There are ongoing operational maintenance and training contracts worth billions. US "advisors" employed by major defense contractors are in Saudi Arabia right now training the Saudi air force.
Yeah; There's that little hitch that woman who actually camgaigned for this are rotting in a Saudi jail 
They're torturing millions of Muslims in Xinjiang, directly or indirectly through terrifying police state actions that entirely revoke all human liberty.
There is no greater mass atrocity going on anywhere on earth than what's happening in Xinjiang.
How many people, companies, VC firms in Silicon Valley are working with China and living off of Chinese money?
Where's the mass outrage and suspension of relations with China? Nope, you won't see that. No chance in hell.
The millions of Muslims in China being tortured don't matter, and one journalist does? Not exactly: it's because China is a big fat platter of money and many want to feast on it. It's a willingness to disregard all ethics because the check is big enough. It's so much money, the people that claim to care about a single journalist, don't care about millions of people being actively repressed and tortured.
It goes to the line about a million deaths being a statistic, and one death being a tragedy. Same premise at work.
Despite being repeated often, to my knowledge there's no evidence for that. It also doesn't sound very plausible as only about 10M Uigurs and Kasachs live there (those two are the mostly muslim minorities living there). If we assume this is about young to middle age male adults (because this is the relevant cohort in practically every violent conflict), "millions" of these are getting imprisoned and tortured implies that a whopping 100% of non-elderly muslim males in the region are in internment camps. Actually more than 100%, if we assume not every Uigur is a Muslim.
What we do know though, is that the conflicts in the region are very violent. Islamic extremists have bombed civilians on multiple occasions, including public markets, buses, killing sleeping workers in coal mines etc. 
And we know the Chinese police has killed people at riots, though I haven't yet researched the circumstances.
In both cases the violence is abhorrent and to be condemned. The mass torturing story seems to be fake, though.
(1)...of course after you've made sure no coup d'etat happens in response.
He's consolidating power but if recordings come out on how the journo was murdered, this guy will no longer meet Bill Gates or Bezos in his next US trip. He'll be treated like mad African dictators were.
It was pretty sickening to listen to.
As far as your question the first step I guess would obviously be that I would object to killing journalists. Not a small ask, probabbly wouldn't create the collapse you're talking about.
Those "intellectual elites" are most likely the latter.
I don't want to single out the US or give the impression that I hate it. I actually love that country. No doubt one of the best countries in the world despite everything.
But I don't think SA is particularly worse than any other regional/global powerful country on earth wrt. foreign policy. Why should that prompt the US (or any other security council country for that matter) to re-evaluate their relationship when they commit the same, if not worse, crimes.
and somewhere along a scale it becomes another to do shitty things for somebody else's twisted reasons.
I realize it's all intertwined and the House of Saud and the US are allies for reasons, but at some point it not only looks bad, I wonder if the Saudis will lose respect for the US?
This whole relationship makes all the Rumors of the Sauds swapping to the yuan all the more intriguing. If that ever did happen our response could well trigger something like a worldwide Cold War. China and probably Russia would likely have an obligation of support for Saudi Arabia, America would pull in NATO and the world would likely split along one side or the other. For that matter Saudi Arabia is also not like Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, ... . Saudi Arabia itself is now world's third largest spender on defense in raw dollars - and #1 in the world by percent of GDP. 10% of their entire GDP goes to defense. By contrast, we spend about 3%. On top of that Mecca and Medina reside within Saudi Arabia. Propaganda would be strongly on the side of the Saudis who would portray an attack on them as an attack on Islam.
I doubt that. In the KSA - Iran cold war, China is squarely in the Iran camp. Personally, I don't even think they side with Iran because we support The Kingdom. Rather I think they side with Iran because the more sanctions we put on Iran, the cheaper the oil and gas China can get out of Iran becomes.
But yeah, there is pretty much zero chance that China supports KSA. Even if KSA wanted to use the Yuan. Just wouldn't happen.
But the big thing here is that oil is still by far the most in demand resource in the world. And, thanks to some incredibly prescient negotiations dating back to the 70s, the majority of all oil producing nations only settle oil contracts in the dollar. This means that if you have a dollar you have access to oil. This creates an amazing system of externalizing stability. Imagine the value of the dollar decreases. This incentivizes foreign nations to increase their reserves of the dollar to ensure stable access to a fixed amount of oil. This, simultaneously, creates a natural dampening affect on any sort of inflation as that money is taken out of circulation. And this even applies with the Mideastern nations themselves. Saudi Arabia and other nations also agreed to purchase US securities with whatever leftover dollars they have after accounting for national expenses. Once again, helping to mitigate any negative consequence of let's say 'creative' economic policy.
