Finland’s 21st Century Government. 4 Ministers Under 35 Years Of Age Including Prime Minister Sanna Marin a merely 34. They Are All Women. And Who Are They?


Sanna Marin is just 34 and can you believe that she is all set to swear in as Finland’s Prime Minister? With this, Marin will become the world’s youngest prime minister and thereby, change the dynamics of world politics. BY CRIMSON TAZVINZWA–

Social Democrats’s Marin will run a coalition government with four parties which are headed by women. Three of the party leaders are under 35 – Li Andersson (32), Katri Kulmuni (32), Maria Ohisalo (34) and Anna Ma-Ja Henrikkson (55).

Netizens rejoiced after the news and hailed Finland as a progressive nation. Finnish politician Alexander Stubb, whose party could not make it to the government, proudly shared the piece of news on Twitter.

“My party is not in government, but I rejoice that the leaders of the five parties in government are female. Shows that #Finland is a modern and progressive country. The majority of my government was also female. One day gender will not matter in government. Meanwhile pioneers,” Alexander Stubb said in his caption.

Meanwhile; not very long ago, but in the far-flung part of the world –  Jacinda Ardenbecame New Zealand Prime Minister – breaking the record as the youngest female leader of a country in the world.

A mere two months after Jacinda Ardern became the youngest-ever leader of New Zealand’s Labour Party, she became the country’s youngest Prime Minister in 150 years, and its youngest female PM, ever.

Her rise was so meteoric that it earned a proper name: Jacindamania.


England fined over response to New Zealand ‘haka’ ritual dance


TOKYO — England have been fined for their response to the haka before Saturday’s World Cup semi-final victory over New Zealand, despite All Blacks coach Steve Hansen describing their V-shaped formation as “brilliant” and “imaginative.” AIWA! NO!

England fanned out across the pitch as the All Blacks delivered the challenge, with several players who crossed the halfway line standing their ground when officials tried to usher them back.

World Rugby regulations stipulate opponents must not cross the halfway line while the haka is being performed. It did not disclose the size of the fine, which is to be donated to charity.

“England have been fined for a breach of World Cup tournament rules relating to cultural challenges, which states that no players from the team receiving the challenge may advance beyond the halfway line,” the sport’s governing body said in a statement.

“This is in line with the protocol which operates globally across the international game.”

In the 2011 tournament France were fined 2,500 pounds ($3,216.75) when they also advanced on the haka before the final.

Asked about England’s actions after the match, captain Owen Farrell said: “We didn’t just want to stand in a flat line and let them come at us.”

World Rugby’s Youtube video of the incident, titled “England’s incredible response to intense New Zealand haka” with a commentator saying “you want box office? You’ve got it,” has been viewed more than four million times.

New Zealand coach Hansen said on Wednesday he had no problems with England’s response.

“If you understand the haka, then the haka requires a response,” he said. “It is a challenge to you personally and it requires you to have a response.

“I thought it was brilliant and quite imaginative too.”

Fellow New Zealander Warren Gatland took a similar view, with the Wales coach calling it a “perfect response.”

“For them to do something like that is completely respectful as far as I’m concerned,” he said. “They didn’t turn their backs or anything like that. They stood there and received the haka.

“Ireland in Chicago a few years ago did a number eight in respect for Anthony Foley and other teams have done it in their own way. “I was involved with the All Blacks against Ireland and Willie Anderson linked arms with everyone else and they marched forwards.

“After the match they were severely criticized by the press for how disrespectful that was. As All Blacks, no one mentioned a thing afterwards.”

The haka, he added, was a challenge to an opponent’s toughness and physicality.

“It’s important you don’t take a backward step and you respond respectfully. England did that.”


Saudi King invites survivor and victims’ relatives of New Zealand shooting to make holy pilgrimage to the Hajj


They survived the Christchurch terror attacks. In Mecca, they’re finding peace as Hajj pilgrims//CRIMSON TAZVINZWA

(CNN)When 31-year-old Maryam Gul laid eyes on the Kaaba this week, it was a moment of complete peace. The cube-shaped structure, and most sacred shrine of Islam, felt a world away from the Linwood mosque at Christchurch, New Zealand where her mother, father and brother were fatally gunned down earlier this year.

“I thought I am looking at a symbol, a symbol of peace. A symbol of God. He’s here,” Gul told CNN.
Gul is one of 200 people who arrived in Mecca, Saudi Arabia from Christchurch this week to perform the annual Hajj pilgrimage, which began on Friday. They are survivors of the March 2019 terror attacks at two Christchurch mosques as well as the relatives of those who were slain in the shootings.
Fifty-one people were killed in the attack by a white nationalist gunman during Friday prayers.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman extended the invitation to the group for the all-expenses-paid pilgrimage in July. CNN’s interviews with Christchurch pilgrims in Mecca were facilitated by the kingdom’s Center of International Communications.
In a statement published by the official Saudi news agency, Minister for Islamic Affairs Abdullatif bin Abdulaziz Al-Sheikh said the state-funded trip was part of the kingdom’s efforts to “confront and defeat terrorism and terrorists.” Christchurch survivors and victims’ relatives say the pilgrimage has been a means to healing from the violence that changed their lives.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has invited about 200 victims’ relatives and survivors of the Christchurch massacre to his country for a holy pilgrimage.

