The diary of a Saudi man, currently living in the United Kingdom, where the Religious Police no longer trouble him for the moment.
In Memory of the lives of 15 Makkah Schoolgirls, lost when their school burnt down on Monday, 11th March, 2002. The Religious Police would not allow them to leave the building, nor allow the Firemen to enter.
Elections in Saudi Arabia!!!
Kingdom’s First Municipal Elections to Take Place in October
JEDDAH, 14 March 2004 — Saudi Arabia’s first elections will take place in October and should lead to general elections, Asharq Al-Awsat, a sister publication of Arab News, reported yesterday, quoting senior members of the Shoura Council.
“Elections to the municipal councils will take place next October,” Dr. Saleh Al-Malik said. “There is no question of going back on the elections,” added Saleh Al-Omeir, who is leading a Shoura delegation visiting London.
“The experience of the Shoura and the municipal elections will be a positive factor to establish the idea of elections so that they will become general and not just municipal,” the London-based Arabic daily quoted Al-Omeir as saying.
Al-Omeir denied suggestions that Saudis are allergic to democracy and said consultation in public matters was a divine order.
So will they lead to General Elections? "They should"
So we could vote in a different government? "I didn't say that"
Will women be allowed to vote? "Um, I'll get back to you on that"
Will there be political parties? "You're joking!!!"