Oil, the petro dollar in particular, stabilizes our currency and our economy. If you take the control of oil away from America, I do not think our military might alone would be sufficient to keep the dollar stable. And if the dollar loses stability our entire nation implodes. Everything that happens in the Mideast is based around this relatively simple fundamental aspect. Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya. What they all actually have in common is that they expressed real intents to move away from the petro dollar. Venezuela has done the same.
The reason China/Russia would side against the US has nothing to do with oil or Saudi Arabia or Iran. It has to do with the US. If the petro dollar collapses, which it arguably already is, the US isn't far behind. And the US is still the greatest immediate danger to those nations. And the only reason Saudi Arabia would ever turn away from the petro dollar is if they believe the US will not be able to force them back to it, which would all but require the collapse of the US.
They pay lip service to modernization and liberalization (like the legal change allowing women to drive), but in actuality it's one step forward, two steps back.
There is extensive documentation on the fact the Saudi Arabia and other states in the region fund fundamentalist, Hanafi / Wahabbist madrassas in Pakistan. Where do all the Pakistani jihadis fighting in Afghanistan come from? It's been known by intelligence agencies for years.
Goldberg: What do you mean you don’t know about it?
MbS: What is Wahhabism?
Goldberg: You’re the crown prince of Saudi Arabia. You know what Wahhabism is.
MbS: No one can define this Wahhabism.
Goldberg: It’s a movement founded by Ibn abd al-Wahhab in the 1700s, very fundamentalist in nature, an austere Salafist-style interpretation—
MbS: No one can define Wahhabism. There is no Wahhabism.
Just because civilians do not live in a NATO nation does not mean their lives are worthless and expendable.
Unfortunately it means exactly that, and not just in this case and not just in the politics - the very empathy that ordinary people feel about other humans is all about us and them, friendlies and "the others"...
Very tangible difference between an asset FREEZE, and an asset SEIZURE. And it's a difference wealth prez guys take deadly seriously.
Furthermore, if something is 'out of your expertise', why get into this situation in the first place? "ich habe es nicht gewusst" should at least not be valid approach/defense anymore.
Building such filters now, would be quite a challenge technically, and obviously, our politicians think that that would destabilize the region, or move the 'seems-like-our-allies' towards Russia/China.
Plus it would affect dramatically London's real-estate prices (it will drop, by quite a bit) that could trigger some sort of short-term British pound crisis.
Most of the leading European Banks offer what is known as 'Islamic Finance' products, as well (that's in addition to other integration methods).
There are currently six Islamic banks in Britain, while another 20 lenders currently offer Islamic financial products and services, more than any other Western country.
Chancellor George Osborne has said promoting the Islamic finance industry, which is worth nearly $2 trillion, would help make Britain “the undisputed centre of the global financial system".
Mr Ellwood also celebrated notable sharia-compliant investments that have been used to fund some of the capital’s largest developments, including The Shard and the Olympic Village.
So VC money backed by Saudis is just one more, of many many vehicles employed.
a) US and UK provide military equipment and military power to guarantee the security of the house of Saud. (Example: US reaction to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, operation desert shield/desert storm).
b) Saudi government and ARAMCO extract a shitload of oil and sell it, while using technical services of US and UK oil companies
c) Saudi government re-invests a certain huge amount of the proceeds from their post-1940s oil wealth into the US and UK economies.
I hope he comments relatively soon (I'm not criticizing him for not commenting in time for this article). His leadership has a large influence on many, including in this forum. Tacit opposition and tacit support are the same thing.
Sam Altman, the president of Y Combinator, a startup incubator that has nurtured Airbnb and other well-known companies, suspended his involvement advising Saudi Arabia on a mega-city project there known as NEOM.
They have the most influence in OPEC and they are now diversifying. KSA is invested all over SV. Uber, Tesla, Snapchat, biotech firms, SoftBank. Probably only 2nd to Russian oligarchs in terms of SV money. A bunch of princes are multibillionaires exclusively from American and British assets.
EDIT: Forgot to add that their geopolitical power doesn’t come from their money but from their control of a global resource. If the unfortunate deaths of various Russian expat oligarchs has proven anything, it’s that no amount of money can buy you protection from a tier-1 state that wants you dead.
Reforming a country takes a long time, especially an absolute monarchy where the government owns the means of producing by far the most wealth in the country. So, my question is; if Western businesses keep doing this, is Saudi Arabia going to take two steps forward and one step back, inching their way towards progress, or just one step forward one step back staying in place?
Simultaneously, it's likely that a US ally had a journalist murdered and dismembered in order to silence them and send a message to others that are thinking about writing critical things about Saudi Arabia.
The implication is that the people calling for civility are living in some kind of fucked up dream land where being nice to bastards is important.
I laugh when I see some of the comments, especially from seemingly intellectual people.