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Saudi Arabia Uses Celebrities to Whitewash Abuses

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Click to expand Image People spend the evening at the Diriyah Oasis amusement park in Diriyah on the outskirts of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, December 13, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Amr Nabil The Covid-19 pandemic has put Saudi Arabia’s mega-events on hold, but that hasn’t stopped Saudi authorities from confirming a slew of major functions for 2021, including a Formula 1 Grand Prix race. These events are part of a deliberate government strategy aimed at whitewashing human rights violations. Billions of dollars are spent hosting extravagant entertainment, cultural, and sporting affairs to provide…

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