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Women in Saudi Arabia seeking to flee!

Posted in MIDDLE-EAST POLITICS with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2017 by drjgelb

Mujeres en la peregrinación a Meca

 

Farewell my guardian. Some Saudi women are secretly deserting their country

The Economist  March 16th 2017

 

Saudi Women are fed up with being treated like children

CAN Saudi Arabia keep its women? Last month’s appointment of women to head two big banks and Tadawul, the kingdom’s stock exchange, offers hope that the path to a fulfilling career is not completely blocked. But the restrictions of Saudi life remain so irksome that covertly, silently, many women are finding ways out.On family trips abroad, some jump ship. Some, having been sent to Western universities at the government’s expense, postpone their return indefinitely. Others avail themselves of clandestine online services offering marriages of convenience to men willing to whisk them abroad. Iman, an administrator at a private hospital in Riyadh, has found a package deal for $4,000 offering an Australian honeymoon during which she plans to defect.Propelling the flight is the kingdom’s wilaya, or guardianship, law. Although it has received less publicity than the world’s only sex-specific driving ban, it imposes harsher curbs on female mobility. To travel, work or study abroad, receive hospital treatment or an ID card, or even leave prison once a sentence is served, women need the consent of a male wali, or guardian. From birth to death, they are handed from one wali to the next—father, husband and, if both of those die, the nearest male relative. Sometimes that might be a teenage son or brother, because although boys are treated as adults from puberty, women are treated as minors all their lives.Iman, a divorcee, is subject to the guardianship of her brother, who at 17 is barely half her age. He lets her work as a manager at a hospital, but pockets her earnings. She says she is kept like a chattel, while he spends her money on drugs and weekends in massage parlours in neighbouring Bahrain. Her ex-husband refuses to let her see their children. Her brother prevents her from completing her studies in Europe. If she protests, he threatens to beat her.She tried going to court to have the guardianship transferred to a more sympathetic elder brother, but the judge dismissed the case, she says, while talking on his phone. Though she dressed demurely in a full veil, she suspects the judge objected to her presenting her own case. Social services offer poor refuge, since hostels for abused women resemble prisons where the windows are barred and visitors banned. When she hears other women say that their brothers don’t beat them, Iman assumes they are lying “because they are scared of social housing”.Estimates of the number of “runaway girls”, to use the Saudi term, are imprecise, but, says Mansour al-Askar, a sociologist at Imam Muhammad ibn Saud University in Riyadh, the rate is rising. By his estimates, over a thousand flee the kingdom every year, while more escape Riyadh for Jeddah, the kingdom’s more liberal coastal metropolis.Dissenting Saudi scholars insist that the guardianship laws stem not from Islam, but the Bedouin customs that still hold sway in much of Arabia’s hinterland. Khadija, the Prophet Muhammad’s first wife, was a merchant who sponsored her husband. His subsequent wives moved between Medina and Mecca without him. “Islam freed women from the wilaya,” says Hassan al-Maliki, a theologian in Riyadh who has sometimes been jailed for free-thinking. “A woman can choose whom she marries.” But the clerics who man the judiciary maintain that guardians protect the vulnerable and keep families and, by extension, society together.Last December the courts sentenced a man caught denouncing the wilaya on social media to a year in jail. Another Saudi study, at a university in Mecca, acknowledged that some runaways might be fleeing physical abuse, but said that most had been influenced by the “misuse of social media, copying other cultures and weak beliefs”.Economists note that the guardianship system makes Saudi Arabia poorer. More than a quarter of the 150,000 students the kingdom sends abroad every year are women. Given that many defer their return or choose to remain in more liberal places like Dubai, much of the $5bn the government spends on their studies each year is going to waste. “Saudi Arabia is losing the battle to keep its talent,” says Najah al-Osaimi, a female Saudi academic who has settled in Britain.Awkwardly for reformers, some of the most tenacious advocates of the wilaya are women, particularly in obscurantist southern provinces like Asir. Despite such beguiling hashtags as #StopEnslavingSaudiWomen and #IAmMyOwnGuardian, a social-media campaign to end the wilaya system attracted just 14,000 signatures.Use them or lose themSaudi Arabia’s leaders acknowledge the need to make the kingdom more women-friendly. Already, more women attend Saudi universities than men. And although some men still send their own photographs when they apply for jobs for their wives (and even attend their interviews), in 2012 the kingdom waived the need for women to have their guardians’ approval for four types of work, including clothes-shop assistants, chefs and amusement-park attendants.In upmarket malls, women can be seen selling aftershave, boldly spraying samples onto male hands. Broadminded men can give their female wards five-year permits to move unaccompanied (though they get updates by text message whenever their charges travel abroad). Countrywide, the dress code has relaxed a bit. In big cities, women have added streaks of colour and patterns to the black abayas or cloaks that the state requires them to wear. Even in Burayda, the bastion of Saudi Arabia’s puritanical rite, women have cut slits for their eyes in veils that hitherto fully covered their faces, and let their abayas slip from their heads to their shoulders.Nonetheless many women seethe with frustration. On social media, footage of women riding motorbikes has gone viral. So too has a female silhouette, whisky bottle in hand, dancing on her car roof. A female pop group, clad in black, sings songs of protest from dodgems, toy cars, skateboards, roller-skates and other wheeled vehicles that they can legally drive. Unless the system adapts, warns Mr al-Askar, the sociologist, it risks crumbling. Judges and the police should work together to strip oppressive men of their right to be walis, he says.But for Iman, the hospital manager, reform can’t come soon enough. An Australian honeymoon awaits.

