As the situation gets worse in Europe, with unemployment rates reaching new highs, the social unrest (see previous posts) is spreading. Germany is the latest in the string of countries that is seeing protests show up. This is important to note as Germany was one of the first countries that had been working on a […]
One of the side effects of the worsening global economy and unemployment is the increase in suicides and suicide attempts. The numbers of cases (high profile and of “normal people“) being reported has increased significantly. Asian economies like South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong have all reported increases and are planning for more. South Korea […]
What’s that sign in the distance? Is that really what I think it is? MONKEY CROSSING!!! Monkey watching people watching monkey
SCTA offers free tours of RiyadhSaeed Al-Khotani | Arab News RIYADH: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) started operating free sightseeing tours on Saturday in Riyadh. The newly appointed executive manager of Riyadh Tourism Development Bureau, Abdul Rahman Al-Jassas, told Arab News that these tours aim at introducing Riyadh’s landmarks to stimulate tourism […]
A few weeks ago, there were reports of protests in Latvia, amongst several other countries (see previous post). Now, the Latvian government has resigned. That makes two governments that have collapsed so far, directly attributable to the economy. There are now protests in Dublin, Ireland about the economy, and strikes are expected soon. Let’s see […]
Saudi Arabia is becoming harsher with punishments for sexual crimes. Last week a teenager was sentenced to 5 years in prison and 500 lashes for black-mailing for threatening to publish a woman’s photos if she did not go out with him. Two traffic cops were recently beheaded for gang raping an expatriate woman. It is […]
As we have all read by now, Saudi Arabia has made some changes in its government and brought in more moderates. Some changes were expected, some were nominal while others are profound. A lot of people focused on the first woman appointee as it heralds something new, however bringing in women is an inevitable change. […]
Raghbah is an old settlement of Saudi Arabia from 1669. Below are pictures of Raghbah Tower (yes we climbed it!) and the old village.
A few lone flowers survive in the cracked, parched ground.