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7 Facebook Activists Jailed in Saudi Arabia

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The Saudi authorities are particularly sensitive about political criticism expressed online

A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced seven cyber activists to between five to 10 years in prison for inciting protests, mainly by using Facebook.

The men were arrested in September last year, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW), and


Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey And Jordan Consider Alliance

Israel is considering partnering with several moderate Arab states in a US-brokered defense alliance that would be aimed at containing Iran, which is accused of nuclear weapon ambitions, a British newspaper reported Sunday.

The alliance would see Israel teaming up with Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Turkey and the United Arab Emirates to forge a


Saudi Arabia Registers First Female Lawyer

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia has registered its first female trainee advocate, paving the way for women to practise as lawyers in the kingdom where strict Islamic law applies, an activist said on Tuesday.

“The road is open now to women to receive permits to practise as lawyers, after the registration of Arwa Al Hujaili as the


Businessman Sells Phony Bomb Detectors to Governments


A businessman sold fake bomb detectors to Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Georgia and Niger, the Old Bailey has been told.

James McCormick’s Advanced Detection Equipment was based on a golf ball finder device and marketed to military, governments and police, the jury heard.

Prosecutors said fake detectors sold for up to $40,000 (£27,000) had no


Death Row Inmates Sent to Fight in Syria by Saudi’s

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A top secret memo sent by the Ministry of Interior in Saudi Arabia reveals the Saudi Kingdom sent death-row inmates, sentenced to execution by decapitation, to Syria to fight Jihad against the Syrian government in exchange for commuting their sentences.

According to the memo, dated April 17, 2012, the Saudi Kingdom negotiated with a


Eritrea: 2 Pilots Steal Presidents Plane, Defect


Until recently, the Eritrean Air Force had a single luxury airplane in its possession, most likely a Beechcraft King Air 200, an American corporate turboprop first built in the 1970s. Though arguably modest for a presidential plane, it was the Air Force’s sole means of VIP passenger transport, and the replacement for an Israeli-built


Cyberattack: U.S. Suspects Iran



WASHINGTON — American intelligence officials are increasingly convinced that Iran was the origin of a serious wave of network attacks that crippled computers across the Saudi oil industry and breached financial institutions in the United States, episodes that contributed to a warning last week from Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta that the United


Saudi’s Will Shoot Israeli’s En-route to Iran

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U.S. officials have reportedly warned Israel that Saudi Arabia will support Iran should the Jewish state launch an attack on Tehran.

Analysts said Israel was keen to strike before Iran moves its uranium enrichment facilities, crucial to the development of nuclear weapons, to the heavily fortified Fordow facility.



Saudi Arabia: English Language and Gregorian Calendar Banned

Saudi Arabia bans use of English, Gregorian calendar

Riyad bars use of English language in state bureaus, hotels; order use of Islamic calendar, Arabic only

Saudi Arabia has banned the use of the Gregorian calendar in all official state and business dealings, the Gulf News reported Saturday.

Riyad’s decree also bars government and private


Saudi Woman Sentenced to ‘Whipping’ for Driving, Will Not Be Flogged

Jastaniah was one of many Saudi women who got behind the wheel last summer to protest the archaic law forbidding women from driving, which is both a symbol and embodiment of the country’s harsh treatment of its women. That September, she was sentenced to a punishment as barbaric as the law it was enforcing: ten


Iran Warns its Neighbours

Iran’s foreign minister warned Arab neighbors on Thursday not to put themselves in a “dangerous position” by aligning themselves too closely with the United States in the escalating dispute over Tehran’s nuclear activity.

Iran has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, used for a third of the world’s seaborne oil trade, if pending Western


WikiLeaks Revelations: Bizarre and Dangerous

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia told a senior White House official to consider surgically implanting homing devices under Guantanamo Bay detainees’ skin. That’s one of the many potentially embarrassing comments from diplomatic back rooms now being made public by WikiLeaks.

During a March 2009 meeting with John Brennan, President Obama’s closest counterterrorism adviser,


Saudi’s to Purchase $60 billion in U.S. Weapons

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A proposed U.S. weapons sale to Saudi Arabia of Boeing Co. F-15 fighter jets also includes as many as 132 Boeing Apache attack helicopters and United Technologies Corp. UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters that bring the total value of the package to around $60 billion, according to a government official familiar with


Saudi’s Buy 30 Dumbed Down F-15’s

WASHINGTON—The Obama administration plans to sell advanced F-15 fighter jets to Saudi Arabia but won’t equip them with long-range weapons systems and other arms whose inclusion was strongly opposed by Israel, diplomats and officials said.

The proposed $30 billion, 10-year arms package, which would be one of the biggest single deals of


Saudi Warplanes Bombarding Yemen

Royal Saudi air force pilot gives the thumbs up from Nellis AFB. during a Red Flag mission here.

At least 13 civilians have lost their lives in a series of air strikes by Saudi military air planes along the border between Yemen and the oil-rich kingdom, Houthi fighters say.

The Saudi Air


Egyptian Doctor Severely Punished for treatment of Saudi Princess

Egyptian Doctor Raouf Amin languishes in a Saudi jail and is punished with 70 lashes once a week. Cut off from his family in Egypt, the 52-year-old doctor was convicted for prescribing painkillers to a Saudi princess that led to her addiction.

An appeal court judge ruled that Amin will be beaten weekly


Bush Sounds off on Saudi Oil Output

US President George W. Bush said on Saturday that a hike in oil output by Saudi Arabia would not solve American energy problems.

“It’s not enough, it’s something but it doesn’t solve our problem,” Bush told reporters in Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

Bush said he was “pleased” with a Saudi decision


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