rning to two ladies with improper hijab, people in the area surrounded them and prevented them from driving the two ladies a
way,” the police source told IRNA. “After the two ladies got off the police van, the crowd dispersed and that was the end of the incident.”
Threatened with acid, rape, abuseotesting Iranmpulsory hijab law
Threatened with ‘acid, rape, abuse’: Protesting Iran’s compulsory hijab law
Video of the incident showed people honking their car horns in apparent protest. A man is
heard shouting “Let her go!” as a group of people surround the van. The sound of gunshots is then heard.
The headscarf, or the hijab, has been a mandatory part of women’s dress in Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution led to clerical rule of the country.
But in recent years, some women have mounted opposition to headscarf rules by stagi
ng sporadic street demonstrations, some of which have gone viral on social media.
Many women have also observed the dress rules more loosely in recent years. While signs instructing women to wear hijab ad
orn the walls of nearly every shop and restaurant, many wear short scarves which only slightly cover their heads.
If Europe’s leaders, diplomats and security professionals had a vote in the 2020 US presidential elections, it doesn’t see
m likely they’d give it to President Trump. At least, that’s how it seemed at the 2019 Munich Security Conference.
Hundreds of dignitaries crammed into tight corridors, moving between the modest meeting halls of Munich’s Bayerischer Hof Hotel.
The event has grown in recent years. As prime ministers and presidents rub shoulders wit
h CEO’s and policy wonks, conversations straddle global differences and attempt to shape the world order.
Biden says US should remain committed to its allies abroad
It is an odd, almost old-fashioned mix. It’s rare at global summits these days that repo
rters can mingle with the people they cover and even engage them in casual conversation.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg surprised me, praising my sturdy weather-beating boots and trou
sers. He laughed when I told him he was lucky inside. I was outside, the sun was blazing and, frankly, I was baking.
It was September 6, 2018. The two Saudi sisters were on a family vacation in Colombo, Sri Lanka. For weeks, they had helped their mother organize the trip, feigning
excitement at the possibility of two weeks away from Riyadh, but knowing that if all went to plan, they’d never go back.
Failure was not an option. Every step of their escape from Saudi Arabia carried the threat of severe punishment or death.
”We knew the first time, if it’s not perfect, it will be the last time,” Reem says.
CNN has changed the sisters’ names and is not showing their faces, at their request for their safety.
The sisters say years of strict Islamic teaching and physical abuse at home had convinced them that they had no future in a socie
ty that places women under the enforced guardianship of men, and limits their aspirations.
”It’s slavery, because whatever the woman will do it’s the business of the male,” Rawan says.
And that’s why aged 18 and 20, they stole back their own passports, hid their abayas under the b
edcovers, snuck out of their holiday home and boarded a flight from Colombo to Melbourne, via Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong stopover was supposed to take less than two hours.
Two hours has turned into five months.
support a modern, progressive, global Britain that is very much a part of modern Europe. Cur
rently, both main say that they will deliver Brexit — albeit different versions of it. A new group in Parliament, free to vote and speak as they li
ke, can now make the case for a softer Brexit, or even a second vote, and do so in ways that could damage both the gove
rnment and the opposition.
But will they? That’s a crucial question. If the movement swells, it could create the mome
ntum for a second referendum and push one party or another (probably the Labour Party) to formally back such a vo
te. It could terrify Conservative Brexiteers into backing May on her deal. It could completely break the par
liamentary arithmetic and cause the UK to stumble into a no deal. It could force a general election in which all 11 los
e their seats. It’s very hard to tell.
But the main takeaway from this week is that these 11 MPs were so frustrated by t
heir own parties — for more reasons that just Brexit — that they needed to do something. And that it was now or never. T
hey were left with no good options because, right now, politics in the UK is spiraling out of control.
For instance, Trump urged NATO members to increase defense expenditures, while the EU is seeking more strategic independence by devel
oping a European army. But with a slowly recovering economy, Central and Eastern European countries are unable to
cover defense expenses and are not as supportive of the EU’s common defense plan as previously expected.
Meanwhile, with France and Germany signing the Aachen Treaty, the two will engage in more in-d
epth cooperation. Considering the continuous threat allegedly posed by Russia and di
vergences within the EU over defense cooperation, the US can provide a security shield for the Central and Ea
stern European region, such as deploying more troops and upgrading equipment which would gain support fro
m regional countries. Currently, these countries are more prone to NATO as the supplier of public security goods.
Besides public security goods, the US also provides the region with institutions and regu
lations facilitating Western democratic freedom. Actually, the US has never stopped its democratic pervasion and assistance. For example, projects fu
nded by the National Endowment for Democracy have spread across Central and Eastern Europe.
projects, including highway, railway, airport and power stations. However, in the face of local protests, the effectiveness of Modi’s economic package, delivered just a few months before the
election, seemed very suspicious. Interestingly, because of the tremendous opposition against the Bill and the frustrating situation on the g
round, BJP’s top local politician who was defending the bill changed his tune almost as soon as Modi left.
Clearly, Modi’s twin election trick, which comprised both nationalistic and developmental ele
ments, was clearly at work during his visit to disputed South Tibet. However, sacrificing the pa
instakingly earned mutual trust and progress in Sino-Indian relations for the sake of ephemeral political benefits seems unwise.
Even though India and China have so far held 21 rounds of talks to resolve the border dispute, and Modi and President Xi have met at least four times in 2018 to bring b
ilateral ties back on a stable footing, the border issue remains the single-most sensitive topic between the two countries. While
the dispute between China and India remains too large to be resolved altogether, both sides would better carefully manage it.