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.
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.
Last week on June 23, 10 Egyptian human rights organizations filed a joint complaint with the Egyptian general prosecutor, requesting an investigate into complaints of female prisoners being tortured as well as physically and sexually abused.
On 8 May 1945, French army troops with machines guns opened fire on a crowd, killing hundreds of people.
Ifoundislam.net is seeking to forge bonds of fraternity between converts and the wider Muslim community this Ramadan with their 'Online Ramadan Iftar Project' on Facebook.
Experts say the energy findings in Cyprus could become a new catalyst for peace and cooperation in the region, altough deep political issues remain on the table.
Many countries such as Myanmar, Central African Republic, China, India, and Angola are being restricted from living their religion in peace with the pressure and torture that their government is making them go through.
In its history since the 14th century, the city has been invaded by the Swedish, pre-Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany. The 25 meter high Ottoman-style minaret, found between the Dotnuvėlė river and the train station, was according to Lithuanian sources built in 1880 in a forest park.
German professor Andreas Zimmermann said that Germany's new citizenship laws are in breach of Article 3 of the constitution.
After the Arabic call to prayer was returned in 1954, secret groups were set up within the army to plot the overthrow of the government under the pretence that the army was protecting the secular values of the constitution.
41-year-old Ogun Sabri complained that he was once arrested by the Greek police after being suspected of being an illegal immigrant just because of his skin color.
Shaykh Nazim was born in south-eastern Cyprus in city of Iskele (Larnaca) to Turkish Cypriot parents on April 21, 1922. He was a descendent of the Prophet Muhammad on both his mother's side and his father's side. Through his father, he was also a descendent of the great 11th century saint Abdulqadir Jilani. Through his mother, he was a descendent of 13th century mystic saint Jalaluddin Rumi. Therefore, through his parents, he inherited the traditions of both the Qadiriyya and Mevlevi Sufi Orders.
Two British nationals who have been friends their entire lives, had their trip to Jerusalem cut short when they were thrown into an Israeli prison after being denied access to the country. The two friends shared their story with World Bulletin....
The US's inability to take military action in Syria has disrpted the relationship between the US and Israel, resulting in a crisis from which Iran and Hezbollah have been seizing their opportunities.
Literally meaning 'Star Taker', the name may originate from the Greek terms Astron Lambanein. Others associate it with the Persian terms Sitara Yab, whereas in the Arab world it was literally translated into Akhdh al-Kawakib.