Saudi Arabia does it again

For expressing atheism a man was sentenced to 10 yrs behind bars, 2K lashes and a fine just short of ยฃ4000. And this country sits on the UN’s Human Rights committee. I don’t want to mention other embarrassing facts about its relationship with the first world as they are known elsewhere

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

49 thoughts on “Saudi Arabia does it again

  1. Barry says:

    The country fails to its obligations on human rights in so many ways, but in particular freedom of (and from) religion and women’s rights. I am embarrassed to say that our own government is too silent on the matter, especially when trade is on the table.

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  2. Arkenaten says:

    Ah, yes. The poor victimized religious people.
    Some people find it difficult to criticize someone else’s god when in their heart and mind they know he is the same imaginary heartless bastard as theirs! Oh and there’s oil of course.

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  3. That’s our great friend! Ah, the U.S. and the Saudis, a match made in oil.

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  4. tildeb says:

    Yes, yes, yes, but it’s Putin who is the real problem.

    Good grief.

    Here’s the source of Wahabism and here’s the source of its global funding. Here’s where most of the 9/11 mass murders came from and here’s bin Laden’s home turf. Here’s where human rights come to die, to be chopped up, hung, stoned, and lashed, where the morality police push girls back into a burning building go better protect ‘modesty’ than any paltry concerns about female human life.

    But let’s stay focused on vilifying Putin.

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  5. john zande says:

    The hypocrisy in this “relationship” with the Saudi’s is ghastly.

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  6. archaeopteryx1 says:

    When we progress beyond the need for oil, some countries are going to be in for a big surprise.

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  7. Violet says:

    Surely “2K” lashes must have been a typo, Mak? As in 2000 lashes? If that’s so, the man has just been sentenced to death.

    Where I live (in the same city as a world famous hospital), lots of Saudis and people from the UAE come here for medical treatment. They are treated like GODS because they’re rich…I shit you not, the entire city bows to their bank accounts. I cannot believe this happens when their countries have such abhorrent human rights problems…but then again they think we’re the ones who are abhorrent (and would have no problem beheading us in their country). As a nurse I was propositioned for sex every single time I worked with men from the middle east. They seemed to think american women were so loose that we’d just drop our pants the second they asked us to. Truly, our cultures seem completely incompatible.

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    • archaeopteryx1 says:

      For what it’s worth, Vi, the 2000 lashes are not administered at one time, but over a period of time. Any fool would know that such punishment isn’t going to make the recipient believe, it will only teach him to keep his mouth shut.

      As for getting hit on, it’s because you’re hot!

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    • fojap says:

      A similar dynamic occurs in Baltimore on account of Johns Hopkins University. I haven’t heard about bad behavior, though. I’ve seen people walking around with severely disabled kids or family members. It’s sad really.

      The thing that always struck me as uncomfortable about it is that Baltimore is a poor city where some of the residents don’t have adequate medical care themselves. They razed a predominately African American neighborhood to build medical research facility that never got built. They got permission to tear down the neighborhood because the research facility would supposedly mean jobs. Now, they’re building a hotel adjacent to the hospital, which will (I’m guessing) cater to people from out of town. Some people suspect that this was the plan all along, but everyone knows that tearing down the neighborhood to build a hotel for Johns Hopkins’ overseas patients would have never been allowed. I don’t see the richie-rich “radicals” on campus protesting that. (I did, ever so slightly, get involved with that.) That’s an example of a real problem that doesn’t have anything to do with people’s feelings. I don’t mean to sound like I have anything against foreigners seeking medical care. Generally, they’re in trouble a should be pitied. But we need to take care of our own first – and we don’t.

      I’ve heard similar stories to yours from someone who worked, not at a hospital, but at a resort. We let people with money get away with things we wouldn’t let people without money get away with.


    • makagutu says:

      No typo in the 2K.

      And money opens many doors


  8. fojap says:

    Apparently, we’re terrorists now…

    In 2014 the oil-rich kingdom, under the late Saudi King Abdullah, introduced a series of new laws which defined atheists as terrorists, according to a report released from Human Rights Watch.


  9. fojap says:

    Hey, Noel, I see you’re reading Smith. What do you think so far? (I just looked at your sidebar.)

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  10. And the US has a great relationship with their oil, I mean their country, despite their human rights violations.


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