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From Jewish Westchester To Radical IslamThe Jewish WeekShe read National Geographic incessantly, scouring the pages for exotic images of men in flowing white kalwar shameezes and women in jet-black burqas, an outfit she would later adopt. She had even thought of becoming an anthropologist, ...
Food industry a key area of growth for Canadian economy: ReportCanada.comTen thousand people clamoured around a farmer's fallow field: women in burqas with slits at the eyes, men in white skullcaps, girls in head-scarves and jeans, boys with water pistols, young moms parading provocatively in capris and sleeveless T-shirts. ...and more »
North Andover soldier rallies support for Bruins in AfghanistanEagle TribuneThe insurgents were wearing burqas, a turquoise-colored covering worn by many Afghan women. Two of the attackers died after their bomb vests exploded while the third was shot according to reports. Barbara Grasso said her son had a leg injury. ...and more »
Islam in denial over burqasEureka StreetThe rally was organised to condemn the banning of the burqa (full face veil) in France. Paradoxically, hardly any of the protesters had actually read the text of the French enactment banning, from April, the full face veil. In countries like Pakistan, ...and more »
Background Notes : FranceMilitary & Aerospace ElectronicsOn September 14, 2010 the French Senate voted 246 to 1 in favor of prohibiting the concealing of one's face in public, such as with burqas. In a decision published October 7, 2010, the Constitutional Council, France's highest constitutional court, ...and more »
Postcard from Washington: All-American afternoonOttawa CitizenTen thousand people clamoured around a farmer's fallow field: women in burqas with slits at the eyes, men in white skullcaps, girls in head-scarves and jeans, boys with water pistols, young moms parading provocatively in capris and sleeveless T-shirts. ...and more »
New York Times (blog)Queens College Graduates March Again, 70 Years LaterNew York Times (blog)On Thursday, parents of students arrived in burqas and saris, and many languages — Spanish, Hindu, Arabic, Chinese and others –- could be heard. Back then there was no roaring river of cars known as the Long Island Expressway running along the ...and more »
Shaitan raises hell on Mohammed Ali Road?Hindustan TimesA scene in the film required lead actors Gulshan Devaiah, Neil Bhoopalam and Shiv Pandit to sport burqas and walk down But the trouble started when a few shocked locals raised objections to see men donning burqas (religious attire worn by Muslim women) ...
The Guardian (blog)Women's rights must not be forgotten in Arab revolutionsThe Guardian (blog)Women played a central part in the Egyptian revolution – they mixed freely with men and either played their part by lobbing molotov cocktails or simply bringing in food and supplies under commonly seen black burqas. Their loud and cheerful presence was ...and more »
Independence Unlikely for MadisonInside Higher EdThe leaders of the University and College Union, the primary faculty union in Britain, are backing the right of students to wear burqas, The Independent reported. Union leaders argue that this right will assure that the universities are welcoming to ...and more »
Violence Clouds US Pullout Plans in AfghanistanWall Street JournalThe assault was the first major attack in Herat since October, when Taliban insurgents tried to ram a car bomb into the city's United Nations office and send suicide bombers concealed by burqas into the compound. Separately, two coalition service ...and more »
Hotelier Middle EastMiddle East tourists to ditch France on burqa banHotelier Middle EastBy Hotelier Middle East Staff Gulf travel companies fear that Middle East tourists to France could see a sharp drop in numbers following the ban on burqas which went into force last month, according to a report in Al Aribiya News. ...and more »
Oz anti-discrimination watchdog says burqa issue threatens safety of Muslim womenDailyIndia.comMelbourne, May 28: Victoria's Equal opportunity and human rights commissioner Helen Szoke has said that airing the burqa issue threatens the safety of Muslim women. "I'd be concerned if that whole anti-burqa, anti-hijab dialogue started again. ...and more »
Feiger: From Burqas to BasementsThe DartmouthUp until about a week ago, I had looked down on French President Nicolas Sarkozy's call for the ban of the burqa. I thought the ban was racism thinly veiled as a security concern that sought to destroy religious ...
