Does Being a Brave Saudi Blogger Pay?

newyorker-Wright-Saudi-Whipping-1200‘Badawi will be given 50 more lashes outside a mosque in his home city of Jeddah unless a Saudi prison doctor determines he is not yet fit to face the punishment owing to injuries sustained last Friday. If nothing changes, he will be flogged every Friday for the next 19 weeks.

‘Badawi’s wife, Ensaf Haidar, who is now in Canada, has said she fears he may not be able to physically withstand a second round. “Raif told me he is in a lot of pain after his flogging, his health is poor,” she told Amnesty. “I told our children about the news last week so that they would not find out about it from friends at school. It is a huge shock for them. International pressure is crucial; I believe if we keep up the support it will eventually pay off.”…’

Businesses Try To Stave Off Brain Drain As Boomers Retire
‘The need is not across the board; not all retirees are in demand. But the older-worker brain drain is a big concern for industries like mining and health care. They are trying to retain older employees because demand is increasing and fewer younger workers are rising through the ranks.

‘Employers are trying to hang onto older talent by offering flexible work hours, more attractive health care benefits or having retirees return to mentor younger workers. And more people are, in fact, working later — either because they want to, or they have to. According to AARP, nearly 19 percent of workers over age 65 work (about 1 in 5), compared with about 11 percent (1 in 10) three decades ago…’

Newspaper Carrier Notices Light Left On, Saves Life
‘Newspaper carrier Douglas MacRae noticed something was amiss when papers were piling up outside a house on Wildcat Road in Sparta. It also struck him as odd that a light toward the back of the house was on at 3 a.m., and had remained so for a few days.

‘After finishing his New Jersey Herald deliveries on Wildcat Road Friday morning, MacRae drove to the Sparta Police Station and asked officers to perform a wellness check on the household, home to 85-year-old Olive Blaison.

‘And it’s a good thing because Blaison, according to her niece, had fallen as a result of a heart attack…’

This ‘Unfamous’ Painting Became Famous Because it was Stolen
‘The 11-by-14-inch drawing, “Cartel de Don Juan Tenorio,” was taken from the month-old gallery Venus Over Manhattan on June 19 by a thief in a checkered shirt who strolled in with a shopping bag and strolled out with the Dalí. He apparently simply lifted it off the wall of the gallery, at 980 Madison Avenue, near East 77th Street.

‘The police released surveillance images last week showing the thief in the checkered shirt.

‘“There was a security guard standing right there,” the gallery’s owner, Adam Lindemann, said at the time, “so how you don’t see a young, sweaty guy with a shopping bag I don’t understand.” …’

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