Michael Eisner is the general counsel of Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN) and a former US State Department attorney adviser. Abdullah Alaoudh is Director of Research for the Gulf Region at DAWN, Visiting Professor at the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington and the son of prominent Saudi cleric and political prisoner Salman al-Awda. The views expressed here are their own. Read more opinion at CNN. (CNN) Saudi women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul was released from prison earlier this month after serving 1001 days in prison for "crimes" that included contacting human rights groups and trying to change Saudi Arabia's restrictive male guardianship laws. Loujain is by no means free, though. She is banned from traveling for five years and remains on a three-year probation, living under the constant threat of being jailed again. Michael Eisner Abdullah Alaoudh Travel bans are not new in Saudi Arabia. … [Read more...] about How Biden can strike a blow against Saudi Arabia’s human rights violations
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An Olympic gold medallist has created specialist glasses that give cyclists eyes at the back of their heads. Callum Skinner, 28, who won gold and silver at the 2016 Olympics, developed the technology with physicist Alex Macdonald after raising more than £100,000 through a Kickstarter campaign. The sunglasses allow cyclists to see forwards and backwards by shifting focus rather than having to turn their heads. They use two-part angled lenses with semi-transparent mirrors and will cost £199.99. The Edinburgh-based inventors hope their glasses will make amateur cycling safer and give other athletes including runners and rowers an advantage. Advertisement "As a passionate cyclist, I'm acutely aware of the importance of road safety," said Skinner. "I'm also struck by the potential of HindSight glasses to help professional cyclists reach their peak performance. More from UK COVID-19: Daily drop-off in vaccinations is down to 'supply … [Read more...] about Olympic star Callum Skinner creates cycling glasses that allow riders to see behind them
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House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy has a fresh spring in his step after the Republicans defied the odds and professional political prognosticators by picking up 15 seats in the 2020 congressional elections. McCarthy, who has his eyes on the majority in November 2022, approached the 2020 congressional elections differently than Republicans in recent history have traditionally targeted congressional electoral efforts, and his moves paid off—and not only infuriated but befuddled the beltway pundit class. For the first time since 1994, in 2020 no GOP incumbent running for reelection lost. Meanwhile, McCarthy blew away fundraising records previously set by former House Speaker Paul Ryan—astonishing since he did it from the minority. Usually, House political leaders do better raising money from the majority. That’s not to mention the most significant development which is a freshman class entering Congress in 2021 that represents perhaps the most diverse in party history with the most … [Read more...] about Exclusive: After 2020 Gains, Kevin McCarthy Eyes House GOP Majority, Speaker’s Gavel in Midterms
One year after Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was convicted of sex crimes, the deadly Covid-19 pandemic has taken over the headlines and the #MeToo movement that his case helped propel has lost some steam and attention. What has been accomplished by the three-year-old campaign against sexual harassment and abuse, aside from Weinstein's conviction? Scores of entertainment and media figures have been accused and driven from their careers. A handful of other men are in the early stages of criminal prosecutions. Numerous lawsuits have been filed, especially against Weinstein and his company, but remain mired in legal limbo as attorneys for plaintiffs and defendants dicker over damages. READ MORE: Salma Hayek recalls 'traumatising' experience working with Harvey Weinstein on Frida US judge approves settlement of more than $23m for victims of Harvey Weinstein Untouchable: The damning Harvey Weinstein documentary finally comes to Neon Rape charges denied by lawyer for '70s … [Read more...] about Harvey Weinstein has been behind bars for a year. What’s changed?