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John Kerry Arrives in Saudi Arabia Amidst Unprecedented Rise in State Executions


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John Kerry Arrives in Saudi Arabia Amidst Unprecedented Rise in State Executions

Sarah Lazare, staff writer

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to Saudi Arabia coincides with a recent surge of executions in that country.

So far this year, at least 39 people have reportedly been put to death by authorities.

Amnesty International's researcher on Saudi Arabia, Sevag Kechichian, told The Independent, "Since the beginning of the year we’ve seen an unprecedented rate of executions in the country."


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So Kerry is there to strongarm the Saudi Royalty into raising oil prices and cutting production. I wonder if the "drive the price of oil down to hurt Russia, Iran, Syria and Venezuela" promise to allow the Sauds to divide the Greater Middle East between themselves and Israel still stands? The Sauds must have been promised something for halving their oil revenues for the last 6 months.