Syrian refugee in her home in Jordan. (Muhammad Hamed/Reuters)
Trump’s Travel Ban Uses Muslim Women as Pawns
Plans To Ban TV Dating Shows
Credit ‘Rape Clause’ Becomes Law without Parliamentary Vote
Talaq: 1 Million Muslim Women Sign RSS-Backed Petition against the Practice
Josh Jackson threatened to 'beat' women's player, affidavit says
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when rescuing women from the violence of radical Islam was used by Laura Bush
as a reason for U.S. troops to go to war to fight terrorism abroad? Now it
appears that President Trump is using women’s safety to justify keeping
foreigners from Muslim countries out of the United States.
among the outrage over Trump’s revised travel ban, which was at least
temporarily blocked by court actions Wednesday, is a particularly problematic
clause that supposedly targets violence against women. Section 11 (ii) says
that “the secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Attorney
general, shall … collect and make publicly available … information regarding
the number and types of acts of gender based violence against women, including
so-called ‘honor killings,’ in the United States by foreign nationals.”
much for the West “saving" Muslim women from terrorism]
order to track information on gender-based violent crimes has nothing to do
with protecting women and everything to do with stigmatizing Muslim immigrants
and trying to justify more public surveillance of marginalized groups.
Preserving the dignity and safety of women (usually white women) has been used
as a justification for racism and xenophobia against people of color for ages
in Western countries. Before gunning down black parishioners at a church in
South Carolina, white supremacist Dylann Roof reportedly said, “You rape our
women, and you’re taking over our country.”
Monday, a group of advocacy organizations sent a letter to Trump emphasizing that
this executive order does little to help protect vulnerable women and girls.
The coalition rightly criticized the use of the phrase “honor killings” in the
context of the ban on Muslim-majority countries, saying that it “not only
promotes and inflames Islamophobia, but it further feeds into the false
narrative that violence against women is specific to non-Western cultures.”
course, “honor killings” of women and girls are a problem in countries such as
Pakistan, where the high-profile killing of social media star Quandeel Baloch
sparked international outrage. Her brother confessed and was arrested. But
numerous countries have taken steps to address the problem. Turkey gives life
sentences to those involved in honor killings. Jordan has moved to create
special courts to address them. Prominent Islamic leaders and imams around the
world have condemned the practice.
say it once again, immigrants in the United States, both documented and
undocumented, are less likely to commit crimes than people born here. Sadly, it
also bears repeating that violence against women is not solely an Islamic
problem, nor is it a problem of black and brown countries. It is a global
problem, and the United States is no exception*. About 20,000 calls a day are
made to U.S. domestic violence hotlines, and nearly one in three women have
been victims of some form of domestic violence. About 19.3 million women have
reported being stalked by an intimate partner.
Trump, who bragged about forcibly groping women during his reality TV days,
would present himself as a protector of women from violence is insidious
enough. But from a policy level, Trump’s cynical use of violence against women
in his immigration order is even more hypocritical, considering that his
administration is reportedly planning to gut the very programs that would
assist women who are victims of domestic violence. The Trump administration may
cut 25 grant programs managed by the Justice Department’s Office of Violence
against Women; these programs help fund organizations that assist women who are
victims of stalking, domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse. The
Department of Housing and Urban Development, which may face a budget cut of $6
billion, also adopted special rules to shield women who report being victims of
domestic violence from being evicted from subsidized housing.
the Trump administration were serious about protecting women, it would be
strengthening domestic violence programs and allowing women refugees in, not
fortifying our borders. Instead he is using women as political pawns,
exploiting the issue of their safety to promote xenophobia and anti-immigrant
animus. None of us, neither men nor women, will be safer for it.
PM says they do not fit with the country’s ‘customs, traditions, beliefs and
16 March 2017
is planning to ban popular television dating shows because they do not fit with
Turkish traditions and customs, the deputy prime minister has said.
Kurtulmuş was referring to matchmaking reality shows, which are popular in
Turkey but attract thousands of complaints every year.
are some strange programmes that would scrap the institution of family, take
away its nobility and sanctity,” Kurtulmuş said in an interview with a
provincial TV channel published by the Hürriyet daily on Thursday.
closes 20 TV and radio stations in post-coup clampdown
are working on this and we are coming to the end of it. God willing, in the
near future, we will most likely remedy this with an emergency decree,”
willing, we will meet these societal demands,” he said in the interview on
comments are likely to raise concerns in a country whose political system rests
on the secular foundations laid by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk at its creation in
of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government frequently voice
fears that Turkey is sliding toward conservative Islam.
described such programmes as counter to Turkey’s “customs, traditions, beliefs,
the Turkish family structure and the culture of Anatolian lands”.
hit back at those who claimed they were ratings successes: “So what, the
ratings are very high and thus the advertising revenue is high? Let there not
be that kind of advertising revenues.”
said he had been told there were 120,000 individual complaints against such
year, Turkey’s audiovisual regulatory authority RTUK said it had received
comments from 10,691 citizens about such programmes, most of which were
Tayyip Erdoğan: 'A woman is above all else a mother'
president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, caused controversy in 2012, when he was prime
minister, when he compared abortion to murder.
also claim that education reforms, including a growing number of religious
schools, show that the country’s secular foundations are being undermined.
