Archive for the 'Raif Badawi' Category

BLOGGER WHIPPED, IMPRISONED FIVE YEARS…

June 16th, 2017

If you want to understand why they hate us, you need look no further than the case of blogger Raif Badawi. There are some stories that I choose to not let go off. Badawi’s is one such story. Phoebe Braithwaite, reporting in Five years on, with no word on imprisoned dissident Raif Badawi, his family […]

IN SAUDI ARABIA, ATHEISM EQUALS TERRORISM…

September 1st, 2016

I’ve written about Saudi Arabia’s injustice toward Raif Badawi before and I continue to follow the story. I’ve known that the House of Saud, long aligned with Wahhabism, views Badawi as a dangerous threat to Islam. I did not know that in 2014, two years after Badawi was first arrested and later sentenced to 10 […]

FRONTLINE LIFTS THE ROBES OF SAUDI ARABIA…

March 26th, 2016

Scott Hough, writing in ‘Saudi Arabia Uncovered:’ PBS ‘Frontline’ Examines Public Floggings, Beheadings, Violence By Religious Police for The Inquisitr, reports: “Saudi Arabia Uncovered” follows the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, as previously reported by the Inquisitr, the imprisonment and possibly pending execution of his 17-year-old nephew Ali al-Nimr, and the plight of blogger Raif […]

RAIF BADAWI SENTENCE SUSPENDED,
ROYAL PARDON FOR BLOGGER IMMINENT…

November 29th, 2015

Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi’s 10-years and 1,000 lashes sentence for apostasy has been suspended and a royal pardon by King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud is imminent according to Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previously…

RAIF BADAWI AWARDED PEN PINTER PRIZE…

October 7th, 2015

The PEN Pinter Prize for 2015 has gone to Raif Badawi and James Fenton. The prize, named for 2005 Nobel laureate Harold Pinter, is awarded annually to a British writer or a writer resident in Britain of outstanding literary merit who, in the words of Harold Pinter’s Nobel speech, casts an ‘unflinching, unswerving’ gaze upon […]

UPDATE II: ATTENTION TO RAIF BADAWI FLARES…

September 25th, 2015

[Update on 25 September—After Beheading 100 People This Year, Saudi Arabia Joins U.N. Human Rights Council With U.S. Support.] [Update on 24 September—Add The Jewish Voice to the mix with this headline: Saudi Arabia to Select Experts for UN Human Rights Council] [Update on 23 September—More stories about the appointment of Faisal bin Hassan Trad […]

GLENN GREENWALD ON FAISAL BIN HASSAN TRAD…

September 24th, 2015

The moral standing of the federal and various state governments of the United States on matters of execution are iffy at best—beheading is cleaner and less painful than strapping someone to a horizontal cross and then pumping poisons into their body in a manner that causes pain for more than 30 minutes before they finally […]

UPDATE: ATTENTION TO RAIF BADAWI FLARES…

September 23rd, 2015

[Update on 24 September—Add The Jewish Voice to the mix with this headline: Saudi Arabia to Select Experts for UN Human Rights Council] [Update on 23 September—More stories about the appointment of Faisal bin Hassan Trad are showing up: Why Is Saudi Arabia Heading the U.N. Human Rights Council? Anger as Saudi gets key United […]

ATTENTION TO RAIF BADAWI FLARES…

September 22nd, 2015

[Update on 23 September—More stories about the appointment of Faisal bin Hassan Trad are showing up: Why Is Saudi Arabia Heading the U.N. Human Rights Council? Anger as Saudi gets key United Nations rights post U.N. Criticized for ‘Scandalous’ Appointment of Saudi to Human Rights Panel* Saudi Arabia appointed to chair UN Human Rights Council […]

GLANVILLE ADDRESSES PARLIAMENT ON BADAWI…

July 17th, 2015

In other Badawi news: This could be Raif’s chance – ask for his freedom.

THE SCOTS KNOW ABOUT OPPRESSION…

July 5th, 2015

As citizens of a conquered and occupied nation, Scots understand the realities of being silenced, imprisoned and executed for opposing the will of a foreign religion and royal house. “We believe that every human being has a fundamental right to express their opinion which is also enshrined in the United Nations Article 18. Everyone has […]

BADAWI GETS COMPANY (NOT THE GOOD KIND)…

July 1st, 2015

The House of Saud really, really likes the number 1,000. Ludovica Iaccino, in Pakistan’s controversial Zaid Hamid faces 1,000 lashes and 8 years in jail for criticising kingdom, writes: A Pakistani political commentator has been reportedly sentenced to eight years in jail with 1,000 lashes after allegedly delivering a speech criticising Saudi Arabia’s regime. Pakistan […]

THE POUNDS-TO-LASHES CONVERSION RATE IS…?

June 29th, 2015

Expressing moral indignation when human rights are violated is all well and good, taking the high ground should never interfere with profits, or at least Britain’s Ministry of Justice seems to think so. The legality of a bid by the commercial arm of the Ministry of Justice to provide services for Saudi Arabia’s prisons is […]

1000 LASHES: BECAUSE I SAY WHAT I THINK

June 21st, 2015

Raif Badawi’s book 1000 Lashes: Because I Say What I Think is available in French and pre-orders are being taken on Amazon. Raif Badawi’s is an important voice for all of us to hear, mild, nuanced, but clear. His examination of his culture is perceptive and rigorous. Of course he must be saved from the […]

HOLDING HANDS WITH BARBARIANS…

June 11th, 2015

We are guilty by association of imprisoning blogger Raif Badawi. We bear responsibility for each of the 50 lashes he received on 9 January of this year. We will take on further shame if Badawi’s beatings continue tomorrow. To do nothing is to agree to the barbarism of the House of Saud. A Saudi Arabian […]

SWEDEN’S MARGOT WALLSTRÖM IS STILL RIGHT…

June 9th, 2015

Back in April I noted the courage of Margot Wallström, Sweden’s foreign minister who told the House of Saud to take 37 million Euros in money-for-arms and, well, you know. Two months later, she still thinks (as do I) that she acted appropriately. Sweden’s foreign minister has said she stands by her denunciation of a […]

WE ARE AND WE REMAIN RAIF BADAWI

June 8th, 2015

I am in total agreement with the editorial writer for The Guardian who declared that Mr. Badawi’s sentence is a brutal exercise in public intimidation. We are focused on Badawi, however, because of the publicness of his punishment for speaking out about human rights. We do not need to go back too far in our […]

BLACK AND WHITE, STROKES OF RESISTANCE…

June 1st, 2015

When art becomes a death defying act, then there is much more at stake than art. Bravery is doing that which terrifies you because you realize that what you do is more important than your self. Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi fully understands the concept. In January this year, Trivedi announced he planned to launch a magazine […]

I AM NO. 46,028, THAT IS INCREDIBLY DISTURBING…

May 30th, 2015

I added my name this morning to a petition post by Reporters Without Borders after reading “Raif Badawi’s detention is an insult to intelligence and freedom” this morning on the group’s website. I generally ignore such online pleas, but I signed the petition because I could clearly read the language and fully support the intent […]

IS A NATION’S SOUL WORTH $15,000,000,000…?

May 29th, 2015

Is the soul of nation, the moral authority of more than 35 million people, worth $15,000,000 per lash? That is the question that Nick Taylor-Vaisey explores in What of that $15-billion arms deal with the Saudis? for Macleans. Think about everything you see as you make your way to work every morning. You definitely see […]