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Paris's 'Banlieus' : Ten Years Since ...
Paris, France
By Steven Wassenaar
26 Oct 2015

10 years ago, on 27 October 2005, riots broke out in the French suburbs. It started here with the death of two boys, in Clichy sous Bois, 15 km from Paris, an economically deprived suburb. Ever since, these suburbs have been the subject of stigma in the press, and in some cases of fear from those residing in central Paris. This collection of photos, shot between 2013 and 2015 shows scenes from everyday life in a few Paris suburbs. Despite being the focus of media attention after the attacks of November 13, 2015 led to a shootout in one near suburb, and mosques where 'radical' Islam is preached being shut down in others, they are - for the most part - normal neighborhoods suffering from a lack of attention from the state, and society at large.

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Paris's 'Banlieus' 25
Paris, France
By Steven Wassenaar
26 Oct 2015

10 years ago, on 27 October 2005, riots broke out in the French suburbs. Cité Karl Marx in the suburb Bobigny. Mai 16, 2006, Bobigny, France.

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Paris's 'Banlieus' 17
Paris, France
By Steven Wassenaar
20 Oct 2015

10 years ago, on 27 October 2005, riots broke out in the French suburbs. In this suburb, La Courneuve, 5 km from Paris, lower buildings have since 2005 - when the suburbs were on fire - replaced much of the dilapidated high-rise flats. 20 October 2015, La Courneuve, France.

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Paris's 'Banlieus' 18
Paris, France
By Steven Wassenaar
20 Oct 2015

10 years ago, on 27 October 2005, riots broke out in the French suburbs. Residents from La Courneuve, a suburb at 5 km from Paris, wait for the visit of President Francois Hollande. In the background, the 15-story high apartment complex Mail de Fontenay, part of the so called "4000" complex, flats that have been built here in 1964. 20 October 2015, La Courneuve, France.

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Paris's 'Banlieus' 19
Paris, France
By Steven Wassenaar
20 Oct 2015

10 years ago, on 27 October 2005, riots broke out in the French suburbs. A boy in La Courneuve watches the crowd during a visit of President Francois Hollande, who was greeted with boos. La Courneuve is 5 km from Paris. 20 October 2015, La Courneuve, France.

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Paris's 'Banlieus' 20
Paris, France
By Steven Wassenaar
19 Oct 2015

10 years ago, on 27 October 2005, riots broke out in the French suburbs. The flat the "Petit Debussy" is now empty and is one of the last to be demolished. This suburb at 5 km from Paris, was called the "4000" after the four thousand flats that have been built here in 1964. 19 October 2015, La Courneuve, France.

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Paris's 'Banlieus' 21
Paris, France
By Steven Wassenaar
19 Oct 2015

10 years ago, on 27 October 2005, riots broke out in the French suburbs. Young people in the suburb La Courneuve at 5 km from Paris. They live in the 15 story appartment Mail de Fontenay, part of the "4000" complex, namd after the four thousand flats that have been built here in 1964. 19 October 2015, La Courneuve, France.

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Women Obtain Right to Wear Hijab Whil...
Detroit, Michigan
By Yousef Mawry
31 Aug 2015

With the growing Arab-Muslim population in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, law enforcement has changed some of its police policies in order to accommodate to the religious beliefs of the Muslim population.
The Dearborn police has recently passed a resolution which prevents police officers from forcing Muslim women to take off their Islamic hijab.
The policy change was the result of numerous lawsuits filed against the Dearborn Police Department by Muslim women who were forced to take off their headscarfs in police custody - a move which outraged the Muslim community. Muslim women in Dearborn say they are satisfied with the new policy which allows them to protect their modesty in the arms of the law.

Interviews:
1- Amir Makled (Attorney at Law)
2- Amir Makled (Attorney at Law)
3- Lena Fuad (Worshiper)
4- Marry Fuad (Worshiper)

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Sunni and Shiite Joint Prayers in Bah...
Manama
By MazenMahdi
03 Jul 2015

Sunnis and Shiites hold joint Friday prayers in Bahrain amid tight security following bombing attacks believed to have been carried out by the Islamic State group against Shiite mosques in Kuwait and the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.

