November 10, 2008
The Nov. 7 editorial "Saudis on Strike" missed the mark again. Whatever cosmetic steps toward democracy the Saudi monarchy has adopted or allowed to be taken by courageous Saudi men and women are the results of external pressure, especially from the Bush administration, and the unprecedented U.S. media exposure of the Saudi ruling elites' discriminatory domestic and global policies after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. While King Abdullah has tried to appease the West by opening up one of the most politically and socially disenfranchised...
December 3, 2012 |
In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia A few miles from the blinged-out shopping malls of Saudi Arabia's capital, Souad al-Shamir lives in a concrete house in a trash-strewn alley, with no job, no money, five children younger than 14 and an unemployed husband who is laid up with chronic heart problems. "We are at the bottom," she said, sobbing hard behind a black veil that left only her eyes visible. "My kids are crying, and I can't provide for them. " Millions of Saudis live in poverty, struggling on the...
September 24, 2009
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Sept. 23 -- Saudi Arabia inaugurated its first fully coeducational university on Wednesday, and its ruler declared that the institution will be a "beacon of tolerance" in a world threatened by extremists. The multibillion-dollar King Abdullah University of Science and Technology boasts state-of-the-art labs, the world's 14th-fastest supercomputer and one of the biggest endowments worldwide. It breaks many of the conservative country's social taboos by allowing, for the first time, men and women...
March 30, 2011
After Sept. 11, 2001, Saudi Arabia gained a reputation as an intolerant and secluded country — and a breeding ground for terrorists. That's an image the makers of "Arabia 3D," a film at the National Museum of Natural History's Johnson Imax Theater through April 18, are trying to dispel. They'd like us to think of Saudi Arabia as a family-oriented society trying to strike a balance between tradition and modernity, a country committed to educating all its young, male and female.
June 4, 2009 |
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia , June 3 -- President Obama began his Middle East trip Wednesday here in "the place where Islam began" as the administration took extraordinary steps to make sure his speech in Cairo on Thursday is heard around the world, including offering instant text-messaging of the address in four languages, creating special links on popular social networking sites, and facilitating its live broadcast on national television networks....
November 11, 2009 |
CAIRO -- Saudi Arabia on Tuesday imposed a naval blockade on the Red Sea coast of northern Yemen to combat Shiite rebels along its border, an adviser to the government said, in the latest escalation of fighting in the southern Arabian Peninsula. The Saudi move comes as Iran , which is the region's dominant Shiite power and is accused by the Arabs of backing the rebels, warned neighboring countries not to interfere in Yemen's internal affairs. The Saudi offensive has raised concerns of a proxy war in the...