Friday, September 23, 2011

HH Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel Interview: On Saudi Women, Driving, Clinton, Obama, Allegations Against Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal

September 21 at the Clinton Global Initiative meeting

HH Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel has been in the United States in the last few days participating in the Clinton Global Initiative, which always meets at the same time as the UN, As Vice-Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of the Al-Waleed bin Talal Foundation. She was also a guest interviewee on Piers Morgan Tonight. Her 9 minute interview was an unchallenging one, but I thought she gave some interesting answers, and proved herself an articulate as well as a beautiful woman.

Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal (R) and his wife Princess Amira al-Taweel (AFP/File, Khaled Fazaa)

What are your impressions of each of the themes raised in the interviews?
What insights or knowledge did you gain from how HH presented her answers?
Other comments, thoughts, impressions?

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Royal Saudi/non-Saudi Marriages and Their Children Part III-- Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal
Royal Saudi/non-Saudi Marriages and Their Children: Reflections


coolred38 said...

You say she is "articulate as well as beautiful"...what does this mean? One cannot be beautiful AND articulate generally speaking? And vice versa. Just curious.

Chiara said...

Beauty and articulateness are highly compatible, although one doesn't guarantee or require the other. Most often HH Princess Ameerah appears in print photos alongside her husband, and the commentary about her, if any, is about her appearance. I was pleased that when interviewed she was also articulate and didn't sound like some of the beautiful but airheaded wives who have been interviewed. So few Saudi women are interviewed on mainstream US television that it is particularly important that this be true, and especially so when the topic is women's rights.

Queens Noor and Rania, of Jordan, are more often interviewed, and at least Noor in more challenging ways. Their beauty attracts the audience, and gives them an opportunity to articulately address a variety of issues relevant to MENA. As well as their perspectives, they provide a corrective to the usual "television Arabs" who are presented as more highly politicized, and vaguely or openly threatening.

Thanks for your question, the beautiful and articulate, Coolred! :D

Anonymous said...

Just a another PR job to white wash their atrocities they do back home

Wendy said...

She and her husband may be very progressive but the pact the royal family made with the religious zealots years ago to enable them to keep their royal power and money will not be easily overturned. Too many royals living high off the hog (and wouldn't they hate the use of the word pig in connection with them) to really and truly support their people IMHO.
Yes, they are trying to do things in many ways. The numbers of women in university sound great but in fact many of those women are just passing time in very substandard universities learning almost nothing at all until they find a husband. I have seen this within my own extended family. That is not saying that all education for women is a sham but there is certainly no shortage of sham educations. That is why the best and richest send their kids to the UK or Canada or the US for education isn't it?

single4now said...

I thought she spoke very well. I think that's essential for the world to see. But the thing I dislike is that the western world expects the middle east to be like the west which can't happen. The cultures are very different and Saudi among some other Muslim countries are heavily influenced by Islam which is a good thing according to me. And the west just needs to accept that the middle eastern culture is different.

Wendy said...

WOW!!! Progress!!! Women gain the right to vote....


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