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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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French-Moroccan label Casablanca presents new collection via video
Sun, 2020-07-12 12:20

DUBAI:  Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Paris Men’s Fashion Week looked a lot different this season, with many brands showcasing their latest collections in a digital-only format. 

For Spring 2021, Paris-based label Casablanca transported its fans to sunny Hawaii for its newest menswear offering entitled “After the Rain Comes the Rainbow” – Hawaii is nicknamed the “Rainbow State” – with a video that was streamed on the brand’s Instagram and YouTube accounts.

“The narrative of this show is that it’s kind of like a souvenir of our trip to Hawaii,” Charaf Tajer, the French-Moroccan designer who spearheads the label, told Paper Magazine. “We were very much into the idea of after-COVID and how even more we always cling to the idealist type of thinking and the love of nature, architecture and culture in general. I think we can bring a message of hope.”

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Tajer, who got stranded in Maui for over a month during lockdown paid homage to the Pacific state by way of a kaleidoscopic collection of knitwear, polo tops, tennis shorts, tailored suits and printed button-ups in a colorful color palette of blush pink and ocean blue inspired by the archipelago’s natural landscape.;

Classic denim jackets embroidered with shell motifs and the brand’s upcoming New Balance 237s also punctuated the collection. 

You can check out the brand’s Spring 2021 virtual presentation in the video above. 

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Sun, 12 Jul 2020 09:26:25 +0000


Sofia Vergara’s staycation wardrobe includes heels from Jordanian brand
Sun, 2020-07-12 10:38

DUBAI: This week, Colombian actress Sofia Vergara demonstrated her versatile ‘staycation’ wardrobe as she posed in front of a mirror in her Beverly Hills home.

The star, who is known for her role as Gloria in US sitcom “Modern Family,” looked stylish wearing a black front-tie jumpsuit plucked from her Sofia Jeans by Sofia Vergara label – sold at Walmart – accessorized with a pair of towering “Dalida” heels from Jordanian-Romanian footwear designer Amina Muaddi. 

“Perfect staycation attire,” Vergara captioned the clip posted onto her Instagram account. 

The “America’s Got Talent” judge launched her size-inclusive denim collection of jeans, skirts, shorts and tops with Walmart in Feb 2019. But it wasn’t her first foray into the fashion industry. 

In 2017, the actress and longtime face of CoverGirl founded a subscription-based brand of shapewear and women’s basics titled EBY. 

Vergara routinely takes to her Instagram account to flaunt her style and provide her 19.5 million followers with style tips and tricks. 

Offering fashion insight on her favorite way to style the black jumpsuit, Vergara said “You can wear it with, what I was planning to wear it with, which are these super high platforms– that is what I love. I mean, one day I’m going to break a leg but I don’t care, they look fabulous.” 

The designer’s eponymous footwear label has become a mainstay in the wardrobes of A-listers since its launch in August 2018, approximately one year after Muaddi departed from her role as co-founder and creative director of luxury footwear label Oscar Tiye.

The 34-year-old designer’s range of stilettos, mules and boots have been championed by everyone from models Kendall Jenner and Hailey Bieber to international hitmakers Dua Lipa and Rihanna. In fact, singer-turned-entrepreneur Rihanna loves Muaddi’s heels so much that she enlisted the part-Arab designer to create the footwear for the new Fenty collection. 

In addition to spearheading her own label, Muaddi, who grew up in Italy, also collaborates on shoes with French designer Alexandre Vauthier for his runway shows.

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Sun, 12 Jul 2020 07:40:24 +0000


How Gigi Hadid’s dad is protecting her privacy during pregnancy
Sat, 2020-07-11 13:11

DUBAI: Palestinian real estate developer Mohamed Hadid took to his Instagram account this weekend to share endearing family photos and used a clever trick to help protect his daughter Gigi’s privacy during her pregnancy. 

The part-Palestinian model  celebrated her friend Leah McCarthy’s birthday at her mother Yolanda Hadid’s Pennyslvania farm this weekend with her parents, siblings Bella and Anwar, and Anwar’s partner British popstar Dua Lipa. Her father posted a series of photos from the picnic celebration on Instagram.

In the photos, Gigi can be seen wearing a floral print ensemble with a fairy emoji strategically placed over her body by her father to conceal her baby bump. 




Her father, Mohamed Hadid, shared a rare new photograph of the expecting model. Instagram

The California-bred model announced that she was a few months pregnant in April, but she has yet to show a glimpse of her baby bump. 

The last glimpse of Gigi that her parents shared came back in May when her mother posted a photo of the model working on the farm.

The rare snap of the mom-to-be comes just days after she responded to claims on Twitter that she was trying to “disguise” her pregnancy.




