CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 1990
It is amusing to see how the rights of Saudi women to drive a car in their country have now become of intense interest and controversy here. Of far greater import are the religious rights of hundreds of thousands of Jewish and Christian servicemen and women in Saudi Arabia, who are denied the open celebration of their religious ceremonies and sacrifices this holiday season, because of Saudi prohibitions. What about that? Americans are being asked to do and die for King Fahd, but cannot even display their religious symbols in his kingdom.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 1990
I was infuriated that you published Paterson's traitorous perspective on military service until I realized, as I'm now sure you did, too, that it will do more to promote loyalty to our country, our countrymen and ourselves than all the Fourth of July rhetoric and flag-waving. This has got to be a classic in positive fallout from freedom of negative expression. Keep it up, Cpl. Paterson and The Times. You're both doing fine. Patriotism is alive and well. ANN SHERMAN JAMES Los Angeles
December 2, 2003 |
Authorities here said Monday that the attack on a residential compound in Riyadh that killed 20 people last month was carried out by two Saudi suicide bombers who were already on an official wanted list. In the first detailed official account of the bombing, the Interior Ministry said a "terrorist group" drove up to the gates of the Muhaya compound at midnight Nov. 8 in a civilian car. The group threw grenades and shot at the compound guards.
September 30, 2009 |
Despite success in shutting down the financing of terrorist groups within its borders, Saudi Arabia remains a top source of funding for Al Qaeda elsewhere and Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan, the Government Accountability Office said in a report to Congress. The report does not name individuals or estimate how much money might be flowing to the terrorists. Since 2003, the Saudis have barred charities from transferring money outside the kingdom, but the GAO said that this hasn't prevented Saudi-based charities with branches abroad from serving as funding sources for terrorist groups.
October 31, 2010 |
Iran and Saudi Arabia, which have been criticized for their records on women's rights, are on track to join the board of a new U.N. agency devoted to women. Activists have expressed concern that the two Islamic states could interfere with the work of the agency, U.N. Women. "We are hopeful that Iran or Saudi Arabia would not be able to significantly obstruct the work of U.N. Women," said Philippe Bolopion, the United Nations advocacy director for Human Rights Watch. "There are certainly other countries we have concerns with, but Saudi Arabia and Iran have such dismal records on women's rights that their presence on the board would be seen as provocative by many women around the world.
March 25, 2002 |
The treatment of women in the Muslim world is part of a dangerous pattern of abuse of power by religious authorities whose interpretation of Islam has been embraced widely, and not just by people like Osama bin Laden. Take, for example, the treatment of women in Saudi Arabia. This is not just a curious cultural difference that women are enduring; this is an abuse of human rights.