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Dave’s Internet cafe — Saudi forum blocked *again*?

Oh dear, the Saudi forum of Dave’s ESL cafe has been blocked again.
And not just the Saudi forum this time. It’s ALL of the forums. If you’re thinking about working for someone in China, you won’t be able to see what their old employees are saying. And you won’t be able to go through old comments to find websites with job offerings that you may not have thought about. In other words, if you were unfortunate enough to accept a position with a Saudi firm, and are now in Saudi Arabia, you are now at a distinct disadvantage in the current job market.

But why? Last time, it was rumored that someone had won a lawsuit against an employer that refused to pay, and that the Saudi forum was blocked to prevent those working in the Kingdom from finding out how to collect their salaries. But what is going on now?

Let’s check the job boards. Oh my, the job board is miraculously not blocked. Imagine that.

Hmmm. Who has been naughty this time?

What’s that second entry there? They employ several hundred people, and I know several of them who are still waiting for the August salary. Looks like not being able to meet the payroll doesn’t keep them from recruiting.


Destroy all churches, says Saudi’s top religious authority

Via Crossroads Arabia:

The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia has said it is “necessary to destroy all the churches of the region,” following Kuwait’s moves to ban their construction…..

The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia is the highest official of religious law in the Sunni Muslim kingdom. He is also the head of the Supreme Council of Ulema (Islamic scholars) and of the Standing Committee for Scientific Research and Issuing of Fatwas.

Apparently this is nothing new.  There are churches in Kuwait, Oman, Yemen, Bahrain, Qatar, and the UAE; Saudi religious and government authorities have been calling for their destruction since at least 2001.

So far there has been little comment in the U.S. mainstream press.

Christian bishops in Germany, Austria and Russia have issued separate statements sharply criticized the ruling.

Image: Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Shaikh.  [Source.]

There are a couple of opinion pieces worth mentioning: one in the Washington Post, pointing out a 628 Charter given by the prophet Muhammad for the protection of the monks of St. Catherine Monastery in Mt. Sinai; the San Bernadino Sun mentions the St. Catherine’s charter as well as an event where the Christians of Najran were invited to worship at the Prophet’s own mosque in Medina; an opinion piece in the Nation adds information about the social contract of Medina drawn up by the Prophet Muhammad in 622 CE as one of civil, not Islamic government.

Happy, … er, never mind.

A Saudi official was quoted as saying that policemen are inspecting shops for red roses, heart-shaped products or gifts wrapped in red, and ordering storeowners to get rid of them. Such items are legal at other times of the year, but as Feb.14 nears they become contraband.