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Editor's Notes
True North Perspective
Vol. 6, No. 20 (279)
Friday, June 17, 2011

'Humanitarian' Hilary Clinton ignores pleas

from Saudi women for right-to-drive support

Hilary is too busy bombing women in Libya

For weeks now Saudi Arabian women have been campaigning for the right to drive motor vehicles.

They have begged Hilary Clinton for support. But Hilary has ignored them. She is too busy dropping 'humanitarian' bombs on Libyans. As you'll see, by linking to 'Humanitarian' Cruise Missilestrikes 10,000-student university in Tripoli at least one of her 'humanitarian' Cruise Missiles struck the 10,000-student Al Fateh University in Tripoli.

Hilary has no time for Saudi women because her country has full access to Saudi oil. Control of Libyan oil is not yet settled so the rights of Saudi women are of no importance. After all, if you can't drive, take a bus.

In Libya women have the right to drive. Buying their first car is  heavily subsidized. They also get a grant of $24,000 when they marry.

Virtually all 'A' students can go to a university of their choosing in a country of their choosing, all at government expense — grants, that is, not crushing loans that they must mortgage ten years or more of their working lives to repay.

Free university education is available to all women within Libya for all A- and B+ students.

Clearly, 'humanitarian' bombing is entirely in order. Just ask Hilary.

For more on Saudi Arabian women please see below.

Will next so-called Arab Spring be Saudi Arabia's women?

That's the question right now as women's rights activists are calling for mass protests and a "mutiny" against rules that allow only men to drive cars. Today, June 17th, is the culmination of months of activism. 

By Sarah Jaffe | Sourced from AlterNet
Posted at June 17, 2011, 6:36 am

Al Jazeera reports:

"We want women from today to begin exercising their rights,'' Wajeha al-Huwaidar, a Saudi women's rights activist, said.

She has posted internet clips of herself driving in 2008.

"Today on the roads is just the opening in a long campaign," she said. "We will not go back.''

Saudi Arabia, of course, is a longtime U.S. ally despite its horrible record on women's rights. And these protesters haven't forgotten that fact--this week in Washington, a group of women drove around the Saudi embassy to protest as well. 

Like many of the uprisings of the past few years, this one extends to the Internet. There's a Facebook page, and women have been posting video of themselves driving on YouTube. The Guardian has included reports in its Middle East liveblog, and you can watch live tweets from the protesters at hashtag #women2drive.

Meanwhile, take it easy, but take it.

Carl Dow
Editor and Publisher
True North Perspective

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