The kind of ally we should not have

Human rights for women (and men) in Saudi Arabia are atrocious, something I examined in my book, The Blogging Revolution.

But activists there continue to agitate, as they should. But where is the international support for their actions?

Activists in Saudi Arabia have protested a government ban on women drivers before, but it’s never been this fashionable. Noha Berjes and Naglaa al-Oteibi , both students of King Faisal University, decided to express their protest via hip attire. Specifically, they have designed shirts emblazoned with license plates – and they personalize each shirt with the name of the female purchaser. The message is clear: let me drive.

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