Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton interview Saudi activist Mohammed al-Nimr, the son of the pro-democracy leader and Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, who was executed by the Saudi regime in January 2016, about the political situation in Saudi Arabia, and US support for it.

Mohammed discusses the monarchy’s violent oppression of the Shia minority; the brutal attack on and destruction of the Shia-majority town of Awamiya, in the eastern Qatif province; and Saudi Arabia’s state-sponsored extremist ideology of Wahhabism.

This is the full interview with Mohammed al-Nimr, accompanying Moderate Rebels episode 5: “Orb of Evil: Trump’s embrace of Saudi Arabia”.

Show Notes

Mohammed al-Nimr

Ben Norton, “‘Tyranny will fall’: Son of executed Saudi dissident al-Nimr shares his incredible story“, Salon, 15 March 2016

Ben Norton, “Inside the first-ever summit calling for an end to the “suicidal death pact between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia“, Salon, 10 March 2016


Steven Chase, Robert Fife, “Ottawa calls for probe into apparent Saudi use of Canadian-made armoured vehicles against citizens,” The Globe and Mail, 28 July 2017

Katie Paul, “Saudi security forces flatten old quarter of Shi’ite town“, Reuters, 9 August 2016

Sami Aboudi, “Saudi man killed trying help citizens flee Awamiya: sources“, Reuters, 3 August 2017

Alex MacDonald, “Three-year-old boy dies amid siege of Saudi Shia town“, Middle East Eye, 9 August 2017

Alex MacDonald, “Saudi bulldozers flatten Shia town as residents flee carnage“, Middle East Eye, 3 August 2017