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

Last week, in “A Young Prince Is Reimagining Saudi Arabia. Can He Make His Vision Come True?,” Washington Post foreign affairs columnist David Ignatius (4/20/17) wrote what read like a press release for the Saudi regime. What's more, he's written the ...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 »

Saudi Arabian man sentenced to death after insulting Muhammad on Twitter - Chicago Tribune

The Saudi religious police had gotten word of Ahmad Al-Shamri's tweets and came 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 »

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

A leading Saudi official has floated the idea of films being shown in public movie theaters, decades after the last cinema was closed down in the country under pressure from religious leaders. Ahmed al-Khatib, chairman of the General Entertainment ...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.and more »

Merkel to talk business during trip to oil-rich nations - Deutsche Welle

Chancellor Angela Merkel is traveling to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates from April 30 to May 1. The Saudi Arabia visit comes as July's G20 summit in Hamburg looms large. Merkel arrives with January's decision by the German government to give ...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 »

Atheist sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia - Religion News Service

(RNS) Saudi Arabia has reportedly condemned a man to death for atheism. The man, Ahmad Al-Shamri, lost two appeals before the ruling by the Saudi Supreme Court earlier this week. He was initially arrested in 2014 and charged with atheism and ...and more »

Saudi entertainment chief sees cinemas returning, eventually - Arab News

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will one day open cinemas and build a world-class opera house, the man spearheading the kingdom's entertainment reforms said on Thursday, downplaying opposition by powerful religious authorities to changes they see as sinful.and more »

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

A Saudi Arabian man who posted videos of himself disparaging the Prophet Muhammad and renouncing Islam on Twitter had his second appeal against a 2015 death sentence denied earlier this week. Ahmad Al-Shamri was arrested by Saudi Arabia's ...and more »