Blog archive: Saudi Arabia

  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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, ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 2nd February 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    While the arrival of Donald Trump at the White House has been greeted with horror in many parts of the world, his fellow autocrats in the Arab Gulf states have been giving him a much friendlier reception. Trump spent an hour on the phone talking to the Saudi king last Sunday. The views of...
  • 31st January 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    When Donald Trump issued his now-notorious travel ban on Friday it was couched mainly in terms of protecting the US from terrorism. Framing it in this way gave its racist undertones an aura of respectability, though thankfully there were millions of people who refused to be fooled. Many opponents...
  • 30th January 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Donald Trump, America's new ruler, had an hour-long phone conversation yesterday with his Saudi counterpart, King Salman, and allegedly they agreed on just about everything. The Saudi government news agency reported: "The views of the two leaders were identical on the files that were...
  • 27th December 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Saudi police have detained six people for the "crime" of attending a mixed-sex party at an apartment in Jeddah, Okaz newspaper reports. The arrests – which were the result on some interesting detective work – reveal that the kingdom's police are in a high state of readiness "to deal...
  • 20th December 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    After a delay of more than six months Saudi Arabia finally admitted yesterday that its coalition forces have been using British-made cluster bombs in Yemen. A statement issued through the Saudi government news agency said the coalition had now "decided to cease usage" of those made in...
  • 14th December 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Amid concern about civilian casualties in Yemen, the United States is cutting back on arms sales to Saudi Arabia – at a time when the Britain, the kingdom's other main supplier, is trying to increase them. The US has decided not to go ahead with a $350 million sale of 16,000 guidance systems...

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