World Bulletin - Yasin I. Eken
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom forms the first part of the Constitution of Canada which states, “Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law.” Section 2 (b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom states that everyone has the fundamental freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression.
Quebec’s Provincial Government proposed legislation earlier this week regarding a ban on overt religious symbols in public buildings has attracted a lot of attention. The Provincial Government, PQ (Parti Québécois), is a minority government and will be seeking opposition support; however, the party was only able to receive a negative response from opposition parties and the locals in Québec where several tens of thousands of people have marched on the streets of Montreal in opposition to the proposed ‘Charter of Québec Values.’ The reasoning on behalf of Parti Québécois is that minorities are undermining the secular nature of the province.
French Canadian Roman Catholics were given the right to practice their way by their British conquerors and was reconfirmed in the Québec act in 1774 where religious freedom was later included in the Canadian Bill of Right. What strikes me as odd is that the French Roman Catholics were allowed rights of worship and this is how they repay the favour, by proposing a legislation banning all overt religious symbols including the turban, hijab, kippah and crucifix.
However, the proposed ‘Charter of Quebec Values’ is much similar to the ban made on the face veil, enforced in France as of 11 April 2011. This being said, we can see a clear intent being made against Muslim women. NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair stated that the proposed legislation targets Muslim women in specific. “I don’t want to see scapegoating, particularly of Muslim women. That seems to be one of the particular targets here,” Mulcair said.
Islamophobia in Europe has been a very widespread topic within recent years and now with recent events in Canada’s Québec province, it only makes one wonder as to whether or not this may be a new era of Islamophobia in Canada.
Algorithm and sofa, coffee and apricot, algebra and zero, and so many more are the gift of Arabic to English.
Kabul, a city known for its gardens, is now among the most polluted capitals in the world
The American people have more to fear from those that are supposed to be protecting them, than those that are portrayed as evil, savage terrorist that kills the infidel
The enduring picture of the intifada is one of young men and boys throwing stones and rocks at Israeli troop
Self-determination is obviously a dilemma, especially now that individualism and human rights contest the original statist view of international law
History is written by those who are victorious. However, those who are truly victorious are those in the field of science and culture who set in motion the major discoveries of tomorrow and these are minds untainted
27th of October is being remembered as the “Black Day” in Pakistan and India-held Kashmir as a protest against the occupation of the Kashmir, when India had forcibly taken over the land on October 27, 1947.
The hajj pilgrimage, one of the biggest gatherings of mankind, is currently underway in the holy city of Mecca. In a world full of increasing religious and sectarian tensions, it proves to be a symbol of global unity and brotherhood.
As the Muslim festival of Eid ul-Adha approaches, many may wonder why Muslims give such importance to the slaughter and distribution of meat during this holiday, something that many people in the west may find strange to say the least.
What concerns us here are recent events in Kosovo. Here, as in other parts of the world, the demonization of Muslims is done via stereotyped tropes about Muslims practicing aspects of the faith such as the hijab or beard. This despite the fact that Kosovo has a long and rich tradition of Islam dating back 600-years (indeed, the mosque where Krasniqi preaches dates back to 1460).
The intent of this article is to provide a context for the next series of articles on border and checkpoint security; the Amnesty and the insurgent re-education programs; and, the establishment of an economic zone, the relocation of communities along the Thai-Malay border, and the role of the Royal Thai Army in the relocation process.
Many historical artefacts were lost in the blaze, including the famous wooden pulpit which was planted in the mosque after the victory of Salahuddin al-Ayyubi over the Crusaders.
For years Gaza's fishing community - once one of its proudest and most productive industries - has been caught in the middle of a maritime feud, part of a wider conflict between the blockaded Palestinian enclave and Israel.
American Jewish scholar Noam Chomsky harshly criticized Israel's attack on Gaza.
A government-appointed commission investigating abuses during Brazil's 1964-1985 dictatorship has found documents that it says show foreign companies secretly helped the military identify suspected "subversives" and union activists on their payrolls
A report by Amnesty International reveal the extent of human rights abuses in Egypt's prisons.