Reform and Modernization

Saudi Blogger Freed
04/28/2008

Saudi Blogger Freed

Fouad al-Farhan was well known among the expanding web log, or blog, community in Saudi Arabia prior to his imprisonment on December 10, 2007. Since then his case gained international attention including an exchange of concerns by senior U.S. government officials to Saudi officials during the period of President Bush’s January visit to the Kingdom.

Saudi Blogger Freed
04/28/2008

Saudi Blogger Freed

Fouad al-Farhan was well known among the expanding web log, or blog, community in Saudi Arabia prior to his imprisonment on December 10, 2007. Since then his case gained international attention including an exchange of concerns by senior U.S. government officials to Saudi officials during the period of President Bush’s January visit to the Kingdom. […]

Women’s Political  Participation in the Gulf
04/14/2008

Women’s Political Participation in the Gulf

Today for your consideration, we present a transcript of a conversation with activists Fatin Bundagji (Saudi Arabia), Rola Dashti (Kuwait), and Munira Fakhro (Bahrain) about women’s political participation in the Gulf.

Web Logs and Red Lines
01/04/2008

Web Logs and Red Lines

The Saudi Interior Ministry confirmed on Monday that Fouad Al-Farhan was being held for interrogation, according to Arab News. Farhan, long recognized as among the more well known Saudi bloggers — certainly the best known Saudi blogger since his December 10, 2007 arrest

Abdullah Pardons ‘Qatif Girl’
12/18/2007

Abdullah Pardons ‘Qatif Girl’

The pardon by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah of the 20-year-old rape victim known as “Qatif Girl” yesterday was well received by her husband who wanted to say nothing on the case except to thank the king. Meanwhile, human rights activists also welcomed the news but are calling for specific measures to avert sentencing rape victims in the first place

A Slap in the Face of Justice
11/21/2007

A Slap in the Face of Justice

Here is a young woman who has had to suffer the unimaginable ordeal of being brutally raped by seven men 14 times but nonetheless decided to take the remarkably brave step and approach the authorities expecting at the very least a fair trial and perhaps, albeit unrealistically, a degree of compassion.

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