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Asylum Seekers in Spain 22
Barcelona, Spain
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
20 May 2015

Yaya Ouahara arrives at home, in Barcelona, which he shares with two other males from Ivory Coast and Morocco.
Yaya, 36, from Ivory Coast, arrived in Spain in 2009 by a small boat and after three years traveling through Africa. Yaya fled the civil war in his country and he recently got residence permit to stay in Spain permanently.

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Asylum Seekers in Spain 23
Barcelona, Spain
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
20 May 2015

21 May 2015. Barcelona:
Yaya Ouahara, who is Muslim, prays in the bedroom of his apartment, in Barcelona, which he shares with two other males from Ivory Coast and Morocco.
Yaya, 36, from Ivory Coast, arrived in Spain in 2009 by a small boat and after three years traveling through Africa. Yaya fled the civil war in his country and he recently got residence permit to stay in Spain permanently.

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Asylum Seekers in Spain 24
Barcelona, Spain
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
20 May 2015

Yaya Ouahara, who is Muslim, prays in the bedroom of his apartment, in Barcelona, which he shares with two other males from Ivory Coast and Morocco.
Yaya, 36 years old from Ivory Coast, arrived in Spain in 2009 by a small boat and after three years traveling through Africa. Yaya fled the civil war in his country and he recently got residence permit to stay in Spain permanently.

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Asylum Seekers in Spain 25
Barcelona, Spain
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
20 May 2015

Yaya Ouahara, who is Muslim, prays in the bedroom of his apartment, in Barcelona, which he shares with two other males from Ivory Coast and Morocco.
Yaya, 36, from Ivory Coast, arrived to Spain in 2009 by a small boat and after three years traveling through Africa. Yaya fled the civil war in his country and he recently got residence permit to stay in Spain permanently.

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Paris's 'Banlieus' 22
Paris, France
By Steven Wassenaar
19 Apr 2015

10 years ago, on 27 October 2005, riots broke out in the French suburbs. NESS, a Hip Hop dancer, here seen in the suburb Sevran. 19 April 2015, Sevran France.

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Land Day R
Wadi Fukin
By Rich Wiles
30 Mar 2015

As the Land Day action is brought to an abrupt halt in Wadi Fukin, the majority of the 350 olive tree saplings remain unplanted outside a house in the village after activists were forced to escape from clouds of tear gas that was fired by Israeli soldiers.
Wadi Fukin, West Bank, Palestine. March 30 2015.

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Land Day
Wadi Fukin
By Rich Wiles
30 Mar 2015

A Palestinian child watches from a rooftop in Wadi Fukin as Israeli soldiers fire rounds of tear gas at fleeing activists during a tree planting event to mark Land Day. In the background stands the huge Israeli settlement of Beitar Illit which is built partly on the land of Wadi Fukin.
Wadi Fukin, West Bank, Palestine. March 30 2015.

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Land Day 19
Wadi Fukin
By Rich Wiles
30 Mar 2015

Two elderly Palestinian women attempt to make their way down the hill in Wadi Fukin to escape from the tear gas that is being fired by Israeli forces.

Wadi Fukin, West Bank, Palestine. March 30 2015.

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Wadi Fukin
By Rich Wiles
30 Mar 2015

An Israeli security helicopter circles above Wadi Fukin during the olive tree planting event to commemorate Palestinian Land Day on March 30th 2015.

Wadi Fukin, West Bank, Palestine. March 30 2015.

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Land Day 21
Wadi Fukin
By Rich Wiles
30 Mar 2015

Israeli soldiers line up on a hill top in Wadi Fukin as Palestinian activists watch from a distance during an olive tree planting event to commemorate Land Day in the Palestinian village of Wadi Fukin.

Wadi Fukin, West Bank, Palestine. March 30 2015.

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Land Day 4
Wadi Fukin
By Rich Wiles
29 Mar 2015

350 olive trees were brought to Wadi Fukin to be planted on the lands threatened by settlement expansion.

Wadi Fukin, West Bank, Palestine, March 30 2105.

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Land Day 5
Wadi Fukin
By Rich Wiles
29 Mar 2015

Activists make their way up a hill toward land that is threatened by the expansion of the Sur Haddasah settlement. In the background, the huge Beitar Illit settlement is also built on the land of Wadi Fukin.

