Thursday, October 22, 2020   

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America Is the Land of the Free – Unless You’re Muslim
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To most Americans, Thursday was perfectly mundane. The Olympics were drawing to a close, people were still discussing House of Cards, and things were gearing up for the weekend. All of those were things I should have been mulling over, but none of them were.

Circassians: Sochi Olympians ‘are skiing on the bones of our ancestors’
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“They tried to forget us, as if we never even lived there,” says Circassian architect Abdullah Makhmudovic Berisov. Now 67 years old, Berisov speaks about the pain he feels when thinking of the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, and how the opening ceremony failed to mention the history of the Circassian people who once called Sochi their capital.

The Week in Death: The First Muslim Female Olympian Snubbed Adolf Hitler
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Halet Çambel, who has died aged 97, was an Olympic fencer and the first Muslim woman to compete in the Games; while she failed to take home a medal from the Berlin Olympics in 1936 she won international acclaim by refusing to meet Hitler. Post-war, she became a renowned archaeologist.

Mohamed “Mo” Farah Inspired By Jessica Ennis’ Win
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Mo Farah revealed that he was inspired to gold on Saturday night after seeing Jessica Ennis win gold. It was a golden night in the Olympic stadium as both Jess Ennis and Greg Rutherford picked up gold medals in the heptathlon and long jump before Mo Farah took to the track.

New dress code for females opens weightlifting up across Muslim world
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by Paul Radley

DUBAI // The Emirates Weightlifting Federation believe the UAE is leading the way for females across the Islamic world, after becoming the first team to compete at an international competition while wearing hijabs.

Iran to file complaint over FIFA hijab ban
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“We have already held talks with the president of the International Federation of Association Football about the participation of Iranian women in matches with full Islamic hijab,” said head of the Iranian Football Federation (IFF) Ali Kaffashian.