Saudi women’s driving rights activists arrested

This video says about itself:

Arrested and jailed for driving in Saudi Arabia

22 January 2016

Our Middle East correspondent speaks to Loujain al-Hathloul and Fahad Albutairi, a married couple, about Loujain’s arrest and incarceration for driving as a woman in Saudi Arabia.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Prominent Saudi women’s rights activists arrested

Today, 01:43

In Saudi Arabia, seven people have been arrested who, according to the Saudi government, have “suspicious ties with foreign powers”. Among them are said to be five prominent women’s rights activists, who also have been active for the possibility for women to get a driving license in Saudi Arabia. They will be able to do that from next month on.

According to the Saudi government, the seven suspects supposedly have provided financial support to foreign enemies of the kingdom. In addition, they supposedly tried to have a conspiracy against Saudi Arabia with people working on important positions within the government.

An activist says to the Reuters news agency that nothing is correct in that official pretext. Saudi Arabia, would like to prevent the activists from publicly claiming the responsibility for allowing women to obtain a driving license from 24 June on.


Also activist Loujain al-Hathloul and her lawyer are said to have been arrested. Hathloul was detained for 73 days in 2014 after attempting to drive to Saudi Arabia from the Emirates. Last year she told Dutch Nieuwsuur TV show about her activism and her hope for reform in Saudi Arabia.

Officially, it has never been illegal for women to drive cars in the conservative Islamic kingdom, but in practice women were prevented because they could not obtain a driving license.

Apparently, warmongering pseudo-reformist Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman does not want the women activists to get the credit for the driving ban change which the women forced on him.

From the Reuters article:

“They detained them because they do not want them to publicly claim success.”

… Activists and analysts say, however, that the government is keen to avoid rewarding activism, which is forbidden in the absolute monarchy.


Dominican Republic women fight for their rights

This video says about itself:

16 May 2018

Women in the Dominican Republic have gathered at the National Congress calling for the decriminalization of abortion.

Poetry on Grenfell disaster and Scottish women

This video from Britain says about itself:

12 May 2018

Amidst new claims of Tory social cleansing in one of Britain’s richest neighbourhoods – activist poet Potent Whisper performs from his new book “The Rhyming Guide to Grenfell Britain“!

By Andy Croft in Britain:

Monday, May 14, 2018

21st century poetry with Andy Croft

Grenfell: a potent whisper of all that’s wrong in Britain

POTENT WHISPER is a Brixton-based rapper and political grime artist. His first book The Rhyming Guide to Grenfell Britain (Dog Section Press, £7) includes his Rhyming Guide to NHS Privatisation, a spoken-word video which has received over 170,000 views since it was released by Momentum.

This poetry video is called The Rhyming Guide to NHS Privatisation by Potent Whisper.

For the writer, the Grenfell Tower fire was not an accident. “The deaths at Grenfell were forewarned, preventable and, he argues, deliberate, which makes each death “an emblematic embodiment” of all that is wrong with Britain:

“What happened at Grenfell, that was an act of war/The murder of innocent people who died because they’re poor/Hundreds of deaths and you can bet that there’s be more/So if you think that you survived it, I wouldn’t be so sure…”

Written in loose rhyming couplets, sometimes conversational, sometimes hectoring, the book takes issue with the brazen dishonesty of so much contemporary political “common sense”, including austerity (“How can people work so hard and still not be surviving?”), nuclear deterrence (“Try and invest money into lives instead of Trident/Try jobs, try housing, try education/Try welfare, not warfare… Put Trident on trial and try choosing a future.”)

He declares: ”The more I see the more it seems we need a revolution” In The Rhyming Guide to Voting:

“I always said that, I wouldn’t vote if they paid me/That’s what I said before Corbyn said he’d pay me/£10 per hour, when I’m at work. Minimum…/Many on the left would say that he’s the best we’ve had/That he’s the best we’ve got now, that he’s the best we’ll have/He murked the game and worked his way further than ever expected/And now he’s an inch from getting elected…’

Although Gerda Stevenson is a hugely distinguished actor, director, musician and playwright, her poetry is less well-known. Her second collection Quines: Poems in Tribute to Women of Scotland (Luath, £9.99) will surely change that.

It’s a book of huge ambition and radical purpose, a kind of history of Scotland told through the lives of almost 70 women, from the Gaelic warrior princess Sgathach to Tessa Ransford, the founder of the Scottish Poetry Library in the 21st century.

It’s a collection of snapshots and historical vignettes, scenes from great lives — some famous, some forgotten — and all are extraordinary. Artists, doctors, missionaries, politicians, writers and scientists, as well as the team that beat England in 1881 in the first recorded women’s international football match (“The wind was against us — but wasn’t it ever?”), all speak to us in their own voices.

