Ahmed Al Omran, creator of the Saudi Jeans blog, discusses his Guardian article, “Saudi Arabia unrest: a blogger’s view;” the Shiite protesters in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province seeking the release of political prisoners; the negligible protests in Jeddah and Riyadh; the risks of protesting against the government, considering it has been forbidden by religious edict; why the Saudi monarchy is economically unsustainable long-term, yet still largely respected by the people; and how the internet and social networking help spread ideas in societies where the state keeps strict control of information.
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Ahmed Al Omran will be on to discuss Saudi Arabia, specifically his piece: Saudi Arabia unrest: a blogger’s view.
Bio: Ahmed Al Omran is a multimedia journalist and leading Saudi blogger. His blog, Saudi Jeans, is one of the most well known and longstanding blogs in the Middle East.
Blogging for the past seven years, he has developed a vast knowledge of the online scene in the region. Ahmed has written op-eds for both The New York Times and The Guardian. Over the past few years, he has been frequently quoted in international media, and has appeared on CNN, BBC, France24, CBC, Al Hurra, and other TV and radio networks to talk about Saudi Arabia and Internet use by youth in the Middle East.
Gareth Porter will be on to discuss Pakistan Moves to Curb More Aggressive U.S. Drone Strikes, Spying. Read it here.
Bio: Gareth Porter is an American historian, investigative journalist and policy analyst on U.S. foreign and military policy. Porter has written regular news reports and news analysis on political, diplomatic and military developments in regard to Middle East conflicts for Inter Press Service since 2005.
Matt Southworth will be on to discuss the war budget.
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