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Scandal In Kabul, Afghanistan. Hard For Us To Understand. by The Elephant's Child

The New York Post ran these pictures with the headline “Afghan woman shocks onlookers by baring her legs.”

A “mystery woman” ditched her burqa in Kabul and walked briskly around with her legs showing! The act stunned the people she passed and scandalized the country’s mullahs.

The photographer, local journalist Hayat Ensafi, said  “I was shocked. I knew I had to catch this special moment because I never saw a woman here walking down the streets like this.” He tried to talk to her, “but she walked very fast and didn’t talk to me at all.” He  posted the photo on Facebook, and it has gone viral.

The BBC’s Syed Anwar said “We have seen thousands of people talk about it, not only on social media, but also in the streets, people are talking about her, wondering if she is mentally ill or if she is protesting.”

It was not always so, but now Afghan women live under a very severe dress code. During the 1950s, 60s and 70s, women’s rights made some progress. Skirts were common, but many women still wore veils. The Taliban rolled back any women’s rights and it is back to the burqa. Some have argued that this will be used to pave the way for Taliban propaganda. It indicates how modern Western television, movies and publications are threatening to the mullahs.



afghan women in 1950s
Afghan women in the 1950’s. Says a lot about Muslim men too, at least in Afghanistan.

Seven More States Have Joined the Suit Against Obama’s Amnesty Plan. by The Elephant's Child

Seven more states have joined Texas’s lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive order amnesty plan this week bringing the total number of states to 24. Texas Attorney General and governor-elect said:

The president’s proposed executive decree violates the U.S. Constitution and federal law, circumvents the will of the American  people and an affront to the families and individuals who follow our laws to legally immigrate to the United States.

The list of states party to the lawsuit now include: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

The odds that President Obama’s executive amnesty will be stopped by a federal court went up Monday, when U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen was assigned to hear a challenge to the policy brought by Texas and 23 other states. Judge Hanen has ruled against DHS on immigration cases before. Texas filed for a preliminary injunction last Monday, and asked for a ruling before December 31, 2014,

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