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Earlier today, Saudi Arabia publicly beheaded 37 people, most of whom were Shiite Muslims.
Al-Ahmed said among those executed was Shiite religious leader Sheikh Mohammed al-Attiyah. In a speech he gave in 2011 under then King Abdullah, the sheikh was quoted as saying that frank and open dialogue between Sunnis and Shiites could help strengthen Saudi unity.
Among those put to death was a young man convicted of a crime that took place when he was 16 years-old.
Saudi Arabia's supreme council of clerics, who are all ultraconservative Sunnis, said the executions were carried out in accordance with Islamic law. (You may remember that the Sultan of Brunei recently imposed sharia law on his country, which means that gay people and adulterers can now be stoned for their sins)
The kingdom and its Sunni-led Arab allies have also been emboldened by U.S. President Donald Trump's unwavering dedication to pressuring Iran's Shiite clerical leadership, which includes his decision to pull out of a nuclear agreement with Iran and re-impose punishing sanctions to cripple its economy.
On a recent campaign stop in Brooklyn, Bernie Sanders said that Trump is the most dangerous president in modern American history, and his dealings with Iran and Saudi Arabia are just more proof. Bernie is also not the only one who thinks that Trump is dangerous. Hillary Clinton said exactly the same thing about Trump two years ago, and she also warned us about him BEFORE the 2016 election.