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Post  polka23dot Tue Jan 01, 2013 7:18 am

Saudi police arrested over 41 people for plotting to celebrate Christmas: http://english.al-akhbar.com/node/14500

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi has been sentenced to death for apostasy: http://www.answeringmuslims.com/2013/12/saudi-blogger-raif-badawi-sentence-to.html

Saudi cleric promises paradise to 14-year-old girls who have sex with terrorists: http://frontpagemag.com/2012/dgreenfield/saudi-cleric-promises-paradise-to-14-year-old-girls-who-have-sex-with-syrian-sunni-fighters/

In Saudi Arabia, women and girls can’t currently vote, date, marry for love, use contraceptives, ride bicycles, talk to men on the phone, sing or dance in public. Unless chaperoned by a mahram (male guardian), girls — covered in black abayas — are carted around behind tinted windows to special women-only gyms, boutiques, malls, schools, and restaurants (where they eat in the “family section,” apart from single men). The Mutawwa’in, the religious police, fine or even imprison dissenters. Victims of domestic violence and rape are often punished with lashes...  A study at King Saud University reported that out of 100 suicide cases, 96 involved women... source: http://www.care2.com/causes/a-new-digital-leash-for-women-keeps-them-from-crossing-borders-and-escaping.html

Women shouldn't drive because it damages their ovaries and pelvis: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2436607/Women-shouldnt-drive-damages-ovaries-pelvis-warns-Saudi-sheikh.html
Saudi woman who dared to drive: http://www.ted.com/talks/manal_al_sharif_a_saudi_woman_who_dared_to_drive.html

Saudi driving ban on women extends to golf carts: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2006/mar/03/saudiarabia.brianwhitaker

A Kuwaiti woman was arrested in Saudi Arabia for trying to drive her father to hospital. source: http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-125008-Kuwaiti-woman-arrested-for-driving-in-Saudi-Arabia:-report

The Saud family has always supported Islamic radicals, but only those who agreed that the Saud family should be in charge (of Saudi Arabia and as a leader of the Islamic world). Islamic radicals that changed their minds about this arrangement were crushed. Thus the Saudis supported al Qaeda until al Qaeda decided that the Sauds were not Islamic enough to be in charge. That led to a dispute in the 1990s that escalated in 2003 and, so far, the Sauds are winning. The Moslem Brotherhood in Egypt has always been hostile to the Sauds, and that has been reciprocated. This was made worse by the fact that the current head of al Qaeda was once a leader in the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood. This was made worse as the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood won a recent election in Egypt and got cozy with Iran, the archenemy of Saudi Arabia and Sunni Moslems in general. Iran is especially feared by the Sauds because the Iranians are not Arabs (but rather Indo-European, like most Europeans and Indians) and are openly hostile to the majority (80 percent) form of Islam (Sunni) espoused by the Saudis. The Iranians are Shia, a smaller (about 10 percent of Moslems) sect that conservative Sunnis consider heretics. source: http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htterr/articles/20131117.aspx

Saudi Arabia has officially identified atheists as terrorists in sweeping new laws that threaten up to 20 years in prison for almost any criticism of the government or Islam. The regulations place secular citizens who commit thought crimes in the same category as violent terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda's Yemen branch and Saudi Hezbollah. source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2594139/Saudi-Arabia-declares-atheists-terrorists-new-laws.html

Earlier this month, Saudi liberal activist Raif Badawi was sentenced to 1,000 lashes, 10 years in prison and a heavy fine for insulting Islam. In fact, his crime was to establish an online discussion forum where people were free to speak about religion and criticise religious scholars. source: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/this-spread-of-holy-fascism-is-a-disaster-9391052.html

Saudi Gazette report: A study by Imam Muhammad Bin Saud University’s media college for women has revealed that 87 percent of female students have complained of being abused by university faculty staff. source: http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20140602207155

Saudi court sentenced an African woman to one year in prison and ordered her lashed 500 times after she was found guilty of practicing witchcraft. source: http://www.emirates247.com/news/region/woman-jailed-in-saudi-for-witchcraft-2014-06-23-1.553933

