Archive | April 19, 2014

Nobody is winning in Syria

 RASHEED ABOU-ALSAMH Published — Sunday 20 April 2014 A series of recent interviews given by Syrian authorities to foreign journalists visiting Damascus at the invitation of the government, have given the erroneous impression that the forces of President Bashar Assad are winning the civil war, which entered its fourth year in March and has […]

Greek Orthodox Christian worshipers attend a Good Friday service at the church of Ayios Georgios Exorinos in Famagusta, in Cyprus’ breakaway Turkish Cypriot north on Friday, April 18, 2014. It’s the first time in nearly 60 years that such a service during Christianity’s holiest week is being held at this 14th century church. Although the island’s conflict has never been about religion, the service is seen as an example of how faith can help mend the island’s ethnic division. (AP Photo/Philippos Christou)THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Religion helps heal Cyprus’ ethnic division as Muslim, Christian leaders wage quiet diplomacy

FAMAGUSTA, Cyprus – An unexpected moment during the Good Friday service in a long-abandoned church in Cyprus’ breakaway north illustrated how religion is helping to bring together Christian Greek Cypriots and Muslim Turkish Cypriots on this ethnically divided island. It came when Turkish Cypriot Umit Inatci handed the key of the church of Agios Georgios […]

Christopher Cooksey: Muslim group hopes for safe Boston Marathon

Source: Dear Editor: The bombing of the Boston Marathon last year was a tragedy. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stated that the bombings were done to protect Islam from the United States. However, Islam unequivocally rejects the taking of innocent lives. The Quran states: “Whosoever killed a person … it shall be as if killed all mankind.” (5:33) […]

The Terasem Faith is a new-age religion designed to allow God and technology co-exist

Mail Online — ‘Life is purposeful, death is optional, God is technological and love is essential’: The new tech-inspired religion that uses ‘mindfiles’ and robots to store your soul for ‘future revival’ Why can’t God and science exist concurrently? And why shouldn’t we remain relgious while embracing the ways technology is altering our life pattern? […]


The End of Surveillance for New York Muslims — For Now

Source: | Salaam Bhatti Earlier this week, the NYPD disbanded its Muslim surveillance program. Good riddance. Through all the pain, suffering, and headlines this operation caused over the course of a decade, it generated zero leads. A decade of surveillance should have crushed anyone’s hope for a hopeful future. So how did New York Muslims cope in […]


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