09/18/2014INDONESIA - ISLAM Yogyakarta: Catholic university cancels seminar on homosexuality after Islamist threats by Mathias Hariyadi The Sanata Dharma (Usd) psychology department was to hold a meeting on the theme: "LGBTI: We are different, we are unique and we are One". The local branch of the Islamic Society Forum forced it to be cancelled because it "dishonors Islam." Islamic leader claims "deviant" sexual behavior is a "contagious virus". Jakarta (AsiaNews) - Giving into Islamic extremists, the
Catholic University of Sanata Dharma (USD) in Yogyakarta, in the province of
Central Java, has canceled a seminar on "different" sexual
09/17/2014UNITED NATIONS - MIDDLE EAST For Baghdad patriarch, an intervention by Arab States is essential in the Iraqi crisis by Louis Raphael I Sako * At the UN, the patriarchs and bishops of the Churches of the Middle East denounce the sufferings of Christians, victims of the violence of the Islamic State, a tragic situation that calls for action by the international community. Islamists must be defeated and peaceful coexistence restored. AsiaNews presents Mar Sako's address.
09/17/2014INDONESIA - ISLAM Jakarta: As his term in office ends President Yudhoyono attacks Islamic terrorism by Mathias Hariyadi The outgoing leader, one month ahead of the handover, promotes an all-out struggle against extremist cells and movements. Increased controls in passports and visas, to limit enrollments in the Islamic State. More attention to sensitive areas and prisons. International pressure behind the change of course.
09/16/2014PALESTINE Schools reopen in Gaza, but children have "lost their humanity" For Fr Manawel Musallam, who runs a Catholic school in the Gaza Strip, it is impossible for Palestinian children to go back to normal. Israeli bombing destroyed 24 schools and damaged 190 others. Out of 1.8 million people, nearly 45 per cent under 14.
09/16/2014EGYPT Muslim Brotherhood leader gets life as secular pro-democracy activist gets out on bail Abdul Fattah, a pro-democracy activist and blogger who led the Arab spring against former Egyptian President Mubarak, had been sentenced to 15 years for violating anti-protest law. On top of their legal problems, the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood's political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party, are expelled from Qatar, which had protected so far. Turkey might be their next home.
09/16/2014IRAQ - MIDDLE EAST Patriarch of Baghdad: "UN mandate", not "innocent victims", needed in Iraqi crisis Mar Sako says the Paris agreement is "positive”, but warns that any action should be under the auspices of the United Nations. The head of the Chaldean Church emphasizes that "bombs are not a solution" and hopes in collaboration of Arab nations who "know" the region. He calls for support for the new Iraqi government, even if "a true reconciliation will take time".
09/16/2014IRAQ - MIDDLE EAST Iranian absence at Paris Conference "regrettable" France begins reconnaissance flights in Iraq; US air raids spread to the south-west of Baghdad. Silence on raids in Syria to counter militants of the Islamic State. Russia will contribute with a deep analysis of the situation.
09/15/2014IRAQ-VATICAN "Adopt a Christian from Mosul": Archbishops’ thanks as first aid arrives by Amel Nona Msgr. Amel Nona, the Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul, who is also a refugee himself, thanks all the donors to the AsiaNews campaign. The situation is increasingly difficult given the huge number of refugees and the arrival of winter and snow, making outdoor shelters and tents impossible. The crisis, an occasion that activates the faith of Christians.
09/15/2014TURKEY Erdogan's new Turkey to requires all students to study the Qur'an by NAT da Polis School reform begins this year by introducing compulsory Islamic religious education to all grades, including Arabic, to help students understand the Qur'an. For 200,000 Syrian Christian refugees in Turkey, this will be a problem.