In the past 70 years, the US has contributed more than half a trillion dollars to cover the immense growth and maintenance
Although U.S. officials make the case that governments must permit independent civil society organizations, Saudi Kingdom's performance in this area has been dismal, and the U.S. has repeatedly failed to say or do anything about it.
The GCC includes some of Washington's most repressive allies, and Obama should use the visit -- his last opportunity as president to meet the monarchs face to face -- to raise a series of human rights concerns.
The Freedom of Thought Report annually catalogs discrimination against nonreligious people on behalf the International Humanist
Riyadh, America's nominal ally, has demonstrated that it is the more reckless of the two states, by executing an important Shia cleric and severing diplomatic relations with Iran.
I was raised in a Muslim family, in the Muslim cultures of three different countries -- Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan. I grew up mostly in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, a US ally with almost unconditional Western support, living there for close to twelve years.
Raif Badawi was honored with the award as a symbol of the fight for freedom of speech.
Lawyers for the jailed human rights lawyer Waleed Abu al Khair tried to deliver a petition to the king.
In 2012, Raif Badawi, a blogger in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) who is now 31, was arrested in his native land and charged with offenses ranging from parental disobedience to cyber-crime and apostasy from Islam.
Apparently incapable of resisting the temptation to meddle in the Middle East, the Obama administration remains part of Saudi Arabia's ten-member "coalition" against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Alas, the entire campaign is built on a lie.