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The countdown begins; October 26th is just eight days away. That is when a demonstration is set to take place, rallying for women’s right to drive cars in Saudi Arabia. Twenty three years ago,...God’s modern agents: the Saudi religious police
It was Saudi National Day. Many of the people in the street were euphoric. All of the religious zealots were outraged. The former were celebrating, relaxing, going wild and having a good time. The...