DWB (Driving while Burka’d)
The woman was told she was in breach of the country’s burka ban imposed last April, which outlawed anyone hiding their face in public, including in streets, shops, restaurants and cars on public roads.
The woman was handed an on-the-spot fine under article 412-6 of the French highway code, which states: “Field of vision must not be restricted by either passengers, objects being transported or by the position of non-transparent objects on the windows.”
Police spokesman Laurent Dufour added: ‘The officer who stopped her said she was driving hesitantly and clearly could not see properly. Looking out through a narrow slit in the fabric is as dangerous as driving while eating a sandwich, smoking or with an iced-up windscreen.”
France was the first country in Europe to outlaw Muslim headgear that hides the face. Similar laws have since being passed in Belgium and the Netherlands.
French president Nicolas Sarkozy has described the burka as a “sign of debasement”. His immigration minister Eric Besson called it “a walking coffin”.
Leaders of Al Qaeda’s North African network have vowed to seek revenge on France for enforcing the law.
They wrote on an Islamic extremist website, “We will seek dreadful revenge on France by all means at our disposal, for the honour of our daughters and sisters.”
That Phone’ll Kill Ya
Afghans face death if they don’t have mobile phones playing defiant Taliban ringtones and messages.
They are being forced to show their loyalty to the insurgents at clandestine checkpoints by producing the chants romantisizng the war with the West.
Taliban ringtones include the titles “Teenager, Doomsday and Suicide Bomber. Lyrics for Doomsday include, “Its Judgment Day for the Satan of the West … the evening is blazing, blazing …”.
Prior to reaching a checkpoint, travellers often pop out their phones’ real SIM cards and replace them with ones containing insurgent-produced jingles.
Shopkeepers are doing a booming business in rebel ringtones at $2 an download.
A member of President Hamid Karzai’s government carries two SIM cards whenever he travels outside Kabul – one with all his contacts and the other for the Taliban.
The Taliban have 40 singers that produce on average of one 12-song album every month, a spokesperson for the group told the Wall Street Journal.
Attribution: UK Daily Mail