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ExpatPundit

"Five axiomatic propositions of Canadian Nationalism vis-a-vis the Americans:

1. Boy, we hate Americans.

2. We really do.

3. Really.

4. I'm not kidding. We really hate them.

5. So how come they never pay us any attention?"

--Will Ferguson, Why I Hate Canadians, Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1997, p.105.





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Saturday, February 09, 2002

Damn, and other than that I was qualified. Here are two job postings from the classifieds over at ArabNews, Saudi Arabia's first english language daily:

Required two chemists — analytical (Muslim only). Applicants must be B.Sc. graduate or equivalent with experience in analysis in water, oils, food & beverage industry. Should have working experience on HPLC, Atomic Absorption Spectometer or similar instruments. Must have transferable iqama. Qualified candidates should send CV’s to Fax no: 02-6700896 within 7 days.

Required two microbiologists (Muslim only). Applicants must be B.Sc. graduate or equivalent with experience in analysis in water, oils, food & beverage industry. Should be able to do microbiological analysis of water, oils, food & beverages. Must have transferable iqama. Qualified candidates should send CV’s to Fax no: 02-6700896 within 7 days.

But I don't think they're chauffers. Another exciting Saturday night, and I've been trolling around the Saudi propaganda machine...I mean, ArabNews Web site. I now realize that we in the West have been totally wrong in condemning the Saudis for their treatment of women, as this article from the Arab News explains:

"Just over a year ago, on Sept. 7, 2000, Saudi Arabia signed the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. For Saudi women, the decision for their Kingdom to become member to the convention served as confirmation that Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd fully supports women’s rights, save where there is a conflict with Islamic values."

"Dr. Noura Faraj Al-Musaed, dean of the arts & humanities faculty in King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, sees Saudi ratification of what some call the “International Bill of Rights for Women” as a clear indication that the position of Saudi women and their role in Saudi society is no longer a gray area, clouded with uncertainties and official indecision."

So now I see why the only oppression of women that exists in the Middle East -- at least according to the U.N. -- is "the plight of women and children in Occupied Palestine." Those sexist Israeli bastards!

Selective outrage update, take 4. It is now two weeks since Heather "I'm against torture" Mallick's inaccurate and flatulent broadsides against the U.S. for its brutality against helpless terrorists in the hellpits of Guantanamo Bay. It is now one week and four days since Mallick's newspaper, the Globe and Mail, published a series of stories documenting allegations of truly horrific torture of several British and Canadian expatriates in Saudi Arabia. In her second column since this series appeared, Mallick has again deemed this story unworthy of her attention. No, this week Heather "I'm against torture" Mallick found it more appropriate to take umbrage at George Bush's use of the term "axis of evil." (I would post links to the earlier Mallick column, or the Globe news article, but the Globe and Mail apparently recognizes the limited value of its product and removes from its server every article more than seven days old.)


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