New Petition for Women Driving

The Associated Press:

A Saudi online newspaper says more than 3,000 nationals of the kingdom, including prominent writers and academics, have endorsed a study that recommends lifting a ban on women driving.

Sabaq quoted on Tuesday Abdullah al-Alami, a researcher who contributed to the study, as saying it was sent to King Abdullah’s main advisory body, the Shura Council, asking them to set a date to discuss it.

The site later quotes al-Alami, who has recently published a book about the debate over women driving, as saying that the petition has been faxed to the Shoura Council. With more than 3,000 names, that’s a lot of faxing. If the fax machines of Shoura break, you know who to blame.