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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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Discarded Syrian refugee tent finds life as a dress
Thu, 2017-03-23

DUBAI: Once home to a family of Syrian refugees, a UN tent has found a new life as a dress still bearing the marks and stains of its past.
“Dress for Our Time,” the brainchild of fashion designer Helen Storey, has turned a discarded tent from the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan into a hooded dress featured on stage at the Glastonbury Festival and in the conference halls of Dubai.
Now on display at the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition, the project aims to introduce the reality of refugee life to audiences who may be physically and politically removed from the conflict.
“We’re using fashion as sort of a Trojan horse, and from that you’re able to talk about something that’s more serious... a crisis that involves all of us,” said Storey, professor of fashion and science at the University of the Arts, London.
“It was important for me that it did have a history and it was genuinely the shelter to a family, and I think it’s that narrative that helps give the piece resonance with people.”
The tent was discarded when the UN refugee agency, the UNHCR, began to install cabins at the Zaatari camp on the border with war-ravaged Syria.
Storey preserved the condition of the tent as she had found it: a stained piece of beige tarp imprinted with the blue UNHCR logo, the remains of a message scribbled in orange marker faded but still visible.
The dress has in the past year made its way down the sidewalks of London to Glastonbury, where Malian singer Rokia Traore wore it on stage last year.
Reactions to the dress have run the gamut, from confused to amused to touched.
“In London there’s a lot of stoping and staring,” said project ambassador Louise Owen, who also modelled the dress at the conference in Dubai.
“We had a Syrian artist here burst into tears when she saw me in the dress,” Owen said.
“It had touched her in a way it wouldn’t anybody in London.”
And while the garment will continue to take its story around the world, one place it will not be returning is the Zaatari camp.
“I’ve taken the view that it’s inappropriate to take it back,” said Storey.
“It’s our part of the world that needs education.
“It’s really a tool to help the Western part of the world be less defensive about this.”
Syria’s devastating civil war, now in its seventh year, has rendered more than half the country’s population refugees.
The conflict has left more than 320,000 people dead, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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Fri, 24 Mar 2017 03:48:16 +0000

Adiós Amor: Reinventing the Madas, with a feminine touch
Fadia Jiffry
Fri, 2017-03-24

There is nothing more therapeutic, I tell you, than coming home after a long day and taking off your three-inch high heels to relieve the pain in your feet. But when I met Monica, I knew I had a better option than the stiletto. The Madas. Yes, you read it right! She designs the Saudi slipper with a feminine twist, which not only is a comfortable choice but also an elegantly casual combination with the everyday abaya.
Spanish designer Monica Suitt is no ordinary woman. She is an interior designer, a fashion designer and a quite deft footwear designer who creates the Madas, or Saudi slippers, for women under her brand Adiós Amor.
It was a mere coincidence when the owner of a local leather factory stopped by her stall at a bazar, where she was selling abayas she designed, and asked for a piece of her fabric so he could make a shoe for his wife. “This is where it all started,” Suitt said.
“I took a particular interest in the traditional slipper worn by the men in Saudi Arabia,” she said. “It is very simple and original and I wanted a pair for myself too.”
Upon realizing the potential of this new design for women, Suitt began making samples and trials.
“However comfortable the Madas were, the designer in me kept processing variations of it in my head,” Suitt said. “With time I felt that a touch of color and a playful mix between leather, fabric and patterns could make the Madas more feminine and attractive for more women to wear.”
Adiós Amor is ideal for women who want to be a little different according to Suitt. Describing the design process, she said their focus is always on serving the best quality. “We play around with different fabric, including denim, camouflage, glitter, embroidery and leather, in order to make special and unique combinations.”
At Adiós Amor, mixing and matching materials are what make the designs a favorite to many. “Our bespoke footwear is made to our clients’ preferences,” added Suitt. “I think that the secret of our designs is in the blends with all fabrics, colors and textures making the final product chic and trendy.”
“Our leather collection is designed using rich snake, ostrich and lizard leather, which we get down from Italy. If you asked me to pick a favorite from my creations, I would definitely choose the snake-leather ones,” she said.
Designer Diary
Having studied Interior Design in Miami, Suitt was a full-time interior designer and had her own studio in Seville before she moved to the Kingdom. Hailing from Chipiona, south of Spain, Suitt also lived in the United States and Mexico before she moved to Saudi Arabia. “Ever since I landed in the Kingdom, I fell in love with this place, it’s deeply rooted culture and the kind people.”
As a newcomer to this part of the world, the Spanish designer found herself driven toward wanting to learn and understand the customs, words, dress code and their evolution. Suitt also designs linen abayas under a fresh brand, “Thaa,” which she recently co-founded with a Spanish friend.
Taking bigger ‘steps’
Suitt’s success often faces obstacles she encounters as a designer. “Everything is copied very fast in this fashion world,” she said. “So our main challenge is to be one step ahead of our imitators and when one design is copied, we already have several new ones.”
Finding the proper fabric can be tricky. “One specific problem we run into constantly is that if we find one fabric one day, we never find it again,” she said. “So this results in some discontinuities in our collections.”
Demanding work comes as extra baggage for the Spanish designer, who usually has so much to do in so little time.
“We need to buy the fabrics, make the designs, manufacture the samples, check them, correct them and monitor the manufacturing process,” she said. “But we also have to do the selling, attend a lot of bazars with never-ending schedules and this is really hard work.”
Suitt believes that there is a huge potential for the next generation of footwear designers in Saudi Arabia — both men and women. “It is an important fashion complement and we are only currently playing with fabrics,” she said. “There is more that can be done with the shape, the heel or the material. So, there are a lot of possibilities that need to be explored.”
Creative Musings
Jeddah’s Al-Balad is where Suitt gathers her inspiration for her footwear designs. “I just love the colors, the people and the atmosphere, which is all a continuous source of inspiration for me,” she said.
Adiós Amor has successfully fashioned four collections of footwear. Hinting on their next collection, Suitt said it will feature hand-embroidery and will be released during Ramadan. She also said that they are currently finishing a complete collection for men, which is going to come as a surprise to many.
Her personal style philosophy speaks of simplicity, practicality and affordability. In 10 years’ time, Suitt sees Adiós Amor evolving into a different brand with a strong presence on the Internet and selling in a lot of countries.
Speaking of her choice among the heels, the boots and the flats, Suitt said, “I used to be a heels woman, but since I discovered the Madas I am, without doubt, a flat one. But I love to wear high heels for celebrations and parties,” she added.
To get hold of a pair or have a custom-made Madas to one’s liking, Suitt encourages her customers to get in touch with her through her Instagram page @adiosamor_ms. With a generous price range for her footwear, you can get a pair of an Adiós Amor Madas made with fabric for SR400 and a pair made with leather for SR700.

