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Nike Is Launching Its First “Nike Pro Hijab” For Female Muslim Athletes

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The hijab has been a controversial subject in the world of sports for some time, with numerous athletes being banned from wearing these pieces while playing sports. Only more recently have professional competitions started to lift these regulations. Up until 2014, for example, FIFA didn’t permit athletes to compete with hijabs on. To be fair, this isn’t always a racist issue, but rather a safety precaution, but it has spiked a lot of controversy nevertheless.

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And Nike is keeping pace. The sportswear company has designed a lightweight hijab for female Muslim athletes, taking the safety concerns and high demand for comfortable, athletic hijabs into consideration. Although Nike doesn’t have the greatest reputation, given the countless allegations of child slavery, bribery, doping, and more against them, it’s still wonderful to see the company making clothing that’s inclusive and forward thinking.

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How Nike Designed the “Pro Hijab”

Hijabs have been heavily criticized in regards to sports, as they are considered a potential physical risk, especially in high contact sports. With these comments in mind, Nike gathered research from different communities on what’s considered culturally appropriate for hijab designs and created their first athletic hijab.

“These new garments were again wear tested by elite Nike athletes, like the groundbreaking Emirati figure skater Zahra Lari and Nike+ Run Club Coach Manal Rostom. Everyday athletes from around the Middle East also assessed the hijabs,” Nike explained in a statement.

The Nike Pro hijab is in part inspired by the female Emirati Olympic weightlifting athlete Amna Al Haddad, as she actually visited Nike’s sport research lab at their global headquarters in Oregon. Amna had complained about the hijab she used for competitions, explaining that there were very limited options for hijabs that are comfortable and lightweight enough to compete in. As a result, Amna had to wash her hijab every single night during competitions.

“The Nike Pro Hijab was designed as a direct result of our athletes telling us they needed this product to perform better, and we hope that it will help athletes around the world do just that,” Global Nike Spokeswoman Megan Saalfeld explained.

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“From there, we worked with Amna and a variety of other athletes to see what they needed and wanted in a performance hijab. What we heard was that women were looking for a lightweight and breathable solution that would stay in place without concern of shifting,” Saalfeld continued.

Middle Eastern countries obviously have a warmer climate, so Nike also took this into consideration when designing the hijabs, using lightweight mesh polyester to maximize breathability.

This May Be a Game Changer, But It Doesn’t Correct Nike’s Wrongdoings

The Nike Pro hijab will likely be a game changer, as it will open up more doors for female athletes and help put an end to the stigma surrounding hijabs in the world of sports. With its slim fitting design, Nike has created a safer alternative to traditional hijabs, so hopefully this will put an end to the argument on whether or not hijabs pose a safety threat to competitors.

At the end of the day, women should have the right to play sports, follow their dreams, and pursue their passions, regardless of their religion. Yes, religion can create separatism, but who are we to tell others what they can and cannot wear? If these women want to wear hijabs while playing sports, then they should have the right to do so, and if Nike is willing to help these women accomplish their goals, we should applaud them.

However, let’s not forget the corrupt operations that Nike has been leading for several years. For a long time, the company battled its “sweatshop” image because it was caught employing children, underpaying its labourers overseas, and forcing them to work in unfit working conditions. Nike arguably redefined modern day slavery and shed a lot of light on how terrible sweatshop conditions can be.

Some sources state that Nike was paying their workers as low as $1.60 per day in these facilities, a wage that’s incomprehensible to most North Americans. Yes, the cost of living is far less in “third world countries,” but that’s still obviously not enough to feed and house anyone, anywhere. Nike has also been accused of bribery and other corrupt practices in the past.

Let’s hope that with the implementation of the new hijab, Nike continues to shift the company to become more forward-thinking, more inclusive, and less corrupt!

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http://english.alarabiya.net/en/sports/2017/03/06/Nike-set-to-launch-the-Pro-Hijab-for-Muslim-female-athletes.html

 

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Abductions & Car Vandalism – Startling Australian UFO Report Unclassified

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An uncovered Australian report performed by their Department of Defence. “Scientific Intelligence — General — Unidentified Flying Objects” is trending again. Those who have done extensive research on UFOs will find the Australian version of disclosure to be far more intellectually honest than the American version. Albeit it was conducted decades ago.

According to ex-US intelligence official Luis Elizondo, the Defense Department’s Inspector General is presently conducting three reviews. The inquiries vary from the Department of Defense’s handling of UFO claims to Elizondo’s alleged whistleblower retribution. The open IG cases are crucial to Australia’s report because they establish beyond a shadow of a doubt that the US Department of Defense is being dishonest and shady when it comes to the UFO subject. For decades, Australia has been a loyal friend of the United States. Within Australia’s boundaries, they share a military installation (Pine Gap). When a close defense ally’s intelligence agencies determined that the US was not being intellectually honest in its approach, perhaps it is reasonable to conclude that there is more to the tale than the 144 incidents studied since 2004 by the UAPTF.

The CIA became alarmed at the overloading of military communications during the mass sightings of 1952 and considered the possibility that the USSR may take advantage of such a situation.

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According to the summary, OSI, acting through the Robertson-Panel, encouraged the USAF to use Project Blue Book to publicly “debunk” UFOs. In a tragic twist of fate, when Australian authorities sought explanations from the US Air Force, the allegation was debunked. The authors of the study were depicted as conspiratorial and even crazy by the US Air Force. Ross Coulthart reported this, and it may be heard in a recent Project Unity interview. Courthart is an award-winning investigative journalist who is drawn to forbidden subjects. He also stated on the same podcast that a senior US Navy official identified as Nat Kobitz told him that the US had been in the midst of reverse-engineering numerous non-human craft. According to his obituary, Mr. Kobitz was a former Director of Research and Development at Naval Sea Systems Command.

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New UFO Film Questions What The US Government Is Hiding

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The US recently released its highly anticipated Pentagon UAP report, but it wasn’t much more than a 9 page rundown of what has been known for decades. Regardless, for many, what was promising was that the UFO subject was being taken seriously again – and perhaps many more scientists might get involved.

For decades many have been warning about leaving UFO disclosure in the hands of a government that likes to use crisis’ or current events to expand its defense budgets. Further, why would we suddenly expect a government, who has been lying about this subject for 70 years, to suddenly come forth with the truth? What would inspire them to suddenly change their mind?

Perhaps it’s because the search for ET is an idea who’s time has truly come. We’ve reporting on this for over 13 years, and are mongst a community of researchers who have been encouraging humanity to look at the evidence for more than 70 years. It feels like an idea that human collective consciousness is more than ready to explore.

The impact the ET question has on our individual and collective worldview has the power to truly change the way we view ourselves and the meaning of life here on earth. Think of the implications answers to this question could have on how we set up and run our society as well. Technology, culture, collaboration etc – I spoke about this more in great detail in my extended interview for Greer’s. prior film Close Encounters of The Fifth Kind here.

Now, a new documentary from Dr. Steven Greer, directed by my good friend Michael Mazzola, seeks to explore what the films calls “the current government and media disinformation campaign promoting 3 big lies:”

1. We do not know what these UAPs/ UFOs are. WE DO.
2. Humans cannot make craft that can maneuver like UFOs. WE CAN and WE DO.
3. The UFOs are a threat. THEY ARE NOT.

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