The United States government denied political asylum to Ali Ahmad Asseri, the former first secretary of the Saudi consulate in Los Angeles, last week to avoid disrupting US-Saudi relations, according to a Saudi-American blogger and journalist based in Brazil. >>>
The Baladi Campaign was launched by a group of women activists from across Saudi Arabia after the Saudi government announced in March that it would deny women their right to political participation in the upcoming September 2011 elections. The government justified its ban on female voters on the same premise used to prevent them from voting in the 2005 elections: lack of institutional preparedness. >>>
According to The SUN, Stephen Comiskey, a 36-year-old nurse was arrested and beaten in Saudi Arabia by the Mutaween (religious police) after they sent him fake text messages
masquerading as a friend and leading him into a trap. His passport was taken away from him and he was imprisoned for six months. >>>
Sabq reports that a man who wrote his mobile number on the walls of a local Mosque's toilet,
asking to meet for gay sex, has been arrested by the "Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice," the religious police known also as the mutaween (or hay'ah). A case is now being prepared against him in court.