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What a Wanka!

Saudi Arabia has some of the most restrictive laws on women, including a ban on women driving.

It has become a source of malcontent, and many woman have been sentenced to such barbaric punishments as flogging for having done so.

Now we have this…

Saudi Arabian cleric says female drivers risk damaging ovaries

Leading conservative’s comments aimed at activists protesting against Islamic kingdom’s male-only driving rules

A female Saudi motorist speaks to the media in 2011 after driving her vehicle in defiance of the ban on women driving. Photograph: Fahad Shadeed/Reuters

One of Saudi Arabia’s leading conservative clerics has said women who drive risk damaging their ovaries and bearing children with clinical problems, countering activists who are trying to end the Islamic kingdom’s male-only driving rules.

A campaign calling for women to defy the ban in a protest drive on 26 October has spread rapidly online over the past week and gained support from prominent women activists. On Sunday, the campaign’s website was blocked inside the kingdom.

As one of the 21 members of the senior council of scholars, Sheikh Saleh al-Lohaidan can write fatwas, or religious edicts, advise the government and has a large following among other influential conservatives.

His comments have in the past played into debates in Saudi society and he has been a vocal opponent of tentative reforms to increase freedoms for women by King Abdullah, who sacked him as head of a top judiciary council in 2009.

In an interview published on Friday on the website sabq.org, he said women aiming to overturn the ban on driving should put “reason ahead of their hearts, emotions and passions”.

Although the council does not set Saudi policy, which is ultimately decided by King Abdullah, it can slow government action in a country where the ruling al-Saud family derives much of its legitimacy from the clerical elite.

It is unclear whether Lohaidan’s strong endorsement of the ban is shared by other members of the council, but his comments demonstrate how entrenched the opposition is to women driving among some conservative Saudis.

“If a woman drives a car, not out of pure necessity, that could have negative physiological impacts as functional and physiological medical studies show that it automatically affects the ovaries and pushes the pelvis upwards,” he told Sabq. “That is why we find those who regularly drive have children with clinical problems of varying degrees.”

A biography on his website does not list any background in medicine and he did not cite any studies to back up his claims.

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Opinion:

What a wanka!

No medical authority and no supporting links, he is blowing hot air.

Islam subjugates women and this is just another attempt to stop them from gaining a foothold, independence from men. Islamic men are scared stupid that women will cease to be under their control.

This Lohaidan is a member of the senior council of scholars, obviously he is no more scholarly than a dead fish. He may be able to cite the Koran from front to back, and probably backwards, but this just goes to show that doesn’t have the intelligence to make a decision to poop when he needs to… in fact he is talking shit over this issue.

Saudi Arabia along with many other countries of the same ilk need to wake up and realise that we are in the 21st century. They are as bad as many Christian religions trying to keep the people under control by bullshit.

I fail to understand the need for this.

Just as I fail to understand anything as barbaric as beheadings for crimes and stoning women for adultery. Do you ever hear of a man being stoned for adultery? Not in your life!

 

 

 

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Primitive Thinking Needs to Go

‘End of virginity’ if women drive, Saudi cleric warns

Saudi Arabia remains one of the only countries in the world to prevent women from driving

A report in Saudi Arabia has warned that if Saudi women were given the right to drive, it would spell the end of virginity in the country.

The report was prepared for Saudi Arabia’s legislative assembly, the Shura Council, by a well-known conservative academic.

Though there is no formal ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia, if they get behind the wheel, they can be arrested.

Saudi women have mounted several campaigns to try to overturn the ban.

Aside from the practical difficulties it creates, they say it is also illogical as in trying to keep them under family control and away from men, it actually puts them in daily contact with a male driver.

The issue has received huge international attention.

Some Saudi women feel it has attracted too much interest, obscuring other equally important issues.

As part of his careful reform process, King Abdullah has allowed suggestions to surface that the ban might be reviewed.

This has angered the conservative religious elite – a key power base for any Saudi ruler.

Now, one of their number – well-known academic Kamal Subhi – has presented a new report to the country’s legislative assembly, the Shura.

The aim was to get it to drop plans to reconsider the ban.

The report contains graphic warnings that letting women drive would increase prostitution, pornography, homosexuality and divorce.

A Saudi woman who has campaigned for women drivers told the BBC that the report was completely mad.

She said the head of the Shura had assured women campaigners that he was still open to hearing the case for lifting the ban.

Source: BBC News

Opinion:

It doesn’t matter whether the religion is Christian, Islam, Jewish it is becoming more and more evident that they are the cause of much of the world’s problems.

It’s all about ‘control!’

In the case of any religion , it is ensuring the patriarchal system isn’t eroded. It is all about the subjugation of women.

 

 

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Has a New War Started and Nobody Told Us?

Is Iran already under covert attack?

Seventeen Revolutionary Guards were killed in the explosion at Bid Ganeh at the weekend

Assassinations of nuclear scientists, a sophisticated cyber-attack, and now, last weekend, a mysterious blast at a munitions base that has killed the “godfather” of Iran’s ballistic missile programme.

