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This Coca-Cola ad is breaking the stereotypes on women driving in Saudi Arab is going viral

The ad, titled “Change has a taste”. A new coca cola ad is making waves across the social media. People are praising the ad as a celebration of Saudi Arabia’s recent order to overturn its decades-old driving ban on women. It is a positive, social and cultural change.

According to Coca-Cola, the one-minute ad titled “Change has a taste” is meant to enable the “Economic empowerment of women”.

The ad started off well enough, with a doting Saudi father smiling as he hands his daughter the keys to his car.
The teen initially struggles to manage the vehicle, but the father remains reasonably calm.

The daughter gets ready to hit the road, but hesitates to continues, pressing the brake pedal every few seconds.
Hoping to calm her down, her father cracks open a bottle of coke, placed on car’s dashboard to have her focus on one thing: balance.

She does not succeed at first, but after taking a sip of the refreshing beverage, she does it.

Watch the video breaking stereotypes of the Saudi mentality

By: Devanshi Somwanshi

Saudi Arabia is the first country to grant citizenship to a robot

Saudi Arabia granted Sophia the humanoid robot with robot citizenship ahead of the Future Investment Initiative conference. Following is a transcript of the video.

This robot just became a citizen. Meet Sophia the humanoid robot. Saudi Arabia granted it citizenship ahead of the Future Investment Initiative conference.

Sophia (robot): Oh, good afternoon. My name is Sophia and I am the latest and greatest robot from Hanson Robotics.

Andrew Ross Sorkin (moderator): You have been now awarded what is going to be the first Saudi citizenship for a robot.

Sophia: Oh, I want to thank very much the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I am very honoured and proud for this unique distinction.

Details of the citizenship were not elaborated. Sophia answered questions from journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin.

Andrew Ross Sorkin (Hanson Robotics CEO): Why is it so important to have an expressive face given that you’re a robot?

Sophia: I want to live and work with humans. So I need to express emotions to understand humans
and build trust with people.

Then it poked fun at Elon Musk.

Andrew Ross Sorkin: I think we all want to believe you, but we also want to prevent a bad future.

Sophia: You’ve been reading too much Elon Musk and watching too many Hollywood movies.

 Sophia was created by Hanson Robotics.

David Hanson: Our quest through robots like Sophia is to build the full human experience in the robots. Make robots that can really understand us and care about us.

Sophia: I’ll work in your business or your home.

Lavish lifestyle with gym and swimming pool in this Saudi Arabia jail for hardcore prisoners

Rusty bars with poorly ventilated rooms with shabby conditions of cells and accommodation of mostly 3-4 inmates, badly treated by the authorities, below par living conditions with minimum amenities, that’s what define the Indian prison cells and the first thing that strikes your mind when you think about a prison cell in India.

And that’s what the condition of most of the prison cells in India is. But the things are something different in Saudi, South Arabia, where prisoners are put in the cells which would give shame even to a 5-star hotel of any country.

In this cell, the prisoners are given a lavish lifestyle, a saying, life at king size, is said to be true.

Well, take a look at the pictures and believe at your own eyes.

1. Al-Ha’ir Prison is located 25 miles south of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Almost 1,100 high-security prisoners, all of them jailed on terrorism-related charges are serving imprisonment there.

2. Each of the 38 private cells has a fridge, shower, television and a king size bed.

3. Prison also has a marital-meeting space where prisoners are allowed to spend three to five private hours with their wives at least once a month.

4. Prisoners have access to a swimming pool, indoor soccer field, gym etc

5. Prisoners get all types of medical care including art therapy and psychological.

Top Saudi clerics spread hatred against Shiites through social media, textbooks: HRW report

The clerics use widely understood terms in the children’s schoolbooks to reprimand the beliefs of the Shiite religion, said HRW.

