and supporting terrorist groups around the world. Outgoing U.S. president, Barack Obama made the case against Saudi Arabia in a 90-page long article summarizing his views in The Atlantic. Last summer, German intelligence officials also accused Saudi Arabia of building Islamic centers in the West that promote Wahhabism. The incoming U.S. administration will likely take a harsh stance against Saudi Arabian leaders as well.
|CNN, U.S. media|
|Ajel; Iraqi media|
|Alarabiyya; Saudi Media|
|Nile24; Egyptian media|
|Nahrain; Iraqi media|
|RussiaToday, Russian media|
|ShafaqNews; Iranian media|
|ShafaqNews Iranian media|
|SkyIraq, Iarqi media|
|al-Sharq al-Awasat coverage|
|8 years in prison for tweeting
in support of a demonstration
1. Promoting atheistic thought in any form; or raising doubt about the principles of the religion upon which this country is founded.2. Renouncing the pledge of allegiance (bay`ah) offered to the rulers of this country; or paying allegiance to a party, organization, association, movement, or a person in this country or outside.3. Fighting or encouraging others to fight in zones of conflict in a foreign country; or issuing religious edicts [fatwas] in support of fighting in outside wars.4. Showing support for any of these parties, organizations, associations, movements, or groups; or showing sympathies towards them, or promoting their activities and attending their meetings inside or outside the kingdom; this applies to showing support through any and all means of communication including television, radio, print media, social media—visual, aural, written—and the Internet; or sharing and re-sharing of such content; or using the logos and symbols that express sympathies to these entities.5. Donating to these entities or providing any kind of support—financial or moral—to groups and organizations that are terrorists or extremists; or sheltering anyone inside or outside the kingdom who belongs or supports these entities individuals and groups.6. Communicating or establishing connections with these movements and groups, or persons who are enemies of the kingdom.7. Having loyalty to any foreign country or having connection to any foreign country; or establishing connections with any foreign country in order to destabilize the kingdom or break the unity of its people.8. Aiming to break the fabric of society and national unity; or calling for, promoting, enticing, or participating in sit-ins, demonstrations, or gatherings; or issuing statements in the name of a groups or association in any form that will risk the unity and stability of the kingdom.9. Attending meetings, conferences, or colloquium that are held inside or outside the kingdom where ideas that may risk the security and stability of the kingdom are promoted or that could result in civil strife [fitna].10. Criticizing other countries and its leaders.11. Inciting other countries or organizations to criticize or act against the interests of the kingdom.
a. are fearful of Iran and they are worried that Iran would use the Saudi Shi’as to destabilize the kingdom.
b. are fearful of the Muslim Brotherhood and countries that support the Muslim Brotherhood (Qatar).
c. are fearful of dissent and social change.
d. are fearful of disloyalty: they fear that Saudi citizens would join the Muslim Brotherhood, non-citizens would fall under the influence of their original countries, and Shi`as would fall under the influence of Iran.
e. are fearful that the takfiris now fighting in Syria and Iraq will return home better trained and hardened and overthrow them.
f. are fearful of the uncontrollable nature of the means of communication
g. are fearful of the “privatization” of religious authority: anyone with a twitter account and large following can be a mufti and no one cares to listen to the official one anymore.