On Sept. 26, Saudi Arabia granted its female citizens the right to drive, reversing a decades-long prohibition. The latest in a number of changes shaking the conservative foundations of the kingdom, this widely publicized reform occurred in the wake of dozens of high-profile arrests. While Saudi Arabia commonly imprisons independent political voices, the recent arrests were unusual in several ways.
The Saudi regime is in the midst of profound political change. Understanding its latest decisions requires a nuanced look at its fragmented politics and the regime’s liberalizing agenda.
Why are these arrests unusual?
While some media outlets reported these arrests as targeting “Islamists,” those detained in fact represent a broad range of ideological affiliations.… Seguir leyendo »