Posts Tagged ‘niqab’

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Daily International News 10.29.10

October 29, 2010

Happy (almost) Halloween!

Daily International News
October 29, 2010

International
UN summit poised to seal pact on biodiversity
[AFP]

POTUS Asia Trip
Obama to talk up jobs on India trip
[FT]
What Obama can accomplish in India
[WaPo]
Obama in India: A high-tech trade agreement could change the playing field
[Asia Sentinel]
Obama not visiting Hiroshima, Nagasaki during Japan trip: official
[Mainichi]

Northeast Asia
Koreas
North Korea troops ‘fire into South Korea’
[BBC]
DPRK accuses South Korea of rejecting dialogue, contact
[Xinhua]
From 10/27 Activist Tells of Torture in North Korea Prison [NYT]
High-Ranking North Korean Military Official to Arrive in Cuba on Thursday
[Cuba News Agency]
WH: North Korean leadership transition in early stages
[Reuters]

Japan/China
Japanese ship intercepts ballistic missile in test
[AP]
Japan and China island row flares at ASEAN summit
[BBC] and Japanese statements violate China’s sovereignty, territorial integrity [Xinhua]
China says no to Kan, Wen bilateral
[Reuters]
ASEAN to bring in US as counterbalance to China
[AP]
Upcoming G20 summit an unprecedented test of China’s diplomatic stance
[Mainichi]
Chinese court denounces awarding of Nobel prize
[AP]
Amid disputes, US seeks common ground with China
[AP]
Clinton Presses, Courts Beijing
[WSJ]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Burma court hears Suu Kyi appeal
[BBC]
Clinton: US will push for UN commission on Myanmar
[AP]
Singapore Tightens Trading Rules With Iran, North Korea
[WSJ]
Government considers relocations after Indonesian tsunami
[CNN]
Hobbit legislation passed in New Zealand
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Wikipedia to open first office outside the US in India
[BBC]
Pakistan flood food running out, warns UN
[BBC]
Russia, US collaborate in Afghan drug raid
[AP]

Middle East
Iran ready for nuclear talks after November 10
[Reuters]
Egypt’s FM: No breakthrough in Mideast talks
[AP]
Hezbollah calls for boycott of UN Hariri tribunal
[AP]
Turkish presidential reception challenges headscarf ban
[BBC]

Africa
Botched Sudan referendum could reignite war: report
[Reuters]
Somali Islamists Kill Two Girls Branded Spies
[NYT]
Obama urges ‘peaceful and transparent’ Ivory Coast vote
[AFP]

Europe
Eurozone jobless total rises above 10%
[FT]
David Cameron claims EU budget success
[BBC]
Minister: French troops may withdraw from Afghanistan in 2011
[CNN]
France firm on burqa ban despite bin Laden threat
[AP]
Reports: Russia’s Bulava test-fire a success
[AP]

Americas
Canada cuts ties with North Korea
[AFP]
9 policemen killed in ambush in western Mexico
[AP]
Cholera’s spread raises calls to stall the election
[Miami Herald]

Domestic
Halliburton Spill Liability May Rise on BP Well Report
[Bloomberg]
Jobless Likely to Shun Election That Is Focused on Their Plight
[Bloomberg]
US economic growth rate quickens
[BBC]
Newt Gingrich: Out of the wilderness and into the mix for 2012
[WaPo]
Michelle Rhee outspoken to the end of her tenure as D.C. schools chancellor
[WaPo]

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Daily International News 09.15.10

September 15, 2010

Daily International News
September 15, 2010

Northeast Asia
Arnold Schwarzenegger sells California to East Asia [BBC]
Koreas
North Korea to resume talks with UN Command on sinking
[Nation]
US envoy: No quick progress likely in NKorea talks
[AP]
Bosworth seeks improved North-South relations to resume 6-way talks
[Kyodo]
Carter hopes prisoner release helps peace talks
[AP]
N. Korean website raises succession issue ahead of key party meeting
[Yonhap]
The Rapid Rise of Kim Jong-un
[Chosun]
NKorean political gathering delayed, sources say
[AP]
Japan
Kan works on new Cabinet, DPJ leadership lineups
[Kyodo]
Japan moves to combat rising yen
[BBC]
China
China rejects US trade complaint over clean energy
[AP]

Southeast Asia
Cambodia opens first methadone clinic for heroin users
[BBC]
Police arrest vigilantes for Indonesia church attack
[Reuters]

