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So a Boy in a Burka Walks Into an LCBO...

The 14-year-old boy in the burka buying liquor from the LCBO was a big story recently -- and the problem is not 14-year-old grade 8 boys buying booze, but of anyone wearing a burka or veil, rarely being questioned. Who can blame the LCBO cashier for not risking the wrath of human rights zealots? The greater implications of this burka-and-booze story is that it could happen anywhere. The burka is an ideal disguise in our country, because we are so sensitized to pretending it's normal, that we are reluctant to cause a scene by asking questions.
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Veiled Threat: Niqab in the Courtroom

I have conducted hundreds of trials. I can tell you that during trial many things go on simultaneously in the courtroom. The cross-examiner listens and watches very carefully to every inflection, every movement, every subtle change of mood, and facial tics that the witness conveys while testifying.

Lifting the Veil on Iran's Barbaric Human Rights Abuses

Is it imaginable that in the 21st century a modern woman and outstanding actress receives lashes for her art? Sadly such brutality is common in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Most tragic are the explanations by regime officials that they are defending moral values and the security of their country.