Israel set to make Arabs second class citizens

AFTER an angry debate, the Israeli cabinet has endorsed a controversial bill declaring the country a Jewish state, a move that will alienate the Palestinian minority further and push the government closer to early elections. The bill affirms that Jewish law should inspire the Israeli legal system, and reserves other “national rights” for Jews, including […]

Educated Saudi women face a brick wall of restrictions

Manar Saud graduated in May from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia, with a master’s degree in organizational leadership, paid for by a Saudi government scholarship. She came home to Riyadh eager to put her new skills to work, but after six months of looking for a job, she is still unemployed.

Romney attacked Obama for refusing to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

WHITE House contender Mitt Romney has attacked President Barack Obama for “refusing to recognise Jerusalem” as the capital of Israel – an incendiary position counter to US policy – in a new ad. Featuring clips from Romney’s recent trip to Israel, the commercial also slams Obama for never visiting since taking office.

Saudi women postpone driving protest after prince’s death

Saudi female activists who had been expected to brave a driving ban have postponed a planned day of action for Sunday following the death of Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz, a member of the group said. “The campaign has been postponed until Friday,” said Hind al-Zahid of the Women2Drive group that had urged women to […]

Amnesty International finds anti-Muslim bias in Europe

Human rights group Amnesty International says Muslims who openly show their faith suffer widespread discrimination in Europe. In a new report, the group urges Europe’s governments to do more to challenge negative stereotypes and prejudices against Muslims. In particular, it says Muslims face exclusion from jobs and education for wearing traditional forms of dress.