Saudi Arabia

Women2Drive movement art, featuring robed woman behind the wheel

In Latest Loosening of Cultural Restrictions, Saudi Arabia Licenses First Women to Drive

June 30, 2018

As the clock struck midnight in Saudi Arabia Sunday, thousands of women around the kingdom started their cars and embarked on their first legal drive in their own land.

“I’m speechless. I’m so excited it’s actually happening,” Hessah al-Ajajj told the Associated Press. Al-Ajajj said she planned to drive herself to work for the first time the following morning.

“Those days of waiting long hours for a driver are over,” 21-year-old pharmacy student Hatoun bin Dakhil told the BBC. “We no longer need a man...

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Trump sits with King Hamed bin Issa

In Riyadh Speech, Shift in Trump’s Tone on Islam

June 6, 2017

May 21, during his first trip abroad as US president, Donald Trump spoke to Saudi Arabian leaders about their shared burden of rooting out “Islamic extremism.” Many watching anxiously awaited to see what terminology the president would use to refer to religiously-motivated terrorism. Trump had previously criticized President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for their refusal to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism,” but declined to use the term himself...

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