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Links 1 through 6 of 6 by Latoya Peterson tagged via:thea

I do not like the niqab/burqa. It makes me uncomfortable. But that's not a good enough reason to argue that it be banned or, worse, that those wearing it be denied public services, including education and even health care, as Quebec is proposing. Based on even majority public opinion, a democracy cannot discriminate because of dress...

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French police are investigating claims that a burger chain serving only halal meat in restaurants with a strong Muslim clientele is discriminating against other customers..."Why should the people of Roubaix be forced to go to Lille or elsewhere to find bacon?" Franck Berton, the mayor's lawyer, told Reuters.

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But the more blatant lesson of Avatar is not that American imperialism is bad, but that in fact it’s necessary. Sure there are some bad Americans—the ones with tanks ready to mercilessly kill the Na’vi population, but Jake is set up as the real embodiment of the American spirit. He learns Na’vi fighting tactics better than the Na’vi themselves, he takes the King’s daughter for his own, he becomes the only Na’vi warrior in centuries to tame this wild dragon bird thing. Even in someone else’s society the American is the chosen one. He’s going to come in, lead your army, fuck your princesses, and just generally save the day for you. Got it? This is how we do it.

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[Pahole Sookkasikon's] total package exemplfies what one contest judge, the activist and writer Helen Zia, called the growing "Asian-American renaissance."

"It really is taking a page out of what W.E.B. DuBois and the African-American leaders of that period were talking about: culture," Zia said. "This is about changing the view in the American mind and the American culture about what is the Asian-American man."

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"In 2008, Jean Grae released Jeanius, one of the year's best albums. Now the album's follow-up, The Evil Jeanius (dig that subtle title), will drop Sept. 30, and Grae won't see a cent from its sales. "

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“A war bonnet to Cree people or the Prairie Indian people, it’s a sacred thing,” Dorothy said. “It’s used in ceremonies, in peace treaties, used in official addresses. It’s not used as a costume to walk on a stage with a deer-skin bikini.”

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