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US President Barack Obama speaks at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, in Windsor Mill, Maryland on February 3, 2016. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama criticises “inexcusable” anti-Muslim rhetoric

By: Patricia Jimenez Source: News Portal “We have to be consistent in condemning hateful rhetoric and violence against everyone, and that includes against Muslims here in the United States of America”. Obama’s speech in Maryland condemned anti-Muslim rhetoric, following proposals by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to ban Muslims from entering the country. Obama has criticized the increasing anti-Islamic sentiment in the USA before, implicitly calling out certain presidential candidates and recent comments from the 2016 campaign trail. “The first thing I want to say is two words that Muslim Americans don’t hear…enough and that is,...

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France and the Burqa: citizenship as a tool of prescriptive feminism

By: Eurasia Review Source: Eurasia Review An interesting new paper recently published in Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, discusses the impact of the 2011 campaign, carried out by the French government, to publicize and promote the law banning the full veil from public spaces. The paper goes on to discuss how this campaign used specific norms of female dress in order to establish a certain understanding of French citizenship, which in turn only served to further alienate young Muslim women in France. In 2007 President Sarkozy pledged to ‘protect’ women from oppression. He led a nationwide consultation and political campaign centred on gender and nationalism to...

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NYPD forced to produce Muslim surveillance records

By: Matt Sledge Source: A federal judge ruled last week that targets of the NYPD’s surveillance of Muslims can probe the department’s files. Brooklyn U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen’s order comes at an early phase of a lawsuit against the NYPD, one of three such ongoing legal efforts. It will allow the plaintiffs in the case, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, to make extensive legal discovery that could bolster their allegations that the department has engaged in unconstitutional spying. The ACLU sued the NYPD over revelations from reporting by the Associated Press that the NYPD had engaged in widespread surveillance of...

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