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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:15:24 +0000

Fans react as Kim Kardashian reveals harrowing details of Paris robbery
Arab News
Mon, 2017-03-20

DUBAI: In the latest episode of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” that aired Sunday, Kim Kardashian shared details of the moment she believed she was going to be sexually assaulted during the Paris robbery that made headlines in October of last year.
Emotional fans took to Twitter after the episode aired to show support for Kardashian who described in detail what happened during the incident when thieves made off with an estimated $10 million worth of jewels and left the reality star bound and gagged in a bathroom.
Speaking directly to the camera, she explained that her mouth was duct taped and she had a gun held to her head.
“He grabs my legs, and I wasn’t, you know, I had no clothes on under. He pulled me toward him at the front of the bed and I thought, ‘Okay, this is the moment they’re going to rape me’.”
She continued: “I fully mentally prepped myself — and then he didn’t. He duct-taped my legs together and had the gun up to me. I knew that was the moment they’re just totally going to shoot me in the head.
“I just prayed that Kourtney’s [Kim Kardashian’s sister] going to have a normal life after she sees my dead body on the, I’m not going to make it out of here. I know how these things go.”
Fans took to social media to show support with the hashtag #HereForKim.

One user commented: “You are one of the strongest and bravest people I know of! We will always be here to support you #HereForKim!”

Meanwhile, others claimed to have newfound respect for the star.

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Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:40:06 +0000

Model Kendall Jenner reportedly a victim of $200K jewelry theft
Thu, 2017-03-16

LOS ANGELES: Months after her sister Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint in Paris of nearly $10 million in jewels, supermodel Kendall Jenner has reported the theft of jewelry worth $200,000 from her Los Angeles home, celebrity website TMZ reported.
Police told AFP that they had received a 911 call at about 1:15 am Thursday about a reported burglary in the area of Jenner’s home in the Hollywood Hills, but would not confirm that she was the victim. There are no suspects so far in the case.
TMZ said the 21-year-old Jenner, one of the top runway models of the moment, was hosting a party and she left the house at about midnight. When she returned an hour later, she noticed her jewelry box was open and the jewels were gone.
Earlier in the night, an alarm had sounded, warning that someone had opened a door, but Jenner did not check on it, TMZ reported, citing unnamed law enforcement sources.
There was no sign of forced entry, leading investigators to believe the theft could be an inside job.
Jenner is featured with her sisters on the reality television show “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”
Last October, Kim Kardashian was robbed of about $9.5 million in jewels while staying at a luxury residence in the French capital during Paris Fashion Week. Ten suspects have been charged in connection with that case.

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Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:12:37 +0000

Luxury online shopping portal for modest wear launches to fanfare
Arab News
Fri, 2017-03-10

DUBAI: A luxury online shopping platform dedicated to modest clothing launched this week as the Middle East’s fashion it-girls took to Instagram to celebrate.
The Dubai and London-based e-commerce shop called The Modist stocks high-end labels such as Alberta Ferretti, Christopher Kane and Mary Katrantzou and is dedicated to modest wear for those who wish to stay covered but stylish.
“Our mission is to build a strong sense of purpose to empower a woman’s freedom of choice and to acknowledge how similar women across the world are — despite our diverse backgrounds, cultures and lifestyles — a relevant conversation at this time,” The Modist’s founder Ghizlan Guenez said in a release.
“We aim to break down pre-conceived notions while building a community and dialogue that invigorates, informs and celebrates the fashionable, modern, modest woman.”
According to the 2015/2016 Global Islamic Economy report, Muslims spent more than $230 billion on apparel in one year, with that number expected to grow to $327 billion by 2020.
“Fashion’s new gaze” is the tagline of The Mod, which aims to “bring you awe-inspiring modest fashion as well as an intimate glimpse into the lives, wardrobes and worlds of the women who are making a difference across the globe,” according to the site’s welcome letter. “Through The Modist and The Mod we are creating a home for women of all ages, cultures and faiths to shift the focus, now more than ever, firmly on the female gaze.”
Fashion bloggers such as Nadya Hasan Alanoud Badr took to Instagram to celebrate the launch, both posing with The Modist shopping bags at various locations.

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Fri, 10 Mar 2017 11:31:00 +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.