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Why Islamists are crying over Burkini ban in France: Tarek Fatah explains

Following cultural traditions, pointing fingers

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A woman wearing a burkini walks in the water August 27, 2016 on a beach in Marseille, France, the day after the country's highest administrative court suspended a ban on full-body burkini swimsuits that has outraged Muslims (VOA)
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September 1, 2016: In a column published by Toronto Sun on August 30th, 2016, Tarek Fatah talks of how easily the liberals of the West can be so easily manipulated as a result of even the slightest movement by the Islamists. This was showcased by the “Burkini ban” incident that took place on 30th August, at France.

  • France affected by Islamic movement
  • Woman told to take off one layer of her Burkini wrap or leave the beach
  • Burkinis worn by Muslim women, raising a fit. A wetsuit worn by French Catholic? Not so much.
  • Double Standards or just Culture?

The “Burkini” ban in France raised a fit in the lives of Muslim women, when a middle aged Muslim woman was seen napping on the beech in a full body covered attire, in 35°Celsius, and was told to take off one layer of her Burkini wrap or leave the beach.

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And Tarek Fatah raises a very crucial point here, where he says “a video of a woman being beaten by a gang of Muslim men, somewhere in Europe or North Africa, barely raised an eyebrow, and didn’t make it to the front pages of any newspaper or TV network. However, the sight of a middle-aged Muslim woman napping in full body attire, being asked to leave the beach, or take off one layer of her burkini wrap, was enough to raise cries of racism, misogyny, bigotry and every possible human rights violation in the UN Charter.”

A woman dressed in a burqini in the pool
A woman dressed in a burkini in the pool

He also talks about an image he saw on Tumblr which showed two women in almost identical full-body swimsuits, with the title:

“French Muslim in Burkini French Catholic in Wetsuit.”

Below the picture, the caption read:

“Only one will be asked to remove her swimming gear at gunpoint.”

To him, that picture raised a question – “If both swimsuits provide head-to-toe cover, why don’t these Muslim women wear the wetsuit? Why do they insist on the burkini?”

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And he also answers this himself. According to him, the Sharia Culture of Islam forces their women to cover their bodies in clothing from head to toe even in modern times, for no reason except for their objective to prove their women as pious and pure and promote “slut shaming” which is showcased by the Western women or Muslim women who wear traditional beach suits or one piece, who apparently have a “loose character”.

FILE - In this Aug.4 2016 file photo made from video, Nissrine Samali, 20, gets into the sea wearing traditional Islamic dress, in Marseille, southern France. The French resort of Cannes has banned full-body, head-covering swimsuits worn by some Muslim woman (VOA)
FILE – In this Aug.4 2016 file photo made from video, Nissrine Samali, 20, gets into the sea wearing traditional Islamic dress, in Marseille, southern France. The French resort of Cannes has banned full-body, head-covering swimsuits worn by some Muslim woman (VOA)

His opinions are downright straightforward and there’s no doubt that the Muslim women are not only being  oppressed by their own culture, but also being discriminated for following the ideologies and traditions of their ancestors.

– prepared by Navmi Arora of NewsGram

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  • Kabir Chaudhary

    One word, Islamophobia!!

    • Tom Pothen

      What about Christianophobia in Moslem countries?

  • Yahoo Serious

    If Islamic countries can dictate what people wear, why can’t western countries dictate what people wear as well????
    Sounds like a Muslim double standard yet again…..
    The religion of peace has caused wars for 1400 years, fact!
    In Islam it is allowed to lie in order to advance the religion “Taqiyya”,,, Fact!
    2 Corinthians 11:14: No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

    It is always funny that Muslims leave their country because of the policies there oppressing them, only to go to western countries and try and impose the same policies on those countries…
    Taqiyya at work!!!

  • Muhammad Riyaz

    TAREK FATAH or TAREEK FOTA practically is a Non Muslim person, as a fact an enemy of Islam, hence he is not a representative of Majority or Minority Muslims at all. He is just a BIGOT, TRAITOR, and a PATHOLOGICAL LIAR. I personally know him from my days in Karachi University, and that’s why he was famous with the nick name GMH TAREEK FOTA.

