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Muslim girls complain of Polish racism on Holocaust study trip
German Muslim girls say they were racially abused in Poland while learning about the Holocaust.

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Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:34:15 GMT

Republicans delay Senate healthcare vote
US Senate Republicans delay a vote on their healthcare bill, dealing a blow to their promise to replace Obamacare

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:29:13 GMT

Pakistan inferno: Father's anguish as tanker dead buried
Muhammad has been looking for his family since an oil tanker blaze killed 150 people in Pakistan.

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:27:00 GMT

Grenfell Tower fire: German flats cleared amid cladding fears
An 11-storey block is evacuated in Wuppertal because it has panels similar to Grenfell Tower's.

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:45:54 GMT

World Cup 2018 and 2022: Fifa releases bid 'corruption' report
A lengthy report into claims of alleged corruption into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups is released by Fifa.

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:39:56 GMT

What was the role of Cambridge Analytica and psychographics in the EU referendum?
Gabriel Gatehouse asks if, in the age of big data, our democracy is open to manipulation.

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:37:14 GMT

Saudi Arabia

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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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Kurdish designers bring fight with Daesh to Paris catwalk
Fri, 2017-06-23 23:13

PARIS: Dilan Lurr and his sister Lezan often ask themselves where would they be now if their parents had not left Iraq when they were children.
Would they be fighting against Daesh like their cousins back in Kirkuk?
What is almost certain they would not be showing their first collection at Paris fashion week sandwiched in Friday's schedule between storied brands such as Berluti and Commes des Garcons.
But the brother and sister who were brought up in Sweden have far from forgotten the historically Kurdish city they left behind at age nine and four.
They started their Namacheko menswear label in 2015 "as a way of expressing our thoughts about our background," said 28-year-old Dilan.
"We grew up in a very free space in Sweden, where we could study and dream. Our parents are religious but they have always been very liberal with us."
But imagine "how horrible is it if even in your dreams you cannot be free," he told AFP.
"You always think where would I be right now if we had stayed in Kirkuk," he said of the city which was only saved from falling into Daesh hands by the swift intervention of Kurdish peshmerga fighters.
More than mere fashion, the Lurrs' first collection is a subtle meditation on their lives between Sweden and Kirkuk, whose mixed population is about to vote on whether it will join Iraq's increasingly independent Kurdish autonomous region.
"We talk a lot with our cousins there and they think it is mind-blowing how we live," said Dilan, who like his sister studied engineering before coming to fashion through art.
"We travelled between Sweden, Belgium and Paris to work on the collection and they cannot believe how we go from one country to another as if we were just taking a bus."
Their cousin Heresh, who modelled for them in a video Dilan shot in the flaming oilfields that surround Kirkuk, is now fighting Daesh on the frontline.
"We feel our great freedom when we speak with our cousins," Dilan said.
"When we went to the frontline we were amazed to see so many older men from their 50s onwards with their bellies and everything were fighting. But these guys do not run when Daesh comes. They know the drill. Some of them have been fighting since the 1970s.
"You imagine these super fit, highly-trained peshmergas but in reality there are a lot of fathers and grandfathers who are out there for three days and then home for a week."
Cleverly disguised peshmerga jackets -- white rather than regulation olive green -- popped up in the Lurrs' Paris show -- itself a labour of love.
"We begged and borrowed to put this show on. No one has been paid," said Dilan after the showing.
The Lurrs are at pains to point out that Namacheko's cashmere and silk creations are more an expression of their own personal journey as they "adapted to Sweden and it adapted to us".
Lezan told of how when she arrived in Sweden she was sent to a church kindergarten rather than a state one by her pious parents where "my favourite storybook became the Bible".
"I was the only Muslim there yet I loved its stories. My parents were very happy about it and even read it to me. They were very open and liberal with us, within limits."
Despite their preoccupations with exile and belonging, Dilan said there are few overtly Kurdish influences on their clothes, although there are touches for those with the eyes to see.
"I don't want the collection to be Middle Eastern but we added small touches and references. Some people see it, others don't."
But the Kurdish experience is clearly there in the Lucio Fontana slashes in the backs of some coats "exposing the suffering and melancholy inside", Dilan said.
Nevertheless, the siblings refuse to be called refugees, saying their parents chose to move to Sweden in 1997 for a better life.
The Kurds were then being ruthlessly persecuted by the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
In fact, their father, a goldsmith, had to bribe officials to remain in Kirkuk as many other Kurds were forced out in the 1990s so Saddam could tighten his grip on its oilfields.
"We were not running for our lives. But yes, it definitely wasn't a great time to be Kurdish," Dilan said.

