Thousands of men leer on, playboys skid around outside in expensive cars, and top models command fees reaching into the millions as part of the biggest beauty contest this side of Dubai.
But, unlike most pageants, it is not women on display but camels – a situation which suits the exclusively male attendees just fine.
Visitors to this sprawling event held annually in Liwa, United Arab Emirates, happily admit that they consider the winning camels – which change hands for almost £2million each – more beautiful than their wives, and indeed any other woman.
Read the rest: Camels Considered More Beautiful than Women in UAE.
Don’t know how this great article was missed but we’ve rectified the error, and here it is in all its glory, a story of the love of Arab Muslim men.
Suspected Muslim extremists kidnapped about 100 girls Tuesday from a school in northeastern Nigeria, less than a day after militants bombed a bus station and killed 75 people in the capital — a surge of violence that raised new doubts about the military’s ability to contain an Islamic uprising.
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The attacks by the Boko Haram terrorist network have killed more than 1,500 people in this year alone, compared with an estimated 3,600 dead between 2010 and 2014.
In the latest attack, gunmen killed a soldier and a police officer guarding a school in Chibok on the edge of the Sambisa Forest and abducted the teenage girls after midnight, according to authorities.
Islamic extremists have been abducting girls to use as cooks and sex slaves.
Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is forbidden,” has targeted schools, mosques, churches, villages and agricultural centres in assaults that are increasingly indiscriminate. The insurgents have also made daring raids on military barracks and bases.
Read more: Islamic Militants in Nigeria Abduct 100 Girls.
Update: School Girls Freed, But 8 Still Missing
Pieces of paper tucked between the layers of folded piles of jewel-coloured saris flowed with poems describing her forced marriage and life behind locked doors. It was only when her mother smuggled the poems out in the laundry basket and sent them off to a publisher in Chennai that Salma’s voice was heard.
Salma was trapped by her family and then, after agreeing to an arranged marriage, by her husband, locked away behind barred windows, unable to continue her education and forced to write her heartfelt words in secret.
This sounds like a brutal and ancient tradition but the practice continues to this day and the poet, 46, who is known all over India by just her first name, now devotes her time to campaigning for women’s rights and education for young girls.
Her story is an incredible turn of events that saw her released from her home and elected village leader, going on to become the voice for other women imprisoned by the same fate.
Read the rest: Pakistani Poetess Locked Away by Family
More about the film Salma.
In the spring of 2012, Shaima Alawadi wanted out of her marriage.
The 32-year-old mother had obtained paperwork to file for divorce, and at least two of her five children were aware that separation could be imminent. So was her husband.
And that, prosecutors contend, may be what led to her death.
Kassim Alhimidi, 49, is now on trial in El Cajon Superior Court charged with murder. He sobbed loudly and repeatedly Tuesday as a prosecutor delivered his opening statement, laying out much of the evidence the attorney said would point to guilt.
Read the rest: Honor Killing in California.
More on California honor killing.
(h/t Creeping Sharia)
A man in Gujranwala slit throats of his wife and two teenage daughters after suspecting them of dubious character.
The seriously injured lady told police her husband was a drug addict, and tried to kill her and daughters accusing them of being of bad character.
The three victims were rushed to DHQ Hospital in critical condition, while the culprit, identified as Abdul Hameed, was arrested. -
A local panchayat (unofficial jury), headed by an influential landlord, ordered killing of a woman in the name of ‘honour’ here [Daharki] on Wednesday.
The panchayat also ordered to give two minor daughters of a man, charged for having illicit relations with the woman, as vani to the other party.
Vani is traditional custom in rural areas of the country wherein girl, from a family of male accused of crimes, are forcibly married to a man of the rival group.
The landlord also imprisoned the accused in his private jail. The panchayat also ruled to kill minor girls, 10-year-old Zubaida and seven-over-old Abida, if they were not handed over to the landlord in three days.
