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Posts Tagged: Saudi Arabia

Secret Cinema in Saudi Arabia

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Though cinemas and movie-making were made illegal in the 1970s after religious conservatives declared many cultural activities sinful, it has not stopped Saudi Arabians from making and showing films that undermine SA’s puritanism today.

A few renegade film makers in Saudi Arabia called Red Wax have created an underground movie group that shows films on taboo political and social issues, like women’s rights and migrant workers.

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King Revokes Lashings

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“Although there has been no official confirmation of the ruling, Princess Amira al-Taweel, wife of the Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, tweeted: ‘Thank God, the lashing of [Shaima] is cancelled. Thanks to our beloved king. I am sure all Saudi women will be so happy, I know I am.’

King Abdullah has revoked what would have been the first legal punishment of ten lashings to a woman for driving (announced Tuesday).

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10 Lashes for Driving

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“‘How come women get flogged for driving while the maximum penalty for a traffic violation is a fine, not lashes?’ Zein el-Abydeen said. ‘Even the Prophet (Muhammad’s) wives were riding camels and horses because these were the only means of transportation.’”

Two days ago we posted an article on Saudi Arabian women gaining the right to vote, but today a Saudi woman has been “sentenced to 10 lashes for driving a car.”

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Voting before Driving

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ABC reports that Saudi Arabian women will be allowed to take part in local elections starting in 2015.

“This is in a country where women are subjected to many restrictions, including not being allowed to drive. The United States and Britain both praised the decision, but some local activists say there is still a long way to go.”

Here is a video from The Associated Press “Saudi Women to Vote, But Still Can’t Drive” (Some women who took action against this ban are being tried):

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