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Rules about music, cinema and the like were supposed to be based on guidance from God. Government issued edicts came via clerics. So far, the new rules are coming directly from the Saudi government. It has been confusing for some Saudis.

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«When you live in a community where, overnight, what was a ‘no’ is a ‘yes,’ it’s very hard to rationalize if there’s no ‘why,'» Bandar says.

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Two months canada goose outlet florida later, about 200 government ministers, businessmen and members of the royal family were rounded up and detained without due process at Riyadh’s Ritz Carlton hotel, as part of the crown prince’s anti corruption crackdown. Most have since been freed, after paying large settlements, but in canada goose outlet phone number certain cases, the whereabouts of some detainees are unknown.

Adam Coogle, a http://www.canadagoosejacketoutlett.com Middle East researcher for Human Rights Watch, says he doesn’t want to belittle some of the crown prince’s moves, such as allowing women to drive. But political repression in Saudi Arabia, he warns, is extremely high right now.

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