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Saudi Credit Ratings Lowered due to Poor Economic Prospects

Saudi Credit Ratings Lowered due to Poor Economic Prospects

As Saudi Arabia continues to deal with the effects of declining oil prices, Standard and Poor’s lowered the country’s credit rating last week for the second time in several months, placing it at A-. Standard and Poor’s made this decision because it believes the decline in oil prices will have […]

Saudi Arabia Executes Three for Alleged Drug Smuggling

Saudi Arabia Executes Three for Alleged Drug Smuggling

Saudi Arabia has some of the harshest penalties for drug use in the world, and drug trafficking is punishable by death. Last week, the authorities beheaded one Saudi and two Yemenis for allegedly smuggling hashish and amphetamines into the country. In addition to drug crime, the kingdom’s legal code warrants […]

Bahrain violates international law by making citizens stateless

Bahrain violates international law by making citizens stateless

In January 2016, Bahraini authorities issued an administrative decision revoking Sheikh Mohammed Khojasta’s citizenship. On February 21, authorities deported him from the country. They charged him with committing illegal acts, including “defaming the image of the state, inciting against the state, and defaming brotherly countries.” Responding to his deportation, al-Wefaq, […]

Egyptian Detainee Details Torture in the UAE

Egyptian Detainee Details Torture in the UAE

Mosaab Abd al-Aziz, the son of a former advisor to Egypt’s deposed president Muhammad Morsi, has sent a taped message to his family alleging that UAE authorities tortured him in order to coerce him into confessing membership in the Muslim Brotherhood. UAE police arrested Abd al-Aziz in October 2014 and […]