Saudi Activist Denied the Right to Leave Saudi Arabia · Global Voices

Saudi activist and journalist Iman AlQahtani was denied the right to leave Saudi Arabia. She announced that in a tweet late last night, after being prevented from traveling to Turkey.

Al-Qahtani is an outspoken human rights activist and journalist. She has drawn the state’s attention after expressing her strong support for Abdullah al-Hamid, Mohammad al-Qahtani and their organization The Association for Civil and Political Rights, during their trial for “breaking allegiance to the ruler and his successor” and “trying to impede the country’s developments”. Earlier this year, they had been sentenced to 11 and 10 years in prison respectively.

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writeaboutwarming: Stranger than Fiction

Take smog-eating pavement, for instance. With an active ingredient called titanium dioxide, the cement pavers set off a chemical reaction with sunlight that cleans all the air as far as eight feet above them. They were developed by Italian cement giant Italcementi when the Vatican wanted to build a church to celebrate the 2,000th anniversary of Christianity that would remain white, even when confronted with Rome’s severe pollution problem. Intended only to keep the church itself clean, Italcementi discovered that their product also caused the air surrounding the church to remain clean!

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Immigration Talk with a Mexican American: Regardless of Our Differences, I am Confident of the Future of America! May God Bless America! May God Bless OUR President Barack Obama!

Regardless of Our Differences, I am Confident of the Future of America! May God Bless America! May God Bless OUR President Barack Obama!

I’ve been thinking so much about the Trayvon Martin case, the state of Minorities in America, the dysfunction in Congress, Edward Snowden, the media, the leaks, so much division.

At the same time the Nation is evolving. More and more we are becoming a multi cultural, multi racial America. We are evolving to an America where race, ethnicity, age, sexual preference, gender doesn’t matter at all.

I do believe our country has evolved, regardless what the extremists believe.

I still think we have the Best Country in the World.

I still believe that the American Dream is possible.

I still believe that you, me — each of us — can achieve the American Dream.

May God Bless America.

May God Bless Our President, Barack Obama!

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