South/Central Asia
U.S. Debates Karzai’s Place in Fighting Corruption
[NYT]
Kabulbank directors were paid $500K bonuses – audit
[Reuters]
Holbrooke talks up American aid in Pakistan visit
[AP]
Pakistani printers make fake Afghan voting cards
[AP]

Middle East
Peace Talks
Israeli aircraft strike Gaza as leaders convene
[AP]
Israelis, Palestinians ‘Getting Down to Business’
[Bloomberg]
No concessions in Middle East talks
[Al Jazeera]
Iran/Iraq
American freed by Iran plans medical exam in Oman
[AP]
Former Iranian president calls on Iran to take U.S.-led sanctions seriously
[WaPo]
US-Iraqi raid on Fallujah kills 7
[AP]

Africa
Guinea election body set to decide on poll
[Reuters]
Nigeria president declares election bid on Facebook
[Reuters]

UK
Ed Miliband ‘increasingly confident’ in Labour race
[BBC]
BP’s Hayward to testify to UK lawmakers on spill
[AP]
UK MP says speed of defence review ‘could put operations at risk’
[BBC]

Europe
Europe Proposes Rules to Help Steady Markets
[NYT]
Pope’s visit: aide steps aside after comparing Britain to ‘third world’
[Guardian]
French Senate approves burqa ban
[DW]
French lawmakers OK raising retirement age to 62
[AP]

Americas
Former Chilean President to Lead New U.N. Agency
[NYT]
Self-employment key to Cuban economic overhaul
[AP]
Tropical storm Karl hits Mexico’s Yucatan
[AP]

Domestic
Tea Party win hurts Republicans’ Senate chances
[Reuters]
How Adrian Fenty lost his reelection bid for D.C. mayor
[WaPo]
Primary Voter Turnout Stays Low, but More So for Democrats
[NYT]
Lugar’s final word on new START
[FP]
Pentagon Accelerates Savings Push
[WSJ]

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Daily International News 08.19.10

August 19, 2010

Daily International News
August 19, 2010

Northeast Asia
China
Several dead in China explosion
[Al Jazeera]

China: Mechanical failures to blame for North Korean plane crash
[CNN]
Letter from Europe: Building Up Connections With China
[NYT]
From 08/18 S Korean treasuries sought by China [FT]
From 08/18 U.S. says SE Asia concerned by China assertiveness [Reuters]

Foxconn to hire more workers in China
[BBC]

Koreas/Japan
North Korea Confirms Detention of South Korean Boat
[NYT]

North Korea Twitter account banned in South Korea
[Guardian]
Japan’s Ozawa may challenge PM in party vote – report
[Reuters]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Myanmar lays down tough rules for upcoming polls
[AP]

Australia judge orders witness to remove niqab in court
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Clinton to announce new aid to Pakistan Thursday
[FP]

Indian, Pakistani troops clash on Kashmir border
[CNN]
Delhi Games boycott call by Dawn Fraser rejected
[BBC]
Afghanistan Focus Of Obama Summits With EU, NATO
[Defense News]
From 08/18 Taliban prison said found in Afghanistan, 27 freed [Reuters]

Middle East
Hezbollah hands over ex-PM murder ‘evidence’
[BBC] and Lebanese doubt Hariri tribunal will deliver justice [Reuters]

Israel/Palestine
US ‘ready’ to unveil Middle East talks plan
[BBC]

Israeli Settlements Said to Delay Start of Direct Peace Talks
[Bloomberg]
Al Qaeda Plans for Israel War
[Daily Beast]
Report Criticizes Gaza Restrictions
[NYT]

Iran/Iraq
Khamenei: Iran won’t talk with U.S. in current climate
[Reuters]

Germany: 2 men charged over Iran arms embargo
[AP]
Goodbye Iraq: Last US combat brigade heads home
[AP]

Iraq war was illegal, repeats Clegg
[Indie]

Africa
Violence erupts during South Africa strike
[AP]
Lockerbie bomber: 500 youths to celebrate first anniversary of Megrahi’s release
[Telegraph]

Kenya accused of illegal World Cup bomb extraditions
[BBC]
Mandela charity’s ex-chief cuts ties over diamonds
[AP]
Food supplies most at risk in Afghanistan, Africa
[Reuters]

Europe
Continent
From 08/18 A Mission to Modernize Germany’s Armed Forces [NYT]

