Saudia Arabia Most of the September 11th hijackers came from Saudi Arabia. Osama bin Laden was born there. And, for the first time in 40 years, the secretive and isolated desert kingdom is allowing people to vote.
But, why? Is it because the United States is pushing democracy in the Middle East? Is it because 16 million Saudi voters are fed-up with the way the country is ruled by the House of Saud royal family? Is it to change the strict rules imposed by strict Whhabite Islamic clerics?
Fact is, these 3 month long local elections are a breakthrough even though women are not allowed to vote and even though only half of the local officials will be elected...the other half will be appointed by the royal family. Join us Saturday February 12th for a Reality Check on Saudi Arabia -- the world's largest producer of oil where people live tax free but aren't allowed to go to the movies It's one of America's closest allies even though human rights watchers consider it one of the most corrupt and least free countries in the world. Saudi Arabia...after all these years, can it be on the road to democracy and what kind of democracy might that be?
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Samstag Abend führen sie durch das Finale des diesjährigen Protestsongcontest im Wiener Rabenhof und am kommenden Donnerstag beehren sie das Conrad Sohm in Dornbirn mit einer Voraufführung ihres neuen, 4. Bühnenprogramms "Harte Hasen" mit dem Stermann & Grissemann ab März im deutschsprachigen Raum unterwegs sein werden.