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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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‘Islam is about unity,’ Muslim Miss World Australia 2017 says
Arab News
Tue, 2017-07-18 14:58

DUBAI: A Muslim woman who fled the Bosnian refugee camp she spent time in as a baby has been named Miss World Australia 2017.
Esma Voloder, 25, has come a long way from her war-torn roots and was awarded the coveted crown in a competition in Melbourne on Friday.
Voloder said that she hopes to use the title to challenge stereotypes associated with Islam.
“The Islam that I know, that is in the Qur’an, I don’t associate that with any acts that are occurring around the world,” she said after her crowning ceremony.


My heart is full Gratitude and joy overtook me last night as I was crowned @missworldaustralia 2017 at @grandhyattmelbourne Last night re-affirmed that dreams really can become realities. We have all heard this and some of us have been fortunate to not only think it, but truly know it… though it has never prevented the doubt that creeps up on us... it is faith in the best outcome provides us with the strength and motivation to do our best and continue striving. So many people I would like to give a whole hearted thank you to- My family for your love and support. Miss World Australia team and @pageantqueenaus (Miss World Australia director) for your kindness, understanding, faith and trust in me. The judges who represented diverse and relevant elements and industries in Australia that I admire- from an organisation dedicated to helping those in need and giving women opportunity, comedy to keep us light hearted, fashion that keeps us feeling who we are, health and fitness which equips us with the energy to chase our dreams and send positive messages, and reality which showcases bravery to be who we are in front of a large audience. To @phuketpearls for the stunning crown inspired by the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge-it is so appreciated and considerate of you to have incorporated iconic Australian culture into your carefully handcrafted masterpiece, it is so beautiful and I love it dearly <3 The @hugthailand for your partnership and hospitality- I am so very excited to travel to the land of smiles once I have an extra big one to bring to your country @ozwearaustralia , @novoshoes and all our other sponsors for their generously donated gifts (products, thoughts, hospitality and love) . Each time I received something I felt so spoilt and meeting some of you has been a pleasure you are all so infectious and it really does translate in your products. Thank you for having myself as your ambassador. It has been a blessing to raise funds under #beautywithaprpose and for @varietyaustralia . Thank you Australia- for giving me a home and opportunity to do good #missworldaustralia2017

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“People tend to blame religion for the atrocities that are happening, but if we do that we take responsibility away from the individuals.”
The seasoned pageant competitor told the crowd that “a lot of things have been misconstrued about Islam.
“I feel that a category has been created that is not really what the Qur’an actually promotes. I believe Islam is about peace, unity, prosperity and inclusion.”

Voloder moved to Australia when she was five-months-old and went on to earn a degree in psychology.
She now works as a criminal profiler in Melbourne and said that she hopes to inspire unity in her new role.
“Despite what your personal beliefs are, if we all believe in what is good, we can work together and make this world a beautiful and liveable place while we are here.”


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Tue, 18 Jul 2017 09:03:54 +0000

S.Koreans wowed by grandma’s diary of online makeup tips, life skills
Sun, 2017-07-16 11:34

By Haejin Choi and Minwoo Park
YONGIN, South Korea, July 16 : She gives tutorials on applying makeup so as to resemble Amy Winehouse, among others, and posts videos of attempts to try new activities such as kayaking, all spiced with a touch of humor.
Meet South Korea’s Park Mak-rye, a sprightly 70-year-old whose Youtube channel “Grandma’s Diary,” has made her a social media sensation, drawing more than 277,000 subscribers.
Park made her Youtube debut in January, when her grand-daughter’s video travelogue of their trip to Cairns in northeast Australia went viral.
It showed Park touching a kangaroo, diving on the Great Barrier Reef in a helmet that let her walk underwater, and splashing through the Cairns Esplanade Lagoon in a Santa Claus cap.
“One day my granddaughter filmed me in a few videos, and she must have uploaded them,” Park told Reuters at her home in Yongin, on the outskirts of the capital, Seoul.
“About 20 days later, she tells me ‘Granny, we hit the jackpot!’“
Park’s granddaughter, who asked not to be identified, said she uploaded the video to help teach her a new skill and communicate online.
Its surging popularity helped convince Park to upload more of her personal stories.
Park’s most popular video, titled “Going to the dentist and market makeup look,” in which she dons black eyeliner and red lipstick, has drawn more than 1.8 million views.
She now has 43 videos on her Youtube channel, with more than 108,000 followers on Instagram. Fans have crossed the country to visit Park at the restaurant she has run for more than four decades, and she has reconnected with old friends.
Internet penetration in South Korea is 89 percent, a 2017 report by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism shows. But just under a quarter of those in their 70s know how to use the Internet, a 2016 poll by a government agency showed.
Park’s story offers evidence of her fresh lease on life.
Hundreds of fans flocked to her first live makeup show in Seoul on Sunday, cheering her as she waved smilingly back.
“I thought I would end up living in the shadow for my entire life without ever seeing light, but it is finally full of sunshine,” she said. (Additional reporting by Nayoun Choi; Editing by Karishma Singh and Clarence Fernandez)

