Lindsay urges world to do more for refugees

Lindsay Lohan
Updated 01 January 2017
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Lindsay urges world to do more for refugees

DUBAI: Hollywood star Lindsay Lohan is all praise for Turkey’s refugee efforts, and urged more countries to join in helping those fleeing war-torn Syria.
“What they’ve done in Turkey for the Syrian refugees is phenomenal,” Lohan told Becky Anderson from CNN’s Connect the World program shot at the cable-news network’s Abu Dhabi bureau in the United Arab Emirates.
She noted that Turkey is doing so much for the refugees as other countries stand idly by, as many people in the US and Britain only hear about the refugees in the news and think that’s the whole story. For instance, she said that there are orphaned Syrian refugee children living in abandoned buildings in Athens, but nobody really does anything about it.
She urged more countries to join the humanitarian efforts to provide sustainable assistance to the refugees.
Lohan said that she is planning to go back to Turkey for Syrian refugees in January.
The actress told CNN, “Losing half of my finger and getting it back was one of the best things that’s ever happened to me,” adding, “If that didn’t happen to me, if I didn’t lose a part of myself essentially — and I weirdly think about this when I meditate — I wouldn’t have stayed in Turkey. I wouldn’t have stayed there, and I wouldn’t have understood what it feels like to lose a limb.”
Asked if the Middle East has become a new home for her, Lohan said, “The Middle East has been wonderful to me throughout my life,” adding that she found a “spiritual belief” and “a respect for culture” in Turkey.


Egyptian singer Sherine banned after claiming lack of free speech

Updated 23 March 2019
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Egyptian singer Sherine banned after claiming lack of free speech

  • The singer, who hosts the Arabic version of “The Voice,” apologized again after the latest remarks in a TV interview aired late Friday, saying she was joking
  • Last year, Sherine was sentenced to six months in prison over a similar clip from a concert in which she joked that the Nile is polluted

CAIRO: An Egyptian singer has been banned from performing in her home country after suggesting that it does not respect free speech.
A video clip circulated online shows Sherine Abdel-Wahab, during a performance in Bahrain, saying: “Here I can say whatever I want. In Egypt, anyone who talks gets imprisoned.”
Egypt’s Musicians Union responded late Friday by barring the singer, popularly known by her first name, from performing. It also summoned her for questioning.
Samir Sabry, a pro-government lawyer with a reputation for moral vigilantism and suing celebrities, filed a complaint against the singer accusing her of “insulting Egypt and inviting suspicious rights groups to interfere in Egypt’s affairs.”
Last year, Sherine was sentenced to six months in prison over a similar clip from a concert in which she joked that the Nile is polluted. The sentence was suspended upon appeal. She apologized for the remark, calling it a “bad joke.”
The singer, who hosts the Arabic version of “The Voice,” apologized again after the latest remarks in a TV interview aired late Friday, saying she was joking.
“I am very tired. I made a mistake. I am sorry. I appeal the president of the Arab Republic of Egypt, who is our father. I feel that I was persecuted. I did nothing. I love Egypt,” she said.
Egyptian authorities have waged an unprecedented crackdown on dissent since President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi led the military overthrow of Mohammed Mursi in 2013. The local media is dominated by pro-government outlets that attack anyone seen as criticizing the country or its leaders, and several people have been jailed or fined for violating vaguely written laws outlawing such criticism.