The explosion at the Bid Ganeh base was so powerful, it killed 17 Revolutionary Guards Corps soldiers and rattled windows in Tehran several miles away.

Iran says it was an accident, but few who follow events there are convinced.

The recent talk may be all about a future, desperate last-ditch military strike by Israel to destroy Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons programme, but to all appearances, a covert “black ops” campaign to disrupt it has already been under way for some time.

At least three Iranian nuclear scientists have been killed in the past two years, and last winter, a computer virus codenamed Stuxnet was introduced into Iran’s nuclear enrichment centrifuges, causing havoc and setting back the programme by several months.

Mahan Abedin, editor of Terrorism Monitor published by the Jamestown Foundation, says: “The assassination of Iran’s scientists and the introduction of the Stuxnet computer virus last year constitute state terrorism.”

No-one, of course, is claiming responsibility for these actions, but US intelligence is widely believed to have had a hand in developing the Stuxnet virus, while Iranian officials have previously accused Israel of being behind the assassinations.

Of all the countries in the region to feel threatened by Iran, Israel is most alarmed by the Iranian nuclear programme.

On Sunday Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said of the explosion at the base: “I don’t know the extent of the explosion but, it would be desirable if they multiplied.”

International concern

Plenty of other countries share Israel’s concerns about Iran’s growing military power, though they tend not to express it publicly.

Map of Iran and other countries

On Tuesday, a Gulf Arab official who asked not to be named told the BBC: “We are very worried about Iran, it’s getting to the point where it’s a very dangerous scenario. 2012 is a crucial year when decisions are going to have to be taken”.

In a cable leaked by Wikileaks, it emerged Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah had urged the US to deal decisively with Iran and stop its suspected nuclear weapons programme.

The Saudi monarch used the poetic language of the Nejdi desert, urging Washington to “cut off the head of the snake”.

The UAE, involved in a long-running territorial dispute with Iran over three Gulf islands, has also been quietly urging the West to contain Iran and stop it acquiring a nuclear bomb.

Bahrain’s Sunni monarchy also sees Iran as essentially a hostile neighbour bent on stirring up Bahrain’s Shia majority and encouraging it to press for an Islamic republic.

Last week, the Bahrain government announced it had uncovered a terrorist plot to blow up the causeway linking it to Saudi Arabia, adding that the suspects had links to Iran.

‘Latent capability’…

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Do Not be Fooled

Saudi woman driver’s lashing ‘overturned by king’

Driving remains a banned activity for Saudi women, who will soon be allowed to vote

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has overturned a court ruling sentencing a woman to 10 lashes for breaking a ban on female drivers, reports say.

The ruling, although not officially confirmed, was tweeted by a Saudi princess and reported by AP news agency citing an unnamed official.

The woman, named as Shema, was found guilty of driving in Jeddah in July.

The sentence came two days after the king announced women would be allowed to vote for the first time in 2015.

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Opinion:

Do NOT be fooled. The sentence was overturned not for any humanitarian reason, nor was it the benevolence of the King.

There is a much darker and hidden agenda here.

Much the same as voting was allowed for Saudi women, it is a desperate attempt to keep the Arab Spring from Saudi Arabia. The King is well aware that an event such as this could be the spark that ignites the country

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Heading Them Off at the Pass

Women in Saudi Arabia to vote and run in elections

Saudi women face severe restrictions in their working and personal lives

Women in Saudi Arabia are to be given the right to vote and run in future municipal elections, King Abdullah has announced.

He said they would also have the right to be appointed to the consultative Shura Council.

The move was welcomed by activists who have called for greater rights for women in the kingdom, which enforces a strict version of Sunni Islamic law.

The changes will occur after municipal polls on Thursday, the king said.

King Abdullah announced the move in a speech at the opening of the new term of the Shura Council – the formal body advising the king, whose members are all appointed.

“Because we refuse to marginalise women in society in all roles that comply with sharia, we have decided, after deliberation with our senior clerics and others… to involve women in the Shura Council as members, starting from next term,” he said.

“Women will be able to run as candidates in the municipal election and will even have a right to vote.”

Cautious Reformer

The BBC’s world affairs correspondent Emily Buchanan says it is an extraordinary development for women in Saudi Arabia, who are not allowed to drive, or to leave the country unaccompanied.

She says there has been a big debate about the role of women in the kingdom and, although not everyone will welcome the decision, such a reform will ease some of the tension that has been growing over the issue.

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Opinion:

Clever move. There have already been murmurs in Saudi Arabia indicating it could follow Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen,  Syria, etc into the Arab Spring.

This small concession could quell such murmurings; sufficient to avoid much unpleasantness, because Saudi Arabia could have become a disaster like Syria or the Yemen. The male dominated Saudi world would not have gone down quietly.

Good defensive tactics. I am sure it had nothing to do with women’s rights.

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