Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Our Friends, the Saudis

I don't suppose we're interested in charging in to bring freedom to Saudi women.

A Saudi woman has been sentenced to be lashed 10 times with a whip for defying the kingdom's prohibition on female drivers.


Police usually stop female drivers, question them and let them go after they sign a pledge not to drive again. But dozens of women have continued to take to the roads since June in a campaign to break the taboo.

The sentence comes two days after King Abdullah promised to protect women's rights and decreed women would be allowed to participate in municipal elections in 2015. Abdullah also promised to appoint women to the all-male shura council advisory body.

  UK Guardian

One might imagine the sentenced woman will get a reprieve. If not, she will be the martyr for the cause, which can’t look good for Abdullah. One might also imagine that the women - or woman, more likely - he appoints to the council will recommend a change in the laws.

....but hey, do what you will anyway.

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