Wadi Fukin, West Bank, Palestine, March 30 2015.

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Land Day 6
Wadi Fukin
By Rich Wiles
29 Mar 2015

In the West Bank village of Wadi Fukin, an olive tree planting event is underway with local activists and refugees from Bethlehem's refugee camps to commemorate Land Day on March 30th 2015.

Wadi Fukin, West Bank, Palestine. March 30 2015.

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Land Day 18
Wadi Fukin
By Rich Wiles
29 Mar 2015

Activists flee as Israeli forces rain tear gas down on them. The tear gas stopped the olive tree planting event being held to commemorate Land Day in the Palestinian village of Wadi Fukin.
Wadi Fukin, West Bank, Palestine. March 30 2015.

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Land Day 1
Wadi Fukin
By Rich Wiles
29 Mar 2015

A Palestinian youth raises a Palestinian flag from the top of settlement construction machinery within the construction site that is expanding the Israeli settlement of Sur Hadassah. Sur Hadassah is located on the land of the West Bank Palestinian village of Wadi Fukin and the land of the pre-Nakba Palestinian village of Ras Abu Ammar.

Wadi Fukin/Ras Abu Ammar, West Bank/Green Line, Palestine. March 30 2015.

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Land Day 2
Wadi Fukin
By Rich Wiles
29 Mar 2015

A small group of activists reach the construction site on the top of the hill in which Sur Hadassah settlement is being further expanded.

Wadi Fukin/Ras Abu Ammar, West Bank/Green Line, Palestinel. March 30 2015.

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Land Day 3
Wadi Fukin
By Rich Wiles
29 Mar 2015

An elderly Palestinian women plants an olive tree sapling on land of the village of Wadi Fukin, which is threatened with confiscation by the expansion of the Sur Hadassah Jewish settlement.

Wadi Fukin, West Bank, Palestine. March 30 2015.

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Land Day
Lifta
By Rich Wiles
27 Mar 2015

Yakoub Odeh is one of Lifta's Nakba survivors and also the head of 'Sons of Lifta' - a community group that was established by the refugees in defense of their village and their right to return to live in the village: "We are here to remember, we are here to learn and we are here to say we will never give up (our struggle for return)." Yakoub Odeh and Palestinian refugees from Lifta. Lifta, West Jerusalem, Israel. March 27 2015.

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Lifta
By Rich Wiles
26 Mar 2015

The refugees ended their Land Day action with Friday prayers at the edge of Lifta's spring under the watchful eyes of Israeli security forces and Jewish orthodox youth from the nearby settlements.

Palestinian refugees from Lifta. Lifta, West Jerusalem, Israel. March 27 2015.

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Land Day 8
Lifta
By Rich Wiles
26 Mar 2015

A Jewish youth from a nearby settlement talks to Palestinians commemorating land day in the village of Lifta.

Although the village centre of Lifta and its houses remain unoccupied, large areas of the village's wider lands were expropriated for settlement expansion. Orthodox youth from these settlements regularly visit Lifta to bath in its spring

Palestinian refugees and Jewish orthodox youth, Lifta, West Jerusalem, March 27 2015.

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Land Day 9
Lifta
By Rich Wiles
26 Mar 2015

Lifta's mosque is also still standing today and offers sweeping views across the western slopes of the village from its arched windows.

Palestinian refugees from Lifta. Lifta, West Jerusalem, Israel, March 27 2015.

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Land Day 10
Lifta
By Rich Wiles
26 Mar 2015

Cleaning and restoration work in the village cemetery has become a focal point for many events held by the community-in-exile when they visit Lifta. The refugees' ancestors remain buried at the site to this day. There are now estimated to be more than 7 million Palestinian refugees and displaced people.

Palestinian refugees from Lifta. Lifta, West Jerusalem, Israel. March 27 2015.

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Land Day 11
Lifta
By Rich Wiles
26 Mar 2015

Nader Liftawi was born a refugee in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem in 1970 and was brought to the village regularly by his father from an early age.

"I have brought my children here since they were young. I come at least once every month to check the houses, clean the graves and smell the air. This is everything to us," explained Nader.

Nader Liftawi, Palestinian refugee form Lifta. Lifta, West Jerusalem, Israel. March 27 2015.

