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Qatari TV Mocks Germany's OneLove World Cup Armbands

(CNN) -- Soccer pundits on Qatar's Alkass Sports channel mocked the German soccer team following its World Cup exit -- by mimicking the players' protest over human rights.A video on the channel's Twitter page posted on Thursday shows former Kuwaiti soccer player Jamal Mubarak covering his mouth with his left hand and waving goodbye with the right, then calling on former Egyptian goalkeeper and fellow analyst Essam El-Hadary to join him.Soon after, El-Hadary and other pundits then cover their mouths and wave goodbye -- apparently in celebration of Germany's exit.The gesture mimics what the German players did to protest against FIFA's decision to ban the "OneLove" armband that many European captains had been hoping to wear in Qatar in support of LGBTQ rights.Ahead of Germany's first match on November 23, the team's starting lineup posed with their right hands in front of their mouths, a gesture to oppose what they saw as a clampdown on free speech.Germany lost that game to Japan in a shocking upset.

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Race and Power Collide in Fight Over Sacred Rock Art
(CNN) – Near a dry, red rock peninsula on Australia’s far western coast, a dusty highway separates two communities with contrasting fortunes tied to an ancient land.One is home to the small but booming city of Karratha, a regional hub scattered with four-wheel drives that was purpose-built in the 1960s to accommodate a growing army of miners looking to extract the land's vast stores of iron ore, oil, and gas.The other is Roebourne, a former gold rush town 30 minutes up the highway, where the peninsula’s Indigenous population settled after being driven from their lands by colonialists in the mid-1800s.For years, news reports painted Roebourne as a “misfit town where everyone drinks, smokes, and can’t take care of their kids,” says Josie Alec, a proud descendent of the Kuruma-Marthudunera people, who raised her four kids there.In reality, she says it’s a deeply resilient community made up of families like her own, whose ancestors have watched over “Murujuga” – the peninsula’s Aboriginal name – for generations, while keeping its vibrant cultural traditions alive.For Australia’s First Nations people, Murujuga is the birthplace of songs and creation stories explaining the laws of nature, told through more than a million rock carvings scattered across its deserts and nearby islands.These irreplaceable petroglyphs are 10 times older than the pyramids of Egypt and depict early human civilization, but some of their ancestral guardians fear they could be destroyed by pollution from one of Australia’s largest new fossil fuel developments. Experts say the prehistoric petroglyphs show extinct species and the earliest depictions of the human faceThe company behind the project, Woodside Energy, plans to extract millions of tons of gas
Arabic anti-LGBTQ campaign goes viral on Twitter
An anti-LGBTQ campaign named Fetrah is making waves on social media after it urged users to promote the idea that there are only two genders, male and female.Taken from the Arabic word for "human instinct", Fetrah surfaced after International Pride Month in the Middle East.Its creation follows a number of political controversies particularly in Saudi Arabia where authorities announced a recall of all rainbow-colored toys and clothing for children in Riyadh for “promoting homosexuality”.Designed by three Egyptian marketing professionals who have experience creating marketing campaigns for start-ups, the initiative gained thousands of followers across a number of different social media platforms in a matter of weeks.Fetrah’s creators are encouraging social media users to reject homosexuality while supporters of the campaign are posting a blue and pink flag to promote the cause.Meta, the parent company for Facebook and Instagram banned Fetrah’s account on the 9th of June after the page gained over half a million likes and received Facebook’s coveted blue verification tag.However, several alternative pages for Fetrah have since surfaced on both Facebook and Instagram as social media users and news outlets continue to voice their support for the Fetrah campaign.This person for example tweeted “I support this initiative.”Fetrah’s Twitter page is still in existence and boasts over 75,000 followers.Activists say the page is continuing to gain support and that Twitter’s failure to ban accounts like this one could further marginalise the LGBTQ community in the Middle East.Mahsa Alimardani, a digital rights expert told the Cube that Twitter and other social media platforms should be investing more resources into fighting this
‘Lightyear’ banned in 14 markets
