User: Iram Topic: Muslim Women
Category: Veiling Practices
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Acid attacks in Isfahan have nothing to do with the hijab, say Iranian officials 20.10.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
Women tell of assailants using motorbikes after spate of attacks raises concern victims chosen because of their clothing Continue reading...
Australia lifts burqa segregation ban at Parliament House 20.10.2014 CNN-IBN: World
Australia on Monday dumped a controversial plan to make women wearing Burqa sit in separate sound-proof glass enclosures at Parliament House after Prime Minister Tony Abott's intervention.
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Iranian women attacked with acid for wearing 'bad hijab' 20.10.2014 DNA: Top News
A wave of acid attacks on women in Iran's Isfahan city has triggered fears and concerns that the victims were targeted for being "badly veiled". News 24 reports that while the police have declined to comment on a motive, suspects have been arrested and an investigation is ongoing, General Hossein Ashtari was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency. Ashtari said that four incidents of acid attacks were reported in Isfahan, 450km south of Tehran. Hojatoleslam Mohammad Taghi Rahbar, a senior Isfahan cleric condemned the acid attacks on Iranian women saying that such an act under any pretext is reprehensible. He said that no one had the right to do such a thing even if a woman were to go out into the street in the worst way. In Iran, women are bound by law to wear hijab or veils. Iranian MPs have called on for better enforcement of the hijab law and have even written to President Hassan Rouhani in recent months demanding the ...
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Iranian women attacked with acid for wearing 'bad hijab' 20.10.2014 Sify News
A wave of acid attacks on women in Iran's Isfahan city has triggered fears and concerns that the victims were targeted for being "badly veiled".
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AP PHOTOS: Catholics venerate city's patron saint 19.10.2014 Sify News
Thousands of people crowded into downtown Lima on Saturday to participate in a procession at the start of a five-day festival that carries a painting of the capital's patron saint, the Lord of
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AP PHOTOS: Catholics venerate Lima's patron saint 19.10.2014 Sify News
Thousands of people crowded into downtown Lima on Saturday to participate in a procession at the start of a five-day festival that carries a painting of the capital's patron saint, the Lord of
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Ganga rejuvenation commendable initiative: Shankaracharya 18.10.2014 CNN-IBN: India
Puri Shankaracharya Nischalanand Saraswati on Saturday said that the Ganga rejuvenation programme was a commendable initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but to make it clean Tehri dam should be removed. Welcoming Modi's clean Ganga campaign, the Shankaracharya said, "Our prime minister is very good, and has initiated several new initiatives. But, first of all the dam should be removed to make the Ganga totally clean."
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Sister Bernadette, my Carmelite aunt 18.10.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Joanna Moorhead reflects on her relationship with her aunt a nun who lives a largely silent life in an enclosed religious order In the summers of my childhood I saw my aunt every day. But we werent allowed to speak to each other and although I was forever glancing in her direction, hoping for a smile, she never once caught my eye. Because Bernadette was, and is, an enclosed nun. My daily sightings of her came at morning mass, when my grandmother and I would sit on the front pew in the convent chapel, from where we had a perfect vantage-point into the nuns choir behind its wrought-iron grille. Bernadette knelt second from the front in the long line of serene-looking nuns, her hands neatly hidden below her brown scapular, her head covered by a white wimple and a black veil, a creamy woollen cape across her shoulders. To most people in the congregation, all those identically clad Carmelites looked exactly the same. But I was always absolutely sure which nun was mine, even if she wasnt allowed to look ...
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Afghan girls school in Kandahar faces closure as international funds dry up 15.10.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
Class dismissed at Kandahar Institute of Modern Studies, a rare place of learning for girls, as military withdrawal affects civilian projects Continue reading...
Homelands Nazanin Boniadi on hijabs and tackling prejudice on primetime 14.10.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Homeland has been called TVs most Islamophobic show. So how does the Tehran-born actor feel about playing its hijab-wearing analyst? Nazanin Boniadi is describing her first scene in Homeland . Last season, in an episode called Uh Oh Ah, her character Fara Sherazi walked into CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Wearing a hijab, the rookie analyst hit a wall of silent judgment. I saw all these white people looking at me, says Boniadi. It felt like I was getting analysed and assessed, like they think they know everything about you based on your attire. There were two layers to the discrimination: racial and religious. It was a snapshot of everyday prejudice rarely seen on TV, which is why Boniadi believes her character an intelligent, independent Muslim woman in a high-profile drama is so groundbreaking. In person, she seems as fiercely intelligent as Fara, answering each question with decorum. Unlike her character, though, she does not wear the hijab and defines herself as a non-practising ...
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Jind promises a close contest as BJP, INLD, Congress go all out to woo voters 14.10.2014 CNN-IBN: India
Said to be established at the time of Mahabharata by the Pandavas and named after the goddess of victory (Jainti Devi), the city of Jind lies in central Haryana and is the fourth district of the Jat belt.
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What went on inside Bengal's house of terror? 13.10.2014 Rediff: News
Rediff.com's Indrani Dey digs up chilling details of the ongoing investigation in the Bardhaman blast case, which exposed the a militant network that had been operating in West Bengal since many years.
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An apology from Australia to the rest of the world is now warranted | Josh Bornstein 13.10.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
It almost feels as if the Enlightenment never reached our shores and climate policy is but one victim of the malaise In August 2014, the Australian parliament voted to repeal a scheme that placed a price on carbon emissions. The carbon price was working as intended: reducing carbon emissions while supporting continued economic growth. Australia was once a leader in dealing with climate change; seven years after ratifying the Kyoto protocol, it is now something approaching an international pariah. This is how the New York Times responded to the scrapping of the carbon price scheme: At a time when president Obama is seeking emissions limits on new and existing power plants, and when many scientists are arguing for major reductions in fossil-fuel use by 2050 to keep global warming within manageable limits, Australia among the worlds highest emitters per capita of carbon dioxide has chosen to become an ...
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Haryana polls: EC to take special steps to check bogus voting 12.10.2014 DNA: Top News
Special arrangements will be put in place for the Assembly elections on Oct. 15 in Haryana to prevent bogus voting, officials have said. General Observer Lakuk Venkateshwar Lu, posted at Kalawali Assembly constituency, told Anganwadi workers in Sirsa during an interaction today that female officials would be deployed at polling booths to prevent bogus voting by women "coming in veils". "It was found that some women coming for polling in veils cast bogus votes. A decision to this effect (of placing women officials at polling booths) was, therefore, taken to check the practice," he said. Lu asked the Anganwadi workers to motivate people to come out and vote on polling day, according to a release here. Returning Officer Paramjit, meanwhile, said that the posting of women officials would enable more effective vigilance against bogus ...
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Women vocalists mesmerise at Rajasthan folk music festival 12.10.2014 DNA: Urban Tales
Many women folk tradition vocalists got rousing accolades at the Rajasthan International Folk Music Festival here with singers like Bhanwari Devi receiving special attention from the audience for their powerful renditions. A mother of nine and supporting a family of 22, Devi was accompanied by her sons who played indigenous instruments like sarangi and dhol on stage. Singing from under a veil, Devi says she does not even think about "leaving behind her career in music, and even wishes to sing for Bollywood some day." "I can't think about anything but music. I have been singing from a very early age and I want to continue this until I die. I have been getting offers from Mumbai and I have accepted all. I definitely want to try my luck there," she told PTI. Hailing from the state's Bhopa-Bhopi tradition, Devi made mark when she was being picked by the composer Ram Sampath to perform with him at a live show. She started singing at an early age of six and has been continuing since then. "After me I don't ...
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How 2 French girls were lured to jihad online 10.10.2014 Sify Finance
-CORBIERES, France (AP) — On the day she left for Syria, Sahra strode along the train platform with two bulky schoolbags slung over her shoulder. In a grainy image caught on security camera,
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Muslim hijabi hipsters fusing fashion with faith 9.10.2014 Sify News
Fashion-conscious Muslim women from Kuala Lampur to Los Angeles who wear the Islamic headscarf, known as the hijab, have had to get creative.
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The Suns Unite against Isis campaign is a proxy for anti-Muslim bigotry 8.10.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
You, Muslim! Is your Islam British enough? Are you standing up to extremism? If not, you are Part of the Problem, apparently

Imagine your average British Muslim family sitting around the breakfast table with the papers this morning. On the front page of the Sun, an image of a woman in a hijab fashioned out of the Union Jack and the headline United Against IS hollers out at them. In the right-hand corner, a subheadline urges them to stand up to extremists.

Yes, you there, Muslim bleary eyed, sipping your coffee, who thought the activities of a militant group thousands of miles away had nothing to do with you are you standing up to extremism right now? Is your Islam British? If not, then you are Part of the Problem.

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West Bengal: New faces of terror surface with Burdwan blast 8.10.2014 CNN-IBN Top Stories
The state police's decision to defuse explosives at the house, even before central investigating agencies arrived is being viewed as a setback.
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Burdwan Blast: Burqa Factory Front for Bomb-Making Plant? 8.10.2014 NDTV National
An unpainted two-storey house with a pink window on the first floor - that was the scene of the blast in West Bengal's Burdwan on Thursday in which two suspected militants were killed and a third ...
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