The Associated Press reports:
“Joining President Barack Obama for a condolence visit after the death of the King Abdullah, Mrs. Obama stepped off of Air Force One wearing long pants and a long, brightly colored jacket — but no headscarf.”
It’s a sad state of affairs when an uncovered head results in news coverage.
Just in case you missed it, this story is viral on the web:
When Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah visited Queen Elizabeth in 1998 at her Scotland estate, Balmoral, she got behind the wheel of her Land Rover to give him a tour.
One of the stories (this one from PBS):
When Queen Elizabeth took King Abdullah for a drive in her Land Rover
It boggles the mind that women are being prosecuted for the crime of driving in Saudi Arabia — the only country in the world that prohibits distaff drivers.
King Abdullah has died. Whither Saudi Arabia?
As The New York Times put it: “The king’s death adds yet another element of uncertainty in a region already overwhelmed by crises and as Saudi Arabia is itself in a struggle with Iran for regional dominance.”
Some places to read about the transition:
“King Abdullah, Who Nudged Saudi Arabia Forward, Dies at 90″
“Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Dead”
“Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, a wily king who embraced limited reform, dies”
“King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia dies”
What do you think will be the trajectory of the Wahhabi sect of Sunni Islam in the 21st Century?
The Islamist army with the Boko Haram moniker is at it again. According to Issa Tchiroma Bakary, Cameroon’s information minister, Mabass village in far northern Cameroon was attacked early yesterday (18 January 2015).
Boko Haram killed at least three people and kidnapped four dozen hostages.
In a separate attack in Nigeria also reported by the Associated Press, a suicide bomber killed four people and injured 35 others in the northeast town of Potiskum.