The Justice Department has charged two former Twitter employees with spying for Saudi Arabia by accessing the company’s information on dissidents who use the platform, marking the first time federal prosecutors have publicly accused the kingdom of running agents in the United States…..more: WP
The hospitalization of Sheikh Salman al-Awda, aside from being deeply worrying and traumatic for his family, highlights his shameful treatment by the Saudi authorities.
Saudi Arabian authorities must release a prominent reformist cleric who has been held in solitary confinement for five months without charge or trial, Amnesty International said today amid growing fears for his health.
Sheikh Salman al-Awda’s family learnt yesterday that he has been hospitalized in the city of Jeddah. His family have not been given further details of his condition…more: amnesty.org
…China has been accused of detaining a million Muslims and persecuting ethnic Uighurs in Xinjiang, and 22 ambassadors signed a letter to the U.N. Human Rights Council this week criticizing its policies….As well as Saudi Arabia and Russia, the letter was signed by ambassadors from many African countries, North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba, Belarus, Myanmar, the Philippines, Syria, Pakistan, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.more: reuters
Six months have passed since Jamal Khashoggi walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and never came out.
Every new gruesome detail of the pop-up abattoir that Khashoggi strode into – and there are more to come – of the Tiger Squad that organised his and other dissidents’ deaths, of the cover up and the denials, has deepened the crisis for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who is believed to have ordered Khashoggi’s killing…..MORE: middleeasteye.net
..Saudi Arabia will face criticism for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and its failure to cooperate with a U.N.-led inquiry, diplomatic sources said.
And ambassadors from some European countries plan to boycott a speech by Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza on Tuesday, as more countries back opposition leader Juan Guaido and spurn President Nicolas Maduro, they add….MORE: .reuters
On Friday, the leader colloquially known as MBS arrived in China, another country accused of authoritarianism, to meet with officials there. He was greeted by China’s Vice Premier Han Zheng and signed key agreements with Beijing related to energy production and the chemical industry. During his visit, he also appeared to defend China’s use of re-education camps for its country’s Muslim population…..
A British MP has warned Saudi Arabia risks stirring revolution unless it introduces reforms and allows greater freedom of expression. Crispin Blunt, a Conservative MP and chair of a parliamentary panel on detained Saudi women activists, urged the Saudi government…
Ever since the midterm election, conservative media in the United States have targeted with special zeal Ilhan Omar, an incoming Somali-American Democratic congresswoman and a devout Muslim who wears hijab. In response to Democrats’ push to remove a headwear ban on the House floor to accommodate Omar, conservative commentator and pastor E.W. Jackson complained on a radio show that Muslims were transforming Congress into an “Islamic republic.”…MORE: foreignpolicy.com
…The trial of the cleric, Salman al-Awda, comes after a yearlong crackdown by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s day-to-day ruler, that has seen dozens of clerics, activists, princes and businessmen arrested and detained on often vague charges…NYTIMES
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman doesn’t apologize for much. In the past year, his government has massacred civilians in Yemen, kidnapped the prime minister of Lebanon and spent $450 million of unknown provenance on a painting while rounding up hundreds of people for alleged corruption. He’s publicly defended those actions….more: huffingtonpost
Saudi law will punish spouses in the case of illegally spying on each other’s phone and will add it to crimes related to information technology.