Swiss Mull ‘Burqa Ban’ in Vote Centering on Security, Rights

At a time when seemingly everyone in Europe is wearing masks to battle Covid-19, the Swiss go to the polls Sunday to vote on a long-laid proposal to ban face-coverings, both the niqabs and burqas worn by a few Muslim women in the country and the ski masks and bandannas used by protesters.

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BLM Masks

A federal court in Pennsylvania refused to stay a preliminary injunction that prohibits the Port Authority of Allegheny County from enforcing its policy that bans employees from wearing “Black Lives Matter” face masks, finding that its decision to block a policy that prevents employees from “engaging in passive and peaceful expression” is “well-supported” by the First Amendment.

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China Not Convinced by Canada’s Wu-Tang Clan Explanation

A ruckus brought by China over Canadian T-shirts bearing an altered logo of the New York hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan continued Wednesday, with China’s Foreign Ministry saying it didn’t buy Canada’s explanation that the shirts were not an insult linked to the coronavirus.

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BLM Masks

A federal court in Pennsylvania ruled the Allegheny County Port Authority violated its workers’ rights by prohibiting them from wearing “Black Lives Matter” masks out of a fear that it would cause “disruption.” The court wrote that a “speculative fear that otherwise innocuous speech could induce others to engage in counter-speech,” does not justify government censorship.

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Veggie Marks

The Ninth Circuit upheld a ruling against a company that sells T-shirts and other products with its registered mark “LETTUCE TURNIP THE BEET” in its dispute against another company that it claimed sold products containing the same words and design. The court found the plaintiff’s marks don’t act as trademarks “because they are aesthetic only and do not identify the source of the goods.”

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