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The Star (May 13)

2018/ 05/ 15 by jd in Global News

“The message from Malaysians, cutting across all races, has not merely been clear, but deafening, too. For the first time in the nation’s history, the people voted single-mindedly. Race and religion…were no longer attractive propositions to the electorate….  The massive defeat of the Barisan couldn’t have happened without the bulk of Malay and Muslim voters pushing for this historic change.”

 

New York Times (January 6)

2016/ 01/ 08 by jd in Global News

Turkey’s President “had already built a disturbing record as an authoritarian leader willing to trample on human rights, the rule of law and political and press freedoms,” but this week he hit a new low when citing Hitler’s Germany as precedent for expanding his powers. “Erdogan has fallen far from the days when he could be regarded as a respected leader of a Muslim-majority democracy and a trusted partner in the region.”

 

Washington Post (December 11)

2015/ 12/ 12 by jd in Global News

“Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric will live in infamy in U.S. history. He obviously doesn’t mind; his narcissistic personality is so extreme that every high-visibility outrage is for him a kind of validation.” Others should care. “Historians will look harshly on those who, for reasons of cowardice or opportunism, kept silent when Trump’s tirades put our constitutional values and the safety of Americans at risk.”

 

The Independent (April 11)

2011/ 04/ 13 by jd in Global News

Starting today, women in France may no longer wear burka or other facial coverings in public. The “burka ban,” passed last October by the French Parliament, was “seen as a defence of women’s rights and a re-statement of the liberal and secular traditions of French society.” There is, however, concern that the law might lead to unrest. Some have called it Muslim baiting. Officials are taking steps to minimize conflict. Police have been ordered not to force women to remove their coverings, but rather to forward cases to the state prosecutor. A woman may be fined €150 for wearing a burka or other facial veil.

Starting today, women in France may no longer wear burka or other facial coverings in public. The “burka ban,” passed last October by the French Parliament, was “seen as a defence of women’s rights and a re-statement of the liberal and secular traditions of French society.” There is, however, concern that the law might lead to unrest. Some have called it Muslim baiting. Officials are taking steps to minimize conflict. Police have been ordered not to force women to remove their coverings, but rather to forward cases to the state prosecutor. A woman may be fined €150 for wearing a burka or other facial veil.

 

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