Saudi Arabia.

What Lies Behind the UK's Relationship With Saudi Arabia?

Andrew Smith | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

You would be hard pushed to find a country where human rights mean less than in Saudi Arabia... Despite the widespread human rights abuses, the regime is not short of international support.

Is This the Dawn of Real Change in Saudi Arabia?

Dr Abdulaziz Sager | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Abdulaziz Sager

President Obama's recent visit to Saudi Arabia has been accompanied by much speculation about the nature of relations with the United States. Much has changed in the US political landscape recently and even more has changed across the Arab world...

New Saudi Arabian Laws Define Atheists As Terrorists

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK

Atheists are being defined as terrorists under a raft of new Saudi Arabian laws, a report from Human Rights Watch states. The new laws are accompa...

Saudi Arabia Accepts Recommendation to 'Abolish' Male Guardianship System

Nabila Pathan | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Politics
Nabila Pathan

As a precursor to Saudi Arabia's report on its commitment to significant Human Rights advances at the 25th session of UN Human Rights Council, Saudi's Deputy Minister of Labor for International Affairs, featured on Newsnight this week to boast the key aspects of the report with a focus on "holistic" steps on achieving female empowerment. But a failure to confirm the lifting of the driving ban for women, even after three pushy prompts by Jeremy Paxman, made it clear that "holistic" does not include an overturn on the ban.

Saudi Women Activists Demand End To 'Absolute' Male Control

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK

Saudi Arabian women activists have petitioned the country's consultative council to back a demand to curb the "absolute authority" of men over women i...

Why Is the UK Facilitating Oppression in Bahrain?

Amelia Amin | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Politics
Amelia Amin

The future for Bahrain is uncertain. However, one certainty amidst the chaos, is that change is Bahrain will remain a mirage so long as the king is bolstered by so much international support. Let's not beat about the bush, the British government is publicly supporting a oppressive and undemocratic government in Bahrain.

Charles Of Arabia Takes Part In Sword Dance

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK

Prince Charles has been criticised for joining members of the Saudi royal family and taking part in an Ardah or sword dance in a stadium in the capita...

Dr Halla Diyab, Syrian Journalist, Receives Death Threats After BBC Appearance

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK

Police are investigating death threats sent to a Syrian journalist who appeared on BBC TV show, after she questioned whether Britain should allow Syri...

Understanding Social Media in the Middle East

Damian Radcliffe | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Tech
Damian Radcliffe

In my part of the world, the Middle East, Facebook is equally popular. In fact there are those who have argued that Facebook played a fundamental role in some of the political changes we have seen in the past couple of years.

Ukip: A Laugh a Minute?

Dan Holliday | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Holliday

If UKIP took itself about as seriously as the Monster Raving Loony Party takes itself, then it would be a laugh a minute. The fact that UKIP does take itself seriously is actually rather sad.

Jon Snow Talks Saudi Arabia And Sex

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK

Jon Snow has laid into Saudi Arabia, describing it as "the most odious regime in the world". The Channel 4 News anchor dismissed the nation as "peo...

Saudi Arabian Authorities Suspend SMS Tracking Of Women... But Only Temporarily

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Saudi Arabian authorities have suspended a programme which enables the movements of women in and out of the country to be electronically tracked, the ...

Most Muslims Don't Like Women To Dress Like This

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

The burqa has little to no support in any Muslim country, with the vast majority believing women should only cover their hair and not their faces, a n...

Human Body Parts 'Fall From The Sky' In Saudi

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Human body parts have fallen from the sky in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah. The gruesome incident may have been due to someone becoming trapped ...

In 2014 - Can We Stop Blaming Everything on Muslims?

Alastair Sloan | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Politics
Alastair Sloan

Before we blame radical Islam for terrorism and loss of freedom - consider that our Security Services blame our foreign policy, not any religion, for acts of terrorism. Radical Islam is a bastardisation of true, peaceful Islam. And the effect on our social fabric of continually scapegoating Muslims for our own aggression abroad is painful, and breeds yet more jihadists.

Got New Year's Eve Plans? Cancel Them, Say Saudi Police

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 30.12.2013 | UK

Pack away that party frock, and put out the fireworks, New Year's Eve is cancelled, Saudi Arabia's religious authorities have said. Officials have ...

Where Will the Geneva Deal With Iran Lead?

Gary Kent | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The British hero of the diplomatic breakthrough with Iran was seen by many as the European Union's foreign affairs and security supremo, Cathy Ashton, who had been derided by some as a lightweight...

Shaker Aamer: Treatment In Guantanamo Worse Than 'Despotic Regime'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK

Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in Guantanamo Bay has accused the US government of enforcing a punishment on him that even the most "despotic ...

Iran Deal - Syria Sacrificed?

Robin Lustig | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

If the Iran nuclear deal, finalised in Geneva in the small hours of Sunday morning, sticks, the tectonic plates in the Middle East will have shifted. And whether you welcome that or fear it depends entirely on where you're sitting.

'Free Hugs' Campaign Sees Two Men Arrested In Saudi Arabia

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK

SEE ALSO: 2,000 Lashes & 10 Years In Jail For Saudi Man Who Danced Naked On A CarIs This The Ridiculously Good-Looking Man Kicked Out Of Saudi Arabi...

British Muslims Should Stand Up And Say It: There Is Nothing Islamic About Child Marriage

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

For adult men to try to marry young girls is illegal and immoral. But British Muslims have a special responsibility: to make the case that there is nothing Islamic about underage marriage, either.

Israel, Saudi Arabia: Strange Bedfellows Confronting Iran

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Ehrlich

The real-politik of the region is that Israel has never posed a threat to Islam or Arab nationalism. It's the possible spread of democracy from Israel that Arab leaders have long feared. Shiite Iran, on the other hand, sees itself as leader of the mainly Sunni Islamic world and wants to take that honour away from the Saudis. Israel now seems a much lesser of two evils to the Saudi Royal Family...one that could help them curb Iran's ambitions.

'Activism', For Better or for Worse?

Salman Al Jalahma | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Salman Al Jalahma

'Activism' is a funny little thing. A word that by definition means an action to bring a social or political change. However, most define the word as helping the greater good by rebelling against an establishment of some sort. And everyone is aroused by a little rebellion.

Syria: Seven Questions the Saudis Should Ask John Kerry

Nehad Ismail | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Nehad Ismail

The U.S. recognizes that defeating the Syrian regime and the toppling of Bashar al Assad is an important Saudi strategic objective to protect Saudi regional interests. The recent spat between the two allies over Syria is still reverberating and has not died down yet...

45-Stone Woman Winched By Crane To Complete Hajj

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK

Hajj is the sacred journey that all Muslims are instructed to make before they die. And one 45-stone Egyptian woman was so determined to reach the...