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Kim Jong-nam's body released to North Korea
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Thu, 30 Mar 2017 22:11:18 GMT

Israel approves first new West Bank settlement in 20 years
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Thu, 30 Mar 2017 22:04:58 GMT

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Saudi Arabia

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. SJ Dodgson MJoTA 2015 v9p0115

Saudi Arabia is the second largest Muslim country (Algeria is the largest). Its population of 27 million does very well if a citizen is one of the 7,000 princes who can do whatever they like, and less well if the citizen is a man, men can travel freely and divorce without reason but cannot say a syllable against the absolute monarch or sharia law; and horrible for women who are treated all their lives like children or useful beasts of burden.

The very look of a woman is offensive; in public they must be covered completely. So poisonous is a woman that if she is raped she must be executed, even if she is only 6 years old. Because the law insists it was her fault. Always.

Saudi Arabia gets away with massive human rights abuses because it is swimming in oil, and ridiculously wealthy, and a major buyer of weapons, which the United States falls over itself selling to totalitarian regimes.

The success of religionists in planting the idea that cold-blooded murder of little girls and bloggers is holy has been widely noted. Religionists in neighboring countries have convinced young unemployed men lacking skills that shooting cartoonists and Jews and Syrians and Nigerians is good. And Saudi Arabia responds by building walls around its country, to keep out the fighters they so happily groomed.
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UAE’s Gafla jewelry is simply irresistible…
Fri, 2017-03-31 03:00

In the competitive world of fine jewelry, the UAE is proving its mettle. Most importantly, it seems to be drawing in thousands of jewelry enthusiasts from all over the world.
This is not without reason if you really look at the magnificent designs being created by the Dubai-based Gafla-The Arabian Jeweler, founded six years ago by three Emiratis: Creative Director Abdulla BelJafla, Managing Director Hamad bin Shaiban and Designer Bushra bint Darwish. Even though it is quite a recent phenomenon, it was something long-awaited.
They embarked on this journey because they wanted to create objects that one day will be heirlooms passed from one generation to the next. It all fell into place for them thanks to the transformative power of drawing that later changed into reality.
Starting with Darwish, she had taken many courses throughout the years and started off studying diamonds and gemstones. But it was in 2015 that she enrolled in a three-month course of jewelry design at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in London.
“It’s a technical and delicate task that involves a lot of precise and accurate measurements, with the help of which these elegant pieces of jewelry are totally made possible,” Darwish said.
The growing popularity of Gafla jewelry is very much tied with the fulfillment of a promise that is at the core of its foundation.
“The focus of our brand is to take the clients on a journey throughout the past,” Darwish said. “When we conduct private viewings, we tell our clients the story of each of our pieces, the historic inspiration behind them and how we transformed that inspirational factor into a unique design for women to wear blissfully.”
“The name ‘Gafla’ literally means caravan in Arabic, which has a greater influence on our brand ethos,” she said.
The team’s overall inspiration, Shaiban said, mainly comes from the unforgettable journeys of nomadic traders who traveled from the Gulf to different cities and countries sourcing food, textile jewelry and many other materials that the region heavily depended on.
“Growing up in Al-Ain culture and heritage has always been an important aspect of our daily lives,” Shaiban said. “Both my grandmothers had and still have an immense clout over my knowledge about the history of jewelry, food, traditional garments and a lot of other things. These elements can be described as the essence of our designs.” BelJafla comes back to women’s love for jewelry. “They’re looking for simple yet statement pieces they can express their style with. And we hope our designs match their expectations.”
Developed in their backyard, Darwish believes that their jewelry is designed to fit anyone and everyone around the world. “We have clients from Europe, Asia and Africa, and of course the Middle East,” she said.
Arab women’s appetite for jewelry
Women in the Middle East have spectacular taste for jewelry. In this region, the importance of gold is shown throughout their history; the heavier the piece, the more valuable it would be.
“In the Middle East, we women love to see gold, particularly yellow gold,” Darwish said. “Looking through my mother’s jewelry that she bought in the 1980s and the 1990s, I noticed that most of the beautiful items were yellow gold with diamonds and emeralds. Compared to that period, today’s Middle Eastern women prefer modern pieces that are practical with different mixes of gold and collections that have something to convey.”
BelJafla also contends that there are no differences between Arab women and their Western counterparts in terms of what types of jewelry they take for themselves. “I believe every lady chooses the type of jewelry that gives a new lease of life to her style and personality,” he said.
Sourcing materials from different places
For this purpose, they use only the finest diamonds, gemstones and gold. “Since Abdulla and I are certified gemologists, we handpick all the stones by ourselves to make sure only the best quality comes our way,” Darwish said. “We source our materials from all over the world. We get our diamonds from Belgium, India and other countries. Not only that, our gemstones come from different continents too.”
Awesome collections
Their “Bahar” collection is the most popular creation to date. Bahar translates to “sea” in English so this collection uses organic gemstones such as pearls and corals. Pearls are a big part of the history in the Gulf.
“Our ancestors used to dive for pearls as a source of employment and during off-seasons, they would travel to countries like Sri Lanka to find pearls,” Darwish said. “We created fresh water pearl tassels in rose gold and yellow gold then expanded the fine jewelry collection by introducing a white gold line with red corals.”
These pieces became so popular in the market that they had to create a high jewelry line, which was exhibited during Dubai Design Week 2016, using handpicked akoya and south sea pearls; each piece was inspired by an element from the sea.
The trio’s artistry has once again been proven by their “Merwad” collection. Merwad in Arabic means the perfume wand that Arab women often use when it comes to applying mesmerizing scents. The shape of the rare gold bottle is inspired by the sensual movement of smoke that is released from burning Oud wood, as well as the gentle ripples created by the drops of essential oils stored inside. “With it, we’ve reinforced our Emirati custom in the form of a masterpiece,” BelJafla said.
With the same degree of passion and innovation, they are about to launch another exciting collection very soon. The “Baraag” collection, which is inspired by the traditional Arabic gold, highlights how the pieces available in the market today are very poorly designed. “We took the idea and modernized the entire thing by recreating the shapes and structures giving it a more symmetric and contemporary look,” Shaiban said.
As the brand moves closer to becoming a global presence in the years ahead, it is important for Shaiban to take part in high-profile exhibitions to build a stronger client base, create awareness and offer the Gafla experience to their existing and potential clients.
“We’re focused on the expansion and growth of Gafla, working on our new office as well as adding beautiful new designs to our line,” BelJafla said. “To capture such moments of beauty, I always look up to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid as a father, leader and beyond all a very creative artist whose words are a constant inspiration to us.”

