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I have long wanted my first book Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution to be available in Arabic, the first language I spoke. It is already available in 11 other languages. Soon, I will have good news about Arabic!
The English-language edition of Headscarves and Hymens is banned in #Saudi Arabia, #UAE, #Kuwait and probably #Qatar too. So you can imagine what it has been like trying to sell the Arabic-language rights!
And soon too I will have Arabic subtitles for FEMINIST GIANT Rants - my one-minute videos - and I promise I’ll be soon recording some rants in Arabic too. You can find all the rants on my YouTube channel - go look for it and subscribe 😘
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Here is background: again, like #Saudi Arabia, the #UAE has a male guardianship system that women like Hind are escaping.

#UAE woman who fled family begs to be allowed to claim asylum theguardian.com/world/2019/feb… #SaveHind #EndMaleGuardianship
Refugees & asylum seekers are usually escaping war and repression.

These womenare escaping gender apartheid.

These women are going into asylum to escape patriarchy.

#EndMaleGuardianship
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Tweeps, have you been to the landmark @LouvreAbuDhabi #Louvre #AbuDhabi? No worries. Got @twitter. Had the chance to visit while in the #UAE for the @MilkenInstitute #MIGlobal #MENASummit. Follow this thread for a #TwitterTour of highlights. louvreabudhabi.ae/?utm_source=GM… #art #museum
Hello #LouvreAbuDhabi! @LouvreAbuDhabi ~ in all directions, the #magic of art & creativity on display. Crossing borders. Crossing cultures. #artmatters #museumlove
#Stunning. This two-headed figure is one of the oldest monumental statues in the history of humanity. It is some 8500 years old. On display at the @LouvreAbuDhabi. 👥

@VisitAbuDhabi #AbuDhabi #LouvreAbuDhabi
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For the record @MEForum has never received any funding from #UAE or #Egypt (let alone any Arab country) and our narrative is #American not #Foreign vs. @Andreas_Krieg who worked on a #Qatar funded contract for the @DefenceHQ - stop shilling for your overlords.
Moreover:
1. #Israel had no need for #Qatar - it can speak to or bomb #Hamas without #Doha involvement.
2. @BarackObama may have been appeased the #Taliban by acquiescing to the #Doha terror office; but now it’s a #Taliban demand: “Our demand about having an official political office is clear, we want that our office in Doha is recognised by the international community and the UN.”
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Last week, Pope Francis & grand imam of al-Azhar signed a “historic pledge of fraternity”in the #UAE. In light of misogyny they oversee, the patriarchs in robes can kiss & hold hands & pledge love to the “fraternity”: they are dangerous to women & children theguardian.com/world/2019/feb…
- Vatican & al-Azhar prohibit ordination of women
- Priests rape & sexually abuse nuns & children
- Al-Azhar is furious #Tunisia wants to make inheritance equal btwn men & women
- Ruler of #Dubai has forcibly repatriated 2 of his daughters after escape & holds them vs their will Pope Francis & grand Imam of Azhar kissingPope Francis with an official of UAE
Why are the pledges these men sign presented to us as great achievements to celebrate? For whose benefit arevthose pledges? The rot of misogyny and abuse these men oversee must not be camouflaged by “pledges of fraternity.”
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“There is a lot of interest in fleeing #Saudi women at the moment but the situation for #Emirati and other women in the #Gulf is often just as bad.” As I often asked about Rahaf’s story: what are these countries doing to women that makes them seek asylum? theguardian.com/world/2019/feb…
“women remain second class citizens in the #UAE, where the concept of “male guardianship,” incorporated in UAE law,” @hrw hrw.org/news/2015/03/0…
#UAE abuses are too often overlooked because of the flashy facade and glitz of #Dubai and because it is not as big as or as influential as regional behemoth #Saudi Arabia. Look closer and pay attention.
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I want to remind you all of this as you see one after the other news report of the Pope’s “historic” sermon in the #UAE, with countless pictures of teary-eyed women and reminders of “pledges of fraternity” cbsnews.com/news/pope-fran…
Keep your “pledges of fraternity.” Where are the pledges to women from all these patriarchs in robes?
So, yeah. The patriarchs in robes can kiss and hold hands all they want as they pledge undying love to the “fraternity.” They are still dangerous to the sorority.
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They can sign all the “pledges of fraternity” they want, but where is the pledge to women? These are patriarchs who continue to oppose women’s ordination, leadership and equality theguardian.com/world/2019/feb… Pope Francis in the UAEPope Francis and the Grand Sheikh of al-Azhar kissing
- In the #UAE, the ruler of #Dubai has reportedly forcibly repatriated 2 of his daughters who tried to escape & is holding them vs their will
- Vatican & al-Azhar prohibit ordination of women
- Al-Azhar is furious that #Tunisia wants to make inheritance equal between men & women
So, I ask the Patriarchs in robes: WHERE IS THE PLEDGE OF SORORITY?
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💣BOOM💣

Rick Gates is telling Mueller ALL about Israeli Joel Zamel’s #PsyGroup “social media manipulation” firm.

