Apparently Saudi Arabia's religious police are cracking down on adorned abayas — the black cloaks worn by women — prior to Eid — the celebration which marks the end of the month of Ramadan (it's today). Shopkeepers attempting to sell the black robes decorated with patterns, beads or trim — allowed under slightly relaxed dress codes — claim to have been threatened by the police, or mutawa'a, and have had to turn away customers. "They should focus on fighting vices, not women," said Buthaina Nassr, a women's activist, "I do not understand why they force us to wear black in such a hot country while men can wear white." [Mosan Mosan via Global Voices]