Amazigh people – Liby Amazigh Mon, 18 Oct 2021 17:50:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Amazigh people – Liby Amazigh 32 32 Silence speaks volumes as Algerian artists explore cultural heritage Sat, 16 Oct 2021 09:45:59 +0000

PARIS: “Somewhere between silence and words” revives memories of a trip to Algeria made by Florian Gaite, philosopher, art critic and curator of the exhibition which runs until November 28, 2021 at the Maison des Arts Malakoff centers in Paris.

The exhibit “seeks to convey the voices and silence that characterize Algeria so well,” Gaité told Arab News in France.

“It is an attentive ear beyond the Mediterranean. Algeria is a country as well known as it is unknown, and whose complexity – social, political and historical – is equivalent to the cultural diversity expressed there.

Gaite said he set up the project before the Hirak movement and the widespread protests in Algeria in early 2019.

“It upset my vision of the Algerian scene, a country that I did not know, and on which I had prejudices and preconceived ideas from an exclusively Western reading,” he added.

“When I arrived in Algeria, I realized that the sensitive and sensory experience felt there was made up of two extremes. On the one hand, it is an extremely talkative country, where several languages ​​are spoken, a kind of linguistic tinkering. The same language is not spoken from city to city or between generations.

“The older generation speaks Amazigh, their children speak French and Arabic, and the younger generation is more Arabic and English oriented. This stratification of languages ​​seemed crazy to me because in Algeria, there is also a lot of silence. It is a country where people whisper, where there is modesty, ”he said.

Gaite said Algeria is a country “marked by many traumas and by a form of detention” because the same injuries are not discussed between generations.

“There are two pitfalls that I wanted to avoid: The first is to place myself as a Western critic coming to evoke the Algerian artistic scene, in which I am not specialized. The second consisted in choosing artists as simple mediators to bear witness to the Algerian. artistic scene. In fact, they know their country better than I do and their testimonies are more accurate and authentic.

According to the organizer of the exhibition, colonization, Islamism and state authoritarianism are among the many traumas in contemporary Algerian history.

“These are a series of causes, prohibitions, denials, repressions that hinder speech and often prevent its transcription in the form of a story. The presence of the testimony and documentary function in contemporary Algerian art thus responds to this need to bear witness to the past as well as the present – colonization, the war of liberation, socialism, the black decade, the Bouteflika era, the Hirak – and to propose rewritings, to exhume what has been erased or falsified, to give a voice to all that is forgotten, ”he declared.

“Somewhere between silence and words” brings together artists born, living or working in Algeria, including Louisa Babari, Adel Bentounsi, Walid Bouchouchi, Fatima Chafaa, Dalila Dalleas Bouzar, Mounir Gouri, Fatima Idiri, Sabrina Idiri Chemloul, Amina Menia and Sadek Rahim.

These Algerian or Franco-Algerian artists were selected by Gaité, who specifies that some are still poorly represented in French galleries.

“This exhibition, which includes more women than men, presents works made with various materials such as paper, charcoal or even fabric.

While in Oran, birthplace of Gaité’s grandmother, the curator met Sabrina Idiri Chemloul, a Franco-Algerian director, who introduced her to her mother, Fatima Idiri.

Born in Aurès, in northeastern Algeria, Idiri lived in Nancy in a family that was part of the resistance networks of the National Liberation Front.

Returning to the country after her independence, she is a self-taught artist – from styling to painting on silk, from mosaic to Berber embroidery – strongly influenced by Impressionism and Orientalism.

“Hirak’s fervor has changed the game,” she said.

By choosing figurative drawing as an artistic identity, she strives to preserve the memory of one of the traditions of her native region, the Aurès, says Gaité.

“By creating his masterpieces from coffee grounds and acrylic, the artist pays homage to the free and liberated poets and singers that are Azriat.

Idiri studies colonial photography and seeks to deconstruct images in order to rediscover the spontaneity of avant-garde artists frowned upon, even marginalized, during the colonial period.

The exhibition also includes works by Mounir Gouri, winner of the Friends of the IMA (Arab World Institute) prize.

Based in France, Gouri produces moving paintings of “harraga”, or illegal immigrants, turning their journey into a performance.

Gaité highlights a painting of a starry sky, painted in charcoal. “The message that the artist wishes to convey is that when the harraga are in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea in the dark night, the stars are their only source of light.

