"From the outside, the Luthan Hotel and Spa in Riyadh's diplomatic quarter looks just like any other modern hotel.
But step inside the discreet, frosted–glass building and you enter a women's world which men are forbidden to enter.
The Luthan is the Middle East's first women–only hotel, and as well as catering just for female guests, all the staff are women too."
(Stephanie Hancock, 4 March 2009, BBC News)
[The Luthan Hotel operates as a heterotopia (Michel Foucault). The hotel does so through enabling a discordant relation to exist between the specific societal ordering of the hotel and broader Saudi Arabia society. In doing so the hotel can be seen as a case of societal ordering reminiscent of the pre French Revolution Palais Royal (Kevin Hetherington).]
"For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus – and non–believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace."
"The structure in question (misleadingly called a fence or barrier) is in fact an ingeniously designed system of population control that includes 4–metre deep trenches on either side of a concrete wall or coiled wire through which an electric current runs, trace paths to register footprints, a two–lane military patrol road, and watchtowers at regular intervals. In other words, a maximum security prison in which an entire population is trapped.
Israel's stated reason for building the wall is to prevent attacks from suicide bombers. One wonders then why Israel did not build the wall along the Green Line. In fact, Israel's wall is clearly designed to help Israel grab Palestinian land and to make life so intolerable for Palestinians that they will be forced to emigrate.
Future generations will wonder why so many people remained silent for so long while Israel adopted a policy that slowly destroyed a nation. This month marked the 14th anniversary of the fall of the hated Berlin Wall. Why does the world watch in silence as Israel builds a much crueler wall in the West Bank?"
(Ida Audeh, 28 November 2003, Ramallah Online via Speakout Column in the Rocky Mountain News)