Asia

It’s Wife Sharing in India – Not file sharing

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/opinion/sounding-the-alarm-on-wife-sharing/article2231130/ Sounding the alarm on wife-sharing amrit dhillon- NEW DELHI— From Thursday’s Globe and Mail-Published Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011 12:00AM EST A dirty secret is trickling out of villages in northern India: Some men lucky enough to find a wife are letting their brothers sleep with her because the chances […]

Connecting the Dots: Education and Religious Discrimination in Pakistan — A Study of Public Schools and Madrassas

This study was sponsored by: U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) was created by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 as an  entity separate and distinct from the State Department. USCIRF’s principal responsibilities are to review the facts and circumstances of violations  […]

China’s barrage of Halal products

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has confirmed a dramatic rise in the number of halal food products coming in from China, but remained skeptical over that country’s developing halal industry. “The number of halal products from China has increased by 50 to 100 percent since last […]

GDP growth: Strongest in Southeast Asia

Analysis: Harry Su, Bahana Securities Helped by strong domestic demand and exports, Indonesia reported continued solid third-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 6.5 percent year-on-year, flat over the last two quarters and slightly lower than our and consensus estimates of 6.6 percent (exhibit 2). We note that growth across […]

Religious plurality is our aim

In Indonesia, religious peace is at risk Berlin (ENI news). Indonesia has seen a sharp increase in religious violence over recent years, with radical Muslim groups targeting both Christians and members of the minority Ahmadiyah community. But at an ecumenical seminar in Germany, the chair of the Communion of Churches […]

IMF very sad of losing Russia as its prey

  Maksim Khrustalev. Pravda.Ru. 09.11.2011 The recipes from the IMF took Russia to the default in 1998, which automatically ended the “fruitful cooperation” with the fund. Strange as it may seem, Russia began to recover after that. The IMF could not be happy with that, of course. The Fund became concerned with […]

Seven Indonesians Named National Heroes

Pesident Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono bestowed national hero titles on seven Indonesian citizens during a ceremony at the State Palace in Jakarta on Tuesday. Special honors were also given to humanitarians and artists, including Betawi icon Benyamin Sueb. The seven new national heros are: Idham Chalid, a former minister and head […]

Haj Diary: Day Four

By SIRAJ WAHAB | ARAB NEWS Mina, Nov. 7, 2011 Day 4 went without any hassle. It was pretty quiet during the day. Small groups of pilgrims headed to the Jamarat complex, either on foot or via the Makkah Metro, to complete the stoning ritual. It was extremely peaceful. At […]

Changing of kiswa

By ARAB NEWS MAKKAH: The silken kiswa cloth that covers the entire Holy Kaaba was replaced on Saturday in line with a centuries old annual custom. The draping of the Kaaba on the ninth day of the Hijri month of Dul Al-Hijjah was carried out in the presence of representatives of the General Presidency of […]