Sunday, June 04, 2006

Musings of a blocked bloggerette

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Musings of a blocked bloggerette
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What happens when a site gets singled out and blocked in Saudi?
It gets more hits than it ever did.(Remember; there's no such thing as bad publicity)
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What can you –my fellow bloggers- do about it (if you want to do something about it)?
1- you can fill in an
unblock request
or,
2- You can post about it and do what :
Aya, Farooha, Fouad A. AlFarhan, Kharabee6, My Head, Pheras, Richard, sandmonkey, and Yael K did.

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Why was Saudi Eve singled out and blocked?
Raf* has an entertaining take on why of all blogs Saudi eve was the one to get blocked first. He says: " it's all because of love. a bunch of o.c.s.a.b. kids fell heads-over-heals in love with your writing and the only way that their bosses could prevent them from leaving the forces of evil and come running towards the light (i.e. you) was to block your blog."


My Head thinks it's all because of the Jewish prayer I posted a month ago. Could it be?

Or was it cause I posted that I plan to be abroad for a long time (I.e., I won't notice the block cause I won’t be using Saudi internet access and won't make a fuss about it). And that I'll be too busy to update my blog (I,e. other bloggers won't notice the block cause they won't be visiting my blog anyway)

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What's your take?

Posted by SaudiEve at 1:24 PM

21 Comments

  1. Blogger gatorbait posted at 8:27 PM, June 04, 2006  
    I sent an unblock request. Hope it helps, sweet
  2. Blogger Baroque posted at 12:41 AM, June 05, 2006  
    what did i miss??
    they actually block blogs there! oh man!
    they are a$$holes!
  3. Anonymous Red posted at 3:16 AM, June 05, 2006  
    Let's face it....the case for the corrupting effect on Saudi moarilty of a FEMALE !!! Saudi blogger (shock horror)...is very strong. After all the Saudis have covered their women from head to toe, prohibited their participation in the work force, voting, driving etc... it's only a matter of course to block their blogs. I mean, no one in the Kingdom wants Saudi females uprising led by Bloggers such as Saudi Eve !!!!
    The bright side of this sad and sorry state is that Saudi Eve is, hopefully, the first of many FEMALE Saudis to challenge this backwardness and primitivness that defies comprehension in the 21st Century
  4. Anonymous Anonymous posted at 3:42 AM, June 05, 2006  
    read and you will know why.

    http://www.smartinfo.com.sa/fouad/?p=621#comments

    personally I agree with the comments.
  5. Anonymous lammoush posted at 11:09 AM, June 05, 2006  
    dear saudi eve,
    i have just checked ur blog, 4 the first time, n read some other bloggers posting about the blocking, i see the contreversy, i wasn't shocked with what u wrote since alot of ppl wrote such stuff (atleast in the arabic literature) and im also not shocked that it's blocked in ksa, what do u all expect??!!!
  6. Anonymous mariam posted at 7:55 PM, June 05, 2006  
    ok, sent the request...told all my friends to too. Here in the usa we can read you just fine. So all us expat saudis can still read you.
    Don't let the assholes win..let us know how to help.
  7. Blogger Arabian Anon posted at 12:40 AM, June 06, 2006  
    I Love You.
  8. Blogger Abdul Rahman Hilmi posted at 2:56 AM, June 06, 2006  
    why did you post a Jewish prayer?
  9. Anonymous my 2 cents posted at 3:13 AM, June 06, 2006  
    I am really glad that you can get to your blog now - good for you! But why don't you set up a mirror site on wordpress so people in Saudi can continue to read your blog? If you go to wordpress.com, you can import your blogger archives.

    I really doubt that anyone is going to unblock you - sorry to sound such a sour note, but don't know anyone who has had much success trying to engage in rational discourse with the basement rats in Riyadh (and at least this way, G-T and his ilk can't read your blog either!).