    TAREK FATAH or TAREEK FOTA, A Muslim Basher, Practically a Non Muslim, and the founder of MUSLIM CANADIAN CONGRESS is nothing but a MOST SELFISH person. All he does, ignites the emotions of Christians, Jews, Hindus and other Non Muslims by making his own stories to show that Muslims have Anti Democratic values, Muslims are enemies of all Non Muslims, Muslims are Radicals, etc, and he tries his best to use the microscope on any thing which can go against Islam. Secondly, though he claims that he is an Indian born in Pakistan, his agenda is to malign Pakistan and Pakistan only. If he is an Indian then his focus should be on India, not on Pakistan, but his focus is to malign Pakistan only. As a matter of fact his behavior shows that he is a combined paid agent of RAW (Indian Spy Agency), KHAD (Afghanistan spy agency), MOSAD (Israeli Spy Agency). Most probably he is funded by these spy agencies also. But in reality he is a friend of NONE, he will deceive Indian Hindus where it will suite hi. Take my words and one day you will find the worth.

    An interesting aspect of his life is his staying in Saudi Arabia for 10+ Years.

    An ardent opponent of ISLAMIC SHARIA (ISLAMIC LAWS), Islamic tenants and values, an enemy of Islam, its values, and it’s culture, his efforts against those women who cover themselves, and his opposition against lashes, chopping of hands and heads of the criminals who committed heinous crimes, and then staying in Saudi Arabia comfortably for 10+ years without uttering a single word against the Saudi Government, and the SHARIA LAWS, What does it reveal?

    It just reveal that he is a BIGOT and for a good income and earning he can sell his ideology, his values, his motto, and all those principles he stands for. I will say that he can sell his mother if the price is right. He is for GAYS and LESBIAN rights? Could he announce the same in Saudi Arabia? His head would be chopped out. He did not utter any thing, and spent 10+ years in Saudi Arabia very comfortably. Where all the values he stands for vanished when he was living in Saudi Arabia? Any writing, any demonstration, any vocal opposition during his 10+ years stay in Saudi Arabia? NONE.

    It is very important to declare before Saudi Consulate that you are not against Sharia Laws before the consulate issues a VISA to you. How he got the SAUDI VISA? He would have lied for sure in filling VISA application for Saudi Arabia and would have declared that he had no objection against SHARIA LAWS, otherwise his application for VISA would be denied? Isn’t he a BIGOT, PATHOLOGICAL LIAR, A TRAITOR by profession? You should decide it by yourself.

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  • Kabir Chaudhary

    One word, Islamophobia!!

    • Tom Pothen

      What about Christianophobia in Moslem countries?

  • Yahoo Serious

    If Islamic countries can dictate what people wear, why can’t western countries dictate what people wear as well????
    Sounds like a Muslim double standard yet again…..
    The religion of peace has caused wars for 1400 years, fact!
    In Islam it is allowed to lie in order to advance the religion “Taqiyya”,,, Fact!
    2 Corinthians 11:14: No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

    It is always funny that Muslims leave their country because of the policies there oppressing them, only to go to western countries and try and impose the same policies on those countries…
    Taqiyya at work!!!

  • Muhammad Riyaz

    TAREK FATAH or TAREEK FOTA practically is a Non Muslim person, as a fact an enemy of Islam, hence he is not a representative of Majority or Minority Muslims at all. He is just a BIGOT, TRAITOR, and a PATHOLOGICAL LIAR. I personally know him from my days in Karachi University, and that’s why he was famous with the nick name GMH TAREEK FOTA.

    TAREK FATAH or TAREEK FOTA, A Muslim Basher, Practically a Non Muslim, and the founder of MUSLIM CANADIAN CONGRESS is nothing but a MOST SELFISH person. All he does, ignites the emotions of Christians, Jews, Hindus and other Non Muslims by making his own stories to show that Muslims have Anti Democratic values, Muslims are enemies of all Non Muslims, Muslims are Radicals, etc, and he tries his best to use the microscope on any thing which can go against Islam. Secondly, though he claims that he is an Indian born in Pakistan, his agenda is to malign Pakistan and Pakistan only. If he is an Indian then his focus should be on India, not on Pakistan, but his focus is to malign Pakistan only. As a matter of fact his behavior shows that he is a combined paid agent of RAW (Indian Spy Agency), KHAD (Afghanistan spy agency), MOSAD (Israeli Spy Agency). Most probably he is funded by these spy agencies also. But in reality he is a friend of NONE, he will deceive Indian Hindus where it will suite hi. Take my words and one day you will find the worth.

