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France has recently announced that students will no longer be allowed to wear abayas in schools. This decision has sparked controversy and accusations of Islamophobia. Abayas are long, robe-like garments often worn by Muslim women.

 The Reason Behind the Ban

<p>The French Education Minister, Gabriel Attal, explained that this ban is based on the principle of laïcité, which means the separation of state institutions and religions. The government believes that in schools, students should not be identified by their religious identity through their clothing.

Opposition and Criticism

 However, this decision has faced criticism from opposition lawmakers. Some argue that it is a form of Islamophobia. Prominent opposition politician Danièle Obono called it a "new Islamophobic campaign." Jean-Luc Mélenchon, a far-left politician, expressed his sadness over the polarization caused by this decision.

A History of Controversial Bans

 This is not the first time France has implemented bans on clothing associated with Muslims. Last year, the wearing of hijabs and other "conspicuous religious symbols" was banned in sports competitions. The United Nations Human Rights Committee also criticized France's ban on niqabs, stating that it violated human rights.

 The Impact of Such Policies

 These bans and restrictions have drawn international attention and have been seen as divisive. French legal scholar Rim-Sarah Alouane argues that these policies only deepen the fractures within the nation.

What's Next?

 While the ban on abayas has been confirmed, there is no information yet on whether guidelines regarding hijabs will be enforced in schools. The education minister has not commented on this matter.

 France's decision to ban abayas in schools has sparked a heated debate. It is important to understand different perspectives and consider the impact of such policies on religious freedom and social cohesion.

What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis, also known as psoriasis vulgaris, is a chronic skin disease that causes scaly red patches on the skin. These patches can be found on different parts of the body and can be quite distressing, especially when they appear on visible areas. However, it's important to know that psoriasis is not contagious, even though some people may think it is.

How Common is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis affects a large number of people worldwide, with an estimated 125 million individuals living with the condition. The prevalence of psoriasis can vary depending on where you live, ranging from 1% to 3% of the population. In Türkiye, studies suggest that the prevalence is between 2.5% and 3%.
What are the Symptoms?
Psoriasis can take different forms, but the most common symptoms include whitish or silvery scaly patches on the skin accompanied by redness. These patches are often found on the scalp, knees, and elbows.

What Causes Psoriasis?
The exact cause of psoriasis is still unknown, but experts believe that a combination of factors can contribute to its development. These factors include changes in the immune system, genetic predisposition, and environmental factors. Environmental factors can include throat infections, certain medications, excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, skin trauma, sunburn, and stress. These factors can either trigger the onset of the disease or make existing symptoms worse.

How is Psoriasis Treated?
Treatment for psoriasis can vary depending on the individual's condition and the severity of the disease. It's important to regularly communicate with medical professionals throughout the treatment process. Some patients may skip follow-up appointments, which can lead to unsupervised use of medications and serious skin issues. The drugs used in psoriasis treatment can cause thinning of the skin and non-healing wounds. Self-medication without proper medical guidance can also result in serious health problems, such as liver damage. Therefore, it's crucial to follow the doctor's recommendations during the treatment process.

Significant Development in Corruption Case
In the ongoing corruption case involving former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, there has been a big update. The court has decided to temporarily postpone his 3-year prison sentence and grant him bail, which means he will be released for now.

Court's Decision on Corruption Case
The Islamabad High Court has made a decision about the corruption case where Khan was sentenced to 3 years in prison. Instead of sending him to jail right away, the court has allowed him to be released on bail.

Reason for Khan's Arrest
Before this decision, the court found Khan guilty of selling gifts worth $490,000 that he received while he was Prime Minister. He was also accused of misusing his position. Because of these charges, he had an arrest warrant, and the court sentenced him to 3 years in prison.

Khan's Arrest and Ban from Politics
On August 5th, the police arrested Khan at his home in Lahore based on the court's order. Then, on August 8th, the Pakistan Election Commission decided that Khan, who was already found guilty and imprisoned, would be banned from politics for 5 years.
Khan's Current Situation
Currently, Khan is being held in Attock Prison, which is located in the northwest part of the country.

Libyan Prime Minister Abdel Hamid Dbeibeh suspended Foreign Minister Najla al-Mangoush on Sunday after she secretly met in Rome with Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen.

"It was decided to suspend Libyan Foreign Minister Najla al-Mangoush and to launch an investigation against her," said a decree published by the Government of National Unity.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry on Saturday said a “historic meeting” was held last week between the foreign ministers of Israel and Libya.

