who rebel against the system. Permission is needed from a male guardian for many basic activities, including international travel.
Reem and Rawan say they had been planning their escape in secret for two years. They didn’t dare discuss it in case they were
overheard, so, instead, they swapped WhatsApp messages, even while alone at night in their shared room.
Before they fled, the Sri Lanka vacation was just like any other. They wore their niqabs
to the beach and sat away from the surf while their brothers swam and joked. They cooked the meals, and
spent most of their days inside. It was humid. Their niqabs stuck to their skin and made it hard to see.
”We travel to move from a box to another box. From home to hotel, nothing will change,” Rawan says. “They will go o
ut, they will live freely, the men, of course we will sit away, watching them doing what they want.”
Their five-year-old sister played in the sand, but their 12-year-old sister, like them,
didn’t. She too was learning that it’s OK to be a girl in Saudi Arabia — until you grow up.
During the trip, Rawan turned 18. The timing was no accident. The vacation was planned with gentle persuasion to co
incide with a birthday that, unbeknown to their mother, allowed Rawan to apply for an Australian tourist visa.
Cristiano Ronaldo was supposed to be the final piece in the Juventus Champions League winning jigsaw.
For so long, Juventus has dominated in Italy, winning seven successive league titles with an eighth almost inevitable.
But it is the Champions League crown that it craves. Ronaldo was s
upposed to be the man to deliver for a club that has lost out twice in the final in the past four years.
When Juventus turned to Ronaldo, a five-time winner, chasing a record-equ
aling sixth Champions League title, it was to inspire the team on nights like Wednesday.
Only Sevilla (27) and Getafe (23) have conceded more goals to Ronaldo than Atletico Madrid.
Yet, on a Wednesday night in Madrid, the city where he enjoyed such success with Re
al, he was unable to add to his career tally of 22 against the former neighbor.
For Atletico Madrid, a team that has felt the full force of Ronaldo’s irrepressible scor
ing record during his time at Real, this 2-0 victory in the first leg of the last 16 tie was particularly sweet.
Two second-half goals from Uruguayan defensive duo Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin secured the advantage for Diego Simeone’s side.
On February 23, humanitarian aid will enter Venezuela one way or another,” the country’s self-declared president Juan Guaido d
eclared earlier this month. But not so fast — President Nicolas Maduro, who won reelection in a widely-criticized vote last year, has pr
omised to block the supplies, and organizations including the Red Cross and United Nations have refused to help.
The slow advance of aid toward impoverished Venezuela has become a proxy measure of
the power struggle between its two rival presidents. At the same time, there is little doubt that the Ve
nezuelan people are in need of help. So why is it so hard to agree on aid?
What is happening?
Venezuela is dealing with the worst economic crisis in its history. One
in 10 Venezuelans are undernourished, and the economic crisis has triggered an exo
dus of at least three million people, according to the International Organization of Migration.
Venezuela closes key maritime, air borders with neighbors amid growing aid crisis
Guaido has thrown all his weight behind a “humanitarian channel” that would bring tons of mu
ch-needed aid from foreign countries into Venezuela. But the plan isn’t just benevolent — it’s als
o a direct jab at Maduro, who for years has denied that a humanitarian crisis was happening in Venezuela.
”The impact of the humanitarian aid is highly political,” admits Jua
n Miguel Matheus, an MP for the opposition. “Our first and primary goal is to provide relief for
the Venezuelan population, but after that, with this move we want to checkmate Maduro.
Another British member of parliament has quit the opposition Labour Party, in the wake of se
ven lawmakers splitting to form the Independent Group in Parliament earlier this week.
Those lawmakers cited disagreements over Brexit with Labour’s left-wing leader Jeremy Corbyn, an
d concerns over alleged anti-semitism within the party as their reasons for leaving the party.
on Tuesday, Joan Ryan, MP for the London constituency of Enfield North and chair of the Labour Friends of Israel, tweete
d that she was leaving the party because it had in her view “become infected with the scourge of anti-Jewish racism.”
In a strongly worded resignation letter, she blamed Corbyn for the current situatio
n and said she could not “in good conscience support or represent a party which adopts such an attitude.”
After 4 decades, I have made the terribly difficult decision to resign from the Labour Party. It is the
greatest honour of my life to represent the people of #Enfiel
dNorth. I will continue to represent and speak up for them as a member of the @TheIndGroup of MPs #ChangePolitics
pic.twitter.com/W8UEsJG7RhLate last year, Ryan’s constituency passed a motion of no confidence in her 94-92. Acco
rding to the Times, the motion pointed to her constant criticisms of Corbyn, saying Ryan had “fueled and indee
d inflamed trial by media of the Labour leader.” Ryan, the motion said, behaved like “an independent MP in all but name.”