    'Tis interesting that they did not block mystiquesea and her totally haram blog - must be having too much fun reading it before she gets to the end of her little he and she tale.
  10. Anonymous A male blog reader from Sri Lanka posted at 9:42 AM, June 08, 2006  
    I'm just curious,but, can Saudi women leave the country?
  11. Blogger Mini Я. posted at 1:11 PM, June 08, 2006  
    You can read what I wrote about this issue on Ayya's blog.

    Here's a bit of interesting info. Saudi uses Israeli technology that involves blocking of sites & such. As most Gulf countries do. And the contracts are direct from Israel too.

    So what do they have against Jewish prayers when they're neck-deep in Jewish tech & products?

    Anyway, to make a long story short. A smart person can find his/her way through a certain vulnerable spot in KSA's blocking software, it's been done before..so why not sabotage?
  12. Blogger Rasheed's World posted at 1:20 AM, June 09, 2006  
    Hi Saudi Eve,

    I need to talk to you about being blocked in Saudi as I am going to write an article about it. I'm a journalist at Arab News in Jeddah and a fellow blogger.
    Please email me your phone number so that I can call you. My email is rasheedaboualsamh@yahoo.com.
    I'm a friend of Dotsson. Thanks!

    Regards,

    Rasheed
  13. Blogger Sabra posted at 10:57 AM, June 09, 2006  
    I hope you don't mind - surely you won't - that I linked you to one of my posts about this whole "blocking" thing.
  14. Blogger SillyBahrainiGirl posted at 3:02 PM, June 09, 2006  
    LOL!

    I thought you weren't supposed to go near a computer without being under the supervision of a male Mu7ram!!

    I just think the world has gone mad. Power to you girl. Continue blogging, writing and speaking your mind. How many blogs can they block? Ten, a 100, a 1,000? And then what? Will that mean that people will stop thinking and articulating their thoughts?
  15. Blogger SaudiEve posted at 4:01 PM, June 09, 2006  
    gatorbait, mariam, Sabra
    thank you for sending unblock requests/posting about saudieve being blocked in saudi.

    Baroque
    Yes, Baroque, they are now blocking blogs here.
    And "oh man! they are a$$holes!" is the right response to that.

    Red
    I agree.

    Anonymous
    Thanks for the link.

    lammoush
    "what do u all expect??!!!"
    In such an unpredictable country.. one never knows what to expect really.

    Abdul Rahman Hilmi
    To your question: "why did you post a Jewish prayer?"
    My answer would be: and why the hell not!!!

    my 2 cents
    "why don't you set up a mirror site on wordpress"
    Hmmm.. well, not yet, I'm bored and busy.. maybe next December 

    A male blog reader from Sri Lanka
    "can Saudi women leave the country? "
    They definitely can/should.

    Mini Я.
    This bit of info doesn't come as a surprise to me.. (.. 'tis globalization at it's best/worst my friend)

    any person who had to use internet in Saudi Arabia, be it a smart or stupid user, did find his/her way through many vulnerable spots in KSA's blocking software.


    SillyBahrainiGirl
    "I just think the world has gone mad"..
    Precisely!
  16. Blogger SaudiEve posted at 4:02 PM, June 09, 2006  
    ON A VERY DEFFERENT NOTE

    I love you 2 Arabian Anon (I read what you posted about me on your blog)
  17. Anonymous oneviolin posted at 9:03 AM, June 16, 2006  
    Well, I'm just glad that someone is puncturing the veil of sadness, the veil of secrecy, the veil of control....for if G-d says "Let there be light" and then someone comes along and puts a bag on your head and says you can't see that Beautiful Light that is also in you, why not at least cut holes in it so you can see and breathe, if not remove it altogether? It gladdens me to see people speaking out and refusing to be corraled by fear; I applaud your efforts and encourage you to continue being unafraid. As for why they choose to censor you? Confinement of the female sexuality, power over the creation and shaping of future human lives so as to serve their power elite, control over the population through fear, fear of backlash, fear of harm, fear of the afterlife....when you are living with fear inside it is easier to control you...this is a known political and control tactic...they aren't concerned for your soul---that's BS! They are concerned for themselves and what they get for themselves now and later, like someone or something is going to reward them for holding you down and holding your feelings and unique specialness (as is in everybody) hostage to the status quo...and the status quo is not G-d's status quo, it is man and his infinitesmally small-minded and stiff-necked redundant eddy that he "calls" spirituality but in fact is like riding around a corral on a lame pony. The social caste system that values human beings on an unequal plane and weighs them with broken scales is only one among many possible living paradigms. Every human being is equal and has the internal choice present at all times to see through their own eyes and breathe the free air of earth. Even if the awareness of such a choice has been covered up or obscured with years of conditioning, it can never be taken away. It is a also a choice not to let fear rule you and I am so glad that you are fighting, Saudi Eve!
  18. Anonymous oneviolin posted at 9:44 AM, June 16, 2006  
    Hee Hee....