Pointing out that the meeting was the first between the foreign ministers of the two countries, it said they discussed the historical ties between the two nations, the legacy of the Libyan Jews, and the possibility of bilateral cooperation.

Dbeibeh appointed Fathallah Al-Zani, the current youth minister, as interim foreign minister and referred al-Mangoush to an investigation panel.

The Libyan Foreign Ministry later released a statement saying the meeting between al-Mangoush and her Israeli counterpart was “not official.”

The North African country does not recognize Israel and does not have diplomatic relations with Tel Aviv. It is forbidden by law to have relations with Israel.

“This was an informal and impromptu meeting that took place in Rome during the meeting with the Italian foreign minister. It did not involve any discussion, agreement or consultation,” it said.

It also reaffirmed its full commitment to concerns regarding issues of Arab and Islamic countries, especially the Palestinian issue, and emphasized its adherence to Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Palestine.

The ministry emphasized that it “completely and unequivocally rejects normalization with the Zionist formation” and reaffirmed that its stance is firm towards the Palestinian cause and the brotherly Palestinian people.

Meanwhile, a group of activists gathered in front of the Foreign Ministry building in Tripoli and in other provinces to protest the meeting between al-Mangoush and Cohen.

Local media cited witnesses as saying that gunfire was heard in front of the ministry, adding that protesters also set fire to Dbeibeh’s residence in the Shatt al-Hanshir area of Tripoli.

The Libyan House of Representatives, meanwhile, called for an emergency session on Monday to discuss the "crime committed against the Libyan people."

Security agency denies facilitation to Mangoush

While security sources said al-Mangoush departed Tripoli for Istanbul on a Libyan government plane with assistance from the Internal Security Agency, the institution denied the claims.

“The Internal Security Agency denies what is being circulated on social media regarding allowing or facilitating the travel of the suspended Minister of Foreign Affairs who did not pass through the official channels at the Mitiga airport outlet, whether the regular, private or presidential terminal," the agency said in a statement.

The agency “confirms the presidency and members of their standing together with the aspirations of the Libyan people and respecting their feelings, which we share with them towards all issues, especially the Palestinian cause,” it added.

It "included the name of the concerned person in the list of those banned from traveling until they comply with the investigations."

“We also warn and note paid pages and electronic accounts that have been seeking for days to spread rumors by fabricating false stories, falsifying facts, and fabricating charges, as well as those who incite the sabotage of state public institutions and property.

“All legal measures will be taken against anyone whose involvement is proven in accordance with legal procedures,” the agency said.

In a terrible incident in Florida, a gunman carried out a racially motivated attack that resulted in the deaths of three innocent people. Officials have revealed that the gunman had a gun with Nazi symbols and even left behind a manifesto expressing his hatred towards black people.

Confirmation of Deaths
The Clay County Sheriff, Michelle Cook, has confirmed the tragic deaths that occurred at a store on Kings Road in Jacksonville, Florida. The incident has left the community in shock and mourning.
Location of the Incident
The shooting took place near Edward Waters University, which is a small historically Black university. This has deeply affected the students and faculty of the university, as well as the surrounding community.

Mayor's Response
Mayor Donna Deegan expressed her deep concern and sadness over the incident. In an interview with WJXT television station, she stated that multiple fatalities occurred inside a Dollar General store. However, she did not provide any further details about the victims.

Unacceptable Violence
Mayor Deegan strongly condemned the act of violence, stating that it is completely unacceptable. She emphasized that even one shooting is too much, and the occurrence of mass shootings is particularly difficult to comprehend and accept.

Over the weekend, Muslims in The Hague, a city in the Netherlands, came together to protest against the burning of the Quran and other acts of Islamophobia happening across Europe.

Voices of Peace and Unity
The protesters gathered in Malieveld Square, carrying copies of the Quran and holding signs that read powerful messages like "The Quran gives us light to guide us, fire cannot burn the Sun" and "I love the Quran." They marched towards the Danish and Swedish embassies to make their voices heard.

Strong Words Against Quran Attacks
The demonstrators criticized governments that allow hostile acts against the Quran. They shouted phrases like "Stop burning our book and holy books" and "Shame on the Danish and Swedish governments!" They also recited verses from the Quran to show their love and respect for their holy book.