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Land Day 13
Lifta
By Rich Wiles
26 Mar 2015

Lifta was forcibly depopulated in early 1948 by Zionist militias, well before the official establishment of the State of Israel. Some Nakba survivors say that they were told to leave temporarily and would later be allowed to return.

Palestinian refugees from Lifta. Lifta, West Jerusalem, Israel. March 27 2015.

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Land Day 14
Lifta
By Rich Wiles
26 Mar 2015

Yakoub Odeh is one of Lifta's Nakba survivors and also the head of 'Sons of Lifta' - a community group that was established by the refugees in defense of their village and their right to return to live in the village: "We are here to remember, we are here to learn and we are here to say we will never give up (our struggle for return)."

Yakoub Odeh and Palestinian refugees from Lifta. Lifta, West Jerusalem, Israel. March 27 2015.

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Land Day 15
Lifta
By Rich Wiles
26 Mar 2015

Lifta is unique amongst the Palestinian villages that were depopulated during the Nakba in that the majority of its houses remain structurally intact and are not occupied by Israelis today.

Palestinian refugees from Lifta. Lifta, West Jerusalem, Israel. March 27 2015.

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Lifta
By Rich Wiles
26 Mar 2015

The refugees hung signs in various locations around Lifta reaffirming the history and Palestinian identity of the village.
Palestinian refugees from Lifta, Lifta, West Jerusalem, Israel. March 27 2015.

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Land Day 16
Lifta
By Rich Wiles
26 Mar 2015

After a journet of only 10 minutes the refugees arrived back in the village from which they were forcibly displaced in early 1948 by Zionist militias.
Palestinian refugees from Lifta, Lifta, West Jerusalem, Israel. March 27 2015.

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Land Day 17
East Jerusalem
By Rich Wiles
26 Mar 2015

Palestinian refugees boarded buses in the East Jerusaelm neighbourhood of French Hill to make the short journey across the Green Line to their home village of Lifta to commemorate Land Day.

Palestinian refugees from Lifta, March 27 2015, French Hill, East Jerusalem, Palestine.

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Hindu Pilgrims Reach for Katasraj in ...
Chakwal
By Malik Ayub Sumbal
15 Feb 2015

Every year a large number of Hindu visit Katasraj temples. Katasraj is a Hindu temple complex situated in Katas village near Choa Saidanshah in the Chakwal district of Punjab in Pakistan. Dedicated to Shiva, the temple has, according to Hindu legend, existed since the days of Mahābhārata and the Pandava brothers spent a substantial part of their exile at the site. The Pakistan Government is considering nominating the temple complex for World Heritage Site status. In 2007, it also proposed to restore the temple complex. In 2012, the temple pond is drying up due to heavy use of ground water for industrial purposes. But this year there are only 26 pilgrims visited for the performance of their religious rituals.

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Two Religions, One Passion in Women's...
Calcutta, India
By Francesco Pistilli
05 Feb 2015

Video story by : Francesco Pistilli & Alice Sassu

In India, young women are beginning to see boxing as a way to advance in life. This is the story of two female boxers, one Muslim and one Hindu, and how boxing has had an impact on their personal lives, their self-worth, and their aspirations for their communities and society.

In 2011 there were around 200 female boxers in India, and the Muslim communities of West Bengal contribute about 55 per cent of the total. This would have been unthinkable 10 years ago.

Asit Banerjee, the president of the South Calcutta Physical Cultural Association began a campaign for women's participation in the sport at a meeting of the Indian Boxing Federation in 1998. Now, women boxers have already made an impact on India, and light-flyweight Mary Kom won a world boxing championship in 2003. In recent years, Banerjee has carried out a social experiment in Ekbalpore, and its neighboring Muslim ghettos by bringing together men and women, Hindus and Muslims, to box.

The result: social and religious prejudices appear to crumble.

The Ekbalpore women were drawn to boxing after watching local young men in action at the neighboring Kidderpore School of Physical Culture. Their interest grew after Mohammed Ali Qamar, a local youth, won a gold medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, and after the case of Razia Shabnam. Despite stiff family opposition, Shabnam was one of the first from her neighborhood to take up boxing. She is now a coach and an international referee.