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Aussie Army Welcomes Sikhs

June 30, 2009

Author: Eleni Hale

Source: SikhNet

http://www.sikhnet.com/news/aussie-army-welcomes-sikhs

Special helmets that accommodate turbans and uniforms incorporating burkas are part of a push to build a more diverse Australian Army.

Army chiefs are hoping to attract bigger numbers of multicultural recruits, especially those of Arabic and Indian descent.

Among the changes being considered are specially designed helmets that fit turbans...

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St Mary's Catholic College Turns Away Muslim Teacher Wearing Veil

June 30, 2009

Author: Russell Jenkins

Source: The Times Online

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/education/article6606035.ece

A teacher was barred from joining students on a visit to a Roman Catholic sixth-form college because she refused a request to remove her Muslim veil.

She was accompanying two teenage girls on an open day to see if they wanted to study for their A levels at St Mary’s College, in...

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Role Of Women In Iran Protest Kindles Hope

June 28, 2009

Author: Sudarsan Raghavan

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/27/AR2009062702416.html

Over the past two weeks, Marcelle George has watched with amazement as legions of Iranian women, most wearing black, full-length Islamic garments, defiantly protested Iran's leadership.

Even in her native Egypt, where some opposition to the government is permitted, most...

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Veiled Threats: Row Over Islamic Dress Opens Bitter Divisions In France

June 26, 2009

Author: Angelique Chrisafis

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jun/26/sarkozy-france-paris-islamic-veils

In the northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis, with its busy market, fast-food joints and bargain clothes shops, Angelica Winterstein only goes out once a week – and only if she really has to.

"I feel like I'm being judged walking down the street. People tut or spit. In a smart area...

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Manufacturers Respond to the Demand for Modest Swimwear

June 26, 2009

Author: Michelle Chabin

Source: The Kansas City Star/Religion News Service

http://www.kansascity.com/255/story/1288422.html

Devora, an Orthodox Jewish woman, never felt comfortable in the sleek, revealing bathing suits sold at the stores she frequented in her native France or in her adopted Israel.

While she ordinarily wears fashionable skirts that fall below the knee and blouses that extend to her wrists, Devora, 31, was unable to find a...

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KC Muslim Women Rent Pools In the Area

June 26, 2009

Author: Helen T. Gray

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/255/story/1288476.html

The Kansas City area has no pool catering to the Muslim community; therefore, Muslim women have been paying to use area pools.

One group uses a YMCA pool at 1101 N.E. 47th St. every two or three weeks. About 20 women and girls usually come, said Susan Lynn, who makes the arrangements with the help of a neighbor, who is a member of the Y.
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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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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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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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Everyone In the Pool! (Not You, Guys)

June 17, 2009

Author: Omar Sacirbey

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/rnstext/everyone_in_the_pool_not_you_guys/

&amWhen Zahra Khan arrived at Massachusetts Institute of Technology from her native Ottawa, Canada, in 2005, she looked for a swimming pool where she wouldn’t have to worry about showing too much skin.

The only options were mixed-gender pools, which Khan felt would...

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"Evil Among Us," a Commentary by Brittany Huckabee

June 15, 2009

Author: Brittany Huckabee

Source: The Huffington Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brittany-huckabee/evil-among-us_b_215620.html

"I think Eldred Sasserine is the devil. I see it in his eyes."

A friend whispered those words to my mother more than 20 years ago, and she says they still send a chill down her spine.

Eldred Sasserine was a retired cattle rancher from Oklahoma who had made it his mission to...

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Documentary Explores Women’s Role In Islamic World

June 9, 2009

Author: Cecelia Mason

Source: West Virginia Public Broadcasting

http://www.wvpubcast.org/newsarticle.aspx?id=9946

When Morgantown native Asra Nomani walked through the front door of the local mosque - something women were not allowed to do - she created tension in the community. Her story is now a PBS documentary premiering Wednesday.

Journalist and Morgantown native Asra Nomani saw Islamic extremism up close when her friend and former Wall...

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