We couldn’t #SaveDinaAli? They won’t #StopEnslavingSaudiWomen? Well, let’s elect Saudi Arabia into @UN_CSW to champion women’s rights.

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‘One orb to rule them all’: Donald Trump and the glowing globe

For your entertainment.


The Guardian: ‘One orb to rule them all’: image of Donald Trump and glowing globe perplexes internet

H/t reader kevin a.

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Trump Signs “Single Largest Arms Deal In US History” With Saudi Arabia Worth $350 Billion

Trump Signs “Single Largest Arms Deal In US History” With Saudi Arabia Worth $350 Billion:

When one looks beyond the pageantry, pomp and circumstance of Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia, the main purpose behind the president’s visit is precisely that: selling weapons, some $350 billion over the next decade, according to estimates.

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Trump’s First Foreign Trip: 10,000 Cops, Bomb-Proof Hotel Rooms, Robots, Steak With A Side Of Ketchup

Trump’s First Foreign Trip: 10,000 Cops, Bomb-Proof Hotel Rooms, Robots, Steak With A Side Of Ketchup:

Over the past week a lot of digital ink has been spilled trying to preview and predict what will take place during Trump’s first official mammoth visit abroad, when over the next 8 days after an overnight flight on Air Force One, Trump will hopscotch from Saudi Arabia to Israel to the Vatican. He’ll close his trip with a pair of summits in Brussels and Sicily. The stakes are great for Trump who makes his debut on the international stage: he’s the first president since Jimmy Carter to not travel abroad during his first 100 days in office. And he’ll depart under a cloud of controversy, even as his media troubles intensified with fresh news on the Russia probe and his “Comey is a nut job” remark.

There is just one problem with all of these nuanced, carefully constructed previews of Trump’s trip: they will all end up wrong, as there is simply no possible way of knowing or predicting all the potential permutations that could emerge from unleashing one President Trump upon the world.

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Sweden’s “First feminist government” admits it did not vote against Saudi Arabia entering UN’s Women’s Rights Commission

Sweden’s “First feminist government” admits it did not vote against Saudi Arabia entering UN’s Women’s Rights Commission:

Of the UN’s 54-nation Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), 47 voted ‘yes’ by a secret ballot last week to elect Saudi Arabia to the UN Women’s Commission. 7 countries abstained from voting, which means none of the countries voted no to appointing a country which has, according to UN watch “the world’s most misogynistic regime.” Amongst the abstainers; Sweden, which prides itself on having the world’s first “feminist government“. Press secretary Erik Wirkensjö of Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallströms defended the action by stating that:

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Saudi cleric calls on FIFA to ban sign of cross, Twitter fires back immediately

Saudi cleric calls on FIFA to ban sign of cross, Twitter fires back immediately:

A hardline Saudi cleric has called on football’s governing body, FIFA, to prohibit players from making the sign of the cross in celebration on the field. As expected, not only have his calls fallen on deaf ears, but he has also been lambasted online.

Mohammed Alarefe boasts 17.5 million Twitter followers, which, though impressive, is unlikely to hold any sway with FIFA’s elite.

“I’ve seen video clips of athletes, soccer players running, shooting and when they win they make the symbol of the cross on their chests and my question is do FIFA’s rules not forbid this,” he tweeted.

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U.S. nears $100 billion arms deal for Saudi Arabia: White House official

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AND NOW: Saudi Arabia is just ‘defending itself’ when it bombs Yemen, claims UK defense secretary

Saudi Arabia is just ‘defending itself’ when it bombs Yemen, claims UK defense secretary:

UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon has claimed Saudi Arabia is just defending itself by bombing famine-threatened Yemen, arguing the Gulf state is entitled to ask its allies for help.

Fallon had been asked if the Conservatives would consider suspending arms sales to the Saudis, given the serious concerns raised by international observers about the war in Yemen.

UK military personnel have been providing Saudi forces with airstrike and artillery training and Britain has sold billions of pounds’ worth of arms to the Gulf theocracy.

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Saudi Arabia: Man sentenced to be beheaded for atheism

The religion of peace strikes again.


Saudi Arabia: Man sentenced to be beheaded for atheism:

The sharia courts in Saudi Arabia have sentenced a young man in his twenties to death by beheading for atheism, apostasy and blasphemy. This is a country ruled by normative Islam. Ahmad Al Shamri renounced Islam and Muhammad on social media. His defense tried to enter an insanity plea, stating that he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time of his supposed crime, but drug use also comes with a death penalty in that country.

Preserving the supremacy of Islam and the sharia are the highest priorities of Saudi Arabia, above the life and limb of any human being regardless of age; this norm is drilled into its citizens. Some Muslim twitter users have celebrated Ahmad Al Shamri’s death sentence, with one tweet stating: “I wish there could be live streaming when you cut his head off.”

Royal decrees under the late King Abdullah re-defined atheists as terrorists, according to a report by Human Rights Watch.

Beheadings are the most common form of execution in Saudi Arabia, although Saudi authorities also sometimes use a firing squad. Figures reported in 2016 showed that executions in Saudi Arabia hit their highest level in two decades, with at least 157 beheadings in 2015, 40% for drug related offences. Al Shamri was clearly doomed.

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No Need To Worry Ladies! Saudi Arabia Has Been Elected To The UN Women’s Right Commission (Video)

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