"Hathal, you make some important points.
I imagine the issue with Western politicians being cozy with dictatorial regimes is entirely about oil wealth. A generation ago, it might have been as cold war proxies, but that seems past.
"Thank you very much Daniel. I signed up a long time ago but did not contribute as much as I would have liked.
It is very clear to me that the Saudi regime itself is a terrorist entity. It has an unsurpassed record of funding, promoting and…"
"Hathal, thank you for posting. I don't recall seeing your name here - a belated welcome to Nexus.
What bad news that is. It sounds so Orwellian, but with a Saudi twist. Atheists are about as opposite of terrorist…"
"So ... the Saudi government is legislating intolerance for any form of dissent or religious nonconformity and appears to be interested in making loyalty to their government MANDATORY for all citizens. Any freethinking Saudi looking at this…"
"The new law is much worse than "just" criminalizing positive portrayals of atheism: it labels just about any expression or association critical of the government as terrorism, including conversations, email, and social media. From Human…"
"When oil runs out, times may be harder for a while, but in the long run it will most likely be better for the people of the region and the wider world I think. Human rights violations will not be easily swept under carpet too. In other words, oil…"
"Honestly, I don't know one way or the other, but it's possible that those in power in Saudi Arabia are seeing the rise of secularism and atheism in the West, and that is what is scaring them out of their skivvies. They know that…"
"Let them sell as much sand as they like.What I don't understand is why they want to do this now. What possible motive is there at this point in history? Maybe this is just more cranky old me, the arteries in their brains hardening saying…"
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