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Professor Gary R. Bunt

Saudi Arabia

Snapchat filters interpreted

stepfeed, Snapchat filters are apparently 'haram in Islam' according to this Saudi cleric
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KSA Gender

Madawi al-Rasheed, Middle East Eye, Why women are fleeing Mohammed bin Salman's Saudi Arabia
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KSA Valentine's Day


Bloomberg, Saudi Arabia Is Quietly Letting Valentine’s Day Happen
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Absher

The New Arab, 'Want to track and detain your wife or sister? There's a Saudi app for that' Read More…

KSA Documentary

BBC iPlayer, The Real Saudi Arabia: Why I Had to Leave Read More…

Prominent Saudi scholar Ahmed al-Amari dies in prison: Activists

Al Jazeera, Prominent Saudi scholar Ahmed al-Amari dies in prison: Activists

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Nojoud al-Mandeel

Al Jazeera, Another Saudi woman takes to Twitter to 'escape abusive family'
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Rahaf al-Qunun: updated

Rahaf al-Qunun situation updated: Read More…

SMS Divorce Notification

CNN, Saudi women to be notified of divorce by text message Read More…

KSA Italian football

CNN, Italian Super Cup: Holding match in Saudi Arabia 'disgusting', 3 Jan 2019
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KSA Viral Twitter Thread

Rose Troup Buchanan, Buzzfeed, This Viral Twitter Thread About The Fate Of A Young Saudi Arabian Couple Is Devastating
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British MPs seek access to detained Saudi activists amid torture claims

Guardian, British MPs seek access to detained Saudi activists amid torture claims, 2 Jan 2019
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'Patriot Act' banned

New York Times, Netflix Blocks Show in Saudi Arabia Critical of Saudi Prince (click through here to view the episode)
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KSA Iran Hajj Deal

Reuters/IFP, Iran, Saudi Arabia 'sign deal' for 2019 Hajj season
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Allegations: Jamal Khashoggi's private WhatsApp messages may offer new clues to killing

CNN, Jamal Khashoggi's private WhatsApp messages may offer new clues to killing, 4 Dec 2018 Read More…

Israel's software helps KSA - allegation

NYT, Israeli Software Helped Saudis Spy on Khashoggi, Lawsuit Says
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Turkey to use intercepted Saudi comms to demolish Khashoggi cover-up

Middle East Eye, Turkey to use intercepted Saudi comms to demolish Khashoggi cover-up


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KSA 'inside-out abaya'

A prominent campaign has appeared on social media from SaudiArabia relating to dress codes over the past week.

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Islam as statecraft: How governments use religion in foreign policy

Peter Mandaville and Shadi Hamid, Islam as statecraft: How governments use religion in foreign policy, Brookings
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KSA 'Misusing Mecca'

Opinion piece from Khaled M. Abou El Fadl: NYT, Saudi Arabia Is Misusing Mecca Read More…

'Smart Mosques'

Saudi Gazette, ‘Smart Mosques’ to monitor mosques all over Kingdom


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MBS 'WIngs clipped'

"Six weeks after Jamal Khashoggi was murdered by Saudi agents, the decision-making process in Riyadh is slowly starting to change. Fallout from the assassination in Istanbul has wounded Mohammed bin Salman, the heir to the throne, and given a second wind to an old guard of elders, whose views are once more being heard." Read More…

KSA Twitter

KSA twitter rumours on ruling family. Read More…

Jamal Khashoggi - updated

Updated collection of articles relating to the Jamal Khashoggi case. Read more too @garybunt Read More…

Twitter pulls down Saudi bots

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KSA tech investments under scrutiny

Opinion piece: Anand Giridharadas, NYT, Silicon Valley’s Saudi Arabia Problem, 12 Oct 2018 "As Saudi Arabia establishes its new role as one of Silicon Valley’s most prominent investors, the risk grows that its investments will purchase silence. Companies that pride themselves on openness and freedom may find themselves unable to speak ill of one of their largest investors." Read More…

Saudi Tech

ArabNews.com, Saudi woman honored at technology conference "Sadeem Rashed Al-Marri was a winner in the Innovators Under 35 competition at the EmTech MENA emerging technology conference." Translates Arabic text into sign language.
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