The change came in the 1980s, as conservative Islamist movements were burgeoning throughout the Middle East. Couples walking or driving in public together were forced to show police their marriage licenses.The Saudi government, its legitimacy threatened by such upheaval, enlisted religious police in a kingdom-wide crackdown that imposed upon all Saudis the rigidity of its most conservative cultures. And central to the conservative crusade was the castigation of women: for succumbing to Western influence, for appearing outside the home without male guardians, for speaking in voices that might distract or seduce men, for dishonoring God by failing to drape themselves completely in black.The resulting intel — said cellmate is taking a murder rap for an Armenian crime lord — is enough to earn Goodwin a ticket out of jail and entrance into the Witness Security Program, a.k.a. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Claire Underwood is back at the ranch.That’d be the ghostly Texas ranch occupied (barely) by her mother (Ellen Burstyn), the kind of woman who shuts herself in her room, kills lizards with abandon, and keeps sheets over the furniture so the maid doesn’t have to waste her time cleaning it. Claire’s not simply looking for refuge while she figures out her separation from Frank, who is still on the campaign trail and fuming over her absence.
We veil our faces, they would tell me, when it feels right.It can’t be a coincidence that today’s season 4 debut comes right during the primaries — the same week as Super Tuesday, in fact.Will Trump’s alarming rise make President Underwood’s power plays, dirty-dealing, and murderous acts seem underwhelming?Johann Hari reports The wide, smiling face of Sheikh Mohammed – the absolute ruler of Dubai – beams down on his creation.His image is displayed on every other building, sandwiched between the more familiar corporate rictuses of Ronald Mc Donald and Colonel Sanders.But just for a moment imagine the life that could be yours if you did.