Movement for Solidarity and Peace in Pakistan (MSP) is issuing an appeal for action by releasing an investigative report detailing forced marriages and conversions of Christian girls and women in Pakistan.
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The prevalence of forced conversion and marriage are difficult to accurately estimate due to reporting deficiencies and the complex nature of the crime. Estimates therefore range from 100 to 700 victim Christian girls every year (conservative estimates for Hindu girls are on the order of 300 per year).
MSP’s investigations find that cases of forced marriages/conversions follow a distinctive pattern: Christian girls — usually between the ages of 12 and 25 — are abducted, converted to Islam, and married to the abductor or third party.
Read the rest: Report on Forced Conversions to Islam and Forced Marriages Read the full report on forced marriages and forced conversions to Islam in Pakistan.
A rise in the number and frequency of “honor killings” in this coastal territory has political and religious leaders wondering how many more young women must be killed by their families before the desired level of honor is attained.
Over the last three years the number of such killings has increased sharply, doubling twice since 2011.
Local Imams and Hamas officials say that the killings are necessary to preserve the honor of a girl’s family when she enters a relationship that might or might not be romantic, but has definitely not been approved by the other males in her life, because a girl cannot be trusted to make her own decisions.
A girl or woman who defies the will of those male relatives shames the family, and the honor of the family can then only be maintained when one or more of those males kills the woman.
Read the rest: How Many Women Must Die in the Name of Honor?
And this is the land that Medea Benjamin and Code Pink women defend! Shame, shame on them.
In a controversial move, the Iraqi parliament is set to legalize the age of marriage for girls as young as 9 years old and prohibits the marriage of non-Muslim women unless it is temporary.
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The Civilized Debate, an organization that defends the civil and human rights of Iraqis through debates reported on its website that there were 6 deaths and 200 cases of divorces of young girls who were married off as minors last year.
Read the rest: Iraq to Legalize Marriage of 9-Year-Old Girls
It seems the Shia influence in Iraq is pulling the country toward the Iranian model of a totally sharia compliant government. I feel so sorry for the Iraqi women.
The recent burning and beheading of female victims in Thailand’s southern Muslim provinces marks a renewed campaign of terror by insurgent groups, according to a Human Rights Watch statement released today.
At least three Thai Buddhist women have been killed and mutilated by insurgents since February, according to HRW.
“Southern insurgents are killing Buddhist women and spreading terror by beheading and burning their bodies,” Brad Adams, Asia director at HRW, said in the statement.
Such attacks are carried out for two reasons, said Sunai Phasuk, a senior researcher on Thailand at HRW.
Attacks involving mutilation are intended to send a message of “terror” to scare Thai Buddhists into leaving Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani provinces, or are carried out as “retaliation” for extrajudicial killings committed by Thai security forces, he said.
“Claims by separatist groups that they are retaliating against government abuses are no justification for attacks on civilians,” said Adams.
Read the rest here. http://www.ucanews.com/news/burnings-and-beheadings-strike-fear-in-south-thailand/70644
When Matea converted to Islam in December 2013 she looked forward to joining the life of her local mosques here. Today Matea, like many Muslim women, is disillusioned.
“When I first converted I wanted to be part of the mosque environment. But I went to mosques and what I found was sort of an unwelcome environment for women,” she told Women’s eNews during a discussion organized last week by Women in Islam, a New York-based organization working to empower Muslim women through knowledge and practice of Islam.
Matea didn’t want her full name published.
“The spaces are separated, there are different rooms and sometimes it was even in the basement,” Matea continued. “And as a convert, it feels very strange to you. I used to go to church and everybody is part of the same community. You can see the preacher. You can hear the sermon very well.”
Read the rest: Woman Converts to Islam and Faces Discrimination in Worship.
There won’t be any Muslim woman like Rosa Parks to change the mosque apartheid. The discrimination of women is built into Islamic doctrine and is the pivot of the tribal Islamic culture of honor/shame. In fact, if the ideology is taken to the extreme, this is what the society looks like.