Viva Espana

I just read that the Spanish minister of justice has cancelled a lecture he was scheduled to deliver today at Ibn Saud University in Riyadh because female journalists in his entourage were not allowed in.

Good for him.
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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.