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Boris should be repentant for his remarks against Muslim women referring them to ‘Letter box & Bank robbers’

Front man of Conservatives leading Brexit Boris Johnson, the former British foreign secretary, is facing anger growing criticism following his remarks about some Muslim women. Boris Jhonson ,The Conservative MP wrote in his recent Telegraph column that Muslim women wearing full-face veils “look like letter boxes” and compared their appearance to “bank robbers”.

The “burka”, he said, is oppressive.

Muslim Conservative peer Lord Sheikh said that Johnson, a high-profile MP and a leading Brexit campaigner, should no longer represent the Conservatives – the UK’s ruling party.

Following the remarks, Muslim Conservative peer Baroness Warsi renewed a call for the Conservatives to conduct an independent inquiry into alleged Islamophobia in the party.

And Prime Minister Theresa May has urged Johnson to apologise, acknowledging his comments were offensive.

Al Jazeera spoke to four Muslim women about Johnson’s comments and their experiences of wearing the niqab – or full-face veil – in today’s Britain.

‘Boris Johnson is dehumanising me’

Nada UmmNour is a graduate biochemist and is originally Canadian. She has been living in Birmingham, England, for the last four years.

“I’ve faced a lot of harassment for wearing the niqab. I’ve been walking down the street and have had people swear at me and use crude words. One guy – while I was driving, and while he was driving next to me – turned to me and made the gesture of a handgun and pretended to shoot me in the head. It definitely makes me feel scared.

Boris Johnson is just normalising this behaviour. He’s a prominent politician – and a former foreign minister of the country – and he’s literally dehumanising me as a person. Normalising this kind of anti-Muslim hatred is definitely a big deal. But he’s not just mocking the niqab – because the niqab is just clothes – but he’s also mocking the people who wear it. He should apologise for his remarks – but I think the damage is done, especially against the backdrop of rising far-right movements in this country, which make his comments quite dangerous.

I’m not oppressed – because wearing the niqab is my choice. It’s like I have to prove to people I’m not being oppressed. I think it’s a form of misogyny to put a woman in a position where she has to constantly justify her actions. There have been times when I’ve chosen not to wear it because I’m scared of harassment – and I worry for my kids’ safety.”

‘It’s like the whole Donald Trump thing, they have no respect’

Chowdhury is from the East Midlands. She is doing a PhD in forensic psychology.

“I have been wearing the niqab for almost 18 years now. Johnson’s comments just seemed so childish and so ignorant. I found them so immature and completely inappropriate. But my next thought after that was, ‘Right, what’s the backlash going to be? Is it just going to give people an excuse to do what they want?’ It’s like the whole Donald Trump thing – you’ve got one person who has a prominent position so they feel that gives them the right to do what they want – but they have no respect for individuals or people.

I’ve been quite fortunate over the 18 years I’ve worn my niqab – but in the last five years or so, I have had the odd comment here and there, such as the letter-box comment and being compared with a ninja. That’s about as bad as I’ve had it fortunately – but I do know other people who have had much worse experiences.

Nobody should have pressure to conform to a certain way of dressing – it’s all about personal choice. I think there needs to be more interaction between people who are and [who are not] veiled – so I think on our part we need to be doing a bit more. But in Britain today, it’s hard work to wear the veil.”

‘We have a white middle-aged man telling us this is not how we should look’

Sahar Al-Faifi lives and works in Cardiff, Wales.

“I don’t think that I am oppressed. I am a geneticist by training – and last week I passed level one of solo sky-diving to become a licensed sky-diver. I can’t be oppressed if I do all these things. Women have been choosing to wear the veil out of choice for centuries – it’s never been about the Islaminisation of Europe or Britain, it’s just about a woman who chooses to wear a certain piece of fabric to practise her faith.

I’ve been told I’m an f-word bomber, and there was another incident at the hospital site where I work, where I saw two teenagers trying to steal bikes and I attempted to stop them, and straight away they said, ‘You’re an f-ing terrorist, go back to your country’.

It’s very, very painful to hear this because I am from Wales – Wales is part of me and I am part of Wales. I am an active citizen and I contribute to this society and yet people cannot go beyond the face veil I want to wear – not all people but just a minority who happen to be vocal.

