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Sudan – An Islamic State in the Making

Sudan – An Islamic State in the Making

Sudan is quietly slipping toward becoming an Islamist state. Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir has said he wants to adopt a “100 percent” Islamic constitution now that the South has split off.

Turkey’s Christians Could Face Nationalist Backlash

Turkey’s Christians Could Face Nationalist Backlash

Religion was kept out of the public square for centuries in Turkey, but the country has become more Islamic with the “Islamic-oriented” AKP government in power for a decade. Turkish nationalists – the main persecutors of Christians and who believe in secularism – have become more active out of their disappointment, and could turn their anger towards religious minorities.

French Take On Last Mali Rebel Stronghold

French Take On Last Mali Rebel Stronghold

French forces have entered Kidal, the last major stronghold of Islamist militants who seized control of northern Mali last year. By VOA News, Jan. 30, 2013: The French military said Wednesday that troops took control of the Kidal airport and deployed in the town overnight, continuing a week-long push to retake the north’s population centers.Haminy Maiga, […]

Women of the Arab Spring – Agents of Positive Change

Women of the Arab Spring – Agents of Positive Change

The Arab Spring introduced us to the strength and determination of the many Arab women who took to the streets and the Internet to call for change in their governments and societies.  By Dr. Natana J. DeLong-Bas, MEV, Jan. 29, 2013: Gone were the stereotypes of oppression and passivity. In their place were voices and faces […]

World Council of Churches’ Plea for Pakistan to Review Blasphemy Laws

World Council of Churches’ Plea for Pakistan to Review Blasphemy Laws

At a hearing of the World Council of Churches (WCC) on the random application of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws the council formulated a plea to the Pakistani government to “take realistic and solid steps to stop abuse of the blasphemy law that are causing massive human rights violations.” The World Council of Churches is a worldwide fellowship […]