Monday, August 16, 2010

A one of a kind Gentleman.

Ghazi al-Gosaibi

Ghazi Al Gosaibi, politician, friend, writer and talented poet, has died of cancer at the age of 70.
For those unaware of his background, Ghazi Al Gosaibi was Labour Minister for the Saudi Arabian Government, a post he held until his death. His career in politics has also seen him serve as the Saudi ambassador to Britain and Bahrain.
From 1992-2002 he was Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Britain, but was removed from his post after publishing a poem which praised the bravery of a Palestinian female suicide bomber.
As Labour Minister, he urged unemployed young Saudi men to take the jobs they had traditionally left for foreigners, driving his point home by memorably serving hamburgers at a fast food restaurant in Jeddah.
As well as his ''9 to 5'', Mr. Al Gosaibi's literary works included a series of novels discussing corruption at home, Arab alienation and essays analysing relations between Islam and the West. His poems were touching, profound and relative to many, from all walks of life. 

May he rest in peace.
Source: BBC News

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