A few days ago, after learning about the plight of Ali Mohammed al-Nimr while watching the Bill Maher Show, I had to scour news sources for any mention of his situation, let alone find any up-to-date information. Now, thanks to people around the world who are bringing Ali’s impending beheading and crucifixion to the forefront, and with a HUGE boost from hacktivists, Anonymous, who brought down a bunch of Saudi government websites, this screenshot, taken this morning, is just a tiny sample of news coverage about this young man:
Ali’s predicament is tenuous, at best, and it’s impossible to guess how this will end. One thing is sure: the Saudi government has recently had a tough public relations “hit” with the horrific stampede during Hajj. They also want to be a part of a United Nations Human Rights Council which has enraged people because of the Saudis horrible human rights abuses in their own country. Also, world leaders are in New York at the United Nations this week to discuss, among other things, the terrible plight of the Syrian refugees. Yes, the world is a messy, violent place. Yes, politicians always have their “ear to the ground” to see what the next “fuss” will be about, all the while hoping it isn’t about something they’ve done. Bottom line: now is NOT the time to let up about Ali. Quite the opposite. Tweet, post, email…whatever, to your local, or national news media. Bring this up. Don’t just share it. That’s too easy. It’s also easy, by the way, to just sit here, writing about it, especially when you see the anguish of those on the front lines of heartbreaking stories. But not everyone has a front seat in a place where they can have a “hands on” impact and, to be honest, even if you were in Saudi Arabia, speaking out publicly might land you in a jail cell with Ali.
So, that means that those of us who are in a position to have our voices heard have a responsibility to do just that. As Francis Bacon said:
If our corrupt leaders truly want a new world order and global governance, then I say they deal with the inevitable consequences. These linkages lead to things like uproar over the killing of Cecil the lion, and worldwide outcry over the plight of Syrian refugees, or support of a Pope who has all the right moves, and now, concern for a scared young man thousands of miles away, sitting in a prison cell, waiting to have his head lopped off. We citizens of the world, no matter what language we speak, what religion we practice, or what color our skin, need to stand together and say, “no” to any harm coming to Ali.
I can’t tell you who to contact because everyone has different means and methods, but please, please do not just share this. In fact, DON’T share this. Just do something for Ali. Sharing is too easy and allows us to feel we’ve actually accomplished something, but that just leads to a lot of people feeling they’re done dealing with it, with perhaps only a few actually going the extra mile.
If you’re not sure how to proceed, here are some ideas:
- Email or contact (by any method possible) a news outlet. The bigger the outlet, the better. Tell them that they must speak out about Ali;2. Contact a politician, again, the bigger the better. Ask them to help save Ali’s life;3. Contact, via any method possible, a Saudi government official or actual person, and it can be someone on the “fringe.” For example, I sent messages to polo clubs and social clubs in Riyadh. Why? So they know that the eyes of the world are upon them to do the right thing. Inserting your message into “crevices” of power and influence can produce surprisingly positive outcomes.The internet, at least for now, is the great equalizer. Heck, even Saudi King Salman has a Twitter account. What an incredible world we live in. And, yes, I’ve tweeted him about Ali a few times. Or a dozen. But who’s counting?I bet he is.