Saudi Arabia lifts ban on women drivers

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  1. PracticalMac macrumors 68030

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    This is awesome news. They also released some social media rules a few days ago. I am glad to see this, but I am wondering what is prompting these changes?
     
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    One of the kings wives grabbed this:

    ph-0.jpg

    Then grabbed something else and did a little womansplainin.
     
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    Didn't they get a new king not too long ago? I'd guess he has something to do with it.
     
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    Yup. One small step. Progress is going to be even slower and more tortuous than it's been in the U.S.

    Imagine how the conservatives over there are reacting to this.
     
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    Or it was the state visit from the USA.
     
  7. citizenzen macrumors 65816

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    I'll say it again ... sooner or later it will dawn on those people how much they're hurting themselves by underutilizing half of their population.
     
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    Until someone will remind them the number of "volunteers" for suicide cars will double.
    o_O:rolleyes:
     
  9. fitshaced macrumors 68000

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    How are they going to identify them on speed cameras?

    You'd think there would be far better jokes for this.
     
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    My question is, if a woman hits a man’s car What is the punishment for the woman?
     
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    there are,,,,,,,,,,,, but I am not interested in a vacation right now :p
     
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    Baby steps I guess for Saudi Arabia... and baby steps for sexism in the good 'ol PRSI
     
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    Beat her to death with the sway bar.

    ****ers better start pumping more oil, insurance premiums are about to spike.
     
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    Welcome to the 20th century, Saudi Arabia! You're gettin' there :)
     
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    I'll be far more impressed when they stop beheading people and/or whipping rape victims for "adultery". Until then, they can still do one AFAIC.
     
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    A change in who really rules the country; the current Crown Prince - who ousted, or removed, his predecessor in June - is considered to be the 'power behind the throne'.
     
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    Of course it's now going to take them 11 months to get the infrastructure fixed.

    Ummm what? How do they even see a difference between handing one person a license and handing another a license. They can't give driving courses to men and women together? This is going to cost them a fortune.
     
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    Yes and he pledged to modernize the economy and society.
     
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    20th is old news, we've been in the 21st for the past 17 years.
     
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    iirc, the old king wanted to do this also, but died. I believe that this is a small step of SA trying to navigate themselves into an uncertain future - falling (and finite) oil revenue, youthful population, etc - the old ways won't work anymore. we'll see what this portends...
     
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    Before you all get too excited, women in Saudi Arabia must be chaperoned by a male member of the family whenever they go anywhere if i am not mistaken.

    So yeah...

    Curious how the US doesn’t fight for their freedom, etc.

    Oh wait.. they enforce oil trade in USD...
     
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    My understanding is that his son - the current crown prince, Mohammad bin Salman (whose appointment marks a generational change, the first since 1953) - is the driving force behind much policy and seems to wield considerable power since he consolidated his position with the removal of his predecessor as Crown Prince in June this year.

    Remember, KSA is embroiled in the Yemen war, and is the leading player in a quartet of states (KSA, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt) who have embarked upon a land, sea and air embargo and blockade of Qatar, - demanding - among many other things - that Qatar shut down Al Jazeera, which they see as a destabilising and threatening influence across the region; victory in either of these conflicts does not look likely at any time soon.

    Moreover, the price of oil - the mainstay of the Saudi economy - remains low, and Saudi Arabia failed to see off - i.e. strangle - by keeping oil production high and prices low - the development of of alternatives - such as fracking.

    Alongside (overdue and very welcome) reforms such as permitting women to drive are also policies that serve to shrink a little further the already very limited space where dissent - political and theological - has been occasionally slightly tolerated.
     
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