France begins deporting Roma Gypsies
[BBC]
Rampaging bull injures 40 in Spanish arena
[BBC]

UK
Britain’s David Cameron seeks smaller government, more citizen involvement
[WaPo]
Ditch the queen: UK public’s wild ideas for cuts
[AP]

Russia/Former Soviet States
Moscow on Alert After Pyatigorsk Blast
[Moscow Times]
Moscow to ban vodka sales after 10pm
[Telegraph]
Russia to beef up military presence in former Soviet space
[Telegraph]

All cafes ordered shut in Chechnya during Ramadan
[Reuters]

Americas
Mexican mayor found dead 3 days after kidnapping
[AP]
US National Guard troops deployed at Mexico border
[BBC]

Venezuelan Brokerages Banned from Bond Markets
[LAHT]

Domestic
Gov. Paterson: New spot for mosque would be ‘magic moment’ in history
[NYDN]
TIME Poll: Majority Opposes Mosque, Many Distrust Muslims
[TIME]
Poll shows more Americans think Obama is a Muslim
[WaPo]
Intel to Acquire McAfee, Moving Into Online Security
[NYT]

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Daily International News 07.19.10

July 19, 2010

Daily International News
July 19, 2010

East/SE Asia
North Korea and Myanmar top agenda for Asia security meet
[Reuters]
China Passes U.S. as World’s Biggest Energy Consumer
[WSJ]
China launches oil spill clean-up after pipeline blasts
[BBC]
Indonesian Muslim group may ban civet coffee
[AP]
AFC chief meets with N. Korean official
[Yonhap]

Central/South Asia
Clinton arrives in Afghan capital for conference
[AP]
Road bombs kill 6 Afghan policemen, 2 US troops
[AP]
U.S. hopes Afghanistan-Pakistan trade deal boosts cooperation in war effort
[WaPo]
US unveils Pakistan aid projects
[BBC]
U.S. Sanctions Cloud India-Iran Projects
[WSJ]

Middle East
Iran uses bank in Germany to beat sanctions: report
[AFP]
48 killed in suicide bombings targeting members of Iraq’s Awakening councils
[WaPo]
Aid from Libya arrives in Gaza
[CNN]

Africa
African Union opens summit despite twin bombings
[AP]
Sudan brutally suppressing dissent, says Amnesty
[AFP]
12 Somalis killed in 2-day Mogadishu battle
[AP]
Rebels hit main army base in Central Africa town
[AFP]
Kenyan pastor charged over ‘referendum bomb plot’
[BBC]

Europe
UK’s Cameron: releasing Lockerbie bomber was wrong
[AP]
Greek journalist gunned down, police cite terror
[AP]
Spanish parliament to debate ban on public burqas
[AP]
IMF, EU suspend talks on emergency loan to Hungary
[DW]
Moody’s downgrades Ireland on bank and growth worries
[Reuters]

Americas/Domestic
Officials say gunmen kill 18 at party in Mexico
[AP]
Top Secret America: A hidden world, growing beyond control
[WaPo]
US fears Gulf seabed oil seepage near stricken BP well
[BBC]
GOP Sees Path to Control of Senate
[WSJ]

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French Fashion Fascism

May 20, 2010

Street art in France has begun to try to express that there can be a "happy, veiled/burqa clad Muslim woman"...who is also distinctly French!

Earlier this week, the French government approved a draft resolution to ban the wearing of the niqab, or full face veil, in all public places (for an excellent tutorial on the different types of female Muslim veils, see this BBC article on the recent Belgian law passed). According to the bill, the wearers of any face hiding fashion would be subject to a fine of 185 euros with their supposed overlords being charged up to 18,500 euros.

Even though the resolution will most likely not be made law (many in French courts are already citing its obvious un-constitutionality), many have come out up in arms about the message behind the resolution, especially in light of the resolutions basis for banning. Skirting the issue of female fashion imprisonment or misogyny that some believe is inherent in a veil, the French have introduced this bill mainly due to the fact that they believe the veil does not fall into accordance with France’s ‘values.’

But, for a country that has touted woman’s liberation and free choice (whatever that might be) for centuries, the news of the veil ban resolution came to many French Muslim women as an affront. Speaking on TV for the first time, many French Muslim businesswomen and community leaders have come out on such channels as the BBC and stated that they can be liberated, Muslim, and covered. Other social networks for Muslims across Europe have also come out against it, such as the Muslim Political Action Committee in the UK (MPACUK), with their wittily titled piece “What Not to Wear.”

