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Reformist Saudi prince bounces up against flawed education system and ingrained social mores

James Dorsey | Posted 11.08.2016 | Home
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey An unpublished survey of aspirations of young Saudi men suggests that garnering enthusiasm for Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Sa...

The Key to Our Development Challenges? Empowered Women

HRH Princess Lamia bin Majed AlSaud | Posted 09.28.2016 | Women
HRH Princess Lamia bin Majed AlSaud

Tackling gender inequality is one of the most important challenges the world faces in the twenty-first century. In recognition of this, world lead...

What to Do About Saudi Arabia

Joseph Braude | Posted 09.11.2016 | Home
Joseph Braude

American policymakers share a concern that the Saudi government, Saudi charities, and wealthy Saudi individuals continue to promote extremism around t...

Saudi Arabia projects change, albeit at a snail's pace

James Dorsey | Posted 08.04.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey Saudi Arabia is projecting miniscule steps to reverse decades of denial of women's sporting rights as evidence of significant chan...

How can there be guardianship over women in a modern Saudi Arabia?

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 07.25.2016 | Home
Faisal J. Abbas

So much has happened over the past 10 days: a terrorist attack in France on Bastille Day, a failed Turkish coup, Donald Trump officially become the Re...

Sports: A barometer of Saudi reform

James Dorsey | Posted 07.13.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey Mohammed Simsim, the president of the Saudi Arabian Weightlifting Federation, embodies existential dilemmas involved in Saudi depu...

The Bin Ladens: A Saudi Bellwether

James Dorsey | Posted 05.14.2016 | Home
James Dorsey

The past year has not been good to Osama Bin Laden's brothers, owners of the Saudi Binladen Group, one of the kingdom's leading construction conglomerates.

Daneh Buahmad and the Essence of Modern, Global Style

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 05.05.2016 | Style
E. Nina Rothe

Who is the true modern Saudi woman? Well, that definition may require too many words, but I can definitely tell you who she isn't. She's not the com...

'Roads To Olympia': A Film With Impact

Roads To Olympia | Posted 03.29.2016 | Impact
Roads To Olympia

By Aaron Weiss for Roads To Olympia On the set of Roads To Olympia The art of storytelling can be a very powerful tool. Will the combination of mov...

Saudi Arabia Will Finally Let Divorced Women, Widows Manage Family Affairs Without Men

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 01.06.2017 | Home

RIYADH, Dec 2 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia will let divorced women and widows manage family affairs without approval from a man or a court order, a state-...

Saudi Women Register To Vote For The First Time Ever

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 01.05.2017 | Home

Women in Saudi Arabia began registering to vote this week for the first time in the nation's history. But the roadblocks to voting they still face are...

In Saudi Arabia, Social Media Is Helping Reveal The Harassment Of Women

The Huffington Post | Sara Elkamel | Posted 08.07.2015 | Home

Two videos showing men harassing women on city streets in Saudi Arabia have spread across social media networks in recent weeks, renewing debate about...

A Different Lens on the Iran Nuclear Outcome

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 07.24.2016 | Politics
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

While Iran has a long way to go, it's hard to take the view that what America needs to do to meet its vital national interests is to strengthen the Saudi hand in the world while keeping Iran isolated. So as president Obama quoted Yitzhak Rabin "You don't make peace with friends." You make it with very unsavory enemies."

A Campaign in Saudi Arabia Challenges Young People to Rethink Their Biases

Joseph Braude | Posted 06.13.2016 | Home
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Joseph Braude

A three-minute video, posted by a Saudi government-backed organization to YouTube on June 4, has garnered 150,000 views in 48 hours and sparked a discussion in the kingdom about how to stem sectarian conflict.

Blatter's Call on Iran to Allow Women Into Stadia Reeks of Opportunism

James Dorsey | Posted 05.08.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

It will take more than a verbal statement to persuade either Iran of Saudi Arabia to lift restrictions on women's sports. To achieve that, Mr. Blatter would have to put a sufficiently high price tag on their failure to do so.

Keen to Project a Progressive Image, the UAE Picks Its Battles

James Dorsey | Posted 04.09.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

Projecting an image of being politically and culturally on the cutting edge, the UAE carefully picks its battles. Participation in the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls a swath of Syria and Iraq, has projected the Emirates as a military force to be reckoned with. Soccer is the Emirates' next target.

Sports associations step up pressure on human rights violators

James Dorsey | Posted 04.06.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey International sporting associations have hardened their stance towards wannabe hosts of mega-events, who violate basic rights, inc...

Reflections on the Late King Abdullah From His Daughter Princess Adela

Rahilla Zafar | Posted 03.25.2015 | Home
Rahilla Zafar

Much of the progress for women's rights in Saudi society has been unknown to those outside of the Kingdom. In a rare interview, Al-Saud sheds light on societal shifts and new laws that have directly impacted women's opportunities in the workplace.

AFC Official 'Happy' to Bar Women Spectators From Stadia

James Dorsey | Posted 03.25.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has dropped any pretention of standing up for universal standards for equality in sports by endorsing bans on women attending soccer matches in stadia.

Soccer Soft Power: A Double-Edged Sword

James Dorsey | Posted 03.23.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

An avalanche of criticism of FC Bayern Muenchen, a leading soccer brand and Germany's most successful club, for playing a commercially driven friendly against Saudi Arabia's FC Al Hilal amid a crackdown on dissent in the kingdom.

The Power of the Feminine Self: Manhood Liberated from Violence Against Women

Payam Akhavan | Posted 03.20.2015 | Home
Payam Akhavan

Somewhere near Mosul in Iraq, a Yazidi woman is sold into "marriage" at that price. That is, if she is between 20 and 30 years of age. If she is 10 to 20 years of age, the price is higher, at $129 dollars. The highest price of $172 is reserved for girls up to the age of nine.

Women's Sporting Rights: The Battle is in Philadelphia... and Riyadh

James Dorsey | Posted 03.16.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

A pre-teen female player has attracted widespread attention with her fight to overturn a clerical ban on her right to play football alongside boys in a co-ed league.

No Joking Matter: Souad Al-Shammary and Saudi Clergy

Elham Manea | Posted 02.11.2015 | Home
Elham Manea

She made a joke about a beard and the medieval clergy went berserk; apparently they do not have a sense of humor.

Saudi Women Hope For Greater Rights In 2015

OZY | Emily Cadei | Posted 12.11.2014 | Home

By EMILY CADEI -- OZY Saudi Arabian women’s headline-grabbing 2011 driving protests were a seminal moment for women’s rights in this ultraconse...

Behind Closed Doors, Women Are Leading a Revolution in Saudi Arabia

Holly Williams | Posted 02.02.2015 | Home
Holly Williams

On a recent trip to Effat, while on assignment for CBS News, one civil engineering major told me that she and her classmates intend to "invade the workplace" when they graduate in June. "The future is open to them," the dean of graduate studies told me. "They think they can reach to the skies."