Erik Prince arranged a meeting with DON JR for Zamel & George Nader (flipped!)👉🏼offered to help *THROW THE ELECTION*‼️

ht @traciemac_Bmore
thedailybeast.com/rick-gates-tel…
🔥At the Aug'16 meet, Nader (who also flipped!) told Don Jr the #SaudiArabia & #UAE crown princes were "eager to help his father win." Zamel’s #PsyGroup already had a MULTIMILLION $ proposal for a “social media manipulation” effort to help Trump.🤨

Of course, all of these shady people deny that anything came of the meeting, but Nader (who, along with Gates, is cooperating!) paid Zamel $2 million via a bank in #Cyprus.🙄

Mueller is FOLLOWNG THE MONEY‼️😎

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#Saudi Opinion Piece blames both #Qatar and #Turkey for #Syria ‘s crisis. Here we go okaz.com.sa/article/1695539
The Saudi opinion piece refers to Syrian State as “nationalist” and blames the Arab Spring on foreign countries (Qatar & Turkey with political cover from the U.S) capitalizing on domestic issues while relying on help from the Moslem Brotherhood ideology
Opinion Piece concludes that countries like #Saudi and #UAE who are embracing “stability and moderation” need to work on “Preserving the Syrian State” that governs such an ancient and important land
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The #UAE is opening its embassy in #Damascus (in 30 minutes from now) led by a Chargé d'affaires Abdel Hakim al-Noaymi. #Syria FM will be present at the openning.

Who is next? #Italy is almost ready and #SaudiArabia is not far.
For those who missed this information, Mohammad Bin Salman met General Ali Mamlouk in 2015 (a meeting organised by #Russia). #SaudiArabia said it has inherited the crisis from its predecessor and is involved as much as the #USA wants it to be involved.

#UAE Chargé d'affaires Abdel Hakim al-Noaymi said in Abu Rummaneh, a wealthy district in #Damascus where the #UAE based: "This is the return of #Syria among the Arab nations and soon other embassies will follow". #Syria
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Since Mr Brett McGurk will no longer be needed? Perfect timing. 🇸🇾 #Syria
I completely trust #SaudiArabia 🇸🇦#🇦🇪UAE and our GCC partners to ensure 🇸🇾#Syria will remain in good hands..
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#KSA and the #UAE share the international community’s desire for peace in Afghanistan, and will continue their efforts towards promoting dialogue and reconciliation. The peace talks held in the UAE will help bring us closer to that goal.
Despite obstruction attempts of those who fuel terrorism and conflicts in our region, UAE talks were productive and will help promote intra-Afghan dialogue towards ending the conflict. We will start to see very positive results by the beginning of next year.
We will continue to work with our allies; USA and UAE and others to produce positive results for the brotherly Afghani people in order to find an end to the conflict and establish much needed peace and security in Afghanistan.
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#Saudi feminist Loujain al-Hathloul, 29, was detained in May in unprecedented crackdown vs feminists. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman aide Saud al-Qahtani, personally oversaw her interrogation, which incl waterboarding & threatened to rape & kill her google.com/amp/s/www.wsj.…
Of 18 detained activists, at least eight have been physically abused in custody, according to Saudi advisers, activists &others with knowledge of the prisoners’ treatment. One said security officials electrocuted her hands. “My fingers resembled barbecued meat, swollen and blue”
Glad to see some finally pay attention to misogyny in #Saudi Arabia - I call it gender apartheid. RIP Jamal Khashoggi. It should not be lost on us that it took the murder of a man for some to finally pay attention to women.
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The legitimate government of Yemen supported the former UN envoy’s proposal of UN control over the port of Hodiedah. The Houthis refused, and only consistent military pressure by the Yemeni armed forces and the Arab coalition forced them to agree.
The Arab Coalition to Support the Legitimacy in Yemen was founded to protect the Yemeni people and end the war and the humanitarian crisis that started as a result of the Iranian-backed Houthi takeover of Yemen.
#KSA and #UAE have contributed the most towards the 2018 UN humanitarian response plan and have provided a number of initiatives worth billions of dollars towards alleviating the suffering in Yemen. We remain committed to ending the humanitarian crisis to help Yemen rebuild.
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Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum - daughter of the ruler of #Dubai - vanished in February, apparently attempting to escape the #UAE. This is the story of the tape she left behind. theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2…
The story of the Emirati princess who tried to escape twice but was forcibly repatriated, whose sister tried to escape and was also forcibly repatriated, is horrific. And makes you ask: how much worse for ordinary women in the #UAE?
It is a horrific story and one which must also force questions about #Dubai and its glitzy image: “Latifa says her role as a PR coup for modern Dubai – she was fond of skydiving, which was reported as a sign of her freedom – is a sham.” #UAE
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It is not lost on me that whenever I post about women raped, abused, tortured, threatened with jail for journalism, be they in the US, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Switzerland, Egypt, Philippines, I am told:
- the women are lying
- the women want attention
- the women are ugly
- I am ugly
All fucking day, the same thing just from different locations. All demanding the women & by extension I “prove” that the boy king of Saudi Arabia tortured feminists,the ruler of Dubai abducted & imprisoned his princess daughter, the thug president of Philippines bullies a journo
Sometimes it’s obvious they’re trolls, other times they are shamefully real people NOT being paid to regurgitate misogynist shit, but ALL times they are dipping into a deep well of patriarchy that demands women “prove” the very patriarchy that patriarchy insists doesn’t exist.
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“I’ve been mistreated & oppressed all of my life...Women are treated like subhumans. My father...can’t continue to do what he’s been doing to us all” Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum,daughter of #Dubai ruler.Imagine how much worse for ordinary women theguardian.com/world/2018/dec…
Latifa is 2nd of Sheikh’s daughters to try to flee life of caged luxury &then vanish after reports of recapture.Her older sister,Shamsa,was seized on streets of Cambridge after fleeing family’s Surrey estate in 2000,in apparent abduction never fully investigated by British police
Latifa‘s bid to escape & her repatriation w/assistance of foreign govt reminds me of #Saudi Dina Ali Lasloum who tried to escape forced marriage but was detained at Manila airport until uncles came, beat her up, dragged her onto plane home w/limbs bound google.com/amp/s/www.nyti…
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The War in #Yemen is a fight to stop #Iran from dominating the shipping routes and expanding its malign influence.