The California-bred model announced that she was a few months pregnant in April. Instagram

The publication was reporting on the catwalk star’s Instagram live video from June 24, in which one viewer asked the model how she kept her bump under wraps. 

Hadid replied: “This angle and the really baggy jumpsuit make for an optical illusion. From the side it’s a different story! Wishing you the best!”

The 25-year-old called out British Vogue for tweeting: “@GiGiHadid is yet to post a picture showing her baby bump, but her genius disguise gives an insight into her lockdown pregnancy.”

Hadid replied to the tweet saying: “Disguise ....? I said in a baggy jumpsuit the front and side views are visually different stories — not that that was intentional or I was trying to hide anything. Will be proud and happy to share ‘insight’ when I feel like it, thanks.”

She added in another tweet, “For now I am proudly experiencing and sharing this time with my family and loved ones.”

Hadid is expecting her first child with former One Direction star Zayn Malik. She announced her pregnancy in April. The couple are having a baby girl.

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Sat, 11 Jul 2020 10:14:47 +0000


Instagram apologizes to Bella Hadid for removing Palestinian father post
Thu, 2020-07-09 13:57

DUBAI: Instagram apologized to model Bella Hadid who called out the social media platform for taking down her post, which stated that her father, real estate mogul Mohammed Hadid, was born in Palestine.

This week, the 23-year-old, who is of Dutch and Palestinian descent, shared a photograph of her father’s expired American passport, which showed his place of birth as Palestine, on her Instagram Story, writing “My baba and his birthplace of Palestine.”




Bella Hadid called out social media platform Instagram for taking down her post. (Instagram/@bellahadid)

On Tuesday, Hadid revealed to her 31.4 million Instagram followers that the post was taken down, as it allegedly breached Instagram’s company guidelines.

“Are we not allowed to be Palestinian on Instagram? This, to me, is bullying. You can’t erase history by silencing people. It doesn’t work like that,” she added alongside a screenshot of a notification she received from the social media platform that stated her post was removed for going against community guidelines. 




Instagram took down the post for allegedly breaching community guidelines. (Instagram/@bellahadid)

According to New York’s Page Six, a spokesperson for Facebook, Instagram’s parent company, told the publication: “To protect the privacy of our community, we don’t allow people to post personal information, such as passport numbers, on Instagram.”

The representative added: “In this case the passport number was blurred out, so this content shouldn’t have been removed. We’ve restored the content and apologized to Bella for the mistake.”

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Thu, 09 Jul 2020 11:13:21 +0000


E-boutique startup launched amid virus outbreak brings touch of Morocco to UAE
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Wed, 2020-07-08 14:15

DUBAI: Almost four months ago, as Dubai authorities announced sweeping precautionary measures to combat a rise in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the UAE, a 29-year-old entrepreneur did the unthinkable – and launched an e-boutique.

Rita Bennani’s business venture, Beldi Bazaar, is a platform that celebrates the universally admired artistic craftsmanship of her native Morocco.

“My friends and family told me not to launch, saying that this was not the time to do so. But then I thought that it didn’t matter because I needed to start and see how it went. It was the best decision I made because there was a huge movement to support small businesses during the pandemic,” she told Arab News.




The platform has provided interior design aficionados with understated and earthy colored home decor items. Supplied

Bennani, who has a background in event planning, moved to the UAE in 2017, and recalled how former colleagues often asked her to bring back keepsakes from Morocco, triggering the idea for her startup.

“I found that in the UAE, it’s not really common to find Moroccan products, except carpets. And for me, Morocco is so much more than just the carpets,” she said.

Bringing a touch of Morocco to Dubai, Beldi (meaning “traditional” in Moroccan Arabic) Bazaar has provided interior design aficionados with understated and earthy colored home decor items – including delicate coffee cups and bowls, luxury tagines and orange blossom candles, and hand-stitched textiles designed by the north African country’s traditional artisans.




Shoppers can find everything from hand-stitched blankets to luxury tagines. Supplied

“I have a strong relationship with a group of women who come from remote villages in the Atlas Mountains. Every single hand-woven blanket and cushion that we have in Beldi Bazaar was made by them. Through Beldi Bazaar, I really wanted to empower women,” she added.

Bennani, who was raised in the Moroccan city of Casablanca, prioritized promoting modern brands that “showcased Moroccan savoir faire.”




Portrait of Rita Bennani. Supplied

Through every hand-picked item available on the platform, Bennani aims to embody the pillars of Moroccan visual and social culture, from presenting diverse color palettes of blues and browns to expressing a sense of warm hospitality to all online visitors.

“What makes Moroccan products – such as ceramics, wood, or zelij – really special is the use of techniques that have been passed on from one generation to the next,” she said.

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Wed, 08 Jul 2020 11:21:09 +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.