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...freedom that manages to transcend the limits imposed on everyday expressions of dissent. Even those who live in authoritarian states, at least where tweeting is allowed, can express a view reasonably free from detection.
I was thinking of this on reading about the latest absurdity by Saudi Arabia’s morality police. Yes, the country has a morality police, bearded auxiliaries employed by the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice. They are more familiarly known to Saudis as Hayaa. In Damam on the Kingdom’s Gulf Coast they recently marched into an education ... (more)
That’s a tweet by Hamaza Kashgari, a particularly brave Saudi Arabian-based journalist, poet and political activist. Already in trouble for stating this obvious truth, he chirruped a couple of tweets too loud; he tweeted about the Prophet Mohammed. Rather naïve of him, I would have thought, given where he lives and given what he knows, given that this is a subject likely to whip up all sorts of dreadful atavistic passions in a dreadful antediluvian kingdom.
He is young, only twenty-three. It was all innocent enough, but there is no innocence in this desert hellhole. Here it is in... (more)
Change happens, even sometimes if only by imperceptible degrees. Further to my recent article on women drivers in Saudi Arabia (Drive of the Women) I can report that there have still been no official repercussions, with more and more women joining the nascent protest against the driving ban.
Although ruled by a considerably more reactionary and obscurantist clique than those governing either Tunisia or Egypt, where the disturbances in the Arab world began, Saudi Arabia has the advantage of a far smaller population. It’s also a rich country, rich in oil, one where the authorities have... (more)
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... end)March, march -- many as one,Shoulder to shoulder and friend to friend.
Women have come a long way since this was adopted as the anthem of the Women’s Social and Political Union in 1911, but there is still a long way to go, in some parts of the world more than others.
Take Saudi Arabia, a country where women are not second class citizens; they are hardly citizens at all. They are not allowed to vote, except in a limited way in local elections. They are not allowed to travel without written permission from a male relative. And if they do travel they are no allowed to... (more)
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