King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia plans to donate 93 billion dollars to his countrymen. The octogenarian king says that the largest investment from his budget proposals will go toward education. In fact, 32% of the total donation will impact on Saudi’s education. He says that Saudi(s) want a higher quality of jobs, and not just less unemployment.
In February of this year the King had suggested a 36 billion dollar gift. The 93 million dollar figure does say something about tensions in the Middle East.
It was announced today that Saudi Arabia will hold elections next month. The councils that help the king govern have very little power, but it has already been reported that Saudi(s) are happy with the prospect of voting.
Women will not be allowed to vote. The government announced that this approach is due to Islamic and Saudi religious traditions.
In a calendar full of events, it was March 14thwhen Saudi Arabia sent 1,000 troops across the King Faisal Causeway to help out with the situation in Iran. Two days later Bahrain police cracked down on protestors killing 3 people.
The country of Bahrain is often called the pearl of the Arabian Gulf also known as the Persian Gulf. Lots of palm trees grow there. It is repudiated for its Arab culture minus the strict enforcement of Islamic Law. The economy is petroleum based. It is a social and shopping “Mecca” Use of alcohol is legal.
Washington and Saudi Arabia say that protests in Bahrain are not as result of the Jasmine Revolution. They say that protestors have been agitated by Iranian Shi-ites. Seventy per cent of the population of Bahrain practice Shi-ite faith. Only 10% of Saudi(s) are Shi-ites.
King Hamad has publicly thanked King Abdullah for sending in troops. The Al Khalifa family has ruled Bahrain since 1783.
Other clarification of the Jasmine Revolution became clear today in the country of Yemen. President Saleh who had agreed to step down from power along with his son and his family and his political party, has been asked to remain as the country’s president. President Obama and Saudi Arabia appreciate the puzzle piece that he is responsible for as part of the anti-terrorism campaign. The United States is going to donate money to Yemen with, once again, a strong emphasis on education. It is an interesting investment considering the fact that budget experts in America plan to all but eliminate PELL grants for students because the government can no longer afford them.
The kings are all certain that money will do the job with regard to their people and their protests. Money can buy everything except for happiness, mental health, and safety.