”Good girls” do what they’re told, are quiet, don’t argue or risk embarrassing their families. Reem and Rawan say they had turned being “good girls” into a fine art.
”In our house, we (were) always the good girls they wanted us to be. So, if they want us to
clean, we will clean. If they want us to cook, then we will cook,” 18-year-old Rawan says.
”The last two years it was really bad, because I just forget who I am, I am just pretending (to be) like an Islamic girl,” says her 20-year-old sister, Reem.
They went to school, studied hard and avoided confrontation. Of course, the same rules d
idn’t apply to their brothers. Beat your sisters, the siblings say their brothers were told, it’ll make you better men.
Reem and Rawan are reluctant to talk about the abuse at the hands of their family. They say it
didn’t happen all the time, just enough to remind them of the rules. And enough to fill them with terror ab
out what might happen if anyone found out about their plan or, worse still, caught them carrying it out.
”We must have faith,” Juventus coach Max Allegri told BT Sport.
”We’ll have some players back and there’s no point crying over spilled milk. We knew it was going to be tough, that Atletico Mad
rid force you to play badly, with a slow tempo. We moved the ball quicker in the first half, but not in the second.
”We got the approach wrong in the second half. It’s that simple. These things can happen, there will be great disappoint
ment after this 2-0, but we can turn it around. It won’t be easy, we need a great second leg, but it can be done and we must have faith.”
In the night’s other game, 10-man Manchester City came from behind to win 3-2 at German side Schalke.
Nabil Bentaleb scored two first-half penalties to cancel out Sergio Aguero’s opener and ensure Schalke led 2-1 at the interval.
City hit back in the second half, recovering from losing Nicolas Otamendi to a re
d card before goals from Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling secured victory.
Pep Guardiola’s team had looked in control before the game was turned on its head by VAR.
mainly on the issue of past abductions of Japanese nationals, and over Pyongyang conduc
ting nuclear and missiles tests which have Japan within their range. Whenever tensions soared on the Korean P
eninsula, Japan took a hard-line stance toward North Korea and proposed to enhance sanctions.
If Washington-Pyongyang ties improve, Tokyo may rethink its policy toward North Korea, participate in
efforts with other East Asian countries to push for peace on the Peninsula and ease geopolitical strains.
After the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Tokyo has been marginalized over the Korean Peninsula.
Furthermore, on the abductions issue and North Korea’s nuclear issue, Japan’s right to speak is waning.
If the US’ basic request on North Korea is met, Japan may seek to normalize relations w
ith North Korea. Furthermore, Tokyo may help Pyongyang’s economy later by offering fin
ancial aid and investment. With these moves, Japan may intend to increase its influence on the Peninsula.
film is a reflection of a nation’s comprehensive strength.” The Guardian published an article headlined “China challenges Hollywood with own sci-fi blockbuster.”
This is in line with how people see today’s global affairs. China is making contributions to global development with its own strength and its own way.
Different from the US sci-fi blockbusters which advocate individual heroism, The Wandering Earth pro
poses China’s collective spirit. Take the climax of the movie: When all the plans to save Earth faile
d and Earth is about to hit Jupiter, many other countries, which had decided to give up, were moved and inspired by a br
ave Chinese girl. They then chose to salvage Earth from its doom together with Chines
e. Such a Chinese blockbuster presents a new appearance of sci-fi and successfully moves audiences of different countries.
Likewise, the key to improving the world’s understanding of China is to find a
n echo in each other’s hearts. Today, mankind still faces many international hot
issues, such as environmental protection, anti-terrorism and the reconstruction of the world financial o
rder. To solve these problems, we need global participation and cooperation, and China should play a constructive role.
These problems are also common challenges facing China and the US. Both Chi
na and the US should take their responsibilities. The two countries are mo
re likely to cooperate on these issues which could be the basis for building mutual trust.
projects, including highway, railway, airport and power stations. However, in the face of local protests, the effectiveness of Modi’s economic package, delivered just a few months before the
election, seemed very suspicious. Interestingly, because of the tremendous opposition against the Bill and the frustrating situation on the g
round, BJP’s top local politician who was defending the bill changed his tune almost as soon as Modi left.
Clearly, Modi’s twin election trick, which comprised both nationalistic and developmental ele
ments, was clearly at work during his visit to disputed South Tibet. However, sacrificing the pa
instakingly earned mutual trust and progress in Sino-Indian relations for the sake of ephemeral political benefits seems unwise.
Even though India and China have so far held 21 rounds of talks to resolve the border dispute, and Modi and President Xi have met at least four times in 2018 to bring b
ilateral ties back on a stable footing, the border issue remains the single-most sensitive topic between the two countries. While
the dispute between China and India remains too large to be resolved altogether, both sides would better carefully manage it.
t impedes China-India relations, some Chinese scholars advise that China take India’s concern more into account. But Liu Zongyi, a senior fellow of the Shanghai I
nstitutes for International Studies, told the Global Times that India should, first of all, mind its approach. Should New Delhi resort to quiet dipl
omacy instead of extensively directing aggressive rhetoric to pressure Beijing, the Azhar issue could have been better addressed.
Terrorism in India poses a significant threat to Indians. Without solid evidence, India has long accu
sed Pakistan of sponsoring terrorist attacks by Jaish-e-Mohammed and other militant groups and China
of providing uncritical support for Pakistan. Instead of simply blaming other countries, especially Pakistan and China, shouldn’t the Indian government ma
ke more self-introspection on its anti-terrorism policy and dwell more on how to better administer the India-controlled part of Kashmir?
China and Pakistan are not enemies of India in countering terrorism. Despite the India-Pakistan dispute, New Delhi has comm
on interests in fighting terrorism with Islamabad and Beijing. It’s suggested India abandon suspicions and the three countries enhance consult
ations on regional security and strengthen anti-terrorism cooperation. Last August for the first time the militaries of India and Pakistan took part in
a mega anti-terror drill of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Russia aimed at expanding cooperation among member countries to de
al with the growing menace of terrorism and extremism. Such momentum shouldn’t be disrupted.
With the approaching general election in India, nationalism could be easi
ly fanned and used by politicians to woo support. Blaming China and Pakistan for the terr
orist attack will arouse Indians’ anxieties over neighboring countries. A tough stance by the BJP government may help the
ruling party win more support. But this will risk anti-terrorism cooperation being sabotaged for the political interests of parties in India.