French driver fined for wearing niqab, most French want a ban

By Reuters Staff
April 25, 2010
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(Anne, an assumed name, a 31-year old French woman who has been fined for wearing a niqab while driving, at a news conference in Nantes, April 23, 2010/Stephane Mahe)

France moves towards banning Muslim veil in public

April 21, 2010
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President Nicolas Sarkozy delivers speech on security issues in Bobigny, near Paris, April 20, 2010/Benoit Tessier

European push to ban burqas appalls Afghan women

By Reuters Staff
April 16, 2010
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Afghan widows line up during a cash for work project in Kabul January 6, 2010/Ahmad Masood

Headscarf row re-opens old wounds for Algerians

April 13, 2010
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Algerian women walk past an election poster of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in Batna, 500 km (311 miles) east of Algiers, March 19, 2009/Louafi Larbi

Belgian committee backs banning Islamic face veil in public

By Reuters Staff
March 31, 2010
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Muslim women protest against a ban on headscarves in some schools, 4 Feb 2004/Yves Herman

France’s “burqa ban” and the “Sarkozy shuffle” to shape it

March 30, 2010
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The French National Assembly in Paris, 13 March 2000/Frédéric de La Mure

Efforts by French politicians to “ban the burqa” hit the wall of constitutional reality today when the Council of State, France’s top administrative court, said there was no legal way Paris could completely outlaw full Islamic veils in public. The issue has been at the centre of complex and sometimes heated debate in France in recent months, but it wasn’t clear until now how far French and European law would allow the state to go. We still don’t know exactly what the law will look like, but the back story to today’s report is a tale in itself.

Muslim women hail India vote to reserve parliament seats for women

By Reuters Staff
March 17, 2010

Indian Muslim women reacted positively to a bill passed by the upper house of parliament last week that would reserve one-third of seats in the directly elected lower house of parliament and the state assemblies for women. There are 59 women lawmakers in the lower house of parliament at present, out of a maximum of 545. The bill must still be passed by the lower house, the Lok Sabha.

A Mafia-like “omertà” on sexual abuse in the Catholic hierarchy?

March 12, 2010
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Protest against the clergy child sex abuse scandal in Boston outside Cardinal Bernard Law's Sunday Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, on Mother's Day, May 12, 2002/Jim Bourg

Opinion: Why France is right about the burqa

March 2, 2010
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Women wearing niqabs in Marseille, December 24, 2009/Jean-Paul Pelissier

global_post_logoThis article by Olivier Guitta originally appeared in GlobalPost.

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The burqa has nothing to do with religion. It is a way for fanatical men to control women.

Race and religion pose risks in Malaysian politics

March 1, 2010
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Prime Minister Najib Razak (C) leaves Friday prayers at Putra Mosque in Putrajaya outside Kuala Lumpur July 10, 2009/Bazuki Muhammad