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Saudi woman executed for sorcery

Saudi woman executed for sorcery | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A Saudi woman has been executed for practising "witchcraft and sorcery", the country's interior ministry says...
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What Do Saudi Somen Want?

What Do Saudi Somen Want? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

What do Saudi women want? I wish I could give you an easy answer. But Saudi Arabia is a diverse land -- spread out across a vast territory almost a fourth the size of the United States and divided by religious sects and among some 45 tribes. Divining the Saudi people's demands, never mind those of Saudi women, is no simple task.

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AT&T Hackers Have Terrorist Connections, Say Philippines Police

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and police in the Philippines have jointly busted a ring of four alleged hackers in Manila with connections to a...
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The Syria Game of Thrones: Turkey vs. Iran vs. the Saudis in Battle to Shape a Rebellion’s Outcome - Global Spin

The Syria Game of Thrones: Turkey vs. Iran vs. the Saudis in Battle to Shape a Rebellion’s Outcome   - Global Spin | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The Arab League called Wednesday for "urgent measures"  to protect Syrian civilians in the face of violent repression by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
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Saudi Arabia's Religious Police Outlaw 'Tempting Eyes'

Saudi Arabia's Religious Police Outlaw 'Tempting Eyes' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Saudi Arabia has announced that it has the right to cover women's eyes—'especially the tempting ones.'...
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Al Saud: a despotic monarchy in decay

During the 1950s and the 1960s when there was the rise of anti-imperialist Arab nationalism and left-wing currents were growing, the Saudi regime played a counter-revolutionary role

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Who’s Really Persecuting the Copts?

... before we go throwing the baby out with the bathwater, and throwing the Egyptian revolution out in the name of the Copts, let’s take a closer look at the forces at play in the region and in the uprisings. There was nothing “democratic” in what happened to the Copts; on the contrary, if their suffering is now increasing, we should put the blame where it belongs, namely on the same “counter-revolutionary” forces which have fostered intolerant Islamic fundamentalism throughout the region, and fear nothing more than the sight of Egypt’s people united, across sectarian lines, in defense of their rights and their country.

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Is a new Arab order emerging?

Is a new Arab order emerging? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran have increased this year, particularly over Bahrain and Syria, and relations are likely to worsen on the news of the alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington.
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Iranamok Redux

Iranamok Redux | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The plot to kill the Saudi Ambassador in Washington is something new and weird. Iran's economy and alliances are failing simultaneously. U.N. sanctions haven't brought the regime to its knees.
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Saudi police open fire on civilians as protests gain momentum

Pro-democracy protests which swept the Arab world earlier in the year have erupted in eastern Saudi Arabia over the past three days, with police opening fire with live rounds and many people injured, opposition activists say.

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Bahrain government accuses Hezbollah of aiding opposition groups

Bahrain government accuses Hezbollah of aiding opposition groups | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The militant group Hezbollah is actively plotting with the opposition in Bahrain to overthrow the country's ruling family, the government said in a confidential report to the United Nations.
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Is Iran ‘sectarianizing’ Bahrain conflict?

Is Iran ‘sectarianizing’ Bahrain conflict? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Observers who have been closely watching the unrest sweeping Bahrain argue that Iran is bestowing a sectarian aura on the protests calling for political reform in the Gulf nation in order to serve its agenda. They ask if the Iranian media are deliberately inciting anti-Bahrain sentiments.
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Saudi Arabia: Would Letting Women Drive End Virginity?

Saudi Arabia: Would Letting Women Drive End Virginity? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A report from a religious council in Saudi Arabia called the Majlis al-Ifta' al-A'ala concluded that relaxing the country’s rules that keep women from driving would lead to premarital sex and essentially mark the end of virginity.
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Saudi Arabia Says Four Killed in Unrest in Oil-Rich East

Four people were killed and nine wounded in clashes between Shiite Muslims and Saudi Arabian security forces in the oil-rich Eastern Province, according to the official Saudi Press Agency.
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Yemen's Dangerous Power Vacuum After President Saleh

Yemen's Dangerous Power Vacuum After President Saleh | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Yemen’s dictator has stepped down. Bruce Riedel on the warring factions looking for power.
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Is Mecca looking like Manhattan?

Is Mecca looking like Manhattan? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The city is being compared to Manhattan with the pace of high-rise buildings that are dotting the skyline.
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A step backwards for Saudi Arabia

Editor's Note: Ed Husain is a Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. The following is his First Take, reprinted with the permission of the Council on Foreign Relations.
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Saudi Arabia’s Old Regime Grows Older

Saudi Arabia’s Old Regime Grows Older | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The contrast between the deaths, within a week of each other, of Libya’s Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdel Aziz is one of terminal buffoonery versus decadent gerontocracy.
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The Cruelty Of Saudi Arabia’s ‘Reformist’ King

The Cruelty Of Saudi Arabia’s ‘Reformist’ King | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

The king of Saudi Arabia is once again making headlines for overturning a court ruling that sentenced a woman to ten lashes for driving a car. For many, this is further proof that King Abdullah is a force for moderation and reform. Fareed Zakaria, for example, has called the Saudi dictator a “man of wisdom and moderation.” Then again, the king could also have considered stopping the recent beheading of Abdul Hamid Al Fakki for the crime of “sorcery.” Instead, he chose to do nothing. While the residents of Salem in 1692 would be proud, modern pundits would do well to hold their praise for the monarch.

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Hiring Narcos to Murder the Saudi Ambassador? If It’s True, Tehran Is Pretty Dumb - Global Spin

Hiring Narcos to Murder the Saudi Ambassador? If It’s True, Tehran Is Pretty Dumb   - Global Spin | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
If Iranian government operatives really did try to contract a Mexican drug cartel to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the U.S., as the Obama Administration alleges today, then they weren’t just being diabolical.
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Sectarian rifts erupt again in Saudi Arabia

Sectarian rifts erupt again in Saudi Arabia | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Shiite rioting sends warning that Riyadhs financial largesse doesn’t address grievances.
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How Saudi Arabia views the Mid-East turmoil

During the past 70 years, Saudi Arabia has been our most vital and faithful friend in the Mid-East. With the recent 'Arab Spring' in the region, it is important for us to understand how they assessed the events of the past and present.
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Saudi Arabia Has Arrested 160 Dissidents in Two Months, HRW Says

Saudi Arabia, a member of the Group of 20, has arrested more than 160 dissidents since February as part of the government’s crackdown on protests, Human Rights Watch said.
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