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The Geopolitical Effect of Dementia: When A National Leader Has Dementia

I’ve read several news articles about the new king of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, that confirm that he has dementia.

King Salman’s ascent to power is essentially a coup from rival family factions in Saudi Arabia. 251 more words

Alzheimer's Disease, Dementias, Age-Related Illnesses Caregiver Support

Funeral of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah held at Al Oud cemetery in Riyadh

SIMPLE BURIAL: People gather as security forces keep watch at Al Oud cemetery in Riyadh prior to the burial of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah. 28 more words

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Wahhabism vs. Islam

This morning I read that Saudi Arabia has postponed Friday’s public flogging of activist and blogger Raif Badawi on medical grounds. Badawi, who set up the “Free Saudi Liberals” website, was arrested in June 2012 for offences which also included cybercrime and disobeying his father – a crime in Saudi Arabia. 563 more words



My friend Craig, a journalist, world traveller, and scholar, made two interesting points in a recent FB post about Middle East terrorism. The first:¬†While there is “no philosophical connection between Islam and terrorism…there is a very strong connection between Saudi Arabian Wahabist Islam and terrorism.” 459 more words


What's the War Between the West and Islamists All About? A Political Economic and Historical Analysis

This is one of those times when changes are taking place that will have far reaching consequences, and unfortunately none so good. The French Parliament voted yesterday 488 to 1 in favor of extending its bombing campaign against ISIS targets. 2,411 more words

Blasphemy Laws Are Medieval

Given the blanket media coverage of events in Paris over the past week many people will probably have missed the distressing news that on Friday, after midday prayers, the Saudi blogger Raif Badawi received 50 lashes in a public flogging, an act of medieval barbarity that is due to be repeated another 19 times on Fridays until the full 1,000 lashes sentence imposed on him for using electronic media to “insult Islam” has been implemented. 276 more words

Taking it literally

When terrible events such as the Charlie Hebdo attack occur, hoardes of atheists flood social media agitating against Muslims but also against anyone who “takes their holy book literally”. 1,369 more words