I generated the burkini to give women freedom , not to take it away | Aheda Zanetti

The burkini does not symbolise Islam, it symbolises leisure and happiness and fitness and health. So who is better, the Taliban or French politicians? When I devised the burkini in early 2004, it was to give women freedom , not to take it away. My niece wanted to play netball but it was a bit…

Irish people have dared to speak on abortion. Our government must listen | Grainne Maguire

The story was that abortion could be tolerated in only the most limited of circumstances. Then 99 members of the public were asked what they thought In 1916, when revolutionaries were putting the final touches to the proclamation of independence, the manifesto of the Irish state, there was one phrase that maintained holding everything up:…

Thai authorities seek to defrock scandal-hit Buddhist abbot

Ruling junta has maintained Dhammakaya temple under siege for nearly three weeks in bid to discovery monk wanted for money laundering Thailands highest religion body has begun a process that could defrock a Buddhist abbot wanted for money laundering, escalating a conflict between the military government and a hugely popular temple. The Dhammakaya complex in…

Registry used to track Arabs and Muslims dismantled by Obama administration

Department of Homeland Security will tear down Nseers, in an attempt to place a roadblock in front of Donald Trumps declared intention to ban Muslims The Obama administration is dismantling a discriminatory surveillance system that was used after 9/11 to keep tabs on Arabs and Muslims across the US, in a move that will make…