The Saudi Driving Ban and the Shadow of the Ikhwan

Reuters reports the historic driving ban reversal: “Saudi Arabia will never be the same again. The rain begins with a single drop,” Manal al-Sharif, who was arrested in 2011 after a driving protest, said in an online statement. King Salman announced the historic change on Tuesday, ending a conservative tradition which limited women’s mobility and … Continue reading The Saudi Driving Ban and the Shadow of the Ikhwan

The (Saudi) King is Dead; Long Live the King (Or: The Many Challenges For King Salman)

First, a Lion King reference.  Now, to serious business. What's it mean to be a king?  Our popular image is of some bro, richly dressed, sitting on a fancy throne, throwing edicts left and right and being waited on hand and foot.  Most importantly, we believe a king can do as he likes; he's the … Continue reading The (Saudi) King is Dead; Long Live the King (Or: The Many Challenges For King Salman)