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ARABICA - A Daily Shot Of What the Arab World is Saying/Hearing/Sharing

ARABICA - A Daily Shot Of What the Arab World is Saying/Hearing/Sharing
By Kristen Gillespie

A R A B I C A ارابيكا

*The campaign against women driving in Saudi Arabia continues to grow, as a "Saudi religious figure named Mohammed al-Manjad said he considers a woman driving a car sexually immoral because if she gets behind the wheel of a car, she is surely practicing other forms of licentiousness." The word used to describe women who drive is "فاسقة" which is defined in Al-Mawrd dictionary as: "debauched, wanton, licentious, lecherous, immoral, libertine, lascivious." He stressed that women like this and those supporting them are "hateful, malicious and hypocritical." Although the Prophet Mohammed did not mention driving specifically in the seventh-century Quran, "he did state that it is hypocritical for a women to drive a camel or a donkey, and that same sentiment therefore applies to women driving a car."

*Saudi news website Sabq.org reports that Manal al-Sharif was released from jail after nine days, following reports that she signed a pledge while imprisoned to drop her "I will drive my car" campaign that has caused the government international embarrassment.

*The Arab-language media appears less than impressed by Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh airstrikes on the small southern city of Zinjibar, which was reportedly taken over by an estimated 300 Al Qaeda militants. For months, Saleh has been claiming that his resignation would create a vacuum in which Al Qaeda could take over the country. Moheet.com opines that Saleh "is exhausting all means available to him to stay in his position, especially the option of civil war and the scarecrow Al Qaeda."

*Coverage instead focused on the reported 20 people shot dead by security forces while protesting in the city of Taiz. "Republican Guard units and gunmen loyal to the president stormed Tahrir Square in Taiz," BBC News reported. "Security forces, accompanied by gunmen from the ruling party's supporters, burned all the tents erected in the square and used bulldozers to remove the tents after the looting and burning of all its contents," the network reported.

May 30, 2011

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The Trudeau-Modi Row Reveals Growing Right-Wing Bent Of India's Diaspora

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The Trudeau-Modi Row Reveals Growing Right-Wing Bent Of India's Diaspora

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the G20 Summit in New Delhi on Sept. 9

Sushil Aaron


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“Any involvement of a foreign government in the killing of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil is an unacceptable violation of our sovereignty,” Trudeau said. The Canadian foreign ministry subsequently expelled an Indian diplomat, who was identified as the head of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India’s foreign intelligence agency, in Canada. [On Thursday, India retaliated through its visa processing center in Canada, which suspended services until further notice over “operational reasons.”]

Trudeau’s announcement was immediately picked up by the international media and generated quite a ripple across social media. This is big because the Canadians have accused the Indian government – not any private vigilante group or organisation – of murder in a foreign land.

Trudeau and Canadian state services seem to have taken this as seriously as the UK did when the Russian émigré Alexander Litvinenko was killed, allegedly on orders of the Kremlin. It is extraordinarily rare for a Western democracy to expel a diplomat from another democracy on these grounds.

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