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Has your first name been banned for babies in the KSA?

 
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Geronimo



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 6:30 pm    Post subject: Has your first name been banned for babies in the KSA? Reply with quote

It's taken a while, but finally, at long last, the K.S.A.'s Interior Ministry
has intervened. Yes, it's clamped down on bad names for babies...

"Dubai: Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry has banned 50 given names including “foreign” names, names related to royalty and those it considers to be blasphemous."

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/saudi-arabia/saudi-arabia-bans-50-baby-names-1.1303898

'Alice' is on the list, of course, (after all that trouble with Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee it was inevitable, really).

And, I'm guessing 'Sandy' is on the list because that old..
"Hello, I'm Sandy.".. "Have you been walking through the desert ?" routine was getting very tired...

Pleased to see that 'Wireelam' has been included, too.
Better late than never, I say!


Alice Toffnames
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johnslat



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Geronimo,

Yahya, I agree. Very Happy

Regards,
John
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MixtecaMike



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Location: Land of Sun, Sand and Sea

PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 3:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

But wait, there's more!
http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/saudi-arabia/shura-council-member-rejects-ban-on-baby-names-1.1304610
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sicklyman



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ahem...

http://www.arabnews.com/news/541201
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MuscatGary



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They really do seem determined to caricature themselves...
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mashkif



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MuscatGary wrote:
They really do seem determined to caricature themselves...






There's more! All-you-can-eat buffets are unislamic, too:
http://riyadhconnect.com/saudi-scholar-says-buffet-meals-are-haram/

So, teddy-bears called "Muhamad," cartoons with images labeled "Muhamad," 0.5-second-long shots of pendants with "allah" written on them, the sound of Koran recitation in a song... - these people's existence is one of perpetual angst and indignation. They're forever mad at everything and everyone. It's ban this, censor that, riot, burn flags, "death to" him, "death to" her...

What a sad, corrosive ideology...
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Geronimo



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To be fair, the Ministry of Interior has been very busy of late...

"Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, spokesman of the Interior Ministry, said: “Security officers on duty faced armed resistance from smugglers. This resulted in the death of two policemen, while 15 policemen were injured.”
Four smugglers died and six others were injured in gunbattles with police, he added.
He said the seized drugs were 12.33 million amphetamine pills, 16,812 kg of hashish and 6.6 kg of heroin.
“We have also seized SR12.68 million cash and 210 weapons.”
"

http://www.arabnews.com/news/541536

No doubt the confusion surrounding the rumoured banned names list will be cleared up soon. It's probably next on the 'To do list'.

Viv T. Band
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jaffa



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mashkif wrote:
MuscatGary wrote:
They really do seem determined to caricature themselves...


There's more! All-you-can-eat buffets are unislamic, too:
http://riyadhconnect.com/saudi-scholar-says-buffet-meals-are-haram/

So, teddy-bears called "Muhamad," cartoons with images labeled "Muhamad," 0.5-second-long shots of pendants with "allah" written on them, the sound of Koran recitation in a song... - these people's existence is one of perpetual angst and indignation. They're forever mad at everything and everyone. It's ban this, censor that, riot, burn flags, "death to" him, "death to" her...

What a sad, corrosive ideology...


Hehe Smile

In one class we made a list of things that are OK to do and came up with,

1) Kabsa
2) Going to Dammam
3) Driving like a ****er

It doesn't take long to see how much they don't enjoy life - behind the wheel/ general attitude - and make up all these rules to bring everyone else down to their level of misery. Fun is haram! Or maybe haram is fun?
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lcanupp1964



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dateline – March, 17th 2014 - Al Jazeera

Justin DeFront , Phillip Oliver Krevises, Wayne Kerr, Tony Handcock, Wang Phat, Mr. & Mrs. Mike and York Hunt, and several others were stopped in front of passport control at various airports throughout the Kingdom today due to questionable names listed on each of the visitors’ passports. The people targeted were suspected of possessing inappropriate names and were not allowed to leave the airport(s). After several hours of having to write out their names on large whiteboards that contained no whiteboard markers, they were all placed on the next available flight back to their home countries.

“Better to be safe, than sorry”, said Saad Al-Haveer, a staff worker with passport control at an airport in Jeddah. Although Al-Haver’s duties takes him far away from the people that work the lines at passport control, he feels that he can look at someone from a very far distance and “feel bad vibes”, emitting from the top of tired passengers. “That itchy feeling I get is strong and I have to report it. On the hole, it's a good way to go." Mr. Al-Haver further added.

The tighter control is a result of the interior ministry issuing a ban on 50 given names including “foreign” names, names related to royalty and those it considers to be blasphemous. A spokesman for the government agency that oversees internal mass transit for the Kingdom stated that the turning away of visitors that want to enter the Kingdom due to a feeling that their names might make airport workers wanting to scratch themselves silly is an unofficial reaction that a few locals have decided to act upon and is, in no way, related to any official policy shift when it comes to names. The spokesman ended on a positive not. “If the Bush family can visit our great country, then we can certainly have Rod Stiffington enter our fertile lands”.


On a related matter, the Ministry of Education issued a press release explaining that all future editions of Headway Plus (very, very special edition) will replace the letter “W” with a new letter named “Doubleyou” due to tens of tens of complaints that the letter was “too curvy”.
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