CNN InternationalAfghan policewoman challenges insurgents, prejudicesCNN International"I have faced resistance many times," says Gul, who must physically enter the cars passing through the checkpoint, pull up burqas and pat down the female passengers. "But when I show my police ID, I am convincing them to allow me to search them. ...and more »
ABNA.irSwitzerland's Italian-Speaking Region Deliberates Face-Veil BanABNA.irIt will be the first time anywhere in Switzerland that citizens have been asked to express an opinion on face veils and burqas. The federal government in Bern has rejected calls for a national ban on full-face veils saying their use in Switzerland is ...
Don't Ban Burqas—Or Censor "South Park"Big ThinkWestern attempts to ban Islamic religious garb, and Muslim attempts to censor Western religious satire may be separate issues. But neither is a good idea.
The Local SwitzerlandSwiss canton voters could ban the burqaThe Local SwitzerlandA petition in Canton Ticino could force a referendum on prohibiting women from wearing burqas in public, a first for the country. A local committee in Ticino, Switzerland's Italian-speaking region, said it has collected 11316 signatures, ...and more »
...way, a suspicion confirmed by many also being involved in the under-age drinking of alcohol during Mass. The introduction of burqas for choirboys is just one of a number of proposals to combat allegations of priest-taunting by organised choral gangs. The Pope...
Is banning of burqas really an act of modernity?Times of IndiaThe French decision to ban the use of the burqa by women in public has met with an interesting range of reactions. There are those who find the action culturally intolerant and smacking of the Islamophobic undercurrent that seems to be running through ...
Burqa Fuel: Kiwi franchise invades IraqNew Zealand HeraldThe war-stricken country is known more for its burqas than its burgers, but that's not stopping the franchise from opening a store in Iraq's northern region. BurgerFuel Worldwide chief executive Josef Roberts said unlike the US-led ...
"Is France Right To Ban The Burqa?"ScienceBlogs (blog)For instance a closed room where Muslim women can inspect burqa wearers. Well, it's a thought. I figure if kids can run around with their pants around their ankles, who are we to dictate fashion? More seriously, I have gone back and forth on this. ...and more »
New York Times (blog)At War: My First Afghan BurqaNew York Times (blog)So I decided to do something I had never done here — wear a burqa. It was a window into the world as seen by most Afghan women. Three Afghan women walked together in Kabul, Afghanistan's capital, with a little girl, who hid herself from rain under her ...and more »
The AgeMinister buys into debate on burqasThe AgeMUSLIM women who choose to wear the face-covering burqa should be entitled to do as they pleased, says Victoria's multicultural affairs minister. Nick Kotsiras has also praised the Sudanese community which has come under scrutiny in the aftermath of ...and more »
...the law should be punished, ''you cannot say it's all the community's fault''. Weighing into the international debate on banning burqas, taken up by some of his federal Coalition colleagues, Mr Kotsiras said: ''If a person wishes to wear the burqa, then they...
Amnesty again slams Belgian burqa ban as it advances in parliamentMonsters and Critics.comAt the time, the law outlawing burqas and other kinds of face veils would have been the first in Europe. France has since implemented a similar measure. The Belgian proposal was revived this year by the centre-right French-speaking Movement Reformateur ...and more »
CNNFrench burqa ban raises eyebrowsThe East TexanEurope is usually viewed as a more liberal and religiously tolerant place by Americans, which is why the recent French ban on wearing burqas and niqabs traditional face-covering garments worn by Islamic women has been met with surprise and controversy. ...Europe's Rising IslamophobiaMiddle East OnlineFrance's Islamic veil ban spurs passionate reaction worldwideCNNall 35 news articles »
Insurgents clad in burqas attacked a coalition base in Kabul with guns and rocket-propelled grenades on Saturday (April 2) but were killed either when they detonated their explosives or by Afghan or coalition fire outside the entrance, NATO and police said. Three "friendly forces" -- NATO or Afghan troops -- were lightly wounded in the assault on Camp Phoenix, a large base near the capital's airport, but no civilians or soldiers were killed. "Three suicide bombers wearing burqa targeted the Camp Phoenix (US military base) they parked their car nearby the camps. Two of them blown themselves up and the third one were shot dead by camp security guard," said general Mohammad Ayub Salangi, who is the Kabul police chief. The assault was launched a day after protesters enraged by the burning of a Koran by an obscure US pastor over-ran a UN compound and killed at least seven international staff in the worst-ever attack on the United Nations in Afghanistan. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the latest attack on Camp Phoenix. Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said seven attackers had targeted the base, but the group often exaggerates its operations. A spokesman for NATO-led forces said there were two insurgent attackers, and only one was a possible suicide bomber. Eyewitnesses said they heard at least two explosions. The body of one attacker was still lying in the dust outside the gate hours after the early morning attack. Police had cordoned off the road around the base. Camp ...
