Modi – A secular leader or an extremist Hindu?

Entering 2015 with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in power at the federal level in India, there appears to have been a metamorphosis in India’s social, political and economic environment. The BJP and its coalition was voted into power in 2014 in a landslide victory, promising ‘development’ for India. But Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s development . . . → Read More: Modi – A secular leader or an extremist Hindu?

Obama warns India to ensure religious freedom

India is changing fast, and Hinduism is keeping up.

On Tuesday, before he left India, U.S.President Barack Obama delivered a speech in which he remindedIndians that “your Article 25 says that all people are ‘equally entitled to freedom of conscience and the right freely to profess, practice and propagate religion.’” President Obama noted that “every . . . → Read More: Obama warns India to ensure religious freedom

Pakistan’s Ahmadis finding it difficult to get another home

Pakistan’s story began with a parting — partition from India — and now, for a growing number of people, it is ending with another parting. Negombo, a beach town 24 miles from Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, is refuge for hundreds of Ahmadi Muslims fleeing persecution in Pakistan.

According to the Colombo office of the . . . → Read More: Pakistan’s Ahmadis finding it difficult to get another home

When Netanyahu’s options run out

Benjamin Netanyahu believes he has just one job, and that is to stop Iran from getting hold of nuclear weapons. He might argue that this description of his mission as Israel’s prime minister is too limiting, though such an argument would not be particularly credible. Israel’s very existence, he has argued, consistently, and at times . . . → Read More: When Netanyahu’s options run out

There is no freedom in hate speech

(By Vijay Prashad) Sadness and pain from Peshawar to Paris should not blind us to the clichéd responses of those in power. More airstrikes in Syria and Iraq will not help France with its social disintegration. Hypocrisy diverts and only breeds war.

Peshawar… Imagine the pain that courses through the veins of Andaleeb Aftab, a . . . → Read More: There is no freedom in hate speech

Why is USA so scared of Israel?

The United States has joined Israel in condemning the International Criminal Court’s decision to open a preliminary probe into possible war crimes committed against Palestinians, blasting it as a “tragic irony”.

ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said her office would conduct an “analysis in full independence and impartiality” into alleged war crimes by Israel, including . . . → Read More: Why is USA so scared of Israel?

Violence and religion – the deep connection

Terrorism can’t be blamed on religion alone, but murder and brutality are elemental to almost every major faith.

The year 2015 has opened to slaughter in the name of gods.  In Paris, two Islamist brothers executed Charlie Hebdo cartoonists “in defense of the Prophet,” while an associate killed shoppers in a kosher grocery.  In Nigeria, Islamist members . . . → Read More: Violence and religion – the deep connection

Post Paris Attacks, Muslims in France face attacks, violence

The number of anti-Muslim incidents in France has soared since the Islamist attacks in Paris two weeks ago, an organisation that tracks Islamophobia said Monday.

The National Observatory Against Islamophobia said 116 anti-Muslim incidents had been reported to authorities since the January 7-9 shooting spree by three French jihadists that killed 17.

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Freedom of Speech does not include insulting other faiths

Pope Francis waded into the debate over freedom of expression following the attacks in Paris, saying that killing in the name of religion is an “aberration,” but adding that those who deride other faiths can expect to provoke a strong—even violent—response.

Speaking in reference to last week’s assault on French publication Charlie Hebdo that left . . . → Read More: Freedom of Speech does not include insulting other faiths

Paris Attacks – Dieudonne to face trial for “expressing

French comedian Dieudonne will face trial over a controversial Facebook comment he wrote in the wake of the extremist attacks in Paris, Agence France Presse reports on Wednesday. A judicial source told the news service that the comedian will stand trial for “condoning terrorism.”

PARIS (AP) — France ordered prosecutors around the country to crack . . . → Read More: Paris Attacks – Dieudonne to face trial for “expressing