Author: Tristan Willenburg

SAUDI ARABIA: How Much is Enough?

TRISTAN WILLENBURG WRITES – Since 2011, the conflict in Syria has caused a massive refugee exodus.  A large majority are now located in the countries of Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt. Recently, several European countries have begun to allow Syrian refugees into their borders.  While these are promising steps, they have also opened up criticism of places like the Gulf States for allegedly not doing enough to help.  In Saudi Arabia, a large source of the criticism was a discovery made by journalists in the town of Mina: 100,000 empty, air conditioned tents that are normally used to house pilgrims on their way to Mecca. ...

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SAUDI ARABIA: The Saudis Strike Back

TRISTAN WILLENBURG WRITES– Western ideas clash yet again with Middle Eastern realities.  Saudi Arabia will no longer issue or renew the visas of Swedish nationals and has withdrawn its ambassador from Stockholm in response to the comments of a senior Swedish official.  An arms deal between the two countries has also fallen apart over the issue. The decision was reportedly a response to Sweden’s foreign minister, Margot Wallstrom, and her recent criticism of Saudi Arabia’s record of human and women’s rights in a speech to the Swedish Parliament. Wallstrom has previously joined much of the western international community in condemning Saudi Arabia’s flogging of blogger Raif...

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SAUDI ARABIA: Precarious Posting

TRISTAN WILLENBURG WRITES – Beware what you click on Facebook. An Indian is under arrest in Saudi Arabia for what he says was simply taking a look at an image authorities have since deemed blasphemous. The rub: To see the photo, the man says he was tricked into giving it a ‘like,’ which then reposted it to his own timeline. The post was reportedly an image of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Islam’s holiest mosque, reconfigured as a Hindu temple. A local news agency reported that the Kaaba, the cubic building in the center of the mosque, was covered...

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