The men in Saudi Arabia have more rights and power than the women. Men are the ones who have the most influence and the women are the ones who must listen to what the man says. Of course, this is different from man to man but mostly they are all like that.
What's more, Saudi Arabia political system is very conservative when compared to the United States. For Muslim countries our freedoms can be seen as threatening by those who value that structure. For that reason, not all countries share the same philosophy in regards to their citizens’ right. For example, Saudi Arabia has been criticized for its implementation of Islamic law and its poor human rights record. In the same way the United States has been criticized for being too liberal. Civil liberties safeguard individual liberty and therefore, are valuable to every human being. More importantly, prevent the government from misusing power. Without a doubt, the highest law in the United States is the U.S. Constitution and such is fabricated by some amendments that are known as the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights guarantees that the government can never deprive people in the U.S. of certain fundamental rights. As a result, American citizens are protected by the First Amendment which, reads the following “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peacefully assemble and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances” (“First Amendment").
Saudi Arabia is a leader in the war against terrorism. My country brought the world together for an international conference in 2005 to align nations in the fight against terrorism. The kingdom contributed more than $100 million to create a global center for counterterrorism at the United Nations and established a 40-member Islamic Military Coalition to combat terrorism and extremism. It also is a member of the U.S.-led Global Coalition to Counter ISIL and is part of the coalition’s continuing military
“Believers have every right to build their politics on basic religious ideals such as truth, justice and the welfare of all people,” (Viewpoint, 10). They take teachings from the Qur’an and alienate them into radicalized ideas. One of the main branches of Islam, that they use, is Wahhabism. “The faith that drives Osama bin Laden and his followers is a particularly austere and conservative brand of Islam known as Wahhabism, which was instrumental in creating the Saudi monarchy, and if sufficiently alienated, could tear it down,” (Middle East, paragraph 1). They change the lessons into a much stronger and harsher version of what they actually are. “Saudi rulers essentially owe their power to the Wahhabis,” (Middle East, paragraph 15). “Wahhabis believe their faith should spread, not giving ground in any place they have conquered. Thus Saudi Arabia was a main financial backer of the mujahedeen fighting,” (Middle East, paragraph 5). Wahhabism originated from Saudi Arabia and Saudis have very strong beliefs about their faith. They try to expand their religion into other areas in the
The countries present their ideologies to the outside world as holy nations. Recently there has been significant evidence on major shifts with increasing polarization and creation of new alliances. These strategic actions produce both risks and opportunities; however, in the Middle East, there has been growing sectarianism in the conflicts (El Fadl, 2005). The sectarianism plays a great role in the political conflicts within Saudi Arabia and Iran. While both Saudi Arabia and Iran claim to have theocracy model states based on Islam, Saudi Arabia is considered a Theo-monarchy with strong relations to Wahhabism, a branch of Sunni Islam, while Iran’s political system has democratic components and is based on Shiism (Al-Rasheed, 1996). The differences in religious practices and ethnicity between the two nations have contributed to the dilemma of instability in the Middle
In 2013 in an unprecedented act, Saudi Arabia turned down a seat at the most influential table in the world, the UN Security Council. Saudi officials cited the international community’s lack of action in Syria as one of the reasons why they felt the need to make a stand by not accepting the coveted seat. Largely, Saudi Arabia blames Russia and China for protecting Assad from UN sanctions with their veto power that they have because they are two of the five permanent security council members along with the U.S., the UK, and France (McDowall, 2013).