Works by the visual artist Amina Menia, who lives and works in Algeria, are also on display. His art takes the form of an urban archeology, centered on places and architectural language.

Menia’s works have been exhibited in numerous museums, art centers and galleries, including the Center Pompidou in Paris, the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Museum of African Design in Johannesburg, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Marseille and the Royal Hibernian Academy of Dublin.

Works by Sadek Rahim, a multidisciplinary artist who lived in Syria and Jordan, and studied at the Beirut School of Fine Arts, are also presented.

“Somewhere between silence and words” takes place until November 28, 2021 at the Maison des arts de Malakoff, in the Hauts-de-Seine, in Paris.

This story was originally published in French on Arab News in English

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Madame Tussauds Dubai opens its doors Thu, 14 Oct 2021 19:26:07 +0000

DUBAI: Cars and clothing have a long, intertwined history. While it may seem like the two are drastically different, fashion has a long-standing relationship with the auto industry, with designers continually looking to the road when creating their collections and runway looks.

Coco Chanel’s little black dress from 1926 was inspired by Henry Ford’s model T; in the 1970s, car customizer Kenny “Von Dutch” Howard helped set the trend for trucker hats; Thierry Mugler presented a Cadillac-inspired corset in the 1980s, and more recently Demna Gvasalia transformed floor mats and mirrors into skirts and clutch bags for Balenciaga’s fall 2017 ready-to-wear collection.

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Also in 2017, American designer and avid car collector Ralph Lauren presented his fall offer at his Bedford Hills garage for a show inspired by luxury sports cars. For the same season this year, the Casablanca designer Charaf Tajer was inspired by Formula 1 for his collection, aptly titled “Grand Prix”.

Then there are the countless automotive collaborations: the Bugatti Chiron by Hermès, the Fiat 500 monogram by Gucci and a Lamborghini Murcielago customized by Versace. Just last week, Mercedes-Benz brought in multi-stroke Virgil Abloh to redesign the Mercedes Maybach.

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Today, the latest brand to draw inspiration from the automotive industry is the Istanbul brand Les Benjamins, run by German Bunyamin Aydin alongside his Saudi wife Lamia, who is responsible for the women’s part of the collections of the streetwear brand.

Entitled “Forgotten Pacenotes”, the brand’s new offering for fall 2021 celebrates Turkish rally icons of the 1970s and 1980s, such as Renç Koçibey, Serdar Bostanci and Ali Sipahi, among others.

The collection, which is divided into two chapters “rally style” and “crash & repair”, is punctuated with pieces that one would find on the Grand Prix or Daytona 500 pits. There are elegant zipped leather jackets, prints oil spill, jackets and sweatpants, balaclavas, vegan leather vests and zippers emblazoned with Les Benjamins patches, evoking bright sponsor logos on heavily modified race cars.

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When it comes to accessories, there are running gloves, logo dad caps, and stylish handbags with magnetic clasps that open and close with the ease of a start button.

When it comes to women’s clothing, Lamia gave a sartorial nod to French driver Michèle Mouton, who became the first and only woman to win a world rally championship event in 1981.

“The legacy of racing and the stories that have inspired me, merging with my creative vision, bring together a contemporary take on rally racing,” Aydin told Arab News.

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The designer has always had a fascination with cars. “I love cars,” he said, adding that he is mainly interested in the design aspect and the style of dress. “I would love to design a car one day and maybe a racing team,” he added.

The new offering is available online and will also be featured in the upcoming Les Benjamins flagship store in Dubai, which will mark the predominantly gender-neutral streetwear brand’s first store in the Gulf and the wider Middle East, with the exception of Turkey.

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The brand, which has found fans in Kim Kardashian West, Justin Bieber and Saweetie, already has two stores in Istanbul and more than 150 dealers.

“The community we have here in Dubai has always welcomed me and Les Benjamins,” shared Aydin. “I feel at home here.”

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Egyptian model agency “decolonizes beauty standards” Thu, 14 Oct 2021 10:54:37 +0000

CAIRO: Between the frantic rush of wardrobe changes and the photographers preparing for the shoots, Iman Eldeeb’s agency is slowly innovating for the Egyptian fashion scene by hiring a diverse range of models.

Eldeeb forged an international career in Milan, the fashion capital of Europe, where photographers told her she was “the first Egyptian model they had ever seen”.

