Posts Tagged ‘veil’

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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 07.06.10

July 6, 2010

Daily International News
July 6, 2010

Northeast Asia
N. Korea rejects talks on warship sinking through truce commission [Yonhap]
SKorea, US to hold war games after any UN action
[AP]
China seriously concerned about US-ROK naval drill: spokesman
[Xinhua]
FM: China against expanding sanctions on Iran
[Xinhua]
Chinese president calls for more efforts to develop west
[Xinhua]
China rejects criticism of US geologist’s sentence
[AP]
China to host UN climate change talks in October [Xinhua]
Dalai Lama celebrates birthday with supporters
[AP]
Eating champ leaves NY jail after hot dog fracas
[AP]

Southeast/Central/South Asia
Thai government extends state of emergency
[Reuters]
U.S. and Afghan forces launch major assault in eastern province of Konar
[WaPo]
Civilians dead in clashes with Kashmir security forces
[BBC]

Middle East
Obama to hold key talks with Netanyahu in Washington
[BBC]
Iran sends EU letter on conditions for nuke talks
[AP]
Biden leaves Iraq after meeting with key government officials
[WaPo]
Turkish troops clash with PKK, 13 killed
[Reuters]
Thousands attend Beirut funeral of Ayatollah Fadlallah
[BBC]

Africa
Ex-rebel denies giving Charles Taylor diamonds
[BBC]
Ghana gives Black Stars heroes’ welcome after World Cup
[BBC]

Europe
Clinton Seeks to Allay Russia Reset Concern on East Europe Tour
[Bloomberg]
Bronislaw Komorowski declared president of Poland
[BBC]
Sarkozy facing crisis over campaign donations
[AFP]
French parliament to debate Islamic veil ban
[BBC]
Octopus oracle shows Germany the red card
[AP]

Americas/Domestic
Justice Dept. expected to sue Ariz. on immigration, citing ‘preemption’ grounds
[WaPo]
Fire causes Toronto blackouts and disrupts royal dinner
[BBC]
Ecuador says could arrest Colombia’s Santos
[Reuters]

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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.