Tag Archives: Religion

The Boston Bombings: Was religion the motivating factor?

On 15 April 2013, two pressure cookers packed with explosives, nails and ball bearings were used to claim the lives of three people and injured hundreds more near the finishing line of the Boston Marathon. US law enforcement officers have already killed one of the suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and have charged his younger brother, Dzhokhar. […]

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News from North America, Monday 29th April 2013

New York Times: “F.B.I. agents are working closely with Russian security officials to reconstruct Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s activities and connections in Dagestan during his six-month visit last year, tracking meetings he may have had with specific militants, his visits to a radical mosque and any indoctrination or training he may have received, law enforcement officials said […]

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News from Central and Eastern Europe, Tuesday 9th April 2013

ALBANIA Balkan Insight: Albania Nationalist Rally Fails to Draw Crowds. ‘The rally held outside Prime Minister Sali Berisha’s office, titled “April 7 Without Berisha”, gathered roughly 1,000 supporters of the nationalist party, who waved flags and chanted slogans against the government. “He left for Azerbaijan but wherever he goes he will not find closure,” declared the […]

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News from Western Europe, Friday 18th January 2013

Europe Deutsche Welle: European court sets limits on religious liberty. ‘The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that religious freedom applies in the workplace, so long as it doesn’t infringe on the rights of others. But the member states have been left to interpret the ruling. “Delighted that principle of wearing religious symbols at work […]

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How does religion affect the severity of suicide bombings?

On 22 November 2012, a suicide bomber attacked a Shia religious procession in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, killing 23 and wounding over 60. The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan — a religious terrorist group often referred to as “the Pakistani Taliban” — claimed responsibility for the attack. The bombing was, unfortunately, not a fluke, as attacks by religious terrorists against […]

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North America Tracker 14.12.12

New York Times: “Internet users who type ThirdReich.com into an address bar land in what may be the last place they would expect to: the Web site for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The museum, which is near the National Mall in Washington secured the domain name not just to foil people who may […]

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Central and Eastern Europe Tracker 30.10.2012

Bulgaria: Novinite: Divided Bulgarian xenophobes stage anti-Muslim protests. ‘Bulgarian far-right formation staged separate anti-Muslim protests in the town of Pazardzhik, as a local court was holding a new hearing in a highly publicized radical Islam trial. Two marginal far-right formations, Ataka (Attack) and the National Front for Salvation of Bulgaria, could not unite and staged […]

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US Tracker 16.10.12

BBC News: Guantanamo Bay hearings have resumed after five months, with five men appearing before a US military tribunal. The defendants, the most high profile of which is Khalid Sheikh Mohammed who allegedly admitted to masterminding the 9/11 attacks, “are charged with conspiring with al-Qaeda, terrorism and one count of murder for each known victim of the 11 […]

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US Tracker 11.10.12

New York Times: Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the man behind Innocence of Muslims, “appeared in federal court on Wednesday and denied violating any of the terms of a probation sentence imposed on him in 2010 after a bank fraud conviction.” Huffington Post: Rep. Mike Honda has responded to the AFDI’s anti-Jihad ad campaign’s presence in Washington […]

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Fervent religious belief: between passion and extremism

I travel a great deal, domestically and internationally. Like anyone who spends significant time on planes (250,000 miles in 2011) it is my preference to tune out the world; sometimes, however, the person seated next to me seems particularly interesting and relying on instinct I engage in conversation. If I am truly lucky, such a […]

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