New Age Islam News Bureau
13 September 2020
• Imam Khomeini’s Daughter Warns Betrayers of Palestine against National Fury
• Shalimar Sharbatly, Saudi Artist To Display Her Latest Work In Jeddah As Part Of The Kingdom’s 90th National Day Celebrations
• Women Bikers at The Texas-Side Convention Center Go for Gathering Record
• PCOS Activist Seeks to Help Women Live Comfortably In Their Skin
• Erdogan Government In Turkey Undermines Women's Rights
Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau
Imam Khomeini’s Daughter Warns Betrayers of Palestine against National Fury
Sep 13, 2020
Imam Khomeini’s daughter Zahra Mostafavi
TEHRAN (FNA)- Imam Khomeini daughter and Secretary General of the Iranian Society for the Defense of the Palestinian Nation (SDPN), Zahra Mostafavi lashed out at some Islamic countries over establishing ties with Israel, warning them against the fiery sentiments of their nations.
In an open letter to some heads of Islamic countries, who have chosen to compromise with the child-killing Israeli regime, Mostafavi said that the Islamic states should be cautioned for their nations' anger.
For some time, the issue of cooperation between the Zionist Regime and some of the Islamic states is underway. Considering its importance and our commitments as an NGO defending the Palestinians, I felt obliged to share with you some of the matters of relevance as a sincere advisor.
The cause of Palestine liberation and the Holy Quds as taken up among the Muslim societies is based on these very hurt feelings. For the continued occupation of Palestine and the Holy Quds is a long and continuous insult to the Islamic Ummah and the hostile actions of the regime is a continuous threat to the security and interests of all the countries in the region.
As the late Imam Khomeini stressed this cancerous tumor will not limit itself to Palestine and in a very short time would expand its political opportunities at the regional level. Unfortunately, during the past 72 years, no effective or decisive measure has been taken by the Islamic countries to annul this long threat. The 72 years of Palestinians' displacement is a significant factor that shows how the leaders of the Islamic world have failed to handle the issue of Palestine.
As some leaders of the Muslim world have overlooked the issue of Palestine, their occupation and their sufferings and displacement; and instead, have taken steps to establish diplomatic ties with the occupiers of Palestine, [their move] is in actual contrast to the Islamic teachings and the Holy Quran itself, and a decision against Islamic unity and fraternity.
This is obviously to let down the duty of liberating the Muslim land from the hands of unfaith. As the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has stated, any relations with the Zionist Regime is high treason against the cause of Palestine and the Muslim Ummah.
The Zionist Regime has been established based on the distorted teachings of Judaism. Those that God has called them as the worst enemies of the pious and has clearly commanded man not to form friendship with them, emphasizing that if any Muslim overlooks this command will not only be excluded from the pious but will also be part of them and whoever abandons friendship with the pious and seeks friendship with the enemies will be counted as the oppressors and would never see the mercy and guidance of the Almighty and will be excluded from His mercy.
No doubt, choosing to establish ties with Israel would mean to acknowledge Palestine occupation and to create a pact with the worst enemies of Muslims against the Muslims and this choice has flamed the feelings of the Muslim Ummah leading to oppositions by the Islamic Ummah across the world and further attempts against traitors to the liberation of Palestine and the Holy Quds. Those who have made such a wrong decision will pay a heavy price. They should not forget the fate of Anwar Sadat.
The fate of nations and states, that the Holy Quran has emphasized to be studied, shows that the states will not stand forever but nations would remain and those very nations will punish those states that fall in treason. In this regard, the Muslim nations will take heavy revenge from the states that have chosen to establish ties with the enemies and the archenemy. The Society Defending Palestinians and the international Union of NGOs defending the people of Palestine are in fact the will and voice of Iranians as well as the national and international members that feel obliged and responsible to warn all Arab and Islamic states towards the bitter outcomes of choosing to betray the cause of Palestine and to cooperate with the Zionist enemy. No doubt, this choice will bring about numerous socio-political outcomes, as well as security and economic problems, for your state and nation.
One of the policies of the Zionist regime is its military and security presence in the entire West Asia and North Africa, especially in the strategic Persian Gulf region.
