Weekly roundup of altM news: Aug. 22

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With all the stories on the Internet it can be difficult to always stay in the know. To help, we’ve searched the web for interesting pieces of news, videos and tips to help you start off your week on the right foot.

1. The New York Times – Lens – Photography

Video: Julie Winokur and Ed Kashi, presented by Talking Eyes Media and Newest Americans

At Rutgers University—Newark, Muslim women who wear a hijab talk about their lives.

2. An Iranian Woman Just Won An Olympic Medal For The First Time

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Kirill Kudryavtsev / AFP / Getty Images

Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin has made history by becoming the first Iranian woman to win an Olympic medal. She took home the bronze when she beat Sweden’s Nikita Glasnovic in the Women’s 57 kilogram Taekwondo event in Rio on Thursday. Egypt’s Hedaya Wahba also won bronze in the same event.

“I am so happy for Iranian girls because it is the first medal, and I hope at the next Olympics we will get a gold,” Zenoorin said after her win.

AKimia Alizadeh Zenoorin made history as Iran’s first female to win an Olympic medal.   Tweet This!
An Arab-American Christian, Khalid Jabara, was shot dead on his porch by a neighbor who racially harassed the victim’s family for years, Tulsa police say. The 37-year-old was killed on the night of Aug. 12 at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The shooting’s suspect is Stanley Vernon Majors who is also accused of hitting Jabara’s mother with his car in 2015.
According to Homicide Sergeant Dave Walker, Majors has had problems with his neighbors for years.

Heavy.com breaks down what happened during the shooting and how the community and word has reacted.

4. This Is Why People Are Crazy About The Halal Food Scene Right Now

Aisha Gani/BuzzFeed

Aisha Gani/BuzzFeed

Tickets were sold out as halal foodies lined up around the block at Tobacco Docks in Wapping, east London, to get the chance to sample mocktails, new wraps and to watch celebrity chefs do what they do best. According to BuzzFeed News, organizers said 5,000 tickets were sold for the first day of the only halal food festival in the UK.

BuzzFeed News writes about 13 of the most popular and interesting items featured at the festival which showcased everything from Mecca Cola to ready-to-eat meals for millennials.

The halal food festival in east London offered goers everything from fancy cocktails to sushi burritos.  Tweet This!

5. Burkini Changing Lives For Muslim Women

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Getty Images

News.com.au speaks with Siham Karra-Hassan who was just 15-years-old when her older brother took to her a public pool in western Sydney to teach her to to swim.

She jumped in, excited, wearing a cotton shirt and trousers only to be told a few seconds later by a lifeguard that she had to exit the pool because she wasn’t properly dressed.

“It was the most embarrassing moment of my life,” she said.

Karra-Hassan told the website that she didn’t enter a pool again for the next 20 years.

“And then came the burkini, and it changed my life,” said Karra-Hassan, who came to Australia when she was three. “It allowed me to go to the pool again. I learned swimming at the age of 35.”

Now, thanks to the two-piece swimsuit that covers the full body (known as the burkini), swimming has become part of her regular exercise regime, helping her fight postnatal depression.

 

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This list was curated by Kaitlin Montgomery, altM News Editor

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