The Saudi king is paying for the airfare, accommodation and travel costs, which could cost over $1 million, as they perform hajj, the holy Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca.

The pilgrimage is required for all able-bodied Muslims to perform at least once in their lifetime, with many believers saving for years to make the trip. The annual pilgrimage draws nearly 2 million Muslims from around the world to Mecca and sites around it.


The Saudi ambassador to New Zealand, Abdulrahman Al Suhaibani, said the king invited the survivors and victims’ relatives because he was shocked by the March 15 attack at two mosques by an Australian white supremacist that killed 51 people.

Among those who have accepted the king’s offer was Temel Atacocugu, a 44-year-old kebab shop co-owner, who was seriously scarred by nine bullets shot by the gunman.

Atacocugu was confronted by the gunman face-to-face during the shooting, with the gunman firing a bullet into Atacocugu’s mouth, shattering his jaw.

“And then I said, ‘Oh my God, I am dying.’ When I see he’s shooting, when I see the smoke, I said, ‘Yeah, I’m dying.’ That’s the first thought,” said Atacocugu, adding that he then began protecting his vital organs as the shooter continued to fire bullets at him.

He said that since the tragedy nearly five months ago and extensive recovery efforts, he now feels “reborn” and welcomes the opportunity to express his gratitude to God for being given the chance for a new life when he participates in the hajj.


In this July 31, 2019, photo, Temel Atacocugu, who was shot nine times during the Christchurch mosque attacks, tries on the clothes he will wear during the Hajj pilgrimage, in Christchurch, New Zealand. He is among 200 survivors and relatives from the Christchurch mosque shootings who are traveling to Saudi Arabia as guests of King Salman for the Hajj pilgrimage, a trip many hope will help them to heal. (AP Photo/Nick Perry)

The king typically invites several hundred people each year to perform the hajj as his own guests, often picking those most touched by tragedy that year. The ambassador said this was the first time he invited anyone from New Zealand.

Two weeks ago, the ambassador traveled to Christchurch to hand out the simple white garments the male pilgrims will wear. The terry cloth garments worn by men are meant to strip pilgrims down of adornment and symbolize the equality of mankind before God.

“It’s a wonderful time and this is a golden chance for people to get spiritual elevation,” said Gamal Fouda, the imam at the Al Noor mosque, one of the two mosques that were attacked.

Fouda, who also survived the shootings, said he’s traveling with the group as a spiritual leader. He said the memories of the shooting remain fresh in everybody’s minds and his mosque hasn’t yet returned to normal.

“The most important thing is that the New Zealand community, including Muslims, they stood together against hate,” Fouda says. “And we are still saying that hate is not going to divide us. We will continue to love each other.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Islamophobia, Racism and Politics of Intolerance ‘injuring’ Australia and Australians


Australians will elect a new Parliament in less than two weeks, but many candidates have withdrawn from the race after making offensive remarks.CreditCreditLisa Maree Williams/Getty Images


If the devil Fraser Anning still be a politician in Australia and sit in the parliament instead of going to jail, there is something severely wrong in Australian politics, law, and state-system.

One candidate ranted about the danger of the “homosexual lifestyle.” Another called for the genital mutilation of non-Muslim women who support Islam. A third made light of rape, and yet another boasted that he had “done more Asian than I know what to do with.”

Nearly every day in the brief run-up to the Australian election on May 18, voters have confronted a new revelation of toxic speech by politicians, propagated largely on social media. The offensive remarks have forced at least six candidates for Parliament to quit, while many more linger like zombies — most of them from the conservative governing coalition and other parties on the right

Luke Creasey, second from the right, a Labor candidate who quit the race after making a joke about rape, is seen here with the party’s leader Bill Shorten, second from left.CreditEllen Smith/EPA, via Shutterstock

The Guardian already published that terrorism done by a few entities who misinterpret Islam is covered 357% more in media. And I believe in Australia it is covered more than 357% when in reality most of the terrorist acts are done by non-Muslims.

Australia was founded by killing and oppressing indigenous communities. Scott Morrison capitalized on Islamophobia to come to power. The country is build on hate. Fortunately, most of the present-day Australians are regular innocent people who condemn islamophobia and want to live in harmony.

Yet, devils like Pauline Hanson and Fraser Anning are able to sit in the parliament and promote racism. This is brutal and horrifying. This is the result of the indifference of Australian people. This is the result of world media who promote islamophobia. This is the result of indifference of world leaders towards islamophobia. Please take action in a way you can.

Please remember, the kind of killing of Muslims happened in Christchurch New Zealand will trigger the violence of radical islamist groups. Both the lives of Muslims and non-Muslims are at stake here. Please remember, in Quran, God/Allah said no person has the right to judge another human being and no person can be revengeful.