    Just wanted to post another link...for you and any of those out there who might have any kind of inkling that life in this perpetually alive and infinitely and eternally vast Universe extends beyond what the governments of the earth have lead us to believe...

    hope you can view it before it gets knocked off of your blog! :-)

    http://www.disclosureproject.org/

    and then there's this one, for viewing the international webcast of the above "Disclosure Project", which was the most widely viewed webcast in the history of the internet when it was aired in 2001:

    http://www.mind-deprogramming.com/

    Once on this page, go to the video list and scroll down to playlist #10 and click on that. Then it will go to another list and click on playlist #1, entitled "The Disclosure Project (2001) National Press Club Conference".

    AND...while I'm at it, you can view a riveting and engaging alternative to the official versions of the 9/11 WTC incident in documentary form made by legitimate people (not gov and not looking for $$) by also going to:

    http://www.mind-deprogramming.com/

    and once you are on the page, go to Playlist #2 and click on "9/11 videos", then another list will come up and click on Playlist #2, entitled "Loose Change 2nd Edition". All videos are free and can be viewed right there on the website.

    If you haven't already seen these things, happy viewing!

    Peace always
  19. Anonymous oneviolin posted at 11:03 PM, June 16, 2006  
    "...like someone or something is going to reward them for holding you down and holding your feelings and unique specialness (as is in everybody) hostage to the status quo...and the status quo is not G-d's status quo, it is man and his infinitesmally small-minded and stiff-necked redundant eddy that he "calls" spirituality but in fact is like riding around a corral on a lame pony."

    Just wanted to amend this statement to something that I feel is more accurate. It's not "man" or "humankind" in general that does this, but CERTAIN MEN WITH INTERVENING AGENDAS, agendas that are small-minded, stiff-necked, corraling, confining both to themselves and others, and serving to implement and maintain a certain status quo in societies and on the planet which is then promulgated as ediFYING. Personal gain stands as a major player in this unholy drama, let's call it greed. Not that you don't know all of this already. :-)


    See the following link:

    http://seaspower.com/

    Peace
  20. Anonymous Ana posted at 11:29 PM, June 19, 2006  
    Eve,

    I read the article in the Christian Science Monitor. I can't read Arabic so I saw not that objectionable in English. I am an American, who has read and studied a bit about the Middle East and Saudi Arabia, but I am have some trouble identifying with what it is actually like to live there as a woman. From your blog, it sounds like you live an amazing life. You have an interesting job that includes a great deal of world travel.

    What do women (and men) do for fun in Saudi Arabia? What is social life like? Is there any "dating"? From your site you mention dates or interesting meetings outside the country.

    Ana
  21. Blogger Saudi Adam posted at 12:43 PM, June 26, 2006  
    Why when anyone writes negative stuff about Islam, he or she is related to Saudi Arabia?
    Saudi Eve can write all what she wishes about her love life or about her freedom to be a westerner, but we must not tkae that as if it is representing Islam as I know she isn't. It is a shame that the media supports this. I have just heard an interview on NPR with Rasheed Abu Al Samh who was defending Saudi Eve and the likes of her. This is expected from an Arab News journalist, but it was not expected from a devoted Muslim. My question is: Why does the media interview radical liberals who are not defending Islam yet portrays them as "Saudi"?

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