Saudi Arabia: Women can vote, still get lashed for driving

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September 28, 2011
The Christian Science Monitor    
Posted in LAND News, PND News

"King Abdullah’s decision this week to give Saudi Arabia’s women the right to vote and run as candidates was heralded by many as an important breakthrough. And it is -- as much as it can be in a country that is much more of a monarchy than a democracy. But yesterday’s sentencing of a woman who dared to drive, defying the kingdom’s strict interpretation of Islam that frowns on women behind the wheel, serves as a reminder of how far the kingdom has yet to go to reach gender equality." [editor's note: The amusing thing about this story is the writer's assertion that merely adding "democracy" would automatically prevent this - SAT] (09/28/11)

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