Saudi Arabia’s well-funded public relations apparatus moved quickly after Saturday’s explosive execution of Shiite political dissident Nimr al-Nimr to shape how the news is covered in the United States.
The execution led protestors in Shiite-run Iran to set fire to the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, precipitating a major diplomatic crisis between the two major powers already fighting proxy wars across the Middle East.
Iran and Saudi Arabia: The Showdown Between Islam’s Rival Powers
The New Yorker
At a meeting with U.S. officials in 2008, Nimr insisted that he was not as radical as he had been portrayed publicly, according to a diplomatic cable released by Wikileaks. He told the Americans that he strongly opposed the “authoritarianism of the …
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