Ancient Egyptian Woman with 70 Hair Extensions Discovered

More than 3,300 years ago, in a newly built city in Egypt, a woman with an incredibly elaborate hairstyle of lengthy hair extensions was laid to rest.

She was not mummified, her body simply being wrapped in a mat. When archaeologists uncovered her remains they found she wore “a very complex coiffure with approximately 70 extensions fastened in different layers and heights on the head,” writes Jolanda Bos, an archaeologist working on the Amarna Project, in an article recently published in the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology.

Researchers don’t know her name, age or occupation, but she is one of hundreds of people, including many others whose hairstyles are still intact, who were buried in a cemetery near an ancient city now called Amarna.

This Friday, South Africa’s first all-gender, LGBT-inclusive mosque will open its doors to the public. 

The “Open Mosque” has stirred some controversy because it will allow women to lead prayers when there are men present, as well as allow interfaith marriages without requiring both individuals to convert to Islam. LGBT people will be allowed to attend and worship, according to Open Mosque’s founder Dr. Taj Hargey, but the mosque will not actually condone same-sex activity.

‘I do not endorse homosexual living, but I do not condemn them as people,’ Dr. Hargey said, according to the Cape Times.

‘We will … welcome gay people and discuss topical subjects like sexuality, politics and others.’

Dr Targey, who was raised in Cape Town and has returned to his hometown to establish the mosque, said that he hoped to spark a ‘religious revolution’ when it came to gender equality and acceptance among Muslims in the Western Cape region.

‘The women will no longer make samoosas [sic] – they will make the decisions,’ he said.

Very important step. I’m excited to see what comes of this. 

Israel Making Desperate People’s Lives Truly Miserable

They are “a cancer in our body”, and “a threat to the social fabric of society … national security [and the] identity and existence [of the] Jewish and democratic state”. As “infiltrators”, they should be “encourage[d] … to leave” and “lock[ed] … up to make their lives miserable”.

Is this an off-the-record rant of some junior Israeli official? Not quite. These are the words of Israeli Parliamentarian Miri Regev, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and of the current and former Israeli Interior Ministers Eli Yishai and Gideon Saar. And they are not talking about some threat posed by extremists sneaking into Israel to install a caliphate.

Instead, the target of these public diatribes - described by the UN refugee agency as “xenophobic statements made by … public officials who … stigmatise asylum seekers” - is about 51,000 Eritreans and Sudanese. These people fled widespread abuses in their home countries and sought protection in Israel before the Israeli authorities effectively sealed off the border with Egypt in late 2012.

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Photo: Eritreans and Sudanese stand at the perimeter of the Holot “Residency Center” in Israel’s Negev Desert, January 9, 2014. Since mid-December 2013, the Israeli authorities have unlawfully detained thousands there indefinitely in an attempt to coerce them into leaving the country.  © 2014 oren ziv/activestills

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I have been in lagos now for over 2 months, after almost over 7 years away for education and travels. I visited often but never stayed for longer than 3 weeks, because it was usually to renew my student visas. So far i haven’t been shocked by the way the city runs but i know i can’t build a career here. Giving it a chance however to see if i can build my own business. Product development isn’t exactly Africa’s current focus due to lack of infrastructure and abject corruption but complaining isn’t the path to go on. Change starts with the Nigerian looking in the mirror. You can see more of my documentation via my Instagram.

- Funfere koroye

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