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A Saudi man has been sentenced to death after insulting the prophet Muhammad on Twitter - Washington Post

The Saudi religious police had gotten word of Ahmad Al-Shamri's tweets and went to his door sometime in 2014. He was accused of using social media to say disparaging things about Islam and the prophet Muhammad, according to activists. The charge ...and more »

Saudi entertainment chief sees cinemas returning, eventually - Arab News

A full house at the opening ceremony of the fourth Saudi Film Festival. (AN photo). Motorcyclist performs during Monster Jam show which was organized by General Entertainment Authority, in Riyadh. (AN photo by Ahmed Fadhi). Next. 2 photos. Related ...and more »

Saudi Arabia's young prince U-turns on reform - The Economist

EVEN at the height of the Arab spring the Saudi regime had few domestic opponents. At their best they mustered a few hundred protesters to gather for a “day of rage” in March 2011 outside the interior ministry demanding a freely elected parliament and ...and more »

Man 'sentenced to death for atheism' in Saudi Arabia - The Independent

A man in Saudi Arabia has reportedly been sentenced to death on charges of apostasy after losing two appeals. Several local media reports identified the man as Ahmad Al Shamri, in his 20s, from the town of Hafar al-Batin, who first came to the ...and more »

Trump Grumbles that US Loses 'Tremendous Amount Of Money' Defending Saudi Arabia - Newsweek

President Donald Trump says the U.S. is losing a “tremendous amount of money” defending Saudi Arabia, complaining that the Gulf monarchy is treating the United States unfairly. In a wide-ranging interview with Reuters, in which Trump discussed his ...and more »

Is Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 Reform Plan Faltering—or Succeeding? - World Politics Review

One of the most dramatic socio-economic experiments in the world is unfolding in Saudi Arabia, where exactly one year ago, a young prince launched an ambitious plan to transform his conservative, oil-rich kingdom. The reform program, named Vision 2030 ...and more »

Is Saudi Arabia About To Lift Its Ban On Movie Theaters? - Forbes

Dominic Dudley , Contributor I write about business and politics in the Middle East and beyond Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. A leading Saudi official has floated the idea of films being shown in public movie theaters, decades ...and more »

Exclusive: Trump complains Saudis not paying fair share for US defense - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump complained on Thursday that U.S. ally Saudi Arabia was not treating the United States fairly and Washington was losing a “tremendous amount of money” defending the kingdom. In an interview with Reuters ...and more »

Saudi Man Sentenced to Death After Declaring Himself an Atheist in Online Video - Newsweek

RTX21JD2 A protester holds a picture of Shi'ite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, who was executed in Saudi Arabia, as others chant slogans during a rally after Friday prayers in Tehran January 8, 2016. More than a year later, Ahmad Al-Shamri was arrested by ...and more »

David Ignatius' 15 Years of Running Spin for Saudi Regime - FAIR

David Ignatius on Saudi Arabia: “Reform plans appear to be moving ahead slowly but steadily”–as always. Last week, in “A Young Prince Is Reimagining Saudi Arabia. Can He Make His Vision Come True?,” Washington Post foreign affairs columnist David ...and more »