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Stories about Religion

9 January 2018

The Draft Budget That Inflamed Protests in Iran

"You’ve turned as all into beggars. Please tell Mr. Khamenei, tell the president, tell everyone, tell them we are desperate. We don’t need this revolution. We hate the clerics."

7 January 2018

Corruption and Poverty Lead to Rage and Despair in Iran

"The members of parliament need to know that they are accountable to the people, that they represent the people, and that the eyes of the people are upon them."

2 January 2018

‘I Now Feel Free and Can Live My Life.’ Australian Commission Gives Voice to Child Sexual Abuse Survivors

After five years, Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse issued its final recommendations. For many, its real achievement was creating space for survivors to be heard.

24 December 2017

Wayang Wahyu: Preaching the Bible Through Indonesian Javanese Puppets

Indra Suroinggeno has been conducting workshops among young Javanese to preserve and promote Wayang Wahyu, a narration of Bible stories through the use of puppet characters.

20 December 2017

Amidst the Advent Season, Church Blast Leaves Nine Dead and Several Injured in Quetta, Pakistan

On December 17, 2017, the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church, in Quetta, Pakistan was attacked, leaving nine dead and more than 50 injured.

14 December 2017

Concerns over United States President Trump's Latest Controversial Foreign Policies Loom Large in Africa

"This is not a very diplomatic strategy. Then again, it is coming from a man whose vision and politics are limited by his lack of awareness about the outside world."

13 December 2017

Muslim Man Set on Fire and Murdered Amid Rising Islamophobia-Fueled Killings in India

"Mohammed Afrazul's brutal killing in Rajasthan should shame us all; if the sickening hate behind it does not disturb our conscience, nothing will."

9 December 2017

Victoria Becomes the First Australian State to Pass Voluntary Assisted Dying Legislation

As Victoria becomes the first Australian state to legalise euthanasia, the country remains divided over what is being called a new, progressive trend in Australian politics.

29 November 2017

#DemocracyDefeated: How Indian Right-Wing Groups Stalled A Bollywood Period Drama

Scandal surrounding "Padmavati" film causes Indian BJP leader to call for the lead actor's beheading and draws attention to larger issues of freedom of expression in film.

26 November 2017

What's in a Scarf? A Robot Restaurant in Bangladesh Serves up Controversy

"I was not surprised to see that the robot had to wear a scarf. Isn't that normal here?

23 November 2017

13 Things Banned (or Strongly Discouraged) in Tajikistan

Tajikistan's people are renowned for hospitality, but their government isn't. Some locals joke the only ban left is a ban on banning things.

Social Media Rumors Escalate Buddhist-Muslim Violence in Sri Lanka

"Sri Lankans tend to digest media uncritically and unquestioningly. This will have to change in order to stop misinformation from spreading – and this can be done through spreading awareness."

17 November 2017

Barbie Hijab Comment Highlights Why Some Russian Activists Don’t Support Presidential Hopeful Navalny

RuNet Echo

"Congratulations, Alexey! With one tweet you’ve written off all of your potential Muslim voters. You apparently don’t want to become president."

16 November 2017

The Winner Is: Same Sex Marriage Equality in Australia

"First bloody vote result in years that made me feel like reasonable, kind, compassionate people are still the clear majority."

7 November 2017

To Divinity and Back: Nepal’s Living Goddess Returns to Normal Life After Nine-Year Stint as ‘Kumari’

The sudden transformation of a little girl into a revered goddess comes at a price. She must remain in isolation and is expected to stay calm at all times.

5 November 2017

What Happens when Montenegro Citizens Return Home After Fighting in Foreign Wars?

The documentary "The Road of No Return?" raises the issue of Montenegro and Balkan citizens who participate in foreign wars in Syria and in Ukraine and then return home.

2 November 2017

Fire Balloon Competition in Myanmar's Taunggyi Celebrates ‘Festival of Lights’

Take a look at photos of the spectacular -- and sometimes dangerous -- tradition.

30 October 2017

Japan's Largest Diwali Celebration Featured Food, Dancing and a Naan Flatbread Mascot

Thanks to increasing ties between the two countries, the number of Indians living in Japan has increased over the past two decades to at least 28,000.

27 October 2017

Indonesian Law Makes It Easier to Disband Extremist Groups, but Could Undermine Civil Liberties

"There are many ways for the government to combat radicalism and defend social cohesion. Removing meaningful legal protections of freedom of association is not the way to do that."

9 October 2017

Art Exhibitions Fall Into the Crosshairs of Brazilian Conservatives

"Not even in the period of the dictatorship was an exhibition with 263 works by 85 artists closed."

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