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A Saudi man explores social media on his mobile device as he sits at a cafe in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 24, 2016. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser

Saudi rulers step into the social media age

By: Sylvia Westall and Angus McDowall Source: Reuters via MuslimVillage DUBAI/RIYADH (Reuters) – The participation of tens of thousands of young Saudis in a social media debate over plans to reform the kingdom’s oil-reliant economy last month marked a shift in how Riyadh’s conservative rulers interact with their subjects. Saudi Arabia’s dynastic leaders, who rule by fiat and strictly limit public dissent, have historically courted public opinion only via informal councils with tribal, religious and business leaders or citizens seeking to petition them. But in one of the most active countries on social media in the Arab world, the ruling Al Saud have started trying...

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Saudi: baby steps for women and politics in the Kingdom

By: Reuters Source: VOA NEWS RIYADH – Saudi Arabian women are running for election and voting for the first time on Dec. 12, but their enfranchisement marks only a pigeon step towards democracy and gender equality in the autocratic Islamic kingdom. “For 10 years, since men first voted, we have waited for this chance,” said Fawzia al-Harbi, one of hundreds of female candidates who began campaigning this week. “Now they have given it to us I decided I have the ability to do it.” Fully veiled apart from her eyes and hands and with male chaperones at her side, she met potential voters in a Riyadh shopping mall. Only a fraction of them actually will go to the polls...

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Malawi Muslims Fight Teenage Prostitution

Malawi: Muslims set out to stop prostitution

By: Prince Jamal Source: OnIslam The Malawi Muslim community has joined hands with sectors across the region in the fight against rising levels of teenage prostitution which is said to have reached alarming proportions in the impoverished southern African nation. “There are growing levels of teenage prostitution in the country. There are hundreds of teenagers in brothels and on the streets in our cities and towns, selling their bodies for a living; a situation which, if left to continue, will kill the social fabric of this country,” Alhaj Jafaliee Kawinga, president of Muslim Forum for Democracy and Development (MUSFORD), told “It is this situation which has compelled us to...

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