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The niqab and the stoning of the devil

Nawal El Saadawi
Nawal El-Saadawi [1931–2021] was a physician, author, and feminist. For 50 years she has been one of Egypt's leading intellectuals. El-Saadawi has been jailed for his remarks, both under President Anwar Sadat and under President Hosni Mubarak. She wrote exclusively in Norway for MODERN TIMES for a number of years. (Image from a film interview conducted by Truls Lie in Cairo.) See also keywords.
Thousands of pilgrims were trampled to death in Mina, Saudi Arabia, on their way to stone the devil. At the same time, the niqab debate in Egypt is entering a new phase. Still, no one dares to go in depth and criticize how we are being destroyed by religious propaganda, writes Nawal Saadawi.

How Can Poor Elderly Use Their Highly Saved Funds to Travel to Saudi Arabia to Rock the Devil? How can a college professor hide his face, or consider his head as one of the body's private parts that needs to be hidden?
How can world leaders set up conferences and talk about increased poverty, emigration, environmental pollution, epidemics and wars, without a single one of them seeing themselves in the mirror? Without any of them taking root for the problems that kill millions of people? They are quick enough to point their fingers at others, or at the victims of their patriarchal, religious systems that they defend with skin and hair.
Why do we punish victims while letting the perpetrators go free – and even make the latter global heroes?
The fanfares that are played in the media that manage this system have an important role: they drown out the atrocities. Political and religious leaders meet at the UN General Assembly to save humanity from poverty, terrorism, pollution and climate change, and to promote sustainable development. They use new words, but the essence is still exploitation and colonization. Capitalism is still the only system people use, and it exists. . .

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