European Union seeks agreements with African dictators to deter refugees

The European Union (EU) is abandoning all pretense of human rights restraints in its refugee policy. A strategy paper published last week by the EU Commission outlined migration partnerships that will compensate nine states in Africa and the Middle East, both transit countries and countries of origin, for their cooperation in deterring refugees. The goal …

Burkinis banned on Cannes Riviera beaches by French mayor

The French resort of Cannes has banned full-body, head-covering swimsuits from its beaches, citing security reasons. Cannes mayor David Lisnard issued an ordinance in late July forbidding beachwear that doesn’t respect “good morals and secularism”. It said swimwear “manifesting religious affiliation in an ostentatious way, while France and its religious sites are currently the target …

Muslim couple kicked off Delta flight for ‘sweating’, saying ‘Allah’ and texting

A Muslim couple who accused Delta Air Lines of Islamophobia for throwing them off a flight have spoken of their ordeal for the first time. Nazia Ali had removed her sneakers, finished sending a text message to her parents and was putting on headphones and settling into her seat for the nine-hour flight from Paris …

US and Europe did not back democracy and elected government in Turkey

United States and European Countries had not condemned until it was obvious that coup was failing. During the coup attempt, US Secretary of State John Kerry hoped for “stability, peace, continuity”, not for democracy. Amid the coup attempt, US Embassy in Turkey referred the coup as “uprising”. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon also said that …

French PM backs bans on burkinis as they are based on ‘enslavement of women’

The Socialist prime minister, Manuel Valls has said he backs local bans on burkinis because the swimwear is based on the “enslavement of women”. He said wearing a burkini was “not compatible with the values of the French Republic,” but refused to pass a nationwide law banning it. He hinted at the importance of not …

Paris restaurant ‘refuses to serve Muslim women’

A video showing a restaurateur in a Paris suburb apparently refusing to serve two Muslim women has sparked anger in France and calls for protest. In the video, widely shared on social media, the man tells the hijab-wearing women: “Terrorists are Muslims and all Muslims are terrorists.” The incident took place at Le Cenacle restaurant …

The spy in the class: Teachers in France ordered to report signs of radicalisation in students’ exam papers

French teachers are up in arms after being asked to tip off the authorities if they see signs of Islamist radicalisation in their students. France’s biggest teaching union, the SNES-FSU, said several teachers had been asked to look out for signs of ‘anti-Semitic, racist or jihadist’ tendencies in baccalauréat exam papers. Hundreds of thousands of …

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