Saudi Arabia: 37 put to death in shocking execution spree

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The execution of 37 people convicted on “terrorism” charges marks an alarming escalation in Saudi Arabia’s use of the death penalty, said Amnesty International today. Among those put to death was a young man who was convicted of a crime that took place while he was under the age of 18.Continue Reading

Islamophobia: The Art of Scapegoating Dissidents in Arab Regimes

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It ought not to surprise anyone that autocratic Arab regimes, right-wing groups in Europe, Israeli propagandists and a host of right-leaning think tanks, all have a common interest to fuel Islamophobia.Continue Reading

US-Backed Saudi Coalition Bombs Yemen School, Killing Mostly Children

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With a War Powers resolution that would end U.S. military support for Saudi Arabia’s assault on Yemen currently on President Donald Trump’s desk, the Saudi-led coalition on Sunday reportedly bombed a residential area in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, killing at least 11 and injuring dozens more.Continue Reading

Pope blames Europe, US weapons for children killed in wars

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Pope Francis blamed Europe and the United States for the deaths of children in Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan, saying Saturday that wealthy Western countries fuel conflicts by selling weapons in war zones.Continue Reading

Yemen hospital airstrike under investigation amid resurgence of deadly cholera

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UN human rights staff in Yemen are investigating an apparent airstrike on a hospital in opposition-held territory which reportedly killed at least seven civilians on Tuesday, amid fears that cholera is spreading “like wildfire”, one of the organization’s senior humanitarian officials has warned.Continue Reading

Mass funerals in Yemen for children killed in Saudi-led coalition airstrikes

17 civilians, including 9 children were among the dead after last week’s strikes

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Hundreds of mourners in northern Yemen buried 17 civilians, including nine children, killed in air strikes last week as Western pressure increased on the warring parties to end the devastating four-year war.

A Saudi-led coalition backing the internationally recognized government has been providing air support to tribes in Hajjah province battling the Iran-backed Houthi group. Last week, air strikes on Kushar district killed 10 women and 12 children and wounded 30 people, including 14 under the age of 18.

The coalition blamed the deaths on shelling by Houthi fighters that struck the houses of tribesmen.

Many of those killed and wounded were transported to the Houthi-held capital Sanaa. On Thursday, mourners carried wooden coffins, painted green, to the Grand Mosque for prayers.

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Saudi Crown Prince’s Brutal Drive to Crush Dissenters Began Before Khashoggi

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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia authorized a secret campaign to silence dissenters — which included the surveillance, kidnapping, detention and torture of Saudi citizens — over a year before the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, according to American officials who have read classified intelligence reports about the campaign.

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