I found Boris Johnson’s comments quite insulting and very offensive – because when you describe the Muslim woman as a letter-box, you dehumanise her, and when you describe her as a bank-robber, you are criminalising her. And we are already facing discrimination against our faith, and race and colour – and now we have a white middle-aged man telling us this is not how we should look.”

‘It’s my right to be wearing it’

Shamim is from the West Midlands. She works in the Documenting Oppression Against Muslims (DOAM) project.

“They say he’s a buffoon and quite Donald Trump-like, but Boris Johnson is quite a clever man. So, for him to make comments like that, they may not seem big comments – not as bad as someone like [far-right former English Defence League leader] Tommy Robinson. Johnson’s comments may not seem as direct or as offensive, but his are more detrimental than Tommy Robinson because at least with Tommy Robinson you get what you see, and he makes it quite clear how much he hates Islam.

I’m a Muslim woman who chooses to wear the niqab – and every day I have to plan ahead – ‘Am I going to be attacked today or am I going to be abused today?’ But it’s my right to be wearing it. It’s my right as a woman – and even if your husband tells you to take it off, you could divorce him because that’s your worship to God.

I see myself as a proactive Muslim – but the best thing I ever did in my life was to put on the niqab. I have been wearing it for more than five years but I regret not wearing it earlier.”

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Where US-China trade war heading towards for end consumer?

What is the ultimate cost of a trade war?

What do many TVs, batteries, computer monitors, and printer ink cartridges all have in common? They’re made in China, of course.

They could all also cost about a quarter more if the talked-up trade war between the US and China becomes reality.

However, unpick what’s happening, and why, and a Pandora’s box opens that reveals just how much this is not only about trade, but about domination of future tech like AI, autonomous cars and 5G.

The Trump administration doesn’t think China properly protects intellectual property or sufficiently opens its markets to US companies.

It also happens to have a massive trade deficit with China, with Americans importing vastly more goods from China than it exports.

Which is why it proposes putting 25 percent tariffs on imports of TVs and over a thousand other product categories from China, ostensibly to help create a level playing field.

Those tariffs equate to about US$150 billion in total. The trouble is, the cost could end up simply being passed straight back to anyone in the US that wants to buy Chinese-made electronics.

Chinese-made TVs could be about to jump in price for buyers in the US Credit: Jamie Carter

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How expensive could they get?

Chinese-made electronics could become as much as 23% pricier for US shoppers, according to a report from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) – which stages the CES in Las Vegas each January – and the National Retail Federation (NRF).

A TV made in China that costs $250 today would cost $308 after the tariffs are applied, it says, while one that costs $500 today would cost $615. “These proposed tariffs are bad for the economy, businesses and American consumers,” says Gary Shapiro, CEO and president, CTA.

“For TVs, just one of the 1,300 products on the administration’s list, American pocketbooks will suffer.” The US imported 23 million TVs from China in 2017, according to Sigmaintell.

Skyworth, TCL and Hisense together account for a fifth of TVs Credit: Jamie Carter

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Does this mean all TVs?

That 23% price increase applies only to TVs imported from China. “The top three Chinese brands (TCL, Hisense & Skyworth) combined accounted for more than 20% of worldwide shipments during 2017, and manufactured many more sets for other brands too,” says James Manning Smith, Research Analyst at Futuresource Consulting.

China is currently experiencing a boom in TV-making factories, and it seems inevitable that China will pretty soon dominate TV production.

“The likelihood of this policy proposal becoming law is still in the balance, but the impact on consumers would be considerable,” says Manning Smith, suggesting that the average price of a TV in the US could jump from $450 to $500.

However, there are always loopholes. “Companies such as TCL, which has grown rapidly in the last 24 months in the US and now finds itself competing closely with LG, has manufacturing facilities all over the world,” says Manning Smith.

“It would be likely that they would be able to pivot production of sets destined for the US to countries unaffected by the tariff.” Both TCL and Hisense have assembly plants in Mexico.