The action comes on the heels of some other disappointing developments in French Muslim society, such as the refusal to grant citizenship to a Muslim man and his wife in February due to her donning of a burqa. Without getting into the historical accuracy of the veil, the real purposes for why the Prophet had his wives wear them (arguably to avoid clamoring believers than for modesty), and  the call in Islam for both men and woman to dress modestly, the only question I can think to ask is that if a society can expect it’s women to look like this…

Fashions from Jean Paul Gaultier's 2008 collection.

Cannot it also allow them if they so choose, to look like this?

A Veil for All Seasons: a Young Woman in France demonstrates she can be a patriot as well as a Muslim.

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Daily International News 05.14.10

May 14, 2010

Daily International News
May 14, 2010

International
From 05.13 UN elects rights violators to Human Rights Council [AP]

Northeast Asia
China restores Xinjiang internet
[BBC]
Google CEO discusses China, mobile at meeting
[AP]
China’s Premier Discusses School Attacks for First Time
[NYT]
Nigeria, China sign $23 bln refinery deal
[AFP]
SKorea: Economy can withstand NKorea tensions
[AP]
Concerns over Zimbabwe’s ‘Noah’s Ark gift’ to N Korea
[BBC]

Southeast Asia
Thai Forces Move on Protesters as Tension Grows
[NYT] and Bangkok battle: Troops fire on rioting protesters [AP]
Indonesia ‘uncovers plot to kill president’
[BBC]

Central/South Asia
In India, Hitching Hopes on a Subway
[NYT]
Clashes in Kyrgyzstan kill 1, injure more than 60
[AP]

Middle East
Palestinian boy found dead in West Bank
[AP]
Russia to sell Syria warplanes, air defence systems
[Reuters] and…
Russia defends Medvedev-Hamas talks
[Al-Jazeera] and Israeli ‘disappointment’ over Russia-Hamas meeting [CNN]
Despite political uncertainties in Iraq, U.S. sticking with drawdown plan
[WaPo]
Diplomats: Iran expands enrichment facility
[AP]
Iranian cleric defends earthquake-promiscuity link
[AP]
New al-Qaida in Iraq chief vows blood-soaked days
[AP]

Africa
Four African countries sign new Nile treaty
[AFP]

Europe
Bomb explodes inside Greek courthouse, 1 wounded
[AP]
Euro plunges as growth worries mount
[FT]
French burqa ban could face legal challenge – advisory body
[Reuters]
In First Move, Cameron Is Neighborly to Europe
[NYT]
Hungary president names Viktor Orban next PM
[Reuters]

Americas/Domestic
3 Pakistanis arrested in Times Square bomb probe
[AP]
Chile police seek associates of embassy detainee
[AP]
Obama eyes ‘next steps’ in oil spill, BP sets new method
[AFP]
From 05.13 U.S. Said to Allow Drilling Without Needed Permits [NYT]
From 05.13 Mexican candidate killed in drug-plagued region [AP]

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Daily International News 05.12.10

May 12, 2010

Daily International News
May 12, 2010

Northeast Asia
NKorea claims to achieve elusive nuclear fusion
[AP]
China children ‘hacked to death’ in new school attack
[BBC]
China environmentalist released after prison term
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Myanmar junta rejects international poll monitors
[AP]
From 05.11 Aung San Suu Kyi asks for her freedom [AP]
Philippines’ Arroyo picks chief justice as probe looms
[Reuters]
Thai ‘red shirts’ face midnight ultimatum
[FT]

Central Asia
Karzai Visits Washington, With Smiles All Around
[NYT]

Middle East
Israel FM: Iran, Syria, NKorea new ‘axis of evil’
[AP]
Israel says seized North Korean arms were for Hamas, Hezbollah
[Reuters]
Iraqi Deal to End De-Baathification
[NYT]
Yemen al Qaeda arm claims attack on UK ambassador
[Reuters]

Africa
Libyan jet with 104 crashes; child sole survivor
[AP]
Julius Malema of South Africa’s ANC in public apology
[BBC]
Somali pirates seize Greek ship
[BBC]

Europe
British PM Cameron names new ministers
[CNN]
Full Text of British Coalition Agreement
[NYT]
Russia, U.S. reach adoption accord
[AP]
Spain cuts civil service pay by 5%
[FT]
From 05.11 French parliament condemns full Islamic face veil [BBC]