I’ll be up in the Washington, DC area for the coming week. While I’ll be watching news of/from Saudi Arabia, I’ll likely not be doing much posting.
I’d like to wish all my readers a very happy and prosperous 2013. Last year certainly had its ups and downs. Hopefully, this year will have more up than down.
I’m back after a very relaxing and wonderful holiday season, ready to watch and comment upon the march of Saudi Arabia into a new year.
Well, the world didn’t end yesterday, but I’m putting Crossroads Arabia on hold for a few days while I travel to California to spend the Christmas with my son.
I’ll be back toward the end of next week.
My best wishes to all who are celebrating this holiday season.
I’d like to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to those Americans (and others!) celebrating the holiday wherever in the world they find themselves today.
I’m taking another few days off to spend on the Atlantic Ocean. My last trip was compromised by high winds — Tropical Storm Sandy, before it got big — so I’m going to try again. Posting will be light through the weekend.
I’m taking a few days’ break, just for the fun of it, exploring Florida’s waters. I’ll be back to posting after the weekend.
Just a note to say that I’ll be writing on this subject, but I don’t want to write about it today.
King extends Ramadan greetings
JEDDAH: ARAB NEWS
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, last night greeted the people on the blessed month of Ramadan, which begins today.
The king and the crown prince prayed to the Almighty to unite the ranks of the Muslims and enable them practice the values of the religion in their lives, Culture and Information Minister Abdul Aziz Khoja said while reading out their joint message.
“In this blessed month, in its days and nights, the noblest Islamic values are spread. The big sympathizes with the small, the rich supports the poor and the entire society shows mercy and affection bringing out the radiant image of Islam and how it shaped the Ummah and how its civilization was established stressing on justice, tolerance and mutual support,” the statement said.
Posting will be light for the next week. I’m taking a break and traveling up to the DC area to see family and friends and to attend a high school reunion. I graduated from a US Dept. of Defense high school in Ankara, Turkey. Because not that many of the students actually were Turks, it made traditional reunions a little difficult to arrange or attend. In fact, it was only e-mail and the Internet that allowed people scattered all over the planet to get in touch with each other after decades of separation. These reunions tend to be both widely separated in time, but also to include multiple graduation years. Improvisation, clearly, was called for.
So, I’m taking the chance to reconnect with people I haven’t seen in decades, in many cases, and to meet some who I never met because they were at the school either before or after my time there, though we have ‘met’ in cyberspace.
I will, of course, be monitoring the news from and about Saudi Arabia. It will take a significant event, however, to push me over the threshold of inertia to post. But do take a look… you never know.
I’d like to wish all my American readers a Happy Fourth, wherever they are!
And here’s a link to a post by Randy Barnett, at Volokh Conspiracy, wherein he annotates the Declaration of Independence:
Due to a software malfunction, Crossroads Arabia was down since Thursday afternoon. It has taken until now to get it repaired.
With luck, we’ll be up with no further interruption.
Thanks for your patience.