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Five years after the Danish cartoons crisis PDF Print

Posted: 30 September 2010danmark2

Country: Denmark and Worldwide

The Cartoon Crisis - how and why it all began in Denmark – article written by a Danish journalist Rune Engelbreth Larsen

Five years ago, on September 30, 2005, the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published 12 cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, some of which were extremely demonizing in their outspoken anti-Muslim symbolism. Four months later violent protests erupted outside Danish embassies in some Muslim countries, and the terror threat against Denmark increased dramatically. Yet what happened during those four months, and could the escalation of the crisis have been prevented? Was it simply about freedom of speech and a "clash of civilizations" or were other agendas in play? 

 
Disability voice - Promoting the rights of women with disabilities PDF Print

Posted: September 30, 2010

Region: Europe

European Disability Forum (EDF) is promoting the rights of women with disabilities and working on guidelines to prevent extreme violence against girls and women in Europe, as a part of the framework of the preparation of the Convention of the Council of Europe, and to the EU Strategy towards equality between women and men 2010-2015. 

 

 
US Christian pastor addresses islamophobia in western culture PDF Print

Posted: September 21, 2010

Region: Worldwide

“I believe that every action creates an equal and opposite reaction, and that actions of hatred, intolerance and ignorance create an ever escalating cyclical pattern of more hatred, intolerance and ignorance” - Reverend Wayne Lavender, a Christian Pastor, on the recent US Qu'ran burning controversy.

The pastor, from Virginia (USA), is trying to find a way to offset the rise of islamophobia in western culture, especially in the USA, and promises to send 50 Islamic holly books to Christian churches across America.

Reverend Wayne Lavender, a United Methodist pastor, in his article written for Common Ground News Service comments that misinformation related to Islam on the internet, and “cherry picking Qur’anic verses out of context”, are being used to “widely disseminate lies and anti-Islamic propaganda.”

 
A Christian response to the Islamic community centre near Ground Zero PDF Print

Posted: August 11, 2010

Location: New York

Last week New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg stood with representatives of local faith groups and declared that “there is no neighbourhood in this city that is off-limits to God’s love and mercy.” Personally, as a Christian who fully supports the proposed Muslim community centre near Ground Zero, Park51 (previously known as Cordoba House), his words echoed my heartfelt sentiments.

Yet there are many Christian Americans who have spoken out against this centre, claiming that it is inappropriate and offensive, and that its proximity to Ground Zero would allow Muslims to mock the events of 9/11. Since speaking out in support of the centre, I’ve even had other Christians accuse me of supporting the work of Satan and turning my back not only on my faith, but on everything the United States stands for.

 
Jews, Christians and Muslims reading scripture together PDF Print

Posted: August 4, 2010

Region: Worldwide

When do Jews pray? Do they have a prayer book? Which direction do they face when they pray? These questions were directed to a Canadian Jew by his new Syrian-born Muslim friend.

They met at the annual Society for Scriptural Reasoning conference held at Huron University College in London, Ontario in Canada at the end of June. Over 60 participants from North America of Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths gathered to study their scriptures together. The conference sought to teach how this practice of mutual scripture study works, and to foster friendships as participants are encouraged to keep meeting and studying together on a regular basis.

 
Media regulation borders on censorship in Pakistan PDF Print

Posted: August 4, 2010

Country: Pakistan

As the Pakistani media has become more influential, government efforts to curtail it have become more creative. In early July, the Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting proposed a new media code of conduct. The bill calls for a ban on graphic footage of terrorist attacks and forbids the media from airing the statements of violent extremists.

 
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