Rachael Rudolph, professor of political science, was on The Progressive Radio News Hour with Stephen Lendman on the January 26, 2012 episode, and said of Saudi Arabia, where she is researching her upcoming book (at 12:01 of the archive):
“This is one place, this is one country that I feel at home, just like I do in the United States.“
She completely evaded his direct question about whether you can travel there as a tourist (you can’t, since there are no tourist visas), and she said she wishes more Americans would travel there. But if you feel at home there just like in the United States, what’s the point of traveling so far?
Yes, it’s just like the United States — except for those small details about women not being able to vote, hold office or drive a car.
Lendman asked her, whether he as a Jew, was allowed to visit there, saying he didn’t think he could. She embarrassingly responded that she thought that’s since changed. What a progressive country — to allow Jews to travel there now! Nevermind that it’s completely un-Islamic to bar all Jews from any Islamic country, since they are considered ahl al-Kitab (People of the Book), and accorded a special status in Islam, according to the Qur’an itself.
She got miffed when he asked her the customary question about women not being permitted to drive, saying how liberating it is to not have to worry about that. Yes, it’s great when you have the money to afford a driver, I suppose.
I’ve been to that part of the world — specifically Jordan several times, but you’re not going to hear me say I feel at home there just like I do in Canada.
While there are some aspects of Jordan’s economy that are more free enterprise than Canada’s, I’m not going to say I feel at home there just like I do here.
While women can vote, hold office and drive a car in Jordan, it doesn’t come anywhere close to the freedom of speech and of the press that Canada has, and those are among my highest priorities in feeling comfortable in living in another country as more than just a visitor.