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A Saudi Psychologist on Jihadism, Clerical Elite and Education Reform

Joseph Braude | Posted 04.20.2014 | World
Joseph Braude

Clinical psychologist Abdullah al-Garni serves a niche clientele: recovering jihadists. He heads the mental health division at the Mohammed bin Naif Center for Counseling and Advice.

What Obama Might Do About Saudi Arabia's Unbelievably Offensive Textbooks

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 03.28.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Citing paragraphs that disparage Christians, label Jews “pigs,” and teach that execution is an Islamic response to gay sex, some Americans a...

Qatar Labour Controversy Becomes Part of Gulf Dispute Over Muslim Brotherhood

James Dorsey | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics
James Dorsey

Saudi-led efforts to isolate Qatar because of its support of the Muslim Brotherhood have expanded to exploit criticism of labour conditions in the Gulf state in advance of the 2022 World Cup.

Saudis Debate Societal Merits of Soccer

James Dorsey | Posted 04.09.2014 | Religion
James Dorsey

Saudi parents have joined the country's clergy in debating the societal merits of soccer in a deeply religious and fundamentalist country.

Saudis: Anyone Who Demands Reform Or Exposes Corruption Is A Terrorist

AP | AYA BATRAWY | Posted 02.03.2014 | World

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia put into effect a sweeping new counterterrorism law Sunday that human rights activists say allows th...

Dear World, Let's Give Saudi Women Some Credit

Laila Alawa | Posted 03.15.2014 | World
Laila Alawa

If we are truly looking to help the women in Saudi, it is integral to no longer engage in the far more comfortable monologue that we've had so many times. Instead, let's begin to engage in dialogue -- that is, dialogue that comes with the go-ahead of the Saudi women.

The World's Greatest Traveler's Go/No-Go List for 2014

William D. Chalmers | Posted 03.02.2014 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

Mauritania: the slave capital of the world. Yea, slavery! An estimated four percent of the population are bonafide slaves. Then there is the sand, the land mines and indiscriminate attacks on everything foreign. Other than that it's beautiful!

Nigeria's Ethiopians Protest Abuse In Saudi Arabia

Chika Oduah | Posted 12.19.2013 | World
Chika Oduah

An ongoing clamp down on undocumented Ethiopian migrant workers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia rendered thousands vulnerable as many were not able to renew work permits before the November 4th deadline signifying the expiration of an amnesty that was announced in April.

Beyond Outrage: How the African Diaspora Can Support Migrant Worker Rights in the Middle East

Kumera Genet | Posted 01.24.2014 | Black Voices
Kumera Genet

The success of any lasting movement formed from these protests will rely on us using our skills and investing time in helping to create systems to ensure the accountability of both migrant sending and receiving governments.

Survey: Majority of Saudis Favor Women's Right to Play Sports

James Dorsey | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
James Dorsey

A vast majority of Saudis favor women having the right to fully engage in sports in a country that has no official facilities for female athletes or physical education programs for girls in schools, according to a Saudi sociology researcher.

Saudi Arabia Threatens Supporters Of Women Drivers

AP | ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI | Posted 10.25.2013 | World

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi officials stepped up warnings on Friday over plans by women to challenge the male-only dri...

Saudi Arabia and the Diplomatic Hissy Fit. Why?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Evelyn Leopold

We may never know why Riyadh made the unprecedented decision when it did. But it is clear the government hung its hard-working U.N. delegation out to dry.

WATCH LIVE: Saudi Women Initiate A New Day Of Defiance

HuffPost Live | Posted 09.23.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

A new campaign urging Saudi Arabian women to hold a day of defiance against the country's driving ban is underway. At the time of press, an online pet...

Saudi Arabia Bans Domestic Abuse

Posted 08.29.2013 | World

In a historic move, Saudi Arabia banned domestic abuse this week, outlawing any form of abuse at home or in the workplace. The Council of Ministers...

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Kanye's Big Plan, A Craigslist Killer, The New $100 Bill & More Must Reads

HuffingtonPost.com | Sasha Belenky | Posted 08.23.2013 | Politics

1. New Money, Old Money Last year, in Wired, David Wolman profiled a German artist and printmaker named Hans-Jürgen Kuhl who crafted counterfe...

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

Soccer Emerges as Focal Point of Dissent in Saudi Arabia

James Dorsey | Posted 07.20.2013 | World
James Dorsey

Soccer is emerging as a focal point of dissent in Saudi Arabia, an oil-rich kingdom that despite banning demonstrations by law is struggling to fend off the waves of change sweeping the Middle East and North Africa.

Reports: Possible Human Trafficking At Saudi Compound In Virginia

Posted 07.01.2013 | DC

A Saudi Arabian diplomatic compound in Virginia is under investigation after law enforcement officials came into contact with possible "victims of hum...

Saudi Women Edge Toward Equal Rights Reform

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

The Arab Spring uprisings have pushed back reforms of gender discriminatory laws in the region. It would be ironic if the course of women's rights in one of the most repressive Muslim countries flowed against this trend.

Saudi Officials Deny Sentencing Man To Be Paralyzed

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 04.09.2013 | World

The Saudi Ministry of Justice denied on Tuesday it had sentenced Ali al-Khawahir, a Saudi man, to be surgically paralyzed for his role in a crime comm...

Saudi Court Sentences Man To Be Surgically Paralyzed

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 04.04.2013 | World

A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to be medically paralyzed unless he can raise 1 million Saudi Riyal (almost $267,000) to pay a man he stab...

Let's Protest the Real Apartheid State

Mitchell G. Bard | Posted 04.23.2013 | World
Mitchell G. Bard

If students were really serious about human rights violators in the Middle East, they'd be holding Saudi Apartheid weeks or Abuse of Arab Women Awareness weeks rather than bashing Israel.

Saudi's Top Cleric Warns Against Mixing Of Genders

AP | ABDULLAH SHIHRI and AYA BATRAWY | Posted 03.06.2013 | Religion

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia's top cleric on Friday warned against the mixing of the genders, saying it poses a threat to female chastity...

Saudi Women Speak Out

Leah McElrath | Posted 10.17.2012 | World
Leah McElrath

The images of two strong, courageous young Saudi women athletes will forever exist as part of Saudi history. If you listen to the voices of the women interviewed herein, you can hear that a bell of hope and expectation has been rung.

Saudi Women Finally Have An Olympic Win

Imogen Lloyd Webber | Posted 08.25.2012 | Sports
Imogen Lloyd Webber

With just 33 days to go until the Olympic Games begin in London, Saudi Arabia has finally capitulated. It agreed to allow its women to compete and the London Olympics will thus be the first Olympics where a woman will feature on every team.