November 24, 1989 |
The family portraits hang in two rows on the living room wall, just above the sofa. There is Wahid Ishgi's, looking stern and fatherly, and his wife's, with her dangling earrings and irrepressible smile. Below those are school photographs of the girls. Well, most of the girls. Sixteen-year-old Meme ordered hers removed last year, lest an uncle or a cousin enter the house and see her face unveiled.
August 19, 1987
Police in Saudi Arabia detained 87 foreigners, including six Americans, after a weekend party that violated the kingdom's strict ban on liquor. The party in the Red Sea port of Jidda was given by an American, but diplomats declined to identify him. At least 37 Canadian and British air stewardesses and British nurses were reported among the detainees. The Saudis later released 25 Canadian stewardesses, Canadian officials said.
June 30, 1988
Saudi Arabia has warned Shia Muslims that they face Koranic punishments, which include beheading and crucifixion, if they disrupt this year's pilgrimage in Mecca, the official Saudi Press Agency reported. The Saudi government said it will punish "any act of disturbance, terrorism or sabotage such as demonstrations, slogan shouting and carrying of posters and banners, use of loud-speakers and blocking of roads and delaying of pilgrims from performing the rites," the news agency said.
November 7, 1990 |
About 50 Saudi women, saying the kingdom's ban on female drivers would leave them helpless in the event of war, took to the streets for an unprecedented protest Tuesday--behind the wheel. The women, many of them completely veiled except for their eyes, piled into 15 cars and took a drive through the capital. They had learned to drive outside Saudi Arabia. "This has nothing whatsoever to do with politics," one woman said. "If a crisis erupts, we must drive for the sake of our families.
February 16, 1991 |
Somewhere in Jidda, in a dark, crowded prison cell, six young men await their encounter with Islamic justice for ambushing a bus with guns this month and slightly wounding two American GIs. Justice for the men--four Palestinians and two Yemenis--is apt to be swift.
November 15, 1990 |
Facing mounting demands from religious conservatives, the Saudi government has announced that women who drive automobiles in the kingdom are "portents of evil" and will be subject to "appropriate punishment." "Women's driving of cars contradicts the sound Islamic attitude of the Saudi citizen, who is jealous about his sacred ideals," the Saudi Ministry of Interior said in announcing the kingdom's first legal ban on women driving.