This video from the USA says about itself:
Saudi Women Driving Hits Roadblock
25 May 2018
Activist Loujain al-Hathloul has been arrested. Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola, Abby Martin, and Jen Briney, hosts of The Young Turks, discuss.
“When Saudi Arabia announced last September that it would lift its ban on women driving, activists celebrated a step toward women’s equality in a nation known for restrictive, patriarchal laws. The lift is set to go into effect June 24.
But over the past two weeks, 11 women’s rights activists were arrested by Saudi authorities. The crackdown, reported by several human rights groups, comes just a month before the ban is set to be lifted.
Among those arrested were Loujain al-Hathloul, an activist with a large social media presence; Eman al-Nafjan, a blogger and activist; and Aisha al-Mana, a veteran driving activist — all three women were public leaders in the campaign to end the driving ban. …
“What the Saudi authorities seem to be trying to do is to make it clear that firstly, any reform taking place is only due to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman”, says Rothna Begum, the women’s rights researcher on the Middle East and North Africa for Human Rights Watch. “They are attempting to revise the history of the actual activism that took place by these women’s rights activists.””
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From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 – 18:12
Ms May’s ‘feminism’ is as fake as the ‘feminism’ of “self-identifying feminist” United States far-right Republican Trump-supporting politician Sarah Palin. And as fake as the ‘feminism’ of George W Bush in his Afghan war propaganda. And as fake as the ‘feminism’ of the Dutch government in their Afghan war propaganda.
rethinks Britain’s links with Riyadh?
That, according to Saudi Arabia’s Okaz newspaper, is what faces six women and three men who are locked up solely for defending human rights denied to women.
When activists are berated as “traitors”, especially in a medieval dictatorship such as the House of Saud, the consequences are invariably serious.
At a time when the Saudi autocracy is operating an international charm campaign, headed by alleged “reformer” Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Britain’s government is well-placed to raise fears about ongoing repression and denial of any semblance of democracy.
That is the period during which Riyadh has headed a coalition of Gulf states to deploy warplanes and other military forces to try to return the discredited Yemeni government to office.
Aerial bombing has devastated civilian areas, supposedly directed at the military bases of Houthi rebels who hold the Yemeni capital Sanaa and much of the country.
The Yemeni people need the war to end and for a negotiated solution providing for a lasting peace to be found.
It is criminal that the Tory government prioritises arms-trafficking companies’ profits and their shareholders’ dividends over the Yemeni people’s right to life and over Saudi women’s campaigns for human rights and equality.