October 24, 2014 11:36 am -


Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry made an announcement Thursday warning women that they will face arrest if they participate in upcoming protests against the kingdom’s ban on female drivers. The warning comes as a right-to-drive campaign culminates this weekend, at the same time as last year when more than a dozen women were arrested for getting behind…


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21 responses to Saudi Women Face Arrest For Protesting Driving Ban

  1. R.J. Carter October 24th, 2014 at 11:39 am

    That awkward moment when LL earns the NSFW flag.

    • Tommy6860 October 24th, 2014 at 11:48 am

      IKR? I honestly do not understand using an image of topless women protesting something that is obviously unrelated to the issue in Saudi Arabia. Click bait?

      • Khary A October 24th, 2014 at 11:55 am

        Agreed, although to be fair I did click this article for reasons i am not a liberty to discuss but be assured they are legitimate and not pervy at all. Now for at least 15 minutes of silence from me.

        • R.J. Carter October 24th, 2014 at 12:04 pm

          I didn’t get a bigger version of the image, either. 🙂

          • granpa.usthai October 24th, 2014 at 12:46 pm

            try going to settings and up the page zoom.

  2. fahvel October 24th, 2014 at 11:43 am

    aw shucks, the saudis are your good buddies. who cares is a few women are denied rights and the cut people’s heads off? (not the women’s, but who can tell) driving is a damnation and something that only robed fat pigs with ugly mustaches are permitted to do.

  3. Tommy6860 October 24th, 2014 at 11:51 am

    “social cohesion”??

    They really mean compliance to manmade laws.

  4. arc99 October 24th, 2014 at 11:52 am

    I am sure there will be no shortage of people across our political spectrum who are tsk-tsking to themselves over the absurdity of the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia.

    For the sake of perspective, I would like to remind everyone that it is also likely that citizens of our closest western allies such as Britain, Canada, Israel and Australia have a similar reaction over America’s lack of universal health insurance.

    So let’s not be so quick to get on our high moral horse as an example to the rest of the world. The fact is that as an aide to former President Bush found out a number of years ago, many Saudi women are quite satisfied with things exactly the way they are and resent the assumption that everyone wants to be like America.

    JIDDA, Saudi Arabia, Sept. 27 – The audience – 500 women covered in black at a Saudi university – seemed an ideal place for Karen P. Hughes, a senior Bush administration official charged with spreading the American message in the Muslim world, to make her pitch.

    But the response on Tuesday was not what she and her aides expected. When Ms. Hughes expressed the hope here that Saudi women would be able to drive and “fully participate in society” much as they do in her country, many challenged her.

    “The general image of the Arab woman is that she isn’t happy,” one audience member said. “Well, we’re all pretty happy.” The room, full of students, faculty members and some professionals, resounded with applause.

    • Tommy6860 October 24th, 2014 at 12:01 pm

      That response could easily be from social conditioning, IOWs, they don’t know much more than to what they are made to comply, and their religion has almost everything to do with that. While you make a comparison to how our healthcare system is criticized by the countries you mention (and they are right), we now have ACA, and women had a voice in that. Can that really be said for the women in SA?

      • arc99 October 24th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

        No of course not. My point is that self-determination means Saudi women are the best qualified people to determine how and if they want to change the laws.

        Regardless of the reasons why some (or a majority) of Saudi women are satisfied with the status quo, it is up to them to demand change and it is arrogant for us to assume they all want to be like us.

        • Tommy6860 October 24th, 2014 at 12:15 pm

          But if they do not have a voice in that change and they are made to comply, what else is there but protesting, aside from the fact they remain ignorant to their blight. If they are conditioned to live as they do, they won’t really know what they are socially second rate so that sample you gave really isn’t a free choice, it’s conditioned. I also do not get from the article, where there’s an assumption that Saudi women want to be like us. Unless you mean “us”, as in the rest of the free world, from those encouraging them from social media.

        • Spirit of America October 24th, 2014 at 3:38 pm

          No one in 1880 missed having a tv…

    • tracey marie October 24th, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      womens subjucation and HC have nothing to do with each other. You should have found an appropriate article to post your C/P HC truths

      • arc99 October 24th, 2014 at 12:14 pm

        I think my comparison is entirely appropriate. I never said that health care was related. I also do not consider it “subjugation” when a woman is living in exactly the manner she prefers to live.

        My point was that we should avoid the moral superiority complex.

        It is the height of cultural hubris to assume that our values and beliefs take priority over the values and beliefs of Saudi women who like things just the way they are.

        • tracey marie October 24th, 2014 at 12:29 pm

          The way you brought the tsk tsk about HC. You did make points, but the HC could/should have been left out. I still love your comments

  5. tiredoftea October 24th, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Small steps lead to change.

  6. Blue2016 October 24th, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    In contrast, the GOP is doing the opposite. I ran across this article. Kimberly Guilfoyle of FOX News thinks young women should stay home and refrain from voting, saying they should “go back to their Tinder and Match dot Com.”

    • fancypants October 24th, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      if I get to see Kimberly in her dallas cowboy cheerleader costume I might forget she said this ?

  7. mrbigstuff October 24th, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    They are very brave women its amazing how people use Religion as an excuse,No different then the far right nuts here in America.

  8. rg9rts October 24th, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    They are right up there with the Ultra conservative jews that got thrown off a Delta flight because they wouldn’t sit in their assigned seats that were next to women.. They got away with that crap on EL AL a couple weeks ago..learned different from Delta.. Left them on the tarmac where they belong

  9. bill0 October 25th, 2014 at 1:34 am

    Thanks for giving the Moonie “Washington Times” traffic….:/