“I hate all the fake hijabs, all the meaningless beliefs cruelly forced upon us, all the funny ‘musts’ that have turned into laws. Please listen. The sunshine is mine as well. Don’t be surprised if you see a girl who is tempted to escape from these cruel, nonsense obligations that originate from your mind. The air is her’s as well. She feels hot as well. She would like to spend the summer, pleasantly, coolly. A woman who has rotted under a burden of fake hijab. A woman who is still naked in your eyes besides all this covering. My heart feels broken in this weather.”
via MyStealthyFreedom – MSF.
Negotiations between Athens and its international creditors are moving closer to a deal, according to the Sunday edition of the Frankfurter Allegemeine Zeitung daily. Although it seemed unlikely that an agreement could be struck before Greece owes the next repayment of its debt package to the IMF on May 12, some rapprochement appeared to be taking place between both sides.
Measures such as creating an independent audit court and freeing up the market for natural gas were some examples the newspaper gave of what it described as constructive and encouraging talks that began last week and were expected to continue on Monday.
via Varoufakis: Greece can get by without a new bailout | News | DW.DE | 03.05.2015.
King Salman bin Adbul-Aziz Al Saud had been known to patronize liberal intellectuals at historical research centers and pan-Arab media, but after becoming king, he has been courting Islamists. The war in Yemen seems to have attracted the approval of Islamists opposed to the Shiites. Within hours of announcing Operation Decisive Storm against the Shiite Houthis in Yemen, Islamists proclaimed their support and praised the new king. The war was sorely needed, as it prompted Islamists to back the regime after its new anti-terrorism law had criminalized most of them, notably the Muslim Brotherhood, Sururis and radical jihadi fighters. Surprisingly, the war also unified the liberals and the Islamists, albeit temporarily, against an external enemy for the first time since the Arab uprisings.
via Saudi Arabia’s Islamist-liberal divide – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East.
Glad you made it there – too bad we could not meet up there – schedules and work – grin.