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Saturday Night time Owls: Sen. Murphy calls on Biden to assessment ties with Saudi Arabia over ladies’s rights


Her crime? One thing considerably lower than Gloria Steinem-style second wave feminism. She needed to have the ability to drive. She needed to have the ability to journey with out her father’s, or husband’s permission. A number of the targets she advocated have really been achieved below the de facto rule of crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman, although the ultra-patriarchal guardianship system has solely been barely loosened. Bin Salman is so anxious about another person getting credit score for the reforms, nevertheless, that he appears decided to ship Lujjain to the gallows for daring converse up within the first place.

She stands accused of “speaking with international events.” She was arrested in 2018 within the United Arab Emirates on coming back from a world convention in Geneva on discrimination in opposition to ladies, which is outwardly the “international events” being referred to. The UAE then turned her over to the Saudi police. Think about it being a type of terrorism to attend a ladies’s rights convention in Switzerland. The Saudi press is looking her and her household “traitors.”

The sinister position of the United Arab Emirates right here shouldn’t be forgotten.

Her husband, Saudi humorist Fahad al-Butairi, was additionally arrested in 2018 and stays in jail.

Saudi Arabia is without doubt one of the world’s final absolute monarchies, which practices beheadings and stonings (neither punishment is within the Qur’an, which is supposedly the structure of the Saudi state). It actually needs to be identified that there’s nothing in Islam that forbids ladies to drive, and all of the 900 million Muslim ladies have all alongside pushed besides in Saudi Arabia. The crimes Ms. Hathloul has dedicated are in opposition to a repressive, authoritarian state.

Murphy spoke out in a Tweet:




“A pre-emptive conflict in ‘protection’ of freedom would absolutely destroy freedom, as a result of one merely can’t interact in barbarous motion with out turning into a barbarian, as a result of one can’t defend human values by calculated and unprovoked violence with out doing mortal harm to the values one is making an attempt to defend.” ~~Sen. J. William Fullbright, The Conceitedness of Energy (1967)





At Day by day Kos on this date in 2006—San Francisco Values:

Did you hear that O’Reilly invented the slur “San Francisco values”? Yeah, he additionally thinks he invented sliced bread and fireplace.

However let’s discuss “San Francisco values”, you recognize—tolerance, entrepreneurship, and creativity.

Since O’Reilly boycotts every little thing he hates, I sit up for his boycott of all Bay Space-origin merchandise. Identical with each conservative who bashes San Francisco and the Bay Space. So no iPods or something Apple. No HP computer systems. No Google. No Yahoo. No eBay. These conservative bloggers utilizing Blogspot, MovableType, or TypePad? Sorry. These merchandise are Bay Space-based.

Additionally no Adobe or Macromedia merchandise. No computer systems, both, since most run on AMD or Intel. No tax preparation utilizing Intuit merchandise. Cancel your Netflix subscription. Cancel your TiVo subscription. Take away your Community Associates or Symantec virus safety software program out of your pc. Unplug your Netgear wifi router.

Do not put on Levi’s (or any type of denims), Hole, Banana Republic, Previous Navy, or purchase your youngsters Gymboree. Keep away from LeapFrog studying toys. Boycott Pixar motion pictures. Boycott any film utilizing George Lucas’ ILM particular results store.  Avoid Treos and different Palm units. Do not let Charles Schwab handle your portfolio. Do not financial institution at Wells Fargo.

Yeah, these “San Francisco values” certain are dragging the area down. Making it weak because it falls behind the remainder of the nation—the elements that do not share “San Francisco values”—economically and socially.

Or, perhaps—simply perhaps—it is made the area a magnet for the world’s smartest, most revolutionary, most entrepreneurial people and an incubator of the world’s most dramatic technological advances.