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French ‘Burkini’ Bans Provoke Backlash as Armed Police Confront Beachgoers - The New York Times

August 27, 2016
PARIS — Armed police surrounding Muslim women on beaches and ordering them to remove their modest clothes or leave. Calls from onlookers to “go back to where you came from.” Public humiliation and ostracism with echoes of the morals police of theocratic countries like Iran or Saudi Arabia, not a country that sees its values as a paragon of Western freedoms.

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France’s ‘Burkini’ Bans Are About More Than Religion or Clothing - The New York Times

August 21, 2016
WASHINGTON — There is something inherently head-spinning about the so-called burkini bans that are popping up in coastal France. The obviousness of the contradiction — imposing rules on what women can wear on the grounds that it’s wrong for women to have to obey rules about what women can wear — makes it clear that there must be something deeper going on.

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First Female Muslim-American on Her Way to Becoming Legislator - World Religion News

August 21, 2016
ILHAN OMAR WINS DISTRICT 60B PRIMARY FOR MINNESOTA STATE REPRESENTATIVE. Ilhan Omar recently caused a stir in Minneapolis after winning the District 60B Democratic Primary for State Representative. This win firmly puts her on the track to becoming the first Somali-American to clinch a seat in a U.S. state legislature. With the elections just around the corner, on November 8, Ilhan has been receiving immense support from the Somali community in Minneapolis.

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Attack in Nice Turns Spotlight on City’s Religious Divisions - The New York Times

July 18, 2016
NICE, France — There is the Nice of popular imagination, the old-world resort dotted with palm trees and cafes that look out on the Mediterranean Sea, suffused with an incandescent light prized for centuries by artists. Then there is the other Nice, one that begins to show its face a few blocks inland from the seaside Promenade des Anglais, the majestic arc of a boulevard where 84 people were killed by a 31-year-old Tunisian immigrant at the wheel of a 19-ton truck. This Nice is home to many Muslim immigrants from North Africa, including a secular middle-class that has lived...
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