Last week France became the first country to apply a controversial ban that outlaws covering the face in streets and public spaces this includes burqas and niqabs. Rachid Nekkaz a french business man had promised he'd pay fines for women who want to wear full veils in the street, with 5 million euros he'd raise by selling his property. But it seems now, his money will be safe.
Belgium and France have moved to ban the face veil in public, while Switzerland has banned minarets. Is Europe now putting its own 'secular' culture before religious toleration? When MP Chris Grayling said before the election he thought Christian B&B owners should be allowed to turn away gay couples there was an outraged consensus that such bigotry should not be tolerated. How should secular societies deal with awkward religious practices and beliefs? Speakers include: Abid Raja, chair at Minotek; Dr Evan Harris, Ex MP Liberal Democrats, Nathalie Rothschild, commissioning editor at Spiked-online, Bruno Waterfield, Brussels correspondent, Daily Telegraph.
Recently, France outlawed covering your face in public. What makes this a real issue is that Muslim women who wear Burqas are breaking the law simply for practicing their religion and preserving their culture. Is France in the wrong? I don't believe so... watch and find out why.
Pat Robertson and Terry Meeuwsen react to the new French law banning Muslim women from wearing burqas in public.
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Battle of Ideas 2010, Royal College of Art, London Speakers: Dr Evan Harris, campaigner for secularism in the public sphere; former science spokesman, Liberal Democrats; writer, Guardian Political Science blog Abid Raja, chair, Minotek, Norway; author, Dialogue on Violence, Suppression and Extremism Nathalie Rothschild, commissioning editor, spiked; co-ordinator, Young Journalists' Academy; UK correspondent, Judisk Krönika Bruno Waterfield, Brussels correspondent, Daily Telegraph; author, No Means No! Chair: Dolan Cummings, convenor, Battle for Politics; associate fellow, Institute of Ideas; editor, Culture Wars; editor, Debating Humanism Blurb: This year, Belgium and France both took steps towards banning women from wearing the Muslim burqa in public, and similar bans have been seriously discussed elsewhere in Europe. Meanwhile Switzerland has banned minarets. So is Europe now putting its own 'secular' culture before religious toleration? The legacy of the Reformation and religious wars, followed by the Enlightenment, spawned a particular tradition of secularism in Europe based on the separation of religion and politics, and the principle of tolerance. Of course, religious conflict was never completely stamped out, but until recently it was assumed that religion was becoming less important, as the process of secularisation unfolded, and enlightened, liberal values took the place of superstition and deference to religious authorities. This assumption has been upset most ...
Transcript by www.newsy.com BY JENNIFER MECKLES ANCHOR JENNIFER MECKLES You're watching multisource world news analysis from Newsy Freedom of religion versus freedom from religion -- that's the ongoing debate in France now, as a law banning Muslim burqas -- or, veiled face coverings -- goes into effect Monday. France is home to Europe's largest Muslim population. Only around 2000 women wear the veils--not many considering there's an estimated four to six million Muslims in France. Neighboring countries also sometimes see the practice as a form of radical Islam. (Video NBC) Burqas and niqabs will be banned in public places, like restaurants, schools, and public transportation. So, how will France enforce such a ban? The Telegraph reports -- it won't be by handcuffs: "Under the new law, women who wear face-covering Muslim veils... face being fined £125 or ordered to follow citizenship classes, or both... Husbands and fathers who force such veils on women and girls risk a year of prison and a £25000 fine, with both penalties doubled if the victim is a minor." The fine, £125, calculates to just over $200 US. And £25000 -- nearly $41000! France is a secular country -- insistent upon separation of church and state since the early 1900s. Leading up to Monday's ban, French President Nicolas Sarkozy's UMP party held a debate on secularism. But all this has media outlets wondering if it's just a political ploy? "The enactment of the law and the opening of the secularism debate come ...
The Q&A panel respond to an audience member's question about multiculturalism in Australia.
