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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 »

US Approves Possible $15 Billion Sale Of THAAD Missiles To Saudi Arabia - NDTV

The approval opens the way for Saudi Arabia to purchase 44 Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) launchers and 360 missiles, as well as fire control stations and radars. World | Reuters | Updated: October 07, 2017 04:15 IST. 13 Shares. EMAIL ...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 »

A death and a driver's license - Washington Times

Hugh Hefner dies at 91 and women in Saudi Arabia get royal permission to drive a car. These two markers separated by continents and cultures, one in the West and the other in the East, dramatically reflect the changing ways men and women relate to each ...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. Aziza Yousef ...and more »

Saudis consider easing austerity to spur growth, says IMF - Financial Times

Saudi Arabia is considering easing austerity to spur growth as the kingdom battles recession and unemployment, the International Monetary Fund said. The IMF, in its annual report issued after consultations with Saudi officials, said the authorities had ...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 »

Saudi women drivers spark Iranian social media buzz - Deutsche Welle

Ordinary Iranians have taken to social media in response to Saudi Arabia's reforms allowing women to drive. Many compared the emergence of women's rights in Saudi Arabia to the sluggish growth of Iran's women's movement. Iran Wahlen 2016 (Isna). The ...and more »

The Saudi Paper Tiger - The Globalist

Far from dominant, Saudi Arabia's future in the Middle East is that of a second fiddle state. AddThis Sharing Buttons. Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to Reddit Share to WhatsApp Share to LinkedIn Share to Email Share to Print. By James M ...and more »

House of Saud and its jubilant tale of progress - The Asian Age

A victory for Saudi women thus comes at the expense of heightening Saudi nationalism and even xenophobia. Saudi women, which going by the Kingdom's definition are only those born to a Saudi father, are an integral part of the new Saudi Arabia that ...and more »