Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Saudi Arabia

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Saudi Arabia

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See also Egypt, UAE

Jan. 26: The Saudi government withdrew its Ambassador to Denmark because of Copenhagen's refusal to punish a Danish newspaper for publishing satirical cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed. The Danish government, and the newspaper itself, said freedom of speech protected the newspaper from reprisal, and neither issued an apology. [BBC, 1/26]

Feb. 9: The Saudi Ambassador to the US criticized Iran for pursuing a nuclear program, and blamed the US for contributing to the desire of the Iranian people for a nuclear capability. The ambassador asked the US encourage "a nuclear free Middle East." [Al-Jazeera, 2/9]

Feb. 20: The Ministry of Media and Culture suspended the Shams newspaper and placed its operations under investigation for publishing controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, which were originally published in a Danish daily. Shams, which was one of a handful of newspapers in the Arab world to publish the images, claimed it did so to inspire action against Denmark. [BBC, 2/20]

Feb. 24: Saudi security forces thwarted an attack on the Abqaiq oil processing plant in eastern Saudi Arabia. …

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