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Saudi Executions: Beyond the Numbers

Halim Shebaya | Posted 01.12.2016 | World
Halim Shebaya

Every nation that proclaims the rule of law at home must respect it abroad and every nation that insists on it abroad must enforce it at home. - Kofi...

A Blame Game: The Worst Thing Iran and Saudi Arabia Can Instigate

Kourosh Ziabari | Posted 01.12.2016 | World
Kourosh Ziabari

To exchange accusations and call each other the root cause of the chaos that plagues the Middle East is to deflect responsibility for the despair that is inundating the crisis-stricken region.

Saudi Arabia Uses Soccer to Isolate Iran

James Dorsey | Posted 01.11.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

Saudi Arabia is using soccer and its influence in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to expand its campaign to isolate Iran, complicate Iran's return to the international fold in the wake of the nuclear agreement, strengthen Iranian hardliners in advance of next month's crucial elections in the Islamic republic, and deflect attention from mounting criticism of the kingdom's human rights record.

Saudi Executions: Beyond the Numbers

Halim Shebaya | Posted 01.10.2016 | Politics
Halim Shebaya

This is a crucial point for our societies. Let us not get lost in an argument about who executes more or fewer individuals every year, as if a lower ranking signals an achievement of sorts for us to take pride in.

Soccer highlights domestic drivers in Saudi-Iranian dispute

James Dorsey | Posted 01.04.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey Saudi Arabia and Iran, highlighting the domestic drivers of mounting tension that threatens to deepen and complicate sectarian and...

Fiorina and Carson Defend Saudi Use Of Sharia Law To Kill 47

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 01.03.2016 | Politics

Republican presidential hopefuls shied away from condemning Saudi Arabia’s execution of 47 prisoners Sunday, instead highlighting the strong al...

The Nation That Executed 47 In 1 Day Sits On The U.N. Human Rights Council

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 01.02.2016 | World

Saudi Arabia’s announcement Saturday that it executed 47 prisoners, including an influential Shiite cleric, caused protests in Shiite neig...

The Failure Of Saudi Intervention In Yemen

Khairuldeen Al Makhzoomi | Posted 11.12.2015 | World
Khairuldeen Al Makhzoomi

Military operations resulted in an economic recession and deepened local infighting. Saudi Arabia has also lost soldiers in battle and faces increased retaliatory attacks. To avoid further bloodshed, it would be wise for Saudi Arabia to consider using diplomacy rather than facing the Houthis head-on.

Saudi Arabia Is Set to Crucify Pro-democracy Teenage Protester

Michael Sainato | Posted 11.04.2015 | World
Michael Sainato

Al-Nimr was tortured into giving a false confession, never had a lawyer, had his appeal done in secret without his knowledge. A criminal justice system as medieval and gruesome as this should not exist in the world today.

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

AP | Alexandra Ma | Posted 10.29.2015 | 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 pres...

Clean Hands With Stone Hearts as Children Die

Jack Healey | Posted 10.26.2015 | World
Jack Healey

Presently, Saudi Arabia is bombing the hell out of Yemen with no authorization from anyone. Over two thousand have died; many were civilians. Saudi gunboats are now stopping all shipping traffic, resulting in the civilian population beginning to drop from hunger and malnutrition.

SMS Program Aims to Combat Rampant Abuse of Migrant Workers

Vani Saraswathi | Posted 10.25.2015 | Impact
Vani Saraswathi

Crippling isolation is one of the main reasons domestic workers are unable to escape torture and abuse. They receive help only when it's too late.

2022 World Cup Sparks Labour Reform, Just Not in Qatar

James Dorsey | Posted 10.06.2015 | World
James Dorsey

While focused on Qatar, the campaign also targeted other Gulf states and prompted other activists to focus on high-profile construction projects like sites for Western museums and universities in the UAE. It also motivated countries across the region to tinker with their labour systems.

Who Will Succeed Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations?

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 09.28.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

The United Nations is the keystone of a collective security system that is straining to rise to the new challenges that confront the planet; the choice of the individual who will lead it is absolutely critical. Who will have the courage to reform the institution?

Saudi Arabia and Iran: Volatile Political Geography of Oil and Minorities

James Dorsey | Posted 08.18.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Discontent is bubbling over among the majority Shiite population in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province, home to the kingdom's major oil fields and petrochemical industry. Disgruntlement is no less in the Iranian province of Khuzestan where up to 90 percent of Iran's oil reserves are located.

In Saudi Arabia, Social Media Is Helping Reveal The Harassment Of Women

The Huffington Post | Sara Elkamel | Posted 08.07.2015 | World

Two videos showing men harassing women on city streets in Saudi Arabia have spread across social media networks in recent weeks, renewing debate ...

Saudi Arabia Just Executed Its 100th Prisoner This Year

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 06.16.2015 | World

Saudi Arabia executed two prisoners on Monday, the kingdom's 99th and 100th execution of 2015. The state has killed more prisoners in the first six mo...

A Campaign in Saudi Arabia Challenges Young People to Rethink Their Biases

Joseph Braude | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
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Joseph Braude

A three-minute video, posted by a Saudi government-backed organization to YouTube on June 4, has garnered 150,000 views in 48 hours and sparked a discussion in the kingdom about how to stem sectarian conflict.

Saudi Supreme Court Upholds Verdict Against Liberal Blogger Raif Badawi

AP | AYA BATRAWY | Posted 06.08.2015 | World

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's Supreme Court has upheld a verdict against a liberal blogger who was flogged in January after bein...

Activist Punks Saudi Arabia With Gay Rights Party

Daniel Mael | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Daniel Mael

Traditional human rights groups have long documented the repression of LGBTQ activists in the Middle East. These efforts, unfortunately, have not translated into the improved status of innocent men and women who dare to openly acknowledge their sexual orientation. One human rights activist has taken a different approach.

Saudi Arabia's Executions Have Skyrocketed In Number This Year

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 05.28.2015 | World

Saudi Arabia's implementation of the death penalty has skyrocketed this year, and rights groups are worried about the surge of capital punishment unde...

Blatter's Call on Iran to Allow Women Into Stadia Reeks of Opportunism

James Dorsey | Posted 05.08.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

It will take more than a verbal statement to persuade either Iran of Saudi Arabia to lift restrictions on women's sports. To achieve that, Mr. Blatter would have to put a sufficiently high price tag on their failure to do so.

'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?

Sports associations step up pressure on human rights violators

James Dorsey | Posted 04.06.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey International sporting associations have hardened their stance towards wannabe hosts of mega-events, who violate basic rights, inc...

Soccer Soft Power: A Double-Edged Sword

James Dorsey | Posted 03.23.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

An avalanche of criticism of FC Bayern Muenchen, a leading soccer brand and Germany's most successful club, for playing a commercially driven friendly against Saudi Arabia's FC Al Hilal amid a crackdown on dissent in the kingdom.