Psychologist Speaks Out
Serdar Isik, a psychologist, read a statement in front of the Swedish Embassy. He expressed how deeply hurt Muslims feel when the Quran is attacked in countries like Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands. Isik called the act of tearing the Quran under police protection a racist act and criticized The Hague Mayor Jan van Zanen for allowing such attacks to happen.

Demands for Religious Peace
The protesters demanded that the Dutch government create a law that emphasizes the protection of religious peace. They want to ensure that religious and non-religious groups and individuals can peacefully coexist in the Netherlands.

Provocations and Counter-Demonstrations
Rasmus Paludan, a far-right politician from Denmark, continued to provoke by burning the Quran in several Swedish cities. Edwin Wagensveld, the leader of an Islamophobic organization in the Netherlands, also tore the Quran in demonstrations. Muslim groups held a counter-demonstration in Rotterdam to oppose the Quran burning planned by Wagensveld's group.

Standing Up Against Hate
Despite the challenges, Muslims in The Hague and across Europe are coming together to stand up against Islamophobia and protect their religious beliefs. They believe in promoting peace, unity, and respect for all.

Leila Persson: A Journey to Islam

 Leila Persson, a woman from Sweden, discovered her path in Islam after questioning her beliefs. She used to say that heaven was her church, refusing to believe that Christ is the Son of God. However, after an honest search for truth, she found comfort, tranquility, happiness, and safety in Islam.

 Discovering the Quran

 Leila didn't understand the words of the Holy Quran when she first listened to it. But surprisingly, she felt like she understood everything it conveyed. This made her curious to learn more about Islam.

 Questioning Her Christian Beliefs

 As a Christian, Leila never believed that Christ was the Son of God. Her doubts were confirmed when she came across verses 73 and 74 of Surat Al-Maeda in the Quran. These verses stated that those who claimed Allah is one of the Three had disbelieved. This revelation relieved her and made her realize that her doubts were valid.

 Renewal in Religious Life

 Discovering the Quran was a renewal for Leila in her previous religious life. She was overjoyed to find the last book of the last prophet, which strengthened her faith in Islam.

 An Eye-Opening Conversation

 A 16-year-old girl from Eritrea shared some dates with Leila and talked about the thin skin between the kernel and the fruit. This reminded her of a verse from the Quran that states how Allah causes the night to enter the day and vice versa. It made her realize the power and sovereignty of Allah, leading her to make the decision to become a Muslim

 A Life-Changing Verse

 One verse from the Quran had a profound impact on Leila. It changed her whole life and she will never forget it. Whenever she thinks about or reads it, she feels overwhelmed with emotions and praises Allah.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa Tuesday called for fundamental reforms in global financial institutions at the opening of the 15th BRICS summit held in Johannesburg. 

Ramaphosa said the BRICS New Development Bank is leading the way as an alternative by offering funds for developing nations without conditions.

BRICS is a bloc of emerging economies that includes Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. It currently makes up a quarter of the global economy, accounting for a fifth of global trade, and is home to more than 40% of the world’s population.

This is BRICS’ first in-person gathering in four years after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ramaphosa said BRICS countries have received four times more investment as a result of their new bank compared to 20 years ago.

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, China’s President Xi Jinping, and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi are attending the summit in person in Johannesburg.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is facing an international arrest warrant over alleged war crimes in Ukraine, is not attending the meeting in person. He delivered his address via video link.

The Russian leader decried sanctions imposed on his country, saying it is damaging to the global economy. He said BRICS is an important group whose countries exceed the G7 countries in terms of economic activity.

He said the 3-day summit will also discuss how to use national currencies instead of the US dollar.

Putin said the BRICS bloc cooperates on the principles of equality, partnership support, and respect for each other’s interests.

Ramaphosa said BRICS exists not just to strengthen government-to-government relations but to also deepen people-to-people relations in various aspects, including trade, tourism, and education.

The South African leader told the summit that Africa is a continent of great opportunity, rich in critical minerals, and a skilled young urban population which positions the continent as the next frontier of growth.

He said Africa wants its resources processed on the continent and exported as finished products with value addition.

Setting and maintaining healthy boundaries is a fundamental aspect of self-management and personal growth. Learning to say no effectively can enhance our overall well-being, relationships, and professional success. We are trying explores the art of saying no and the importance of boundaries in our lives. By understanding the power of setting limits, overcoming fear, and communicating assertively, we can prioritize self-care, respect others' boundaries, and build resilience. Discover how embracing the art of saying no can lead to personal empowerment, improved mental health, and greater fulfillment in all aspects of life.