Saudi Arabia’s coastguards men stumbled across a jar at the bottom of the Gulf waters believed to be containing witchcraft items, which were later destroyed by police anti-sorcery experts... The jar was taken out of the water and handed over to the country’s feared religious police — the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice... “God willing, the jar was found and taken out of the water… A Commission team studied the jar’s contents before dismantling the magic spell and destroying all its items,” it said, quoting Sheikh Nasser Al Khaldi, a Commission spokesman in the eastern province. Sorcery is strictly banned in conservative Saudi Arabia on the grounds it is prohibited in Islam and tough penalties are included in the country’s anti-witchcraft laws. A number of convicted magicians have been executed in Saudi Arabia in the past few years. source: http://www.emirates247.com/crime/region/magic-jar-retrieved-by-saudi-coastguards-from-the-seabed-2014-07-17-1.556815

Saudi men have been banned from marrying women from three Asian and one African country as the Gulf state toughens the rules restricting marriage with foreigners... Marrying women from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Myanmar and Chad is no longer permissible. source: http://www.emirates247.com/news/region/saudi-men-can-t-marry-women-from-pakistan-bangladesh-2014-08-07-1.558769

Saudi social research center reports that 80 per cent of people questioned in a national survey blame the scourge of sexual harassment plaguing the country on the “deliberate flirtatious behavior” of women. source: http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/saudi-arabia/saudi-survey-flirtatious-women-to-blame-for-sexual-harassment-1.1369475

Saudi Arabia was the original source of nearly all current Islamic terrorism and is still the source of most recruits and financial supports for these groups. Despite this Saudi Arabia declared itself an enemy of al Qaeda in the 1990s, literally went to war with al Qaeda in 2003 and recently agreed to abide by new UN sanctions against Islamic terrorist fund raisers... Saudi Arabia has been having more problems with ISIL at home. In early 2014 the Saudis revealed that it had broken up an ISIL operation inside Saudi Arabia. This involved charging 62 ISIL members (59 Saudis, a Yemeni, a Pakistani and a Palestinian) who were planning several attacks and assassinations in Saudi Arabia. source: http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htterr/articles/20140821.aspx

A female member of a Saudi human rights organization was reportedly fined by police after she drove herself to hospital. source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/9736910.html

Saudi Arabia’s top court has sentenced a charismatic opposition leader to death for speaking out against the kingdom’s ruling family. Nimr Baqer al-Nimr, a reformist cleric, has repeatedly called for an end to corruption and discrimination against minorities. He has a wide following, particularly among young people in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, home to most of the country’s minority Shiites, who are considered heretics by the Sunni-ruled government. After being imprisoned for nearly two years, al-Nimr appeared in Riyadh’s Specialized Criminal Court Wednesday with his lawyer and two brothers. Charged with terrorism offences and “breaking allegiance to the king,” the judge upheld the country’s harshest sentence — “crucifixion” — where the decapitated body is publicly displayed. His brothers were reportedly detained after the sentencing. source: http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2014/10/15/saudi_court_sentences_highprofile_shiite_cleric_to_death.html

Since January of this year, 59 people have been beheaded in Saudi Arabia under the country's antiquated legal system based primarily around sharia law. source: https://news.vice.com/article/saudi-arabia-beheaded-59-people-so-far-this-year-but-hardly-anyone-is-talking-about-it

A Saudi groom has divorced his bride on their wedding night after seeing her face for the first time when the photographer asked them to pose for pictures. The couple, from the Western Saudi town of Medinah, had agreed to marry each other despite having not met face to face - a popular custom in certain Middle Eastern countries. But when the bride removed her veil and smiled for the camera, her new husband leapt to his feet in disgust. 'You are not the girl I want to marry,' he declared. 'You are not the one I had imagined. I am sorry, but I divorce you.' source: www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2837721/

A ‘celebrity’ Saudi preacher accused of raping, torturing and killing his five-year-old daughter has reportedly been released from custody after agreeing to pay ‘blood money’. Fayhan al-Ghamdi had been accused of killing his daughter Lama, who suffered multiple injuries including a crushed skull, broken back, broken ribs, a broken left arm and extensive bruising and burns. Social workers say she had also been repeatedly raped and burnt. source: www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudi-8480440.html

Saudi Arabia has introduced a series of new laws which define atheists as terrorists. source: www.independent.co.uk/news/world/-9228389.html

Saudi customs authorities arrested two Arab men trying to smuggle Christmas trees into the conservative Gulf kingdom through its King Fahd causeway linking it with Bahrain. Officials said the trees were confiscated as they violated the country’s rules which ban celebrations on this occasion. source: www.emirates247.com/news/region/-1.574976

No women attended a conference discussing their rights in Saudi Arabia: http://www.inquisitr.com/1816227/saudi-arabia-held-a-womens-rights-conference-without-a-single-woman-attendee/

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