Latest The Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia Stories

2008-07-23 09:01:22

CHICAGO _ It's not clear if Rajaa Alsanea's first novel, "Girls of Riyadh," was banned in Saudi Arabia because it became a Middle East best seller or if it became a best seller because it was banned. Either way, it was a surprise for Alsanea, a soft-spoken 26-year-old Saudi who is studying dentistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She wrote the book, which follows the lives of four upper-class young Saudi women who struggle to find love in a restrictive society, in her spare...

2006-07-19 13:48:02

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has extended a waiver that avoids imposing sanctions on Saudi Arabia because it has made efforts to improve religious tolerance in the kingdom, U.S. officials said on Wednesday. In 2004, the United States put Saudi Arabia on a watch list, warning its Middle East ally it could put sanctions on the oil exporter if it did not expand religious freedom. The waiver for Saudi Arabia is the only time Washington has eschewed punishing a blacklisted...

2005-12-25 07:14:01

RIYADH (Reuters) - Crown Prince Sultan has held open the possibility that Saudi Arabia could lift its ban on women drivers -- but said Saudi men would have the final say. "When fathers, husbands and brothers ask us for women to drive we will look into it, though if they ask us the opposite we can't force them (to let women drive)," Sultan said in comments published on state news agency SPA late on Saturday. The right of women to drive has been a key demand of reformers in U.S.-allied...

2005-09-30 18:04:34

By Saul Hudson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has postponed punishing Saudi Arabia, its close ally and key oil supplier, for restricting religious freedom -- the first time Washington has waived punishing a blacklisted country under a 1998 law targeting violators of religious rights. U.S. officials said on Friday the Bush administration had decided to delay imposing sanctions on Saudi Arabia for six months. The decision reflects the delicate balance the United States has...

Word of the Day
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.