GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
February 2002: Saudi Arabia's authorities shut down more than 400 Internet sites.

The Saudi government fails to provide a clear explanation for the censorship. Internet users, a fast-growing group that numbered 112,500 in April 1999, are largely undeterred, and can still obtain unauthorized Internet access through neighbors Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

NPR Islam on the Internet
http://www.npr.org/programs/watc /cyberislam/community.html

Online Islamic communities are building up.


WWW Country Profile: Saudi Arabia
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world /middle_east/country_profiles/791936 .stm

A BBC profile of Saudi Arabia, including information on its leaders and geography