Democracy on the Lurch

  • Aired:  09/29/11
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An ambiguous decree from King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia lets women participate in elections, but they still face some minor restrictions. (4:11)

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>> Jon: WELCOME TO THE

"NESN DAILY" SHOW."

MY NAME IS JON STEWART.

WE HAVE A GOOD ONE TONIGHT, THE

GREAT, THE GREAT, THE

LEGENDARY-- YOU CAN'T SAY THIS

ABOUT ANYBODY ELSE-- TONY

BENNETT IS GOING TO BE JOINING

US

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

TOP STORY TONIGHT, THOUGH,

DEMOCRACY!

ON THE LURCH.

IT'S THE NEWS EVERYBODY'S

TALKING ABOUT.

AMERICA'S GREAT ALLY AND

FAVORITE ROMANTIC STROLL

PARTNER, SAUDI ARABIA, IS

OLDING MUNICIPAL ELECTIONSH

TODAY.

TODAY.

AND THE BIG NEWS FROM THE

ELECTION, NO, NO, NOT THE

SURPRISING STRENGTH OF THE

JEDDAH CITY COUNCIL ELECTIONS.

(LAUGHTER)

I TRIED TO SAY THAT RIGHT.

IT'S THIS BOMBSHELL

ANNOUNCEMENT.

>> THE SEISMIC SHIFT IN SAUDI

ARABIA, KING ADBULLAH ANNOUNCED

WOMEN WILL NOW BE ALLOWED TO

VOTE AND RUN FOR OFFICE.

>> Jon: YES!

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

NOTHING SAYS DEMOCRACY LIKE A

ROYAL DECREE.

( LAUGHTER )

BUT STILL TODAY, THURSDAY,

SEPTEMBER 29, SAUDI WOMEN,

PARTICIPATING IN MUNICIPAL

ELECTIONS FOR THE VERY FIRST

TIME.

>> THE KING SAID THAT WOMEN

COULD PARTICIPATE IN FUTURE

MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS.

>> IN THE NEXT MUNICIPAL

ELECTIONS IN 2015.

>> Jon: HEY, 2011, 2015.

WHAT'S FOUR YEARS WHEN YOU'RE

FINALLY GETTING A CHANCE TO

VOTE.

>> THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT ARE

WONDERING IF EXACTLY THAT MEANS

THEY WOULD PRECISELY BE ABLE TO

VOTE.

HE DIDN'T SPECIFICALLY SAY THE

WORD "VOTE."

( LAUGHTER )

>> Jon: STILL, UH,

PARTICIPATION.

WOMEN CAN PARTICIPATE.

THERE ARE STILL GOING TO BE

GREAT OPPORTUNITIES FOR SAUDI

WOMEN TO HAND OUT FLYERS OR BE

THE VOTING BOOTH.

( LAUGHTER )

( APPLAUSE )

OF COURSE, IN THE INTERIM, SAUDI

ARABIAIAN WOMEN DO STILL FACE

SOME MINOR RESTRICTION.

>> THEY AREN'T ALLOWED TO TRAVEL

ABROAD WITHOUT FIRST GETTING

PERMISSION FROM A MALE GUARDIAN.

>> WOMEN CAN'T GO TO SCHOOL

WITHOUT A MALE SHAM ROPE.

>> CAN'T LEAVE THE WITHOUT

WITHOUT BEING FULLY COVERED AND

ACCOMPANIED BY A MALE GUARDIAN.

>> Jon: MUST GET WEIRD AT

BACHELORETTE PARTIES.

( LAUGHTER )

CHAPERONES ARE PROBABLY SITTING

THERE THE WHOLE TIME LIKE... CAN

WE LEAVE YET?

ALL RIGHT, SO THERE ARE SOME

MINOR, SEEMINGLY ARCHAIC

POLICIES TOWARDS WOMEN IN SAUDI

ARABIA.

LIKE OUR BLUE LAWS.

THEY'RE ON THE BOOKES, SELDOM

ENFORCED, NOD, NOD, WINK, WINK.

>> A SAUDI WOMAN SENTENCED TO 10

LASHES FOR DRIVING A CAR.

>> Jon: THAT'S (BEEP) UP

( APPLAUSE )

WHY DO WE LET-- WHY DO WE LET

SAUDI ARABIA GET AWAY WITH THIS

STUFF?

HOW CAN WE PUT UP WITH THEM

DENYING WOMEN BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS

AND STILL CALL THEM-- WAIT A

MINUTE-- ALLIES AND ALL THAT.

I JUST-- WHY CAN WE-- HOW CAN WE

DID THAT AND STILL-- I CAN'T

STAY MAD AT YOU.

( LAUGHTER )

THAT WAS

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