Pulse of the Saudi Blogosphere

On a recent interview with Barbara Walters on ABC News, King Abdullah said the day when women can drive in Saudi Arabia is going to come. Riyadhawi's comment on that statement was one word: When? (Arabic) “When this day comes, the suffering of a large portion of the society will be solved,” he wrote. On the other hand, Nour liked the interview, and thought it “defiantly showed promise.”

Farooha, who has the the last word regarding the visit of Karen Hughes, says “I am a Saudi . And let me tell you, I disagree with the assumptions made by both international and local press. I, for one, know that had I been there, I wouldn't have said anything too different than what the Hikma s decided to say,” but she still says she wants to drive. Meanwhile, Nour prefers improving public transportation to giving women the right to drive. Farooha has also translated a column by Badria Al-Bisher entitled “Imgaine Being a Woman.”

Fouad Al-Farhan has been to Beirut on a short visit, and he says it was better than what he expected (Arabic). “The weather is great. The behavior of Lebanese helps to promote tourism in the country,” he said.

Digital Mind writes about the lack of Arabic kids’ websites (Arabic). Nzighna tells us about her preparations for this year's Gregean Day, a celebration on the 15th day of Ramadhan in the Gulf, and says it reminds her with Halloween, minus the costumes. Mochness’ latest finding is about banned advertisement in the US, and Abu Yousef (Arabic) says he can't imagine seeing anyone dying for love. “We watch the lovers in Arabic movies and series say: ‘I can't live without you.’ Really? Crap! Just crap!” he wrote.

Finally, Fahad Al-Mohareb, one of the first Saudi bloggers, has called for the first Saudi bloggers meet up (Arabic), and many have suggested having more than one meet up in different parts of the country.

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