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Saudi man sentenced to 7 years for "propagating liberal thought."

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Saudi Arabian social website editor sentenced to seven years behind bars and 600 lashes  - NY Daily News

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - The editor of a Saudi Arabian social website has been sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes for founding an Internet forum that violates Islamic values and propagates liberal thought, Saudi media reported on Tuesday.
Raif Badawi, who started the "Free Saudi Liberals" website to discuss the role of religion in Saudi Arabia, has been held since June 2012 on charges of cyber crime and disobeying his father - a crime in the conservative kingdom and top U.S. ally.



Does anyone else find this as disgusting as I do? This only serves to fuel my hatred for the Saudi Arabian government.

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Yeah, I think we all find it offensive. I heard about this guy about a year ago from the Campaign for Free Expression.
 

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I guess they've got a leg up on us. At least when political dissidents are nabbed in Saudi Arabia, you hear about it in the newspaper. Ours just disappear.
 

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Saudi Arabian social website editor sentenced to*seven years behind bars and 600 lashes* - NY Daily News



Does anyone else find this as disgusting as I do? This only serves to fuel my hatred for the Saudi Arabian government.

Thoughts?

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Tragic - and without him and people like him we wouldn't know this

A new electronic system in Saudi Arabia tracks all cross-border movements of women, alerting their male guardians when they leave the country.

The system, which started last week, sends a text message to the male guardian that his female “charge” is leaving the country, even if they are traveling together.

Under Saudi Arabia's strict Islamic laws, women require a male relative’s permission to travel abroad. Women are also banned from driving, from participating in most sports and from many workplaces. The jobless rate for women is nearly 30 percent, four times that of men, according to official estimates.
See - years ago I stated that I don't support any measures that are similar to those held in favor by the regimes and tyrannical governments that oppose our way of life - so this 'tracking system' is definitely one of them . . . thereby hardening my stance against our government 'tracking us in the US' . . . we're not Saudi ****ing Arabia.
 
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