Seven years later, she returned to Egypt in 2018 and set out to shake up a fashion scene where old stereotypes prevail.

In the most populous nation in the Arab world, modeling has long been dominated by “fair-skinned Eastern European girls,” Eldeeb said.

The 28-year-old said such “outdated” standards made it difficult for Egyptian and Arab models to enter the industry.

“Beauty cannot be limited by the appearance and shape of a face, etc. I think that’s a misconception of beauty, ”Eldeeb told AFP.

“The color of the hair, the color of the eyes, all of those things were part of a very old understanding of beauty and it’s something that we are moving away from as much as possible.”
According to The Fashion Spot, an industry-focused website, “models of color” made up over 43% of global fashion shows in fall 2021, making it “the most racially diverse season on record. “.

Traveling the world as a model, Eldeeb said she feels a new trend of more diverse faces and bodies is emerging.

Back in Egypt, she and her sister Yousra went on to found UNN Model Management – the name meaning ‘rebirth’ in the Nubian black minority language.

The agency provides a platform for aspiring talent in Egypt who lack support in the fiercely competitive industry.

“The fashion industry continues to develop in the Arab world,” Eldeeb said.

Today, UNN oversees around 35 contracts with major brands such as Louis Vuitton, Adidas and Levi’s, making it a leader in the nascent Egyptian scene.

Mohsen Othman, a freelance photographer also known as Lemosen who works regularly with UNN, praised the agency for its “bold” approach.

In the industry in Egypt, “we have creatives but we lack the means, and training remains outdated,” he said.

For Sabah Khodir, an Egyptian activist against gender-based violence, UNN is a force to “decolonize standards of beauty” and “to deconstruct internalized racism”.

“Being more represented in fashion, on screen or elsewhere, can save lives. It humanizes you in the eyes of the world, ”Khodir said of the plight of under-represented women.

South Sudanese model Adhar Makuac Abiem has long suffered racial taunts and slurs on the ruthless streets of Egypt’s bustling capital, Cairo.

When she moved to Egypt as a refugee in 2014, she never imagined she would be hired by a local agency.

She was often told that she was “too black” or “too ugly” to get a job, she said.

But since 2019, the 21-year-old has managed to build a modeling career by working with UNN.

Egypt is similar to “the West where prejudices persist about people with dark skin,” said Marie Grace Brown, a researcher at the University of Kansas and author of a book on women’s fashion in Sudan.

But that hasn’t stopped Abiem from trying to “become a positive role model” for young black women in the industry.

Mariam Abdallah, 22, who was busy doing her hair before a photoshoot, said she does more modeling abroad than in Egypt.

“We’re not very interested in ‘exotic’ top models,” she told AFP.

Beyond tackling discrimination in a highly predatory industry, where there have been high-profile cases of sexual misconduct, obtaining parental consent is another challenge in the conservative Muslim country.
According to Eldeeb, three quarters of parents fear that the images of their model daughters will be “abused” online.

There are also concerns about revealing clothing, as well as working “at inappropriate times” for young women.

“Whatever the profession, parents always try to decide for the girls,” “she added.

The World Bank says less than 20% of Egyptian women were employed in 2019.

But Eldeeb managed to get work visas for some of its models in France, a first for local talent.

Abdallah left Egypt for the first time recently thanks to the contracts she now has with a dozen agencies in Europe and the United States, giving her a sense of independence and raison d’être.

For activist Khodir, the focus on developing Egyptian talent for global fashion houses is more than just a good deal.

“It’s a form of healing that we badly need,” she said.

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Security forces foil separatists in Algeria Thu, 14 Oct 2021 08:38:00 +0000

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune (File photo: Xinhua)

Algerian security services said on Wednesday it had foiled armed attacks planned by a separatist group with foreign aid, local media reported.

The DGSN security agency said police this week severed a network linked to the Movement for the Autonomy of Kabylia (MAK), a group that claims independence for the troubled region of Kabylia and that the Algeria considers it a “terrorist” organization, according to a statement released by local media.

According to the statement, 17 people were arrested in north-eastern Kabylia, accused of having planned “armed acts aimed at harming the security of the country, with the complicity of national parties advocating separatism”.

