Saudi Arabia’s Continued Attempt at Economic Diversification
On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia’s state-owned Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) announced plans to establish a state company for the manufacturing of arms, intended at improving the Saudi economy by producing thousands of jobs for Saudis.
Art, as a subject, has been central to contentious debates for centuries in the more conservative realms of Islamic doctrine, such as Wahhabism. In Saudi Arabia, for example, staunchly conservative Saudi clerics deem art- other than floral, geometric or calligraphic patterns- to be forbidden; the notion of art can only be found in the creation by God, and thus any attempt to ‘imitate’ His work by a human being is considered
Israeli parliament passed a preliminary vote that gives official recognition to Israel as the home of the Jewish people. The ramifications of the bill on the status of the Arab minority in Israel remain unclear.