When Israel's former prime minister, the butcher of Sabra and Shatila Ariel Sharon, stressed 'the need of Israeli military forces' presence in the Persian Gulf and control over the oil resources in the region' there is no doubt that the ultimate goal of Israel within its deceitful discourse of peace is in fact to expand its dominance over the entire Islamic geography which would lead to endangering the interests and security of all the countries in the region and no doubt the smaller countries will be the most vulnerable.
No doubt, had the Arab and the Islamic states remained beside the Palestinian nation, as the Islamic Iran has stood beside the Palestinian cause for the past 42 years and has taken up this measure as part of its priority in its foreign policies and has continued this trend with steadfastness and strong will during the past 42 years, the Palestinian liberation would have taken a faster pace and would have led to an end to all the insecurity within the nations, as well as the entire region, through close cooperation.
Be assured that the oppressors will think the least about the interests and security of the regional countries when it comes to their presence in the region. Israel is the result of their long colonial experience and their intention is to take full dominance over the region through Zionism and as the US president put it to milk the wealth of region and to behead them in the end.
US President Donald Trump tweeted the news of the Israel-Bahrain normalization deal on Friday after he spoke by phone to Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Following the announcement at the White House, Palestinian officials condemned the Israel-Bahrain normalization deal announced by US President Donald Trump as another "stab in the back" by an Arab state.
Friday's accord normalizing diplomatic ties between Israel and Bahrain comes one month after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) agreed to normalize ties with Israel under a US-brokered deal.
In relevant remarks on Saturday, Secretariat of Iranian Parliament’s International Conference on Supporting Palestinian Intifada strongly denounced the Bahraini government’s move to normalize ties with Israel, stressing that the move will have no effect on the resistance of the Muslim nations.
“Accepting the humiliation of compromise [with Israel] by the UAE and Bahraini governments will never undermine the determination and resistance of nations in the Islamic world,” the Secretariat said in a statement on Saturday.
“Hereby, Permanent Secretariat of International Conference on Supporting Palestinian Intifada of the Parliament strongly condemns the surrender of Bahraini regime to the Zionists and Global Arrogance and its compromise with criminal and child-killing Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu,” the statement noted, adding that the act contradicts with the teachings of Islam and legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.
“These rulers should know that allowing the Zionist regime to step in the Persian Gulf region will not be a simple and temporary issue. Not only this irrational act will not spread peace and security, it will rather escalate insecurity and instability in the region which will engulf compromisers,” the statement added.
Shalimar Sharbatly, Saudi Artist To Display Her Latest Work In Jeddah As Part Of The Kingdom’s 90th National Day Celebrations
September 13, 2020
The initiative will start from Jeddah’s waterfront, where the artworks will be made at the Oia Beach Resort and then taken to the waterfront for finishing touches before being displayed. (Supplied)
RIYADH: Saudi abstract artist Shalimar Sharbatly is set to showcase her latest work in Jeddah as part of the Kingdom’s 90th National Day celebrations.
The municipality of Jeddah, in cooperation with the artist, has launched the “Draw the Nation” initiative, which will see the art displayed to the public from Sept. 23.
Sharbatly, a pioneer of the “Moving Art” school, is widely known for her style of painting on cars. A custom-designed, hand-painted Porsche 911 and a Formula 1 racing vehicle that she painted, known as “La Torq,” are the most notable of her works.
The Porsche was showcased at the Paris Motor Show, and “La Torq” was unveiled at the 2017 Grand Prix de Monaco. Both vehicles were also exhibited at the Louvre museum in Paris, in the “Moving Art” exhibit in 2017.
For this year’s National Day celebrations, Sharbatly was commissioned to paint four old cars, repurposing them into art to be displayed at the new waterfront and Jeddah’s main squares.
Sharbatly spoke to Arab News about her background in art, the challenges she faced in creating the artworks, and her feelings about being able to represent the Kingdom for the National Day celebrations.
“My earliest memories are of that studio, the sounds of Fairuz, Abdel Halim (Hafez), and Julio Iglesias, and feeling like I wasn’t like other children,” she said.
With her mother’s support, she was able to nurture her skills from the age of 6, and won her first award at 8. When she was only 16, she had her first show in Cairo in 1988. Fans of her early career include renowned Egyptian painter, Salah Taher, and the poet, Farouk Juwaidah, who attended the show and complimented her work.
