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Little Hope of Change to Poor Saudi Rights Record

Saudi Arabia's human rights record has long been the subject of widespread condemnation by rights groups. But within the context of the ultra-conservative, religious society, King Abdullah, who died Friday, was seen as a leader who gradually tried to lay the groundwork for rights reforms. "Abdullah was known as something of a reformist inside Saudi Arabia," says Michael Fischbach, an expert on Middle East politics with Randolph Macon College. "Abdullah was noted for...

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