A modern-day Scheherazade in Khartoum

A disturbing case of stupidity and intolerance masquerading as Islamic law in Sudan. Sudan trouser woman 'ready for 40,000 lashes' - Yahoo! NewsKHARTOUM (AFP) – A Sudanese journalist facing 40 lashes for wearing "indecent" trousers vowed on the eve of her judgment that she is ready to be whipped 40,000 times in her bid to change the country's harsh laws.Lubna Ahmed al-Hussein, who works for the media department of the United Nations Mission in Sudan, is to be judged on Tuesday after waiving the i … [Read more...]

Khaleeji Consumption Disorder and other postcolonial malaises

There is something profoundly disturbing about the way a few of the more "modern" nationlets of the Gulf seem to frantically write out lavish checks  to prove themselves to their former colonial masters and new geopolitical patrons.  You name it--if it's a sign of prestige in the eyes of Westerners, they rush out to buy it, it seems. To the extent of the absurdity bribing African athletes to temporarily become their citizens and run for them in the Olympics. I have no doubt that some of these l … [Read more...]

The most “unclean” of all: the Muslim who treats people like dogs

A "Muslim" cabbie in the UK has made headlines (and blogosphere Islamophobes' day) by refusing service to a blind passenger because of the presence of her seeing-eye dog, claiming it to be "unclean" and prohibited in his car by his religion.  Sadly, this is not an isolated occurence.  (Almost as sad, stupid Muslim antics here force me to cite Daniel Pipes approvingly:  Pipes rightly dismisses this neurotic taboo as "Muslim lore".  It's … [Read more...]