The suspects admitted to having been “in constant contact via the Internet with foreign parties operating under the guise of associations and civil society organizations” based in Israel and a country in North Africa, according to the statement. He did not identify which North African country was allegedly involved, but Algeria accused its regional rival, Morocco, of supporting the separatist MAK and in August severed ties with the kingdom, accusing it of ‘”hostile actions”.

The move came after Morocco’s envoy to the United Nations in July expressed support for self-determination in Kabylia, a stronghold of the Amazigh (Berber) minority.

Algiers firmly opposes any desire for independence in the region. Long-strained relations between Algeria and Morocco have deteriorated in recent times as conflict in the disputed Western Sahara erupted in 2020 after a long ceasefire.

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Algeria accuses Israel of helping plan separatist attack Thu, 14 Oct 2021 08:08:40 +0000

Algerian security services said on Wednesday they had foiled armed attacks planned by a separatist group receiving foreign aid – including from Israel – local media reported.

The DGSN security agency said police this week severed a network linked to the Movement for the Autonomy of Kabylia (MAK), a group that claims independence for the troubled region of Kabylia and that the Algeria considers it a “terrorist” organization, according to a statement released by local media.

According to Reuters, Algerian channel Ennahar TV said the attack was planned by separatists aided by the “Zionist entity” as well as by a country in North Africa. The second country has not been named, but Algeria has previously accused the MAK of being backed by Israel and its neighbor Morocco.

The security agency’s statement indicates that 17 people were arrested in northeastern Kabylia, accused of having planned “armed acts aimed at harming the security of the country, with the complicity of national parties advocating separatism”.

The suspects admitted to having been “in constant contact via the Internet with foreign parties operating under the guise of associations and civil society organizations” based in Israel and a country in North Africa, according to the statement.

In August Algeria Algeria has cut ties with Morocco, accusing it of “hostile actions”.

The move came after Morocco’s envoy to the United Nations in July expressed support for self-determination in Kabylia, a stronghold of the Amazigh (Berber) minority. Algiers firmly opposes any aspirations for independence in the region.

Long-standing relations between Algeria and Morocco have deteriorated in recent times as the conflict in the disputed Western Sahara erupted last year after a lengthy ceasefire.

Morocco considers the former Spanish colony to be an integral part of its kingdom, but Algeria has supported the Polisario Front, a movement seeking independence there.

Morocco’s normalization of diplomatic relations with Israel last year, as a counterpart to the American recognition of Rabat’s sovereignty over Western Sahara, also sparked new tensions with Algeria, a supporter of the Palestinian cause.

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Films showing at the 5th edition of the El Gouna Film Festival Thu, 14 Oct 2021 06:30:22 +0000

El Gouna Film Festival Screening Award Winning Films “Amira”, “Plumes” with Mixed Reactions

DUBAI: The El Gouna Egyptian Film Festival screened on Tuesday Egyptian director Mohamed Diab’s award-winning film “Amira,” which premiered at the 78th Venice Film Festival this year.

The film revolves around Amira, a 17-year-old Palestinian woman who has lived her entire life believing that she is the biological daughter of a Palestinian prisoner serving a life sentence in an Israeli prison.

The film, set in the West Bank of Palestine, stars a stellar pan-Arab cast, including Jordanian star Saba Mubarak, Palestinian-Israeli actor Ali Suliman and emerging Jordanian actress Tara Abboud, who landed her first leading role. as Amira.

The film revolves around Amira, a 17-year-old Palestinian woman who has lived her entire life believing that she is the biological daughter of a Palestinian prisoner serving a life sentence in an Israeli prison. (El Gouna Film Festival)

“Amira” won two prestigious awards at the Venice International Film Festival – the Lanterna Magica Prize and the Interfilm Prize.

It is in competition for the Feature Narrative Award in El Gouna.

The film was also screened at the recent Toronto Film Festival.

On Monday, the festival screened the Egyptian film “Plumes”, directed by Omar El-Zohairy.

However, the film – which won the Cannes Film Festival Critics’ Week Grand Prix – sparked controversy at the event and on social media.

Some Egyptian filmmakers and actors, including Sherif Mounir, Ahmed Rizk and Ashraf Abdel Baqi, left the screening of the film because they believed the film offended Egypt.

Some Egyptian filmmakers and actors, including Sherif Mounir, left the screening of the film because they believed the film offended Egypt. (AFP)

“Feathers” tells the story of a mother who dedicates her life to her husband and children. When a magic trick goes awry at her four-year-old son’s birthday party, an avalanche of fortuitous nonsense descends on the family. The magician transforms her husband, the authoritarian father, into a chicken.

