1. Spain celebrates the anniversary of defeating and kicking out their muslim slave masters after centuries of genuine oppression. Article here in Spanish
(The coloured stripes on the front indicate which station they broadcast for. Kind of like a coloured collar on a show dog. Kinda. Except in dog shows the pups get to show more individuality.)
Female television presenters in Saudi Arabia are being ordered to cover up by wearing the traditional black abaya cloak.
Budoor Ahmad, a presenter with state-owned news station Al Ekhbariya appeared on screen today wearing an abaya with a blue stripe.
The colour of the stripe is expected to be different for each channel.
Video at site
There is a thread that connects many of our conflicts, whether it’s the one against terrorism or the one between the Republican establishment and its conservative insurgency. To win a war, we have to understand the nature of the conflict and how we got there. And that’s often the missing piece.
The left blames imperialism for our conflict with terrorists. And it’s right. Just not in the way that it thinks. Empires may be expansionist, but they’re also tolerant and multicultural.
They have to be, since out of their initial phase they have to enlist the cooperation and services of subjects from a variety of cultures and religions. An empire may initially be fueled by the talents and skills of a core nation, but as it reaches its next phase, it begins sacrificing their interests to the larger structure of empire. The argument between the establishments of the right and the left is over two different kinds of empires.
The Republican establishment in America and its various center-right counterparts abroad have attached themselves to the liberal vision of a transnational empire of international law so much that they have forgotten that this vision came from the left, rather than from the right. […]
AN Australian Islamic State fighter who has been used in a propaganda video has claimed non-Muslim women are “used and abused” and should become slaves as it would be “the biggest honour for them”.
Abu Khalid, whom The Australian last year revealed was a former Melbourne man of Cambodian and Fijian ancestry and had ties to the al-Furqan Islamic centre, yesterday took to social media from the Middle East to make the claims.
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