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Laurel McCormack presents part two of Saudi experience

Laurel McCormack

February 23, 2011

  Misconception #3: Saudi women are oppressed, restricted, and downtrodden. My experience: Women’s struggles in Saudi Arabia exemplify the tension between a modernizing, educated society and a deeply religious and conservative culture. Saudi women can not drive; they cannot vote in municipal ...

Redeeming Valentine’s Day: Fun gift and dating ideas for loved ones

Redeeming Valentine’s Day: Fun gift and dating ideas for loved ones

Laurel McCormack

February 9, 2011

Valentine’s Day is nearly here, which means singles are rolling their eyes and even couples are considering breaking up so that they don’t have to worry about topping last year’s date.  Why is it that the day of love causes such groans of despair? Before you dump your sweetie or begin planning a ...

Student spends break in Saudi Arabia

Student spends break in Saudi Arabia

Laurel McCormack

February 9, 2011

Several days after Christmas, I boarded a Saudi Arabian Airlines plane with a black abaya and hijab in my carryon.  I left behind a handful of worried, but curious relatives and friends, and one can hardly blame them. In America, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is often portrayed as a backwards, authoritar...

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