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Friday Talking Points -- Getting Ready For Obama's Big Speech

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This was a busy week in politics, as the Republicans in the new Congress began a bout of legislating and President Obama ramped up his agenda in preparation for next Tuesday's big speech to Congress and the country.

Je Suis Raif Badawi

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 03.17.2015 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi with his children. Photograph: Handout The Guardian. Here is the actual writing that gets you put in prison for 10 years and lashed 1000 times in Saudi Arabia. I call on all bloggers who value freedom of speech to pass this on.

'Flogging for Blogging': Official Saudi Policy

Medea Benjamin | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

The U.S. is certainly no model for respecting freedom of expression -- as we saw in the streets of Ferguson where peaceful protesters were teargassed and beaten -- but it shouldn't overlook the human rights abuses carried out by a country that imprisons, tortures and executes its citizens simply for speaking their minds.

Jailed Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi Honored by PEN Canada

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

So, proudly, claims the official website of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C. If you were to ask imprisoned liberal Saudi writer Raif Badawi, you may hear otherwise. Or not. He may not be able to tell you what he really thinks.

Black Children Are Beloved and Beaten

Irene Monroe | Posted 11.19.2014 | Parents
Irene Monroe

Parenting is hard, and trying to figure the appropriate punishment gains nothing with the force of violence. Especially because it was done in the days of slavery, and in spite of the fact that it was done to us as children, it needs to stop.

An All-American Ass-Whoopin'

Mark Morford | Posted 11.17.2014 | Parents
Mark Morford

America! You know what you need? Besides better bourbon, less Jesus and fewer conservatives? That's right: A good whoopin'. A serious spanking. Maybe ...

United Nations No Defender of Muslim Women's Rights

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Although the UN does important humanitarian work, it is overgrown with the weeds of a dysfunctional bureaucracy and spineless leadership, and has become a watering hole for states that are prepared to sanction sex discrimination and extremist ideology without fear of serious challenge by the world body.

Montana Republican Pushes Draconian Law

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Republican state legislator in Montana, who once asked to be paid in gold coins, has introduced legislation that would allow convicted...

New Book Promotes Flogging As Prison Alternative

The Huffington Post | Dean Praetorius | Posted 08.27.2011 | Books

Flogging sounds like a cruel, harsh alternative to prison. But In Defense Of Flogging, a new book written by academic Peter Moskos, actually advoca...

Saudi Girls Flogged For Orphanage Attack

Reuters | Posted 07.10.2011 | World

(Reuters) - Six orphan girls aged between 12 and 18 were flogged in Saudi Arabia after being convicted of attacking the head of their orphanage, a...

15 Men, Women To Be Jailed, Flogged For Mingling At Party In Saudi Arabia

AP | ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

RIYADH — Judicial officials say a Saudi court has convicted four women and 11 men for mingling at a party and sentenced them to flogging and pri...

New Video Shows Taliban Flogging Men In Pakistan

AP | ZARAR KHAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD — Taliban militants flog two men and a teenage boy in a video that has emerged from Pakistan's tribal belt along the Afghan border, sh...

Saudi Flogging of Spoiled Brat Only Part of the Story

Sabria Jawhar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sabria Jawhar

Perhaps if Saudi institutions like a school in Jubail stopped treating women as kids they will stop acting like kids.

Nigerian Soccer Star Stephen Worgu Sentenced To Flogging In Sudan

BBC SPORT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Nigerian star Stephen Worgu, who plays in Sudan, has been convicted of drinking alcohol, and has been sentenced to be flogged. ...

Rozanna al-Yami, Saudi Journalist Involved In Sex TV Show, Won't Be Flogged, Says King

AP | DONNA ABU-NASR | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia's king waived a flogging sentence on a female journalist charged for involvement in a risque TV show, the se...

Lubna Hussein Pants Trial Adjourns Until Tuesday

Huffington Post/Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Lubna Hussein, who was arrested July 3 for wearing pants and is now standing trial, openly defied the court by wearing the very same outfit to trial t...

Flogging Women: 150 Maldivian Adulteresses To Be Flogged

The Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By Andrew Buncombe | The Independent Almost 150 women living in the Maldives face a public flogging for indulging in extra-marital sex after being co...

Beer-Drinking Muslim Model, Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, Sentenced To Public Flogging In Malaysia

AP | JULIA ZAPPEI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — An Islamic court in Malaysia has sentenced a Muslim woman to be flogged with a rattan cane for having a beer in a night...

Pakistan's Media Crucial In Fight Against Extremists

Madiha Sattar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By Madiha Sattar, HuffingtonPost Contributor "So, it's not okay for women to be touched by male doctors but male executioners can hold hands and slap...