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The Monitor's View How Saudis claim freedom

As President Trump visits Saudi Arabia, he can note how young people are eager to adopt independent thinking – a force driving much of the change in Saudi society.

Reuters

For his first official trip abroad, President Trump will be in Saudi Arabia this weekend, attending a dizzying number of public events. Yet much of his experience, like that of many other visitors, will be staged by the Saudi government – one that still limits basic freedoms for its people. If Mr. Trump were to visit a local bookstore, however, he might take note of a book that has been a top seller among Saudis for weeks, “The Art of Thinking Clearly.”