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Emily Ratajkowski turns down a paid appearance in Saudi Arabia citing the human rights violations happening in the Middle East. 

She recently refused a “six-figure” paycheck which she was being paid for her appearance at the MDL Beast Festival in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 

“It is very important to me to make clear my support for the rights of women, the LGBTQ community, freedom of expression and the right to a free press,” Emily said to a fashion Instagram page, Diet Prada. “I hope coming forward on this brings more attention to the injustices happening there.”

MDL Beast Festival featured a number of celebrities including, Irina Shayk, Ryan Phillippe, Luka Sabbat, Winnie Harlow, Sofi Richie, Joan Smalls, Armie Hammer, and Alessandra Ambrosia. 

“What’s worse than an all-white @revolve influencer trip? Cashing big fat checks in exchange for #content creation (aka propaganda) to rehabilitate the image of Saudi Arabia, a country said to be causing ‘the world’s worst humanitarian crisis,’ according to the United Nations. According to anonymous sources, six-figure sums were offered for attendance and geo-tagged posts,” Diet Prada wrote in its Instagram post.

The post continues, Following the government’s premeditated murder of journalist Jamal Kashoggi in October 2018, the arrest of women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul in May 2018, the outing of a gay Saudi journalist and his partner who began receiving death threats from their families (homosexuality is a crime in Saudi Arabia and punishable by death), and countless other human rights abuses, a bevy of supermodels, influencers, celebrities, and musicians convened in Riyadh for the inaugural @mdlbeast. According to @hypebeast, the electronic music festival is “one of the most significant musical events the region has ever seen”.

According to a report in AP, at Riyadh airport, a booth welcomed tourists with pamphlets on etiquette in Saudi Arabia, labeled “Our Code of Conduct”.

“Both men and women are asked to dress modestly in public, avoiding tight-fitting clothing,” it explained. “Women should cover their shoulders and knees in public.” 

Hip-hop star Nicki Minaj pulled out of performing in the kingdom earlier this year over concerns about women’s rights, gay rights and freedom of expression.

Aaron writes guides and news related to the games at TheWestNews.com. Apart from his passion for writing and playing games he's exploring new places around the globe.

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  1. Peter Daniels

    December 25, 2019 at 11:47 am

    Wise choice.
    She might have had an accident while “there”
    THAT country is unsafe for anyone with an opinion or belief that contradicts their dogma.

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Iranian athlete who fled country wants to compete for Germany in Tokyo

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Iran’s only female Olympic medalist Kimia Alizadeh wants to compete for Germany after leaving ger country earlier this year. She also blasted at the Iranian lawmakers. 

She hopes to rebuild her life in Germany and continue her Taekwondo career. 

At a Taekwondo club in Luenen, Germany on Friday, while talking to journalists she said, “Even if I do not make it to the Olympics, it does not matter because I have made up my mind.” 

“I am sure that I will be judged by many, but I am just 21 years old and can attend world tournaments and future Olympics. However, I will spare no effort to get the best result at this time as well.”

Kimia won her bronze medal during the 2016 Olympic in Rio de Janeiro, making her the first female athlete to win a medal for Iran. But soon her joy turned into frustration due to the barriers imposed by her country. 

She even accused the Iranian government of sexism. Also, she criticized the mandatory rule of wearing the hijab in her Instagram post. 

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با سلام آغاز کنم، با خداحافظی یا تسلیت؟ سلام مردم مظلوم ایران، خداحافظ مردم نجیب ایران، تسلیت به شما مردم همیشه داغدار ایران. شما مرا چقدر می‌شناسید؟ فقط آنطور که در مسابقات، در تلویزیون، یا در حضور مقامات دیده‌اید. اجازه دهید حالا آزادانه، هویت سانسور شده‌ام را معرفی کنم. می‌گویند کیمیا پس از این چیزی نخواهد شد. خودم از این هم فراتر می‌روم و می‌گویم قبل از این هم چیزی نبوده‌ام: «من کیمیا علیزاده، نه تاریخسازم، نه قهرمانم، نه پرچمدار کاروان ایران» من یکی از میلیون‌ها زن سرکوب شده در ایرانم که سال‌هاست هر طور خواستند بازی‌ام دادند. هر کجا خواستند بردند. هر چه گفتند پوشیدم. هر جمله‌ای دستور دادند تکرار کردم. هر زمان صلاح دیدند، مصادره‌ام کردند. مدال‌هایم را پای حجاب اجباری گذاشتند و به مدیریت و درایت خودشان نسبت دادند. من برایشان مهم نبودم. هیچکداممان برایشان مهم نیستیم، ما ابزاریم. فقط آن مدال‌های فلزی اهمیت دارد تا به هر قیمتی که خودشان نرخ گذاشتند از ما بخرند و بهره‌برداری سیاسی کنند، اما همزمان برای تحقیرت، می‌گویند: فضیلت زن این نیست که پاهایش را دراز کند! من صبح‌ها هم از خواب بیدار می‌شوم پاهایم ناخودآگاه مثل پنکه می‌چرخد و به در و دیوار می‌گیرد. آنوقت چگونه می‌توانستم مترسکی باشم که می‌خواستند از من بسازند؟ در برنامه زنده تلویزیون، سوال‌هایی پرسیدند که دقیقاً بخاطر همان سوال دعوتم کرده بودند. حالا که نیستم می‌گویند تن به ذلت داده‌ام. آقای ساعی! من آمدم تا مثل شما نباشم و در مسیری که شما پیش رفتید قدم برندارم. من در صورت تقلید بخشی از رفتارهای شما، بیش از شما می‌توانستم به ثروت و قدرت برسم. من به اینها پشت کردم. من یک انسانم و می‌خواهم بر مدار انسانیت باقی بمانم. در ذهن‌های مردسالار و زن‌ستیزتان، همیشه فکر می‌کردید کیمیا زن است و زبان ندارد! روح آزرده من در کانال‌های آلوده اقتصادی و لابی‌های تنگ سیاسی شما نمی‌گنجد. من جز تکواندو، امنیت و زندگی شاد و سالم درخواست دیگری از دنیا ندارم. مردم نازنین و داغدار ایران، من نمی‌خواستم از پله‌های ترقی که بر پایه فساد و دروغ بنا شده بالا بروم. کسی به اروپا دعوتم نکرده و در باغ سبز به رویم باز نشده. اما رنج و سختی غربت را بجان می‌خرم چون نمی‌خواستم پای سفره ریاکاری، دروغ، بی عدالتی و چاپلوسی بنشینم. این تصمیم از کسب طلای المپیک هم سخت‌تر است، اما هر کجا باشم فرزند ایران زمین باقی می‌مانم. پشت به دلگرمی شما می‌دهم و جز اعتماد شما در راه سختی که قدم گذاشته‌ام، خواسته دیگری ندارم.

