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A woman wearing a headscarf joins a demonstration organised by "Stand up to Racism" outside the French Embassy in London on August 26, 2016 against the Burkini ban on French beaches. France's highest administrative court on Friday suspended a controversial ban on the burkini by a French Riviera town after it was challenged by rights groups. In a judgement expected to lead to bans being overturned in around 30 towns, the State Council ruled the measure was a "serious and clearly illegal violation of fundamental freedoms". Several mayors in southeast France on Friday said they would maintain their bans on the Islamic burkini swimsuit despite a ruling by France's highest administrative court to suspend the measures. / AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS

Why I Fled France as a Muslim Woman

It has already been almost two years since I left France, and this is was the best choice I have ever made as a Muslim woman. When I look back, it is as if I fled.  I currently reside in the United States, in San Francisco, California. I was born and raised in Lille, France,…

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We Need To Talk About the Vaccine Inequality in Palestine

A week ago, Saturday Night Live’s Michael Che drew controversy when he used a portion of the show’s satirical news section to say that Israel vaccinated most of its population from COVID-19, adding “I’m guessing it’s the Jewish half.”  The joke didn’t tell the whole story, but it’s something we need to discuss since we…

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This Is What Joe Biden Said About the Genocide of Uyghur Muslims

During a recent town hall, President Joe Biden made some very dismissive claims about the mass genocide of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang, China’s western region. President Biden shared his recent phone conversation with Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, General Secretary for the Chinese Communist Party, during the town hall. President Biden informed the public of their…

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This Is Why Farmers in India Are Protesting

Thousands of people are protesting in India against the new agricultural laws proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in November 2020.  The three laws that were meant to modernize the agricultural industry are in turn dismantling the systems that were already in place, leaving the farmers with uncertainty and anger. In the past few years,…

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Is Fast Fashion Unethical?

Fast fashion is a high-paced and profitable industry that has taken the world by storm, in both positive and negative ways.  Consumers are drawn to fast fashion brands as they replicate high-end clothing straight off the runway with the ability to be designed and produced in a quick and low-cost manner. This allows customers to…

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What Are You Doing About the Genocide of Uyghur Muslims?

The Muslim world is bleeding. Bleeding with no one by their side. Bleeding with continuous stabs digging further down their back. Bleeding to bleach humanity red. Bleeding uncontrollably that the last drop will be the world’s turning point.  You may be asking why I’m invoking this imagery; what’s happening? Let’s start with the holocaust of…

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Is France “Fighting Islamist Separatism” or Silencing Islam?

Tensions are rising between France and the Muslim world after President Emmanuel Macron expressed his plans to fight “Islamist Separatism” in early October.   Macron believes Islamic Separatism is a threat to France’s values of keeping the state and religion apart. This is not a first, France has previously domineered freedom of religious expressions for Muslims…

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Set on Fire: The Femicide of Marwa Albaity

On the morning of November 28th, as I sipped my coffee and scrolled through social media, posts were flooding in about a new brutal case of intimate partner violence in Yemen. It had been the 3rd case I’d heard of that week. This one was that of Marwa Al-Baiti from Hadhramout, she had been set…