So I am not the only one who calls an abaya a garbage bag. A Saudi filmmaker is "having a hard time finding a leading woman for his short film, 'Garbage Bag.'" That "Saudi Arabia does not allow unrelated men and women to mingle" is part of the problem. Perhaps he can find a pretty boy to fill that role. The film is "about a woman stuck in a public restroom because her abaya... has been stolen. After an agonizing night in the restroom, she fashions an abaya out of a black garbage bag and walks out." Sure, the plot is slightly farfetched, but stranger things have happened. And, quite frankly, there is not a lot of difference in the look of an abaya and a garbage bag. Both are big, black and shapeless.
Road carnage. Eight killed. The cause, according to the article, was a tire blow out. Never any mention of the rate of speed at which these cars are traveling.
Whoa. Right after typing, "Never any mention of the rate of speed..." I read this, "A 10-year-old boy died after being run over by a car carrying celebrating Saudi soccer fans... He was trying to cross the road when a speeding Caprice car hit him." First mention - ever - of a "speeding car."
Three years in prison and 720 lashes for stealing cell phones seems a tad excessive, but it does make it quite clear that authorities are willing to set examples with harsh penalties to deter crime. I am not against this. I've said it before and I'll say it again: The United States needs to take lessons from other countries with regard to criminal justice matters and quit catering to the criminals and giving them all the rights. Oh. The two thieves, both Saudi nationals are, of course, unnamed.
The head count is at six. A Saudi man convicted of murder was beheaded yesterday.