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New York City Council Majority Demands End to MTA's "Turban-Branding" Policy

June 23, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Sikh Coalition

http://www.sikhcoalition.org/advisories/TurbanBrandingPressConference.htm

On Tuesday, a majority of the New York City Council called on the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) to end a policy requiring Sikh workers to brand their turbans with the MTA logo. 27 of the Council's 51 members sent a letter to Howard Roberts, president of MTA New York City Transit, charging that the...

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France Sets Up Burka Commission

June 23, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8114590.stm

France is to set up a commission to study the extent of burka-wearing in the country, after President Nicolas Sarkozy said the veils reduced dignity.

He said the burka - a garment worn by Muslims that covers the body from head to toe - "deprived women of identity".

The French National Assembly has appointed 32 lawmakers on a fact-finding mission to look...

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'New Muslim Cool': PBS Documentary Has Roots In Chicago

June 23, 2009

Author: Margaret Ramirez

Source: The Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-talk-muslim-cooljun23,0,7699240.story

In the provocative documentary "New Muslim Cool" that premieres on PBS Tuesday night, filmmaker Jennifer Maytorena Taylor tells the story of Puerto Rican hip-hop artist Hamza Pérez, a former drug dealer turned devout Muslim.

The film focuses on Pérez, 32, and his...

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Muslim Minority Suffers Under Harsh Myanmar Rule

June 22, 2009

Author: Michael Sullivan

Source: Southern California Public Radio

http://www.scpr.org/news/2009/06/22/muslim-minority-suffers-under-harsh-myanmar-rule/

Myanmar is a place of misery for many of its citizens. Political dissent isn't tolerated by the repressive, often brutal military rulers. And neither, it seems, is the country's ethnic Muslim minority, known as the Rohingya. NPR's Michael Sullivan visited the country...

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Sarkozy Backs Drive to Eliminate the Burqa

June 22, 2009

Author: Doreen Carvajal

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/23/world/europe/23france.html

President Nicolas Sarkozy addressed Parliament on Monday, laying out a vision of France that included a withering critique of burqas as an unacceptable symbol of “enslavement.”

Speaking at the Palace of Versailles, Mr. Sarkozy confronted one of the most hotly debated social issues in France, saying there was...

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In Iran, Both Sides Seek to Carry Islam’s Banner

June 21, 2009

Author: Neil MacFarquhar

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/22/world/middleeast/22security.html?emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, ended his prayer sermon in tears on Friday, invoking the name of a disappeared Shiite prophet to suggest that his government was besieged by forces of evil out to destroy a legitimate Islamic government.

The...

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Even Non-Religious Muslims Forming New Groups In France

June 20, 2009

Author: Elizabeth Bryant

Source: USA TODAY

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2009-06-20-muslim-france_N.htm

New Muslim groups are mushrooming in France, reflecting a growing disenchantment with the country's main Islamic organization and an openness to non-practicing Muslims.

The latest group, launched June 12, is a federation of some 40 Muslim associations dubbed Mosaic. It plans to offer a voice for secular Muslims...

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France Split Over Plan to Outlaw Burqa

June 20, 2009

Author: John Lichfield

Source: The Independent

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/france-split-over-plan-to-outlaw-burqa-1710747.html

A suggestion that the full-length veil, or burqa, might be outlawed in France split the French government down the middle yesterday.

The government's official spokesman, Luc Chatel, said that legislation might be introduced to ban full-length veils if...

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