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Sun, 16 Jul 2017 09:14:28 +0000

Ecuador designers reinvent indigenous style for modern age
Sun, 2017-07-16 08:00

ECUADOR: After years of taking a backseat to Western style, indigenous fashion is re-emerging in Ecuador, thanks to a new generation of designers who are re-imagining traditional clothes.
“Make the turn snappy!” says Juana Chicaiza, who founded the modeling agency “Awkis y Nustas” — “Princes and Queens” in the Quechua language.
She is teaching her young charges how to best show off the “anaco,” a traditional Andean skirt, on the catwalks.
A former beauty queen with long dark hair, Chicaiza — a member of the Puruha indigenous group — was mocked at a pageant because of her traditional garb.
The experience inspired the 32-year-old to open her agency in 2013 and “strengthen the identity” of the Puruha on the runways, where models now sashay in outfits that mix “the Western and the ancestral.”
Latin American agencies generally seek models with hourglass figures and fine features, the designer told AFP.
“We’re not looking for that,” Chicaiza said. “We’re looking for women with character.”
In Ecuador, indigenous peoples make up 30 percent of the population of 16.5 million, according to organizations representing them.
But many inhabitants do not recognize themselves as such: official census records say the country’s indigenous population is just seven percent of the total.
Like Chicaiza, fashion designers are also working to help people renew their pride in their heritage.

Lucia Guillin and Franklin Janeta, who are also members of the Puruha ethnic group, have launched their own indigenous fashion labels — respectively, Churandy and Vispu.
“Our Puruha clothes have disappeared and young people have started dressing in the Western style,” says Guillin, donning one of her own shoulder-baring creations.
Pieces from their lines, including tops and skirts embellished with hand-embroidered flowers, range in price from $150-800.
The most expensive items, often embellished with stones and embroidery, are aimed at brides and beauty queens.
The designers use traditional ornaments and symbols, like flowers or the sun, but are making updates more in line with contemporary styles, such as with more daring cuts.
“There were no low-cut necklines, no short sleeves,” Janeta said. “I asked myself, ‘What if we changed it?’ Because young girls like things a little more modern.”
Guillin, for her part, has succeeded in convincing women to wear the anaco skirt proudly once more by giving the garment a hint of edge, playing with styles including mermaid cuts, trains, flaring and side-slits, she said.
“We must put a stop to the idea that Indians are closed off,” she said. “If we continue with this, we also risk losing our culture.”
According to Janeta, who said he makes some $12,000 a month in sales, customers are beginning to understand the value of the handmade attire.
“We taught people how to distinguish different qualities,” he said. “Before it was difficult to sell a blouse for more than 60 dollars — not anymore. They’ll pay up to 400 dollars for a corset.”
This new generation of indigenous entrepreneurs also includes Esther Miranda, Jose Mullo and Jacqueline Tuquinga — who launched the perfume brand Yuyary (Memory, in Quechua) — designers who also see Westerners as potential target consumers.
“As it’s a brand in Quechua, people think it’s just for our communities,” Miranda said. “But we want to go beyond that.”

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Sun, 16 Jul 2017 07:30:21 +0000

American Eagle celebrates diversity with hijab model
Arab News
Thu, 2017-07-13 00:04

JEDDAH: In a celebration of diversity, renowned brand American Eagle features a hijab-wearing model to mark its summer 2017 collection.
Halima Aden, a Somali American, made headlines last winter for being the first hijab-wearing model on New York and Milan runways.
She was also the first ever Somali American to compete and become a semifinalist in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant.
“She caught our attention at 2016’s Miss Minnesota USA, where she competed in a burkini and hijab,” the American retailer tweeted.
The ad is a part of the brand’s back-to-school collection 2017.

“I’m very proud to be in this campaign and to support its message of inclusivity and empowerment,” Aden said.
“I have always loved the brand’s work to encourage today’s youth to express themselves, and it is important to me to be a part of something that shows diversity expressed through many backgrounds and personal styles.”
The 19-year-old was on Vogue Arabia’s cover last month.
“That surreal & dreamlike feeling the moment you see yourself on the cover of Vogue Arabia cannot be explained!” Aden tweeted.
The world-famous IMG Models agency signed her as the first hijab-wearing model earlier this year after she caught its attention for wearing a burkini during the swimsuit competition of 2016’s Miss Minnesota.

