Regardless of who we are or where we are from, we have a heritage, history and examplar to set. I think these rules especially apply to the global expatriate. How we represent ourselves is also reflective of what others who may not know much about our country of origin come away with as typical of someone from a particular place, tribe or ethnicity.
With the millions of expatriates who come to Saudi Arabia for opportunities, this presents a melting pot of differing people, cultures, customs, traditions and heritages. These expatriates are the informal ambassador s of their home countries. How they conduct themselves and treat others is also how they and their country will be perceived.
I learned the lessons early on that I was both myself but also a role model and representative of America. I was watched and judged as an American, a wife, a Saudi wife and as someone who was not born Saudi. I tried hard to follow the adage treat others as you wish to be treated yourself. Do good deeds. Do not take advantage of others and want to learn and help. I was always happy to share what I did know and keep my mind open to learn more and change or adapt when it was necessary.
These are simply lessons of life that apply the world over. I pray that most of us had these life foundation lessons instilled at birth. Regardless, where there is a will and determination, we can all change if the desire to do so is inside and sincere.
I am writing these words due to the recent and blatant rape and pillar aging of the American Bedu blog content and of content from other well known Saudi bloggers and writers. A grievous mistake was made but sadly without a sincere attempt at remorse or restitution once this infraction was discovered. Yes; it does speak badly of manners, honor, integrity, trust, ethics and morals. Instead of a remorseful apology with an action plan to correct this vast oversight, the immature blogger simply wants an inclusive ‘mea culpa’ and move on. No…. we do not learn from mistakes without corrective actions. I have asked her to contact Saudi media with acknowledgement and apology of what she has done…to start. Her actions should end with the total closure of her blog which is far too polluted with cut and pastes from numerous bloggers and articles to be salvaged. She simply needs to redo her blog from scratch – new blogging platform, new name. Instead she wants the (negative) attention and notoriety that her actions have brought her.
Allegedly she holds a responsible position in the expatriate community as a pharmacist at King Faisal Specialist Hospital. In addition to her day-to-day duties she has also written for King Faisal’s own publication. Hmmm…wonder if she is aware that I have many contributions in that same publication? The staff better watch the words and articles carefully…I had about a 6 year head start on her!
Her lack of scruples concern me not only against copyright violations but what kind of short cuts might she be taking in her professional activities? She is proud of her family and claims her family are writers, speakers and stand up for justice but then her own actions circumvent those values. Is this an appropriate representative for a high profile position in the Kingdom? What scrutiny has the Ministry of Information or Ministry of Health placed on her actions and activities?
Now…to the personal. I’m a fighter and actually take pleasure in obtaining objectives with diversity. In this venue, I’m talking about my cancer. When I feel m worse that is when I attempt to write my best and share content with American Bedu readers. It is part of my motivation and drive. We are not holding back any secrets when I talk about my battle and the present state of my cancer (Stage IV, incurable, inoperable….but able to somewhat control and fight!) This blogger is taking away my blood, sweat and toil. I don’t like that nor tolerate that. She’s young, strong and if she truly has the position she claims in Saudi Arabia, she has the intelligence to write her own original posts. Saudi Arabia is a daily melting pot of issues on which to write. There is no need for any cut and paste.
Okay…I’ve said my piece on the matter. I’ve said it from the heart. I wish to encourage American Bedu readers to reach out and complain to www.blogspot.com, www.google.com, www.adsense.com and complain to these organizations that the Desert Pill Pusher blog is blatantly violating copyright, ethics and blogging integrity. I also encourage readers to inform King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Riyadh how an amployee is capitalizing on their presence and professional stature to bring attention to themselves rather than the job which they are their to perform. This is an issue the Ministry of Health should be aware as well as the Ministry of Information.
In advance, I and the many other bloggers impacted thank you for your continued support and following of our blogs which we joyfully provide as a service to you.
Carol Fleming Al-Ajroush
American Bedu Blog
August 2006 – present day
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