Human Rights Watch has declared Saudi Arabia's treatment of women to be a "denial of fundamental rights." Saudi women (in case you haven't heard) are legally obligated to have a male guardian to make decisions for them, travel with them, and are banned from driving, giving them about as much personal freedom as a 9-year-old. The Saudi government, HRW says, resists reforms in order to maintain male control over women and sacrifices basic human rights in the process. While there have been some reforms put into place with King Abdullah (women over 45 are allowed to travel alone) most of them are ignored when put into practice. [Guardian]