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Thu, 13 Jul 2017 05:46:51 +0000

S. Korea’s first black model faces widespread racism
Tue, 2017-07-11 13:03

SEOL: Teenage male model Han Hyun-Min’s long legs and powerful strut have made him a rising star on South Korean catwalks, but his agent knew there would be a problem in the ethnically homogenous country: he is half black.
Han, 16, has a Nigerian father in a society where racial discrimination is widespread and people of mixed race are commonly referred to as “mongrels.”
“A dark-skinned fashion model like Han was unheard of in South Korea, so recruiting him was a big gamble,” said agent Youn Bum.
Now Han is posing for top glossy magazines as the country’s first black fashion model.
South Korea has for years sought to foster the image of a modern, sophisticated and tech-savvy nation whose pop culture has made waves across Asia.
But behind the facade of an economic and cultural powerhouse lies a deeply-rooted racism — even as its immigrant population creeps up, doubling over the last decade but still only four percent of the population.
Most foreigners in the country are from China and Southeast Asia, migrant workers or women who marry rural South Korean men unable to find local spouses willing to live in countryside.
Discrimination against them is widespread. Many are openly mocked at public transport for being “dirty” or “smelly,” or refused entry to fancy restaurants or public baths.
A government survey in 2015 showed that 25 percent of South Koreans do not want a foreigner as a neighbor — far higher than the 5.6 percent in the US and China’s 10.5 percent.
Mixed-race children are bullied at school and constantly taunted as “tuigi,” a derogatory term that literally means cross-bred animals.
Many complain of poor opportunities in many aspects of life, including difficulties socialising, getting a job or finding a spouse.
Han was no exception.
“When I was playing with other kids at school, some mothers whisked them away from me, saying things like, ‘Don’t play with a kid like that’,” he told AFP.
He was regularly stared at in public, with an elderly woman once asking him: “What are you doing in someone else’s country?“
“I wanted to become invisible,” he said. “I hated my looks that stand out from everyone else,” he said.
He found his escape in fashion, taking part in modelling auditions and posting his photos on social media until Youn spotted the images.
After seeing the then 14-year-old demonstrate his “electrifying” stride on a Seoul street for five minutes, Youn signed him up immediately.
“Being a fashion model helped build my confidence tremendously,” said Han. “Now I enjoy being looked at by other people, instead of being ashamed or embarrassed.”
He hopes to become a role model for multiracial children. “I want to be more successful, not just for myself but also for people whom I represent.”
The duo were initially stonewalled by designers and magazine editors, some of whom openly dismissed the dark-skinned model as “bad luck” and urged Youn to recruit whites instead.
“Some of them told me, ‘We don’t do dark-skinned models,’ or, ‘For us, non-Korean models mean white models with blue eyes and blonde hair’,” Youn said.
But a handful of designers found Han’s look unique and charismatic, and he hit the runways at more than 30 shows at the two Seoul Fashion Weeks after his debut last year — an unusually high number for a novice.
Han’s slim physique “had a good combination of strengths of both Asian models and Western models” said designer Cho Young-Jae, who used him to display his men’s clothing line, Chaos From Undermind.
Neighbouring Japan has a similarly homogenous population, Cho said, but a longer history of immigration and already has a number of biracial star fashion models.
Even so, when half-black Ariana Miyamoto was picked as Miss Universe Japan in 2015 she faced open accusations of not being sufficiently Japanese to represent the country, in a stark demonstration of the limits of acceptance.
South Koreans have until recently been taught at school to take pride in the country’s “single ethnicity,” with one race and language enduring for centuries.
A history of repeated invasions by powerful neighbors China and Japan has amplified the sense of victimhood and rampant ethnic nationalism, many analysts say.
In addition, according to Choi Hang-Sub, sociology professor at Kookmin University in Seoul, Korea’s ultra-competitive culture “worships those with money and power and despises those without.”
“The rule also applies to foreigners,” he told AFP. “So white people from advanced nations are welcomed with open arms, and those perceived to have hailed from less developed nations are relentlessly looked down upon.”
The South has a growing number of foreign or multiracial figures on TV and other public sphere — but almost all of them are Caucasians, whose looks are favored by many South Koreans as “beautiful.”
Commentators on social media, though, have warmed to Han.
“He has such good aura around him,” said one. “I hope that our society will become more open to people like him.”

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Tue, 11 Jul 2017 10:09:21 +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.