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Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:59:54 +0000

Ramadan earns prime spot on Gulf fashion calendar
Fri, 2017-06-23 13:12

DUBAI: From Dolce & Gabbana to Michael Kors, major brands are catering to lucrative Gulf markets during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which is earning its own slot on the global fashion calendar.
With Muslim spending on clothing on the rise, mainstream labels are courting the dirham, dinar and riyal in a region home to some of the world’s biggest buyers of fashion.
High-end and fast-fashion brands in the United States, Europe and Asia have made an aggressive push to break into the Gulf, where demand for “modest wear” is skyrocketing, fueled in part by the rise of social media influencers and Muslim lifestyle and beauty vloggers.
Holidays have long been high seasons for retailers around the world and Ramadan, a month of fasting from dawn to sunset aimed at reflection and modesty, is no longer the exception.
The market for the abaya, a long, loose robe worn over clothes, in particular peaks during the holy month, according to Dubai-based designer Aiisha Ramadan, as women strive to avoid outfit repeats at all costs.
But while attention to clientele interested in modest wear has been a long time coming, some say the move has brought the good, the bad and the offensive to shelves across the Gulf.
Muslim spending worldwide on clothing and shoes is projected to reach $500 billion (449 billion euros) by 2019, according to Tamara Hostal, the head of fashion marketing at design school ESMOD Dubai.
Ramadan has turned into a de facto micro-season in the Middle East, with fashion brands releasing capsule collections exclusive to the region through May and June.

DKNY launched a Middle East-exclusive Ramadan line in 2014, and other labels have since jumped on the bandwagon: Dolce & Gabbana, CH Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, Zara, Mango, Uniqlo and Nike, among others.
Dolce & Gabbana filmed a widely publicized 2016 campaign for their abaya robe and hijab headscarf lines entirely in Dubai — where the need to be “Ramadan ready” is turning into a commercial, cultural and complex phenomenon.
Instagram is flooded with #ootd (outfit of the day) posts and the pages of Vogue Arabia filled with how to curate a wardrobe of festive, and generally modest, attire.
Most popular in Ramadan are evening dresses, particularly in bright colors, for the iftar meal to break the fast. Like the long abaya robe, the maxi dress also provides designers with a versatile canvas for a diverse clientele.
Aiisha Ramadan, who has dressed American singers Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera and Zendaya, is both a creator and wearer of abayas and maxis.
“International brands are making a smart move by moving into the home of the Arab woman with kaftans and abayas,” Ramadan said at her atelier in the UAE emirate of Sharjah.
“There are so many options. You have the ready-to-wear, which draws in clients looking for a casual, everyday wardrobe.
“Then you have the haute couture abayas, which attract the client looking to stand out,” said Ramadan, herself wearing a deep pink kaftan and a gold necklace with Arabic calligraphy.
“As long as it respects our culture, it’s a beautiful thing.”
The three-day Eid Al-Fitr holiday marking the end of Ramadan is an occasion to go all-out for style-savvy, and image-conscious, Arab customers, and some designers are releasing separate lines for the occasion.
US-Venezuelan designer Carolina Herrera in May unveiled a Ramadan line exclusively for the Gulf, featuring four styles of abayas with her trademark polka dot and bow motifs.
The house’s ready-couture line is separately releasing a Fall/Winter collection exclusive to the region in preparation for Eid — likely to fall early next week — with “long dresses in black, red lace and mimosa yellow that can be buttoned up or down for every woman.”
“This is a novel market. We are still collecting feedback on our first collection, but generally the client here won’t pay for simple or what would be seen as plain designs,” said Dania Fakhry, regional marketing manager for retailer CH Carolina Herrera.
“They appreciate design, even if it’s not for them. If they like it, they buy it.”
But the trend has its critics among some industry insiders who stand at the crossroads of identity and international marketing.
In gold and silver Dior sunglasses on a warm Dubai evening, one of the region’s social media influencers — an observant Muslim and self-professed “fashion victim” — spoke out against “the commercialization without understanding” of her culture.
“You can’t just slap a pair of sleeves on a collection and drop the hem and voila, a collection for Ramadan,” she said dismissively, requesting anonymity for professional reasons.
“Frankly, it’s just offensive.”
But others hold that cultural and religious traditions inevitably spill beyond their origins.
“The abaya started as a tradition, as a form of modesty,” said Aiisha Ramadan.
“Culturally, it’s moved beyond religion, and beyond plain black in terms of design,” she added.
“I think it’s just a matter of time before we see women in the West incorporating abayas into their wardrobes.”

