Associated Press Published 9:58 AM EST Jan 2, 2019 Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Netflix is facing criticism for pulling an episode from viewing in Saudi Arabia of American comedian Hasan Minhaj’s “Patriot Act” that criticized the kingdom’s crown prince. Minhaj used his second episode to lambast the prince over the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi and the Saudi-led war in Yemen. The Financial Times first reported that Netflix yanked the episode from streaming in Saudi Arabia last week after Saudi officials informed the streaming service that its content violated cyber-crime laws in the kingdom. Rights group Amnesty International said Saudi Arabia’s censorship of Netflix is “further proof of a relentless crackdown on freedom of expression.” Netflix told the FT it strongly supports artistic freedom worldwide and only removed the episode after it received a legal request and to comply with local law. … [Read more...] about Netflix criticized for yanking critical ‘Patriot Act’ episode in Saudi Arabia
It is traditional, at this time of year, for travel sections to run articles discussing new or pertinent destinations for the coming 12 months. Some of them will be well-known sun-spots given fresh relevance by a hotel opening or a resort renovation. Some will be intriguing locations and alluring cities given an extra gleam by a major anniversary. And some will be niche corners of the planet whose inclusion on any list may make the reader shake their head, and wonder if the writer in question has lost touch with reality. Saudi Arabia would certainly fall into this third category. And yet here we are, at the dawn of 2019, and the idea of a week in this desert sand-zone is being quietly mooted. Before we go any further, we should stress that this article is not saying you should go to the Middle Eastern kingdom. It is merely discussing the fact that people are. This week, the news agency Reuters has reported on what it described as the first "trickle" of western tourists into Saudi … [Read more...] about Could you ever really consider Saudi Arabia as a holiday destination?
Aya Batrawy Associated Press Published 6:25 AM EST Dec 17, 2018 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia issued an unusually strong rebuke of the U.S. Senate on Monday, rejecting a bipartisan resolution that put the blame for the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi squarely on the Saudi crown prince and describing it as interference in the kingdom’s affairs. It’s the latest sign of how the relationship between the royal court and Congress has deteriorated, more than two months after Khashoggi was killed and dismembered by Saudi agents inside the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul. The assassins have been linked to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. U.S. Senators last Thursday passed the measure that blamed the prince for Khashoggi’s killing and called on Riyadh to “ensure appropriate accountability.” Senators also passed a separate measure calling for the end of U.S. aid to the Saudi-led war in Yemen. In a lengthy statement early … [Read more...] about Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate’s ‘interference’
Aya Batrawy, Associated Press Updated 12:35 am PST, Monday, December 17, 2018 FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2011, file photo, Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks on his cellphone at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Saudi Arabia issued an unusually strong rebuke of the U.S. Senate on Monday Dec. 17, 2018, rejecting a bipartisan resolution that put the blame for the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi squarely on the Saudi crown prince and describing it as interference in the kingdom's affairs. less FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2011, file photo, Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks on his cellphone at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Saudi Arabia issued an unusually strong rebuke of ... more Photo: Virginia Mayo, AP Photo: Virginia Mayo, AP … [Read more...] about Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate’s ‘interference’ in kingdom
Viet Nam News RIYADH — Saudi Arabia on Sunday rejected as “interference” a US Senate resolution to end American military support for a Riyadh-led war in Yemen, and another holding its crown prince responsible for the murder of critic Jamal Khashoggi. “The kingdom condemns the latest position of the US Senate that was based on unsubstantiated allegations and rejects the blatant interference in its internal affairs," the foreign ministry said in a statement released by the official Saudi Press Agency. Though largely symbolic, the US Senate vote on Thursday dealt a fresh warning to President Donald Trump, who has staunchly backed the Saudi regime despite global uproar over the Yemen conflict and the murder of journalist Khashoggi. On the Yemen measure, which more broadly attacks the president’s prerogative to launch military action, 49 Democrats or their allies voted in favour, along with seven … [Read more...] about Saudi Arabia slams US Senate vote as ‘interference’