 

 

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Corporate Attacks on Free Speech Gather Pace

Posted in CRIME & CORRUPTION, Cultural Marxism, ONLINE DEBATE, POLITICAL ISLAM & JIHAD, U.S. POLITICS with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 4, 2017 by drjgelb

I’m extremely concerned with Google’s just announced escalating attack on Free Speech, particularly in respect of You Tube and I believe the arrangement that it is entering with Leftist Organisations to provide oversight of posted videos, is a potential breach of the 1st amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The notion that Social Media Mega-Corporations are immune from the obligation to protect free speech when they exist & operate in a class of very few similar entities that have such an extremely unique & privileged societal position, has yet to be tested in the Supreme Court.

I hope that leave is sought from the Supreme Court to hear a test case if You Tube, Facebook, Twitter et al attempt to restrict conservative voices and I believe that such action is already being prepared in the interests of moving rapidly to protect Free Speech, the major pillar of democracy.

Soon the Supreme Court will have another new conservative Justice and within 2yrs there will likely be a third. At that point, the full force of the Court will undoubtedly be brought to bear against the Leftist propaganda machine that considers any opinion they disagree with as “hate speech.”

Google/You Tube also need to be aware that world Jewry do not consider the ADL as speaking for us. The ADL has become an unabashed Leftist/Marxist organisation fixated on barely visible “white supremacists” as a distraction and is ignoring the concerns of the majority of Jews, who as a group suffer 68% of violent hate crimes in the U.S. annually. The ADL is far more concerned about Islam being justly criticised for its bottomless pit of hatred and supremacism than they are about violent hatred against Jews. Simply take a look at the comments on the ADL’s Facebook page to see how upset the majority of Jews are to see the ADL act in line with many well-known neo-Marxist activism strategies.

Whatever Google’s long term aim might be, Socialist/Progressive ideology, weaponised by the Frankfurt School & its miserable depressive killjoys & honed to a sharp point by Saul Alinsky, is exactly the wrong path to take & will only serve to destroy the United States and beggar its people. Wake up Google/You Tube and cease your attempts to kill the very Goose that produced your stockpiles of Golden Eggs.

THE LAUGHING STOCK OF THE FREE WORLD

Posted in MIDDLE-EAST POLITICS with tags , , , , , , on July 6, 2013 by drjgelb

The banning of Robert Spencer and Pam Geller from entering the United Kingdom to attend a rally in honour of Lee Rigby, the British soldier so brutally murdered by Jihadists last month, is a shocking capitulation to the violent, anti-free speech Muslims who were likely to use the occasion of the rally, to start a riot and flex their Jihadi muscle. Here is my current favourite commentary on the banning fiasco. Shame Britain! Shame, Shame, Shame!!

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