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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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Model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley films new show in Dubai
Tue, 2020-08-11 09:31

DUBAI:  British supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whitelely visited Dubai to interview US-Iraqi entrepreneur Huda Kattan for her new Quibi series “About Face.”

The six-part show, which launched on Aug. 10, focuses on business development and entrepreneurship in the beauty industry.

In the series’ trailer, which the 33-year-old model posted on her Instagram, Huntington-Whiteley can be seen strolling on the Palm Jumeirah. 

“I’m on my way to meet one of the most iconic make-up artists in the world,” she says, before asking Kattan: “So how do you build a billion-dollar beauty brand in the Middle East?”

The 36-year-old Kattan, who founded her eponymous beauty empire Huda Beauty in 2013, is among several of the high-profile guests and beauty entrepreneurs who will join Huntington-Whitely, including cosmetics mogul Kylie Jenner, Glossier chief executive Emily Weiss, South Korean beauty influencer Park Hye-min, celebrity make-up artist Sir John and hairstylist Jen Atkin.

Huntington-Whiteley’s series on the American short-form streaming platform was announced in December last year. 

The model is an executive producer on the show, alongside Lily Berg. Also working on the project is Alfred Street Industries, the production company behind “Project Runway.”

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Tue, 11 Aug 2020 06:34:25 +0000

Lebanese designer Rabih Kayrouz suffered ‘brain hemorrhage’ in Beirut explosion 
Mon, 2020-08-10 12:35

DUBAI: Lebanese designer Rabih Kayrouz, founder of the label Maison Rabih Kayrouz, revealed on Sunday that he was seriously injured in the massive explosion ripped through Beirut on Aug. 4, killing over 135 and injuring thousands.

“I am recovering slowly but surely from a small brain hemorrhage (an escape of blood from a ruptured blood vessel), two clots and 22 stitches,” he wrote to his 62,300 followers on Instagram captioning a black-and-white image of himself with a bandage on the side of his forehead. 

“As with you all, I am still trying to absorb the shock of this horrid calamity. Your thousand messages and prayers warmed my heart ... gave me strength to go on …,” he said before adding:  “I am in great care yet unable to answer any calls or messages at the moment.” 

Kayrouz, whose destroyed atelier is less than 900 meters from the site of the blast, concluded his emotional message saying: “Words are not enough. We will not forget. We will judge. We will rebuild... And we will dance!” 

Following the devastating event, which has left thousands homeless, angered protester took to the demolished streets of the shattered capital city to protest against Lebanon’s leaders.



Waiting for tomorrow !!!! @rabih_kayrouz photo @y @rogermoukarzel #pfw #maisonrabihkayrouz #rabihisalwaysagoodidea

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During the protests, authorities were allegedly firing at the demonstrators who were demanding justice for the lives lost due to government negligence. 

A number of other celebrity-loved designers’ ateliers and headquarters have also been demolished, including Zuhair Murad, Andrea Wazen, Azzi & Osta, Nicolas Jebran and more. 

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Mon, 10 Aug 2020 09:42:14 +0000

Megan thee Stallion and Cardi B wear Lebanese designer Nicolas Jebran in new video
Sun, 2020-08-09 12:46

DUBAI: This weekend, US rappers Megan thee Stallion and Cardi B dropped the highly-anticipated music video for their joint single “WAP.” In addition to superstar cameos from the likes of Kylie Jenner, Rosalia and Normani, the music video was rife with statement-making style moments. Think: Neon wigs, custom Mugler bodysuits and leopard-print galore.

Lebanese designer Nicolas Jebran also created two coordinating looks, one for Megan and one for Cardi, for the new video. 

The matching outfits included a corseted bodice with a semi-detached train in yellow and salmon colorways.

The video comes just days after the horrific explosion that ripped through Beirut’s port area, killing over 150 people and injuring thousands. The mushroom-shaped blast also left Beirut’s fashion designers reeling amidst the devastation, with damaged or destroyed shops and studios compounding the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Jebran took to his Instagram after the video’s release on Aug. 7 to post a picture of his sketch, nestled between rubble and debris following the horrific explosion that destroyed much of his Beirut atelier, showcasing his design process and the reality of the tragic incident. 

“Today, we were supposed to be excited! To celebrate a project in which we defied Covid19 to achieve!” he wrote. “However, our country is mourning and our faces can’t even smile! Among the wreckage, the broken glass and shattered offices lie the glowing colors of hope,” he added, concluding “For better tomorrows, we pray, we hope, we aspire.”

Jebran’s celebrity-studded client list includes some of the world's biggest fashion icons in Hollywood, Bollywood and Arab cinema, from Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez to Priyanka Chopra and Maya Diab. 