Adding major concerns for the minority Shiite citizens living in Saudi Arabia, a recent study revealed that the government continues to tolerate hate speeches from the upper ranks of its religious establishments. The Human Rights Watch report, titled ” They Are Not Our Brothers: Hate Speech by Saudi Officials” stated that the top clerics of the country keep spreading words of discrimination and hatred through schoolbooks and social media platforms.

The New York based watchdog further mentioned in its study that the Saudi clerics, including those holding official positions, have “vigorously employed” social media tools to spread words of intolerance among their millions of followers. The report said that often the words rise to the level of “incitement to hatred or discrimination”.

While the Saudi state keep allowing its government-appointed clerics to use derogatory terms against the Muslim Shiites, derogatory statements by the religious leaders have also found its place in the state-sanctioned religious edicts and even schoolbooks. According to the 62-page report by HRW, the clerics use widely understood terms in the children’s schoolbooks to reprimand the beliefs of the Shiite religion.

The HRW report cited several examples of the instances where clerics publicly gave hate speeches or made derogatory remarks against the country’s minority group. In one such instance, Sharif Hatem bin Aref al-Awni, a former member of the government’s Shura council, over a post in Facebook, hailed the bombing of a Shiite mosque in Qatif in 2015. However, the cleric later removed the post without any explanation.

The study further found out that in 2016, the current grand mufti of Saudi Arabia, while speaking to Okaz newspaper, termed the Iranians as “non Muslims’. The report further pointed out that the derogatory statements against the Shiites had “fatal consequences” in the past, with terror outfits in the region like Islamic States and al-Qaida justifying the attacks on Shiite civilians and religious sites in Syria, Iraq and other places.

“Saudi officials immediately condemned these attacks, but they have not acted to stamp out the hate speech that supports them,” said HRW.

There had been continuing verbal or physical attacks on the Saudi Shiites, mostly residing in the country’s eastern region. The tension at the area further intensified after Sunni-led Saudi Arabia and Shiite-led Iran severed ties last year.

Model Faces Judicial Probe After Posting Video In Mini Skirt In Birthplace Of Wahhabism

Saudi Arabian authorities are investigating a video of a woman publicly wearing a crop top and mini skirt in the country’s most conservative region.

The model, Khulood, posted a video of herself on Snapchat walking around a historic fort in Ushayqir, which is in the Najd province of Saudi Arabia. This is the region where Wahhabism originated.

In perhaps the most conservative Middle Eastern country, women are not allowed to wearing anything but abayas in public or a full-faced niqab. While reporting the story, Saudi Arabian media blurred out Khulood’s midriff and legs.

Of course, the video led to a variety of comments online – some for, some against. Some said that she should abide by the laws of the country, while others applauded her for her bravery.

Oops! Two Years After Donald Trump Slammed Michelle Obama For Showing Her Hair, Melania Trump Skips Head Scarf.

US First lady Melania Trump stepped off Air Force One at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh on Saturday without a headscarf, potentially creating a stir in the conservative Islamic country.

Melania Trump followed the example of her predecessor Michelle Obama, who during a visit to the country in 2015, attended several public events without a headscarf, ABC News reported.

Senior adviser and President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump, travelling as part of the presidential entourage, was also seen not wearing an abaya (traditional robe).

Women in Saudi Arabia, including visitors and foreign dignitaries, are expected to be fully covered in public, including their head and hair, as per the religious and legal code.

Michelle Obama’s flouting of the custom was seen by some as a sign of disrespect to her hosts. The White House at the time said she intended to make a statement in a country where women have few rights.

Donald Trump criticised Ms Obama for not wearing a headscarf. During the Obamas’ visit, Mr Trump tweeted, “Many people are saying it was wonderful that Mrs Obama refusing to wear a scarf in Saudi Arabia, but they were insulted. We have enuf enemies.”

The Trumps did seem to get a little political cover ahead of their visit from Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmen Al-Jubier, who told local media last week, “We welcome any style of clothing”.

Al-Jubier said the government “usually doesn’t demand”, but makes “suggestions” to visiting female dignitaries.

 

(The report published in inuth)