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 …

EP officials to pay first visit to Turkey since failed coup attempt

Officials from the European Parliament will on Tuesday pay their first visit to Turkey since the foiled coup attempt of July 15. No representatives from the European Parliament have visited Turkey until today. Turkey is still a candidate country for European Union and its parliamentery building and Presidential complex in Ankara were bombed by coup …

French politician calls for Muslims to be ‘discreet’ amid controversy over burkini bans

The incoming head of France’s government body on Islam is facing a mounting backlash for suggesting Muslims should be “discreet”. Jean-Pierre Chevènement, 77, has been charged with heading the Foundation for French Islam by President Francois Hollande – despite not being a Muslim himself. “The advice I give in these difficult times – like the …

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 …

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