America prefers to ignore all this, although they don't hesitate to blacken the reputation of Iran.
- Muhammad Reza Pahlavi, as quoted in Alam, Asadollah (1991), The Shah and I, I. B. Tauris, page 535
- The women of Saudi Arabia are not just folded away behind swathes of hot black cloth — they live segregated lives.
- Rachel Reid, in "Making a public splash in Saudi|" in BBC News (5 May 2007)
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