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Saudi Women Highly Educated - Ready For Great Awakening

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Published on Jan 9, 2013

CNN's Erin Burnett says women of Saudi Arabia are given the tools to succeed, but what they need is the opportunity.

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Small step forward for Saudi women, but will it affect their daily lives?
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/11/wor...
"Saudi Arabia's king on Friday appointed 30 women to the Shura Council, the first time women have been chosen for the country's top consultative body. King Abdullah issued a decree that the 150-member council be composed of at least 20% women, the official SPA news agency reported ... The women members, who "will have full membership rights," must be committed to the principles of the Sharia law and must "observe the proper veil (hijab)," the news agency said."

Saudi Arabia - Oppression of Expression - Support Raif Badawi, Turki Al-Hamad,Hamza Kashgari..flv
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Saudi teen, 70 year-old man divorce
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/09/wor...
"A divorce has been granted in the case of a Saudi teenager who was wed to a 70-year-old man, Saudi Arabia's Human Rights Commission told CNN on Wednesday ... In Saudi Arabia, no law stipulates a minimum age for marriage. There's been a push for that in recent years, but extremely conservative religious scholars have pushed back. The man told CNN that he is 70, but the commission said they believe he is 86. The man also told CNN that he thought his bride to be was 25 ... On Wednesday, Dr. Bandar Alaiban, the commission's president, said a meeting had taken place with the parents, man and the girl. "A divorce has taken place," Alaiban told CNN, "and the dispute has now been resolved amicably." The marriage angered human rights groups and activists."

Sri Lankan maid Rizana Nafeek 'executed in Saudi Arabia' (BBC, Jan 9, 2013):
"Saudi Arabia has executed a Sri Lankan domestic worker for killing a baby in her care in 2005, a foreign ministry official in Colombo has told the BBC. The maid ... had denied killing the 4-month-old boy. Her supporters say she was only 17 at the time of the killing. They say her execution is a breach of international child rights. The Sri Lankan parliament held a minute's silence on Wednesday in honour of Ms Nafeek."

70-year-old man marries 15-year-old in Saudi Arabia
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/08/wor...
A 70-year-old man in Saudi Arabia is disputing claims his new bride is 15 years old, and says her family has ripped him off for the large dowry he paid for the union. Human rights workers say the bride is a teenager and are outraged about the situation. CNN interviewed the man Tuesday, who said he paid a dowry to the girl's parents for the equivalent of $20,000. The marriage came to light when the man complained to a local official after his new wife left him, saying the girl's family had taken her back and he'd been ripped off. He also claimed that he thought she was 25 years old. He refused to provide his name to CNN. "She is not 15 as everybody claims," he said. "She's 25 years old and she's mature enough to make her own decisions... I was fooled by the girl's family.""

Free and safeguard Raif Badawy, a liberal Saudi accused of "Apostasy"
http://www.change.org/petitions/free-...
Raif Badawi
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raif_Badawi

Petitioning Saudi Arabian Embassy in London, United Kingdom
Freedom for Hamza Kashgari
http://www.change.org/petitions/freed...
Hamza Kashgari
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamza_Ka...

Turki al-Hamad
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turki_al...

Global Prevalence of consanguinity
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US oil imports to fall to lowest in 25 years
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/09/bus...
"... The surge in production in the US has led some forecasters, including the International Energy Agency, the rich countries' think-tank, to predict that it will overtake Saudi Arabia and Russia to become the world's largest oil producer by the end of the decade ..."

Opec cartel to reap record $1tn
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/eedc5b56-50...
"The Opec oil cartel, led by Saudi Arabia, will pocket a record of more than US$1tn in net oil revenues in 2012 as the annual average price for Brent, the benchmark, heads to an all-time high in spite of weak economic growth.The windfall will provide fresh capital to some of the world's largest sovereign wealth funds. United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, the most influential members of the cartel, are home to three of the world's 10 largest SWFs by assets under management, according to estimates by the SWF Institute..."

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