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Scottish council pension funds “bankrolling” arms firms - The Ferret

Pension funds in Scotland have £420 million worth of investments in arms companies including nearly £12m in a US arms giant in Fife linked to allegations of war crimes in Yemen. The arms firms backed by 11 council pension funds include Northrop ...and more »

Once Shunned as 'Drivers,' Saudi Women Who Fought Ban Now Celebrate - New York Times

They were arrested, suspended from jobs, shunned by relatives and denounced by clerics as loose women out to destroy society. Their offense? They did what many in Saudi Arabia considered unthinkable: getting in cars and driving. Their protest in 1990 ...and more »

Saudi Arabia finally let women drive. Don't mistake it for democratic reform. - Washington Post

On Sept. 26, Saudi Arabia granted its female citizens the right to drive, reversing a decades-long prohibition. The latest in a number of changes shaking the conservative foundations of the kingdom, this widely publicized reform occurred in the wake of ...and more »

Trump administration approves sale of $15bn Thaad missile defence system to Saudi Arabia - The Independent

The US government has approved the possible sale of a THAAD anti-missile defence system to Saudi Arabia at an estimated cost of $15 billion, the Pentagon said on Friday, citing Iran among regional threats. The approval opens the way for Saudi Arabia to ...and more »

What marketers need to know about the power of Saudi Arabia's new fleet of female drivers - The Drum

When Professor Jonathan AJ Wilson, PhD started thinking about Saudi Arabia lifting the ban on women drivers, he played 'My Favourite Game' by the Cardigans. “The video takes me back to memories of the iconic movie Thelma & Louise and the bittersweet ...and more »

Woman dies in car crash during her first driving lesson — days after Saudi Arabia lifts ban on female drivers -

A woman has died in a car crash during her first driving lesson in Saudi Arabia, days after the country lifted its 60-year ban on female motorists. The driver was sat behind the wheel for the first time in Jeddah, near the Red Sea, when she reportedly ...and more »

What drove Saudi Arabia to lift driving ban? It's not all about women. - Christian Science Monitor

Alleviating the burden on middle-class Saudi families is part of it. So is the boon to the economy from enabling women's employment. But it could also be a distraction as the crown prince consolidates power and cracks down on dissent. Hasan Jamali/AP/File.and more »

8 photos of the S-400 in Syria, Russia's most advanced missile defense system that the US could go up against - Business Insider

The US appears on the verge of striking the Syrian government after it allegedly carried out a gas attack in a suburb of Damascus over the weekend. Russia has vowed to shoot down any US missile strike and repeatedly warned that any such strike on Syria ...and more »

Saudi Arabia Says It Dismantled ISIS Cell in Capital Planning Attack on Ministry -

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The Saudi government said Thursday that it had dismantled an ISIS cell in the capital, Riyadh, in connection with a plot to launch a suicide attack on the Defense Ministry. Two militants were killed and five others were arrested ...and more »

The US approves $15 billion sale of THAAD air-defense systems to Saudi Arabia - Business Insider

The US State Department on Friday approved a sale of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile-defense systems to Saudi Arabia, according to a press release from Defense Security Cooperation Agency. The State Department approved Saudi Arabia's ...and more »