I have finally succumbed to the irresistible pressures of the overruling Riyadhite fashionista population.Read the rest here: How Farooha Joined the Riyadhite Elite
Behold blog people, there follows a brand-spanking new form of the otherwise shapeless, nameless black blob-like material woman are required to don anywhere under Saudi sun and on Saudi soil; the Abaya.
Whilst there have been different styles and shapes in the past, none come close to the new fad that's taken Riyadhites by storm. Among the older styles, there first came the "Abaya ala al kitf" (which when roughly translated means: Abaya that is placed on one's shoulders) whereas it was usually placed above a woman's head, anytime before that. At a time around 1995, any girl who dared to wear such a blasphemous Abaya, was surely one who did not fear God. So, as it always goes, only the rich and slutty ventured.
On September 11, 2005 -- perhaps thinking that on a hallowed anniversary in the war against Islamist radicalism, he was engaged in a courageous defense of Western democracy -- Dalton McGuinty, premier (equivalent to governor) of the Canadian province of Ontario, announced that no form of religious arbitration of family disputes would be permitted in his jurisdiction. McGuinty represents the Liberal party, traditionally standing for a section of the business elite favoring Canadian unity over Protestant particularism, vis-a-vis the French-speaking Catholics of Québec. His presumptive aim, widely applauded and trumpeted, was to curb the infiltration of sharia or Muslim religious law into "the true north, strong and free."This is just the intro, you should read the whole thing.
McGuinty declared "there will be one law for all Ontarians." Unfortunately, he seems not to have taken into consideration that religious arbitration courts have long served Ontarian Catholics, Jews, Mennonites, Jehovah's Witnesses, and indigenous (tribal and Arctic) communities. To oppose the alleged Islamic threat, McGuinty announced his willingness to liquidate the family law rights of all significant religious and cultural minorities. A coalition of Canadian female advocates that included the author Margaret Atwood, and which raucously pressed for a ban on Islamic family law, also did not seem to care much about the consequences of their demands.
Ontario has recognized religious arbitration courts since 1991, and their decisions are enforceable so long as they do not contravene Canadian law. This standard is, in reality, the same proposed in Iraq by constitution writers who desire a recognition of Islam as a source of law: coexistence of religious and civil codes so long as they do not conflict, which I have called "the Israeli model". Canadian media were grossly biased in their coverage of the incident, which seemed to have ended, at least temporarily, when McGuinty was smacked by a wave of criticism, with Jews in the forefront. In Ontario as in France -- where a ban on Muslim head coverings among public school girls was protested by French Jews, anxious to preserve the right of their own children to wear head coverings -- the Jewish religious leaders were the first to defend the rights of Muslims.
Among the report's findings:
_Since 2001, the number of legal permanent residents entering the United States has declined from 578,000 to 455,000, while the number of illegal immigrants has increased from 549,000 to 562,000. Legal, temporary residents account for the remainder of people entering the country.
"We've seen a fairly steady growth in the number of undocumented immigrants living here, and this data shows very sizable numbers coming in," Passel said. "We're clearly not stopping them at the border."
Declines in legal immigration "appear to reflect processing backlogs, security delays and other developments that followed the Sept. 11 attacks," the report said.
_Mexico accounted for about a third of all U.S. immigrants, a percentage that was steady from 1992 to 2004. Other Latin American countries accounted for about 20 percent of all immigrants, Asia accounted for a little more than a quarter, and Europe and Canda combined to account for about 14 percent.
_More immigrants are shunning states with large immigrant communities, such as New York and California, and moving to states with smaller foreign-born populations, such as North Carolina and Iowa.