The mother is now forced to put herself forward and take care of the family while trying to bring her husband back. As she tries to survive, she undergoes a brutal transformation.

In a phone interview with Egyptian host Amr Adib on his show ‘Al-Hekaya’, Mounir said: “When I left (the screening), I was followed by others right after me. What I saw, and the image in the film, portrayed us (the Egyptians) in a negative way. It shows people suffering abnormally.

“Even the poor neighborhoods, which ‘were’ there, did not live so badly. I was disappointed to be honest. I was also disappointed that when it premiered abroad it won awards, ”he said. “I no longer see this image (or these struggles) in our country.”

The Egyptian film “Plumes” is directed by Omar El-Zohairy. (Provided)

“I don’t know what the people who awarded the film liked about this film,” he added.

Egyptian news agency Al-Masry Al-Youm shared a statement released by the festival that said, “The El-Gouna Film Festival values ​​and appreciates all filmmakers around the world for their outstanding art and cinematic experiences. The festival team selects the films according to their artistic and cinematographic qualities, according to the standards of international film festivals.

“This year, in its fifth edition, the selection of the film ‘Feathers’ by Egyptian director Omar El-Zohairy is part of the film selection process, based on its success in other international forums,” the statement added.

Speaking of its Cannes award, the festival organizers added: “This is the first Egyptian film to receive such a prestigious award. He also won the Grand Prix of the Pingyao Festival in China yesterday. It will be screened at the next Carthage Festival.

“Regarding the opinions of many Egyptian and international critics, the setting and time of the film has not been identified… films,” the statement read.

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Definition and examples of cultural appropriation Mon, 11 Oct 2021 21:04:07 +0000

The term “cultural appropriation” has been used to describe everything from makeup and hairstyles to tattoos, clothing, and even eating and wellness practices. The phrase originated in the 1980s in academic discussions of colonialism and the treatment of non-white cultures. From there it has worked its way into the modern lexicon, but decoding what constitutes and does not constitute cultural appropriation can be tricky.

What is the definition of cultural appropriation?

Cultural appropriation, also called cultural putappropriation, occurs when a person of a culture adopts the fashion, iconography, trends or styles of a culture that is not their own. Some of the most damaging examples of cultural appropriation occur when the culture to be appropriated belongs to a historically oppressed group.

What is cultural appropriation versus appreciation?

The line between what differentiates cultural appropriation from cultural appreciation can be very thin, if not very controversial. Some say that ownership does not exist because no culture is completely original and not influenced by another. Others believe that creatives like designers and musical artists get a pass because their art is open to discussion and interpretation. The key to practicing appreciation rather than appropriation is understanding the culture you are borrowing from, including acknowledging its history of oppression and marginalization. It also helps support the creators of that culture, where possible.

How to avoid cultural appropriation?

If you’ve researched a crop, does that mean you have permission to use it freely? Not exactly. Good intentions do not automatically exempt us from the harm that cultural appropriation does to marginalized communities. Before “borrowing” from a culture, do an instinctive check: is what I’m doing a stereotype? Am I using something sacred to another culture – a Native American headdress, a religious symbol – in a casual or “fun” way outside of its intended use? Do I engage with a piece of old culture like it’s new? Do I neglect to credit the source of my inspiration? If you can safely answer “no” to all of these questions, you will probably be able to avoid cultural appropriation. Yet think of it this way: If you feel the need to ask yourself whether you are culturally appropriate, it may be safer to avoid the outfit or practice that causes you to ask the question in the first place.

What are the examples of cultural appropriation?

Certain Halloween costumes, such as a ‘gypsy’, rastafarian or geisha are considered cultural appropriation because these outfits play on stereotypes that have led to the abuse or misunderstanding of a group of people. . But they are far from the only ones. Here are a few more examples of what not to do.


Washington football team

Sports teams have a long history of cultural appropriation, but some have started to do the right thing. Washington football team changed name in July 2020. Other teams, like the Cleveland Indians and the Atlanta Braves, still retain their names, even though they may be considered offensive to Native Americans.