February, Turkish religious affairs agency Diyanet criticised matchmaking
shows, saying they “exploited family values and desecrated the family
institution by stepping on it with [their] feet”.
Turkish authorities insist there is full freedom of religious belief in the
Credit ‘Rape Clause’ Becomes Law Without Parliamentary Vote
Walker Political correspondent
controversial proposal to ask new mothers who have been raped for verification
if they wish to claim tax credits for more than two children has become law
without any debate or vote in parliament.
so-called rape clause, which will be applied as part of new restrictions on tax
credit entitlement, was added to legislation late on Wednesday as an amendment
to an existing act. The plans will come into effect within a month.
Thewliss, the SNP MP who first highlighted the issue of the clause, led a
furious response, saying it was an “underhand parliamentary tactic” to
introduce the measure without proper scrutiny.
also described as “frankly astonishing” the fact that the Department for Work
and Pensions (DWP ) had introduced the scheme apparently without having trained
any of the people who will judge whether someone claiming the exemption has
regulations, announced in the 2015 budget by the then chancellor, George
Osborne, were put into law through a statutory instrument, a form of
legislation that allows laws to be amended without parliament’s approval.
policy coming into force on 6 April restricts tax credit entitlement for new
claimants to a maximum of two children, with exceptions for multiple births and
for women who could show that their third or subsequent child was conceived as
a result of rape.
seeking to claim the exemption for rape must be assessed by what the government
has described in a consultation as a “professional third party”, which could
include health workers, police, social workers or rape charities.
the regulation about to come into force, however, there is no indication of how
a woman who has been raped could begin the process of claiming the tax credit
exemption, or whether any of the third parties have been trained.
said she had tabled a motion of prayer for annulment, a somewhat arcane version
of the early day motion, in which a group of MPs sign a paper calling for a
statutory instrument to be scrapped.
motions can be used to register displeasure with a government plan, but they
rarely overthrow statutory instruments. According to Thewliss, the last time
one was annulled in this way was 1979.
such an underhand parliamentary tactic to railroad the rape clause into law is
just the final insult this government could possibly dish out,” she said. “Not
only did ministers sneak out their shameful consultation response as the eyes
of the world were watching Donald Trump’s inauguration, but they’re now trying
to put the rape clause on the statute books without a vote or debate, let alone
any detailed scrutiny by MPs.
government must accept this policy is unworkable as well as immoral. With just
days until nurses, doctors and social workers are expected to verify whether
women had their third child as the result of rape, it’s clear there’s been no
sexual violence training for those working with such vulnerable women.
is frankly astonishing, especially when you consider that the government is
trying to railroad this through using medieval parliamentary procedures.”
plan has caused worry among other MPs and women’s charities, with a number
calling for it to be dropped. The DWP announced in January that it was to go
ahead after the consultation.
department has described the changes to tax credits as “a key part of
controlling public spending”, and has pledged to implement the exemptions in
“the most effective, compassionate way”.
government spokesman said: “It’s absolutely right that we have the right
exemptions in place and we have thought carefully about how we will work with
charities and health and social care professionals to support victims of rape.
We will be publishing guidance shortly.”
million Muslims - mostly women - have signed a petition to end the triple talaq
BJP believes its stand on triple Talaq was a factor in its massive UP win.
signature campaign is still on.
as the BJP and the Opposition are still calculating if there was a shift in
Muslim votes towards the saffron party in UP that contributed to its landslide
victory, over a million Muslims from across the country - mostly women - have
already signed a petition moved by RSS-affiliated Muslim body Muslim Rashtriya
Manch (MRM) against the practice of triple talaq.
Muslim body - RSS pracharak Indresh Kumar is the liason from the Sangh's side
who "guides" the MRM - has also called for a nationwide discussion on
the issue that involves all the stakeholders.
is a problem of the community and the stakeholders within the community as well
as the representatives from the state and the government must come and sit
together to start a debate on this so that Muslim women can claim a human
status," the organisation told Mail Today
the party itself puts it, one of the major contributing factors, as it claims,
in its victory was a definite support from Muslim women who were moved by the
party's stance on triple talaq as a repressive practice that needed to be done
factors, I suppose, defined our victory in the UP polls: first was Ujjwala
scheme that provided LPG cylinders to poor women; second was construction of
toilets under the Swachh Bharat programme, which also appealed to women; and
last but not the least, our stand on triple talaq," said Sidharth Nath
Singh, party secretary and newly elected MLA from Allahabad West.
