In the shadow of the Kingdom

By Andy NGO – SAUDI ARABIAN STUDENTS STUDYING IN PORTLAND SHARE HOW THE STRICT POLICIES OF THE WAHHABI KINGDOM REACH FAR BEYOND THE GULF. “Even if you change my name, I’m afraid they’ll find out who I am,” Mutab said as he attempted to calm himself by drinking his favorite Arabic tea, Alwazah, or “swan.” […]

Raif Badawi Matters

By Mark Aldrich – Who is Raif Badawi? Badawi is a writer from Saudi Arabia who started a blog entitled “Saudi Arabian Liberals,” then was arrested in 2012 and charged with “insulting Islam” and with apostasy for his writings. In Saudi Arabia and many countries, apostasy, the abandonment of a belief—in this case, belief in […]

Raif Badawi’s wife pleads with the world not to forget her husband – See more at:

Note by Tom Gross. Above is a video of the on-stage interview I conducted earlier this week with Ensaf Haidar, the wife of the courageous Saudi blogger and political prisoner Raif Badawi. In 2014, Raif Badawi was sentenced to 1000 lashes and ten years in harsh prison conditions for calling for freedom of speech in […]