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Saudi Arabia: Man Gets Jail, 200 Lashes For Tattooing Women

AL MADINA (Saudi Arabia), AFP (France),LIBERTÉ ALGERIE (Algeria)

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A Lebanese man was sentenced to a year in jail and 200 lashes in Saudi Arabia for having secretly drawn tattoos on women's bodies, according to a report that first appeared in the Saudi newspaper Al Madina.

According to the report cited by the Agence-France Press (AFP), the man denied wrongdoing, but authorities said they found a briefcase that included special tools for tattooing on women's breasts and removing stains on the skin. Saudi investigators said that the man, nicknamed the "tattoo king," may have been in business for as long as nine years.

The Egyptian website Ahram reports that the Lebanese was caught by the Saudi religious police in an undercover operation. Photos of tattooed women were also found on his phone.

According to the AFP, tattoos are not officially banned, but they are not in keeping with the Islamic tradition. On the Liberté Algérie website, one reader criticised the "Middle Age" laws of Saudi Arabia, while another insisted on the incompatibility between Islam and tattoos. However, the central accusation against the "tattoo king" was seeing Saudi women privately in their homes.

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How A Drone Strike Inside Iran Exposes The Regime's Vulnerability — On All Fronts

It is still not clear what was the exact target of an attack by three armed drones Saturday night on an arms factory in central Iran. But it comes as Tehran authorities appear increasingly vulnerable to both its foreign and domestic enemies, with more attacks increasingly likely.

Screenshot of one of the Saturday drone attacks arms factory in Isfahan, central Iran

One of the Saturday drone attacks arms factory in Isfahan, central Iran

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Pierre Haski

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PARIS — It's the kind of incident that momentarily reveals the shadow wars that are part of the Middle East. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack by three armed drones Saturday night on an arms factory complex north of Isfahan in central Iran.

But the explosion was so strong that it set off a small earthquake. Iranian authorities have played down the damage, as we might expect, and claim to have shot down the drones.

Nevertheless, three armed drones reaching the center of Iran, buzzing right up to weapons factories, is anything but ordinary in light of recent events. Iran is at the crossroads of several crises: from the war in Ukraine where it's been supplying drones to Russia to its nuclear development arriving at the moment of truth; from regional wars of influence to the anti-government uprising of Iranian youth.

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That leaves us spoiled for choice when it comes to possible interpretations of this act of war against Iran, which likely is a precursor to plenty of others to follow.

Iranian authorities, in their comments, blame the United States and Israel for the aggression. These are the two usual suspects for Tehran, and it is not surprising that they are at the top of the list.

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