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Furthermore, Alizadeh accused the country’s lawmakers of lying and injustice towards the Iranian athletes. 

Alizadeh was in the Netherlands earlier this week to meet the taekwondo officials. The German Taekwondo union has spoken in her favor and letting her represent and compete for the country.

She said, “If the German government assists me and I can go through this process as fast as possible, I might be able to make it to the Olympics too.” 

According to recent reports, she even received offers from Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, and Bulgaria to compete. K

Kimia said wore everything the government asked her to and “repeated everything they told me to say. … None of us matter to them.”

Kimia said she just wants “a peaceful life,” and she’s not looking back.

“I have a great feeling to have made a decision for my life that would definitely change my future,” she said. “I think it is not even clear enough now and, in the years to come, I will understand what a good decision I made.”

Many Iranian athletes have left the country in recent years due to government intervention. 

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Coronavirus outbreak: First Australian case confirmed in Victoria

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Coronavirus confirmed in Australia, Victorian health minister confirms

The health officials said on Monday, the first case of coronavirus in Australia has been confirmed and has been hospitalized in a stable condition in Melbourne. 

Victoria health minister jenny Mikakos told journalists that the Chinese national in his 50s arrived on Jan 19 from Guangzhou. 

“It is important to stress that there is no cause for alarm to the community,” Ms Mikakos said. “The patient is isolated and is undergoing treatment and we do not have any further suspected cases at this stage.”

The first cases in Europe were confirmed on Friday after France announced three have already fallen ill due to coronavirus. Recently, China has revised the death toll numbers to 41. 

The growing numbers of people affected by the virus are now estimated to be more than 1,200. Most of the cases were found in the Chinese city Wuhan, while countries like Thailand, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam, and Singapore have also identified people with the virus. 

The Chinese city has been under a complete lockdown with over 41 million people and has barred from traveling in and out of the city. The coronavirus has likely be originated from the Wuhan city. 

Strict lockdown measures have been imposed on ten cities to contain the outbreak of the deadly virus that has made several people ill and also spread across the world. 

This Thursday, the authorities in China have banned transport links from Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province. Trains, buses, ferries, subways, and flights have been suspended for outgoing passengers. 

Few other cities have announced similar measures and have restricted travel, these cities are Huanggang, Ezhou, Chibi, and Zhejiang.  

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Disney’s Biggest Movies Like Star Wars to Be Adapted as Immersive Experiences by Secret Cinema

Disney and London based Secret-Cinema are working to create a unique movie based experience from some of Disney’s biggest franchises. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, UK-based Secret Cinema and Disney have signed a deal that results in transforming many Disney titles by combing the film with elements like art, live music, dance, and theater. 

Secret Cinema has already done these experiences for Strangers Things, Shawshank Redemption, Blade Runner, Moulin Rouge!, and Alien. Star was too done by them under a previous deal. 

The titles are yet to be announced, but one can assume movies like Star Wars, Walt Disney Animation Studios movies, and some from the Marvel Cinematic Universe will make it to the list. 

The company converts huge spaces into movie worlds where actors play out storylines and hero moments each night of the production.

Audiences participate by becoming part of the show and story, from the moment they buy a ticket to when they are assigned a character and are transported into the preshow narrative.

Filmgoers step into the world of the movie, becoming their character, and uncover secret storylines and participate as if they were inside the film itself.

Secret Cinema is a London based studio and it plans to begin work in New York and Los Angeles soon. 

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