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Archive for 'Saudi Arabia'

Obtuse, envious or both?

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, who accompanied President Trump on his visit to Saudi Arabia, was interviewed on CNBC:

Ross: I think the other thing that was fascinating to me … there was not a single hint of a protestor anywhere there during the whole time we were there, not one guy with a bad placard, [...]

Global Center for Combatting Extremist Ideology

Never mind the quasi-bow, the sword dance or the remarkably unremarkable speech to Muslim leaders.
This has got to be the most fascinating part of President Trump’s Saudi visit so far:
At Global Center for Combatting Extremist Ideology. In a few minutes @POTUS and Saudi King to touch a globe to switch it on.
— Steve [...]

Iran’s criticism of Saudi Arabia’s executions is outrageous hypocrisy

This is a guest post by Peter Tatchell (originally published in the International Business Times)
Iran’s criticism of the Saudi mass executions is outrageous hypocrisy. Tehran is also guilty of barbaric killing methods and, indeed, of putting to death eight times as many prisoners as Riyadh in 2014. It condemns Saudi Arabia for persecuting Shia Muslims, [...]

Thoughts on the execution of Ayatollah Nimr Al-Nimr

This is a cross-post from The Rambling Infidel
On January 2nd Saudi Arabia executed 47 people on charges of “terrorism” in what was a plainly unfair trial. Among them was a prominent and very outspoken Shia cleric Ayatollah Nimr Al-Nimr. Aside from him and 3 other Shia youth activists. Ayatollah Nimr became prominent for his role [...]

Saudis’ execution of Shia cleric provokes outrage in Iran

An editor for the “reformist” Iranian newspaper Shargh has been live-tweeting the destruction of the Saudi embassy in Tehran in the wake of the Sunni Saudi regime’s execution of leading Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr.
RIGHT NOW: Saudi embassy in Tehran on fire after stormed by protesters over execution of Shiite leader al-Nimr
— Sobhan Hassanvand (@Hassanvand) [...]

Raif Badawi and blasphemy – the only victims are the guilty

This is a cross-post by John Sargeant at homo economicus
Raif Badawi has had his ten year sentence and 1,000 lashes upheld by the Saudi Arabian Supreme Court. For the last few weeks and months we have waited every single Friday to see if the remaining 950 lashes will be administered. His physical health after the [...]

Saudis Lose Bid to Behead of the UN Human Rights Council

This is a cross-post from UN Watch
GENEVA, June 4, 2015 – First, the good news: following UN Watch’s forceful protest campaign, covered in newspapers worldwide, Swiss TV is now reporting that Saudi Arabia has failed in its bid to be head of the UN Human Rights Council next year.
“Before we break out the champagne,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director [...]

Responding to the death of King Abdullah

This seems to be one of those topics which brings together people who usually agree on very little.  With that in mind, I thought it would be interesting to discuss this short post by Ben White (which I reproduce in full because I am not sure whether it can be accessed if you don’t have [...]

Liberal Saudi blogger to receive first of a thousand lashes

Yes, yes, I know all about realpolitik.

(Obama’s foolish bow, by the way, did not prove him any more obsequious than the hand-holding Bush Jr. or any other recent American president.)
But at what point do we get to tell the medieval creeps who run this kingdom to fuck off?
A Saudi blogger who was sentenced [...]