Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi Royals: Not People to Do Business With

Robin Lustig | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

I understand the need for diplomatic niceties to be observed. That's why when a royal head of state dies, I'm perfectly happy for one of our royals to attend the funeral. But why on earth do we have to send the prime minister as well? ... Wouldn't it be nice if, like Germany, we could halt our arms sales to what is undoubtedly one of the nastiest regimes on the planet. And when the new king dies - he's already 79 - perhaps we could send Prince Charles on his own. I'm sure he'd manage just fine.

Saudi Arabia's Olympic Idea Will Make You Wince

AP | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK Sport

The IOC shot down a suggestion by a Saudi Arabian official Tuesday that the ultraconservative nation could seek to co-host the Olympics with neighbori...

No Headscarf And Not Impressed: Michelle Obama's Face Says It All In Saudi Arabia

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Politics

First Lady Michelle Obama may have been by her husband’s side in Saudi Arabia to pay respects after King Abdullah’s death, but her demeanor told a...

King Abdullah and the UK: When Arms Sales Trump Human Rights

Andrew Smith | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

Many of the gushing tributes to King Abdullah have painted him as a man of peace and a force for good. In reality he was the figurehead of one of the most violent and oppressive governments in the world.

Was the Attendance of David Cameron and Prince Charles At King Abdullah's Funeral, Acceptable?

Becky Hopper | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Politics
Becky Hopper

In 2015, is money more important than morality? Should we ignore the attendance of our Prince and Prime Minister at the funeral of someone who was no less than a dictator running a terrorist organisation? Surely with the general election coming up, Cameron should have perhaps considered the outrage that might be voiced in the UK rather than the importance of international relations with a corrupt, murderous government.

We Should Get Off Our Knees and Tell the Saudis Some Home Truths on Human Rights

Kate Allen | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Politics
Kate Allen

Whether or not David Cameron and Prince Charles needed to make the geo-political pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia is probably not for me to say, but there's no question that the backdrop to their visit is striking.

Mensch Just Told David Cameron And The Queen To 'F**k Off'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK Politics

Former Conservative MP Louise Mensch has unleashed an extraordinary tirade on Twitter, instructing both David Cameron and the Queen to “fuck off”....

People Are Furious The Government Wants Flags Flown At Half-Mast For Saudi King

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK

In a gesture which could not be more emblematic of the economic importance of Saudi Arabia, the British government has declared all UK flags should be...

9 Tributes To Saudi's King Abdullah - And How We Should Also Remember Him

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK

World leaders have rushed to pay gushing tributes to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia following the death of the world's oldest monarch. The king, tho...

Raif Badawi and Charlie Hebdo: Bullets and the Cane Can't Destroy Freedom of Speech

Sophia Eribo | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK
Sophia Eribo

I believe that free speech and violence never belong in the same arena - even if you are fighting for that freedom.

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah Dies Aged 90

AP | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, the powerful US ally who joined Washington's fight against al-Qaida and sought to modernise the ultraconservative Muslim...

Why Aren't UK Ministers Manning the Free Speech Barricades for Raif Badawi?

Kate Allen | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Politics
Kate Allen

So take that Riyadh: we're going to continue having a close dialogue with you. Messrs Cameron and Ellwood have only spoken on Badawi's plight when asked. There have been no big ministerial statements, no press releases, no primetime media interviews, and no carpeting for the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the UK, Mohammed bin Nawwaf bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Once again, it seems that ministers are content to wear the Saudi muzzle... As the UK government knows full well (not least because Amnesty International regularly tells it so), Saudi Arabia's human rights record is a roll-call of shame.

Saudi Blogger 'Will Not Withstand' Second Public Flogging

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Jack Sommers | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK

The second round of public flogging of a blogger convicted of "insulting" the Saudi state has been postponed, because his wounds from the first round ...

Meanwhile, In Saudi Arabia...

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK Comedy

The people of Saudi Arabia have taken ghost riding to a whole new level. YouTuber 2abodlI101 uploaded this video on Tuesday, showing two men swingi...

I Am Not Brave Enough to 'Be Charlie'... And Neither Are You

Robert Sharp | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Politics
Robert Sharp

#JeNeSuisPasCharlie. And - I'll bet - neither are you. But there are plenty of people out there who do exhibit the same bizarre tenacity. These atypicals may found in every culture and country - freedom of speech is not a value unique to France or the liberal western tradition.

Je Ne Suis Pas Un Vrai Charlie

Neil Durkin | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

A quick challenge. Imagine, for a moment, that a satirical magazine like Charlie Hebdo had been based in Saudi Arabia. Having trouble? Me too, because it's unimaginable...

Britain's Relationship With Saudi Arabia Is a Disgrace

John Wight | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Politics
John Wight

Responsible for fomenting chaos and carnage beyond their own borders, while at home brutalising their own people, surely it is time for the international community to turn its attention to the Saudis and their utter and complete disregard for anything resembling human rights...

Obama Under Pressure To Declassify Redacted Pages Of 9/11 Report

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK

NEW YORK -- President Obama is under pressure from a bi-partisan group in Congress that is demanding the infamous 28 pages of redactions in the offici...

The Demise of OPEC Is Not Imminent

Nehad Ismail | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK
Nehad Ismail

The recent huge drop in oil prices caused some commentators to predict the imminent collapse of OPEC. Some talked about the humbling of OPEC and others talked about the early demise of OPEC. The Financial Times warned on 10th December:

You Can't Drive In Saudi Arabia, And Now You Can't Eat If You're A Single Woman

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Women should not be allowed to eat in restaurants unless accompanied by their husband or a male guardian. That's according to sexist restaurant ow...

This Saudi Man Is Officially The Shallowest Groom In History

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Wedding days are always pretty fraught, but we can't imagine how this poor woman must've felt after her Saudi husband asked for divorced immediately a...

Saudi Groom 'Divorces Wife On Wedding Day After Seeing Her Face For The First Time'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK

A Saudi groom is reported to have demanded a divorce on his wedding day after seeing his new wife’s face for the first time. The unnamed man is ...

Saudi King's Council Urges Lifting Ban On Female Drivers... But With Restrictions

AP | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK

The Saudi king's advisory council has recommended that the government lift its ban on female drivers — but only for women over 30, who must be off t...

The Light Garden of the Angel King

Catriona Luke | Posted 03.01.2015 | UK
Catriona Luke

In Kabul, there were bullets in the squash court, three in the bedroom, three near my bed, three in our bathroom, one missing the minister by six inches. The gardener has continued to drive his two donkeys about our garden with complete unconcern, but the day has come when only one donkey is left.

Obama's Iran Nuclear Policy of Self-Delusion

Nehad Ismail | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

According to Reuters (16 October) a senior U.S. official said some progress was made in high-level nuclear negotiations with Iran on Wednesday but much work remained to be done, adding the goal was still to reach a deal by a late November deadline.