Disconcerting News from Saudi Arabia

Last month Mr. Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi national, was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. At first Saudi Arabia denied the accusations, saying it is "working to search for him". Mr Khashoggi has contributed articles to the Washington Post's opinion section. The Post said it would be a "monstrous and unfathomable act" if he had been killed. President Trump, worried about the $100 billion arms deal, said S. Arabia would face “severe punishment”. King Salman called Erdogan to thank him for forming joint investigation team. Now after three weeks S. Arabia says he was savagely murdered. President Erdogan says the murder was planned days ahead. He demanded answers as to the whereabouts of his body and who ordered the operation.

In Okaz over the last months, several cars owned by women have been burned by men who wanted

to express their opposition to the decision permitting women to drive. Saudi Woman Barred From Marrying 'Musical' Suitor. A Saudi woman lost a judicial battle to marry the man of her choice as a court deemed him “religiously” unfit because he plays a musical instrument, a Saudi newspaper reported. The ultra-conservative kingdom requires women to seek permission from male “guardians” — their fathers, husbands or other male relatives — to travel, get married and other tasks.In some parts of the kingdom, a man who plays a musical instrument is considered of inferior status and having a bad reputation.

  1. Arabia, a major US ally, has introduced a string of reforms over the past year aimed at improving the

kingdom's image, including ending a longstanding ban on women driving. But it continues to face criticism over the male guardianship system which allows men to exercise arbitrary authority to make decisions on behalf of their female relatives including getting married, travelling, or going out of the house.

Saudi Arabia’s Channel One is remembering its first ever female presenter Huda Al-Rasheed, who appeared on screen as a news anchor in 1974. Huda Al-Rasheed is known as first Arabic news presenter on Channel One, before becoming the first woman to become an anchorwoman on the BBC network in London later in her career.

Before stepping foot on foreign shores for work, al-Rasheed encountered many obstacles at home. Her father had strongly objected to her work in Saudi radio but she never stopped pursuing her dream. She received an excellent expertise in media through for her work in the press, at the well-known Saudi Okaz newspaper during the early 1970s, at which she an editor for a weekly page called “Qitharati” or my guitar. Al-Rashed also started her literary work early in her career, through several novels "Tomorrow is Thursday", which was published in 1974, "Misdemeanor" in 1980, "The Divorce" written in 1993, "Love" in 2008, and “The Devil is Sometimes a Woman” in 2012.  Moving Towards Moderation: Yoga Centers for Women Sprout in Saudi Arabia Postures, like squatting,lunging and doing headstands, were not permitted for Saudi women until a year ago. However, Crown Prince MBS is vowing an “open, moderate Islam,” the kingdom last November recognized yoga as a sport. The Ministry of Commerce and Investment (MCI) has approved the teaching of yoga as a sports activity. Few months after the yoga was recognized officially, a new industry of yoga studios and instructors has sprouted in various Saudi cities, including the Holy cities of Makkah and Madina.

The Middle East’s leading English-language daily Arab News, has struck a partnership deal with the Saudi

Women Bowling Championship, which is being held in the Kingdom for the first time. Arab News will be the exclusive English media partner for the event, with the newspaper’s logo appearing on the participants’ kit.

ZakariaVirk, Editor

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