Another Monarchy

Saudi Arabia is coming to the aid of yet another Arab monarchy this time, Jordan. The Saudis will spend 500 million dinars ($705 million) on a joint investment to create a railway connecting the Red Sea port of Aqaba to a future dry port in the Ma’an governorate.

Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states have used their financial muscle to keep friendly Arab governments in their orbit. Last year wealthy Gulf donors pledged $2.5 billion to support the Jordanian monarchy in the face of large-scale protests.