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Saudi Arabia

  1. Check Out The Trailer For WADJDA,The First Saudi Arabian Movie Directed by A Woman


    The first movie ever to be directed by a woman in Saudi Arabia, WADJDA tells the story of a young girl named Wadjda and her quest to purchase a bicycle by winning a school Quran memorization competition.  If the trailer above is any indication, the movie will be a funny and emotional look into women’s […]

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  2. Saudi Researchers Want Clinical Trials for Camel Urine Cancer Cure

    A research team from Saudi Arabia's King Abdulaziz University is clamoring for more government support for their work -- which isn't exactly surprising, as most research teams are pretty much perpetually clamoring for support for their work. When that work revolves around the careful study and examination of camel urine, though... well, it's exactly as hard a sell as it sounds. Yes, even if that camel urine may show promise as a cancer treatment, because euuuugh.

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  3. Are Women Really Being Electronically Tracked in Saudi Arabia?

    Saudi Arabia isn't exactly known for its kind treatment of women. That's just a fact. What's being described as a new system to electronically monitor women in the country, which has a notoriously strict interpretation of Islamic law, is making the rounds across the Internet. So, are women really being electronically tracked in Saudi Arabia? The answer is yes, but it's not something that's new.

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  4. The Olympics, Women, & Arab Nations: What’s The Next Move?

    Allow Us To Explain

    It's just been announced that the Arab state of Qatar will be sending women to the Olympics for the first time when the games kick off in London this year. It comes after much debate from both the public and the International Olympic Committee over Middle East countries inclusion (or exclusion as the case may be) of women in games. But the fight is ongoing. 

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  5. Saudi Arabia Opens an All-Women University, But Will Women Find Work?

    Almost Totally Excellent

    Just a couple of weeks ago, the biggest women-only university opened its doors in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. When the Princess Nora bint AbdulRahman University was first announced, it vowed to provide the women of Saudi Arabia competitive education in science, technology, and other subjects that have been closed off to women in other universities that segregate them from men. And while this is a major step in the right direction, the downside is that while women make up more than half of the students in Saudi Arabia, they make up less than 15 percent of the workforce. Once these women graduate, will they even be able to have careers?

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  6. Arab Women Get Their Voices Heard Using Social Media

    Rights of Passage

    The woman above, Manal al-Sharif, is currently in a Saudi Arabia jail because of what she's doing in this video: driving. Sharif, who is a 32-year old information technology specialist, is normally expected to hire a driver to take her to her job because women are not legally permitted to drive. Right now, there is a growing movement taking place to allow women to drive. A lot of that awareness is being spread over the Internet, which has proven to be a crucial and powerful tool in not only this movement, but the Arab Spring. This is one of those times where social media actually serves an important purpose. Let's take some time to appreciate that.

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  7. A Look at Saudi Arabia’s Mile-High Skyscraper

    This image is obviously truncated because our blog cannot handle the size and majesty of Saudi Arabia's $26 billion, mile-high Kingdom Tower. Construction on the massive spire that is expected to hold 80,000 people has yet to begin, but as you can see (or rather will see when you read on below), just the silhouette cut by the tower is impressive by itself. While the other buildings in the chart show familiar architectural flares, in the The Daily's size chart, Kingdom Tower is just a giant pink swath slicing the page. Be sure to read on below.

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  8. Israeli Vulture Accused of Espionage by Saudi Arabia

    Not a geopolitical allegory, but a thing that actually happened: The government of Saudi Arabia has reportedly "detained" a griffon vulture tagged by an Israeli university with a GPS device on accusations that it was "part of a Zionist plot" to spy on the country. The BBC reports:

    Israeli officials told Ma'ariv they were "stunned" by the allegations and concerned that the bird could meet a horrible punishment in the notoriously severe Saudi justice system. "The device does nothing more than receive and store basic data about the bird's whereabouts, and about his altitude and speed," a bird specialist at Israel's Park and Nature Authority told the newspaper.
    (BBC via Boing Boing. title pic via Wikipedia)

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  9. Saudi Arabia Blocks BlackBerry Messaging

    BlackBerry users in Saudi Arabia report that the country's three wireless companies have suspended BlackBerry messaging service. On Tuesday, the Saudi Arabian government announced its intention to do so on grounds of national security: "The manufacturer of the devices [RIM] couldn’t meet the regulatory requirements of the commission and it is not in accordance with the regulations and conditions of licenses issued to service providers, at its present state."

    The phones can still make and receive regular calls.

    Saudi Arabia is RIM's largest market in the Middle East, with roughly 700,000 users; any hope for BBM to come back?

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