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Saudi reinstates allowances to state employees to repel revolt

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SHAFAQNA - Saudi Arabia has restored financial allowances to civil servants and military personnel in an attempt to thwart possible unrest after calls for protests spread across the kingdom. King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud issued a royal…

Bahrain cracks down on Formula One protesters

SHAFAQNA - Security forces in Bahrain cracked down hard on people protesting the country’s hosting of the Formula One race, which they say serves to distract world attention away from the government’s large-scale rights violations. Protest…

Victims of Turkey purges fear heavier crackdown after referendum

SHAFAQNA - Mehtap Yoruk used to teach in a nursery school in southeast Turkey, until she was sacked last year in a purge of tens of thousands of state employees. Now, she ekes out a living selling chicken and rice from a food cart on a side…

Religious oppression in the Kingdom - Saudi Arabia's despicable underbelly

SHAFAQNA - The relationship between Saudi Sunni and Shia has always been characterized by conflict. Shia Muslims in Saudi Arabia are a minority group that account for 10 to 15 percent of the population in a mainly Sunni country. The Shia communities…

Samuel L Jackson: 'Muslims Are America's New Black Men'

SHAFAQNA - Hollywood actor Samuel L Jackson has claimed that Muslims are the new blacks of America because of how they are being persecuted. The Django Unchained star, 67, said that the recent Islamist attacks in Paris and California meant…

Bahrain authorities, a source of terror & violator of Shiite religious rights

SHAFAQNA - Bahrain Forum for Human Rights stated that the Bahraini authorities' campaign against Ashura Banners and Slogans reflects "the deep-rooted hatred and discrimination in the government's structure," pointing out that "turning the state…