Domestic Terror, Saudi Style

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Still, the Saudi government has attempted to address the situation. In January 2011 it tightened regulations regarding labor workers by increasing the requirements on possible employers, including the submittal of references proving an employers’ “good conduct.”

Unfortunately, this simple act of compliance has proven too much of a burden for most Saudi employers as job orders have dropped from an average of 1,000 each day to just five a day in the past five months.

For its part, the Indonesian government has responded to the situation by issuing a moratorium on the Saudi hiring of Indonesian women as well as a call for clemency for 23 of its nationals who currently face the Saudi death penalty.

The Philippine government has also issued a moratorium on the hiring of Filipino maids. That moratorium, however, was issued after the Philippine government had refused a Saudi proposal to cut the minimum wage for maids from $400 a month down to $200.

Ironically, both moratoriums have come at a time when the Saudi government is trying to wean itself off its heavy dependence on migrant-workers by pledging over $90 billion in programs aimed at boosting services and jobs for its own citizens.

Currently, over two-thirds of jobs in Saudi Arabia are held by foreigners, including almost 90 percent in the private sector. Moreover, unemployment in the Saudi kingdom stands at 10.5 percent with youth unemployment approaching nearly 30 percent. To that end, Saudi Arabia has imposed new quotas on companies in the kingdom to employ local staff, with cuts in permits for foreign workers if they fail to comply.

Still, it remains more than likely that the Indonesian and the Philippine governments will soon resolve their issues with the Saudi government. After all, migrant workers generate huge sums of cash, most of which is sent back home to their impoverished families. In 2010 Saudi Arabia was the source of $34 billion in such remittances. Moreover, it is estimated that the current Indonesian moratorium will cost it $1.6 billion.

In fact, so reluctant has Indonesia been in the past to lose that extra income that it rescinded a proposal in 2010 to raise the minimum age and salaries of maids after a coalition of employment agencies in the Gulf threatened to look elsewhere in Asia for maids and drivers.

Even Sri Lanka, which has 300,000 Sri Lankans guest workers in Saudi Arabia, more than twice as many as in any other country, is reluctant to impose any moratorium and risk the influx of money.

That rigid Sri Lankan stance, unfortunately, spells bad news for Rizana Nafeek, a Sri Lankan maid scheduled to be beheaded for allegedly murdering a four-month-old baby despite her plea that she had been trying to save the child from choking. Nafeek — who was seventeen at the time of the incident–had no legal representation before or during her trial.

Now, Nafeek will soon be marched into a packed town square where — blindfolded and shackled — she will be forced to kneel facing Mecca before her life will be brutally and abruptly ended with one sweep of a sharp-edged sword. Her frightfully cruel death chalked up as nothing more than a standard condition of Saudi Arabian employment.

Frank Crimi is a writer living in San Diego, California. You can read more of Frank’s work at his blog,

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  • sharpsrifle

    The irony is that this whole sordid situation further reveals what islime actually is: Arab hegemony/superiority. The Indonesian woman who was beheaded was a muslima…but non-Arabs, even mohammedan non-Arabs, are still viewed as slaves or worse by the Arab mohammedans.

    Just seal the Arab countries off and let them destroy themselves. That'd be best for the rest of the world.

  • StephenD

    Say, why don't we put restrictions on drilling for oil on land here in the States so we can save a snowy egret's habitat and continue and increase doing business with Saudi Arabia?
    Maybe if we give more money to them they will be more humane to their subservient indentured servants. Doesn’t matter, so long as Washington can keep the media from mentioning this they can ignore it while they tout their concern for “Human Rights.”

  • myomy

    Why oh why didn't Truman nuke all the muslims too before he left office? He would have done the world a big favor if he had. These muslim savages are the lowest form of human life on the planet. There is no such thing as a moderate muslim, those are just muslims who aren't devout enough yet.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Just curious…can anyone point to just one Muslim majority country anywhere in the world where Christians and other unbelievers aren’t violently oppressed and systematically persecuted when not outright slaughtered altogether, and where they can build new houses of worship and practice their respective religions openly and freely?

    Yet, according to our government’s official position and the lamestream media as well, Islam is a Religion of Peace™ being hijacked by a tiny minority of extremists, and we really don’t have anything to worry about mass Muslim immigration to the West, even as the vast overwhelming majority of Muslim immigrants to the West have flat out refused to assimilate and integrate and formed segregated Muslim no-go zones ruled by Sharia instead.

  • LindaRivera

    All countries must join principled India and not allow their citizens to work as house maids in Saudi Arabia.

    It is evident that Saudi Arabia employers don't even look upon foreign house maids as being human. They are looked upon as prey to be abused in terrible ways. All countries must not only ban their citizens from working in Saudi Arabia, they must demand that every one of their citizens are sent home immediately. It is a matter of life or death.

  • Anthony

    Hey Americans !
    It is now time to bomb Mekkah and Medinah and obliterate Islaam just as you did to the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
    Strike soon or you will regret for the delay. With best wishes.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    The Saudis are paying for a war against us, subverting education to be anti-American
    and anti-Israeli, promoting violence and mayhem. The are a low desert breed
    of barbarian nomads that made money on our needs and payed the powers
    that be to end American oil drilling and exploration, leaving Americans in a
    financial lurch where we export wealth in unbelievable amounts to the barbarian
    Islamist enemies fighting our troops in the Middle East. Two things, all of the
    Muslim States are our enemies and secondly so are the American Politicians that
    promote doing business with them to our peril…………………………William

  • Ghostwriter

    Sadly,there have also been cases of Saudis in this country abusing foreign help. Some years ago,I read of a couple of Saudi immigrants who had virtually enslaved a maid from somewhere I can't remember. Eventually,she escaped and contacted the police. They caught them and now are serving prison terms. Hopefully,exposure of this can help put an end to this type of abuse.

  • BS77

    Sudan, LIbya, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Algeria…..hell holes …..when will the West awaken??

  • Dispozovdaburka

    I heard that pigs blood is an age old remedy for Muslims.

  • kafir4life

    I think the main crux and root cause of the problem has been largely overlooked. In Saudi Arabia, I've heard that they're fond of the pedophilic maniac that shat the terror guide the koran. A maniac they call mohamat, or momo the pig-faced pedophile. Nobody is really sure why they do, but they tend to attempt to be as much like this insane half dog, half pig beat (mohamat if you forgot) as they can. In order to behave like momo, it's required that they behave un-human. Therefore, rape, beheadings, torture, etc. are considered a positive influence on the ;"ummah", or muslim gang of sub-humans.

  • Wesley69

    The wonderful, peaceful, humane religion of Islam that permits such abuse and its courts that uphold it.