EMAN AL NAFJAN: The Olympics usually barely registers on Saudi consciousness. This time round, though, things are different
DAVID ROBERTS: The Olympics Opening Ceremony was striking for many reasons not the least of which was the presence of so many women leading Arab teams.
JUAN COLE: These are the first Olympic Games where women from every country in the world are participating. There is a bigger question for Saudis.
MARIUM SATTAR, CGNEWS: As we approach London 2012 it’s time to remember those Muslim women who led the way in sport
SUSIE OF ARABIA: Did I have the stamina for snorkelling in the Red Sea? Yes and it was so worth the trip.
EMAN AL NAFJAN: Saudi conservatives appear to be spoiling for a fight with the IOC over women’s participation in sport.
JAMES M. DORSEY: An Egyptian feminist group has challenged the fans that played a key role in toppling Mubarak to recognise women’s rights.
MICH CAFE: Human Rights Watch have just published a report that highlights the deep discrimination against women in Saudi Arabia.
JAMES M. DORSEY: Bahraini sports clubs have dismissed at least 12 sports people and executives because they participated in anti-government demonstrations.
JAMES M. DORSEY: Khamenei and other hard-line government officials and clerics argue that the presence of women at men’s sporting events violates Islamic law.
JAMES M. DORSEY: A three-time Asian champion and finalist in six of the last seven Asian Cup tournaments, Saudi Arabia failed to advance in Qatar, losing all three matches it played.
SUSIE OF ARABIA: You won’t believe some of the ludicrous reasons given for why girls shouldn’t be allowed to participate in sports or exercise in school.