16 January, 2007

Today's posts are brought to you by the letter X, and the + sign

Youssef Ibrahim is a journalist. He has served as a reporter for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. For several years he wrote opinion pieces for Gulf News. More recently he has been writing for the New York Sun.

From his article today:
The letter "X" soon may be banned in Saudi Arabia because it resembles the mother of all banned religious symbols in the oil kingdom: the cross.

The new development came with the issuing of another mind-bending fatwa, or religious edict, by the infamous Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice — the group of senior Islamic clergy that reigns supreme on all legal, civil, and governance matters in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The commission's damning of the letter "X" came in response to a Ministry of Trade query about whether it should grant trademark protection to a Saudi businessman for a new service carrying the English name "Explorer."
. . .
Another bright light of the commission, Sheik Abdel-Aziz al-Sheikh, recently stopped a government reform proposal aimed at creating work for women by allowing them to replace male sales clerks in women's clothing stores. Sheik al-Sheikh damned the idea, saying it was a step "towards immorality and hellfire." The underlying logic is breathtaking: Women are more protected by buying their knickers from men!

14 comments:

Xavier said...

Shouldn't they ban the 't' letter too?

Anonymous said...

So, then the trademark will become ECKSPLORER?

Anonymous said...

Just ban any writing - let's go back to the stone age.. but wait, then they won't be able to suck the rest of the world dry of money by selling their oil...

Anonymous said...

Welcome to the Arab world, where they hate everything and are offended by whatever else is left over.

John B. Chilton said...

anonymous, If you cannot make distinctions that is your loss.

Anonymous said...

you are bunch of idiots

How can believe something like that?

Anonymous said...

The last line of teh story said it all.
Blogging is popular in Saudi, there's a piece about Saudi blogging midway down on this page:http://uaestudents.blogspot.com/2006_11_01_archive.html

Anonymous said...

This would be SZR if Dubai had snow + ice

Kiwi Boy said...

Saudi math students are in a big mess.. if there are any students in that place except for madrassah students.

Anonymous said...

aww you said I could not contribute :/ well this one is right up your alley considering you are an alleged economist.

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Chicago Sun-times has stock-picking monkey that's beaten major indexes for past four years. In other news, Chicago Sun-times has stock-picking monkey.

Hmm GN and KT should get a chimp and orangutan for their business section. I would say that a certain person who owns a bunch of magazines in sandland does not need an ape cause he has,(or had), a chimp.

In other news the stock market "correction" as its being called is the best thing that happened to sandland. It will teach the investors, (GCC wide, hopefully stop them from acting like sheep.)

In other news feel free to email me -> fox_qevjxr@trashmail.net

Anonymous said...

Kiwi, what an ignorant creature you are. First to make such a retarded statement and then to refer to the madrasah.

This is the third time a jew calls what they think is a terrorist school madrasah. The last one was in the American Psychiatric association meeting last year. When will you stop making a fool of your self with regards to your ignorance.


Madrasah means school in ARABIC so stop associating it with your sick minded paranoid thoughts of it being a terrorist school. Sick

Anonymous said...

Madrasah means school in ARABIC so stop associating it with your sick minded paranoid thoughts of it being a terrorist school.

But does that mean that some thoughts and ideas that foster and promote terrorism are not taught in some madrasahs? I think not...

Anonymous said...

Hot Lemon& Honey Hope you get picked up by the TSA next time you come over. Am sure you would look good in Orange.

Anonymous said...

" But does that mean that some thoughts and ideas that foster and promote terrorism are not taught in some madrasahs? I think not..."

Taught or not taught, since you are writing in english call it school, don't associate a simple Arabic word with terrorist, it looks badon you more than anything else, just shows how ignorant you can be.



"Anonymous said...

Hot Lemon& Honey Hope you get picked up by the TSA next time you come over. Am sure you would look good in Orange.

18 January, 2007 11:38 "
A coward behind this childish comment. Thanks for your kind thoughts and yes, I do look good in Orange.

I don't blame you guys for being so retarded, when top notch Psychiatrist where stupid enough to utter such rubbish, so whatever you say is forgivable. I guess hatred can to the word love to burn.

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