She has showcased her work internationally, is recognized as the first Saudi female artist to be commissioned by the government to create artwork, and in 2017 was chosen as a goodwill ambassador for her contributions to humanitarian issues and civil society.
“It’s very difficult to paint on to cars. You’re almost at war with the paints, because they tend to dry out very quickly. But I’ve grown accustomed to it after so many years. I used to say that the paints would wound me when I fought with them, but now I have tamed them so that they listen to me,” she said.
“Experience makes you innovative, and innovation makes you creative, and creativity is what makes the world around you easier to mold to your will,” she said.
On the topic of this year’s National Day, Sharbatly said that she felt honored to be participating and giving back to the country in the best way she knew how.
“In these current circumstances, with the coronavirus pandemic happening and our government stepping up to offer treatment to everyone and keep us all safe, our nation needs a lot from us right now. I can tolerate the heat and the difficulty of the work if it means I can contribute to beautifying the country as much as I can,” she said.
She also expressed her gratitude to the mayor of Jeddah, Saleh Al-Turki, for supporting the initiative, and for providing the old cars and vehicles to be turned into artworks.
The initiative will start from Jeddah’s waterfront, where the artworks will be mostly made at the Oia Beach Resort Jeddah and then taken to the waterfront for some finishing touches before being displayed. The second phase of the project will include all cities in the Kingdom, then expanding to the world, where these artworks will be exported to communicate Saudi art to the world.
Women Bikers At The Texas-Side Convention Center Go For Gathering Record
by Junius Stone
Sep. 12 2020
Hundreds of women motorcycle enthusiasts congregated at the Texas-side convention center, celebrating a sisterhood of cyclists, which is a relatively new phenomenon in biker culture. Featuring a chrome cornucopia of machines and flocks of females in biker finery (not just leather, by any means), engines roared and voices chatted and laughed as they reveled in a weekend of road culture.
"This is a new thing for women, relatively speaking," said Robin Pecht, president of New Life Riders, Austin CMA Chapter. "The numbers of lady bike riders is growing each year."
The male side of biker culture has had a rough, clannish reputation, though there is also talk of brotherhood and community service among many, with biker subcultures proliferating over the decades.
The men who love motorcycles have been supportive of the women entering the culture, certainly the men attending the conference with their wives, girlfriends and friends.
"Majority of men in the bike world support the ladies coming into the lifestyle," she said. "In the case of couples, this is something they can do together. My husband and I have been together 37 years and I've been riding since age 21, when I was pregnant with my second child. Lots of women felt they could not enter this overwhelmingly male dominated world, but now, they are proving themselves wrong."
Elizabeth Carleo, a Texarkana native, says her husband, Zach Torres, a new technician at Harley Davidson-Texarkana, has drawn her into the bike world. She looks forward to the day she actually mounts up on one of those machines.
"I ride with my husband right now, but I'm learning right along with him," she said. "For me, this is unexplored territory. We both like to travel, do new things. Exploring and doing it through Harley's view of things, Harley Davidson culture has opened a new world for us."
"When you meet a fellow biker, you have common ground with them immediately," she said. "It helps establish an easy bond with others. It is a big family, very inclusive."
Ladies in Leather, the third rally under that organization and the first in Texarkana, was attempt to beat the record of the previous number of women cycling enthusiasts gathered at once. The previous record of more than 1,000 was established at a rally in Australia. As of Saturday, they were at several hundred.
PCOS activist seeks to help women live comfortably in their skin
September 13, 2020
Passionate about human rights, innovation, the future of business and sustainability, 23-year-old Nutana Singh has used her diagnosis with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) to launch a platform to help others living with the condition.
Since her diagnosis Singh told Stabroek Weekend that she was motivated to share her experience with the condition as she really believes in “lift while you climb”.
According to the United Kingdom’s National Health Service website, PCOS is a common condition that affects how a woman’s ovaries work. Three main features are: irregular periods – which means your ovaries do not regularly release eggs (ovulation); excess androgen – high levels of male hormones in your body, which may cause physical signs such as excess facial or body hair; and polycystic ovaries – your ovaries become enlarged and contain many fluid-filled sacs (follicles) that surround the eggs (but despite the name, you do not actually have cysts if you have PCOS).
