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‘It’s not like Argo’: the trials of a tour guide in Iran 7.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
As Iran stands on the brink of a deal over its nuclear programme, a party of tourists tests the limit of the country’s new openness In the spring – already hot because this is southern Iran, and southern Iran is hotter than it used to be – I landed in the middle of the night at the tidy, unassuming Shiraz airport, along with a dozen well‑heeled westerners. We got off the plane – a Turkish Airlines Airbus, because our insurance companies had not countenanced our travelling by Iran Air – and joined the queue for passport control. I looked at my fellow travellers and thought I detected, over the natural melancholy of people who have been woken up at a cruel hour, a glitter of unease. We were a party of mostly Brits, Americans and Australians – you could hardly have devised a rainbow more likely to arouse the suspicions of the Iranian authorities – and we were entering a country that we had heard vilified all our adult lives, and to which our respective governments counsel against all travel unless ...
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Life for British Muslims since 7/7 – abuse, suspicion and constant apologies | Mehdi Hasan 5.7.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
The London bombings shocked us all. But in the decade since, our community has been unfairly demonised It could have been me. King’s Cross was my station. But 10 years ago, on the morning of 7 July, 2005 , I happened to be on a day off, sitting at home in front of the television, glued to the news channels. Fifty-two of my fellow Londoners lay dead. Within days, the four young men behind the worst terror attack in British history had been identified, and a knot tightened at the pit of my stomach. The London bombings had already been dubbed “7/7”, a deliberate attempt to depict the attacks as our “9/11”. Yet this was a more disturbing crime, with far greater domestic consequences, than 9/11. None of the 19 suicide-hijackers on those four planes had been US citizens. In contrast, all four of the suicide bombers on the London transport system were UK ...
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Beware powerful women intoxicated with their agendas | Catherine Bennett 5.7.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
When it comes to closed circles and influence, women can be as bad as men, as the Blair-Clinton emails show ‘Confidential”. “My friend from Q”. “Our friend”. In emails newly released by the US State Department, Cherie Blair demonstrates to her old enemies in Whitehall how they erred by overlooking one of the most imaginative amateur diplomats since the old Etonian, James Lonsdale-Bryans, who flew to Italy in 1940 and attempted to strike a peace deal with the Nazis. It has been Mrs Blair’s scarcely less ambitious project not merely to strengthen Anglo-Qatari relations, but to cultivate in the US, also, a greater appreciation of a kingdom that is perhaps best known to Britons for its savagery towards foreign workers, hospitality to the Afghan Taliban and soon-to-be-completed annexation of London . In just a few years, the Qatari royal family has achieved with hard cash – and, no doubt, credit where it’s due, the undying support of Mrs Blair – something of which Napoleon and Hitler could only dream: the ...
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Bangladeshi immigrant family from UK surfaces in Islamic State 4.7.2015 Sify News
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This family of 12, with grandparents and 3 children, joins Islamic State 4.7.2015 Rediff: Top Stories (India)
A Bangladeshi family of 12 from England, who went missing on the way back from a holiday in Dhaka, have confirmed in a statement issued by terrorists that they are in the "Islamic State".
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Barelvi fatwa: Women can run business, but not deal with men 30.6.2015 India News, Latest News in India, Live News India, India Breaking News - Times of India
The Sunni Barelvi Markaz of Dargah Ala Hazrat here has passed a fatwa saying that Muslim women are eligible to run their own business. There is, however, a catch—they can only run those businesses in which their interaction is limited to other ...
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Dress code in Kerala college 30.6.2015 Telegraph: Nation
A women's college in Kerala's Kozhikode district has decided to introduce a dress code for its students from the new academic session, but the move has caused a flutter as burqas are not an optional part of it.
Kerala: Muslim women's college bans jeans, tops 28.6.2015 India News, Latest News in India, Live News India, India Breaking News - Times of India
Cracking down on tight jeans, short tops and leggings, a north Kerala women's college has decided to introduce uniforms for its students from this academic year which also gives the go-by to the 'naqab' for Muslim ...
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'Hijabi' British high-school girl crowned 'best-dressed' 28.6.2015 Sify News
A hijab can also be a fashion statement as recently a British high school girl, Abrar Shahin, who wears hijab, has been voted by the students as the best-dressed girl of Clifton High School.
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'Hijabi' British high-school girl crowned 'best-dressed' 28.6.2015 DNA: Money
A hijab can also be a fashion statement as recently a British high school girl, Abrar Shahin, who wears hijab, has been voted by the students as the best-dressed girl of Clifton High School. According to North Jersey, Shahin has set the new trend and has bashed all the stigmas about Islamic fashion by keeping her religious tradition alive, whereas, Clifton High School sets an example of how acceptance of Islamic traditions has grown in British schools and how people have started looking beyond the labels. Clifton High School in Bristol, England recently hosted its 2015 graduation day, which was attended by many immigrants and first-generation students whose families hail from across the globe. Shahin, who wore a blue hijab wrapping around her head and draping around her neck on Clifton's 2015 graduation day, said that she was completely shocked after the announcement and it was like a dream come true for her as there were many other popular girls in the school who could have won.  Report World ANI ...
The secret world of Isis brides: 'U dnt hav 2 pay 4 ANYTHING if u r wife of a martyr' 24.6.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
What draws western women to Islamic State’s violent jihad? Nabeelah Jaffer spent months talking to British and American ‘sisters’, before and after they travelled to Syria. How were they convinced by promises of a ‘perfect’ society and life as a martyr’s widow? Karen sat in a hotel room in Istanbul, grappling with a difficult decision. She had spent about $3,500 (£2,220) on the round trip to Turkey from her home in the US but, when she had bought the ticket, she had had no intention of flying home. The return bookings were for appearance’s sake. Her SMS mailbox was filled with promises for the future: messages from an Islamic State fighter who had promised to marry her. But as she sat in that Istanbul hotel room, something didn’t feel quite right. Her prospective groom’s insistence on absolute secrecy had not seemed strange at first. Karen had met him through the swarm of Isis-friendly social media. They started by chatting on Twitter and Ask.fm, then moved to encrypted messaging apps such as Kik, ...
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My hijab has nothing to do with oppression. It's a feminist statement – video 24.6.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Hanna Yusuf asks why a simple piece of clothing is seen as the very epitome of oppression. She says many women find empowerment in rejecting the idea that women can be reduced to their sexual allure – and we should not assume that every women who wears the hijab has been forced into it Continue reading...
Buddhist monks seek to ban schoolgirls from wearing headscarves in Burma 22.6.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Influential group of monks also plans to encourage people to vote for candidates who ‘will not let our race and religion disappear’ in this year’s elections