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Sun, 09 Aug 2020 09:55:38 +0000

Lebanese it girls Nathalie Fanj and Nour Arida join protests in Beirut
Sun, 2020-08-09 11:38

DUBAI: On Saturday, thousands took to the streets of Beirut’s Martyrs’ Square in anger to protest against Lebanon’s leaders following the devastating, mushroom-shaped explosion on Aug. 4 that killed over 150, wounded thousands, and left hundreds of thousands homeless. 

Among the protesters was Lebanese fashion blogger and Dior Beauty ambassador Nathalie Fanj, who documented the demonstrations, which took place not far from the blast site, on her Instagram Stories.

Fanj, who earlier this week wrote she was “devastated” and “scared for her kids” following the deadly blast, posted clips of protesters holding up the Lebanese flag and carrying signs demanding an international investigation against the government that seemingly allowed a stockpile of explosive material to sit unattended at their port for more than six years, only to explode on Tuesday with such power that it was felt more than 120 miles away in Cyprus.

Nathalie Fanj joined protests in Beirut’s Martyrs’ Square on Saturday. (Instagram)

Fanj also reported to her 855,000 Instagram followers that the authorities were allegedly firing at the protesters.

“We were not armed, protesting peacefully and they shot at us and it wasn’t rubber bullets!” she alleged in her Stories. “They were firing at us! As if we’re the corrupt ones stealing and killing!”

Among the protesters demanding justice for the lives lost due to government negligence was model and actress Nour Arida. The model also shared pictures and clips from the demonstrations on her Instagram Stories.

“Today we were in the streets to get back this little angel’s rights,” wrote Arida on Instagram alongside a series of images of the protests and a photo of Alexandra, the 3-year-old girl, who passed away during the blast.

Lebanese model Nour Arida was also among the demonstrators demanding change. (Instagram)

Dubai-based fashion influencer Karen Wazen reposted one of Arida’s images of the demonstrators in Beirut and captioned it: “Every expat is there today in spirit. We want our Lebanon back.” 

Lebanese fine jewelry designer, Ralph Masri, whose pieces are beloved by Celine Dion, also shared footage of protesters gathered in Martyrs’ Square on his social media platform. The designer, whose atelier was destroyed during the blast, wrote there was “no going back.”

A number of public figures are showing solidarity for the Lebanese people. Amal and George Clooney recently donated $100,000 to Lebanese charities, while British hitmaker Dua Lipa urged her 50.1 million Instagram followers to help by donating blood. 

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Sun, 09 Aug 2020 08:48:46 +0000

Bella Hadid donates to Lebanese charities following deadly blast
Sat, 2020-08-08 12:25

DUBAI: Part-Palestinian model Bella Hadid, whose father, real estate developer Mohamed Hadid, lived in Beirut with his family before immigrating to the US, wrote that her “eyes and heart are crying for Lebanon” following the deadly blast on Aug. 4, which broke though the capital city and killed at least 137 people and injured thousands.

“I am sorry you have to endure this kind of disaster my brothers and sisters,” she said in a lengthy, heartfelt Instagram post, sharing that she will be sending donations to the Lebanese Red Cross, in addition to local organizations situated in Beirut. “We NEED to support the people of Lebanon. Helping from within, through these smaller organizations can help pinpoint what necessities are most needed and where they can be sent, exactly,” she wrote.

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My eyes and heart are crying for you Lebanon. Over 150 people dead , thousands injured or missing... I am sorry you have to endure this kind of disaster my brothers and sisters...I will be sending donations to the Lebanese Red Cross, as well as ALL of the smaller organizations in Beirut from the last slide of this post. I hope you will join me. 300,000 people have been displaced and have become homeless. This explosion is coming during one of the hardest times for Lebanon in history... with an unprecedented economic crisis and famine, political unrest , homelessness , the pandemic and the unemployment rate plummeting , we NEED to support the people of Lebanon. Helping from within, through these smaller organizations can help pin point what necessities are most needed and where they can be sent, exactly. We need to continue to speak on this crisis, #PRAYFORLEBANON but most importantly , We need to collectively support immediate humanitarian relief. Stand UP and stand TOGETHER. I love you all out there. Beirut - I am wrapping you in a golden blanket of light and strength. I see you and support you. I am sorry. ارك الله فيك…

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Over the weekend, American actor George Clooney and his wife, Lebanese-British human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, announced that they are donating $100,000 to Lebanese charities helping those left homeless by the deadly explosion in Beirut.

According to Variety, the couple said: “We’re both deeply concerned for the people of Beirut and the devastation they’ve faced in the last few days.”

“Three charitable organizations we’ve found are providing essential relief on the ground: the Lebanese Red Cross, Impact Lebanon, and Baytna Baytak. We will be donating to these three $100,000 and hope that others will help in any way they can,” they added.

Also showing support for Lebanon was pop star Ariana Grande.“My heart, strength and condolences are with Lebanon and everyone affected by this tragedy,” she tweeted. Please support / donate if you're able to, I will be doing so too.”

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Sat, 08 Aug 2020 09:29:36 +0000