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Thu, 30 Mar 2017 21:04:53 +0000

H&M launches new upmarket brand as profits slow
Thu, 2017-03-30 12:56

STOCKHOLM: Swedish clothing giant Hennes and Mauritz (H&M) Thursday announced the launch of its eighth fashion brand as tough market conditions in the US and Central Europe hurt profits.
The company reported a 3.4 percent drop in net profit in the December to February period, the first quarter of the company’s financial year, due to the combination of a slower than expected rise in revenues and seasonal discounts.
“To meet the rapid change that is going on in fashion retail we need to be even faster and more flexible in our work processes, for example as regards buying and allocation of our assortment,” CEO Karl-Johan Persson said in a statement.
H&M posted a net profit of 2.45 billion kronor (256 million euros, $275 million), while turnover was up eight percent to 46.98 billion in the same period.
Sales increased by four percent in local currencies, but the group has a target of 10 to 15 percent per year.
“For fashion retail in general, market conditions were very tough in many of our large markets in central and southern Europe and in the US, and this was reflected in our sales,” Persson said.
H&M’s share price dropped in response to the announcement, falling by 5.7 percent on the Stockholm stock exchange, vastly underperforming an overall market down just 0.8 percent.
The new brand, ARKET, will be launched in the third quarter, with the first store to open in London followed by Brussels, Copenhagen and Munich and online operations in 18 European markets, the group said.
It will offer clothes for men, women and children and household products, which will be more upscale than H&M, and each store will include a coffee shop inspired by Nordic kitchen and cuisine.
The group also operates Swedish brands such as Cos, & Other Stories, Monki, Weekday and Cheap Monday, whose sales continue to grow both online and in stores.

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Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:19:02 +0000

Modest models: The hijab-clad it-girls you need to follow for serious style advice
Arab News
Wed, 2017-03-29 14:04

DUBAI: Instagram is a veritable treasure trove of sartorial style advice, full to the brim of fashionistas ready to be followed for inspiration.
However, there is a certain set of style bloggers making a name for themselves as the pioneers of modest fashion – Instagram’s hijab-wearing it-girls.
Read on for a bitesize round-up of these role models of modest fashion.
This US-based style influencer is known for her love of layering and is followed by 379,000 avid fans.

a little pink in your life

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Designer and CEO of Haute Hijab Melanie Elturk posts about food, travel and fashion and is followed by 148,000 users.

This Arab-American fashion blogger posts to her 158,000 followers about everyday outfits anyone can emulate.

This London-based beauty blogger boasts 382,000 followers and has her own unique style.

Weekend vibes

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With 2 million followers on Instagram, this Arab American has a lot to smile about. Her account features her show-stopping casual style and trips around the world.

Pretty print ting.