Starts with crowds, patriotic song, fireworks...keep watching...the beautiful women in their veils and burqas will break out with dances and song! This is a happy clip of Egypt, on her first day of "FREE"!!! Bravo Beautiful Women! Bravo Egypt!!!.....from Nancy Cuevas Guzman on the ground at Tahrir Square on the First Day of the birth of the New Egypt!
Complete video at: fora.tv Author and activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali argues that the clash of cultures between Western secular liberalism and radical Muslim immigrants is being overshadowed by meaningless debates over burqas and minarets. ----- The controversial author, feminist activist and politician, Ayaan Hirsi Ali comes to Melbourne. A vocal and prominent critic of Islam, Ali has been celebrated and criticised for her work and writings. A former member of the Dutch House of Representatives, she has campaigned passionately for conflict resolution, ethics and world citizenship. Named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2005, her memoir Infidel has been praised as profoundly affecting and powerful. The followup, Nomad, tells the stirring story of her search for a new life as she tries to reconcile her Islamic past with her passionate adherence to democracy and Western values. - Australian Broadcasting Corporation Ayaan Hirsi Ali is an outspoken defender of women's rights in Islamic societies. Hirsi Ali was born in Mogadishu, Somalia. She escaped an arranged marriage by immigrating to the Netherlands in 1992, and served as a member of the Dutch parliament from 2003 to 2006. In parliament, she worked on furthering the integration of non-Western immigrants into Dutch society, and on defending the rights of women in Dutch Muslim society. In 2004, together with director Theo van Gogh, she made "Submission," a film about the oppression of women ...
INDIA: No class without burqa It's often forgotten that in spite of its many temples, Hindu-majority India is also home to one of the largest Muslim populations in the world. The Eastern Indian city of Calcutta has nearly four million Muslim residents and burqas are a common sight here. But controversy has gripped the city since male students at the Calcutta Madrassa College prevented female teachers from taking class unless they wore the burqa... www.france24.com
(composite video) Can a Muslim who sees any criticism of his/her customs or religion as 'an attack on Islam' ever be able to honestly discuss issues like the wearing of full-face veils (niqab or burqa) by Muslim women? The rally at Lakemba/Punchbowl in Sydney (Sunday, 19th September) was actually addressed for the most part by bearded men from the pro-Islamist organization, Hizb ut-Tahrir, who were fearful of having their peculiarly parochial + paternalistic xenophobic views + 7th century ideology challenged by the wider multicultural community in which they now live. Out of over an hour of raving, shouting + bellicose lectures by male religious authorities, only 10 minutes or so was devoted to the focal speech by their Sister Fautima supporting Muslim womens' wearing of the niqab or burqa. But the one thing that was evident in both her speech + the subsequent speech at the Sydney University's Camperdown campus was the distorted negative view of 'secular Western society' which was (typically) used as a means of justifying the very outdated custom of women wearing niqab or burqa (or chador), whether by choice or not. Worse was was the effective spitting upon the wider Australian community's values (secular + non-secular of diverse cultures, ethnicities + religions) which has embraced the mostly migrant + refugee Muslim community in Australia:- "Islamic values are superior to 'flawed' Western secular values and non-Muslims are in no position to lecture Muslims about the ...
The French Senate has voted overwhelmingly for a bill banning the burqa-style Islamic veil in public places, in a final step towards a making it law. (Sept. 14)
Footage of two American Flag Burqas being shown off at the sign-making party hosted by the Tea Party Patriots at the Hyatt in Washington, DC. Captured on 9/11/2010. Footage does not reflect the views of this user
(composite video) Forced to wear burqa, teacher quits - Do you have to wear a burqa if you are going to teach at a Muslim University? There is nothing in the rule book that says so, but students of Aliah University in Kolkata have demanded this. While seven women teachers succumbed to the pressure, one did not. Twenty four-year-old Shirin Niddya has been shifted to another university campus for fear that her presence might cause trouble. Just two weeks after she started teaching Bengali literature at Aliah University's Kolkata campus, students union there demanded all women lecturers would have to wear burqas. "During mid-April, the students Union called us and told all eight women teachers to wear a burqa. Students union said don't discuss this with authorities, just follow our order. We have forced students to wear burqas, if you don't you will have to leave the job..." The students union denies strong arm tactics but admits that they suggested that in keeping with the tradition of the Calcutta High Madrassah where the Aliah University has a campus, the burqa would be most suitable. "We had told the authorities that this is a madrassah. The way she used to dress, it was an eyesore for us. The university doesn't have a dress code but that doesn't mean you can violate the madrassah's tradition. We felt bad. So we objected," said Md. Atiqur Rehman, General Secretary of Kolkata Madrassah Students Union.... www.ndtv.com Stop Talibanisation, it is India - The government ...
