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Jul 08 2014

They should not think that they are exempted from this because they are followers of other faiths

Saudi Arabia is also (surprise surprise) harsh and bossy about Ramadan even for people who have the bad taste to be not Muslim. The Interior Ministry has warned that it would deport non-Muslim expatriates found eating and drinking in public during Ramadan. “Non-Muslim expatriates should respect the feelings of Muslims by not eating, drinking or …

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Apr 01 2014

All dissent is terrorism

Human Rights Watch reported on March 20 that Saudi Arabia has passed a new “terrorism” law that pretty much equates all forms of dissent with terrorism. The new regulations come amid a campaign to silence independent activists and peaceful dissidents through intimidation, investigations, arrests, prosecutions, and imprisonment. On March 9, the prominent human rights activists Abdullah …

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Nov 22 2012

His wife had left the international airport

Another new wrinkle in the project to make sure that women are kept under ferocious control at all times no matter what – Saudi Arabia has now arranged things so that when a woman leaves Saudi Arabia, her male “guardian” gets a test message saying “Hey! Did you know your slut has crossed the border?” …

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Oct 01 2012

Airbrush those whorey women out of the pictures

Ikea did, for the version of its catalogue that goes to Saudi Arabia. So the familiar catalogue that shows a familiar world of people using furniture becomes a bizarro catalogue that shows a bizarro world that shows not people using furniture but just men and boys. The removal of women from the pages of the …

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Feb 13 2012

Interpol as theocracies’ little helper

Interpol has said it had nothing to do with the extradition of Hamza Kashgari, but Dennis McShane MP apparently didn’t get the memo – or got the memo and didn’t believe it. The charge of apostasy was maintained, his home was attacked and, again, sensibly enough, Kashgari decided it was time to leave Saudi Arabia. …

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Feb 13 2012

Known for his reformist views

PEN International on Kashgari. PEN demands his immediate and unconditional release, in accordance with Article 19 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It also calls upon the Saudi authorities to provide him with immediate and effective protection. According to PEN’s information, Kashgari, a 23-year-old writer from Jeddah, tweeted a series of messages …

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Feb 13 2012

Those who are wanted by their countries of origin

Malaysia today is defending its extradition of Hamza Kashgari back to Saudi Arabia where he could easily be executed for saying he has questions about Mohammed. International rights groups have slammed the deportation but Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Malaysia was not a safe haven for fugitives. Jiddah-based newspaper columnist Hamza Kashgari, 23, was detained …

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Feb 12 2012

Free Hamza Kashgari

You know the drill – same old same old. Join this Facebook group. You know the media report it when causes get big support on Facebook, so join. I added a few people, because you can’t just invite any more – but I’m shy about adding because it seems so presumptuous, so if I neglected …

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Dec 12 2011

Kill the witch!

Religion as compassion in Saudi Arabia. A Saudi woman has been executed for practising “witchcraft and sorcery”, the country’s interior ministry says. A statement published by the state news agency said Amina bint Abdul Halim bin Salem Nasser was beheaded on Monday in the northern province of Jawf. She wasn’t stoned to death. That’s the …

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Oct 03 2011

If you start now to let women drive, let them go wherever they want…

So, Nawwaf, tell us why you think women should not drive – or rather, tell us why you think “we” should not “let” “them” drive. If you start now to let women drive, let them go wherever they want, let them do whatever they want, we will be in the same position some day. Then …

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