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Horror stories about Muslim misogyny have long been used by western patriarchs to justify imperialism abroad and sexism at home. The Guardian’s Katharine Viner reminds us about Lord Cromer, the British consul general in Egypt from 1883. Cromer believed the Egyptians were morally and culturally inferior in their treatment of women and that they should be “persuaded or forced” to become “civilised” by disposing of the veil.

"And what did this forward-thinking, feminist-sounding veil-burner do when he got home to Britain?" asks Viner. "He founded and presided over the Men’s League for Opposing Women’s Suffrage, which tried, by any means possible, to stop women getting the vote. Colonial patriarchs like Cromer … wanted merely to replace eastern misogyny with western misogyny." More than a century later, the same logic is used to imply that misogyny only matters when it isn’t being done by white men.

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The World’s Largest Salt Flat

Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat located in southwest Bolivia. The flat is 10,582 square kilometers and 11,995 feet above sea level. The salt is over 32 feet thick in the center. It was formed as a result of the transformation of several prehistoric lakes.

The reflective quality of the sun hitting the water transforms the landscape into the world’s largest mirror. Many people come here to experience the beauty of heaven and earth existing side by side - the mystery of nature.