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#DoNotTouchMyClothes – Taliban protest using women power instead of weapons

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Hundreds of Afghan Women have taken to social media to protest against the Taliban’s dress code requirements for female students

Women are flooding social media with photos of themselves wearing colourful and traditional Afghan attire.

The online campaign is trending with hashtags like #DoNotTouchMyClothes and #AfghanistanCulture

The movement was started by Dr Bahar Jalali, who says she started the campaign because “one of my biggest concerns is Afghanistan’s identity and sovereignty is under attack”.

She urged other Afghan women to share theirs to show “the true face of Afghanistan” after posting a photo of her in a green dress

“I wanted to inform the world the attires that you’ve been seeing in the media [referring to those worn by women at the pro-Taliban rally] that’s not our culture, that’s not our identity,” she said.

Afghan traditional clothes for women include the sight of bright, colourful dresses – so what happened?

Every region of Afghanistan has its own traditional clothes.

Some women wear embroidered hats, others wear heavy headpieces, it all depends on which region of Afghanistan they come from.

However, there is a common thread, with colour, mirrors and embroidery. Clothes that represent their identity.

“This is our Afghan authentic dress. Afghan women wear such colourful and modest attires. The black bursa has never been part of the Afghan culture,” tweeted Spozhmay Maseed, a rights activist based in Virginia.

Taliban officials confirmed that women will be able to study and work in accordance with sharia law and local cultural traditions, but they must follow strict dress codes

Some Afghan women have already started dressing more modestly.

Women have also transitioned to blue garment “chadari” with only a mesh rectangle in front of the eyes – with more women wearing this in Kabul and other cities.

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Big tech caught in political drama

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Nine Google employees were escorted out of company offices in New York and Sunnyvale, California, following a sit-in protest against a cloud contract with Israel’s government.

The protest in Sunnyvale targeted Thomas Kurian’s office, CEO of Google’s cloud division, while in New York, it occupied a common area on the tenth floor.

Videos showed Google security staff and local police involved in the removal. Four workers in New York and five in Sunnyvale were reportedly detained, but details of any charges remain unverified.

 

The protest aimed to pressure Google to drop a $1.2 billion cloud computing contract known as Project Nimbus, citing concerns about its involvement with the Israel Defense Forces.

The protesters included software engineers and activists from groups opposing tech contracts with Israel. This incident reflects ongoing activism within tech companies regarding political issues, such as Israel’s actions in Gaza.

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Antitrust concerns arise for streaming sports venture

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U.S. lawmakers Jerry Nadler and Joaquin Castro expressed competition concerns regarding the planned sports streaming joint venture involving Walt Disney, Fox, and Warner Bros Discovery.

They addressed these concerns in a letter to the CEOs of the media companies, questioning the impact on access, competition, and choice in the sports streaming market.

Voicing apprehension about potential consumer price hikes and unfair licensing terms for sports leagues and distributors, they requested responses by April 30, urging the companies to also send their replies to the Department of Justice.

Despite the companies’ announcement in February of launching a joint sports streaming service in the autumn to attract younger viewers, the deal faces DOJ scrutiny and an antitrust lawsuit from FuboTV. While Disney and Warner Bros remained silent on the matter, Fox declined to comment.

The joint venture encompasses a broad range of professional and collegiate sports rights, including NFL, NBA, MLB, FIFA World Cup, and college competitions, offering non-exclusive access to sports networks such as ESPN, Fox Sports 1, and TNT via a new streaming app.

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Trump trial: will the jury selection impact the trial’s outcome?

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The Trump hush money trial has progressed with the selection of the first seven jurors, marking a significant step in the legal proceedings.

  • Seven jurors were selected

  • Defense and prosecution lawyers questioned potential jurors for impartiality

  • The judge warned lawyers he would not tolerate disruptions after he said Former US President Donald Trump audibly muttered during a prospective juror’s questioning

The selection of jurors is a crucial step in ensuring a fair trial, as they will ultimately decide Formers US President Donald Trump’s fate in this legal battle, as reported by Reuters.

The process of jury selection involves careful vetting of potential jurors to ensure impartiality and fairness.

Each juror’s background, beliefs, and potential biases are scrutinised to ensure they can render an impartial verdict based solely on the evidence presented in court.

With seven jurors already chosen, the selection process is expected to continue as both the prosecution and defence seek individuals who can objectively weigh the evidence.

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