Civil Disobedience: Muslim women flout French ban of veil

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Kenza Drider, wearing an Islamic face veil announces in front of Meaux court house, east of Paris that she will be candidate for the 2012 French presidential elections Thursday Sept. 22, 2011. Drider declared her longshot candidacy Thursday, the same day that a French court fined two women who refuse to remove their veils. All three are among a group of women mounting an attack on the law that has banned the garments from the streets of France since April, and prompted similar moves in other European countries. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere) PARIS—Kenza Drider's posters for the French presidential race are ready to go, months before the official campaign begins. There she is, the "freedom candidate," pictured standing in front of a line of police -- a forbidden veil…
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Islamic cultural center open in N.Y.

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Islamic cultural center open in N.Y.Sep 22, 2011  |   An NYPD officer keeps watch during the Wednesday grand opening of the Park51 Islamic cultural center in New York City. It's near Ground Zero, and the project has drawn criticism from opponents who say they don't want a Muslim prayer space near the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. NEW YORK -- The developer of an Islamic cultural center that opened Wednesday evening near the site of the terrorist attacks that leveled the World Trade Center says the biggest error on the project was not involving the families of 9/11 victims from the start.People crowded into the center, where a small orchestra played traditional Middle Eastern instruments and a photo exhibit of New York children of different ethnicities lined the…
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