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Saudi window of tolerance slammed shut with Islamic State's rise

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia The Arab Spring opened a window of opportunity for activists seeking to modernize Saudi Arabia. The rise of Islamic State has slammed it shut again, leaving little expectation of progress under a new monarch. The 50 lashes publicly administered to activist Raif Badawi this month after his conviction for insulting Islam were a signal that religious conservatives have the upper hand in a tug-of-war with reformists. His original sentence was increased by Saudi courts that have also convicted a Harvard-trained lawyer for criticizing the judiciary and are weighing terrorism charges against women for driving cars. The world's biggest oil exporter, a key U.S. ally, is in...

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