This cartoon got me thinking. I hope it does the same for you.
|Source: The Jewish Press|
Saudi Arabia grants women right to drive – but with some bizarre conditions http://t.co/jprfDwIZPM pic.twitter.com/M7LED1uJrd
— RT (@RT_com) November 8, 2014
Following lengthy campaigning on the behalf of Saudi women’s groups, the 150-member Shura Council, which is permitted to propose legislation to the King, proposed that women over the age of 30 should be allowed behind the wheel, but only until 8pm each day, and without the application of make-up, a council member told AP.
The Gulf State country of some 30 million people has no law on the books forbidding women from driving, only religious edicts supported by leading religious authorities. Muslim clerics in this Gulf State fear "licentiousness" will get out of control if women have the freedom to drive.
Source: Saudi Arabia mulls women’s right to drive - but only for over-30s ‘without make-up’RT.com | 08 November 2014
Licentiousness, according to the Oxford dictionary:
Promiscuous and unprincipled in sexual matters
Licentiousness, according to the Merriam Webster dictionary:
Lacking legal or moral restraints; especially : disregarding sexual restraints
"Surveys suggest that as few as
one in 10 cases [of rape] are ever
reported to the police in many countries"
Adjusted for population growth over time, the annual rape rate in India has increased from 1.9 to 2.0 per 100,000 people over 2008-2012 period.
This compares to a reported rape rate of:
- 1.2 per 100,000 in Japan
- 3.6 per 100,000 in Morocco
- 4.6 rapes per 100,000 in Bahrain
- 12.3 per 100,000 in Mexico
- 24.1 per 100,000 in United Kingdom
- 28.6 per 100,000 in United States
- 66.5 per 100,000 in Sweden
- 114.9 rapes per 100,000 in South Africa
Turkey is ambivalent about the fight across its border, because of its distrust of the Kurdish fighters protecting Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab. It views them as an extension of the Kurdish PKK, the rebel group that has waged a long and bloody insurgency against Ankara. In recent days, Turkish officials have emphasized that they view both the Islamic State group and the PKK as terrorist groups.
Left unsaid is which group they view as the greater threat. But, Turkey's strict neutrality as the lightly-armed Kurds face annihilation speaks volumes.Turkey's inaction as the Kurds face annihilation indeed speaks volumes. It disgusts me that a country looking to become a member of the European Union is apparently so far removed from basic values we hold dear in Europe. We care for others, we help them in time of need, we act to protect the weak from the strong and the oppressor, we fight together against totalitarian regimes - to me, those are key values that we hold dear in the countries that make up the European Union as a whole. Or maybe it is just me who holds those values dear, says a pessimistic voice in my mind.