The Mideast Beast Podcast
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I Selfie You to Death! (Episode 28)


When did beauty pageants become about checkmate, and chess tournaments become a fashion show? If a picture is worth a thousand words, the selfie of Miss Iraq and Miss Israel, would be death, fatwa die, repeat. With Miss Iraq’s family fleeing their home after the controversial picture, hosts Molly Livingstone and Alex Giles ask if Miss Iraq is brave, naive, or just living under a rock. They also discuss a controversy that hasn’t made the headlines, about the current chess champion losing her medals because she won’t play by the rules… the rules, that is, of Saudi Arabia, where this year’s contest is being held. Is the reigning champion brave, naive, or living under the same rock?