For the first time ever, Saudi Arabia's Shura Council has passed a draft law that would regulate civil society organizations by establishing a “National Authority for Civil Society Organizations" (NACSO).
While the provisions still need to be passed by the cabinet, it's worth considering this is a positive development. On the one hand, it might enable an independent civil society scene to flourish.
On the other hand, naaaa... not really gonna happen. It's just another way for the regime to control civic groups while supposedly burnishing its reformist credentials.
The question is, will we once again be played for suckers?