Photos from London's Protest Against the French Burkini Ban
Women protested at the French embassy this week following images of armed police forcing a woman on a beach in Nice to remove her clothing.
Bangladeshi Students Take to Streets After Activist Is Hacked to Death
Liberal bloggers being attacked with machetes has become a persistent phenomenon in Bangladesh, while the government fails to arrest the murderers and clamps down on freedom of expression.
VICE News and Reuters
asia & pacific
Trapped Between Murder and Repression: Life as an Atheist Blogger in Bangladesh
Four bloggers and a publisher have been hacked to death in Bangladesh in 2015. Yet, as the survivor of a previous attack told VICE News, atheist writers there also have to deal with government repression.
A French School Made Its Muslim and Jewish Students Wear ID Tags At Lunchtime
School cafeterias—at least for the most part—are pretty damn grim affairs. But one French school in the wine-loving region of Burgundy is taking its school lunches to heretofore-unseen levels of dread and desolation.
asia & pacific
Islamic Militant Group Circulates Hit List of International Bloggers and Activists
The list released by Bangladeshi hardline organization Ansarullah Bangla Team follows a series of hacking deaths of bloggers.
France's Right Wing Wants to Deny Pork-Free School Meals to Muslims and Jews
Although pork-free meals have been offered for 31 years in the Burgundy town of Chalon-sur-Saone, Mayor Gilles Platret wrote in a letter to parents that “school canteens … should revert to neutral spaces.”
asia & pacific
Threats, Attacks, and Murders Keep Bloggers in Bangladesh on Edge
The government has banned an Islamist militant group suspected of being behind recent blogger killings, but persecuted commentators argue that it appears to be in league with fundamentalists.
Syed Tashfin Chowdhury
Why Do Bangladeshi Writers Keep Getting Murdered?
Bangladesh has never been an especially safe place for opposition writers, but things have begun spiraling out of control over the last two years.
French President François Hollande Promotes Secularism Following Paris Terror Attacks
Speaking on Thursday, Hollande defended secular values and argued that they provide the foundation on which religious freedom is based.
Young, Gay, and Religious: How Are LGBT Youths Reconciling Their Identities?
It seems that the socioeconomic factors of religious groups may be much more important to acceptance of sexuality than religion itself.
The Future According to VICE
Is the West Approaching the Point Where It Doesn't Need Religion Anymore?
Christianity is in a slow, long-term decline.
Paris Terror Attacks: Will France Ever Be the Same Again?
Political analyst Jérôme Sainte-Marie fears the Charlie Hebdo murders will cause racist and xenophobic attitudes to go mainstream.