Among them are Jennie Lee, Moira Shearer, the Duchess of Atholl, novelist Nan Shepherd, the first woman to appear on a Scottish banknote, film-maker Margaret Tait, Williamina Fleming, who discovered the Horsehead Nebula, and Jane Haining, the only Scot to be honoured for giving her life for Jews during the Holocaust.

And there is a long sequence about Helen Crawfurd, suffragette, pacifist and foundation member of the Communist Party.

“The toil of oil and soot-black shipbuilders,/traipsing home at dusk to bow-legged bairns … the whole world is theirs by right … Here in the Second City of the Empire,/where a fanfared judge steps from his carriage/at the High Court, our ranks are ready for his bailiffs …’

And this is Helen Macfarlane, who first translated The Communist Manifesto into English.

“I’ve always seen Red … Red raw my sisters’ eyes — how they cried/when the mills went down … Red the robin’s breast on a winter branch … And red, red my thoughts that flow with His tidings,/onto page after page: how can we leave a single soul to die/by inches in squalid lanes and gutters, making slop shirts/at tuppence apiece, while another is swathed in silk?”

Racism, sexism at English university

This video, about crimes of the nazi occupation of then Poland, now Ukraine says about itself:

Rape of Jewish women and slaughter of over 6,000 Jews. Lviv 1941

16 May 2016

Description at beginning of film.

This city is known by three names. Lviv (Ukrainian); pronounced as L’vil.

Lwow (Polish) pronounced L’vuf. L’vof Russian. Also called Lemburg by the Germans.

The pogrom against the Jews there may be associated by either of these names so it can be confusing.

Actions like this also happened in Kaunas, Lithuania, mostly perpetrated by [pro-nazi] Lithuanians.

One of the first films showing Jews forced to run to trenches to be shot was filmed by an off duty German sailor here in 1941. …

Music: Krzysztof Penderecki. “The Dream of Jacob”.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Warwick University suspends 11 students over racist and misogynistic ‘jokes’

ELEVEN male students at Warwick University have been suspended pending a disciplinary investigation after screenshots of a group chat showed that they joked about rape and used racist and anti-semitic slurs.

Three formal complaints were made to the university, with dozens of screenshots of the alleged remarks provided as evidence.

The screenshots from Facebook showed one chat member wrote: “Rape her friends too,” with another replying: “Sometimes it’s fun to just go wild and rape 100 girls.”

The conversation continued with: “Rape the whole flat to teach them all (a) lesson.”

Another message read: “What do we do with girls? RAAAAAAAAAPE.”

At one point, a user wrote: “Rape her in the street while everybody watches,” with another responding it “wouldn’t even be unfair.”

One chat participant then said: “Even the pakis?”

Further remarks included: “love Hitler, hate niggas and jews and Corbyn.”

Discussing racism, one user said: “Yeah racism is frowned upon at Warwick? Fucking bull.”

Others replied “EDL!” and “racism is class.”

The University of Warwick – a member of the elite Russell Group of universities – is ranked 11th in the UK, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018.

A University of Warwick student union spokeswoman said: “The SU condemns the content of these messages, together with all forms of sexism, racism, anti-semitism, ableism and threats of violence, in the strongest possible terms.

“The SU has been supporting the victims and will continue to do so.

“We are also proactively co-operating with the university’s ongoing investigation and hope to see a conclusion as swiftly as possible.”

Angela Davis on how Clinton made Trump president

This January 2018 video says about itself:

Angela Davis Criticizes “Mainstream Feminism” / Bourgeois Feminism

Full lecture: here.

Translated from a report in Dutch daily Trouw, 8 May 2018, about African American activist Angela Davis in Paris, France:

In her own country the political wind is blowing more rightward than ever. As far as she is concerned, this is also the fault of the [establishment self-styled ‘centrist’] left: “If Hillary Clinton would not have had such a limited idea of feminism, then Trump would not have been elected. Her feminism is about the glass ceiling. The glass ceiling, the women for whom that is a problem have everything already. All they have to do is go through that ceiling. If Clinton would have also stood up for the black women, the trans women, the poor women, maybe then Trump would not have been elected.”

No sexual harassment accountability for politicians in Maryland, USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

Activists Discuss How Public Officials Thwart Accountability for Sexual Harassment

5 May 2018

In part three of our series of conversations about sexual misdeeds in Maryland’s state capital we discuss how the system that is supposed to help women and men who suffer abuse are rigged to protect public officials.

STIFFING TAXPAYERS Former Rep. Blake Farenthold (Republican-Texas) has said he will not pay back the tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars he used to settle a sexual harassment suit, breaking his earlier promise. [HuffPost]