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Do Human Rights Really Matter in International Relations?

Mihai Pătru | Posted 05.01.2015 | World
Mihai Pătru

Giving human rights the "ignorance treatment" is far from a new approach for policymakers when it comes to taking a position against the perpetrating regimes. It actually follows a pattern that has occurred in relations with Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Russia, just to name a few examples.

Members Of Congress Call On Saudi Arabia To Release Blogger Raif Badawi

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 03.05.2015 | World

More than sixty members of Congress sent a bipartisan letter to the king of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday calling for the release of all prisoners of consci...

'We Stand United in Our Humanity'

Elham Manea | Posted 04.28.2015 | World
Elham Manea

Why does the Saudi government deny freedoms of speech, religion and political association to it citizens? As a member of the UN Human Rights Council, why does Saudi Arabia imprison a young man who committed no crime, who only created a blog calling for freedom?

Washington Should Stop Slobbering Over Saudi Arabia: Vicious Frenemy Makes World More Dangerous

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The king has died. Long live the king. Saudi Arabia today is a medieval system whose horrid human rights practices match its antiquated political system.

Murdering Freedom of Speech

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 03.29.2015 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Freedom of speech might be integral to the hard-won flowering of modern freedoms valued in the West, but its fragile bloom has faded and could die without proper tending by courageous politicians and media working in a global partnership to oppose Islamism and the Zeitgeist of political correctness.

Dumbest Moments of the Month - January 2015

Dan Miles | Posted 03.28.2015 | Comedy
Dan Miles

You know you've done something particularly stupid when you spawn a new hashtag, and that's exactly what happened when self-proclaimed terrorism expert Steve Emerson appeared on Fox News.

'We Are All in This Together, Like It or Not': On Raif Badawi, Charlie Hebdo and Non-violent Islamism

Elham Manea | Posted 03.24.2015 | World
Elham Manea

Those who killed the journalists in Paris were followers of violent Islamist extremism. Those who lashed Raif are followers of non-violent Islamist extremism. The first kills in the name of God and the second violates in the name of God.

Saudi Arabia To Delay Activist's Flogging For Second Time

Posted 01.22.2015 | World

DUBAI, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia plans to delay the public flogging of a rights activist on medical grounds, Amnesty International said on Thurs...

Religious Freedom Advocates Offer To Take Lashes For Imprisoned Saudi Blogger

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.21.2015 | Religion

Seven religious freedom advocates have offered to personally receive 100 lashes each in the place of Raif Badawi, a liberal Saudi blogger sentenced to...

Oscar-Worthy Performances by World Leaders (Paris Edition)

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Chaker Khazaal

It should not escape notice that a handful of the world leaders who were at the march advocating freedom of speech do not uphold this right in their own countries, much less promote it. It made me think of an Oscar-worthy performance, ending when the credits rolled and everyone went home.

Saudis Reportedly Postpone Liberal Blogger's Flogging

Reuters | Posted 03.18.2015 | World

DUBAI, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has postponed Friday's public flogging of activist and blogger Raif Badawi on medical grounds, a source famil...

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.

Saudi Blogger Sentenced To 1,000 Lashes To Endure 2nd Round Of Flogging

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 01.15.2015 | World

A Saudi Arabian blogger imprisoned for starting a liberal online forum to encourage discussion and debate in his country may not be able to withstand ...

How Can We Not Be Afraid?

Montserrat Domínguez | Posted 03.14.2015 | World
Montserrat Domínguez

In order to fight against fanaticism, there is no other way but to strengthen the principles of liberty, equality, tolerance and respect for the law.

No Joking Matter: Souad Al-Shammary and Saudi Clergy

Elham Manea | Posted 02.11.2015 | World
Elham Manea

She made a joke about a beard and the medieval clergy went berserk; apparently they do not have a sense of humor.

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.

Saudi Arabia's Shallow Promises of Reform -- Raif Badawi Again

Elham Manea | Posted 11.03.2014 | World
Elham Manea

The kingdom is stuck with itself; unable to move; unable to reform. Stagnated and paralyzed. It will continue to conduct its double game, promising reform while mainstreaming and exporting ISIS ideology.

Waleed Abulkhair: Imprisoned!

Elham Manea | Posted 07.06.2014 | World
Elham Manea

Raif Badawi is in jail because he expressed his opinion peacefully and created a liberal website. His lawyer Waleed Abulkhair, on the other hand, is in jail for his defense of human rights and freedom of expression.

Saudi Arabia: Free Raif Badawi

Elham Manea | Posted 04.16.2014 | Media
Elham Manea

Raif Badawi is a Saudi intellectual and an editor of a liberal website. He faces the death penalty in his home country! His crime is "committing apostasy." Here is the catch. Badwai never renounced his religion, Islam.

Victimizing Reformers Unveils Saudi and Western Hypocrisy

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 10.19.2013 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Western governments claiming the moral high ground could speak up for Saudi women reformers and their defenders, and strive to endorse lasting women's rights legislation based on civil society principles