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Gary R. Bunt

Saudi Arabia

Fashion Influencers

Rayana Khalaf, Stepfeed, 7 female Arab bloggers redefining beauty standards one post at a time
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Disco in Jeddah

Leyal Khalife, Stepfeed, Halal Bar: Arabic hashtag 'Disco in Jeddah' wins the internet with jokes
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El Fadl on KSA Scholars

Usuli Institute, Khaled Abou El Fadl Speaks at Protest for Saudi Scholars, 2 June 2019 [published 7 June 2019 on YouTube]
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Masjid al Nabawi

YouTube, Humanity, Muazzin of Masjid al Nabawi Mohammed Marwan cries on his first Azaan Discover More…

Aid al-Qarni

The New Arab, Famed Saudi cleric says he will 'sever' links with Qatar
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KSA Guardianship

Mrriam Nabbout, Stepfeed, Saudi father criticizes the male guardianship system in viral tweet
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Documentary on Saudi Women

ABC News (Australia), Four Corners, Women are trying to escape Saudi Arabia, but not all of them make it

There's a significant online element to this programme, which also features prominent blogger and writer Mona Eltahawy.


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Saudi Trial

Reuters, Saudi women activists back in court as West watches Discover More…

Saudi Show Stopped

al-Jazeera, Saudi Arabia suspends TV show that aired critical views, 5 Mar 2019 Discover More…

'State of Social Media: Middle East 2018'

al-Bawaba, 5 Takeaways on Social Media in the Middle East in 2018 According to Oregon’s School of Journalism

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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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KSA Documentary

BBC iPlayer, The Real Saudi Arabia: Why I Had to Leave Discover 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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SMS Divorce Notification

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

Rahaf al-Qunun: updated

Rahaf al-Qunun situation updated: Discover 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 Discover More…

Israel's software helps KSA - allegation

NYT, Israeli Software Helped Saudis Spy on Khashoggi, Lawsuit Says
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CIA Intercept

Wall Street Journal, CIA Intercepts Underpin Assessment Saudi Crown Prince Targeted Khashoggi, 3 Dec 2018
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Khashoggi Intercept assessment

NYT, Intercepts Solidify C.I.A. Assessment That Saudi Prince Ordered Khashoggi Killing


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Trump on Khashoggi case

Guardian, Trump 'stands with' Saudi Arabia and defends crown prince over Khashoggi
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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 Discover 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." Discover More…

KSA Twitter

KSA twitter rumours on ruling family. Discover More…

Twitter pulls down Saudi bots

Twitter pulls down Saudi bot network Discover More…

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." Discover More…

Jamal Khashoggi - updated

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

Jamal Khashoggi

Middle East Eye, Jamal Khashoggi: Amateur sleuths scour web for details of 15 Saudi men "Late on Tuesday night, pro-government Turkish outlets published the names and photos of 15 people they claim were involved in Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance, setting off a frantic search among social media users for any publicly available information about the mysterious list."

Extensive coverage of this case on my twitter feed
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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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