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Saudi Arabia on Track to Break its Own Beheading Record

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While other countries excel in science and the arts, the heartland of Islam knows what it’s good at and sticks to it.

Ever since Mohammed’s day, they have had one thing that they are really good at. Chopping people’s heads off. And this year, the Saudis are on track to break their own beheading record.

The latest beheading brings to 74 the number of executions carried out in Saudi Arabia this year, according to an AFP count. In 2012, the country carried out 76 executions, according to a tally based on official figures.

The question now is can the Saudis beat their 2012 beheading record before the year ends?

In 2013, the Saudis have been beheading people at a rate of two a week. But they don’t have much time left and they’ve been held back by swordsmen problems.

An official in the ultra-conservative kingdom said that sword-bearing executioners “are not readily available everywhere and on some occasions, executions were marred by confusion as the executioner was late in showing up at the designated public place”.

The unnamed bureaucrat told the daily Al Youm that in the age of easy digital communication, executioners’ lateness was “causing confusion and sparking speculation and rumours through modern technology”

It’s just a shame when your barbaric method of execution clashes with all the Japanese and American hardware you’ve imported. If only they had Egypt’s executioner who really loves his job.

In all honesty, I love my work. I just love it! I never say “no” when they need me at work. This is my work and my livelihood.

Strangulation was my hobby. When I applied for the job and did well on the tests – proving that I could take the psychological pressure and so on – they said: “Congratulations. Now, grow a moustache.

Islamic law. How did they ever live without it? Oh right, they “lived” without it.

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Saudi Arabia: Traffic cops stop woman from driving

JEDDAH — Traffic police on Saturday pulled over a woman minutes after she got behind the wheel in Jeddah as part of a new campaign to get the driving ban lifted.

“Only 10 minutes after Tamador Al-Yami got behind the wheel police stopped her,” Eman Al-Nafjan said on her Twitter account, adding that Yami carries an international driving license and was with another woman who was filming her in the car.

Tamador’s husband was called to the scene and she was made to sign a pledge not to drive again without a Saudi license, said Nafjan.

Elsewhere in Al-Khobar, in the Eastern Province, another woman drove for two hours, accompanied by her husband, without being stopped, she said. On Oct. 26, at least 16 women were stopped by police for defying the driving ban.

Saturday was chosen as a symbolic date as part of efforts first launched a decade ago to press for the right for Saudi women to drive. — AFP

Saudi Arabia: Cleric: Women Driving Ban Protects Against Evil

The grand mufti of Saudi Arabia says the country’s long-standing ban on women driving protects society from “evil”.

 

The grand mufti of Saudi Arabia has said a ban on women driving in the conservative Gulf state protects society from “evil”, AFP reported on Thursday.

Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah al-Sheikh, in a speech delivered Wednesday in the western city of Medina, said the issue of giving women the right to drive should not be “one of society’s major concerns.”

The kingdom’s most senior cleric called for “the matter to be considered from the perspective of protecting society from evil” which, according to him, included letting women drive.

His comments came as activists said they had been assured by Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef that authorities were reassessing the controversial Saudi ban on women drivers.

“Rest assured that the issue is being discussed, and expect a good outcome,” the minister was quoted as saying by activists who met him.

The absolute monarchy is the only country in the world where women are barred from driving, a regulation that has drawn condemnation from the international community.

Prince Mohammed stressed that the ban was “a matter to be decided by the legislative authority”, the activist, Aziza al-Yusef, told AFP.

Saudi Arabia has an all-appointed consultative Shura Council, with no elected parliament. The council makes recommendations to the government, but the king remains the absolute legislator.

“We expect a royal decree that gives us this right,” Yusef said.

A long-standing campaign aimed at getting the Saudi Arabian driving ban lifted has recently urged women to defy the ban.

Many women have driven since the campaign was launched in 2011, some of them have posted videos of them doing so, and many have been arrested and forced to sign a pledge that they will never drive again.

Last year, a Saudi women’s rights activist filed a lawsuit against the country’s interior ministry over the ban.

Last month, at least 16 women were stopped by police during a driving protest day and were fined and forced along with their male guardians to promise to obey the kingdom’s laws.

In addition to the driving ban, Saudi women are forced to cover themselves from head to toe and need permission from a male guardian to travel, work and marry.

Human rights group Amnesty International recently released a scathing report which levels harsh criticism against Saudi Arabia, accusing it of failing to live up to its pledge to improve human rights.