March 2016

Saudi Arabia and the West: Blood Brothers
サウジアラビアと西側諸国 ― その深い関係

The Saudi regime won't like this magazine. Nor will the Western governments who kowtow to it while exploiting its wealth and paranoia. The Saudi justice ministry threatened to sue a Twitter user who compared the regime with ISIS after poet Ashraf Fayadh was sentenced to death 'for spreading atheism and disrespecting the prophet'. It's illegal to speak to foreign journalists without authorization and what you say could easily land you in jail. What is guaranteed to please neither the Saudi ruling elite nor Western governments is our interview with Julian Assange. He talks about the latest batch of SaudiLeaks. All that and much more in this magazine.







Stories making the news this month
6 Peru's merry-go-rounders
6 Angolan activists jailed for reading
7 A volley of protest in Iran
7 Introducing Freddy Lim
8 Mail-order abortion from India
8 Golden goal for child miners in Burkina Faso
8 Innocents detained in Nigeria
9 Pakistani Christians living in fear
9 Ocean litter-pick off the Netherlands
PLUS: Scratchy Lines by cartoonist Simon Kneebone and Reasons to be Cheerful.

The Big Story - Saudi Arabia

10 'Our friends'
Why is the West still cosying up to an ever-more repressive Saudi Arabia? asks Vanessa Baird.

15 Arming up... and bombing Yemen.

16 Saudi activists - who are they and what do they want?
Madawi Al-Rasheed examines brave lives and the prospects for change.

19 Saudi Arabia - The FACTS

20 Poverty in the land of black gold
Paul Aarts and Carolien Roelants on the plight of poor Saudis.

22 Oil on the skids
Is the kingdom’s oil wealth running out? Nafeez Ahmed investigates.

24 What the Saudi leaks tell us
An interview with Julian Assange.

26 Gambling with ISIS and Co
The Saudi regime is spreading chaos, writes Alastair Crooke.

30 Crocodile smiles and con tricks
The scandal of the 'orphanage industry' in Nepal. Report by Fiona Broom.

Mixed Media
34 Film reviews
The Pearl Button, directed by Patricio Guzmán; The Survivalist, directed by Stephen Fingleton.

35 Music reviews
Like a Bird or Spirit, not a Face by Sainkho Namtchylak; De Montevert by De Montevert.

36 Book reviews
Where the Dead Pause and the Japanese Say Goodbye by Marie Mutsuki Mockett; This Is An Uprising by Mark Engler and Paul Engler; Bad News by Anjan Sundaram; Betty Boo by Claudia Piñeiro.
PLUS Also out there...

4 Letters
Refugees deserve better; symptoms and causes; and public vs private.
PLUS: Open Window, with guest cartoonist Pedro X Molina.

5 Letter from Bangui
Closing our heart to suffering suppresses our humanity, writes Ruby Diamonde.

28 Country Profile: Cameroon

33 Making Waves
Dario Sabaghi talks to Kholoud Waleed about her battle for freedom of speech in Syria.

38 And Finally
Author and reporter Anjan Sundaram on self-expression, dictatorship and the importance of a free press.




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