Saudi Researchers Want Clinical Trials for Camel Urine Cancer CureA research team from Saudi Arabia's King Abdulaziz University is clamoring for more government support for their work -- which isn't exactly surprising, as most research teams are pretty much perpetually clamoring for support for their work. When that work revolves around the careful study and examination of camel urine, though... well, it's exactly as hard a sell as it sounds. Yes, even if that camel urine may show promise as a cancer treatment, because euuuugh.Read on...
Are Women Really Being Electronically Tracked in Saudi Arabia?
Saudi Arabia isn't exactly known for its kind treatment of women. That's just a fact. What's being described as a new system to electronically monitor women in the country, which has a notoriously strict interpretation of Islamic law, is making the rounds across the Internet. So, are women really being electronically tracked in Saudi Arabia? The answer is yes, but it's not something that's new.Read on...
A Look at Saudi Arabia’s Mile-High SkyscraperThis image is obviously truncated because our blog cannot handle the size and majesty of Saudi Arabia's $26 billion, mile-high Kingdom Tower. Construction on the massive spire that is expected to hold 80,000 people has yet to begin, but as you can see (or rather will see when you read on below), just the silhouette cut by the tower is impressive by itself. While the other buildings in the chart show familiar architectural flares, in the The Daily's size chart, Kingdom Tower is just a giant pink swath slicing the page. Be sure to read on below.Read on...
Israeli Vulture Accused of Espionage by Saudi Arabia
Not a geopolitical allegory, but a thing that actually happened: The government of Saudi Arabia has reportedly "detained" a griffon vulture tagged by an Israeli university with a GPS device on accusations that it was "part of a Zionist plot" to spy on the country. The BBC reports:
Israeli officials told Ma'ariv they were "stunned" by the allegations and concerned that the bird could meet a horrible punishment in the notoriously severe Saudi justice system. "The device does nothing more than receive and store basic data about the bird's whereabouts, and about his altitude and speed," a bird specialist at Israel's Park and Nature Authority told the newspaper.(BBC via Boing Boing. title pic via Wikipedia)Read on...
Saudi Arabia Blocks BlackBerry Messaging
BlackBerry users in Saudi Arabia report that the country's three wireless companies have suspended BlackBerry messaging service. On Tuesday, the Saudi Arabian government announced its intention to do so on grounds of national security: "The manufacturer of the devices [RIM] couldn’t meet the regulatory requirements of the commission and it is not in accordance with the regulations and conditions of licenses issued to service providers, at its present state."
The phones can still make and receive regular calls.
Saudi Arabia is RIM's largest market in the Middle East, with roughly 700,000 users; any hope for BBM to come back?Read on...