Spanish lawmakers will debate barring burqas in public, joining other European countries considering similar moves on the grounds that the body-covering garments are degrading to women, the leading opposition party said Sunday. Full Video & Report On thecoffeebreaknews.com
The burqa is an expression of inequality between men and women. A woman who wears the burqa denies herself the right to her dignity. We know that women who wear burqas have effectively no choice to refuse They would defy their culture, their religion and men who rule their lives. To speak against the burqa is often been attacked as racism Islam is not a race It's a religion that can be challenged like other religions We've got to stop being politically correct over Islam and make efforts to defend our values. edition.cnn.com politiken.dk www.youtube.com www.facebook.com
Stephen Hammond is on the roofdeck of the Arab Institute in Paris, France, discussing the complex issue of the burqa and other veils over the face of women. France's lower house of parliament just passed legislation (only one member voted against it) that outlaws anyone from wearing face coverings in public. France, like western countries, is scared of extremism in the Muslim community and although very few Muslim women cover their faces in public, they hope this will put a stop to this process. Canada also has issues with this and in both cases I say that legislating an issue like this is wrong. Better to work on, and legislate the end to discriminatory practises which can often lead to extremism - if people feel they aren't included, then they'll segregate even more. Go to www.StephenHammond.ca or www.HumanRightsTrainingStore.com for resources to help out your workplace on these and other complex issues of harassment & discrimination.
Amnesty International condemns French lawmakers for voting to ban the wearing of full-length body veils -- called burqas - in public. The garment only exposes a woman's eyes and hands. A vote by French lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly in favor of banning the full face veil has been met with condemnation by Amnesty International. The human rights group said the so called burqa ban violates womens' rights. [John Dalhuisen, AI Expert on Discrimination in Europe]: "Amnesty regrets obviously that this law has been passed, and even more so that is has been passed with such an overwhelming majority in the French lower chamber, because we believe that this is a law that will violate the rights to freedom of expression and freedom of religion of Muslim women who freely choose to wear full face veils." Muslim women could be fined 150 euros for wearing face covering veils in public under the new bill. France is home to the largest Muslim minority in Western Europe, with about 5 million Muslims, but it is thought only around 2000 women in France wear the full length veil. Amnesty is concerned the new bill could adversely affect women who are compelled to cover themselves. [John Dalhuisen, AI Expert on Discrimination in Europe]: "I think there is definitely a risk that some of those who are currently being forced to wear veils won't necessarily see their situation improve. They are likely to be restricted more to the home, their will see access to services, goods and perhaps even ...
Hassen Chalghoumi is the only imam in France to publicly support the government's plans to banning full facial veils. But he's paid a heavy price for that view.Chalghoumi has received death threats and his mosque in a north-eastern suburb of Paris has been stormed by extremists. But the imam won't be put off. He believes the burqa has nothing to do with faith, and instead robs women of their freedom. Chalghoumi espouses a republican Islam and has been highly-praised for his ecumenical work with France's Jewish community.
BURQA - SPAIN: Banning the burqa: an issue that's been developing across Europe in recent months. In Belgium, lawmakers have approved a draft ban to wearing the full Islamic veil in public places. And here in France too, debate is raging after the cabinet approved a similar draft. Then, in a surprise move, the Spanish senate recently passed a text ordering the government to do the same. And the first towns in Catalonia, where the motion first passed, have already started to bring in the legislation...
Belgium's legislature became the first today to vote for a ban on burqas in public places. A similar ban is being proposed in France.Today's News Talk Online on the Paltalk News Network questioned the motivation - public safety or religious oppression.-Join the chat on News Talk Online on the Paltalk News Network at 5 PM NY time weekdays at www.joinchatnow.com