COPENHAGEN//Islam shows its female face with rise of women mosques

COPENHAGEN, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Relegated to the basement, silenced by the imam and barred from the front door, some Muslim women have had enough of male domination at the mosque and are setting up their own.

From Copenhagen to Los Angeles, a handful of female mosques now cater to Muslim women who want their own place of worship, just as men have had through the ages.”It is possible to change a narrative that has been patriarchal for centuries,” Sherin Khankan, founder of Europe’s first women’s mosque, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Continue reading COPENHAGEN//Islam shows its female face with rise of women mosques

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SIX Types Of Toxic People You Should Never Befriend At Work

Strong relationships with colleagues make your work life a whole lot better. It’s nice to have a sounding board when your controlling boss starts micro-managing you, or someone who can lend you a desk sweater when the air-conditioning has turned your office into a veritable tundra.

But for all the potential friends among your colleagues, you’re better off staying clear of some people. Below, workplace experts highlight six types of co-workers you’ll probably regret getting chummy with. Continue reading SIX Types Of Toxic People You Should Never Befriend At Work

Middle East – Some Israelis will be more equal than others

‘Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people,’ he says, ‘a nation state that respects the individual rights of all its citizens, and in the Middle East only Israel respects these rights.’

Israel’s Knesset passed a new basic law in the early hours of 19 July. Shortly after the vote Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the house: ‘This is a defining moment in the history of Zionism and the history of the state of Israel … 122 years after Herzl published his vision [of a Jewish state], we have stated by law the basic principle of our existence.’

Netanyahu seems to see himself as the true founder of the Jewish state: ‘Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people,’ he says, ‘a nation state that respects the individual rights of all its citizens, and in the Middle East only Israel respects these rights.’ But by prioritising Jewishness in its definition of the state, some provisions of this law undermine the rights of two million non-Jewish citizens, including the sizeable Arab minority. The law states: ‘The state of Israel is the national home of the Jewish people, in which it fulfils its natural, cultural, religious and historical right to self-determination. The right to exercise national self-determination in the state of Israel is unique to the Jewish people.’ Specifying Hebrew as the official language of the state deprives Arabic of equal status; Arabic has a ‘special status’ that ‘will be regulated by law’. In the absence of a constitution, this basic law will be added to the existing legal corpus. Continue reading Middle East – Some Israelis will be more equal than others

Prime Minister Modi, President Trump set future directions for India-US relationship

Ministry of External Affairs spokepserson Raveesh Kumar tweeted while mentioning the talks indicate elevating and strengthening strategic partnership between the two countries. “The two sides took stock of impressive strides in our bilateral relationship and discussed steps to take our relationship to an even higher trajectory,” he added. Continue reading Prime Minister Modi, President Trump set future directions for India-US relationship