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  • 7th March 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Saudi Arabia has confirmed the death of at least one transgender Pakistani among 35 who were arrested in Riyadh last week for "imitating the opposite sex". According to rights activists in Pakistan, two of those arrested were placed in sacks and beaten to death in police custody (see ...
  • 6th March 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    When Donald Trump won the US election last November, Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi boasted of being the first international leader to phone and congratulate him. Immediately after his inauguration Trump returned the compliment. On his first working day in the Oval Office, Sisi was...
  • 5th March 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    In countries where gender discrimination is considered a social and religious necessity, the dividing line between male and female is not to be crossed. Men must behave and dress as men, and women as women – or face punishment.  In Saudi Arabia last week, police raided a gathering of...
  • 27th February 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Several hundred Egyptian Christians have fled their homes in North Sinai over the last few days following a series of murders attributed to supporters of the so-called Islamic State. Since the end of January at least seven people have been attacked and killed in the provincial capital,...
  • 23rd February 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    When it comes to reporting the conflict in Yemen, Fox News is exceptionally bad. Fox has been fooling its viewers for years but now, with Donald Trump installed in the White House, the problem is becoming a more serious. Trump is a devotee of Fox News: it tells him what he wants to hear – about...
  • 21st February 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A former director of GNRD, the strange "human rights" organisation that went bankrupt last year amid accusations of money-laundering, has been taken into custody on fraud charges in Austria. Hassan Moussa is suspected of diverting funds from an Islamic education centre in Vienna and is...
  • 20th February 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Last Friday Iraqi police jubilantly announced they had arrested an ISIS terror suspect disguised as a woman. In the eyes of the police this was an example of the trickery ISIS employs to in order to carry out its attacks. But the suspect, detained at a checkpoint in Karbala province,...
  • 16th February 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    For the second time in little more than four months the Saudi-led coalition has bombed a funeral gathering in Yemen. An airstrike yesterday hit a house where women had assembled to mourn the death of another woman. At least five of them were killed in the attack and dozens wounded, ...
  • 15th February 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Investigations by Amnesty International have uncovered an elaborate "phishing" campaign which targeted dozens of activists, trade unionists and journalists working on the issue of migrant labourers' rights in Qatar. Amnesty's revelations come just two weeks after the exposure of a separate...
  • 13th February 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Amid escalating tensions within Yemen's "liberated" zone, two rival militias tussled for control of Aden airport at the weekend. Forces commanded by Saleh al-Amiri Abu Qahtan and reputedly paid by the Emiratis have been protecting Aden airport since 2015. On Friday they brought flights to a...
  • 4th February 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Robert Spencer, the notorious American Islamophobe who runs the Jihad Watch website, is jubilant at reports that Kuwait has stopped issuing visas to citizens of five Muslim countries – which he sees as vindication of Donald Trump's visa ban on seven Muslim countries. "The US is not allowed...
  • 3rd February 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    At a bizarre press conference yesterday, the Trump regime's chief spokesman falsely blamed Iran for an attack on an American warship – an attack that never happened.  The story behind this fictitious incident provides an object lesson in how anonymous sources, a gullible reporter, a...

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