The Week That Was – 1 October 2017

Angela Merkel Wins Fourth Term

Chancellor Angela Merkel won her fourth term in Germany’s election last Sunday. Angela Merkel’s party – the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) secured 32.9 percent of the vote.

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Angela Merkel casting her vote in Berlin

The CDU’s closest opposition the Social Democrats (SPD) and their candidate Martin Schulz came in at their worse performance postwar with 20%. But the Berlin establishment did a double take when the Nationalist and Eurosceptic party, the Alternative for Germany (AfD), won 13 percent of the vote, making it the country’s third biggest political authority in Germany.

 

The party was founded in 2013 and made waves rapidly in the German Media and its current political landscape. Many branding them as Nazis’ and ‘still having the brown suit in the basement’ skinheads.  Although it was clear that the AfD would gather seats in the coming mouths onto the State election.

Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s National Front (FN) who was defeated by Emmanuel Macron in the French presidential election run-off four months ago, praised the progress of the AfD. Tweeting:

Bravo to our AfD allies for this historic score

Adding that the AfD was a:

New symbol of (the) reawakening of European people

Despite many fringe AfD supporters congregating around the AfD’s headquarters located in Berlin and sang the German national anthem and yelled with delight, erratic protests arouse across major German cities such as Cologne, Munich and Frankfurt. In Berlin, hundreds (roughly 300 – 400) protesters marched upon a nightclub where members of the AfD were celebrating the election results.

 

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Picture taken of an Anti-AfD rally

 

After the bombshell of the results, Angela Merkel Said:

We will have to win back those who voted for the AfD by solving their problems, by taking on board their concerns.

Many of their concerns occurred due to Angle Merkel’s Government and her policy-making. Many of whom think her policy on Immigration was too lenient. The census round many AfD supporters is that it was just an attempt to swing undecided voters and gain the crucial young vote regardless of the welfare and safety of German citizens.


Angela Merkel Wins Fourth Term

King Salman has lifted the infamous ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia and is now allowing the issuing of permits to women – state media announced on Tuesday. This ended the stigma of Saudi Arabia being the only nation in the world to have a prohibition on women driving, Saudi Arabia is now officially the last country to lift the ban.

 

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King Salman of Saudi Arabia.

 

This is a major triumph in Suadi Society, many women rights activists calling this a historic moment in Suadi society and a huge step forward for women’s liberty inside a very conservative-Islamist country.

 

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Women protesting before the ban was reversed.

 

Although there was never an official ban on women driving in Saudi-Law, the Government refused to issue women licences. Until now, only men were allowed to drive, and if a woman dared to get behind the wheel she would have been arrested and fined.

The news, as mentioned earlier, was announced on State television. The announcement mentioned the damage the policy has done to the Kingdom’s international relations and the turmoil it has provoked domestically, and the country hopes public relations will significantly improve under this reformation.

The royal decree ordered the formation of a ministerial body to give advice within 30 days and then implement the law by June 2018. Women in Saudi Arabia have to seek permission from a male guardian in order to travel, marry, exit prison, and (in some cases) to work or receive healthcare. Many women in Saudi Arabia hope this is just the beginning and the country can start to liberate women more and more as the years go on and, in the end, allow women to be independent.


Hugh Hefner, the leader of the sexual revolution, dies at 91

Hugh Hefner, the founder of the international adult magazine company Playboy and recognised as the leader of the sexual revolution, died on the September 27th, 2017, at the age of 91.

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Hugh Hefner in his Playboy mansion

Playboy Enterprises Inc said he passed away peacefully at home in Los Angeles, from natural causes.

Hugh Hefner started Playboy in his home kitchen in 1953, the first issue featuring the most glam and most famous women of the 50’s – Marilyn Monroe. Before she hit it big time she, as most inspiring actresses where, in need of money. She posed nude for the photographer Tom Kelly in exchange for $50. The photographs then were bought by a calendar company then 4 years later Hefner bought the pictures from the calendar company for $500

Despite Playboy never having an official deal from Monroe regarding the photographs, Hefner and Monroe developed a friendly relationship during their lives. Monroe said the photos never negatively impacted her career. Later Hefner bought the crypt next to Monroe’s for $75,000 in 1992. He told the LA times in 2009:

Spending eternity next to Marilyn is too sweet to pass up

During his life, Hefner saved the iconic Hollywood sign not once but twice. In 1978, Hefner helped organise a fundraiser that led to the restoration of the Hollywood sign. He hosted a gala-event at his notorious Playboy mansion. He personally contributed $27,000 (1/9 of the total recovery costs) by purchasing the letter Y in a ceremonial auction. Three decades later, Aprill 26, 2010, Hefner donated close to a million dollars sought by a conservation group for a land purchase needed to stop the development of the famed vista of the Hollywood Sign.

 

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The Hollywood sign may not have been here today if not for Hugh Hefner

Hefner also supported the legalisation of same-sex marriage in America. He said he that a fight for gay marriage was:

A fight for all our rights. Without it, we will turn back the sexual revolution and return to an earlier, puritanical time

The pyjama-wearing hedonist porn mogul may have divided America and the world but his family and friends deserve a time of peace following his death, and I wish them the very best during this rough time for them.

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