Friday, 31 October 2014
No piece of cloth throughout history has sparked more controversy as the veil. Many Muslim women are forced to wear it daily. The hijab has a spectrum, of course, from its most radical embodiments, the niqab, which covers the entire face, to loose fitting headscarves.
Saudi Arabia comes come second only to Iran in using the power of the stick (the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice or the religious police) to impose a particular form and color of hejab on all our women. And when I say all our women, I mean all: Saudi and non-Saudi, Muslim and non-Muslim alike.
President Ian Khama of Botswana
Botswana's President Ian Khama has just won a second and final term, evidence that he retains considerable popularity as a leader.
But some of his countrymen argue that his late father, founding president Sir Seretse Khama, would be disillusioned by his son's less-than-stellar political performance and the increasing authoritarianism which marked campaigning prior to last Friday's elections.
A young fan looks at a picture of Senzo Meyiwa on a bus parked outside the soccer star's home in uMlazi in Durban, KwaZulu Natal.
South Africa came together to mourn the three sports stars that passed away on three consecutive days in October.Track and field athlete Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, boxing queen Phindile Mwelase and Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa passed away on October 24, 25 and 26 consecutively.
Mulaudzi was killed during a car accident as he made his way to a meeting in Johannesburg. Mwelase died after spending about two months in a coma after collapsing during a boxing match. Meyiwa was shot dead at his girlfriend's home in Vosloorus on Sunday. More pics after cut...
The Big Boss has seemingly been asked to finish the job he began by leading the Super Eagles in next month's Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Congo and South AfricaStephen Keshi is set to take charge of Nigeria again - less than a fortnight after being sacked.
The 52-year-old was fired on October 16 and replaced by former coach Shaibu Amodu on an interim basis.