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Saudi Arabia: running into the sand

Tumbling crude prices have pushed the country to the brink, and now it's losing friends too

Abraj Al-Bait Towers, also known as the Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower, in the holy city of Mecca during the annual Hajj pilgrimage, 2011 ©FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

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Saudi Arabia is an oil country. You already knew that, of course, but have you thought about what it means? You probably only notice the ups…

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