The Anonymous Widower

China And US Snub Global Talks On Vaccine

The title of this post is the same as that of this article in The Times.

Judging by the list of those that turned up to the talks, the United States and China care less about the health of their people and the wider world than Saudi Arabia.

May 5, 2020 Posted by | Health | , , , , | 2 Comments

Global Oil Storage Close To Being ‘Overwhelmed’

The title of this post is the same as that of this article in The Times.

This is the introductory paragraph.

Ships, pipelines and storage tanks holding surplus oil could be “overwhelmed” within weeks as the coronavirus pandemic causes unprecedented drops in fuel usage, the International Energy Agency warned yesterday.

So what are we going to do?

I can’t see Iran, Russia, Saudi Arabia and the United States cutting oil production.

But that is what must happen!

April 16, 2020 Posted by | World | , , , , | 5 Comments

The Chilling Power Of Drones And Software

This article on the BBC is entitled Saudi Oil Attacks: Images Show Detail Of Damage.

Read this article and then say, that drones can’t be used to create death ad destruction or merely havoc, like flight disruption at a major airport.


  • Automation is such, that drones can now be launched on a fire-and-forget basis.
  • You can’t jam an autonomous drone!
  • There is nothing to stop a top quality programmer creating evil software.
  • Much of the software, used for evil purposes, is probably also used to write business, research, engineering, scientific, educational and other types of software.
  • The genie is well and truly out of the bottle!

14/09/2019 will become a notorious date in history.

September 16, 2019 Posted by | Computing, World | , , , | Leave a comment

How Many Believe The Saudis About The Death Of Jamal Khashoggi?

I certainly don’t!

But Donald Trump does!

But then Trumpkopf likes dictators like Putin and Fatty The Third!

October 20, 2018 Posted by | News, World | , , , | Leave a comment

Railway That Could Bridge Middle East Divide

The title of this post is the same as an article by Roger Boyes in today’s copy of The Times.

The sub-title of the article is.

A new track from Israel to Saudi Arabia offers economic growth and stability in the region.

Read the article!

January 24, 2018 Posted by | Transport | , , | 5 Comments

Simon Fanshawe Questions Our Attitude To the Death Of King Abdulla

Simon Fanshawe is a respected commentator and today, he reviewed the papers on BBC Breakfast. He picked up this article in the Daily Mail entitled Flags at half mast and fawning praise for a King ‘loved by his people’ sparks furious backlash over rule which saw ‘death by stoning’ for adultery and regular beheadings.

It is not often I agree with the Daily Mail, but I agree with the areticle’s tone and would go further. David Cameron and Prince Charles should not be going to Saudi Arabia. How about sending two of Princess Anne/Prince Andrew and Nick Clegg/Theresa May?

I have never been to Saudi Arabia and never will until they bring their justice into the civilised world and treat women, homosexuals and other religions with respect. The same principle applies to other countries like the United States, Israel, Zimbabwe, North Korea and quite a few other countries. There are just so many interesting places with better systems, that I’m not cutting off my nose to spite my face.

January 24, 2015 Posted by | World | , , , | Leave a comment

A Real Winner From The Shard

The Shard is not my favourite building, but I do admire the skill of those who designed and built it, even if the overall shape and height are in my opinion not right for London.

But they have now announced that London-based Mace will team up with British firm EC Harris to create the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah. There’s more here in this article on the BBC’s web site.

So we must be good at something!

February 22, 2013 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

What Do Saudi Arabia, Russia and the Vatican City Have In Common?

According to tonight’s Evening Standard, they’ve all had diplomats arrested for drink driving in the last three years in London by the Met. Saudi Arabia had four, so I suppose it’s now alright for expats to drink in that country! In that time, 59 diplomats or their family members were alleged to have committed various offences, including fraud, robbery, rape and other sexual offences.  One from Oman, even made a bomb threat.

But of course none were punished, as they all claimed diplomatic immunity.

Isn’t it about time, this arcane law was scrapped.

July 5, 2011 Posted by | News, World | , | 1 Comment

The Biggest Womens Prison In The World

I inadvertently left the television on last night and I was woken at about 4:30 by a program about the plight of women in Saudi Arabia called Behind the Saudi Veil, by Sue Lloyd Roberts, shown in the Our World series. There’s a written article here.

The title of this post, was how a woman described Saudi Arabia.

Particularly badly treated appeared to be divorced women and widows, as they have no man or guardian to find the way through the byzantine Saudi bureaucracy.  They were also unable to work, as driving by women is illegal and that meant they couldn’t get to work or even to the bureaucrats to get help.

The news in the Middle East has been all been about an Arab Spring.  I doubt that will ever happen for women in Saudi Arabia.

Quite frankly it’s an atrocity, that must be ended.

May 7, 2011 Posted by | World | , , | 2 Comments

Global Warming Denial

The junket at Copenhagen is about to start and we’ll get all of those global warming denial stories.  Usually, they are from selfish, overweight people, who are addicted to 4x4s, private jets and all other wasteful indulgences.

But before you embrace what they say, read Johann Hari in the Independent.  He analyses all of the evidence and comes to the conclusion that global warming is man-made.

These are the last two paragraphs, which if you can’t bother to read the rest, you should read.

So let’s – for the sake of argument – make an extraordinary and unjustified concession to the deniers. Let’s imagine there was only a 50 per cent chance that virtually all the world’s climate scientists are wrong. Would that be a risk worth taking? Are you prepared to take a 50-50 gamble on the habitability of the planet? Is the prospect of getting our energy from the wind and the waves and the sun so terrible that’s not worth it on even these wildly optimistic odds?

Imagine you are about to get on a plane with your family. A huge group of qualified airline mechanics approach you on the tarmac and explain they’ve studied the engine for many years and they’re sure it will crash if you get on board. They show you their previous predictions of plane crashes, which have overwhelmingly been proven right. Then a group of vets, journalists, and plumbers tell they have looked at the diagrams and it’s perfectly obvious to them the plane is safe and that airplane mechanics – all of them, everywhere – are scamming you. Would you get on the plane? That is our choice at Copenhagen.

Now, I’ll add another thought.

Look at the major countries that are lukewarm on climate change; the United States, China and Saudi Arabia.  All have a lot to lose if climate change is accepted.  America would have to change its lifestyle much more than any other country, China would have to generate its energy in different ways and poor old Saudi would lose all those oil sales. None of these countries have large areas of low-lying land. 

On the other hand, a lot of those countries who believe that action should be done on global warning have a lot of land that will soon disappear.  They should know!

So just as the fat bloke in his 4×4 is a denier, so are the United States, China and Saudi Arabia.  It is just plain selfishness.

December 4, 2009 Posted by | World | , , , , , | 3 Comments