Category Archives: Saudi Arabia

Blackout

Seems that those of fundamentalist inclination fear unrestrained positive emotion. Can’t control it, or direct it towards evil. Reading the February 14 issue of Ottawa Metro and came across this Associated Press story in “Global Digest”: Valentine’s Day banned in … Continue reading

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Origins

From an article by Haroon Siddiqui, “Saudis work to define themselves”, Toronto Star, February 8, 2001, A26: Dr. Ali Abdullah Al-Daffa is professor of mathematics at the King Fahd University in Dhahran, author of 33 books and winner of an … Continue reading

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Learning Across Genders

I wrote to a Saudi friend as follows: I have ended up bothered by this. Public funds reflect broadly held public values, and should not be used in support of sentiments as to gender segregation, in my view. I believe … Continue reading

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Who decides…

…in relation to publicly-funded institutions, specifically Algonquin College in Ottawa and Niagara College in Welland, Ontario, deciding to open campuses in Saudi Arabia, which prohibits men and women from taking classes together–or, in these cases, even being on the same … Continue reading

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Rights, Values

So the conference gets cancelled, for unspecified “security reasons”. Two weeks earlier, a request to bar certain speakers from entering Canada. Basis of request: Agnes Maltais says the speakers are “preachers who circulate values that run totally against the principles … Continue reading

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Honesty in Illusion

Q Are you reconsidering the position on whether or not this was a coup? MR. EARNEST: As I think we’ve talked about a couple of weeks ago, we have determined that it is not in the best interest of the … Continue reading

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