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.
MP3 here. (17:46)
Ahmed Al Omran, creator of the Saudi Jeans blog, was born in al-Ahsa (aka Hofuf), east of Saudi Arabia. Currently, he is pursuing a master degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, New York. He writes another blog in Arabic, and was an early contributor to Global Voices.
The Saudi Jeans blog aims to provide news, commentary, and personal views on political and social issues in Saudi Arabia, with a special focus on freedom of expression, human rights and women’s rights. In addition to the aforementioned topics, the blog may also cover other things of interest to the writer such as technology, sports, literature, etc.