The popular recording artist raised eyebrows for her February 2020 Rolling Stone cover in which she was criticized for wearing a traditional headdress from Cambodian and Thai cultures. “If it were appreciation, the story would support the culture that is portrayed. But it is only for the black community. I’m all for your culture, but don’t use someone else’s to talk about yours, ”one Instagram commenter replied.


Kim Kardashian West

Kim Kardashian has received a lot of criticism over the years for styling her hair in Fulani braids, or cornrows, a traditionally black hairstyle. In 2018, Kardashian West responded to the controversy over her by calling her blonde braids “Bo Derek braids.” “I know where they came from and I’m totally respectful of that,” she told Bustle. “I’m not deaf… I understand. She was also criticized again in 2019 for naming her shapewear line Kimono.



For Halloween 2013, Rihanna dressed in classic chola style – thin arched eyebrows, a button-up flannel shirt, gold hoops, loose khakis – paired with a modern subculture of Mexican American women. “Privileged people want to borrow the ‘cool’ disenfranchised people of color, but don’t have to face the discrimination that comes with it,” wrote Julianne Escobedo Shepherd. Rihanna, who repeated parts of the look in the September issue of Vogue UK, said she thought it was “feminine but punk.” Her outfit on a 2019 cover of Harper’s Bazaar China in which she wears traditional Chinese clothing drew similar criticism.



The Queen of Pop has been pushing buttons since the ’80s, and her outfit for the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards has brought her back to the headlines. Madonna took the stage in an ensemble inspired by the Amazigh people of North Africa. Some accused her of disrespecting the culture, while others said it was an honor. Madonna did not respond to criticism, but has repeatedly dismissed accusations of cultural appropriation. “I don’t own anything,” she said. “I am inspired and I refer to other cultures. It is my right as an artist.


Miley Cyrus

Over the years, Miley Cyrus has gone from Hannah Montana to someone sporting her hair in Bantu knots while twerking in front of Robin Thicke. Lately, it’s a Billboard interview in 2017 on his latest more rootsy style, which has been talking about cultural appropriation. Asked why she seemed to distance herself from black culture, Cyrus said: “It was too much” Lamborghini, I have my Rolex… “I am not at all.” Said a commentator on Twitter, “Miley Cyrus wore hip hop culture as a costume. Abandoned. The stereotype now.


Gordon ramsay

The Hell’s Kitchen chef recently got into hot water after opening his new Asian-inspired London restaurant, Lucky Cat. Food critic Angela Hui was not impressed with Ramsay’s choice as chef de cuisine for the restaurant, a man whose cooking research consisted of traveling back and forth to Asia for many months. Hui also pointed out the interchangeable use of Chinese and Japanese ingredients in the menu. “Chinese? Japanese? It’s all Asians who care,” she wrote on Instagram. Ramsey called her comments “derogatory and offensive.”


Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez donned a bindi, a colorful dot traditionally worn in the center of the forehead by Indian women from various religious and cultural communities, for several performances in 2013. The bindi can symbolize connection with the “third eye” or as a means of distinguish married woman. “The bindi is an auspicious religious symbol that should not be used freely,” said Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism. But Gomez is not backing down. “I learned a lot about the culture, and I think it’s wonderful,” she said. “I think it’s fun to put that into the performance.”


Karlie kloss

A Native American war bonnet is a feathered headgear traditionally worn by respected rulers. While she certainly isn’t the only person wearing the headdress in an out of context setting (here’s looking at you, festival outfit), the reaction to model Karlie Kloss at a Victoria’s Secret show in 2012 was swift. “Any mockery, whether it’s Halloween or Victoria’s Secret, they spit on us,” said Erny Zah, spokesperson for the Navajo Nation. Kloss later tweeted an apology. “I am deeply sorry if what I was wearing on the VS show offended anyone,” she wrote.

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New Moroccan government unveils ambitious social program Mon, 11 Oct 2021 20:32:58 +0000

The new head of government Aziz Akhannouch began his mission by chairing the first ministerial council followed by a presentation of a government program to parliamentarians strongly committed to the social and economic plan.

Akhannouch was appointed head of government after his party won the September 8 elections. He built a parliamentary majority with PAM and Istiqlal and set up a compact government of 24 portfolios.

The program aims to respond to royal directives, recommendations for the implementation of the new development model and includes measures to support economic activity and reduce disparities.

