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This Muslim Woman Was Detained and Harassed On Her Way to Rome

"Islamophobia is rife—it's real" says this woman in a now viral video.

In case you need to be reminded, Islamophobia is real and it has a genuine impact on Muslims trying to go about their daily lives. As @grimworldview says in her now viral snapped/tweeted video, while she and another headscarf wearing companion were attempting to fly from London to Rome, they were targeted interrogated for two hours and had their DNA and fingerprints taken.


While seemingly random, the legal framework that allow officers to do this in the UK, as @grimworldview notes is Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act. According to a Guardian article last year Special Branch officers have randomly stopped and questioned "up to 85,000 travellers a year at Britain's ports and airports."

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A study by the equalities and human rights commission found that schedule 7 was having the "single most negative impact" on British Muslim communities. "For some Muslims, these stops have become a routine part of their travel experience" and the power "is silently eroding Muslim communities' trust and confidence in policing," it said.

Meanwhile in the United States, laws already stacked against Muslim travelers were given a boost when the Supreme Court ruled that Trump's latest version of a ban on travel to the United States from six Muslim-majority countries could go into effect, even as lower courts debate its constitutionality.

How that kind of high-level Islamophobia trickles down to the masses is hard to quantify but anecdotally it seems to be rife among Trump supporters. Another video went viral last week of a woman confronting a family of Trumpists after they referred to her 5-year-old cousin as a terrorist. Watch it below:

Rania Yasin, the woman who filmed the video's cousin, then posted it on Twitter where the racists were quickly identified.

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The UN Has Lifted Its Sanction on Eritrea After Nine Years

Members voted unanimously on Wednesday to remove a nine year sanction—removing a trade embargo and travel ban.

After nine years, the United Nations has voted unanimously to lift Eritrea's economic sanctions, as a result of the government's attempts to foster friendlier relations with neighboring countries Ethiopia, Somalia and Djibouti.

The sanction which was put in place in by the UN Security Council in 2009, after the Eritrean government was accused of backing the Somali extremist group al-Shabab—which it denied. The block included an embargo on trade, an asset freeze and travel ban—making the country a "global pariah," reports BBC Africa.

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The 12 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

The best music of the week featuring Sade, D'banj x Tiwa Savage, FOKN Bois, Busiswa, Mr Eazi, Wizkid, Cassper Nyovest and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our Best Music of the Week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow OkayAfrica on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every week and read about some of our selections ahead.

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Diamond Platnumz & Rayvanny’s 'Mwanza' Has Been Banned In Tanzania

It's been deemed "too vulgar" to be played in the country.

Tanzania's national arts council, Baraza la Sanaa Tanzania (BASATA) has banned Diamond Platnumz and Rayvanny's latest single "Mwanza," and slapped the artists with a hefty fine due to its sexual content.

The board has ordered the label Wasafi Records to remove the track from all digital platforms, and it will no longer be played on the radio or in clubs in Tanzania, reports Kahawa Tungu. The popular song has over 2 million views on YouTube.

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