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Published: 04/12/11

Q&A on French Burqa Ban: We Are Not 'Submissive to Men'

By  Dana Kennedy - AOL News
Q&A on French Burqa Ban: We Are Not 'Submissive to Men'

NICE, France -- It's a short bus ride from the glittering resorts on the Mediterranean beaches to another world -- the housing projects in the low-income, mostly Muslim neighborhood on the edge of the city called the Ariane. The 31-year-old wife and mother in one apartment above a park filled with children was not happy to see an AOL News reporter at the door, asking about the new law that went into effect Monday barring Muslim women in France from wearing the Islamic face veil in public. "I'm angry," she said. "The law is humiliating -- and it's ridiculous. It's just part of a bias against...

Published: 10/27/10

Bin Laden Warns France Over Afghan War, Veil Ban

By  not in system - AOL News
Bin Laden Warns France Over Afghan War, Veil Ban

CAIRO (Oct.27) -- Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden threatens in a new audio tape to kill French citizens to avenge their country's support for the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan and a new law that will ban face-covering Muslim veils. In the tape obtained by satellite television station Al-Jazeera and then posted on its website on Wednesday, bin Laden said France was aiding the Americans in the killing of Muslim women and children in an apparent reference to the war in Afghanistan. He said the kidnapping of five French citizens in the African nation of Niger last month was a reaction to what he...

Published: 09/15/10

Muslim World at Odds Over French Burqa Ban

By  Dana Kennedy - AOL News
Muslim World at Odds Over French Burqa Ban

NICE, France (Sept 15) -- A top cleric at Egypt's most respected mosque broke with many other global Islamic leaders by saying today that he supports France's decision to ban the full face-covering Islamic veil. Abdel Muti al-Bayyumi, a member of the Al-Azhar mosque council, said there is nothing in Islamic law or the Quran that calls for a full-face veil. The French Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to ban such garments as the burqa, a one-piece garment with a fabric grid before the eyes, and the niqab, a facial veil that leaves only the eyes visible. Claude Paris, AP Kenza Drider,...

Published: 09/14/10

Islamophobia Today: Newspaper Apologizes, City Council Balks, Twitter Bungles Burqa Ban

By  David Knowles - AOL News
Islamophobia Today: Newspaper Apologizes, City Council Balks, Twitter Bungles Burqa Ban

(Sept. 14) -- Whether non-Muslim Americans are becoming more mistrustful of those who practice the Islamic faith, or whether media outlets have simply covered such instances to the point of making it seem that way, is, to be sure, a matter of opinion. From the divisive protests over the proposed construction of Park51 (the so-called "ground zero mosque"), to the threats by a Florida pastor to burn the Quran, a steady stream of stories has kept Americans debating the role that Islam should play in the mosaic of U.S. religious, political and public life. Tuesday was no exception, with three...

Published: 09/14/10

French Senate Votes 246-1 to Ban Muslim Burqas

By  David Knowles - AOL News
French Senate Votes 246-1 to Ban Muslim Burqas

(Sept. 14) -- Following the lead of the National Assembly, the French Senate today voted overwhelmingly to ban full Islamic veils in public. The final tally was 246 in favor of enacting the new law, and one legislator voting against it. In July, the National Assembly voted 335-1 to pass the law, which bears the formal name "Forbidding the Concealing of the Face in the Public Space." Al-Jazeera reported that the text does not actually contain the words "veil" or "Islam." Today's move, however, is clearly directed at the relatively small number of Muslim women who opt for covering their faces...

Published: 07/18/10

Spanish Parliament to Debate Barring Burqas in Public

By  not in system - AOL News
Spanish Parliament to Debate Barring Burqas in Public

MADRID (July 18) -- 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. Top officials of the ruling Socialist Party have indicated they will support the proposal by the opposition Popular Party, making a ban likely unless the country's highest court rules it unconstitutional. A debate in Spain's lower house has been set by the Popular Party for Tuesday or Wednesday, the party said. No vote will be scheduled until...

Published: 05/31/10

Neo-Nazis No Longer? Marine Le Pen Tones Down France's Far Right

By  Sarah Wildman - Politics Daily
Neo-Nazis No Longer? Marine Le Pen Tones Down France's Far Right

The father of the French far-right National Front Party, Jean-Marie Le Pen, a famously Holocaust-minimizing (he called the Nazi occupation of France "not particularly inhumane"), anti-immigrant and anti-European Union leader, is teetering toward retirement. But not before the National Front has yet another phoenix-like return from sworn obsolescence. Political commentators throughout the middle of the last decade promised that the tough immigration policies of President Nicholas Sarkozy (at times so aggressive they seem pulled directly from the playbook of the extreme right) would siphon off...

Published: 02/4/10

Five Reasons to Be Bullish on America

By  Delia Lloyd - Politics Daily
Five Reasons to Be Bullish on America

I recognize that the mood in the U.S. isn't particularly buoyant right now. Between high unemployment rates, a recent near-miss terrorist attack, and the collective angst around the future of health care reform, Americans of all political stripes are pretty gloomy. Which is why I was shocked to meet someone the other night who's betting the farm on America in the long run. He's a British businessman whom I met at a dinner party. And he recently made the very calculated choice to move his wife and two children to New York City . . . for good. As an American who's lived in the U.K. for 3½...

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Published: 02/3/10

Are Female Suicide Bombers the Wave of the Future?

By  Delia Lloyd - Politics Daily
Are Female Suicide Bombers the Wave of the Future?

In the aftermath of the Christmas Day bomb plot, Western countries are beefing up security to combat terrorism at airports and universities. Mounting evidence suggests that, as they do this, they should pay particular attention to one group of people who've so far flown under the radar: women....

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