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What’s behind deadly crackdown on Awamiyah?

What’s behind deadly crackdown on Awamiyah

Saudi Arabia’s razing of the Shia city of Awamiyah has raised many questions marks, but one obvious answer should be sought in the kingdom’s failures in Yemen as well as in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere. The Wahhabi rulers in Riyadh have always looked at the oil-rich Eastern Province with suspicion because of its Shia-majority population, keeping a strict tab on …

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Al-Musawara neighborhood totally destroyed, Saudi Arabia says

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Saudi Arabia has completed the demolition of al-Musawara neighborhood in the Shia town of Awamiyah, says a local official. According to Eastern Province’s secretariat on Tuesday, the demolition of the neighborhood has been fully completed in preparation for the commencement of removal work. Local reports claim that some 60 bulldozers were engaged in the operations. Since May, Riyadh has imposed …

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Does Qatar Support Extremism? Yes. And So Does Saudi Arabia.

Does Qatar Support Extremism Yes. And So Does Saudi Arabia.

The spat between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which is accusing Qatar of supporting Islamist extremism and terrorism, remains perplexing. Perplexing not because Qatar is innocent — it has sponsored and hosted far too many jihadists for anyone to plausibly claim otherwise — but because it is the Saudis who are objecting to the funding of extremism. Qatar should be called …

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Nobel laureates urge Saudi king to halt 14 executions

Nobel laureates urge Saudi king to halt 14 executions

Ten Nobel Peace Prize winners are appealing to Saudi Arabia’s king and crown prince to show mercy and halt the executions of 14 young people sentenced to death for participating in protests in 2012. In a letter released Friday they said staying the executions would “correct a great injustice.” The laureates said the 14 were convicted and sentenced in a …

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Saudi razes hundreds of houses in Shia-majority town

Saudi razes hundreds of houses in Shia-majority town

Saudi Arabia has reportedly laid waste to at least 320 houses in an eastern Shia-majority town, which it has placed under siege for about three months. Local activists reported the figure on Monday, saying the structures in Awamiyah had mostly been populated by Shia Muslims. They said Saudi forces also flattened four mosques and three Husainiyahs — centers for Shia …

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Diplomacy Rift between Persian gulf states and Israel Exploitation

Diplomacy Rift between Persian gulf states and Israel Exploitation

Truthngo interview with Mohammad Isa Al-Khaqani Lecturer at Freelancer, Chief Editor at Al Ahad Newspaper and Professor at UOB | University of Bahrain  Q: In recent weeks, Muhammad Bin Salman was appointed as the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. Given Bin Salman’s aggressive and radical approach to Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy, could we possibly establish a link between Donald Trump’s …

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British newspaper: “Normalization” unites Riyadh and Tel Aviv?

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The Middle East Monitor published a report based on documents released by WikiLeaks, which reported attempts to “normalize” between Saudi Arabia and Israel for a long time. A Saudi Foreign Ministry statement issued by WikiLeaks revealed the level of rapprochement between Riyadh and Tel Aviv. Noting that Saudi Arabia has begun discussions on normalization with Israel and the 2002 Saudi …

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Amnesty calls on Saudi Arabia to halt execution of 14 dissenters

Amnesty calls on Saudi Arabia to halt execution of 14 dissenters

Human rights group Amnesty International has called on Saudi Arabia to halt the executions of 14 individuals who were sentenced to death following a “grossly unfair mass trial” as part of the kingdom’s “bloody execution spree.” “By confirming these sentences Saudi Arabia’s authorities have displayed their ruthless commitment to the use of the death penalty as a weapon to crush …

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HRW: Saudi terrorism is killing people in Yemen

Saudi terrorism is killing people in Yemen

Speakers at conference in Doha question Saudi-led group’s accusation that Qatar is funding terrorism. The Executive Director of Human Rights Watch (HRW) has questioned Saudi Arabia’s accusation of Qatar funding terrorism while the Kingdom itself continues to carry out “terrorism that is killing people in Yemen”. The conflict in Yemen has escalated dramatically since March 2015, when the Saudi-led forces …

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14 Saudis face imminent execution for protesting: Reprieve

14 Saudis face imminent execution for protesting

A leading rights group has called on the US and UK governments to stop Saudi Arabia from executing 14 people who face death based on evidence gathered under torture. Reprieve, which is based in London, said all 14 people were sentenced by the controversial Specialized Criminal Court, which used confessions extracted through torture as the basis for convictions. Nearly all …

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