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RWGR
08-19-2013, 10:11 PM
A Jeddah criminal court judge has sentenced Saudi Arabian journalist Raif Badawi to seven years in prison and 600 lashes for the crime of “insulting Islam.” It could have gone worse for Badawi: Had the judge not thrown out the charge of apostasy, he would have received a death sentence. He’ll probably survive the whipping only because it comes in four sessions with planned hospitalizations in between. He has until Sept. 6 to file an appeal.

Badawi, 30, is the co-founder and editor of the website saudiliberalnetwork.com, which encouraged people to post their thoughts about the role of religion and politics, among other things, in their lives. (No longer, however: The site has been shut down.)

…Can any human being survive 600 lashes? I asked Waleed Abu al-Khair, a Saudi Arabian human-rights lawyer who is handling Badawi’s case, to tell me about this particular form of punishment.

“The lash is like a horse whip,” he said during a telephone interview from Jeddah. “You stand with your face to the wall. They lash his back from top to legs. 150 lashes are given at a time. Then he will need to go to the hospital.”

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-12/saudi-court-condemns-editor-to-600-lashes-with-breaks.html

Hans
08-20-2013, 07:25 AM
In other news: President Obama greeted the king of Saudi Arabia with a full bow from the waist yesterday, a move one commentator described as a violation of protocol and not worthy of the office he holds.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2009/04/93696/#M2GcdtVX8PQ8Wetd.99


Ah, better not "insult" our "ally" and giver of precious black gold.

RWGR
08-20-2013, 10:17 AM
In other news: President Obama greeted the king of Saudi Arabia with a full bow from the waist yesterday, a move one commentator described as a violation of protocol and not worthy of the office he holds.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2009/04/93696/#M2GcdtVX8PQ8Wetd.99


Ah, better not "insult" our "ally" and giver of precious black gold.

Obama was roundly criticized by most Americans for doing that.

But we need to cut him some slack: dictators and wannabe dictators have a connection few of us could understand.

Hans
08-20-2013, 06:47 PM
It is not so much about dictators as it is about choosing your friends wisely.

The Left Sock
08-20-2013, 06:59 PM
If the Saudis woke up tomorrow and decided to cash in their IOU's from the US, the party would be over.

Best to keep bowing, holding hands, and ignoring the truth about Saudi Arabia.

The hijackers from 9/11 were Saudis but hey, let's invade Iraq, and completely ignore the obvious!

RWGR
08-20-2013, 07:28 PM
If the Saudis woke up tomorrow and decided to cash in their IOU's from the US, the party would be over.

!

I realize the Gretzky thread has you on the verge of a nervous breakdown, but you need to relax. It is easier now to prove you wrong than it has ever been...and that's saying something! :)

" U.S. oil companies added a record amount of crude oil to their reserves, according to the federal government's latest count, offering further evidence that new drilling technologies are positioning the nation to be a top global producer for years to come."

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323681904578641871449942246.html

and to think, you guys are stumbling over yourselves depleting the land and killing the wildlife in Alberta, all in hopes of selling oil to the USA, and now we don't need it.

But, let's give credit where credit is due: you are depleting the land and killing the wildlife in a 'tolerant' and 'compassionate' way. Kudos.