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Prosecution of minorites in Saudi Arabia
The oasis of Qatif is one of the most fertile regions in Eastern Saudi Arabia. It has majority of Shia Muslims. This area is the largest producer of Petrol - the Black Gold that keeps the Saudi Economy running. Being a key ally of America and European Union, its rulers hardly face any real criticism for the violations of its Human Rights.

Casual reports as face-savers are churned out sometimes and crocodile tears are often shed in western press to pull the wool over the eyes of vigilant globe watchers. On February 19, 2014 the government forces, supported by armed vehicles, reportedly stormed the town of 'Awamiyah' as a part of fresh crackdown on anti-regime protests.

Earlier, Saudi court had sentenced seven people to jail for 20 years for taking part in protests in Qatif. Two persons were killed by armed forces in the latest crack-down. Thousands of people had taken to the streets in the Qatif governorate of Eastern Province to mourn the death of these two anti-government activists. The funeral procession in the town of Awamiyah turned into an anti-government protest.

The protesters held the Riyadh government responsible for the killings. Demonstrators called the day 'the Bloody Thursday,? denouncing the authoritarian royal rule and calling for democracy. Human rights groups have called on Saudi authorities to release the detainees. Saudi Arabia has strictly banned any gatherings across the kingdom since then.

Saudi Arabia is an absolute Wahabi-Monarchy where authorities do not allow any political or human right associations. In June, 2012 prosecutors arrested one activist Ra'if Badawi on the charge of operating the Saudi Liberals website, deemed insulting to Islam. Thirty five Christian Ethiopian men and women arrested in December 2012 for ?illicit mingling? during a religious service and had been deported.

The Shia Muslims are Official discriminated in jobs and business. They are not allowed to follow their peaceful religious practices and education. The country follows the Wahabi Ideology and their interpretation of the "Holy Book" and the Traditions (in which the regime believes) are the basis of their justice system. There is no written Constitution.

On July 2012, the authorities had arrested Shaikh Nimr al-Nimr, a prominent shia cleric. Security forces have killed (officially) at least 13 Shia in protests since 2011. Protesters demanded the release of Shia prisoners and an end to their discrimination.

Not only Shias but the ordinary Muslims who are unwilling to follow the Salafi-Wahabi system of justice are regularly punished and incarcerated. Hundreds of Saudis in Buraida, the central town of Saudi Arabia including about a dozen in a Riyadh shopping mall demonstrated for the release of long-term detainees without trial. University and public security forces in March intervened to quell a protest by female students in King Khaled University, leaving at least one woman dead.

Human Right activist Omar al-Saeed was sentenced for 4 years in prison and 300 lashes. He had called for the removal of abslute monarchy. Earlier, Fahad al-Qahtani and Abdullah Hamid were also sentenced to prison for 10 and 5 years on charges of "breaking allegiance with the ruler" and running an unlicensed political organization.

It is so surprising that that American media never pressed its administrative officials on these persecutions. The west is more concerned with Syria, Iran and North Korea. They failed to act and didn't take concrete action against the military rulers of Egypt after the overthrow of a democratically elected leader.

Saudi Arabia is the biggest supporter of the military government of Gen Sisi in Egypt. Despite its human rights abuses US sells the military weapons, including standoff land attack missiles and anti-ship harpoon missiles capable of being fired from US-made F-15s and F-16s to Saudi and the UAE.

In fact Saudi Arabia and the other Monarchies of Middle East are the important players and pivotal in view of US foreign policy. They are to back bone to economic interests of the West. Their supports to these absolute monarchies remind the blind support west had provided to the apartheid government of South Africa. 

Obviously strategic interests take precedence over injustice anywhere. West would cry violation of human rights in any country with the exception of the regimes subservient to their Interests. Half-hearted of condemnations of these so called Guardians of Human Dignity and Freedom have little effect on human rights abuses around this globe.

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Wahhabism is based on the teachings of Abd Al-Wahhab. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, 'Abd al-Wahh?b's teachings have been characterized as puritanical and traditional, representing the early era of the Islamic religion. He made a clear stand against all innovations (bid?ah) in Islamic faith because he believed them to be reprehensible, insisting that the original grandeur of Islam could be regained if the Islamic community would return to the principles enunciated by the Prophet Muhammad. Wahh?b? doctrines, therefore, do not allow for an intermediary between the faithful and Allah and condemn any such practice as polytheism. The decoration of mosques, the cult of saints, and even the smoking of tobacco were condemned. When the preaching of these doctrines led to controversy, ?Abd al-Wahh?b was expelled from ?Uyaynah in 1744. He then settled in Ad-Dir??yah, capital of Ibn Sa??d, a ruler of the Najd (now in Saudi Arabia). The spread of Wahh?b?sm originated from the alliance that was formed between ?Abd al-Wahh?b and Ibn Sa??d, who, by initiating a campaign of conquest that was continued by his heirs, made Wahh?b?sm the dominant force in Arabia since 1800." Wahhabism also insists on women wearing burqas and is against women education. It is the main sect of Islam in Saudi Arabia and Qatar and presumably gulf countries and funds earned from production of petroleum by these countries named "Petro-dollars" are being used extensively for propagating Wahhabism in Afghanistan and Pakistan through extremists Muslim organisations like Al Qaeda and Taliban. Its aim seems to be to create an Islamic Caliphate with the King of Saudi Arabia as its Caliph and to include all the Muslim countries upto Indonesia including India. In view of the above facts, India should immediately stop going alongwith Saudi Arabia and Qatar, etc. which are Wahhabi countries but should open friendship with Shia countries like Iran and Syria because Shias would never support such an Islamic Caliphate as they believe fourth Caliph, Hazrat Ali's heirs to be the religious heirs of the Prophet. Therefore, instead of depending on oil from Saudi Arabia, it should depend on oil from Iran which is a Shia country. There is a genocide of Shias in Pakistan. India must give asylum to any Shia or Ahmadi or Hindu or Christian from Pakistan who asks for it. Minorities including Shias should not be allowed to be eliminated by ruthless Wahhabis. There is also the country of Bahrain which is a Shia Majority country but is being ruled by a Sunni Wahhabi Sultan who is aided by Saudi Arabia. It is in the interests of India that it should put pressure on US and Iran who are coming closer to each other because of a liberal President having taken over in Iran, to force the Sultan of Bahrain to abdicate and establish a democratic set up under a President. Then naturally Shia would rule that country. Then there is the Shia country of Aizerbaijan which has much oil and India can import oil from that country also. India must have close ties with Shia countries only and shun Sunni Wahhabi countries in its own interests and the interest of its Muslim population.
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