The Art of Saying No: Boundaries and Self-Management

 Understanding the Importance of Boundaries in Self-Management

  • The Role of Boundaries in Personal and Professional Life

Setting boundaries is like constructing a fence around your personal and professional life. It defines the limits of what you are comfortable with and establishes a clear line between your needs and the demands of others. Just as a fence keeps unwanted animals out of your yard, boundaries protect your well-being by guarding against stress, burnout, and resentment.

  • How Boundaries Affect Mental and Emotional Well-being

Boundaries are essential for maintaining good mental and emotional health. When you establish and enforce clear boundaries, you create a safe space where you feel respected and empowered. By saying no to things that drain your energy or compromise your values, you protect your emotional well-being and preserve your mental clarity. Boundaries also help prevent feelings of being overwhelmed or taken advantage of, allowing you to focus on what truly matters to you.

 Recognizing the Power of Saying No: Setting Healthy Boundaries

  • The Benefits of Assertive Communication

Saying no requires mastering the art of assertive communication. When you communicate assertively, you express your needs and preferences in a clear and confident manner. By effectively saying no, you avoid resentment and build healthier relationships based on mutual respect. Assertive communication allows you to take charge of your time, energy, and emotions, ultimately leading to a more balanced and fulfilling life.

  • Establishing Clear Personal Boundaries

Personal boundaries are the invisible lines that define what you consider acceptable and unacceptable in your relationships and interactions. Establishing clear personal boundaries means knowing your limits, values, and priorities. It involves recognizing when something doesn't align with your needs or compromises your well-being. By setting boundaries, you empower yourself to protect your time, energy, and emotional space.

  Overcoming the Fear of Rejection: Navigating the Art of Saying No

  • Understanding the Root Causes of the Fear of Saying No

The fear of saying no often stems from a desire to please others and a fear of rejection or disappointing them. It's important to recognize that setting boundaries and saying no is not selfish or rude; it's an act of self-care. Understanding the root causes of this fear can help you challenge and overcome it, allowing you to embrace the power of saying no without guilt or anxiety.

  • Techniques to Overcome the Fear of Rejection

Overcoming the fear of rejection requires practice and self-compassion. Remind yourself that saying no is your right and that it's okay to prioritize your own well-being. Start small by saying no to minor requests and gradually work your way up to more significant ones. Practice positive self-talk and surround yourself with supportive and understanding individuals who respect your boundaries.

 Strategies for Effectively Communicating Your Boundaries

  • Developing Assertiveness Skills

Developing assertiveness skills is crucial for effectively communicating your boundaries. Use "I" statements to express your needs and feelings, and practice active listening to ensure understanding. Take a confident and composed stance, maintaining eye contact and speaking clearly. Remember, assertiveness is about balancing your rights with the rights of others, creating a win-win situation that respects everyone involved.

  • Setting Boundaries in Different Relationships

Each relationship requires different boundaries, and it's essential to tailor them accordingly. In personal relationships, communicate your needs openly and honestly, allowing for compromise and mutual understanding. In professional settings, clearly define your work hours, priorities, and limitations. Learn to say no to requests that exceed your capacity while offering alternative solutions or suggestions. By setting boundaries in various relationships, you create healthier dynamics and pave the way for more fulfilling connections. Remember, embracing the art of saying no is about honoring yourself and taking control of your own life. By setting healthy boundaries and effectively communicating them, you empower yourself to navigate life with confidence, balance, and authenticity. So go forth and let your (No's) be heard!

  Prioritizing Self-Care: Using "No" as a Tool for Personal Well-being

  • The Connection Between Self-Care and Boundary Setting

When it comes to self-care, saying "no" can be your secret weapon. Boundaries are like the superhero cape that protects your mental and emotional well-being. By setting clear boundaries and learning to say "no" when necessary, you create space for self-care activities that recharge your batteries and keep you feeling balanced. Whether it's saying no to extra work hours or declining social invitations when you need alone time, putting yourself first is an act of self-love.

  • Establishing Non-Negotiables for Self-Care

It's important to identify your non-negotiables when it comes to self-care. These are the activities or practices that are essential for your well-being and should never be compromised. Maybe it's a daily workout, an hour of reading before bed, or simply taking a few minutes each day to meditate. Whatever it may be, make it a priority and protect it fiercely. Saying "no" to anything that interferes with your non-negotiables is an investment in yourself and a surefire way to maintain your personal well-being.

