Friday, January 16, 2015

God Preserve Raif Badawi

Two from CounterPunch on the latest horror story perpetrated by "our Saudi allies" — “Flogging for Blogging” & Intolerance, Saudi-Style.

"Raif Badawi will be flogged every Friday for the next 19 weeks," explains Medea Benjamin, who also notes the "Congressional legislation being introduced to declassify a 28-page section of the 9/11 Senate report which allegedly exposes the direct role of the Saudi government in the Twin Tower attacks on 9/11."

In my line of work, I meet a lot of young Saudis, the majority of whom, like most young people, are pretty wonderful. I remember one young man telling me during Ramadan that he was making iftar dinner for his friends and then saying, "But actually, I'm not a Muslim. I'm an atheist. But don't tell anyone." He was without a doubt the most unannoying atheist I have ever met!

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