Fatwa for make-up: Islamists target women in rebel-controlled Syrian territories

AFP Photo / Karim Sahib

AFP Photo / Karim Sahib


Syrian rebels have issued a ban on women using make up or wearing “immodest dress” in a neighborhood in the city of Aleppo. Critics have blasted the move as another attempt by Islamists to impose Sharia in rebel-controlled territory.

The fatwa (an order based on Sharia law) was issued by the Islamic law council in Aleppo’s Fardous neighborhood.

Muslim women are banned from leaving the house in immodest dress, in tight clothing that shows off their bodies or wearing makeup on their face. It is incumbent on all our sisters to obey God and commit to Islamic etiquette,” the statement on the Fardous council’s Facebook page says as cited by Reuters, which reports that Aleppo residents have confirmed the news.  

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Pregnant Cambodian protester allegedly loses baby after cops cattle prod her

The unnamed woman was standing with 3,000 co-workers who’d blocked the road outside their factory when military police allegedly pushed her to the ground and Tasered her. Employees seek $14 a month to help pay for transportation, rent and health costs.

Police allegedly used a cattle prod on a female worker, causing her to miscarry.

Police allegedly used a cattle prod on a female worker, causing her to miscarry. Wikipedia commons


A pregnant Cambodian worker who makes clothes for Nike lost her baby after cops stunned her with a cattle prod during a protest against low pay.

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Hundreds of thousands of Bangladesh’s garment workers walk out in protest over factory deaths

Bangladesh factory protest via AFP

By Agence France-Presse
Thursday, April 25, 2013 6:18 EDT

Hundreds of thousands of garment workers walked out of their factories in Bangladesh Thursday, police said, to protest the deaths of 200 people in a building collapse, in the latest tragedy to hit the sector.

Grief turned to anger as the workers, some carrying sticks, blockaded key highways in at least three industrial areas just outside the capital Dhaka, forcing factory owners to declare a day’s holiday.

“There were hundreds of thousands of them,” said Abdul Baten, police chief of Gazipur district, where hundreds of large garment factories are based. “They occupied roads for a while and then dispersed.”

Police inspector Kamrul Islam said the workers had attacked several factories whose bosses had refused to give employees the day off.

“They were protesting the deaths of the workers in Savar,” he said, referring to the town outside Dhaka where Wednesday’s collapse of an eight-storey building housing five garment factories took place, injuring more than 1,000 people.

“Many wanted to donate blood to their fellow workers,” he added.

Some 1,500 workers marched to the Dhaka headquarters of the main manufacturers association, demanding the owners of the collapsed factories be punished.

“The owners must be hanged,” one protester cried, as others tried to lay seige to the headquarters.

Some workers smashed windows and vehicles before they were chased away by police, Wahidul Islam, a deputy commissioner of Dhaka police, told AFP.

Rescuers in Savar pulled dozens of bodies from the collapsed building on Thursday as the death toll in the country’s worst industrial disaster reached 200, police said.

Managers had allegedly ignored workers’ warnings that the building had become unstable.

Survivors say the building developed cracks on Tuesday evening, triggering an evacuation of the roughly 3,000 garment workers employed there, but that they had been ordered back to production lines.

The accident has again highlighted safety problems and poor working conditions that plague the textile industry in Bangladesh, the world’s second-biggest clothing exporter.

Last November a blaze at a factory making clothing for Walmart and other Western labels in Dhaka left 111 people dead, with survivors describing how fire exits were kept locked by site managers.


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Rape T-Shirt: Amazon Offered ‘Hit Her’ Tops

Amazon in Germany still offers T-shirts apparently advocating domestic violence – after similar garments are pulled from UK sale

2:02pm UK, Saturday 02 March 2013
Solid Gold Bomb t-shirts on Amazon UK's website

Two of the Solid Gold Bomb shirts that were for sale on Amazon’s site

Amazon in Germany has continued to offer controversial clothing on its website, hours after the UK version was forced to pull a fashion firm’s “Keep Calm And Rape” T-shirts.

The discovery comes after the “Keep Calm And Rape A Lot” shirts, offered for sale by the Solid Gold Bomb company, were withdrawn following widespread criticism.

But although Amazon removed “Keep Calm And Hit Her” shirts from sale in the UK late on Saturday morning, it continued to offer them to anyone using the online giant’s German version.

It offers the shirt for a price ranging between 16.90 euros and 18.90 euros and they are available to non-German account holders.

A spokesman for Amazon UK had earlier told Sky News that all offensive garments were no longer available and said: “I can confirm that those items are not available for sale.”

In addition to shirts that apparently advocated domestic or sexual violence, Amazon had still offered shirts with slogans including “Keep Calm And Grope On” and “Keep Calm And Grope A Lot” on Saturday morning.

The t-shirts were on sale on Amazon's UK website
Solid Gold Bomb was ‘sorry for the ill-feeling this has caused’

Critics of the T-shirts quickly let their feelings be known by posting more than 100 negative comments on the relevant Amazon pages about the online retailer and the fashion company.

One said: “Do the decent thing and pull this disgusting item now. Remove all items by the same company to show them this will not be tolerated.”

Another online customer, Jody, said: “Your on a roll now Amazon. So not content with supporting and encouraging rape your also advocating violence against women.

“Domestic violence is a crime. Real men don’t beat there partners.”

The apology for the 'rape' t-shirts on Solid Gold Bomb's website
The firm posted an apology but later shut down Twitter and Facebook

Amazon listed the manufacturing quality as “Fine Jersey T-Shirt”, saying the items were made by American Apparel prior to printing in the US.

When Solid Gold Bomb withdrew the ‘rape’ garment it also posted a statement on its website which said: “We have been informed of the fact that we were selling an offensive T-shirt primarily in the UK.

“This has been immediately deleted as it was and had been automatically generated using a scripted computer process running against 100s of thousands of dictionary words.”

Solid Gold Bomb said it received death threats and its Twitter account was bombarded with scores of angry messages – many of which said: “Rape is not a joke.”

Keep Calm and Hit Her t shirts on Amazon
The Amazon UK site still offered “hit her” T-shirts on Saturday

Solid Gold Bomb replied: “We’re sorry for the ill-feeling this has caused! We’re doing our best here to fix the problem.”

Both its Facebook and Twitter accounts have since been shut down.

It said the scripted programming process that created the slogan was compiled by “only one member of our staff”, but that it “accepted the responsibility of the error”.

Solid Gold Bomb said it sends its T-shirts from Worcester in Massachusetts to throughout the US, UK, Germany, Canada and 79 other countries daily.

Amazon typically charges companies 7% of the price, postage and any taxes to list and sell items through its website.

Prior to withdrawal the ‘Keep Calm’ shirts retailed in Britain for between £14.99 to £16.99 – excluding postage – allowing Amazon to make more than £1.18 on each sale.

Last year Amazon came under fire from MPs and the public over tax avoidance, after it was claimed the company generated UK sales during three years of between £7.6bn and £10.3bn, but paid virtually no corporation tax.


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