candidate Nina Siahkali Moradi 'too
attractive for politics'
ELECTORAL candidate in Iran has been denied
a place on city council despite winning
enough votes because she is deemed to be
The Independent reports that Nina Siahkali
Moradi, 27, received 10,000 votes, placing
her 14th out of 163 candidates for the city
of Qazvin elections.
only elects the first 13 across the line but
the person placed 14th is listed as "the
the elected mayor gave up his seat, Ms
Moradi was disqualified.
want a catwalk model on the council," a
senior Qazvin official was quoted as saying
in the Times.
Ms Moradi is
a graduate student of architecture.
International Campaign for Human Rights in
Iran said that the disqualification was
apparently because of her "non-observance of
Islamic codes", and that her campaign
posters were the basis for complaints from
senior conservative rivals.
10,000 people voted for me and based on that
I should be the first alternate member of
the City Council," Ms Moradi told local
may be considered because it is illegal to
disqualify someone who had initially been
qualified to run for office, as Ms Moradi
It could be a
test for Iran's new President Hassan Rowhani,
who has vowed to stand up for women.
but don’t enjoy equal rights. I will form a
women’s affairs ministry to return their
trampled rights to them," he said prior to
Lady Gaga’s New Low: Why “Burqa Swag” Needs
by McKayla Reilly
Lady Gaga has
evidently plummeted to new lows with the
leak of her new track Burqa. While her
appropriation of the burqa pre-dates the
leak, the song has proven to be yet another
degrading, exotification of Muslim women
enforcing the “saviour” attitude that is so
popular in the West, which views Muslim
women of all nationalities as outsiders who
need to be liberated from their supposed
As a Muslim living in North America, I
couldn’t function in just a hijab, the most
covert of the Muslim garbs. People threw
rocks at me, asked me ignorant/offensive
questions like why I chose to subject myself
to an “inherently patriarchal religion,”
called me a terrorist, and so many more
incidences I can’t even keep track. Yet it’s
totally cool to play dress-up with hair and
face coverings as long as it doesn’t have
anything to do with an actual Muslim?
Newsflash: It’s not a costume for you to
wear, it’s not another one of your
attention-seeking meat/frog dresses, it’s a
symbol of my religion NOT a fashion
Changing face of Britain: 'Muhammad' is now
second most popular boys’ name
different spellings of the name are listed
in the top 100 names for boys from the
Office for National Statistics.
The first most common is Muhammad, which is
in 19th place on the table.
Mohammed comes 26th and Mohammad is in 60th
But overall the name was given 7,139 times
in 2012, just 29 behind Harry – which took
the top spot.
Muslim leaders in France fear surge in
leaders in the French city of Lyon said on
Monday they feared a surge in attacks on
mosques in the style of one averted last
week in which a soldier was arrested on
suspicion of planning a shooting during an
Islamic feast holiday.
incidents have risen steadily in recent
years in France, home to Europe's largest
Islamic minority, according to the Committee
against Islamophobia in France (CCIF), which
blames anti-Muslim rhetoric by far-right
activist said such violence had been
provoked by government efforts to suppress
"nationalist movements" that provided a
legitimate outlet for discontent.
imam of the Grand Mosque of Lyon, called on
local Muslims to gather for a show of
solidarity at the suburban Minguettes
Mosque, which police said the soldier
arrested on Saturday planned to shoot at on
the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday.
23-year-old, from an air force base near
Lyon, was placed under formal investigation
on Monday, accused of "possessing category 4
ammunitions in relation to a terrorist
the interior ministry as holding extreme
right-wing views, he was also accused of
lobbing a Molotov cocktail at a mosque near
Bordeaux last year.
"There is a
clear will today to hurt the Muslim
community," Kabtane said, adding that two
minor acts had been carried out against
mosques in southeastern France over the
"These are no
longer isolated acts. It feels like there is
a whole organisation being put in place," he
Mo makes history!
becomes only second-ever athlete to win 5km
and 10km double in Olympics and World
Championships with majestic run in Moscow.
Mo Farah laid
claim to being Britain’s greatest ever
athlete last night when he became the first
Briton to win both long distance titles at
the Olympics and the World Championships.
added the world 5,000m to the 10,000m title
he won last Saturday, knelt down and kissed
the ground after crossing the finish line in
the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
It is the
fifth world or Olympic gold medal for the
30-year-old, after he won the 5,000m and
10,000m at last year’s Olympics and the
5,000m at the World Championships in Daegu