“Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution,” a new book by Mona Eltahawy, should be required reading for every American Muslim woman (it’ll take longer to enlighten the men).
Snippet: “I think if you whittle them down to their essence, [the Abrahamic religions are} about controlling women and their sexuality. I lived in Jerusalem for a while, when I was a reporter for Reuters, and I would see ultra-Orthodox Jewish families that reminded me of families in Saudi Arabia.”
Read more of an interview with the author here: “Mona Eltahawy Doesn’t Need to Be Rescued”
Various reports and videos of ISIS troops destroying ancient monuments reminds one of teenage boys and their destructive pranks. Except with bulldozers and explosives.
How a serious “caliphate” can justify such behavior is beyond belief. The reason for UNESCO World Heritage Sites is that such places belong to all of us, not just the brigands of the moment.
ISIS has no sense of shared history or culture…. Their “Apocalypse now” mentality requires neither.
One video is here: Islamic State Group Destroys Ancient Ruins of Nimrud (“The seven-minute video, posted late Saturday, shows bearded militants using sledgehammers, jackhammers and saws to take down huge alabaster reliefs depicting Assyrian kings and deities.”)
Here’s a frightening thought: ISIS is adapting the techniques of pedophiles to lure Muslim teens to Syria:
What ISIS Learned From Pedophiles
“The jihadis build fantasy relationships, play on a child’s suspicion of parents, and lure their young targets into a world of shared ‘secrets’,” writes Jamie Dettmer on “The Daily Beast”.
“In Qatar, where at least one immigrant worker dies per day working to complete its World Cup infrastructure by 2022, workers were bused in to run a marathon in whatever clothes they had in order to break a Guinness World Record.”
Read the rest here: Slaves Forced to Run Marathon Shoeless in Qatar