About the Saudi woman, she was sentenced to whipping not because she was raped but because she was alone in a car with a man who was neither her husband nor a male relative. Sick & twisted, yes. Fortunately the international community managed to pressure the Saudi judiciary to drop the charge. Hopefully this woman created a precedent for all other women not to accept this type of barbaric injustice.
In other news, Arab cultures (and men) are beautiful = language, food, music, dance (dabke anyone?)
...ignorant, backwards, paradoxical, and intolerant are only a few words that can describe it.
I have been to Dubai, and the treatment of many Gulf Arab locals to outside nationalities (I'm Iraqi) mixed with the superiority complexes and the status quo's take on sexuality is outright disturbing and a perfect recipe for the sort of crime committed against Alexandre and what happened afterwards.
Here's a mini-documentary about one Arabic society: http://youtube.com/watch?v=jEfVs6qaLSA
and this is in Lebanon, considered the most liberal Arabic country!
Not to generalize of course, I've been exposed to many great people from the PhArz08
's Levant Arabs since that is who I am "closer" to, surprised to know how many of them have no issue with homosexuals and can differentiate between rape, power, and sex (mind you this is from my experience in the USA). Those from the Francaphone North African countries also tend to me more open to the west and western concepts. I've talked to some nice Gulf Arabs on this site as well.
Unfortunately, the bottom line is:
zimatar saidArabs are full of issues. Fact.