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Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:45:52 +0000

Carla Fendi, face of famous Italian luxury brand, dies aged 79
Tue, 2017-06-20 12:25

ROME: Carla Fendi, one of the five Italian sisters who transformed their parents’ small leather workshop into an international luxury fashion powerhouse, has died at the age of 79, the family said on Tuesday.
Fendi, who died late on Monday and was the fourth of the sisters, was the public face of the company famous for its line of colorful “baguette” bags that cost thousands of dollars.
While other members of the family were the creative forces, Carla concentrated on promoting the company brand, whose logo of two F’s, one of them upside down and backwards, became an internationally recognized symbol for luxury.
The multinational LVMH luxury group gained a controlling stake in Fendi in 2001 in a deal worth hundreds of millions of dollars that brought together some of the world’s most famous luxury brands. LVMH significantly increased its stake later.
It was a far cry from the family’s humble origins nearly a century ago.
The sisters’ mother, Adele Casagrande, opened a small leather workshop in 1918 just off Rome’s bustling Piazza Venezia.
Adele Casagrande married Eduardo Fendi in 1925 and the two opened a small boutique next door and lived above the shop.
The five sisters were born between 1931 and 1940 and as children they played among the leather shreds on the shop floor and slept amid the handbags.
“Accessories were our first toys,” Carla Fendi once told Women’s Wear Daily.
The sisters moved to company to the chic neighborhood around Rome’s Spanish steps in the 1960s and in later expanded into ready-to-wear, shoes, perfume, household goods and children’s wear.
The company received a big boost from the creative collaboration of Karl Lagerfeld, who helped in the design of clothes, furs, and accessories.
Animal rights activists frequently protested against the company for its use of furs.
In her later years, Carla Fendi became a well-known patron of the arts. Deeply committed to Rome and its culture, her foundation financed the restoration of the city’s famous Trevi Fountain.
She was also a chief patron of the Two Worlds arts festival in the Umbrian city of Spoleto.

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Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:53:06 +0000

Twitter users get funny with Eid Al-Fitr fashion hashtag
Arab News
Fri, 2017-06-16 16:40

DUBAI: In the run-up to Eid Al-Fitr, social media users have taken to Twitter with a hashtag dedicated to Eid outfits.
Muslims around the world typically buy new clothes for the occasion, but these users are taking things one step further with the hashtag شنو_بتلبس_بلعيد#, which roughly translates to “What are you going to wear for Eid?”
We all know that the moment your new clothes don’t fit can be panic-inducing.

No Eid is complete without a fresh haircut.

Even children can get in on the fashion fun.

There are several conspiracy theories on weight gain during Ramadan.
This tweet roughly translates to: “After trying out an outfit tonight, I am sure that Saudi Arabia's atmosphere makes you gain weight, not the food.”

