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    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/new...cle3399484.ece


    Starbucks mother flouted the law, say religious police in Saudi Arabia
    Sonia Verma in Bahrain

    A US businesswoman living in Saudi Arabia fears for her life after the religious police issued a rare statement defending her arrest this month for having coffee with a male colleague at a Starbucks coffee shop in Riyadh.

    Yara, a 37-year-old married mother of three, said that she was strip-searched, forced to sign false confessions and told by a judge that she would “burn in hell”, before she was released on February 4.

    The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice denounced her publicly with a statement posted on the internet on Monday night saying that her actions violated the Sharia of the country.

    “It’s not allowed for any woman to travel alone and sit with a strange man and talk and laugh and drink coffee together like they are married,” it said.


    “All of these are against the law and it’s clear it’s against the law. First, for a woman to work with men is against the law and against religion. Second, the family sections at coffee shops and restaurants are meant for families and close relatives,” it continued.

    The commission contested the version of events from Yara, saying that she was never strip-searched or forced to sign confessions. It accused her of wearing make-up, not covering her hair and moving around suspiciously while sitting with her Syrian colleague, who was also arrested but later released.

    Speaking to The Times yesterday from the family’s home in Jeddah, the husband of Yara, who did not want the family name made public for fear of retribution, said: “We are afraid for our lives, for our family and from further harassment. The things that they are suggesting about my wife, of course it isn’t true. She’s a professional businesswoman and she was at a café, not at a bar. They are coming up with ways to justify their actions.”

    The story of Yara captured international attention and has started fierce debate within Saudi society, where reformers and human rights groups are pressuring the Government to be more liberal.

    The powerful religious police vowed to sue two newspaper columnists who have written in defence of Yara and who criticised the “Mutaween” and their handling of the incident, saying: “The commission has the right to sue the writers because of the lies they are spreading. It gives the wrong idea of Saudi Arabia.”

    Yara, a managing partner in a finance company has returned to work but she no longer travels to the offices of the company in Riyadh.

    Her family is contemplating a return to America, saying that they feel caught in the middle of a greater debate in Saudi society between conservatives and reformers.

    “There are a lot of Saudis who are angry and they are using Yara’s story to say ‘Enough of these people in our country’. Regardless of whether we agree or disagree we don’t want to get further punished for this,” Yara’s husband said.
    Make America Great For Once.

  • #2
    religious police? Mike Huckabee administration?
    Be passionate about what you believe in, or why bother.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by madyaks View Post
      religious police? Mike Huckabee administration?
      Nowhere close.
      Make America Great For Once.

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      • #4
        And we're allies with these whack-jobs, why?
        Official sponsor of: Pepsi Zero Sugar and Jordan Almonds.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ChiTownBluesFan View Post
          And we're allies with these whack-jobs, why?
          Oil. It's the only reason. They have the most repressive regime in the world.
          Last edited by Bleacher Creature; 02-19-2008, 05:39 PM.
          Make America Great For Once.

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          • #6
            Mmmm... OIL! It's what's for dinner!
            25MM jobs in 10 years / 4% GDP Growth / Insurance for everybody / Schools flush with cash don't produce results
            Jan 2017: 4.7% U-3, 9.2% U-6, 62.7% LFPR, 5.2% Real Wages, 2.6% GDP, 19,827 DJIA, 2,271 S&P500, $2.316/gal

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            • #7
              Originally posted by madyaks View Post
              religious police? Mike Huckabee administration?
              Not even in the same universe...and I also get annoyed by people that want to have a sanctity of life and marriage amendment.
              Go Cards ...12 in 13.


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              • #8
                Originally posted by madyaks View Post
                religious police? Mike Huckabee administration?
                There's a shocker. An article about an oppressive Muslim country and yaks uses it to bash a Christian politician.

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                • #9
                  “I have opponents in this race who do not want to change the Constitution. But I believe it’s a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God. And thats what we need to do is amend the Constitution so it’s in God’s standards rather than trying to change God’s standards so it lines up with some contemporary view of how we treat each other and how we treat the family.”
                  Is it the same? No. But If he were ever in office with ideas like that.. I really think someone who thinks like that could be dangerous.
                  Be passionate about what you believe in, or why bother.

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                  • #10
                    What I cant understand is...dont Muslim men like to look at tarts in tight fitting clothes and bikinis? For the love of god...what man doesnt like to take a stroll down the street and leer at hot tarts and have impure thoughts. It just isnt right.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Jonas View Post
                      There's a shocker. An article about an oppressive Muslim country and yaks uses it to bash a Christian politician.
                      I don't care about which country it is or which politician, to me it's extremists. And I think they both are.
                      Be passionate about what you believe in, or why bother.

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                      • #12
                        If I lived there...I think I'd kill myself..or import Thai hookers.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Indu WangZi View Post
                          What I cant understand is...dont Muslim men like to look at tarts in tight fitting clothes and bikinis? For the love of god...what man doesnt like to take a stroll down the street and leer at hot tarts and have impure thoughts. It just isnt right.
                          Sure they do. They are just hypocrites about it.
                          Go Cards ...12 in 13.


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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by TTB View Post
                            Sure they do. They are just hypocrites about it.
                            They blame the woman.
                            Make America Great For Once.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by TTB View Post
                              Sure they do. They are just hypocrites about it.
                              Maybe...but, masking that desire in a facade of religion, is a dangerous thing. I guess that is why they are all pissed off...I know I would be.

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