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Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:08:40 +0000

Gilt-y pleasure: Italian artisan crafts 24-carat gold shoes
Tue, 2017-03-28 14:59

TURIN: Filthy rich and already boast enough glass slippers to win a dozen princes? Italian shoemaker Antonio Vietri has the thing for you: 24-carat gold shoes.
Vietri, from Turin in northern Italy, hopes to attract shoppers from wealthy Gulf countries with his blue or black suede moccasins with stitched gold-plated uppers.
“These are the first shoes in the world in 24-carat gold,” he told AFP. “The particularity of these shoes is that gold is not simply applied, it is not like an accessory or a button. Gold is an integral part of the shoe.”
Small strips of gold are woven by hand and sewn with leather to ensure the moccasin uppers are comfortable.
Vietri is just one of a wave of “Made in Italy” producers seeking to tap into the high-end Gulf fashion market, particularly in oil-rich states such as the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
His men’s gold line was launched in 2016 “after eight months of studies and attempts,” Vietri said. The women’s followed this year.
“The difficulty was in finding the right balance between the strength of the gold and the flexibility of the shoe,” he said.
“If the shoe is too light, the gold will bend. If the shoe is too heavy, it hurts.”
Each pair of shoes, made with 230 grams of gold, is one-of-a-kind and is made to measure using 3D foot scanners.
They retail for up to 25,000 euros ($27,000) for the men’s collection, and 30,000 euros for the women’s line.
The price includes delivery by helicopter, and the shoes are presented in a black lacquered box.
Vietri also does a traditional line with prices starting at 250 euros, and another in which shoes feature designs by international artists.
The luxury collection features silk pumps embellished with gold or silver and customers can decorate their chosen model with pearls or diamonds.

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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:54:40 +0000

Need ‘gymspiration?’ The top fun fitness bloggers to follow for a healthier you
Arab News
Tue, 2017-03-28 (All day)

DUBAI: Summer is just around the corner and with it comes the desire to be healthier and fitter so you can make the most of your hiking holiday or simply binge-eat exotic cuisine safely in the knowledge that you’ve earned it.
However, getting into the swing of a fitness regime is easier said than done.
Fear not for there are a legion of health and fitness bloggers who can inspire you to get fit and eat well.
Read on for a round-up of the Gulf’s top fitness bloggers who can get you going.
Tala Samman, founder of and a DJ, runs a blog that focuses on fashion, food and fitness.
From TRX workouts to boxing in Dubai’s chicest gyms, this account will inspire you to try work-outs you may never have even thought of.

Fit Food Collective founder Lucy Bettoney creates delicious healthy cakes and melds various aspects of healthy living together, including fitness, food and mental well-being.

Yummy new recipe now LIVE... Raspberry Cupcakes with Lucuma Frosting Whoever says eating plant based means you have to miss out on yummy treats is lying!! Bump & I can't get enough of these See recipe link in bio Dubai based people can order these directly from me - just email #ditchprocessedfood #ditchrefinedsugar #glutenfree #dairyfree #refinedsugarfree #healthytreats #healthyrecipes #healthycupcakes #fitfood #fitfoodcakes #foodie #eatbetternotless #plantbased #eatmoreplants #vegan #veganfood #plantbaseddiet #recipeideas #itsallaboutbalance #nutritious #delicious #instafood #instafoodie #dubaifood #uaehealthmovement #lifestyleblogger #foodblogger #healthylifestyle #eatwelllivewell #fitfoodsweettreats

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Carly Rothman is the health buff behind Dubai-based wellness blog Lean Living Girl. This account is focused on healthy eats and fitness advice.

Nadine du Toit is a fitness fanatic and founder of a program that combines nutrition and training to help followers achieve their health goals.

We can CHANGE the ATMOSPHERE of our environments. In a world where negativity is the norm, WE can be the voice of LOVE, the voice of HOPE, we can be the LIGHT and RAINBOW when everything and everyone feels dark and heavy. . It's to speak up and change the direction of the convo when things go all sucky and complaining. . It's to focus on what we have and what we can share when everyone else focuses on what we don't have and can't consume. . It's to inject the convo with love, when someone gets bullied online or in person and be that person to help him/her up. . It's to interrupt our own defeating self talk with thoughts of "But what if I can?" and "Keep on going, I love you!" when we are dealing with our own challenges. . I want to be a person like this! Someone who changes the atmosphere not only of my own heart, but also the hearts around me! Have an amazing day, my friends! #saltoftheearth #asherowithapurpose #andofcourse #therainbowismyfavecolor

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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:15:37 +0000
Unedited, from the Saudi Gazette, Aug 19, 2015:
"JEDDAH — Makkah Emir Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, who is also adviser to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, has issued directives to all regional governors in the province to hold urgent meetings with tribal elders to finalize a document fixing a ceiling for dowry and discuss ways to end extravagant weddings, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.
In a cable sent to the governors, Prince Khaled said he had noticed some families had been demanding high dowries for their daughters, eventually leading to an increase in spinsterhood in the country.
He said the situation required the intervention of the governors, who shall prepare a document specifying the maximum amount of dowry to be paid to different categories of brides after consultations with the tribal leaders and sheikhs.
Prince Khaled suggested that the dowry for a virgin must be fixed at a maximum of SR50,000 and for a divorcee at SR30,000.
A recent study indicated that the number of spinsters in the Kingdom nearly tripled to 4 million in 2015 from less than 1.5 million in 2010. Sociologists have attributed the rise in spinsterhood in the Kingdom to demands of high dowries and rising marriage expenses."

Dr Susanna: In Aug 2015, approx 4 SR to 1 USD. So a virgin will cost you approx USD12,500 and a divorcee will cost you approx USD7,500. Personally, I am cheering the virgins and urging them to escape being owned any way they can. Especially by ISIS.