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Mona Eltahawy @monaeltahawy
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It is all well & good that companies & lobbyists are reassessing #Saudi Arabia over reported murder of #JamalKhashogg. BUT! Where the fuck have all these people and firms been for decades? The violations of the #Saudi monarchy have never been a secret.
Glad to see people pay attention, finally, and I wish it hadn’t been over such a gruesome crime. I wish people and firms had started boycotting #Saudi royal family over its gender apartheid that affects all women there. Or the #Yemen war. Or jails full of activists. Or. And. Or.
This was my first oped about #Saudi Arabia for a US newspaper - ironically enough, The Washington Post. Fifteen schoolgirls had died in a fire because religious police wouldn’t let them out because the girls weren’t wearing a cloak and a headscarf…
This is my most recent oped on #Saudi Arabia for a US newspaper - The New York Times - about an unprecedented crackdown on feminists and women’s rights activists that began in May. Feminists are in jail because they dared fight Saudi patriarchy.…
That first oped I wrote about the death of 15 schoolgirls in a fire in #Saudi Arabia was from 2002. That most recent oped about the unprecedented crackdown on feminists and women’s rights activists is from 2018.
This from 2004 about need for Muslim countries to speak out on #Saudi Arabia, also in WaPo, got me phone call from the prince who at the time owned Saudi-owned paper I was a columnist for & where I first knew #JamalKhashoggi’s byline. I was banned in 2006…
This from 2010 about the hypocrisy of UN and western powers over misogyny in #Saudi Arabia and in #Iran. The former was allowed a seat on UN Women, the latter denied.…
This from 2015 on brave #Saudi men & women risking freedom & their lives to continue to unravel tyranny of the absolute monarchy in their country. I wrote it in response to King Abdullah’s death when western media & officials kept calling him “reformer”…
This from 2017 about gender apartheid in #Saudi Arabia and how the world continually sells out Saudi women for business deals with the absolute monarchy…
So yeah. About fucking time: #Saudi summit in crisis as #JamalKhashoggi case prompts mass withdrawals…
And one more: from 2007 when I described the way patriarchy works in #Saudi Arabia as gender apartheid and ask how many more girls must die and women suffer rape before the international community names this gender apartheid and condemns it appropriately.…
I’ve been writing the same thing basically about the violations committed by the #Saudi monarchy, especially against women, for 16 fucking years. So you’ll understand why I’m saying it’s way beyond time to hold that regime accountable.
Oil, weapons, religion, $$$ have assured world silence. I am glad some are finally speaking over the reported killing of #JamalKhashoggi. Silence and hypocrisy have exacted a terrible toll. (Left: from 2002 oped, Right: 2018 oped) #Saudi
Case in point: Major #US defense contractors have expressed concern to the #Trump administration that lawmakers angered by the disappearance of #Saudi journalist #JamalKhashoggi in #Turkey will block further arms deals with Saudi Arabia…
Most of my opeds 👆🏽on Women. Remember: Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman is behind an unprecedented crackdown on feminists and women’s rights activists. #Saudi Arabia must immediately release all women’s rights defenders, say UN experts h/t @davidakaye
”Why is Trump so willing to let the #Saudis slide? Is Trump getting paid by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a.k.a. MBS, and the Saudis? Is his son-in-law, Jared Kushner?”…
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