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Big oil collides with traditional life in Saudi desert


Saudi society was molded by the self-sufficient and egalitarian virtues of desert life, yet today it’s in thrall to fast food, cell phones and gas-guzzling SUVs. The country’s oil wealth has paid for an imported culture of conspicuous affluence, typified by modernistic shopping malls and highways worthy of southern California.

Chicago Sun Times

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