  Respecting Others' Boundaries: Balancing Assertiveness and Empathy

  • Understanding and Acknowledging Others' Needs and Limits

Just as you have your own boundaries, it's important to recognize and respect the boundaries of others. Understanding and acknowledging their needs and limits builds healthier and more respectful relationships. By actively listening and being aware of what others are comfortable with, you can avoid overstepping their boundaries. Remember, the art of saying "no" is not just about prioritizing yourself; it's also about maintaining healthy connections with the people around you.

  • Finding a Balance Between Assertiveness and Empathy

Balancing assertiveness and empathy is the key to navigating boundaries with others. While it's important to assert your own limits, it's equally important to approach the situation with empathy and understanding. Communicate your boundaries clearly but kindly, and be open to compromise when it aligns with both parties' needs. Striking a balance between assertiveness and empathy creates an atmosphere of mutual respect and fosters healthier relationships.

  Building Resilience: Dealing with Guilt and Managing Unwanted Obligations

  • Overcoming Guilt When Saying No

Guilt can often creep in when we say "no" to someone or decline an obligation. But remember, saying "no" is not a personal failure. It's an act of self-preservation and a way to honor your own needs. Reframe how you view saying "no" and let go of the guilt. Remind yourself that taking care of yourself allows you to show up better for others in the long run. Practice self-compassion and recognize that it's okay to prioritize your own well-being.

  • Techniques for Managing Unwanted Obligations

Unwanted obligations can be tricky to navigate, but there are strategies to help you manage them. Start by evaluating the importance and impact of the obligation on your life. If it doesn't align with your values or goals, it may be easier to say "no." Consider offering alternatives or compromises that are more manageable for you. And don't be afraid to ask for support or delegate tasks when possible. Remember, you have the power to control your commitments, and managing unwanted obligations is all about finding solutions that work for you.

  Embracing the Positive Impact of Saying No: Enhancing Personal Growth and Success

  • How Saying No Can Lead to Personal Empowerment

Saying "no" is not just about setting boundaries; it's also a catalyst for personal empowerment. When you say "no" to things that drain your energy or don't align with your values, you create space for opportunities that truly matter to you. By prioritizing what is important and meaningful, you take control of your life and empower yourself to pursue your passions. Saying "no" becomes a powerful tool for shaping your own narrative and designing a life that brings you joy and fulfillment.

  • Embracing Opportunities for Growth and Success through Boundary Setting

Boundary setting is not just about protection; it's about creating room for growth and success. When you establish clear boundaries, you create a structure that allows you to focus on what truly matters. It enables you to allocate time and energy to activities that align with your goals and aspirations. By saying "no" to distractions and unnecessary obligations, you create space for personal and professional growth. Boundaries become the foundation for a life filled with purpose and achievement. So don't be afraid to embrace the positive impact of saying "no" and watch your personal growth soar.

In conclusion, mastering the art of saying no and establishing boundaries is not only crucial for self-management but also plays a significant role in our overall well-being. By recognizing the power of setting healthy boundaries, overcoming the fear of rejection, and effectively communicating our needs, we can prioritize self-care, build stronger relationships, and achieve personal growth. Embracing the positive impact of saying no allows us to take control of our lives, nurture our own well-being, and ultimately lead a more fulfilling and successful life. So, let us embrace the art of saying no, set our boundaries confidently, and reap the benefits of a life lived with intention and self-respect.

A new variant of COVID-19 has been found in Israel! This variant is called BA.2.86, and it's the first time it has been identified in Israel. It has also been found in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Denmark.

What is BA.2.86?
BA.2.86 is a new version of the COVID-19 virus. It has some changes in its genetic makeup, which makes it different from the original virus. These changes are called mutations. BA.2.86 has a lot of mutations, which is why it's getting a lot of attention.

Why is it a Concern?
One big worry about BA.2.86 is that it might make the vaccines we have less effective. Vaccines are like superheroes that help our bodies fight off the virus. But if the virus changes too much, the vaccines might not recognize it anymore. That's why the World Health Organization (WHO) is concerned about this new variant.

What Does "Variant Under Monitoring" Mean?
When the WHO says a variant is "under monitoring," it means they are keeping a close watch on it. They want to learn more about the variant and see if it causes any big changes in how the virus spreads or how sick people get. It's like detectives investigating a new clue to solve a mystery!
Scientists and health experts are studying this variant to understand it better and make sure our vaccines can still protect us.