Day: October 30, 2014

By the Numbers: Pakistan’s Perilous Religious Laws

FP: Pakistani Christian Aasia Bibi’s death sentence for blasphemous activity has shone a spotlight on the perilous situation for religious communities in Pakistan. The country’s laws repress religious freedoms for all and are vigorously enforced, especially against religious minorities. In addition, an alarming level of violence against the religious “other” is plaguing […]

EDUCATION Former Marine banned from daughter’s school after dispute over Islam lesson Published October 30, A Marine dad said he was banned from his daughter’s Maryland high school after […]

Islam and hadiths: Sifting and combing

Economist: IN GREAT spiritual traditions, followers are often presented with two distinct phenomena: a supreme moment of divine revelation, and a tradition spanning many centuries in which teachers or clerics have distilled the contents of that revelation and delivered it to their contemporaries. Most people think of Islam, especially in […]

Watch Canadians Punch Racism In The Face

Huff Post: by Nick Robins-Early — There are many recent “social experiment” videos showing average citizens’ candid responses to public injustice — but they rarely end with one of the subjects getting punched squarely in the face. In a new video by 18-year-old York University student Omar Albach, that’s just what happened, as […]

Isis in Syria: General reveals the lack of communication with the US – and his country’s awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities ROBERT FISK DAMASCUS Wednesday 29 October 2014 Phones were ringing through the army headquarters in central Damascus and a veteran of Syria’s 1982 […]

Why She Removed the Veil

Source: The daily Beast. No piece of cloth throughout history has sparked more controversy as the veil. Many Muslim women are forced to wear it daily. The hijab has a spectrum, of course, from its most radical embodiments, the niqab, which covers the entire face, to loose fitting headscarves. Saudi […]