The extreme approaches of Shariah Law are man-made they are not from Quran. It is clear in Quran that only God/Allah is able to decide who will go to heaven or hell. What you hear about Muhammad being a war-lord is nothing but ill-conceived and agenda-driven misinterpretations.

We humans have no right to judge other human beings. I am not talking against the rule of law in a country here. The rule of law and constitution must exist. It is the best way we human can live in a peaceful way. I am talking about the hateful misinterpretations of Islam based on which Australian politicians are capitalizing.

Faith is personal, and it should always remain personal.

A politician of a democracy must not play politics with someone’s faith and no media platform should promote the play of politics when it harms faith. It’s time for us to go beyond race, creed, and gender identities, otherwise Muslims and non-Muslims and Christians will suffer and death will become obvious.

No time for indifference. It’s not the time to watch Captain Marvel, it’s the time to break the bubble of your comfort zone and do something for humanity.

Otherwise, it will be you next.


Vogue editor Anna Wintour talks about fashion, sport, politics and 21st Century Vogue: “I don’t think it’s a moment not to take a stand.”


CNN’s Chief International Anchor Christiane Amanpour interviewed Anna Wintour in New York on Friday, April 5, 2019.

Fiona Sinclair Scott, CNN; Interview by Christiane Amanpour, CNN

Anna Wintour’s omnipresent status, crafted over a three-decade-long career at the helm of Vogue, is unrivalled in the fashion industry. Her reputation has transcended that of the magazine she edits, her image — immaculately sliced bob, sunglasses — now instantly recognizable in silhouette or line sketch.

Anna Wintour attends Oscar De La Renta’s 2018 show, in New York City. Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images North America/Getty Images for NYFW:

If the late Karl Lagerfeld was fashion’s commander-in-chief, Wintour is its head of state, enigmatically presiding over matters of style and culture far above the average Vogue reader’s head.

She acts as a tastemaker and strategic adviser for the CEOs of luxury companies, uses her platform for philanthropic good (AIDS research in particular) and has transformed the Met Gala — an annual benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute — into a night of Oscar-level red carpet excitement and serious fundraising. In 2015, the New York Times reported that the gala had raised over $145 million under Wintour’s reign, a figure that will likely surpass $200 million after next month’s event.

Anna Wintour attends the “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination” Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018, in New York City. Credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images North America/Getty Images

Wintour will turn 70 this year and, if Vogue’s assertion that she’ll stay on is to be believed, she may be embarking on the most challenging years of her career. Like many legacy media businesses, Vogue and its parent company Condé Nast are undergoing a moment of reckoning. The publisher has recently shuttered a number of publications in its portfolio, including the print editions of Glamour, Teen Vogue and Self magazine.

Yet, the Condé Nast offices in London — often pitched as a “digital hub” for many of its titles, including Vogue — have grown dramatically in size and scale over the last 18 months. New digital-only publications, including Vogue Business, have also been launched. Nonetheless, in the same way, that steering a ship is entirely different from driving a speedboat, media giant Vogue can’t adapt as quickly as some of its younger, smaller, digitally native competitors.

Speaking about Michelle Obama, Wintour praised the former first lady for her fearlessness and for transforming the role. “She was just so inspiring to so many women. And obviously — on a very selfish note, speaking as the editor-in-chief of Vogue — she did wonders for fashion. She loved fashion.
“We always had a tradition at Vogue to photograph the first ladies when they first came into office — some extraordinary, wonderful women, and it was an honour to photograph them. But they were always super cautious about what they wanted to wear and the image that they wanted to present: Nearly always a jacket, maybe some pearls if you were Mrs Bush. But with Mrs Obama, she was fearless and it was just such a joy for all of us that work in fashion.” – CNN

Beyoncé photographed by Tyler Mitchell for Vogue. Credit: Tyler Mitchell

Speaking exclusively to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in New York, Wintour expressed optimism about the changing media landscape she now finds herself in. “I think we’re so fortunate today to have so many different channels in which to speak to our audiences,” she said.”If you go back to when I was a young girl growing up in Britain, and (when) I went for my first job, it was considered a great thing if we reached an audience of 90,000 people with a monthly magazine. Now we have, I believe, 22 million followers on Instagram alone at Vogue US. So we are talking to men and women all over the world … in so many different ways (and) in a way that we couldn’t possibly have imagined even 10 years ago, 15 years ago.”

Wintour was speaking the day after Condé Nast appointed Roger Lynch, former CEO of the music streaming service Pandora, as its first global chief executive. The news came less than six months after the publisher announced that it would merge Condé Nast International (headquartered in London) with Condé Nast (the US arm), a restructuring that also saw the company’s CEO, Bob Sauerberg, step down.Rumors around Wintour’s potential exit predate the latest upheavals — and they swirled again last summer. Wagging tongues were once again silenced by Sauerberg’s insistence that Vogue’s editor-in-chief would stay on “indefinitely.”