Strolling down the street right next to you is someone just like you. Someone raised in the same town, similar age and loves ice cream as much as the next person. However, judging more on the surface this person has a arabic name, features and attire,this person is a muslim,. Your body boils into a bright alert red. This person is nothing like you. This person is most likely affiliated with a terrorist organization scouting buildings to bomb next. This person despises America and only wants to trick us all into thinking otherwise. Stray away from this person and give them a pulsating star, deny them an opportunity to introduce themselves as whoever they truly could be. Deny a seat at the diner for the person to have a nice meal,
Saudi Arabian women were just recently given the right to drive thus, expanding their physical freedom well, this looks like marginal progress compared to the west however, it's a huge step towards physical freedom for Saudi women. Freedom has also been used to oppress ironically for example the Saudi government has the “freedom” to sentence “a female rape victim was sentenced to 200 lashes for adultery” (Washington post) or the government's argument that women not being able to drive or purchase property frees them from responsibility. This example demonstrates that freedom does not always have a positive outcome; as the state has the freedom to physically abuse you by right of their laws. Dr.Peter Levine an Oxford professor calls this type of harmful freedom “negative liberty” in which a person or state can infringe on another's freedom through
In addition, the non-intervention by Saudi Arabia will be examined and this paper will attempt to determine why they have not become involved in the Syrian Civil War despite being a large power in
The congressional override of Obama’s veto has drawn a lot of speculation from different quarters in the public domain especially since the congress comprising of a majority of democrats and republican have overridden the veto unanimously. The veto was to ensure that the Saudi Arabian kingdom was not sued in any way or its citizens and especially sponsors who were suspected to have funded al-Qaida. The courts could thus not pass judgments against Saudi Arabia, which is a sovereign nation. The victims in this case wanted the congress to side with them and provide them a means of obtaining justice. The article further showed the congress override and the passing of a law that could spell disaster for either Saudi Arabia or the American economy since the Saudi kingdom has opted to remove its investments, which are in the hundreds of billions of dollars. Foreign relations against the United States and Saudi Arabia can be hampered in the process as the article notes. Therefore, the article focusses on the victims and families of the attacks and the delayed justice system, which has not been helped by the president especially since the Saudi kingdom, has been
Thesis: Saudi Arabia’s importance in the Middle East cannot be underestimated. As a key ally in the Global War on Terrorism, we need to comprehend its role in the modern world and its pivotal role in Islam.
Freedom is not inequality. Specifically, women in Saudi Arabia are treated unfairly due to the society’s gender discrimination. According to “Seven things women in Saudi Arabia cannot do” ‘Women must obtain permission from a male guardian.’ They do not have the freedom to do everyday tasks without a guardian. Being an equal is not to be treated unfairly, it is to have the ability to hone one’s own decisions. Women in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to protest and they still do not possess individual freedoms.
A revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests (both violent and non-violent), riots, and civil wars in the Arab World that began on 18 December 2010, later gained the heading “The Arab spring”. The Arab spring began by a twenty six year old boy named Mohammed Bouazizi was getting ready to sell fruits and vegetables in a rural town of Sidi Bouzid Tunisia. Bouazizi was the primary supporter for his widowed mother and six of his siblings. The entire incident originated when the police officer asked bouazizi to hand over his wooden cart, he refused the police women allegedly slapped him after being publicly humiliated bouazizi marched in front of a government building and set himself on fire. The Jasmine revolution in Tunisia, the shock wave swept across the country which threatened the stability of this oil-rich region with repercussion felt internationally. After the world witnessed what happened in Tunisia, it caused a spilled over into most of the Arab countries. Such as Egypt, Libya Syria and Yemen. Aim of this paper is to show that the current situation corollary of decades of failed policies, exacerbated by an unsolicited foreign intervention. The extensive consequences, I will argue, require cautious attention and careful management from international communities as well as the Arab human rights committee. This paper seeks to explore the profound causes that prompted the so called “Arab awakening” and the covert hidden agenda behind the sudden pro democratic
In the heart of the Middle East is a country known by many Westerners for its oil production and, often, extremist beliefs of groups within the country. The country is Saudi Arabia, and though it is thought of by many as a rather backward country, Saudi Arabia has a rich history and culture, and it is a country that revolves around Islam and the worship of Allah as the one true God.
Thus far, we have covered many of the at-risk groups in Bahraini society, all of whom are at risk because of government action or inaction. Given that widespread protests resulted in no significant changes, the outlook for the Bahraini government instituting changes on their own for the betterment of human rights is unlikely. I have suggested international pressure as a possible solution to many of the rights violations we have discussed, but for several reasons, this has not happened, and is unlikely to do so. The Fifth Fleet of the United States Navy is based in Bahrain. The US views the fleet base in Bahrain as an important area in the Middle East, and does not want to do anything to jeopardize its continued existence. The other