Day: February 15, 2014

Understanding Why Americans Seem More Religious Than Other Western Powers

Huff Post: This article first appeared in Sacred Matters housed at Emory University. Many Western Europeans think of Americans as hopelessly, bafflingly, and dangerously, religious. Many Americans think of Western Europeans as distressingly, inexplicably, and unrelentingly, secular. In 2009, the German sociologist Hans Joas observed that “it is widely accepted that the […]

Is Islam better practiced in the West?

Express Tribune: by Faiza Iqbal —  Most people are very quick to point out the flaws and imperfections of Western lifestyle, citing promiscuity, free flowing alcohol, homosexuality, gay marriage and a free mixing of sexes as the main ingredients in its destruction and thus its aberration from Islam.  However, I personally […]

Freedom of expression in India

ET: Another book has been bullied into suppression in India, this time, Wendy Doniger’s The Hindus: An alternative history. Though it is a collection of 25 essays, Doniger’s is not a casual work. It comes from decades of immersion in the subject. She is a scholar of high calibre focused on […]

Syria: The Chaos of War

Syria: The Chaos of War Damascus Will the walls fall? By Anne Barnard Photograph by Andrea Bruce In the rectangular courtyard of the Umayyad Mosque, the heart of Old Damascus, women swathed in black sit and chat on the cream-colored stone floor, polished smooth by the comings and goings of […]

Inside story of govt-TTP talks

Source: The International News By Hamid Mir Saturday, February 15, 2014 ISLAMABAD: It was for the first time that a Taliban leader participated in the government-TTP negotiations on Friday through a phone call and promised that the Taliban will seriously consider a ceasefire. But sources in the government committee fear that […]

Mediator Brahimi apologises to the Syrian people after negotiations end with impasse on issue of political transition.

SOURCE:     http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/02/syria-peace-talks-end-deadlock-2014215112455622202.html A Syrian activist group says the death toll in Syria’s three-year-old civil war has reached 140,000 [Reuters] Syria’s government and opposition have agreed on an agenda for a third round of peace talks in Geneva, but there has been no date set for the resumption of negotiations, […]

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