American women take for granted, and sometimes even bemoan, the soccer-mom type need for driving themselves and others around on errands. Yet for years, my Saudi friends in America have held out this commonplace activity as a hope.
To say that Saudi King Abdullah's decree to give women the right to vote and become Shoura Council members is a historic moment would be an understatement. The women's suffrage movement is only part of the story.
In the endless whirr of 24/7 corporate news, the people who actually make a difference are often trampled in the stampede to the next forgettable news-nugget like Lady Gaga's meat-dress. Let's look at five people who deserved more attention.
Al-Qaeda would like nothing better than for me and my fellow Saudi students to stay at home. But I won't allow Al-Qaeda to make me a victim in my own country and the country where I am pursuing my studies.