Things are so bad in Iraq, protesters are seeing hope in porn star Mia Khalifa

One Iraqi demanded - in sarcasm - that she points out an Iraqi politician who is more honorable than her so he would seek his help. (Supplied)
Updated 10 December 2018

Things are so bad in Iraq, protesters are seeing hope in porn star Mia Khalifa

  • The ongoing protests are against political system and poor living conditions mostly caused by Iranian intervention
  • 'At least Mia Khalifa comfort gives me comfort every night, what do our politicians do for us?' said one Iraqi in anger

BAGHDAD: Mia Khalifa, the US porn sensation of Lebanese origins is no stranger to protests and controversy. Indeed, ever since she shot up to fame as one of the most popular actresses on American porn sites, she has been the subject of protest and crisicisim across the Arab World. In particular, she has received heavy crticism in her home country of Lebanon, a country dominated by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah.

However, while some of her critics may like her in secret but disown her in public; Khalifa has recently proven publically popular in a very unlikely place: Iraq.

Protesters - angry at the political situation and poor living conditions caused mostly by Iranian intervention - have carried her picture and made comparisons between the adult actress and Iraqi politicians, who are infamous for their corruption and Tehran connections.

One Iraqi demanded - sarcastically - that she points out an Iraqi politician who is more honorable than her so he would seek his help, insinuating that there are none.

He said in his Iraqi dialect: “Who is more honorable than you, Mia, so I can complain to him?”

He pointed out that he found Mia Khalifa more helpful to him than most politicians in the country and the members of the provincial council.

The young man added that Mia gave him comfort, while Iraqi politicians were useless and incapable of providing the city with minimum life requirements, like water, electricity, sanitation, and education.

The city of Basra has been witnessing a wave of mass protests for the last two months in response to the deterioration of services, lack of job opportunities, and contaminated drinking water during this hot weather. Dozens of the protesters have been killed and injured in clashes with the police, especially after the protests have been renewed in the past two days.


Europe’s ‘most wanted women’ targeted in new campaign

Iveta Tancosova. (Europol)
Updated 56 min 47 sec ago

Europe’s ‘most wanted women’ targeted in new campaign

  • The wanted suspects face a range of charges including murder, and human and drug trafficking

THE HAGUE: Europe’s policing agency Friday rolled out a new campaign to catch the continent’s most wanted female criminals, saying their crimes were just as serious as those committed by men.
Called the “Crime has no gender” campaign, Europol’s new website reveals the faces of fugitives wanted by 21 EU countries in an interactive way, Europol spokeswoman Tine Hollevoet said. Of those, 18 are women.
“People think that usually these crimes are not being committed by women, but they are and they are equally as serious as those committed by men,” she told AFP.
The wanted suspects face a range of charges including murder, and human and drug trafficking.
The interactive campaign first shows the suspects hidden behind spooky neon masks, before their faces are slowly revealed as viewers read the stories behind their crimes.
“After the last time a viewer scrolls, the face of the wanted fugitive is revealed and they will be able to see if it’s a man or a woman,” Hollevoet said.
“The idea is to attract as many visitors as possible, with experience showing us that the more eyes that look at the wanted fugitives, the higher the chance to locate and arrest the wanted person,” she said.
For instance, France is looking for Jessica Edosomwan, a Nigerian citizen who escaped after police raided a prostitution ring in the Lyon region in late 2007 and arrested 26 people.
The ring exploited some 60 prostitutes who were lured to France with the promise of a better future and were smuggled there through Libya.
Once in France, the destitute women were subjected to voodoo “juju” rites and their families threatened, French police told AFP.
The case against the suspects are expected to start in Lyon on November 6 and Edosomwan is the only suspect still outstanding.
She is believed to be either in the Benelux countries, Italy or Germany, police said. Another wanted suspect is Hungarian national Ildiko Dudas, 31, who is wanted for drug trafficking and child abuse. “Very often the suspect’s children were brought along to the drug transactions,” Europol said of Dudas.
Dudas was sentenced to six years in prison for crimes committed between 2011 and 2012 but her current whereabouts are unknown.
Europol’s “masquerade of crime” can be viewed on the following website www.eumostwanted.eu/crimehasnogender — along with instructions on how to send a tip-off to police.