Chinese telecoms and handset-maker ZTE just got a ‘denial order’

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Smartphones & cyber-espionage

The US is very suspicious of Chinese telecom-equipment makers, and the end result is that Americans can’t buy a Huawei P20 Pro, and soon, the ZTE Axon 7. Why? National security.

“Cyber espionage has been a recurring theme shaping American technology and internet related policy for some time,” says Manning Smith.

That’s why Huawei got dumped by AT&T in January, and it’s also why the Trump administration last week slapped a ‘denial order’ on ZTE, banning it from importing US components. Now the UK is nervous.

“With ZTE reliant on components, IP and software sourced from American companies, the restrictions effectively inhibit ZTE from producing and selling further devices,” says Manning Smith.

ZTE suggests that the decision, if implemented, could bankrupt it. “The Denial Order will not only severely impact the survival and development of ZTE, but will also cause damages to all partners of ZTE including a large number of US companies,” said a spokesperson.

It all goes to show just how reliant US and Chinese tech companies are on each other. ZTE may have been the third or fourth largest smartphone-seller in the US in 2017 – and 60% of the world’s smartphones are sold by Chinese owned companies – but without one thing from US companies, the business doesn’t work. That thing is the microchip.

Key to understanding the dispute is microchips.

Cheap as microchips

Tariffs aside, the US is mostly concerned with protecting its microchip business, which is considered critical to future tech markets.

Although China might be the global headquarters of electronics, it doesn’t dominate the really advanced tech – semiconductors – which produce the processors and chips at the heart of all phones, tablets, and smart devices.

China’s high-tech sector hugely relies on overseas chipmakers. Taiwan’s MediaTek and Taiwan Semiconductor, and South Korea’s Samsung Semiconductors and Hynix, are all major players, as are US companies Intel and Qualcomm (in March a Presidential Order prevented a proposed takeover of Qualcomm by Broadcomm on national security grounds).

With the future of AI, autonomous cars and the rollout of 5G at stake, this is a politically sensitive industry.

Although Chinese companies do make chips, such as Huawei, RockChip and Foxconn, the industry is a work in progress that the country’s ‘Made in China 2025’ is trying to address.

Its aim is to have 70% of microchips produced by Chinese companies by 2025. And that means buying up technology from around the world.

“Chinese companies want to create semiconductors inside China, rather than import from the States, but they know that the only way to do that in the next few years is using intellectual property,” says David Harold, VP Communications, Imagination Technologies, whose technology enables the creation of chips.

He says that right now about 25-30% of Imagination’s new licenses are coming from China, but that US semiconductors are not irreplaceable in Chinese assembled systems.

“In the immediate term, there are plenty of semiconductors available for TV and mobile from Taiwan, or automotive from Japan and Israel,” he says.

Qualcomm makes the Snapdragon chips in premium Android phones

Is the global tech market history?

“Long-term, I think the expansion of the Chinese chip industry is likely to be good for world electronics consumers,” says Harold. “Though not necessarily in the USA.”

While it’s calculated to punish China, banning the likes of Huawei and ZTE could force them to more quickly advance their chip-making businesses.

However, Dr Joe Zammit-Lucia of think tank Radix and co-author of Backlash: Saving Globalisation from Itself is not convinced that a decrease in global supply chains will push up prices for tech goods. “Prices are determined primarily by what people are willing to pay, not by the cost of manufacturing,” he says.

Others think that the global tech industry’s sheer complexity makes it difficult to predict the consequences of any single policy.

“These companies and technologies are so internationally intertwined it is difficult to separate the layers and understand the potential impact on the worldwide market,” says Manning Smith.

“It is certain that should a 25% US-China trade levy be enforced there will be a worldwide effect on the cost of consumer electronics.”

The tech industry is globalisation writ large, and it’s probably staying that way, but one thing’s for sure: no trade dispute has been this fascinating since the opening sequence of The Phantom Menace.

Why Russia and Iran avoiding war with Israel?

Israel can do anything to Syria that it considers necessary to protect its own security and interests without fear of reactions beyond the predictable, or reactions that it can deal with and bear the consequences of. This is because Israel knows the ceiling for the responses of the active parties in Syria, both Russia and Iran. Moscow’s response to the Israeli air strike which killed some Iranians in Syria was simply to inform the Israeli ambassador of Russia’s alarm at the matter. Iran, meanwhile, did no more than fire a few missiles that can be described as more of a warning than a deterrent or revenge.