An influential group of Buddhist monks in Burma is proposing to ban Muslim schoolgirls from wearing headscarves, in the latest sign of growing religious tension in the country.

The Organisation for the Protection of Race and Religion, a panel of monks known locally by the acronym Ma Ba Tha, said the headscarves were “not in line with school discipline”.

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Fatima does yoga, breathing with name of Allah 22.6.2015 India News, Latest News in India, Live News India, India Breaking News - Times of India
Syed Rubab Fatima, 47, has been practising yoga since 2000 and led the international yoga day celebrations at the sprawling Lal Parade Grounds in Bhopal, sharing the dais with chief minister Shivraj Singh ...
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Fathers' day: A complete guide to pamper your daddy 20.6.2015 Hindustan Times: Lifestyle
Love your dad but awkward about expressing it This Fathers Day ditch the stiff upper lip and show your old man just how much he means to you by pampering him with gifts outings and all your ...
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Shock over 3 sisters travelling to Syria as Britain faces sensitive questions 20.6.2015 Hindustan Times: World
Stories of recruits travelling to Iraq and Syria open politically sensitive questions about whether Britain is doing enough to integrate minorities, especially in poor northern cities with a history of racial strife.
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Analysis | Methodical ruthlessness, Saddam's officers: Secret of IS leader al-Baghdadi's success 18.6.2015 Hindustan Times: World
A year after declaring his caliphate, it is clear that the secret of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's success is the army and state he has built from the remnants of Saddam Hussein's military, and the allegiance he has won or coerced from alienated Sunni Muslims in Iraq, Syria, and beyond.
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Why Iranians are lapping up Shah memorabilia 17.6.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
In Tehran, memories of the Shah’s brutality are fading and selling imperial wares is becoming less dangerous. But what’s really behind the increasing fondness for the pre-1979 era? Near the grand bazaar in Tehran, over the entrance to the complex housing the ministries of foreign affairs and information, the national museum and the Islamic era museum, is a colourful mural, dating to the time of Reza Shah, depicting symbols of Iranian nationalism including a dignified soldier, a Maxim machine-gun, and crossed Iranian flags. The flags, sporting the distinctive horizontal bands of red, white and green, have been more recently altered than the rest. On all the flags, the white band in the centre has been painted over with a fresh coat of eggshell white. On the green band below you can see, cut off at the ankles, the paws of a lion and on the red band above you can see the rays of a rising ...
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Five people appear in court accused of Syria-related terrorism offences 16.6.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Two men and three women from Walsall face charges including preparing to travel to Syria to engage in terror and helping others to travel

Two men and three women have appeared in court charged with Syria-related terrorism offences.

They face charges including preparing to travel to Syria to engage in terror and helping others to travel.

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Now, a Shariah-compliant uniform to help Muslim girls play basketball 13.6.2015 Rediff: Sports
A team of US-based Muslim girls has come up Shariah-compliant uniform to play basketball.
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