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It’s no secret that Saudi Arabia is in deep social and political troubles, both internally and externally. For the past decades, the family has been leading an absolutely pre-medieval society to become a rich and glamorous petroleum-smelling society with sky-scrapers and fancy cars. Yet, the structure and norms of the society remain unchanged.
Saudi Arabia started 2016 shamefully by carrying out its largest mass execution since 1980, putting 47 men to death on Jan. 2. Among them were at least four prominent Shia activists, including a leader of the kingdom's Shia minority, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. The killings have spurred a new round of tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the two regional powers.
Tehran police have made a few arrests outside the Saudi embassy in the capital, urging people to pursue their protest at the execution of Sheikh Nimr through legal channels.
Studies suggest that there were no storms at the time of the Mecca accident and that worshippers walking around in the courtyard of the Grand Mosque without any difficulty.
A report by tabnak.ir has said that Saudi Arabia is using the Khobar Towers bombing as a trump card to influence a congressional decision on the Iran nuclear deal in the United States.