WorldViews: Saudi Arabia


Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 10/28/2013

Saudi Arabia’s oppression of women goes way beyond its ban on driving

This video explains why it’s a much larger system than just driving laws.

By Max Fisher  |  12:49 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 10/27/2013

‘No Woman, No Drive’: Saudi Arabian music video spoofs ban on female drivers

The Bob Marley parody nicely skewers the law.

By Max Fisher  |  01:03 PM ET, 10/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:17 PM ET, 10/25/2013

Saudi women set to drive in protest and to show their rising clout

The women of Saudi Arabia women are making progress, on and off the road.

By Max Fisher  |  05:17 PM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 10/22/2013

Six reasons the U.S. and Saudi Arabia are moving apart

A break-up probably isn’t imminent, but the once-close allies are looking more like frenemies.

By Max Fisher  |  01:09 PM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 08/05/2013

This map of U.S. embassy and consulate closures raises more questions than it answers

Why would so many Mideast diplomatic buildings stay open, while four in sub-Saharan Africa be closed?

By Max Fisher  |  04:16 PM ET, 08/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Burundi, National Security, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Yemen

Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 05/30/2013

Where do people overshare most online? Hint: It's not the U.S.

More than 60 percent of Saudi Arabian social media users said they usually share "everything" or "most things" online in a recent poll.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:26 PM ET, 05/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 05/24/2013

Saudi man investigated after Boston Marathon speaks out

"Is it because of the color of my skin or ... the name of my country?" Abdulrahman Ali Alharbi asked in his first interview since the attacks

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:53 PM ET, 05/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 05/01/2013

Saudi Arabia launches powerful ad campaign against domestic violence

According to some reports, as many as 50% of all Saudi wives have suffered some form of spousal abuse

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:24 PM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 04/22/2013

Saudi Arabia grapples with surprisingly complicated politics of weekends

The country approved a study that is expected to pave the way for shifting its national weekend by one day.

By Max Fisher  |  12:31 PM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 04/16/2013

The other Saudi Arabians at the Boston Marathon

You probably heard about the Saudi student questioned by police. Here are the stories of the other Saudis at the race.

By Max Fisher  |  02:28 PM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 03/28/2013

Video: Saudi comedian attempts a 'reverse cultural invasion' of America

Fahad Albutairi satirizes Saudi views of the U.S.

By Max Fisher  |  02:53 PM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Saudi Arabia

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 03/27/2013

Video: Meet 'the Seinfeld of Saudi Arabia'

Fahad Albutairi's popular YouTube program, La Yekhtar, manages to be political and progressive in a place not known for either.

By Max Fisher  |  02:29 PM ET, 03/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 02/21/2013

Today's reads: Japan's growing militarism, how Saudi Arabia staves off revolution

The first of a new, daily feature on the articles I'm reading and why they matter.

By Max Fisher  |  08:45 AM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Japan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 02/06/2013

Beyond secret drones: The roots of the awkward, improbable, contradictory U.S.-Saudi relationship

How, and why, do Washington and Riyadh manage to sustain an alliance that has so many problems?

By Max Fisher  |  12:16 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  C.I.A., Saudi Arabia, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 12/10/2012

The seven countries where the state can execute you for being atheist

A new report on religious freedom finds severe restrictions on non-believers in several Middle Eastern states.

By Max Fisher  |  01:23 PM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Maldives, Maps, Mauritania, pakistan, Saudi Arabia

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 12/04/2012

Map: Which of the world's monarchies allow female royal succession

The remaining royal families are about split on the issue of whether to allow women to the throne, with some debating it heatedly.

By Max Fisher  |  01:10 PM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bahrain, belgium, Bhutan, Cambodia, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Maps, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 10/31/2012

Motorcycle Sheikh sparks Saudi controversy: Does the Koran approve?

Sheikh Salman al-Oud takes a theologically complex ride during the Hajj.

By Max Fisher  |  01:25 PM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 10/29/2012

Saudi Arabia faces an existential dilemma as religious tourism flatlines

Economically, the Kingdom is right to not invest in allowing more Hajj arrivals, but is there more at stake?

By Max Fisher  |  01:34 PM ET, 10/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Middle East, Saudi Arabia

Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 02/10/2012

Saudi Arabian protester, second in two days, reportedly shot dead by security forces

Both were reportedly shot dead by security forces.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  04:54 PM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Saudi Arabia, protests

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 02/09/2012

Saudi blogger’s tweets about prophet Muhammad stir Islamists to call for his execution

Hamza Kashgari tweeted that he would not pray to the prophet Muhammad.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  12:16 PM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Saudi Arabia, Twitter, Hamza Kashgari, Salman Rushdie

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 02/06/2012

M.I.A. song ‘Bad Girls,’ lawsuits renew fight for Saudi women’s right to drive

M.I.A. song ‘Bad Girls’ and new lawsuits against the government have put the ban on women driving back in the spotlight.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  03:29 PM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Saudi Arabia, M.I.A., women's right to drive

Posted at 04:34 PM ET, 01/09/2012

Saudi man tries to sell his son on Facebook for $20 million

Saud bin Nasser Al Shahry resorted to child trafficking so that he and his wife and daughter could avoid “living in poverty.”

By Elizabeth Flock  |  04:34 PM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Saudi Arabia, Facebook, child trafficking

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 01/03/2012

Saudi hackers say they published Israeli credit card information

Credit card numbers and personal information from thousands of Israelis were published online Tuesday morning.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  11:40 AM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Israel, Saudi Arabia, hackers

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 12/12/2011

Saudi Arabia executes woman convicted of ‘sorcery’

Saudi authorities executed a woman Monday convicted of practicing magic and sorcery.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  11:06 AM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Saudi Arabia, executions, sorcery, Amnesty International

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 12/02/2011

Saudi scholars say letting women drive would mean 'end of virginity'

Religious council rules that repealing the ban on women driving would spell the ‘end of virginity.’

By Elizabeth Flock  |  03:02 PM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Saudi Arabia, Manal al-Sharif, King Abdullah, Shura Council, Majlis al-Ifta’ al-A’ala, Saud women driving ban

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 10/28/2011

Meet Saudi Arabia’s new crown prince, Nayef bin Abdel-Aziz Al Saud

Saudi Arabia named a new crown prince late Thursday: the tough-talking, ultra-conservative interior minister Prince Nayef bin Abdel-Aziz Al Saud.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  12:02 PM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Saudi Arabia, Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi ambassador, targeted in Iranian assassination plot

Who is Saudi Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir, the man targeted in the assassination attempt?

By Melissa Bell  |  03:30 PM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Adel Al-Jubeir, Eric Holder, Saudi Arabia, Iran

Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 09/28/2011

Saudi woman driver's lashing sentence 'revoked' by King Abdullah

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has revoked a sentence of 10 lashes given to a Saudi woman for driving her car.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  04:42 PM ET, 09/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Saudi Arabia, women, King Abdullah

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 09/27/2011

Saudi woman sentenced to 10 lashes for driving

A Saudi woman has been sentenced to 10 lashes for driving just days after Saudi women won the right to vote and run as candidates for the first time.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  11:43 AM ET, 09/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Saudi Arabia, women

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 09/25/2011

Saudi women given right to vote, run as candidates for first time (photos, video)

Saudi King Abdullah said Sunday that the nation's women will gain the right to vote and run as candidates in local elections in 2015.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  12:35 PM ET, 09/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Saudi Arabia, women, King Abdullah