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FULL-LENGTH EDITION: Saudi woman drives

April 27th, 2012
11:45 AM ET

Part 1: The woman who dared to drive in Saudi Arabia gets behind the wheel once more in New York. Part 2: Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev tells CNN who he thinks was responsible for the collapse of the Soviet Union. Part 3: Christiane looks back on her time as a young reporter covering the Soviet Union and meetings with Mikhail Gorbachev.

Part 1: Saudi woman drives around NYC

Part 2: Gorbachev remembers Soviet fall

Part 3: Meetings with Mikhail Gorbachev

Episode #9: Thursday, April 26, 2012.
CNN’s Ken Olshansky produced the interivew with Mikhail Gorbachev piece for television.

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  1. Zamzam Bayian

    Dear Manal, I respect your opinion. However, do you not think that the picture that you drew about women in Saudi Arabia has sophistries? Yes, there are rights Said women should fight to get, on the other hand, women in Saudi Arabia enjoy many privileges that women from other countries covet to have.

    April 27, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Reply
  2. elizabeth

    Thank you for your very interesting and erudite piece featuring Manul and discussing the position of women within Saudi society. She is an eloquent spokeswoman for equal citizenship for women in the kingdom. It is hard, in a western country, to appreciate the cultural forces at play in Saudi Arabia (and other countries) that place women in a position of subservient guardianship, or even chattel. Nonetheless, we should remember that women in our own society are not far removed from that situation either, and in some places and subcultures in the U.S., women are still in situations as dire (or worse) than those of Saudi women. I have every hope that Manul and the women with whom she works can effect change through respectful dialogue and subtle pressures brought to bear. She is an intelligent and saavy young woman who seems to know just where, and how hard, to push. I wish her the best of luck, and Allah's blessing in her quest.

    April 30, 2012 at 2:28 am | Reply

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