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Shia Muslims Still Face Inequality in Saudi Arabia

A new report by Human Rights Watch, entitled "Denied Dignity", outlines how Shia Muslims of Saudi Arabia struggle against “systematic discrimination”.  The Shia community, which comprises about 10% to 15% of…

September 10, 2009


Human Rights Flashpoints–September 9, 2009

Sudan – Deadly Attacks in the South Recent ethnic clashes in southern Sudan have killed at least 25 people and displaced dozens of civilians in Upper Nile State since Friday.…

September 8, 2009


Under the Veil of "Counter Terrorism"

Amnesty International has just released a report detailing the consistent human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia under the facade of combatting terrorism. Thousands of people have been arrested and detained…

July 23, 2009


U.S. Obligation to Freed Gitmo Detainees

(Originally posted on Daily Kos) Four Uighur former Guantanamo inmates are now in Bermuda, other detainees have been released to France, Chad, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Hungary, Italy and Palau…

June 19, 2009


Obama’s Hotly Anticipated Speech to the Muslim World

[caption id="attachment_2247" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Obama's BBC Interview"][/caption] President Obama is due to arrive in Cairo on Thursday to give a hotly anticipated speech to the Muslim world during a five…

June 3, 2009


An Execution and Crucifixion in Saudi Arabia

On Friday, a ghastly execution took place in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh, involving the decapitation and subsequent public crucifixion of Ahmed bin 'Adhaib bin 'Askar al-Shamlani al-'Anzi, who…

June 2, 2009


Hemming and Hawing with Saudi Arabia

[caption id="attachment_2184" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="AP Photo/Charles Dharapak"][/caption] President Obama has added Saudi Arabia to the list of countries he will be visiting this June.  He reportedly will meet with King…

May 28, 2009


Bad News, Good News

The bad news is that the United States is still among the top executioners in the world.  The good news is that the numbers are down.  According to an Amnesty…

March 24, 2009


Why Microsoft, Google and Yahoo! need to be reined in

(Originally posted on Daily Kos) Reporters without Borders (RWB) today issued its "Enemies of the Internet" report, exposing state censorship of free speech and expression around the world. Topping the…

March 12, 2009


One Man's Story

“I am not asking to be taken at my word and to be released, although I very much want to go home to my family. All I am asking for…

February 19, 2009