Lightyear,” which features a same-sex kiss, has been denied release in more than a dozen mainly Muslim countries.Countries across Asia and the Middle East have refused to give Pixar’s “Toy Story” spinoff a showing, in the latest development for parent company Disney as it tries to navigate differing public and political attitudes on LGBTQ issues.Regulators in the United Arab Emirates this week announced they were banning the movie for “violation of the country’s media content standards,” tweeting a picture of titular hero Buzz Lightyear in a red “No” symbol.Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, said it had not banned the film, “but suggested the owner of the movie think about their audience in Indonesia where an LGBT kissing scene is still considered sensitive.”Rommy Fibri Hardiyanto, head of Indonesia’s censoring office overseen by the Ministry of Education and Culture, told AFP that Disney has not offered a re-cut version of “Lightyear.”In neighboring Malaysia, the Film Censorship Board said if cuts were not made the film would not be screened in the country.“It is not appropriate to show the two scenes, and they are not suitable to be viewed by children,” an official, who declined to be named, told AFP.Disney is understood to have declined to make any cuts, offering the film “as is” in all markets.As a result, a total of 14 countries and territories where the company wanted to show “Lightyear” have not granted the film a release, AFP has learned.The others are: Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, the Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Syria.“Lightyear” tells the backstory of the main character from the hit franchise “Toy Story,” an action figure who believes he is
Marvel stands with LGBT community and ‘strongly denounces’ controversial US ‘don’t say gay’ bill statement comes after The Walt Disney Company, which owns Marvel, was criticised for not using its influence in the state to try and quash the bill.Disney’s chief executive Bob Chapek later apologised for the company’s silence on the matter and suspended their political donations in Florida earlier this week.Florida’s controversial Parental Right in Education bill, which has been nicknamed the ‘don’t say gay’ bill, restricts schools in the state from teaching students about sexual orientation and gender issues, with teachers potentially facing lawsuits if they fail to comply.Republican politicians argues that it should be down to parents, not teachers, to educate children on gender issues during their formative years.The unexpected way sitcom Stath Lets Flats inspired Oscar Isaac for Moon KnightOscar Isaac wants Moon Knight to team-up with Daredevil, Blade and Ghost RiderMoon Knight star May Calamawy hopes series will educate on Egyptian mythology and cultureThe text of the legislation states: ‘Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through [third grade]’ or ‘in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards’ in other grades.It adds that parents ‘may bring an action against a school district to obtain a declaratory judgement’ and they may be awarded damages and legal fees if it is found that a school violated the bill.Got a story?If you’ve got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the entertainment team by emailing us, calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page –
Gay Film Sparks Outrage In Egypt
Conservative Egyptians are once again in an uproar over a critically acclaimed new film, by a Queer Egyptian filmmaker, which explores gay relationships and polyamory.Bashtaalak sa’at (Shall I Compare You to a Summer’s Day?), which premiered at the 72nd Berlin Film Festival this month, has been the target of angry critics who accuse the director, Mohammad Shawky Hassan, of “promoting homosexuality.”Omar Abdel Aziz, the head of the Federation of Art Syndicates, told Al-Watan that the film “highlights the worst of us.”The outrage over the film has led to one Egyptian lawyer, Ayman Mahfouz, demanding that Hassan be stripped of his Egyptian citizenship.The film, a German-Egyptian-Lebanese co-production, was nominated for the GWFF Award for Best First Feature, as well as a Teddy Award for Best Feature Film at the Berlinale.Hassan, who wrote and directed Bashtaalak sa’at, shot the film entirely in Berlin with a largely Egyptian cast, including Ahmed Awadalla, Nadim Bahsounn, Hassan Dib, Donia Massoud and Ahmed El Gendy.Bashtaalak sa’at (Shall I Compare You to a Summer’s Day?)Film critic Tarek El Shinnawi  in an interview with El-Kahera Wal Nas said, “Apart from the fact that some actors speak in the Egyptian dialect in the movie, the setting is unidentified,” and the film “neither positively or negatively tackles homosexuality.”While it is unlikely that the film will be screened in Egypt due to its sexual content and strong censorship in the country, Bashtaalak sa’at has yet to be formally banned by the Egyptian government.Bashtaalak sa’at (Shall I Compare You to a Summer’s Day?)According to the Arabic website Fil Fan, “The film will not be shown commercially in Egypt for several reasons, the first of which is the