When Defeat is Still a Victory

The young Wojdan Shahrkhani became the first Saudi Arabian woman to compete at the Olympic Games, not just in London, but first ever. While she did not win a medal, she did win what is no doubt more than a medal could. All athletes at the Olympics dream of medals, in Wojdan’s case, she won…
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Saudi Women at the Olympics

My friend Waseem Azib made a valid point the other day, that our country with almost 30 million residents and more than 60% of the population is made up of youth, saudi has only 19 participants (no one cares to know who they are or what they are competing in) at the London olympics, percentage wise thats  less…
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Inside a Girls School in Saudi

dar alhanan school for girls in Jeddah Saudi Arabia

This was filmed in 1966, a bit propagandist in nature, especially where the announcer says some of their brothers and fathers cannot see their faces at home… at the same time the school door is opened by the school doorman who happens to be… a man.

Saudis 26th on The Happy Scale

According the the United Nations first-ever World Happiness Report, Saudi Arabia is 26th on the happy scale, the report is 158 pages, which I have not read in its entirety yet, but basically is says the more money you have the happier you are, as the happiest nations are more wealthy and less religious (while…
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Saudi Women Climbing Mount Everest

Speaking of sports bras and what’s in’em, ten Saudi women are getting ready to climb Mount Everest in an effort to raise awareness of breast cancer. “Destination Mount Everest” is under the patronage of Princess Rema Daughter of Bandar bin Sultan AlSaud, in association with the ministry of education and health. The effort comes after…
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Hamza Kashgari

Somethings are off limits, and cannot be criticized not even in a joke, like denying the holocaust in a number of European countries (it is illegal and punishable by law), criticizing the US support for Israel, and talking negatively about Prophets in front of Muslims, especially Prophet Mohammed. So when most find someone as weak as little Hamza Kashgari, they…
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Women are Finally Legally Working

So Saudi women are finally working in stores that they should be working in, what I find funny is that I have seen them working in hardware stores like Extra many months ago advising women on electrical appliances like toasters, microwave ovens, even air conditioners and washing machines (big screen TVs were and probably always…
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