Burqa bans apart, face coverings have gained acceptance during the pandemic

by Rashmee

Posted on April 7, 2020 / The National


Developments in Lombardy, the northern Italian region worst affected by the novel coronavirus, are rich in tragic irony. Over the weekend, it introduced a law to compel citizens to wear face masks outside their homes. But in December 2015, Lombardy became the first Italian region to outlaw face coverings in public offices and hospitals. Austria … Continue reading “Burqa bans apart, face coverings have gained acceptance during the pandemic”

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Remember when face-coverings were considered dangerous

by Rashmee

Posted on April 1, 2020


Developments in Austria are rich in irony. On March 30, it decided to join several European countries (Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Bosnia-Herzegovina) in making it compulsory to wear a face mask outside the home. But in 2017, a legal ban on clothing that covers the face was adopted by the Austrian parliament. That was … Continue reading “Remember when face-coverings were considered dangerous”

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What’s Boris burqa row about? The man argues against banning it

by Rashmee

Posted on August 9, 2018


The Boris Johnson “row” over the burqa confirms one thing alone – that most people don’t read, they just babble. Having heard everyone getting all worked up about Mr Johnson’s alleged denigration of Muslim women, I’m wondering if they actually read what he wrote. I’m no fan of Mr Johnson, his opportunistic politics and self-serving … Continue reading “What’s Boris burqa row about? The man argues against banning it”

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Shameful amounts of energy, emotion expended on modest garment, modest ruling

by Rashmee

Posted on March 15, 2017


A shameful amount of time, energy and emotion has been spent on a garment that is meant to be about modesty. The headscarf. It is worn by some Muslim women, and by the following others too, who are listed and pictured below: 1 and 2. Hindu villagers in India. The one wearing red is in … Continue reading “Shameful amounts of energy, emotion expended on modest garment, modest ruling”

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Germany’s partial ban on the burqa: Is that a bit like being half-pregnant?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 24, 2016


Not quite but it does underline the fact that Germany is facing elections and that the governing CDU/CSU coalition is under pressure. Next month, regional elections are to be held in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Lower Saxony and Berlin. And federal elections are due by October 22, 2017 at the very latest. The polls show unexpected support for … Continue reading “Germany’s partial ban on the burqa: Is that a bit like being half-pregnant?”

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French Riviera’s burqini ban: Don’t-show-so-we-don’t-know that you’re Muslim

by Rashmee

Posted on August 15, 2016


What does banning the burqini in Cannes and Villeneuve-Loubet, two resorts on the French Riviera, accomplish? It might, as Villeneuve-Loubet’s mayor has said, help with hygiene issues, or at least France’s traditional perception of what constitutes sanitary swimwear. This is a country that has long believed men should wear “Speedo” style bathing suits rather than … Continue reading “French Riviera’s burqini ban: Don’t-show-so-we-don’t-know that you’re Muslim”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK