A New Progressive Saudi Arabia

A little more decorum, please
The Economist, March 21, 2009, pg49

Wow, men and women in Saudi Arabia are now practically equal. Congratulations on the progress. Thank Allah. Welcome to the twenty-first century.

In a much-heralded breakthrough, Saudi Arabia recently elevated a woman to the post of deputy minister of education. But she cannot drive a car and can communicate with her boss, the minister of education, only via closed-circuit television. Last week a Saudi judge sentenced a 75-year-old widow to four months in jail and 40 lashes for inviting two young men into her house. The errant youths, one of them a nephew of the woman’s late husband, said they had simply been kind enough to bring the elderly lady some loaves of bread.

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