The government is committed to creating 1 million jobs during its five-year term, increasing the participation of women in economic life from 20% to 30%, generalizing social protection and expanding the middle class including in rural areas by further improving the Moroccan education system to rank among the top 60 in the world and allocating $ 100 million to the implementation of the official character of the Amazigh language.

Akhannouch told MPs that the government’s social policy would strive to achieve better targeted social support for the needy by ensuring stable incomes for the poor, the elderly and those with special needs.

Hence the need to complete the unified social register which would make it possible to target the needy and ensure regular financial assistance.

Increasing social protection and generalizing health coverage would put the health system under high demand and this requires reform of public health services, Akhannouch said.

Therefore, the government allocated additional funds to the health sector to finance the reform by increasing the number of health workers, building more health centers and ensuring the availability of health care throughout the kingdom.

The reform of the education system was also highlighted as a priority for the current government, starting with the rehabilitation of teachers while guaranteeing them better starting salaries and better working conditions, Akhannouch said.

On the economic front, the government is committed to promoting the national productive fabric and promoting job creation, particularly in a context where the economy is recovering from the impact of Covid-19.

In this regard, the focus will be on promoting entrepreneurship, rescuing threatened businesses and unlocking investments.

A program to hire people without diplomas in local government will be abolished to employ 25,000 people on two-year contracts and the government will continue the Intelaka program to encourage entrepreneurship among young people through guaranteed loans.

Regarding agriculture, Akhannouch said the Green Generation plan will be implemented with the aim of mobilizing 1 million hectares of additional land.

In application of royal directives, the government has promised to strengthen Morocco’s strategic reserves in terms of food, energy and medicine.

The government would also guarantee a level playing field for all economic operators and ensure a simple administrative procedure to facilitate doing business in the country.

The Moroccan economy is expected to grow by more than 5.5% this year after contracting 6.8% last year under the impact of Covid-19.

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Tamazight, an official language of Morocco, receives more attention Fri, 01 Oct 2021 07:54:08 +0000

In an interview with Al-Fanar Media, Bouyakoubi pointed out that one problem is the low level of some students in French, the language of instruction often used in teaching Tamazight at university, also deters many students from continue their studies.

In addition, some students mistakenly think that Tamazight is an easy subject because it is their mother tongue, when in fact it is a linguistic specialization which, like all languages, requires great effort. This causes some students to feel frustrated and withdraw from the program.

Nevertheless, some Amazigh activists seem optimistic about an improvement in the teaching of Tamazight, after Saïd Amzazi, the Moroccan Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, did promises during his party’s election campaign two weeks ago.

Amzazi announced a ten-year program for teaching Tamazight and promised to open Tamazight courses in universities at bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate levels, in addition to developing programs for teaching Tamazight in schools.

“A bachelor must master Tamazight, just like his fluency in Arabic, to give it the status it deserves,” the minister said in a statement.

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At a press conference for his party ahead of the kingdom’s legislative and local elections, held earlier this month, Amzazi vowed to mainstream the teaching of Tamazight by employing thousands of teachers. Two hundred teachers were employed last year, he said, and another 400 will be employed at the start of this school year, followed by 1,000 teachers, with a plan to employ 5,000 teachers in 2030.

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New restaurants open in London in October 2021 | Hot dinners recommend Thu, 30 Sep 2021 06:42:27 +0000

Now that we are firmly into the fall, there are many more new restaurants on the way to London. With so many openings, here is our selection of the main ones to watch …

Nine elms – 14 New Union Square, Embassy Gardens SW11 7AX

Sven-Hanson Britt’s Oxeye is long overdue – it’s been around a decade in the pipeline. But it should be worth the wait with dishes like Cornish yarg churros and fatty jus glazed hen of the woods on the menu. It’s a one-course affair in the main restaurant but there will also be a bar, shop and even a gallery.

Learn more about Oxeye

Queen’s Park – Lonsdale Road, Queen’s Park NW6 6RR

It’s the new restaurant for the people behind Berber & Q and it’s kind of a departure for them. As well as being the opposite of London from their original restaurant, it’s more of a traditional all-day setting. The menu has influences from North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean, and the Middle Eastern flatbreads for lunch are expected to be very popular with locals.

