08/30/2014SYRIA - PHILIPPINES Syria, Islamists attack Philippine contingent in Golan Heights: among them a priest The group of 75 peacekeepers have been blocked in the hills for few days by the al-Nusra Brigade. The rebels launched a direct attack this morning. The Military Ordinary of Manila says: "There is also a priest among the peacekeepers, sent to take care of the spiritual needs of the troops. Let us pray for all of them". Damascus (AsiaNews) - The Syrian al-Nusra Brigade rebels
have launched a direct attack against the contingent of 75 Philippine peacekeepers,
blocked by the Islamic group on the Golan Heights under the control of
Damascus. The Filippino Defense Secretary...
08/29/2014PAKISTAN Quetta, three journalists murdered as attacks on Pakistani press mount by Jibran Khan Last night two armed men raided the journalists offices shooting them in cold blood. The assailants fled, police searches so far prove vain. President of Catholic journalists: intimidation against those who seek to "tell the truth". The country is 158th out of 180 for freedom of the press.
08/29/2014NEPAL NGOs "force" Nepali Muslims to use contraceptives and abortion by Christopher Sharma Several Islamic leaders from the poorest areas of the country speak out against non-governmental organizations, which will only provide humanitarian aid if households adopt their methods of family planning: "This is despicable, it goes against our faith and exploits our poverty".
08/29/2014SYRIA - UNITED NATIONS UN warns of 3 million Syrian refugees, "the world's largest humanitarian emergency" Almost half of the people forced to leave their homes since the conflict began in March 201. Lebanon is hosting the largest number of refugees, more than 1.1 million; other 6.5 million are internally displaced. The Islamic State has brought violence against civilians "to a new level" and hinders the distribution of aid.
08/28/2014IRAQ - ISLAM The barbaric cruelty of the Caliphate puts Islam to the test by Samir Khalil Samir The bloodthirsty and dramatic violence of the Islamic State has met with lukewarm condemnation but above all the silence of the Muslim world. The causes: an education system that rejects critical thought in preference of memorization; a religion that paralyzes reason and intelligence (as Muslims themselves state). The hideous cruelty of the former Isis goes against the Koran and the life of Muhammad. But are the humus in which the violence "in the name of God" appears justified. Islam needs to be profoundly renewed through a radical transformation of the educational method.
08/26/2014IRAQ - SYRIA - UNITED STATES Damascus ready to collaborate with US and UN to stop Islamic State The United Nations reports that after seizing Mosul militants killed hundreds of Shia inmates from Badoush prison. In addition, they carried out targeted killings, forced conversions, kidnappings, human trafficking, enslavement and sexual violence.
08/26/2014INDIA Mumbai's Jewish center re-opens after 2008 terrorist attack by Nirmala Carvalho Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, his wife Rivky and 4 other people died in the attack: the small Moshe, their son, survived thanks to his Indian nanny. Today the structure has been restored: "This project is a seed of light and hope, reminding us how we can survive even in the most terrible of the challenges. Evil will not prevail".
08/25/2014INDONESIA - ISLAM In Jakarta, Muslim leaders explain Islamic fundamentalism to Christians by Royani Lim An initiative promoted by the Bishops' Conference was attended by bishops, priests, nuns as well as lay Catholics and Protestants. Speakers included experts in counter-terrorism and scholars of religion and society. Social injustice, poverty and propaganda feed extremism. We need moderate Muslim figures in the foreground, like former President "Gus Dur".
08/25/2014BANGLADESH Bangladesh, targeted attacks and social injustices behind the "disappearance" of Hindus by Sumon Corraya In 1947 the Hindus in the then East Pakistan were 28% of the population, they are now below 8.5% and continue to decline day by day. The Prime Minister Hasina launched an appeal in favor of a multi-religious country in which all citizens are equal, but experts argue: "They have no protection and no justice, so they flee".