For many, Jerusalem has always been less a window on the past than a kind of magic mirror on the present.Read More
In his UN speech on Iran, Israel’s PM attempted to force a zero-sum game of destroying the opposition by force.Read More
Sure terrorism is a battle of arms and ideas. But the ideas must come from some context.Read More
Time to take responsiblity—peacefully—for global well-being.Read More
I, like many others, have found myself unable to turn away from the Arab revolutions. As a strong believer in the egalitarian nature of the Muslim religion, and a fervent critic of common assumptions that are held about Arabs and Muslims, these revelations were a welcome confirmation of my…Read More
According to Vatican representative Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, ending discrimination against gays, lesbians, and transgender persons would make those who oppose such human rights the real victims.Read More
Sharon Slater, American anti-gay activist and president of Family Watch International, recently encouraged delegates attending a law conference in Lagos, Nigeria to resist the United Nations’ calls to decriminalize homosexuality. Keynoting the Nigerian Bar Association Conference, Slater told delegates that they would lose their religious and parental rights if they supported “fictitious sexual rights.” One such “fictitious right” is the right to engage in same-sex sexual relationships without going to jail.
The message of General Comment No. 34 is not only a clear condemnation of the blasphemy laws of countries such as Pakistan, which despite having ratified the ICCPR in 2008, continues to impose the death sentence for blasphemy and “defiling” the name of Prophet Muhammad. The Comment equally repudiates the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, which has upheld Austrian, British, and Turkish laws against blasphemy and religious insult by invoking a sui generis right to “respect for the religious feelings of believers.”Read More
Amidst escalating calls for intervention from senior UN staff, the International Federation of the Red Cross, and Red Crescent, and widely reported satellite photos of what appear to be mass graves, it looked like the world might be poised to intervene before the U.S. doused those hopes.
If Bishop Andudu of Kadugli, Sudan had not been in Denver in June, he might be in a mass grave right now. In an interview with RD the bishop calls for international intervention to prevent the government’s “final solution” while emphasizing that this is not a war between Muslims and Christians.Read More