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UNHRC decay needs urgent treatment

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 01.02.2017 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Antonio Guterres, who replaced Ban Ki-moon as UN secretary-general on January 1 should immediately treat the decay in the UN Human Rights Council. Th...

President Obama's Last Chance to Stand up for Human Rights in Saudi Arabia

Neil Hicks | Posted 04.20.2017 | World
Neil Hicks

Although U.S. officials make the case that governments must permit independent civil society organizations, Saudi Kingdom's performance in this area has been dismal, and the U.S. has repeatedly failed to say or do anything about it.

5 Things Obama Should Do In Saudi Arabia

Brian Dooley | Posted 04.19.2017 | Politics
Brian Dooley

The GCC includes some of Washington's most repressive allies, and Obama should use the visit -- his last opportunity as president to meet the monarchs face to face -- to raise a series of human rights concerns.

Anti-Atheist Terrorism: A New Threat

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 03.09.2017 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

Anti-atheist terrorism is gaining momentum around the world. While major events like the attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris and the murders ...

Saudi Arabia Is More Dangerous as a Frenemy than Iran is as an Adversary

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.18.2017 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Riyadh, America's nominal ally, has demonstrated that it is the more reckless of the two states, by executing an important Shia cleric and severing diplomatic relations with Iran.

The New Center: Between the Right's Bigotry and the Left's Apologism

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 12.14.2016 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

I was raised in a Muslim family, in the Muslim cultures of three different countries -- Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan. I grew up mostly in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, a US ally with almost unconditional Western support, living there for close to twelve years.

Saudi Blogger Who Was Jailed And Flogged Wins EU Human Rights Prize

AP | Alexandra Ma | Posted 01.06.2017 | World

BRUSSELS (AP) — A Saudi blogger sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for insulting Muslim clerics has won the European Union's prestigio...

Saudi King's Washington Visit Prompted This Message From 12,000 People

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz received a variety of offerings when he visited the U.S. capital last week. President Barack Ob...

The Writings of Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 07.05.2016 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

In 2012, Raif Badawi, a blogger in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) who is now 31, was arrested in his native land and charged with offenses ranging from parental disobedience to cyber-crime and apostasy from Islam.

The Washington That Never Says No: Saudi Arabia Borrows U.S. Military to Kill Yemenis

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.06.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Apparently incapable of resisting the temptation to meddle in the Middle East, the Obama administration remains part of Saudi Arabia's ten-member "coalition" against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Alas, the entire campaign is built on a lie.

Do Human Rights Really Matter in International Relations?

Mihai Pătru | Posted 05.01.2016 | 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.