Learn more about Carmel

Shoreditch – 49-51 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3PT

Manteca has moved around a bit – starting in Mayfair and then moving to Soho – but now they’ve found permanent digs in Shoreditch. The emphasis will continue to be on open fire and nose-to-tail cooking, as well as the mix of Italian / British influences. The meat will be on display in their hanging room in the basement and the menu will be a mix of old favorites and new dishes like pig’s head fritti.

Learn more about Mantéca

St James – The Savoy, Strand, London WC2R 0EZ

Not satisfied with the management of the iconic Savoy Grill at the Savoy, Gordon Ramsay also took over the hotel’s The River restaurant. It will have a whole new design with a menu celebrating seafood – dishes include swordfish cutlets and a soft-shell crab burger. The chef is from the Savoy Grill and Ramsay hopes it will be an equally successful hit for him at the hotel.

Find out more about the river restaurant

Finsbury Park – 52 St Thomas’s Road, London N4 2QW

The is the new pub for Four Legs, which gained fame through its residence at the Compton Arms in Islington. The same approach to the menu will be featured here – seasonal and ever-changing, but they have a lot more space and toys to play with. You will also be able to see them thanks to an open kitchen where they will of course prepare one of the best cheeseburgers in London.

Find out more about the Plimsoll

Soho – 10-11 D’Arblay St, London W1F 8DS

There was a lot of moaning and gnashing of teeth when this beloved Soho classic was forced to leave its original location earlier in the year. However, they quickly found another space in Soho and will be bringing back their Umbrian menu with a few new touches.

Learn more about Vasco & Piero’s

Soho – 49 Lexington St, Soho, London W1F 9AP

Gabriel Pryce and Missy Flynn’s Rita’s has popped up all over town (they also have a sandwich shop in Dalston) but this restaurant in Soho seems to be the highlight of everything that has happened before. Expect to see South American (and North American) influences on the menu here – from jalapeño popper gildas to salt cod taquitos – as well as an old world wine list.

Learn more about Rita

Holborn – Holborn Town Hall, 193-197 High Holborn, London WC1V 7BD

Taking over what was once Holborn’s town hall (Gezellig’s last home), Colonel Saab seems to be giving the place a whole makeover. It’s from hotelier Roop Partap Choudhary, with cuisine inspired by his childhood trips to India and the decor is designed in collaboration with his mother. An all day dining restaurant, breakfast looks very interesting with a Colonel Saab Benedict egg alongside an Indian Fry Up.

Learn more about Colonel Saab

15 Berkeley St, Mayfair, London W1J 8DY

This Tuscan restaurant has taken over the high profile location that was once Nobu Berkeley Street. The latest in a series of high-end Italian restaurants to open in London, it’s from the Il Borro estate in Tuscany, so you’ll definitely see some of their wines on the menu. They place a heavy emphasis on biodiversity and organic farming, so expect that to be reflected in the menu here.

Learn more about Il Borro

3 Henrietta Street, London WC2E 8LU

Don’t think of it as a single entity, rather as a group of four restaurants and cafes, all housed in the same building. They include Mark Greenaway’s Pivot with dishes like Kiev Quail, El Ta’Koy which is a Hawaiian-style tiki bar, Lilly’s which will have a strong baking game and there is also coffee from Gentlemen Baristas (which will also serve breakfast and lunch).

Find out more about 3, rue Henrietta

6 Princes Street, London W1B 2LG

Apparently there is room for more than one avocado-centric restaurant in London at the moment. Avocado Show originally appeared in Amsterdam and is very Instagram friendly with some really nice designs that all feature – you guessed it – avocado. There will also be avocado toast – but it will be a bit special with curry hummus and mango with an avocado rose and black sesame. Expect to see these avocado creations on all of your social feeds.

Learn more about Avocado Show

Also open in October

The barbarism next door (Covent Garden) – The Barbary gets a wine bar next door (picking up Jacob the Angel)

Marie Vergine (Ealing) – Santa Maria’s all-vegan pizzeria is finally here

The diffuser (White City) – A bar and restaurant in White City of the same people behind The Lighterman.

Kasa & Kin (Soho) – The people behind Romulo Café are launching a new Filipino café in Soho.

Carmine (Streatham) – A new bar-restaurant and workspace with the name inspired by a soprano

West 4th (Parsons Green) – Canadian inspired brunch (yes, there will be poutine)

Black Door (King’s Cross) – Idris Elba opens wine bar

The Chelsea Pig (Chelsea) – A new pub from a famous designer

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