Erdogan government in Turkey undermines women's rights
Sep 12 2020
By Ateet Sharma
New Delhi, Sep 12 (IANS): Much has been written about cases of domestic violence having risen during the Covid-19 pandemic worldwide. However, shocking figures are coming out of Turkey where as many as 90 women have been killed between June and August, mostly by relatives or men they were in a relationship with.
In the city of Osmaniye in the Cukurova region of Turkey, 57-year-old Fatma Altun was killed with a firearm by Mehmet Altun, the man she was married to. 28-year-old Sevgi Yavuz in Kahramanmaras was killed 'due to economic reasons' by Ali Yavuz as the divorce proceedings between the two were initiated. 31-year-old Yonca Tatarka, living in Balikesir, was shot dead by her former husband in the middle of a street. Dilek Akbulut, a 36-year-old mother-of-three, was killed by husband Bekir Akbulut at her workplace in Ankara with the excuse of jealousy.
The list is long and unending. During the pandemic, there have been several high-profile murders and rapes of women in Turkey by men, including current or former partners.
According to the 'We Will Stop Femicide Platform' — which was founded in 2010 to stop femicide and ensure protection for women from violence in Turkey — nearly 500 women were killed in the country last year. This year, the number of victims could hit an all-time high. The figures recorded for criminal acts of physical, psychological, digital, honor-related, sexual, economic violence, child abuse, etc., are obviously mammoth.
While all over the world, domestic violence is considered as a violation of women's human rights and governments have an obligation to take reasonable and effective measures to prevent, investigate, punish and redress domestic violence, the Turkish government is planning to do just the opposite.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, widely accused of acting like an 'Ottoman Sultan', has made public his intentions to withdraw from the Council of Europe Convention (ironically, better known as Istanbul Convention as it was forged in the iconic city), the first European treaty specifically targeting violence against women and domestic violence. It is widely recognized as the most advanced legally binding treaty to prevent and combat gender-based violence, including marital rape, forced marriages, stalking, female genital mutilations and so-called 'honor crime''. No state has ever withdrawn from it.
"An understanding, a regulation or an ideology which places a dynamite on the foundation of the family is not legitimate. I am of the opinion that we are highly capable to draft texts which honor human dignity, put the family at the center and which are appropriate for our social fabric. Instead of translated texts, we need to determine our frame on our own. Instead of saying Copenhagen criteria, we would say Ankara criteria and proceed on our way," Erdogan said last month while targeting the convention. Turkey was, in fact, the first country to ratify the treaty on March 12, 2012. The convention was also signed by 45 of the Council of Europe Member States and ratified by 34 of them.
Following the statement that "we can withdraw if necessary", it has been observed that violations of rights against women have witnessed a surge in Turkey. In the past few weeks, thousands of women too have taken to the streets of Ankara and Istanbul leading massive protests with slogans like "let the Istanbul Convention be Implemented" and "keep the Istanbul Convention alive".
"There is a bitter irony to the fact that the Turkish authorities are considering withdrawing from a Convention bearing the name of its most iconic city," says Amnesty International's Women's Rights Researcher, Anna Blus.
"This discussion is deeply worrying, coming at time when Covid-19 measures, such as lockdown, have led to a spike in reports of violence against women and girls with many women and girls trapped at home with their abusers or unable to easily access safety and support services. Turkey's withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention would have disastrous consequences for millions of women and girls in the country and to organizations providing vital support to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence," said Blus.
The hardliners in Turkey, and there are loads of them now who've been promised the return of the Ottoman Empire by their President, are however in no mood to back off on convention, just as they were on Hagia Sophia. Leaders of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) agree with their boss when he says that Turkey is in need of a new convention unique to the country that would protect the family structure.
Clearly, Turkey isn't bothered to better protect and promote the rights of women and girls. The death toll continues to increase as you read this while the killers roam scot-free.
As Istanbul-based attorney Selin Nakipoglu, who has spent years facing off with men in court who say they were provoked into killing their wives, told Washington's publicly funded non-profit media organization National Public Radio, last year: "They show up in court wearing suits and ties, saying they're sorry but ‘honor' made them do it. And the judges let (them) get away with it."
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