The news today that Saudi Arabia has carried out a mass execution of 47 people has caused international outrage and speculation about the future of the ‘House of Saud’ itself. In our review of 2015 we noted the continuing dire human rights situation in Saudi was a backdrop for the year. In particular, we noted the closeness of our government to the regime, whatever they did on the human rights front, and how we continued to sell them arms which were used to attack Yemen. This new outrage raises the bar and the scale of international reactions may indeed have a dramatic effect on the future of the country.
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