• Blogland,  Human Rights,  Saudi Arabia

    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 last May to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes will be publicly flogged for the first time after Friday prayers outside a mosque in the Red Sea coastal city of Jiddah, a person close to his case said Thursday. Raif Baddawi was sentenced on charges related to accusations that he insulted Islam on…