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Don't Mess With My Burqa, Monsieur

Pepe Escobar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Pepe Escobar

I'm already making plans to arrive at terminal 2 of Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris in the spring of 2011 sporting my burqa.

Richard Dawkins Likens Burqas To Trash Bags, Speaks Of 'Visceral Revulsion' To Islamic Veils

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Outspoken British academic Richard Dawkins has sparked outrage by likening the burqa to a "full bin liner." [The British phrase for trash bag.] In...

Why I Hate the Burqa -- And Yes, I Wear One

Sabria Jawhar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sabria Jawhar

Outlawing the burqa will create a tremendous divide between non-Muslims and Muslims. But wearing the burqa in the West is also just plain stupid.

Bringing Tolerance Back in Style

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Craig and Marc Kielburger

As France takes steps towards banning the burqa, Paris designers are staging their own unveilings in the Middle East. The fashion industry is more often labelled as frivolous than political. But, it highlights an important point.

Spain Rejects Burqa Ban – For Now

AP | ALAN CLENDENNING and HAROLD HECKLE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MADRID — Spain's Parliament on Tuesday rejected a proposal to ban women from wearing in public places Islamic veils that reveal only the eyes. ...

Burqa Bans From an American Muslim's Perspective

Sumbul Ali-Karamali | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sumbul Ali-Karamali

Banning and denigrating a cultural tradition simply divides communities and engenders anger and resentment in a way that is not constructive toward building a multicultural society.

Syria Bans Face-Covering Muslim Veils At Universities

AP | ALBERT AJI and ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria — Syria has forbidden the country's students and teachers from wearing the niqab – the full Islamic veil that reveals only...

Spain Burqa Ban: Spanish Parliament To Consider Banning Islamic Veils In Public

AP | HAROLD HECKLE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MADRID — Spanish lawmakers will debate barring burqas in public, joining other European countries considering similar moves on the grounds that ...

Burqa Rage In France: Female Lawyer Rips Off Muslim Woman's Veil

Mail Online | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A 60-year-old female lawyer ripped a Muslim woman's Islamic veil off during a row in what French police described as the first known case of 'burqa ra...

French Parliament 'Overwhelmingly' Approves Ban On Islamic Face Veils

AP | ANGELA DOLAND | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

PARIS — France's lower house of parliament overwhelmingly approved a ban on wearing burqa-style Islamic veils Tuesday, part of a determined effo...

Australian Pol Calls For Burqa Ban After Armed Robbery

BBC | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

An armed robbery allegedly carried out by a man wearing a burka has sparked a row in Australia on whether the full-face Islamic veil should be banned....

France Moves Closer To Ban On Burqa-Style Veils

AP | ANGELA DOLAND | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

PARIS — France's justice minister went before parliament Tuesday to defend a hotly debated bill that would ban burqa-style Islamic veils in publ...

Woman Fined For Wearing Burqa In Italy

AFP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Italian police have fined a woman 500 euros ($A712) for wearing a full Islamic veil - the first punishment of its kind in Italy but the latest in a wa...

French Ban Veils Sarkozy's Political Ambitions

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

The Taliban are thought to be an oppressive regime because of brutish laws like the one forcing women to wear burqas. Does forcing women to remove them make the French any better?

Belgian Lawmakers Pass Burka Ban

AP | ROBERT WIELAARD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World


Burqa Battle: Rooting for Sarkozy to Win

Taylor Marsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Taylor Marsh

Every religious group has customs that should be respected among those of that faith, but the public is under no obligation to embrace these customs, let alone acquiesce to them.

France vs. Burqa: Sarkozy Seeks Full Ban on Burqas

Sonya Rehman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sonya Rehman

Home to an estimated six million Muslims, the controversial burqa debate in France has been growing over the past five years. This year, a partial ban to be approved by the Parliament was proposed by French lawmakers.

France Veil Ban To Be Submitted By Sarkozy

AP | SYLVIE CORBET | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

PARIS — French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday ordered legislation that would ban women from wearing Islamic veils that hide the face in ...

Spain Moves Toward Restricting Burqa

AP | HAROLD HECKLE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MADRID — Spain's government on Tuesday said it favors barring the use of burqas in government buildings, joining other European countries consid...

Barcelona To Ban 'Identification Impeding' Islamic Burqa In Municipal Offices

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MADRID — Barcelona is to become the first major Spanish city to bar the use of face-covering Islamic veils in municipal buildings. City Mayor J...

Sophisticated 'Sex and the City 2' Takes on the World

Taylor Marsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Taylor Marsh

The reactions to Sex and the City 2 so far have been perfectly predictable. How could it be otherwise in a country that doesn't like to see women age,...

Sex and the City 2's Wardrobe Malfunction

Jayne Huckerby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jayne Huckerby

It was shocking to see Sex and the City 2 work overtime to stereotype women in Muslim countries as subjugated and ignorant.

Some Arabs See Wisdom In Burqa Bans

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Tom A. Peter, GlobalPost AMMAN, Jordan -- As European country after European country banned Muslims from wearing the burqa, niqab or other Islamic...

I See Belgium, I See France: I See the Burqa's Last Dance

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

For some governments, banning burqas about placing a legal element of moderation on public dress. Worldwide today, total nudity is usually illegal, these governments are simply saying that the other extreme is also not acceptable.

Belgium Parliament Approves Burqa Ban

AP | RAF CASERT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BRUSSELS — A parliamentary committee unanimously voted Wednesday to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, a major step in the legisl...