Saudi Arabia Lashing Blogger Reveals What Religion Fears Most

Cenk Uygur & John Iadarola | (The Young Turks Video) | – –

“The public flogging of jailed blogger Raif Badawi is now “sure” to resume after Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court upheld his sentence at the weekend, his wife has told The Independent.

Ensaf Haidar spoke out amid growing fears among human rights groups that Mr Badawi will be publicly flogged for a second time on 12 June. On 7 June his sentence of ten years in jail and 1,000 lashes was upheld despite the international outcry over his treatment.

Ms Haidar, who now lives in Quebec with the couple’s three children after being forced to flee Saudi Arabia, said she was convinced that his brutal punishment was about to resume and called on the country’s royal family to release him.”

Cenk Uygur & John Iadarola of the Young Turks break it down.

The Young Turks: “Saudi Arabia Lashing Blogger Reveals What Religion Fears Most”

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  1. Saudi Arabia, an Islamic absolute monarchy, has enjoyed extremely close relations with the United States, a constitutional republic. This relationship highlights the gross hypocrisy of US foreign policy: fundamentalism and dictatorship in the Arab world are only condemned when they come garbed in anti-Americanism. In fact, Saudi Arabia makes Iran—the target of sanctions and regime change by the US for over 30 years—look relatively progressive. link to detailedpoliticalquizzes.wordpress.com

    • Rudolph, What you say is perfectly true but ‘hypocrisy’ is an external value judgement, not a crime. US foreign policy is pragmatic. You might say Saudi Arabia is not hypocritical since they make no bones about the penalties they impose. Once you start using your values to judge others you will find yours challenged more often than not.

      • “Once you start using your values to judge others you will find yours challenged more often than not.”

        Only if you don’t believe in the universality of human rights.

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