King Abdullah’s Funeral Service

Heads of state from all over the world travelled to Saudi Arabia to attend the King’s funeral service on January 24.

King Abdullah“In this country where Sharia law applies, 87 people were executed last year alone, and ten people have already been decapitated this year…. Those who defend King Abdullah as a reformer point to the fact that for the first time he allowed women 30 places on the Shura Council [the king’s Consultative Council]. But these women didn’t even have the right to attend the meetings of the council alone because in Saudi Arabia women can only go out when accompanied by a man….

“Now the allies are vying with each other to become the partner of this country, which with its oil has the power to control global politics…. When it comes to financial and political profits, neither human rights abuses nor violations of freedom of expression count.”

Source: Hürriyet, Turkey, January 26

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4 responses to “King Abdullah’s Funeral Service

  1. Elisabeth Ecker

    This is not the only thing the West is hypocritical about. Nobody seems to care.

  2. Storm clouds are forming over Saudi. Contributions include internal dissent, the backlash over Saudi official response, relations with OPEC, and public and private relations with the U.S. The “sleeper” may be the testimony of the Osama aid imprisoned in Colorado. He has testified in civil suit for 9/11 victims that terrorist acts, and proposal to shoot down Air Force One, were funded and directed by Saudi Royal Family and Saudi business elite (which Bin Laden family is a part). Hard to see status quo remaining, but change could go in even more disturbing as well as unexpected directions.

  3. Michael Gundy

    Let’s rock like 1744, when Muhammad bin Saud, founder of the Saudi dynasty, joined forces with the religious leader Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, founder of the Wahhabi movement, a strict puritanical form of Sunni Islam.

    Not much has changed really.

  4. Michael,
    Change is fundamental. In 1744, impact may have been profound but was local. Today, what is thought in Mecca can impact the daily lives around the globe.. the very course of OUR history. The hazard of the interconnected world.