27/02/2017 - EGYPT – ISLAM
Copts who fled El Arīsh tell harrowing stories of point-blank shootings, robberies and fires. Some of those who fought in the Sinai War in 1973 are now branded "Crusaders" by Daesh. Death threats have appeared on homes, or just the word “Go”. Some refugees sleep in several cars to ensure that some at least survive in case of an attack. Muslims in Ismailia show friendship.
by Loula Lahham
27/02/2017 - EGYPT – ISLAM
Christians flee Islamic State violence in North Sinaiby Loula Lahham
In only ten days, seven people have been shot, beheaded or burnt to death. Refugees have been welcomed in Ismailia, Suez, and Cairo. Christians are Daesh’s new target.
27/02/2017 - INDIA
Gujarat, Isis lone wolves arrested: they planned an attack on a Hindu temple
They are the brothers Wasim and Naeem Ramodiya, both computer scientists. Within "one or two days" they would have hit the famous temple of Chamunda, in Surendranagar district. A military arsenal and Islamic propaganda material found in their apartment.
25/02/2017 - INDONESIA – SAUDI ARABIA
Oil. Pilgrimage, and Saudi king’s visit to Indonesiaby Mathias Hariyadi
On 1 March, King Salman will arrive in Jakarta on an official visit. Breaking with Protocol, President Widodo will welcome him in person at the airport. The Saudi monarch will travel with an entourage of about 1,500 people, including government ministers and princes. The visit includes a short vacation in Bali.
24/02/2017 - EGYPT – VATICAN – ISLAM
Al Azhar and the Vatican renew inter-faith dialogue against fundamentalism
A symposium sponsored by the Al Azhar Centre for Dialogue and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue ended yesterday in Cairo. Participants called for action against the root causes of extremism like "violence and poverty". Protecting young people, who are the most vulnerable to extremist ideologies, is a priority. Cutting funding and weapons to terrorist groups is another.
24/02/2017 - EGYPT
Sinai, Coptic Christian killed with a bullet to the neck, third victim in two days
The Coptic minority is being targeted by local cells of the Islamic state. The murder took place yesterday in Al-Arich. The man's house was set on fire. Previously a 60 year old Christian and son were killed; the young man was burnt alive. Daesh announces new attacks on social networks.
23/02/2017 - IRAQ
Christians and Muslims on a peace march from Erbil to Alqōsh
The Chaldean Patriarch spearheads action to end violence in Iraq and the Middle East on Palm Sunday. During Lent, Nineveh towns liberated from the Islamic State will be the stations of the Cross. Some 50 families came together in Tall Usquf for Mass and the raising of a large Chaldean cross on a hill. Mar Sako calls for "conversion" among regional and world leaders. Bridges, not walls, are needed.
23/02/2017 - PAKISTAN
"We are lying to ourselves,” says former Christian general after another bomb kills nine in Lahoreby Kamran Chaudhry
The latest is the eighth incident of violence in ten days. The bomb exploded in the city's commercial district, inside a building under construction. There are fears that some workers are still trapped under the rubble. A number of shops, banks and restaurants were also damaged. No one has yet claimed responsibility. There is little hope for a new military operation against the extremists.
23/02/2017 - IRAN - TURKEY
Turkish u-turn fuels renewed tension between Ankara and Tehran
Turkish President spokesman tries to downplay crisis. Turkey does not want "an escalation" of words with Iran. But Erdogan accuses Tehran of "destabilizing” the region irritating the leaders of the Islamic Republic. Ambassador summoned, a ready response on the Syrian arena. Israel's moves to create an Arab-Turkish in front in an anti-Iranian key.
23/02/2017 - INDIA
India, Franciscan nuns promote inter-religious dialogue: An experience of deliveranceby Santosh Digal
In 1986 the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary created groups for Interreligious Dialogue. Their work is developed in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and other parts of India. They created a network of collaboration with other organizations that support friendly relations between religious communities. Thanks to mutual understanding, conflicts between Christians and Muslims defused.
22/02/2017 - LEBANON
Trump, Marine Le Pen and the Middle East: Lebanon against walls and divisionsby Fady Noun
The beginning of the Trump presidency has been characterised by the "babelisation" of American society. Each country pours out his hatred against an external enemy. The current global crisis has religious roots. At the heart of the chaos there is the Jihadi threat. The third world war cannot be won with drones, but with moderation and promoting rapprochement and discussions.
22/02/2017 - INDIA
A law faculty at a Catholic college proposes an amendment to the Civil Codeby Nirmala Carvalho
Marriage law is at the centre of discussions in a country with many religious communities following different rules. The law that allows quick Muslim divorce is one of the main bones of contention. The Catholic Church supports all proposals that support “equality, fraternity and freedom".
22/02/2017 - EGYPT
A first in modern times: woman becomes governorby Loula Lahham
Nadia Abdou will lead Beheira, northwest Egypt, focusing on tourism and investments to revitalise the governorate. Chronic water shortages, infrastructure and sustainable development are among the priorities to be addressed. Religious fundamentalism remains a threat.
22/02/2017 - TURKEY
Ankara, imprisonment and expulsion from parliament for the Kurdish opposition party leader
Selahattin Demirtas will have to serve five months in prison for "insulting" the nation and its institutions. The HDP number two Figen Yuksekdag, already indicted for terrorism, and expulsion from Parliament. For party colleagues there would campaign for the "No" in the constitutional referendum in April behind the repression.
22/02/2017 - PAKISTAN
Charsadda, new Taliban attack on a court: 7 dead
Three suicide bombers mingled among a crowd of lawyers. The timely intervention of the agents avoided a worse toll. It is the seventh attack in just over a week. The Taliban group attack in retaliation against the killing of one of its radical leaders.
