Published in: North Africa, West AsiaPolitics “as if” in Riyadh
Saudi Arabia first denied the Khashoggi murder and then blamed it on rogue security agents. Neither version has enjoyed much credibility but the ability to make the population repeat incredible claims is itself a form of power for Arab autocrats.
Published in: North Africa, West AsiaThe tentacles of autocratic regimes: the case of Egypt
The process of repression is outsourced to the citizenry who indirectly secure absolute power for the regime. It is a vicious cycle with the masses being both the victims as well as beneficiaries of repression.