Our Friends the Saudis

Good on the EU for this one. It’s only a token, but near as I can tell it’s still more than our government has done:

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, who has been sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for insulting Islam and for cyber crime, was awarded the European Union’s prize for human rights and freedom of thought on Thursday.

Badawi received the first of his 50 lashes in January, prompting strong criticism in Western countries of the kingdom’s human rights record, including its restrictive laws on political and religious expression and the status of Saudi women.

This month in London, he was given the International Writer of Courage award and was co-recipient of the PEN Pinter Prize.

This next bit though is priceless:

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador in London on Monday threatened “potentially serious repercussions” for its ties with Britain unless a more respectful discourse developed.

I’m sure the Brits have a more polite way of saying “Shove it up your skirt, sheik,” but I hope it isn’t much more polite.