21/02/2017 - EGYPT – ISLAM
Who was Umar ‘Abdu r-Raḥman, who preached terrorism and the Qur'anby Loula Lahham
The spiritual leader of an extremist movement died at the age 79 in a North Carolina prison. He had backed the 1993 attack against the World Trade Center. Recently, the political wing of Al-jamāʻah al-islāmīyah had requested his release on health grounds. He supported terrorism as a weapon of jihad.
21/02/2017 - BANGLADESH
Khulna, Islamic leader promises protection to Christians and Hindusby Sumon Corraya
20/02/2017 - EGYPT - ISLAM
Al Azhar under the influence of Daesh Islamismby Kamel Abderrahmani
The official religious institutions and so-called Islamic universities are the cause of the immobility of the Muslim world. The programs taught and literature used at Al Azhar are the same that are applied on the ground by all armed terrorists. No comparison possible between Al Azhar and the Vatican. The Vatican has hosted Iraqi Muslims and Syrians fleeing the war. Al Azhar has never done anything for Christians and Yazidis. The persecution of Nasr Mohamed Abdellah, eager to modernize Islam. The comment of one Muslim student.
20/02/2017 - LEBANON – EGYPT
Cairo, freedom of religion and state secularism at Muslim-Christian conference in al-Azharby Fady Noun
At the initiative of the Grand Imam Ahmed el-Tayeb, the Sunni University will host an interfaith meeting on 27-28 February. Lay people and clergy, academic and scientific figures, Christian and Muslim leaders will be present. Lebanese President Aoun, the only Christian head of state of an Arab country, has been invited.
18/02/2017 - PAKISTAN
Pakistani police kill over 100 terrorists in raid following Sufi temple attackby Shafique Khokhar
The suicide attack in Sindh killed more than 80 people gathered in prayer. The National Action Plan against Terrorism was approved, but lacks the political will to put it into practice. "We must eliminate the Islamic religious element in the Constitution".
17/02/2017 - SAUDI ARABIA
First woman to head Saudi stock exchange
NCB Capital Co. CEO Sarah Al Suhaimi gets to run the Mideast’s largest bourse. For Saudi women, thanks to their foreign education, the financial sector provides greater space for their social and professional development.
17/02/2017 - PAKISTAN
Pakistan's Catholic Church strongly condemns Sufi temple attackby Kamran Chaudhry
The suicide attack caused 75 deaths, including 20 children, and over 200 injured. Islamabad imposed a crackdown on terrorism and closes the border with Afghanistan. Catholics fear violence even against the churches. Tomorrow will a youth march in Karachi.
17/02/2017 - YEMEN - GULF
Yemen, battle for hegemony between Saudi Arabia and the UAE a source of death and destruction
Fighting between rival factions supported by Saudi Arab and UAE intensifies in the province of Aden to the south of Taez. Allies against the Shiite Houthi rebels, are actually waging a bloody fight and civilians are paying the price. The desire for independence of the people, ready to fight against any invader.
17/02/2017 - PAKISTAN
Sindh, Islamic State militant blows himself up in a Sufi temple: 75 dead and 200 injured
The attack took place in the temple of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, in the city of Sehwan. 20 children among the dead The militant chose time when the place was crowded to attend a ritual dance.
16/02/2017 - PAKISTAN
Taliban attackers warn churches that they can be targets if they back the governmentby Kamran Chaudhry
Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a group linked to Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, is responsible for the attack on the Punjab Assembly, whose death toll rose to 14 victims. Christian, Sikh, and Muslim places of worship are not Taliban targets as long as they keep their distance from the government.
16/02/2017 - INDONESIA
Elections in Jakarta: Election of governor goes to run offby Mathias Hariyadi
In the first round the outgoing governor "Ahok", a Christian at the center of a story of a blasphemy case, won 43% of the votes. His rival Baswedan, a Muslim, just below the 40% threshold. Decisive 17% of the votes won by the eldest son of former President Yudhoyono. The vote took place without incident. Second round to be held on 19 April.
15/02/2017 - SYRIA
As fighting intensifies in Southern Syria, Jordan gets ready to intervene
The city of Dara'a is the scene of fierce fighting between Syria’s regular army and armed rebels. An intervention by Jordan seems a possibility. Jihadis want to “liberate” the country. Meanwhile, discussions centre on a possible Sunni zone from Dara'a to Deir Ez Zor.
15/02/2017 - PAKISTAN
Commission for Justice and Peace condemns Lahore attackby Shafique Khokhar
Top Commission officials issue a joint statement. The suicide attack killed 13 people, including two policemen. A prayer and candlelight vigil was held at the cathedral. The NCJP calls on the government to enforce the National Action Plan against terrorism and provide security forces with the right equipment.
15/02/2017 - CHINA
Eight die in Xinjiang knife attack.
The three attackers killed by Chinese security forces. Five other people injured in the attack. Suspicion falls on Islamic Uighur separatists.
15/02/2017 - TURKEY
Ankara, continues purges: 600 activists and pro-Kurdish politicians arrested
Several political activists arrested accused of alleged links to the PKK, which Ankara considers a terrorist group. Mayors of towns with a Kurdish majority relieved of their duties. HDP leaders: arrests aim to weaken the opposition ahead of the referendum on the presidential system.
14/02/2017 - PAKISTAN
Lahore attack death toll rises to 13. The archdiocese closes schools and cathedralby Kamran Chaudhry
A suicide bomber blew himself up in front of the Punjab Assembly. The attack was claimed by the Jamat-ul-Ahrar, a faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. It is the same extremist group which last year hit a gathering of Christians during the celebrations for Easter. Archbishop prays for the families of the victims and the wounded.
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