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Zayn Malik takes latest album online

British singer Zayn Malik sent fans into a tailspin online after he released a new song from his upcoming album “Nobody is Listening.” The singer, who welcomed a daughter with model Gigi Hadid in September, teased a preview of the new track, called “Vibez,” on Instagram. “Thank you for the …

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Paris Hilton popularises Arabic fashions at year’send

It seems like former reality star Paris Hilton can’t get enough of Arab designers. The 39-year-old singer and actress championed a gown by Kuwaiti designer Yousef Al-Jasmi in an animated winter wonderland Instagram post that she shared on Sunday with her 13.8 million followers. The hotel heiress chose a form-fitting …

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Kim Kardashian parades Arab footwear at latest gig

Jordanian-Romanian entrepreneur Amina Muaddi seems to be Kim Kardashian West’s go-to footwear designer. Whether she’s sporting the brand’s Lupita sandals for an at-home photo shoot or celebrating hitting 190 million followers on Instagram wearing the Holli slingbacks, the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star often champions pieces from the celebrity-loved …

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Bella Hadid tops GQ Magazine’s most stylish list

Part-Palestinian model Bella Hadid teased her mother as she was announced as one of GQ Magazine’s most stylish women in their 2021 list. The 24-year-old catwalk star was ranked third place for her diverse styles that range from glamorous red carpet gowns to comfortable sweats and tank tops. US actress …

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Lebanese comedians bring relief during COVID crisis

Lebanese comedians are bringing relief and defying taboos with jokes about dating, partying during the pandemic – and how even drug dealers are considering leaving the crisis-hit country. Laughter erupts in a venue wedged between two districts devastated by a deadly August 4 explosion that ravaged the Beirut port and …

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‘Writing for the sake of collective survival’ – the emotional brilliance of the Palestine Writes Festival

BY ALICE ROTHCHILD  DECEMBER 9, 2020   This past year, the isolated loneliness of being a writer has been magnified by the cruelties of the pandemic. Spending five intense virtual days at the Palestine Writes Literature Festival with over 3,000 people from 75 different countries was an exhilarating and welcome relief, even though it …

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New tensions brewing over Kashmir with PM Khan

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Sunday his government will give provisional provincial status to part of Kashmir, drawing condemnation from India, which has long objected to any such changes by Islamabad. Khan’s proposal would apply to Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan’s only land link to China, which is the northern part …

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Saudi women’s activist on new hunger strike

Prominent Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul, held in Saudi Arabia since 2018, began a new hunger strike on Monday over the conditions of her detention, her family said. Hathloul’s sister Lina told Reuters that the main demand was to be allowed regular contact with her family. In late August …

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Alan Moore charges superheroes with Brexit amd Trump

“Watchmen” creator Alan Moore shared his belief in 2017 that superhero movies’ impact on popular culture was “tremendously embarrassing,” and the comic book icon remains just as critical of Marvel and DC films three years later. In a new interview with Deadline to tout his feature film “The Show,” Moore says he remains retired from writing comic …

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Columbia College refuses to acknowledge student vote to divest Israel

Two days ago Columbia College undergraduates voted overwhelmingly to divest from companies that profit from or engage in the State of Israel’s acts towards Palestinians under “apartheid” law. The university’s president Lee Bollinger promptly repudiated the vote saying it was a “complex” issue on which no campus consensus exists. Speaking to the …

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Women scaling new hights in Afghani mountains

Eighteen-year old Fatima Sultani gazes at the peak of a mountain near Afghanistan’s capital Kabul after completing a morning climbing session, considering her next challenge. She and her team of nine young Afghan mountaineers, including three women, are hoping to climb Afghanistan’s Mir Samir mountain and after that travel to …

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Feminists, Lesbians face up to Transgender lobby as J.K. Rowling controversy cascades

Author JK Rowling, who has come under fire for statements about trans activism that many have called transphobic, promoted an online store that sells items with offensive, anti-trans phrases. The website, called Wild Womyn Workshop, advertises pins with quotes including the phrases “Transwomen are men,” “Transmen are my sisters,” “Transition = conversion therapy,” …

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