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A rare look inside a Saudi prison where terrorists see perks, not harsh conditions

Except for the machine guns and guard towers, the al-Hair high-security prison looks remarkably like a hotel — especially the conjugal-visit wing.

Beyond a heavy iron gate, its bars painted a cheerful lavender, a red carpet stretches the length of a long hallway, where each of the 38 private cells has a queen-size bed, a fridge, a television and a shower. 1,881 more words


Show Details for the week of March 2nd, 2015

On The Monitor this week:

  • They that sow the wind, shall reap the whirlwind. How the U.S. trained Muslim terrorists at least as far back as 30 years ago and how this impacts us today – an interview with…
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Conjoined twins separated in successful operation

Surgeons in Saudi Arabia have successfully separated two conjoined twins after nine hours at the operating table.

The high-risk procedure was carried out by a team headed by former Saudi health minister Dr Abdullah Al-Rabeeah in a bid to give the children a shot at living a normal life. 110 more words


(Not) The Freedom House Guide to Policy Advocacy

I’ve been thinking quite a lot about the place of civil society in public diplomacy and International Relations. One of the things that is interesting is the way that the use of the term gets narrowed down to mean ‘liberal, cosmopolitan, pro-Western elites’ and forgets that the religious extremists protesting outside the embassy or the guy sitting in his mother’s basement and inciting nationalist hatred on the internet are part of civil society too. 492 more words

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Family concerned imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi could face death penalty

MONTREAL — The wife of imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi said Sunday that she has reason to believe authorities in Saudi Arabia are aiming to retry him on charges of apostasy. 310 more words


Saudi-born expatriate footballers OK'd for club teams

Football players born in Saudi Arabia have been given the green light to play for club teams after the Saudi Arabian Football Federation relaxed its rule on expatriates looking for playing opportunities in the local league. 207 more words

Expat Life

Zakir Naik wins Saudi prize for service to Islam

RIYADH: An Indian television preacher who has called the 9/11 attacks an “inside job “ received one of Saudi Arabia’s most prestigious prizes on Sunday, for “service to Islam.” 309 more words