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Saudi arrested for a YouTube video about poverty!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 18, 2011 by Arabilluminist

By cartoonist: Carlos Latuff

A hobbyist Saudi movie maker has been arrested after publishing a video on YouTube he’d filmed in one of Riyadh’s poor neighborhoods.

The young Saudi movie maker ‘Firas Bugnah’ has just established his own show on YouTube through the channel Mal3ob3lena which translates to something like “We’ve been punk’d”, referring to the Saudi people.

The episode starts with “As long as you’re O.K….” – That phrase is usually seen on billboards greeting the Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz “As long as you’re O.K, then we’re O.K”

At first, random Saudi men are interviewed, each completing the sentence “… We’re O.K” before the scenes shift to the inside of a poor neighborhood just 5 Kilometers from the main streets of Riyadh where another batch of interviewed people say “We’re NOT O.K”.

The video then shows how different Saudi people live in extreme poverty, citing families of 13-20 people living in small houses with income of 1500-5000 S.R = $400-$1300

Another notable segment of the video is an interview with the shiekh of the mosque in that neighborhood in which he speaks about the spread of drug use as a cause for poverty, the employment of children in distribution and selling of drugs, and also the prostitution business where he noted that some men prostitute their own wives and family members to feed themselves.

While the video was very well received by the Saudi people, it seems that it was not by Saudi authorities.

The Saudi community on Twitter is currently discussing the story under the hashtag #mal3ob3lena and #FollowFiras

Firas Bugnah is still in jail without specific charges, if he is not released Wednesday Oct 19th then he will have to stay in jail without charges at least until Saturday.

It’s been 1,250 days since my last post!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 11, 2011 by Arabilluminist

It has been 1,250 days since my last post on the 9th of May 2008.

As I am writing right now I’m reminded of what my life was like when I started blogging. I was forced to leave this blog and focus on crucial matters that had to be resolved.

Thankfully, I’ve come a long way and during that time I’ve always longed to have the free time to relax and share what’s on my mind with the world. I was reading some news on the internet about a month ago and felt the urge of wanting to blog about it, that’s when I realized I’d forgotten the login information to my blog!

I spent an hour trying to figure out what email I used and which of my many passwords was associated with the account. Resetting the password without the actual email associated with the account does not work. I gave up after some time and decided to leave it for a later time until I can find the email somewhere else.

Today, I was reading in one of my journals and found the email written in pencil on the side of the page the day I decided to create the blog and the quest began to find a name for it. That day, I used my journal to come up with the name “The Arab Illuminist”.

I am very excited to finally have the time to blog again and really happy to have this blog back.

~The Arab Illuminist

Poll: American Muslims reject extremes

Posted in Uncategorized on April 9, 2008 by Arabilluminist
The USA’s estimated 2.4 million Muslims hold more moderate political views than Muslims elsewhere in the world and are mostly middle class and willing to adopt the American way of life, according to one of the most comprehensive surveys of this segment of the nation’s population.

The Pew Research Center study released Tuesday found that “Muslim Americans are very much like the rest of the country,” says Luis Lugo, director of the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. “They do not see a conflict between being a devout Muslim and living in a modern society.”

Muslim Americans, however, have a much more negative view about the Iraq war and the war against terrorism than the U.S. public as a whole, the survey found. The study also found pockets of sympathy for Islamic extremism, especially among younger people. Muslims between the ages of 18 and 29 express significantly greater acceptance than older people of suicide bombings in some cases.

The young show a greater tendency to identify themselves as Muslim first and American second. This faith-first pattern is even more pronounced among Muslims in Europe, according to previous Pew surveys.

Muslims here “come across as much more moderate than the Muslim public in other areas of the world,” says Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center.

Muslims in the USA have been under intense scrutiny since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. More than half of those surveyed say it is more difficult to be a Muslim since then and believe that the government singles them out for extra surveillance. Only 5% say they have a favorable view of al-Qaeda, although 27% express no opinion.

Most hold a positive view of American society. Seven in 10 say Americans can get ahead through hard work, a higher proportion than the public as a whole.

The survey shows that 47% of Muslims consider themselves Muslim first and Americans second. Previous Pew surveys show that 42% of Christians identify with their religion before their country. Among white evangelicals, 62% say they identify themselves first as Christians.

The U.S. Muslim population is one of the world’s most diverse. The nearly two-thirds who are immigrants came from 68 countries.

The poll found that African Americans are the most disillusioned segment of the Muslim American population, a possible reflection of their economic conditions and experience with racial discrimination.

The poll has a margin of error of +/-5 percentage points.

The survey “clearly shows that the American Muslim community is well integrated in our society,” says Ibrahim Hooper, communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a civil rights and advocacy group in Washington, D.C. “The overwhelming majority of American Muslims reject terrorism and religious extremism.”

Source: USA Today


Posted in Uncategorized, بالعربي on March 12, 2008 by Arabilluminist
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Saudi: AIDS chef & restaurant back to work!

Posted in News, Only in Saudi Arabia, Uncategorized on January 15, 2008 by Arabilluminist
Two days ago, I came across the following news article..
A Bengali infected with with AIDS arrested working in a Saudi restaurant:
The Riyadh police task force arrested an alien working in a restaurant who was infected with AIDS, and who also didn’t seem to care about it. The arrest was made after receiving information about a Bengali who was tested positive with AIDS during the process of issuing him a medical card, but he continued to work in Riyadh with no regard at all to his medical condition. Information supplied that he entered Saudi with a ‘personal driver’ visa requested by a Saudi woman, and was found working in a Saudi authentic and fast food restaurant. The Riyadh police unit handed over the Bengali to “proper authorities” to be punished according to the law and then sent back to his country. Further more, the restaurant was closed and investigations were opened to find out how he was allowed/managed to work there.
– Various sources.
I also found this article in my email, just a few hours ago:
AIDS infected Bengali released, back to work in restaurant:
Sabaq received information that the Bengali arrested for illegally working in a Saudi restaurant while tested positive for AIDS was released and he is now back to the restaurant serving authentic Saudi food. The “proper authorities” provided the excuse that “his case is not a felony and does not require detaining him or sending him back to his country”. The Bengali managed to work in a restaurant without a medical card, which is one of the primary documents required to work…”
Amazing country, isn’t it?