King Abdullah Appoints Women to Shura Council

King Abdullah appointed women to the shura council (advisory council), a historic move in modern day Saudi Arabia, which was founded by King Abdulaziz who is known to have to call himself “brother of Nora”, his sister, a woman he often consulted for her wisdom, and recently had a university built in her name. The…
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Cancer Causing Prayer

I wouldn’t be exaggerating when I say that the more I think about a video I saw circulating on twitter and which was sent to me on google+, the more I feel uneasy. Here is a guy, with a good number of following, threatening the minister of labor Adel Fagieh that he will pray to…
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The Kuffar

My son came from school a couple of weeks ago saying that the teacher and the kids told him he was wearing a shirt with the sign of “alkuffar” (the non believers). He bought that shirt from our recent trip to Turkey, a Barcelona shirt to be exact with Messi’s name on the back… And…
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Saudi McDonalds

The world loves junk food, the world also loves to sing, check out a Saudi ordering by singing (badly) through the drive through… while the expat (probably Filipino) sings back in affirmation .. oh yeah, the world does not like to get out of its car… and Saudi’s do love their chicken. of course this badly off-key singing reminded me of…
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Hajj Eid

I never felt that the Hajj Eid was the big Eid, unlike most of the Muslim world where the Hajj Eid is the “big” Eid and celebrated with more customs, here in the Hijaz region of Saudi Arabia, it is not felt. I would say it is just me, but even SMS messages congratulating people on the arrival…
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Jabertoon – Saudi Cartonist

One of the things I wish I could do is draw. Abdullah Jaber @jabertoon is a Saudi cartoonist with almost one hundred thousand followers on twitter and his cartoons are published in Saudi newspapers. What Saudi development is really like, you can have the nicest buildings, but Human Resource departments will tell you it is…
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That’s How I didn’t buy a Nook

A few months ago, I wanted to buy an e-book reader. So I went online and did my research, and settled for the Barnes & Noble “NOOK Simple Touch™ with GlowLight™“, I like to read until I fall asleep, and most often I find myself reading way beyond the time I planned for a good…
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