the signature campaign of MRM is still on, the outfit had warned the
traditionally conservative clergy of the community to desist from making a
religious issue out of a practice that was a social problem.
fact that the BJP was able to get Muslim votes in UP, the fact that they also
won the Muslim-majority Deoband seat - that is long supposed to be the
stronghold of orthodox Ulema - suggest that the party and the central
government need to heed the voice of the Muslim women. Their support in polls
is a tacit approval of the BJP's stand on the issue," said MRM national
coordinator Mohammad Afzal.
fact that the BJP did not field a single Muslim candidate for the UP polls did
not deter women of the community to at least in part vote for the party,"
claimed another functionary of the MRM on conditions of anonymity.
also said the traditional clergy of the community needed to wake up. "The
fact that a terrorist was killed and his father denounced him in the light of
the latter's love for the nation and then a girl is issued a fatwa against for
singingâ€¦all these things point to the changing scenario in India. They should
wake up now and stop trying to convert the social evil of triple Talaq from a
social problem into a religious problem."
the great grandson of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, a tall Muslim Congress leader of
Indian history, extolled Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his "positive
attitude towards the Muslims". "The Ulema are taking the Muslim
community not in the medieval ages, but the dark ages and towards the stone
age," said Firoze Ahmad Bakht.
16, 2017 Associated Press
day before top-seeded Kansas opens NCAA Tournament play, court officials
released an affidavit that said freshman star Josh Jackson threatened to
"beat" a women's basketball player during a confrontation in
County District Court officials released the affidavit to The Lawrence
Journal-World detailing statements from McKenzie Calvert and two other Kansas
women's basketball players who witnessed the argument Dec. 9 outside a bar in
affidavit was filed by police to justify a court summons Jackson was served
March 7; he is charged with misdemeanor criminal damage.
release was the latest in a series of embarrassing moments this season for both
Kansas and its talented freshman -- who was suspended for last week's
quarterfinal loss to TUC as punishment for an accumulation of incidents.
the latest news stemming from the December incident, Kansas coach Bill Self
remained adamant that Jackson would play in Friday's opener against UC Davis.
is a tough-minded individual; I think he's focused," Self said. "And
certainly his role or playing time or whatnot, whatever, will only be dictated
by what happens between the lines. It won't be dictated by anything else."
said he had extra motivation to perform well in the NCAA Tournament because of
I learned from it is we all make mistakes," he said. "Kids. You make
one mistake, and the only thing you do is don't make it again."
incident began inside the bar when Calvert threw a drink at her ex-boyfriend,
Lagerald Vick, another Kansas player. She said she was upset because Vick
attended the party with his new girlfriend.
told police Jackson followed her to her car and "was yelling for her to
get out of the car and that he would beat her ass," the affidavit says.
Jackson is scheduled to appear in court April 12. His attorney did not return a
call Thursday from The Associated Press.
affidavit said the bumper, grille, fender, windshield, left tail lamp assembly
and driver's side front door were all damaged, with a total repair cost of
about $3,150. Witnesses reported Jackson only damaging the door and tail light,
with an estimated damage of $1,127, and District Attorney Charles Branson said
Jackson was not charged with felony criminal damage because it couldn't be
proved that the player caused all the damage.
apologized in a statement shortly after he was arrested and "offered to
pay for any damage that I directly caused."
the incident, Kansas women's basketball player Caelynn Manning-Allen told
police she tried to restrain Jackson by grabbing his arms and he kicked
Calvert's car before she was able to get him away from the vehicle. Another
player, Eboni Watts, said she witnessed Jackson kick Calvert's driver's door
twice and kick the tail light.
to the affidavit, Self joined Jackson at McCarthy Hall, where the men's
basketball team lives, as he was interviewed by police about 5:45 a.m. the day
of the confrontation.
saying Jackson has accepted responsibility for the incident, Self said the
Jayhawks have "rallied around Josh."
not easy to have your name across the ticker each and every day about something
when somebody keeps bringing up an additional thing or two when we already know
this took place a long ... quite a while ago," Self said. "I don't
think it should be motivation, but I also don't think it should be an excuse
and a distraction."
Jayhawks have been dogged by a number of off-the-court problems this season. The
most serious is an alleged sexual assault at McCarthy Hall. No suspects have
been identified in connection with the incident the night of Dec. 17, though
five players are listed as witnesses.
Carlton Bragg also was charged with possession in a drug case and was briefly
suspended before being granted diversion. Vick was also accused of hitting a
female student two years ago, but the school investigated and recommended
hours after the Jayhawks wrapped up the Big 12 regular-season title, junior
guard Devonte Graham was arrested for failing to appear in court. Graham had
been ticketed for driving with expired license plates, and said that the car
belonged to an ex-teammate and he thought the ticket had been paid.
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