The Arab Future

(Washington Post) - David Ignatius The future is about to begin in the Arab world, and few people can describe it with more clarity than Jordan's young foreign minister, Marwan Muasher. Political change is coming, Muasher believes, not because America demands it but because ordinary Arabs want it. The winds of political change are swirling even in Saudi Arabia. Sources here point to a "bill of rights" that was signed last month by 140 Saudi business leaders, professors, and intellectuals. The four-page document, "A Vision for the Present and Future of the Country," called for a Saudi parliament, free elections, a fairer distribution of wealth, a crackdown on corruption, and more rights for women.

2003-02-07 00:00:00

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