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Women's Sporting Rights Put Saudi Arabia and Iran on the Defensive

James Dorsey | Posted 10.12.2014 | Sports
James Dorsey

The struggle for women's rights to engage in sports and attend sporting events has commanded increased attention due to recent events.

Want to Destroy ISIS? Deny Weapons to Saudi Arabia Until Their Women Can Vote and Drive

H. A. Goodman | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

I detest religious extremism, but what I detest equally is funding this plague and pretending the billions in weapons we give to Islamic fundamentalists isn't the primary reason that ISIS and other terrorist groups exist.

Islamic State: Ideological Challenge to Saudi Arabia

James Dorsey | Posted 09.03.2014 | World
James Dorsey

If the threat to Israel and Jordan is primarily security, to Saudi Arabia it is also ideological, with IS tracing its roots to the philosophy of the 18th-century warrior-jurist Mohammed Ibn Abdul Wahhab and other Islamic sources on which the kingdom was built, and constituting a reference point that Salafists cannot ignore.

Saudi-Qatari Rivalry Spills onto the Soccer Pitch

James Dorsey | Posted 08.31.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Unable to persuade Qatari leaders to drop their support for the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups, Saudi Arabia appears determined to deprive its tiny neighbor of its regional soccer supremacy.

Saudi Efforts to Professionalize Soccer Marred by Politics

James Dorsey | Posted 10.11.2014 | Sports
James Dorsey

Efforts to professionalize soccer in Saudi Arabia in advance of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar are marred by efforts to maintain political control of the game, a lack of transparency and accountability, and disputes between Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Female Anchor Appears Without Headscarf On Saudi TV, Ignites Outrage

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 08.06.2014 | Women

A female anchor ignited a controversy when she appeared without a headscarf during a national news broadcast on a Saudi government-run channel. A clip...

Politics, Political Interference, and Mismanagement Hamper Middle Eastern Soccer

James Dorsey | Posted 08.16.2014 | Sports
James Dorsey

Millions across the Middle East and North Africa will cheer Algeria, the only Arab squad to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, when it meets Belgium this week in its first tournament match.

Despite Regional Differences, Women Across the Globe Face Same Career Advancement Challenges

Dr. Bernice Ledbetter | Posted 07.27.2014 | Women
Dr. Bernice Ledbetter

Women make up half the workforce in nearly every developed country around the world; however, when you look at the levels of senior female leaders the...

Saudi Soccer Debates Broadens Over Women's Rights and nationalism

James Dorsey | Posted 04.12.2014 | Sports
James Dorsey

Saudi Arabia, in which the beautiful game was legalized only in the 1950s, has long had an ambiguous relationship to the sport. The revived debate about women's rights and nationalism expands discussion in recent days about the role of soccer.

Dear World, Let's Give Saudi Women Some Credit

Laila Alawa | Posted 03.15.2014 | World
Laila Alawa

If we are truly looking to help the women in Saudi, it is integral to no longer engage in the far more comfortable monologue that we've had so many times. Instead, let's begin to engage in dialogue -- that is, dialogue that comes with the go-ahead of the Saudi women.

Women Grant Forgiveness, Men Give Permission

Iram Ganju | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Iram Ganju

Santosh Kalwar said, 'a strong gives forgiveness but weak gives permission.' My advice to the men who uphold traditional misogynistic practices that were created by and for them is to seek to be advisors, not grantors of permission. Therein lays your power.

Survey: Majority of Saudis Favor Women's Right to Play Sports

James Dorsey | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
James Dorsey

A vast majority of Saudis favor women having the right to fully engage in sports in a country that has no official facilities for female athletes or physical education programs for girls in schools, according to a Saudi sociology researcher.

Saudi Women Kick Off Driving Protest

AP | Posted 10.26.2013 | World

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Activists have posted a video of a woman in Saudi Arabia driving a car, as their campaign urging...

Saudi Women Struggle On The Path To Equal Rights

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 10.25.2013 | World

Saudi women reformers plan to flout a ban on driving Saturday. Here is a look at some of the milestones and roadblocks for women's rights in the ultra...

King Abdullah: Let The Women Drive

Leilani Münter | Posted 12.24.2013 | World
Leilani Münter

Such is the case for all the women living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. But things are starting to change. On October 26, brave women across Saudi Arabia will defy the ban on driving and take the wheel.

WATCH: Brave Saudi Woman Gets Thumbs Up For Defying Driving Ban

Posted 10.16.2013 | Good News

Gearing up for a nation-wide protest on October 26, Saudi Arabian women have begun filming themselves driving -- a simple act of rebellion against the...

Saudi Women Drivers: Threat to State Religion and Politics

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 12.15.2013 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

For many women who want the driving ban lifted, the issue is a push toward wider reforms, supported by an increasing number of men. However, there are underlying religious and political potholes.

When Driving Affects Ovaries: A Call to Regulate Fatwas

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

It did not take long for those recent statements, which suggested that driving might negatively affect women's ovaries, for Saudi Shaikh Saleh Bin Saad al-Luhaydan to become the focus of news headlines around the world.

Clinton Backs Saudi Women Defying Driving Ban

AP | Posted 10.11.2013 | World

LONDON -- LONDON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton has supported Saudi women who this week defied their kingdom's ban on female driving. The former U.S...

DEFIANCE: Saudi Women Drive

HuffPost Live | Posted 10.16.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Flouting the driving ban, Saudi women took to the streets this week... behind the wheel. Manal Alsharif, founder of the "Saudi Women Should Drive" cam...

Saudi Arabia Mulls Granting Women Access to Stadia

James Dorsey | Posted 11.17.2013 | World
James Dorsey

No Saudi official has suggested that the controversial issue is under discussion but if past experience is any indication, a series of statements and denials suggests that a debate is underway.

"Wadjda," first film by Saudi female director

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 11.16.2013 | Women
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

"Wadjda," first film by Saudi female director with French sensitivities, selected to open the Ayam Beirut Al Cinema'iya film festival this year Wi...

Victimizing Reformers Unveils Saudi and Western Hypocrisy

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 10.19.2013 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Western governments claiming the moral high ground could speak up for Saudi women reformers and their defenders, and strive to endorse lasting women's rights legislation based on civil society principles

A Decade of Defiance and Dissent: A Wake-up Call for Sports

James Dorsey | Posted 10.15.2013 | World
James Dorsey

The wave of popular defiance and demonstrations across the Middle East and North Africa parallels widespread protest across the glob against sports organizations' mismanagement and mega-events. It is driven by lack of confidence in institutions that have failed to root out corruption and meet demands for justice, dignity and inclusiveness.

Mega Sports Events: A Double-Edged Sword

James Dorsey | Posted 08.05.2013 | World
James Dorsey

Mega-events and campaigning for office in international sports associations empower activists and put nations at risk of reputational damage.