The Saudi interior ministry released a list of first names that are now banned in that county. The ministry reportedly says that it banned names it deems counter to Saudi culture, blasphemous, “inappropriate,” or just “foreign.” Names included are Alice, Lauren and Sandy, no doubt wildly popular in the Arab world.
In June 1996 a truck bomb exploded in a Saudi Arabian housing complex killing 19 American airmen charged with enforcing the no-fly zone over southern Iraq. Though the FBI aggressively pursued investigation of the Iranian-sponsored terror attack, justice was ultimately thwarted by White House meddling at the highest level.
British officials have allowed a Saudi prince who murdered his servant in London to return home in a prison swap.
Saudi Cleric Sheikh Abdullah Daoud has wowed children’s rights activists all over with his August 2012 pronouncement on al-Majd TV that females of all ages, even infants, should wear burqas, the head-to-toe, opaque traditional Muslim veil, as protection from child molestation.