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Fri, 16 Jun 2017 10:48:32 +0000

In Africa’s fashion capital, Lagos, ‘trad is swag’
Agence France Presse
Wed, 2017-06-14 07:57

LAGOS: Leggy dancers in tight shorts, bottles of Moet champagne and flashy cars feature in Nigerian pop icon Wizkid’s bling-bling music videos.
But the singer himself has now swapped the Versace T-shirts and low-slung jeans that show his underwear for traditional African dress — a new youth trend in fashion hub Lagos.
Last year, Vogue voted Wizkid “Nigeria’s best-dressed pop singer,” a particularly coveted and prestigious title in a country where appearance is all important and competition is fierce.
Clothing that used to be considered only for the old or for people out in the provinces is setting the trend in fashion, from the Yoruba agbada, a large, triple-layered robe worn in the southwest, to the Igbo “Niger Delta” embroidered collarless shirt from the south, and the northern Hausa babariga, a long tunic worn with an embroidered asymmetrical hat.
In recent years, this traditional clothing — or “trad” as it’s dubbed — can be seen in offices as well as nightclubs, and at weddings and business meetings.
“It’s the in-thing now,” Wizkid told Vogue magazine.
“When I’m back home, all I wear is African fabrics. I get material from different parts of Nigeria — north, west, south — and I mix it up,” said the 26-year-old superstar.
Lack of space in Lagos, a sprawling megacity of 20 million inhabitants, has meant there are few shopping centers and ready-to-wear clothing stores are hard to find.
Economic recession and the free fall of the naira currency has put paid to wealthy Nigerians’ shopping sprees in Dubai, Paris and Milan.
Instead, they’ve had to make do with what’s on offer locally, sending the popularity of roadside tailors soaring.
In 2012, Omobolaji Ademosu, known as B.J., left his job in a bank to set up his own line of men’s clothing, Pro7ven.
In two tiny workshops in Ojodu, on the outskirts of Lagos, his dozen employees cut, sew and iron a series of orders to the sound of a diesel generator.
B.J. calls his style “African contemporary.”
His work includes magnificent made-to-measure agbadas with embroidered collars, which can sell for up to 150,000 naira ($475, 420 euros) each.
“Trad is swag,” smiled B.J.
“Any day, I can switch from Yoruba to Igbo to Fulani, I’m rocking it! It’s the Lagos spirit, there is no barrier, we are one.”
When attending professional meetings in business and politics, dressing in the ethnic outfit of your host is a sign of respect that can really pay off — or at least win big contracts.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s election campaign in 2015, for example, featured him in a variety of traditional outfits from across the country.
With more than 500 ethnic groups, Nigeria is able to draw from a huge catalogue of fabrics, styles and jewelry.
The beauty of each ethnic look is a source of pride, which has begun to extend beyond Nigeria’s borders.
In early May, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, a spokesman for South Africa’s Economic Freedom Fighters party, posted a picture of himself on Instagram, dressed in a dark “Niger Delta” outfit, complete with wide-brimmed hat and gemstone necklace.
His numerous and enthusiastic female fans were quick to comment with emoji hearts, affectionately calling him “Igwe” — an Igbo prince.
“Even in Paris, young people from the diaspora want to present themselves as African princes now,” said Nelly Wandji, owner of MoonLook, an African fashion boutique in the upmarket Rue du Faubourg St-Honore.
“Nigeria is clearly the leader in fashion in terms of style, creativity and number of recognized designers,” she said on a recent visit to Lagos.
“Lagos Fashion Week has dethroned Johannesburg. Nigerians have remained much more authentic, they have retained ‘African pride’, whereas South Africa is very Europeanized.”
Wandji, who is French of Cameroonian heritage, said the fashion trend was due to the African diaspora, of which Nigerians were the main ambassadors by sheer weight of numbers.
“Young people from the diaspora are the drivers of African fashion, they have reappropriated their culture and made it trendy because it’s seen in Europe or the United States,” she said.
Gloria Odiaka, a petite woman in her 50s, is the successful owner of a luxury traditional fabric shop in Lekki, a well-heeled Lagos neighborhood.
“The young generation are into native wear and they look gorgeous,” she said.
“My sons study in Canada and when I go visit them they say, ‘Please, Mommy, buy us some trads, I’m done with Canadian T-shirts’,” she said with a laugh.

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Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:32:18 +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.