    An interesting aspect of his life is his staying in Saudi Arabia for 10+ Years.

    An ardent opponent of ISLAMIC SHARIA (ISLAMIC LAWS), Islamic tenants and values, an enemy of Islam, its values, and it’s culture, his efforts against those women who cover themselves, and his opposition against lashes, chopping of hands and heads of the criminals who committed heinous crimes, and then staying in Saudi Arabia comfortably for 10+ years without uttering a single word against the Saudi Government, and the SHARIA LAWS, What does it reveal?

    It just reveal that he is a BIGOT and for a good income and earning he can sell his ideology, his values, his motto, and all those principles he stands for. I will say that he can sell his mother if the price is right. He is for GAYS and LESBIAN rights? Could he announce the same in Saudi Arabia? His head would be chopped out. He did not utter any thing, and spent 10+ years in Saudi Arabia very comfortably. Where all the values he stands for vanished when he was living in Saudi Arabia? Any writing, any demonstration, any vocal opposition during his 10+ years stay in Saudi Arabia? NONE.

    It is very important to declare before Saudi Consulate that you are not against Sharia Laws before the consulate issues a VISA to you. How he got the SAUDI VISA? He would have lied for sure in filling VISA application for Saudi Arabia and would have declared that he had no objection against SHARIA LAWS, otherwise his application for VISA would be denied? Isn’t he a BIGOT, PATHOLOGICAL LIAR, A TRAITOR by profession? You should decide it by yourself.

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Women Hit Especially Hard In Congo’s Worst Ebola Outbreak

For the afflicted, the road to recovery is long and lonely.

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Congolese health workers register people and take their temperatures before they are vaccinated against Ebola in the village of Mangina in North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. VOA

The Democratic Republic of Congo is in the throes of its worst-ever Ebola outbreak, with more than 420 cases in the country’s volatile east, and a mortality rate of just under 60 percent. But this outbreak — the nation’s tenth known Ebola epidemic — is unusual because more than 60 percent of patients are women.

Among them is Baby Benedicte. Her short life has already been unimaginably difficult.

At one month old, she is underweight, at 2.9 kilograms. And she is alone. Her mother had Ebola, and died giving birth to her. She’s spent the last three weeks of her life in a plastic isolation cube, cut off from most human contact. She developed a fever at eight days old and was transferred to this hospital in Beni, a town of some half-million people in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

More than 400 people have been diagnosed with Ebola here since the beginning of August, and more than half of them have died in a nation the size of Western Europe that struggles with insecurity and a lack of the most basic infrastructure and services. That makes this the second-worst Ebola outbreak in history, after the hemorrhagic fever killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa between 2013 and 2016.

This is 10th outbreak to strike the vast country since 1976, when Ebola was first identified in Congo. And this particular outbreak is further complicated by a simmering civil conflict that has plagued this region for more than two decades.

Guido Cornale, UNICEF’s coordinator in the region, says the scope of this outbreak is clear.

“It has become the worst outbreak in Congo, this is not a mystery,” he said.

What is mysterious, however, is the demographics of this outbreak. This time, more than 60 percent of cases are women, says the government’s regional health coordinator, Ndjoloko Tambwe Bathe.

“All the analyses show that this epidemic is feminized. Figures like this are alarming. It’s true that the female cases are more numerous than the male cases,” he said.

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Health workers walk with a boy suspected of having been infected with the Ebola virus, at an Ebola treatment center in Beni, near Congo’s border with Uganda. VOA

Bathe declined to predict when the outbreak might end, though international officials have said it may last another six months. Epidemiologists are still studying why this epidemic is so skewed toward women and children, Cornale said.

“So now we can only guess. And one of the guesses is that woman are the caretakers of sick people at home. So if a family member got sick, who is taking care of him or her? Normally, a woman,” he said.

Or a nurse. Many of those affected are health workers, who are on the front line of battling this epidemic. Nurse Guilaine Mulindwa Masika, spent 16 days in care after a patient transmitted the virus to her. She says it was the fight of her life.

“The pain was enormous, the pain was constant,” she said. “The headache, the diarrhea, the vomiting, and the weakness — it was very, very bad.”