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A lady called Manal al-Sharif was killed on Saturday. She was, in Saudi terms, a brave pioneer:

A woman who defied a driving ban on female motorists in Saudi Arabia has died in a car crash.

The House of Saud is the only regime in the world to ban women from driving (at least until the Arab Spring gets even springier). Ms al-Sharif was detained for ten days last May for breaking the driving ban. She got off lightly:

In September, a woman in Jeddah named Shayma Jastaniah was found guilty of driving through the streets.

She was sentenced to 10 lashes as a result of the charges despite holding an international driving license.

Our friends the Saudis: If you’re a woman driver, they’ll give you a new set of weals.



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