Israel has crossed every red line in Syria, while Russia and Iran have not set any red lines for confronting Israel since their involvement in Syria began. I am referring to hypothetical lines, such as Israeli planes flying in Syrian air space or hitting the regime and Iranian military bases. With the exception of the Khmeimim Air Base, there is nowhere off limits to Israeli strikes, including Damascus International Airport and all the military and security sites that Tel Aviv considers to be a source of danger.

It is easy to find a number of theoretical explanations for Russia’s behaviour towards Israel, which make its reaction appear to be so lenient. This includes the influence of the pro-Israel lobby in Moscow, the presence of one million Russian Jews in Israel, and the fact that Russia does not want to distract itself from its main goal in Syria, which is to impose itself as a partner with weight to confront America and control the course of events and their consequences. All of this is for the purpose of achieving a well-known goal for Moscow, which is to put Russia in an advanced international position, beyond a regional force and becoming a centre for international decisions.

READ: Russia slams US envoy’s statement on Gaza at UN

Despite this, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s keenness to achieve his goal of taking his country to the desired position has not been hindered by any considerations or calculations. Although he has economic relations and interests with Europe and Turkey, in many instances, since his involvement in the Syrian war, he has dealt with these parties based on a cliff-edge policy. He severed relations with Turkey and put it on the brink of war, while his relations with major European countries like France, Britain and Germany have also deteriorated.

The matter is not much different for Iran, although its considerations are of another type. Tehran is not interested in confronting Israel under any circumstances. If it wasn’t for the media pressure and the embarrassment it faced in front of its people and the supporters of the “resistance” alliance, it wouldn’t have had to fire a single bullet at Israel.

Iran is acting according to its assessment of being on the verge of real and complete control over the region, especially in light of its allies’ sweeping results in the parliamentary elections in Iraq and Lebanon. This puts Tehran in a politically dominant position, and so it is interested in preserving this situation and not risking it by engaging in a war with Israel that could change the balance of power in a manner that does not serve its interests.

What matters to Iran in Syria is stabilising the Assad regime and not exposing it to any danger that might risk that stability. A war with Israel would be considered one such threat, especially after more than one Israeli official has said that Assad’s head would be the price of Iran’s use of Syrian territory in any war against Israel.

Germany have also deteriorated.

Only company claims, its global facilities are now 100-percent run by renewable energy:Go green

The move is in line with the company’s 2015 plan to push toward 100-percent renewable energy, a list that includes all of Apple’s data centers as of 2014. As of today, the company’s officially adding retail stores, offices and co-located facilities to that list, covering 43 countries, including the US, China, UK and India.

The addition of nine manufacturing partners, meanwhile, brings the total number up to 23 suppliers promising to produce their products entirely with clean energy. How the companies involved actually hit these numbers is, unsurprisingly, somewhat more complex.

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“Where feasible, we produce our own renewable energy by building our own renewable energy facilities, including solar arrays, wind farms, biogas fuel cells, and micro-hydro generation systems,” the company writes in its 2017 Environmental Responsibility Report. “Where it’s not feasible to build our own generation, we sign long-term renewable energy purchase contracts, supporting new, local projects that meet our robust renewable energy sourcing principles.”

The push toward renewable energy has included some creative solutions, including 300 solar rooftops in Japan and 800 in Singapore. The company says it’s currently running 25 renewable energy projects globally, with 15 more in the process of being built. That will bump green energy capability from 626 megawatts to 1.4 gigawatts, by its count — and the finally tally doesn’t appear to include carbon offsets, unlike some of the competition. 

It’s easy to see how a rollback of the Clean Power Plan could ultimately have an adverse effect on the company’s bottom line.

“We’re committed to leaving the world better than we found it. After years of hard work we’re proud to have reached this significant milestone,” Tim Cook said in a release tied to the news. “We’re going to keep pushing the boundaries of what is possible with the materials in our products, the way we recycle them, our facilities and our work with suppliers to establish new creative and forward-looking sources of renewable energy because we know the future depends on it.”