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Saudi Elections Announced!

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Ahmad, Oct 13, 2003.

  1. Quasar1011

    Quasar1011 King of Sylvania

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    Um, what's a Saudi election? :confused:
     
  2. Riesstiu IV

    Riesstiu IV Deity

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    It's like an American election, only without the hanging chads.
     
  3. Theige

    Theige American Baron

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    hanging chad? hmmm (no idea what that is)

    Comparing an american election to a saudi election is like comparing hitler to mother teresa
     
  4. Mopheo

    Mopheo Warlord

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    Ahmad, I'm curios as to your opinions of what you think the elections will be?
    Do YOU thing they will have real meaning?
    Will the appointed 50 repress the elected 50 from voting the way they want to?
    How honest do you think the royal family is (are they really regarded in Saudi Arabia as "robber barons"?
    Do you want a democracy like the US?
    Off topic:
    What do you think of the US anyway? What about Israel?
    What do most people you know think about the US and Israel?

    I know these are a lot of questions, but I've never heard the opinion from someone who actually lives there, and I'd really appreciate your responses.
     
  5. Archer 007

    Archer 007 Rebirth

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    Arabia and democracy sounds like a oxymoron :hmm:
     
  6. Pontiuth Pilate

    Pontiuth Pilate Republican Jesus!

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    Lets not forget that the States had poll taxes and literacy tests until when, the late 1960s or so?

    Democracy is indeed a gradual process. And that includes our USA. ;)

    As for the Saudi elections, yes it's obviously a pressure-relieving maneuver by the government... not more than symbolic, since the elected reps will always be outvoted. Even Alexander Hamilton never asked that much :p

    If any democracy attempts to arise in Saudi Arabia I have no doubt the US army will try and move in and control it to set up another authoritarian regime. Remember, control of that oil is paramount. If the Saudis, who are overwhelmingly nationalistic and anti-West, get control of their own resources and nationalize them, we may be in trouble.
     
  7. amadeus

    amadeus The Choice of a New Generation

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    That's a preventative measure used to keep stupid people who don't know how to punch a hole in a piece of paper from voting.
     
  8. Bozo Erectus

    Bozo Erectus Master Baker

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    You see what Im saying? The floodwaters are rising already.

    http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20031014/wl_nm/rights_saudi_dc_4

    RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi police fired into the air during a rare demonstration Tuesday and arrested up to 50 protesters calling for greater political reforms during the country's first human rights conference.

    The demonstration and arrests in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, came a day after the kingdom, an absolute monarchy, announced it would hold its first ever elections to vote for municipal councils.

    The announcement by the cabinet under de facto ruler Crown Prince Abdullah followed growing demands for reform to allow wider political participation, elections and freedom of expression in the conservative Muslim state.
     

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