Our allies #SaudiArabia and #UAE are doing the hard work to keep all of us safe.
We can help the people suffering there, but we cannot allow Iran to win.
Iran has no legitimate interest in Yemen, other than to expand its sphere of influence and to create a Shia corridor of control. Although Iran’s role in Yemen has been underreported by the media, Iran has been funding, arming, and training the Houthis. state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/20…
A vital US interest at stake here is to ensure the free flow of shipping through the Bab el-Mandeb Strait. Iran already sits astride the Straits of Hormuz & has claimed recently they control traffic through it.
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Thread 👇triggered many questions:

1-How can Syrian leadership resume relations with #Saudi after its support of the Opp?

2-What about #Iran and will Tehran feel betrayed?

3-What about #Russia and how might this potential shift impact Turkish/Russian relations?

Answers ==>
2-On #Saudi : No question that Riyadh/Damascus rapprochement is difficult to foresee. Note that this shift is being led #UAE and not Saudi. Riyadh is expected to follow and yes, reluctantly. Damascus is just as easy about this given Saudi’s early support of the Opp. BUT ==>
3-When discussing Riyadh/Damascus, it’s critical to think about Qatari/Saudi schism. If forced to choose, who should Damascus side with? Answer: #Saudi . Why? #Qatar is ardent supporter of the Moslem Brotherhood (enemy of both Damascus & Riyadh). Doha is also still supporting Opp
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SIGNIFICANT:

#SYRIA #UAE #SAUDI ARE ON CUSP OF FORMING A NEW REGIONAL ALLIANCE TO DEFEAT THE IDEOLOGY AND EXPANSION OF THE MOSLEM BROTHERHOOD LONG CHAMPIONED AND SUPPORTED BY #QATAR #TURKEY

EXPECT REOPENING OF UAE EMBASSY IN DAMASCUS TO KICK START THE NEW REGIONAL SHIFT
2-This important shift comes on the back of intense and comprehensive meetings that took place recently in Abu Dhabi. The common objective of the parties is to stabilize #Syria and ensure the return of the secular state that existed prior to 2011.
3-There is no doubt that this new shift will create a challenge for Damascus when it comes to its relations with its long ally #Iran. At the same time, this shift will also be a perfect opportunity for Damascus to prove its independence when it comes to Foreign Policy
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“The #UAE strongly supports the US approach to addressing global concerns about #Iran’s behavior. “
“The #UAE will continue to work closely with the US, regional allies, and other responsible nations to apply all the tools of diplomacy and statecraft to hold #Iran accountable for its destabilizing activities in the Middle East and beyond.”
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#Algeria reveals procurement of CH-4 & CH-3 armed #UAV from #China
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#Algeria has revealed further #UAV procurement, this time two types from #UAE
#Algeria Air Force #UAE Adcom Systems Yabhon United 40 armed UAV
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❄️StoneColdIndictment❄️

SIGINT of Stone saying he talked to Trump regularly early in the 2016 campaign & of RS claiming he deserved credit for coordinating w/ Wikileaks.

Mueller scrutinizing C. Johnson & Stone’s advanced knowledge of WikiLeaks’ plans to drop hacked Dem emails.
❄️StoneCold❄️

Arab intel: Qahtani (fall guy) was beamed into a room of the Saudi consulate via Skype.

He hurled insults at Khashoggi over the phone. Allegedly Khashoggi answered insults with his own.

Qahtani told his men to dispose of Khashoggi. "Bring me the head of the dog"
❄️StoneCold❄️

Folks don’t forget Pastor Andrew Brunson was ‘detained’ in Turkey in August, but released following the murder of Khoshoggi.

Also, don’t forget Flynn’s failed plot to kidnap the Cleric Gulen for Erdogan.

👉🏼Will Trump hand over Gulen?

👉🏼Mnuchin 💰💰?
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